Saturday, 19 January 2019

Part 6 - Completing The Dickens Book Shop on the Life & Style TV Show

Hello everyone,

How are you all? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. It's been quite cold here. Can't wait for Spring time. 

Today I will be sharing with you the complete room box 'The Dickens Book Shop'. The room box was completed on the 'Life & Style' TV Show on the NET TV Maltese Channel. 

The TV Show was aired 2 weeks ago where I completed the project with the last additions to the Library.

The last additions to the library were more books, hand painted miniatures, other small accessories and my latest piece the Book press. 

Here is the introduction of the tv show. 

For the last tv show for the library, I wanted something eye catching so I wanted to create a miniature Book Press. I was running out of time and I wasn't sure that I would have succeeded. I started by first creating a small table ideal for the book press using scrap wood that I found from my stash. 

Then I started working on the book press which was made with wood and tiny bits and pieces.  

Once it was built I stained it and painted it's components. I have to admit I love how it turned out at the end. 

I have also painted and weathered a small crate with small readable books. These are my new 1:24 scale miniature books but they still look nice in a 1:12 scale setting. 

Near  to the portrait of Charles Dickens I added a few scrolls that I made and I also added a small frame with the picture of Catherine Dickens; the beautiful wife of Charles Dickens. 

I have also added a few hand painted accessories to the desk, a few downsized letters that were written by Charles Dickens himself.  I have weathered some sheets of paper and also added a newspaper. 

Behind the desk you will find the librarian which was named after the son of Charles Dickens; Henry Dickens. Henry is another dolls made by my favorite doll maker Beverly Senatore.

The Librarian Henry Dickens
The second part of the TV Show was showing the audience the complete project. 

Here is the second part of the TV Show.

Completing the library, I thought that I was pretty much done and that my days on the TV Show were over. How wrong was I! During the show and even after I was off air, the producer approached me and wants me on the TV show on regular basis and keeping that in mind she wants me to start a new project on the show. From here I want to thank the Producer Joanne Tanti for giving me such an opportunity to share my work.

After the show I added the last piece to the library which was the world globe.

I had this cheep miniature globe which I totally hated as it looks so unrealistic and doesn't fit with the style of the library. 

Word Globe Before
So I took it in my stride to change it completely. I have totally gave it a make-over which suits the library better.

World Globe after the transformation
Here are a few pictures of the complete library. 

So now I am back at the drawing table, preparing for another room box which will be part of the library. The new room box is going to go right on top of the library. Eventually the whole building will be part of my Regent Street. 

As I will be busy working on this project and being tight with time, I will have to postpone my beloved 'Pembroke Grange'. It was a very hard decision to take. I pass from in front of dry built kit everyday, wanting to start working on it and I just don't have the time. 'Pembroke Grange' deserves so much better. It needs my full attention with no side projects to distract me. Like my other projects it deserves my whole heart and mind. Nevertheless it doesn't mean that I won't be working on another dolls house. I am thinking of bringing out the 'Ocean Drive' which is built already, but needs restoration and a new look with touches of my own.

This is all for today. Hope you have enjoyed The Dickens Book Shop. In the meantime I will continue working on The Traditional Dolls house. Keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon,


Rebecca xxx  


  1. WOW !!! you are living in a fairy tale !!! Congratulations also to Beverly Senator. The bookshop is fantastic, the printing lathe has been great. Intrigues me how did you make the globe ancient, coloring on how you did not cover the writing? Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much Elena for your kind words, It means so much to me xxx

  2. A beautifully executed project from beginning to end! I totally love how the library turned out, including the highlights therein. The book press looks fantastic, as does everything else, really. Another great job done, very proud of you!!

    1. Thank you so much José for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate it!!!

  3. The bookshop is amzing. There are beautiful things: the book press is a real device; the "new" antique globe is a little masterpiece.
    Congratulations on your participation in the show.

  4. Una librería fantásticas , eres una embajadora perfecta para el mundo en miniaturas. Felicidades:-)

    1. ¡Guauu! Muchas gracias. Realmente lo aprecio xxx