Friday, 20 July 2018

The First Appearance in Malta!

Hello everyone,

Just popped in for a quick post with some news!

Some of you already know that the term "dolls houses" and whatever is related to them, here in Malta, is a complete 'taboo'. I am sure that there are a few out there that do have a dolls house on the island but there are no shops that sell miniatures or anything that fits for our hobby.

A few weeks ago I was approached by Stephen Buhagiar  from "The People of Malta" for an interview about my dolls house collection. "The People of Malta" is a private entity that works on this amazing artistic project to share emotions, stories, personalities, moods and contrasts depicted in pictures and in citations of the Maltese people. Recently they have also published their first book. 

Stephen was interested to visit my dolls house collection, have an interview and take pictures. Coming to think of this, it was the very first time that a Maltese approached me for an interview about my dolls house creations and miniatures. I know it's quite surprising when you think that I have had more publications and articles abroad and not even one in my own country. Obviously I agreed to do it. 

The day came and Stephen visited my new dolls house area which will be opening very soon for the public. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I will be having the opening in August. 

Stephen was quite impressed with what he saw. He asked several questions, took notes and a few pictures. 

Last Tuesday, "The People of Malta" posted the interview and picture of me with my dolls houses on their FaceBook Page.


The caption was in Maltese and in the English language. Here is the English Version of it.

"This is my world, my miniature world. Doll’s houses have fascinated me since forever, from when I was 4 years old. I used to see how I could create a house for every doll I had. When I was 17 I wanted to start building my doll’s houses myself. This meant that instead of buying them ready-made, I would build them myself. You don’t find the material, teachers of the technique and sellers of items connected with doll’s houses, readily available in Malta. I embarked on this hobby thanks to the internet. I remember quite clearly the day when my parents had dial-up internet installed at home. This opened a whole world of opportunities to me.

Every house I build is in 12 scale. I manually craft every detail, no matter how small. There are parts made from wood, cloth and some parts are even made of ceramic. The beauty of doll’s houses is the adherence to the historical periods. This encouraged me to study historical eras, as in order to furnish the internal structure of the houses you need to make use of items in fashion at that particular period. The variety of styles ranges between Victorian, Modern, Georgian, Medieval, Post-War and Tudor.

Whatever I produce with my hands is the result of the passion I have for this hobby."


I was surprised with the feed back and reactions I got especially from the Maltese.


Surprisingly I had many persons asking me where could they see the collection and if it was open for the public. Just from their face book page I got over 1,200 likes so that was quite big for me.

From here I want to thank The People of Malta especially Stephen for giving me the opportunity to share my passion with them. 

And to add some more good news! My Miniature World on Facebook has reached over 17,000 likes.

Once again, I want to thank you all for the support and encouragement. This means so much to me.

To show my appreciation I will be giving out a free give away. 


It's one of my favorite miniature books called The Children's Object Book which is fully illustrated.

All you have to do to take a chance to win this book is.

1)  Be or Become a follower of My Miniature World Blog.
2)  Like and share our Face Book Page.
3)  Leave a comment on this post so I'll know who wants to take part in the draw.

Closing date will be 27th July 2018 and the lucky winner will be announced shortly afterwards.

Don't miss out! Good luck to all!

So this is all for today. I will keep you updated very soon with the latest progress on The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. Make sure to keep tuned. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx



Photograph taken by Stephen Buhagiar from The People of Malta

Monday, 16 July 2018

Completing the Roof Terrace at The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Another week has passed by. Time does fly by so quick when you are busy and enjoying it at the same time. Hope you all had a great weekend. I have been very busy during last week but I have to admit that whatever I had planned, it was done quite successfully which also included my dolls house project.

For the past few days I have been working on the roof terrace of The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn and I am very happy with the end results.


Even if  it was just the roof terrace I still wanted to give it my full attention and detail. I first started working on the garden furniture. I have added two garden tables with chairs which are made out of white metal.


 They took me quite some time to paint, especially to bring out their weathered detail.  At the end, the task is always rewarding.




I added a few plants, a tree and a stone garden bench. The plants and their pots like most of all new miniatures looked too new and not realistic. The stone garden bench definitely needed a touch of paint to make it look more old. 




I have weathered the pots, added some soil and even weathered slightly the branches of the tree. At least now I can say they look the part. 





The last piece was the Lion wall fountain made out of resin that I got for this project. 


I liked the piece, but still I knew I could improve it.

First I have weathered the piece with earth color paints.


Then I added the last touches of water effect.



Once placed on the side wall, I also weathered the wall accordingly. 




And here are a few pictures of the complete roof terrace.








Hope you have liked how it turned out. I'm looking forward to finish this project now. Keep tuned for the next update on this project; The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Adding more pieces to the Parlour in The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here it's getting hotter just like every year. Have been busy like always with new miniatures at my etsy shop and also with The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. Before I start, I want to welcome the new followers to my blog and also those at Google +; WELCOME!

As the Master Swordsman is at it's final stages, it's time to start adding those extra details. There is still a lot that I want to add.

The Parlour

The new additions that I added were three pieces of furniture to my favorite room the parlour. These were kits by Melissa Miniatures from The Netherlands. I have built and painted them to match with the other pieces.



I always enjoy building these kits and they do look authentic.

I used the largest one as a hall table. This one turned out quite a nice, piece especially using a marble top for it. I have also painted a pewter miniature Stallion in bronze effect to put on top of it.




The next piece was a very small side table which I placed close to the fire place. I have painted it in dark brown and used lighter shades of brown for the top and drawers.  This will be holding the detailed phonograph that my father built and painted.



Among the other items that I added to the room was another picture printed on canvas of my father, which was placed on the fire place mantel. 

The miniature framed picture of my father


The final piece was the tiny coffee table, painted to match with the other furniture. It's quite small and I decided to put it between the two armchairs. 



As this was the parlor, I wanted to add the chess board game. A few years ago my father had painted the tiny chess pieces but I never got to use them for any of my other projects. I thought that this would be ideal and I got myself busy and made a chess board just for the set.


The chess pieces are very tiny and very patiently I have placed the pieces in their rightful place.



I love the tiny chess set especially now that it had it's board and it looked just right in it's place on the small table. 



Here are a few photos of the whole room so far.






This is all for today. Hope you like what I have done so far to this room. Keep tuned for the next update on this project.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Making Acquaintances at The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Here I am once again! Hope you had a nice weekend. Today I spent some time getting to know the persons who frequent The Master Swordsman Pub and Inn. Most of them are regulars and live very close by to Regent Street.

Today I got out my note book and wrote down a few of the characters that will be part of The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. I enjoy giving my projects a story-line behind them especially to Regent Street.


Since the beginning of the project, I have been collecting dolls just for it. Some I already had and they were waiting for the right time to appear. Maybe a few of you have already met them through Miss Leah. I am keeping my favorite doll maker Beverley Senatore busy with all the dolls. They are beautiful. She still has a few more to make for this project but I am in no rush. Thanks Beverly for giving life to my projects.

First of all I would like to introduce to you the landlady; the proprietor of the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. Ladies and Gents meet Madam Arabella Barrett.

Madam Arabella Barrett
Madam Arabella Barrett is the owner of the Pub & Inn and she has been widowed for quite sometime. After her husband has passed away she has moved to Regent Street with her son and there she spent most of her fortune to open the Pub & Inn. She called it The Master Swordsman after a promise she made to her late husband as he indeed was one of the best Master Swordsman of  the time. 

The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn turned into quite a popular meeting place especially for the elite in society and nobles. 

Then we have the handsome son of Madam Arabella; Sir Edwin Barrett. 

Sir Edwin Barrett


Sir Edwin Barrett an eligible bachelor in his early forties. For those who have a good memory. Remember the handsome stranger who had visited Miss Leah in her boutique? Remember how taken he was with the young lady? Well finally we got to know who he is. A fine gentleman, who takes care of his loving mother and takes care of the business.  Like the saying goes like father, like son; we shouldn't forget that he is a skilled sword fighter.

Then we have Mr. Larkin Royston the bar tender. 

Mr. Larkin Royston The Bar Tender


Dark haired, quite built and handsome. Larkin has been employed almost immediately after Madam Barrett took the pub and inn into her hands. At first he used to help out as a handy man and helped to restore the abandoned place. We don't know much about Larkin, he tends to keep to himself.

So far we have two regulars that come to the pub almost on daily basis. Mr. John Corbett; an elderly gentleman that always welcomes you with a smile. Mr. Corbett is a very outgoing person who likes to make new acquaintances and enjoys to tell stories of when he was young during the war especially when he is light headed and had an extra drop of wine. 

Mr. John Corbett



The other gentleman is Mr. Edgar Hervey. Edgar is a good friend of Edwin. They have grown up together. Even if Edgar comes from a middle class family, he has worked hard to reach his goals in society. For those who remember, this gentleman has also made acquaintances by accident with Ms. Quelina.   

Mr. Edgar Hervey



Within the building there is a guest room for those clients who have traveled for quite some distance and need to spend the night. At the moment we have Mrs. Charlotte Perkins who is waiting patiently for her husband to return, while he is visiting Regent Street for business.


Mrs. Charlotte Perkins



Here are a few more pictures.






There will be more guests who will visit the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn in the near future, so do keep an eye out for them. 

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxx