Thursday, 18 October 2018

Working on The Traditional Dolls House

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are having a great week. I have to admit I am quite excited as tomorrow Posy and I will be travelling to The Netherlands for our very first dolls house and miniature fair. I am so looking forward to be there and to meet fellow miniaturists too. 

Today I will be sharing with you some updates on 'The Traditional' dolls house that I am building for my little Leah. She is very happy about it and she is also enjoying herself by helping out.



Before I started working on the house I made sure to finish the basement with its last floor tiles and details. 


Once the basement was settled, I moved on to the house. I gave an undercoat of white paint for the inner walls and painted the outside in the matching eggshell blue.




The inner walls, where the staircase fits, had to be wall papered before I fitted in the walls in place as it would have been impossible for me to decorate afterwards. I went for a nice green wall paper which I think will fit in just right for the staircase


As most of the work was being done on a Sunday afternoon, my little Leah was with me to see her dolls house being built, but on second thought she wanted to help me paint the edges of the house.

I helped her out by showing how to hold the paint brush and how to paint the edges. She did an amazingly good job.





As soon as it dried out, I have placed the roof  and chimneys in place. 


It was time to start painting the windows and the front door. The kit came with plastic windows and a plastic door so I have decided to replace them with wooden ones instead. I find that by time the plastic ones become brittle and even change in colour, so my best option was to have them made from wood. In this case, it was quite necessary to have them replaced,  so they'll match with the ones in the basement. 

I have to admit painting windows is not something that I really enjoy doing and I tend to work on them gradually and not paint them all at once.  This time it was different. Leah was having a ball helping me out with her dolls house and she wanted to do more. She was so eager to help that I couldn't say no to her; besides I was on top of the moon seeing my little prodigy at work. I always knew that she would take after me.  With that in mind I gave her a few windows to paint and I was impressed that she did such a good job. I really hope that the love for dolls houses will grow strong in her. 






Now I started tiling the roof slates. One side is done but I still have to do the other side, paint them and add the details on the outside. 


This is all for today. I will continue working on the dolls house once I am back from The Netherlands, so make sure to keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx

Friday, 12 October 2018

My Miniature World featured on TVAM

Hello everyone,

Thank goodness it's Friday! Another week has gone by and now that the weekend is here I can work a bit more on my project. 

Last Wednesday I was contacted by Clara from TVAM. For those who are wondering what TVAM is; it's a breakfast show aired on the TVM channel which reports daily news, lifestyle, social activities and entertainment, between Monday and Friday from 7:00am and 9:00am presented by Quinton and Clara.



Clara came with her crew on the same day and interviewed me about my dolls houses and other related stuff.



The TV program lasts two hours and various guests are invited to the show. The feature for My Miniature World  was aired yesterday and lasted six minutes. 

Even though it's in the Maltese language here is the feature for you to see.


I am quite happy with it. From here I want to than Quinton and Clara for giving me the opportunity to feature my dolls houses on their breakfast show. 

This is all for today. I will be sharing with you the progress on the new dolls house very soon.

Take Care and see you soon.

Hugs,


Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Houses Rebecca Built - The Times of Malta

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all fine. Just popping in to share with you some news. Today My Miniature World was featured on Malta's leading newspaper The Times of Malta. 


A few days after the launch and opening of My Miniature World, I was contacted by Matthew Mirabelli from the Times of Malta to have an interview to feature it on the news paper. I was thrilled with the idea. Weeks passed and it slipped my mind but then a few days ago I was contacted by Sarah Carabott who wrote the article and told me that it was going to be featured today. 

So this morning I went to get the newspaper  and I was speechless when I saw a double page feature of my dolls houses. 



I couldn't believe what I was seeing. 

Link to The Houses Rebecca Built

The article has also been featured on The Times of Malta's website and facebook page. Here is the link for those who would like to read it The houses Rebecca built - unique exhibition in Marsascala. Just in case the link gets broken here is a Saved Copy of the article. 

From here I would like to thank The Times of Malta for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. Mostly I also want to thank Matthew Mirabelli for visiting and taking pictures of my projects and Sarah Carabott for visiting too and writing the article. 

Here are a few pictures. All credits go to The Times of Malta and Matthew Mirabelli.






From here I want to thank you all for your constant support and encouragement.  I hope you will like the feature. 

I will be getting back to you soon to share with you an update on the new project. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A New Project - The Traditional Dolls House

Hello Everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are feeling fine and started the month of October on a good note. The weather since yesterday has changed drastically with storms during the night and also during the day. At least I know that this will keep me indoors and I can work on my miniatures and projects. Before I start I wanted to welcome the new followers to my blog. Welcome!

Finally today I am going to be sharing with you one of my new projects. It's another discontinued Dolls House Emporium kit going way back since 1990  called The Traditional Dolls House. The Traditional Dolls house is a very simple kit. One would consider it suitable for kids and it's also ideal for beginners. This particular dolls house is not exactly for me, but for my little daughter Leah who has been asking me for it for quite some time.



 To this four roomed dolls house I will also be adding the DHE Classical Basement which fits like a dream  and for good reasons.

The Traditional Dolls House, going way back in years was always very similar to DHE's Classical dolls house.

The Traditional Dolls House

I have found an old picture from a catalog featuring the Traditional dolls house with Berkeley Basement. The dolls house has the same dimensions as The Classical, only that The Classical has two extra rooms.

In time The Traditional Dolls House got an upgrade which looked more like The Classical but still remained with four rooms. The Traditional was discontinued and the new upgraded dolls house was called The Park House was introduced in 1999.

The Park House

In the years that followed even this was discontinued but The Classical Dolls House remains up to this very day.

The Classical Dolls House
Knowing that The Classical remained faithful to it's original dimensions, I knew that after all these years The Traditional would have fitted perfectly onto  The Classical Basement.  

I was so looking forward to try to dry build it to see how it looked and as I suspected it fitted exactly on to the basement. 

The Traditional Dolls House with the Classical Basement
I started working firstly on the basement.  Leah and I went to purchase the paint together. I asked her in what color did she want her dolls house and she went for a blue color. So we went to the blue section of paints and with her small fingers she pointed to an egg shell blue. The girl already has taste. I wouldn't have chosen a different color to hers.  

On the same evening, I got busy painting the walls and floors. 


Once those were done. I started building the pieces together. Thinking about it, it was my first DHE basement that I ever built since I took the hobby, so this was quite new to me.



I also got to paint the windows and door in white.


The outdoor staircases were painted in a light grey but I have added fine sand to the paint to make it look textured.




I decided to tile the front garden. Even though it's for little Leah, I wanted something that would remain intact for many years to come.

It will take me a while to finish but I am sure that I will get there. 




This is what I did so far and I am quite pleased with the out come. 


This is all for today. I hope that I will get to finish the basement and start working on the house. Leah is keeping an eye on her house and is interested in its progress. Keep tuned for the next update on this project.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Concluding The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn - A Tribute to a Loving Father.

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend. My good old friend Summer said goodbye and once again we're back in Fall. Today we will also be closing the curtains and saying goodbye to The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn.


The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn now stands proudly in Regent Street between Miss Leah's and The Coffee Corner. It took me eight months to complete. It always gets overwhelming when I finish a project especially when it takes months to finish.


I'm very happy how it turned out. I can actually say it turned out even better than I expected. Every room has a special feature, that draws one's attention.

Turning on the lights of the project makes it look magical and more real. Sometimes I wish I could shrink and walk among the dolls and roam around the rooms.



Here are a few pictures of the lit rooms.






The Pub




The Guest Room with its en-suite


The Parlour


The Room behind the stained glass door


The Roof Terrace





I also got to take some photos of the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn among the other shops in Regent Street in the dark with their lights on. I can spend hours looking at them.




I know I am sharing its completion now but The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn was done and ready a day before the launch of My Miniature World. I had to do my best to make sure that this was complete before the big event and for a very good reason. The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn wasn't really seen by anyone before and it was special to have it shown for the first time in the Launch. 



The opening of The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn during the Launch

What made it even more special to have it ready before, was that my father got to see it for the first time complete during the Launch itself. I could say that he was very happy and very proud. To have him there standing in awe before it, only made me realize how strong the bond between us is. He loved every detail.  I couldn't be more happy to have this project as a tribute to him. He has always been by my side in every circumstance; being as a child, as a teen, as a young lady and even now as a woman and a mother. We still work together and he still helps me with my miniatures so the least I could do was this, a project based on his own passion.   

My father the Master Swordsman and I

From here I would like to thank my father for always being there for me. Thank you paps!

So that's a Wrap Up!

I will be working on two dolls house projects now. One of them is for my little girl whom I have promised her a dolls house of her own which she will be decorating herself. The other one is Pembroke Grange which will have a Regency period style. Make sure to keep tuned for the beginning of the new projects.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxxx