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 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Adding the last touches to the Pub

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend. It's been quite busy here and frustrating at the same time.  Apart from my miniature world work there are my daily duties and priorities that need my attention. I am really trying my best to keep up with the fast pace I'm living in, but so far I'm managing. 

Today I will be sharing with you the complete Pub area in The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. 
The Master Swordsman Pub
As predicated there were a lot of changes in this room. To be very honest I couldn't get the room right until I figured out what was missing. I kept moving weapons and other accessories from one wall to another. 

One of my favorite additions to the room was the Knight in armor. An amazing white metal piece that my father built from a kit and painted for me to put in the pub. 

The Night in Armor

The weaponry was the most difficult to place around the walls. No matter what I did they just didn't look good. Instead of the mirror hanging on top of the fireplace I went for another framed picture of my father which was printed on canvas. After all what is the point of having a pub called for The Master Swordsman without having a painting of a REAL Master Swordsman!

My Father - The Master Swordsman Daniel Sammut
With the painting hanging to the wall on top of the fire place, I added a few more helmets on the mantel piece and added a pair of hand painted soldier figurines that my father painted a few years ago. I knew that one day these figurines will adorn a special project. 



I started adding the weapons to the wall. I think I have never played "musical chairs" or in this case "musical weapons" as much as I did with these weapons around the back wall and the fireplace wall. It was agony. It took me days to figure them out. Today they are placed on one wall; tomorrow they are moved to another wall. At the end there was still something missing among the walls. I couldn't add more weapons, because it looked too overwhelming. Then I thought of adding pub adverts and posters. A pub usually would have them and luckily enough I found a couple of Victorian period posters which I have downsized and printed.



With the walls finally decorated and settled I continued adding details to the rest of the room. Every table had an ashtray that I had painted myself. 


On the tables they looked to clean especially for a pub. So I made the cigarettes and butt cigarettes out of polymer-clay and added real ashes from a previous bbq we had during the summer.





"Sir Edwin Barrett inviting Mr. John Corbett to the table for a glass of wine and a chat. Everyone enjoys Mr. Corbett's stories. "

Another piece that turned out quite nice was the hanging  wall clock to the pub. I have made the clock using a chunky button. I must say it looks very Victorian and just right for the area. 






"The handsome bar tender Mr. Larkin Royston is quite busy today but he is still keeping up to his task."

To the table where Mr. Edgar Hervey sits, I have added a miniature journal that I made with readable pages with some of my favorite poems. 




"There is the lovely Susanna; the barmaid  serving Mr. Edgar Hervey with his usual; a glass of  white wine."

Finally we come to the last table and a new comer to the Pub. Here is Mr. Ivor Ward.

Mr. Ivor Ward
"Mr. Ivor Ward is another frequent client to The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. He tends to keep to himself. He enjoys a pint or two  of ale. The only  thing that keeps him company is a deck of playing cards."

Mr. Ivory Ward is another handsome doll that was made for me by the lovely doll maker Beverly Senatore. 

For Mr. Ivor Ward I have made a house of cards. The playing cards were downsized and printed by me. The house of cards was quite fiddly to make but I am really happy with the end result.





Here are a few more pictures of the pub.






I hope you have liked how the pub turned out. I am very happy with it. I think, it was one of the most complicated rooms to finish off in this project.

I will be posting a few more pictures of the finished project with the lights on, so make sure to keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx