Friday, 3 December 2010

Christmas Edition of AIM magazine

The Christmas edition of the Artisans in Miniature
magazine is now available to read here:
I know I seem to say this every time...but it's the biggest one yet! 148 pages of brilliant miniatures with something for everyone and all absolutely free as ever!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Artisans in Miniature Advent Calendar

The AIM Advent calendar is available from today...
...each door will reveal a different miniature project
as usual it's totally free of charge!!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

'Who is this Harlequin?' said the Ticktockman

"And so it goes. And so it goes. And so it goes goes goes goes goes tick tock tick tocktick tock and one day we no longer let time serve us, we serve time and we are slaves of the schedule, bound into a life predicated on restrictions because the system will not function if we don't keep the schedule tight."
('repent Harlequin!' said the ticktockman by Harlan Ellison)

Inspired partly by that story ... a celebration of civil disobedience!

Harlequin further details

The Harlequin laughed and laughed, and apologised profusely....everyone was dumped thisway and thataway in a jackstraw tumble, still laughing, popping little jellybeans of childish colour into their was a holiday, a jollity, an absolute insanity, a giggle, but.....

Monday, 22 November 2010

Standing at the Crossroads

12th scale figure of Baron Samedi, Vodan Loa of death and resurrection, keeper of the eternal crossroads.

Baron Samedi

I standin' here waitin' baby
With my heart right in my hand
Been thinking 'bout my baby
But she's out with another man

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Wuthering Heights

Cathy and Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights.
"I was going to the Grange one evening...a dark evening threatening thunder
...and just at the turn to the Heights I encountered a little boy with sheep and two lambs crying terribly....'There's Heathcliff and a woman yonder, and I daren't pass them!"
'I know that ghosts have wandered on earth.....'

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Wuthering Heights

I first read Wuthering Heights in about 1976 and it has been my favourite book ever since...Heathcliff has always been the love of my life...carved 'in a wild workshop...the crag took human shape...dark and frowning, terrible and beautiful...the moorland moss clothes him and heath with blooming bells and balmy fragrance grows faithfully close to the giant's foot' .
( currer bell)
I have dared to try to create him at last....

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

November AIM magazine

November's Artisans in Miniature magazine is out again!
As usual packed with wonderful things including an article on my friend Jain 'the Giddy Kipper' and dolls by Julie of Bellabelle Dolls :0)
I also loved the miniature potter feature...114 pages of amazing stuff, and all completely FREE as ever to download from here:

Monday, 1 November 2010

Jimi Hendrix

I think I've completed the study of Jimi...
there are some words in the background taken from 'love or confusion' which relate to the story of Icarus... as does the verse :0)

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Drawing Jimi

I started a drawing of Jimi Hendrix about a week ago... and I took him on holiday this week and have been working on the face...this is another wip as a few folks have asked me how he was going ;0) It's really quite a simple pencil study...about 90cm make me really look carefully at his face...he's another figure I am just aching to make soon :0)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Voodoo Chile...the Demon Lover

A 'seasonal' theme for Samhain and All Soul's towards the end of the month...'the demon lover'.'s a muse about what constitutes 'reality', the power of the mind, about taboos, and a few other things...
It's linked to the voodoo chile song...and I also found a poem by Sylvia Plath which is wonderful too 'On Looking into the Eyes of a Demon Lover'

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


A young woman c1896 ...
...perhaps off to work in a flower shop.

"I want to be a lady...
I'm a good girl I am!"

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Venus in Furs

A drawing using the song by the velvet underground 'Venus in Furs' as a starting point...although this is not Severin and Wanda...this is perhaps more likely the Unknown Man from the original book... I wanted the image to say something about strength in vulnerability, trust and intimate love....amongst other things...

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Dionysus...the Green Man

I love stories about the green man...found in so many myths legends and other he is as Dionysus the god of wine and grapes...

...he is the dying and returning god...of fertility, sensuous abandon and the freeing of the mind through ecstacy....part of the eternal cycle of life death and rebirth....
" ...I am born in the dark...
...I shine with the sun...
....I burn with desire...
...I have paid for your pleasure"
( william anderson 'the green man')

Friday, 1 October 2010

October AIM Magazine

The October Artisans in Miniature magazine is available here:
I have an article about one of my recent figures...Old Mother Shipton on pages 104-107
the magazine is free as always...please pass on the link to anyone you know who enjoys miniatures :0)

Thursday, 30 September 2010


I feel the need to do some drawing again...
Found this to finish off from 2004...
I've been doing some reflecting recently so it fits!
Gold and rose,
the colour of the dream I had,
not too long ago,
misty blue and lilac too,
never to grow old. smiled...and stole my heart away.
( jimi hendrix)

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Who will Buy my Sweet Red Roses...

A little more done today...
Now all she needs are all those fiddly touches!! :0)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Victorian figure

Started a new figure ...finally back to doing something after the school holidays. This is a lady roughly 1895, not too wealthy perhaps...still not set in stone at this stage :0)
Aside from this I've been planning lots of new things, so been doing a lot of thinking, but have little to show for it yet! I've been drawing and collecting images for several new directions, so we'll see what comes out of it. I have a fancy for doing some larger 2D things again.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The latest issue of the Artisans in Miniature magazine is available online! The theme we have this month is 'Childhood Nostalgia' and I'm delighted to have an article in it about my own childhood dollhouse!
Click on the's free as usual :0)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Closer details

I've been asked for some closer views!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Lobster Quadrille

See how eagerly the lobsters
and the turtles all advance...
They are waiting on the shingle...
...Will you come and join the dance.

Will you, won't you...
Will you, won't you...
Will you won't you join the dance?

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lobster Quadrille...a bit more!

I can see how she will look now...
...although haven't done a lot more this week...and I'm really liking her facial expression! Her claws are very heavy despite being hollow, so I may have to weight her dress a bit at the bottom/back to stop her toppling over....I'm quite excited now as I think I'm going to really enjoy making this costume! :0)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

The Lobster Quadrille

"You may not have lived much under the sea- and perhaps you were never introduced to a lobster, so you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster Quadrille is!" ...said the Mock Turtle.

Started a new fantasy creature :0)

Friday, 21 May 2010

Old Mother Shipton

Old Mother Shipton was a famous English Soothsayer....born Ursula Sontheil...many myths and legends have grown up about her in the 500 years since she actually lived. She was said to be hideously ugly with the hooked nose and chin we think of as being witch-like today. She was famous for her prophesies in her own lifetime.

Thursday, 13 May 2010


I've been working on this seated lady today...
I've assembled her roughly to show how she is going so far...
She might be Old Mother Shipton...with a bit of artistic license...
She's a bit fantasy so has quite dramatic features :0)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

3 New Figures

I have made a start on 3 new figures with these new heads. I'm so excited about the man especially as I think he might be handsome enough ( at long last!) for me to make my Heathcliffe and Cathy!!
I made 2 more yesterday, and today some hands for one of them and some more to their bodies...quite pleased with one who is an older woman, possibly will be a witch or an old lady likely to have been accused of being one probably...determined to get darker.....
...she's more fantasy, less realistic...warts and all...

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Miniature Painting

I have started a few new figures this week...but have had a little diversion into miniature painting today..... and have found I enjoyed it very you may see another now and then! As you probably know I trained as a painter so it's not too much of a departure...except you could fit 315 of these into one of my old landscapes hanging at the top of our stairs :0)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Now on Etsy!

I've finally worked out how to open a shop on Etsy. This is what to look for and here's the link:
At the moment there's not much in it but it's a start!!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010


Lord BlackAdder from series 2
( my favourite!)
There are a few bits still to finish...his sword etc, but he's more or less done, so here are the three of them together at last. I might still do some of the others from the cast, but maybe later as I'm thinking of other things next...

Saturday, 3 April 2010

April AIM Magazine

The new AIM magazine is out again...
... completely free as usual!

Read it here online:

Thursday, 1 April 2010


A wandering Brownie...a little person, about life sized at 14 cm...which is why the feathers are big...he has found bits of skins, string , fibres and scraps of fabric and has dressed himself for a cold journey

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Just finished off this old figure...I did Queenie a while ago, and have Nursie and BlackAdder the second on the go as well, but have lost his will be good to get them all together as a group.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Lady in Red

Completed the costume for the older lady
seated at a dressing table.
She has very big hair!
She's perhaps going out for the evening...
...or maybe not... she remembering former glory...
...perhaps she's a bit crazy...
I like the uncertainty.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

New heads and other WIPs

I have been working on a number of new figures recently including 4 new heads finished this morning. The portly gentleman was originally meant to be seated at a table making toys, but I've been having other thoughts perhaps for him now. The lady in the huge knickers is wearing the Victorian boots I will feature in a 'how to make boots' post soon. I like to have a few things on the go at any one time. :0)

Lady at a dressing table

An older lady, who will be wearing a corset, at her dressing table.
She is a seated figure, and I've been trying to really get her to sit with some 'weight' on her chair. She is either applying powder or lipstick so has pursed up her lips.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Cinders and Prince Charming

Cinderella and Prince Charming arriving at the Grand Ball... these traditional pantomime characters are wearing cream silk costumes styled roughly mid 1700s and have white elaborate wigs

Thursday, 11 March 2010

who is herself a wonderfully creative person XXX
The rules of the award are:
1 Thank the person who gave it to you
2 Copy the logo to your blog
3 Link to the person who nominated you
4 Name 7 things about yourself that nobody knows
5 Nominate 7 Kreative bloggers
6 Post Links to the 7 blogs you nominate
7 Leave a comment on each of those blogs letting them know you've nominated them.
Well here are my 7 things you might not know about me.....
1 I am related to Sir Ian Botham (rofl)
2 I love Warthogs
3 I have a scar on my forehead but not quite as good as Harry's.
4 I used to do a lot of ballroom dancing BEFORE it was trendy!
5 I was once a member of MENSA
6 I am a Coeliac :0(
7 I love making compost
and here are my 7 nominated lovely blogs: