zaterdag 29 maart 2014

Mini dolls

 Usually I make my mini dolls from polymer clay, wire and wool. This time I tried to make two dolls completely out of polymer clay. The arms and legs connected with very thin wire.
They are about 4 cm high, I can use all my fabric scraps to dress them.
 Different methods of making a mini-doll.
The two largest ladies in the middle of this groupportrait are the ones completely made of polymer clay, which turned out to be rather fragile.
Next time I will try porcelain clay!

maandag 17 maart 2014

Noli me tangere

This weekend we visited the Stedelijk Museum in Alkmaar, there was a beautiful exhibition about Jacob van Oostsanen. I adored this painting which looked absolutely magical in real..

zaterdag 25 januari 2014

Cut & paste

To send this little Bergere hat on its stand safely all the way to Spain. I had to fit it tightly in the box. Also I wanted it to look a littlebit nicer than just plain cardboard...so a lot of cutting and pasting was done: the oldfashioned way!

donderdag 9 januari 2014

Quay Brothers Universum



Now on in the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam is a beautiful, inspiring, dark exibition about the work of the Quay Brothers.

zondag 8 december 2013

Regency Robin in the garden.

 I thought you might like to see a close-up of Robin`s face, I repainted her with porcelain paints.
in the second picture the focus is on the robin on her hand.
Handmade by Carla Zandvliet.

vrijdag 6 december 2013

Welcome by Robin and her pet robin.

A warm welcome to: Krizze, Arantza Martin, Miniluna, Sirkku, Gina, Jennifer. I hope you enjoy my Blog.

Robin dressed in Regency style, and her pet robin say welcome to you all.
The beautiful tiny robin was made by Carla Zandvliet, a Dutch miniaturist who is also famous for her silk flowers.

zondag 14 juli 2013

The colour of her hair..

Even for a porcelain person it makes a big difference what colour her hair is. First I gave Belle a dark brown hairdo . This made her look very pale, so I changed it to auburn, better I think. And I took this picture in an other room , so it looks warmer..

zondag 19 mei 2013

Anne Fairfax

A few years ago Susan Bembridge was my neighbour at the 1:12 Show in Rheda-Wiedenbruck Germany. All the lovely wallpapers and fabrics on her table kept calling me over for a closer look... .
 I finally made a choice, I bought a piece of silk crepe de chine with the name Anne`s bedroom.
Click on the picture to visit Susan`s website

Home in Holland again I searched for this Anne, who was she, what was her story ? She was Anne Fairfax, and she had a rather sad life, losing her mother and sisters. The house were her bedroom was is called Fairfax House, it has its own website www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk .
In her bedroom hangs a sweet picture of Anne, painted in 1742 by Philip Mercier.
Inspired by Anne Fairfax I am dressing  Belle in a 18th century style dress made from the fabric I bought  from Susan.
 I am now trying to get a nice fit on the bodice.

zaterdag 11 mei 2013

Update

It is time for an update, it is far too long since I posted!

There are four new followers:  a warm Welcome to David Edwards , Las miniaturas y el vintage, Noelle de Terwangne and Yolanda Moran.

I have been playing with my new tiny kiln , trying to make my own dolls, but the results are not very professional ! It certainly is a learning proces. I expected  anything could go wrong: the pouring of the liquid porcelain, the cleaning of the greenware, the painting of the doll parts, the temperature of the kiln, and evereything did go wrong and 90 % of the dollparts ended up in the bin.. A lot of puzzles and questions. I am glad there is a lot of information to be found on the internet, and a lot of helpfull professional generous dollmakers who want share their knowledge.  At the moment I am dressing my first lady doll, she is far from perfect, but I like her.
The face and arms mold I have is Belle from Stacy Hofmann and a legs mold from Dawn Adams:
buttoned boots with a heel.Not suitable for a lady in 18th century style dress. So I scraped of the boots in the Greenware stage, before it is cured in the kiln, when the porcelain is not really dry. And added white stockings and silk shoes with silk bows.


zaterdag 9 februari 2013

Welcome new followers.

A warm welcome to new followers: Susu, DoF theinfill, Birgit, AnneRie, Shaairah, Annemarie Hovenga, Erika Kraster-de Boer, Ozden Ceyhan, Lina, Susan Maskin, AM, and minis64.
Have a great weekend!
Margot

zondag 20 januari 2013

Beeckestijn


The painting by Jan Davidsz. de Heem 


The photograph by Richard Kuiper
The past weeks volunteers were working  hard on Beeckestijn: an 18th century country estate in Velsen.
We all worked together under the supervision of our new artistic manager: Nathalie Faber.
The exhibition is called Still Life Exhibition. On display are paintings and photographs from the 17th century till the 21th century. Can you see the difference...
The stilllife painting was painted in the 17th century. The stillife by Richard Kuiper is a photograph from the 21 th century, everything in the photo is plastic...

woensdag 26 december 2012

Christmas in Villa Vanilla

A bit too late...but I wish you all a merry Xmas and a happy and healthy NewYear!
This is an old picture from the livingroom in Villa Vanilla : my Honeychurch dollhouse.

My father Tom built the house in 1987 for me from a kit .

woensdag 3 oktober 2012

Autumn storms.

Welcome, dear old followers and dear new followers:
Hannelore Strehler-Bauer, Elsa, Alennka,
  Pracownia Malych WnetrzLisey de OzInes Paiva Raposo.
 Also I welcome a stranger in town, he arrived during the first autumn storm..indeed a strange gentleman...
 with his pet black crow and big black spider on his top hat.
He is the new owner of the antiques and curiosities shop.
I made him from a resin doll-kit by www.minidollkit.com , the black crow is made by Georgia Marfels.



zaterdag 16 juni 2012

Interview...

For the June issue of the Dutch dollhouse and miniatures magazine: Poppenhuizen en Miniaturen, I was interviewed by Dienke Cazemier about La Belle Brigante. I was a little nervous, like before a job-interview...but there was no need as Dienke wrote a very nice article and made lovely pictures!

donderdag 14 juni 2012

Some progress...

Porcelain dolls by Sylvia Mobley, dressed and wigged by me.
At the moment I make very little progress on the dolls, but I wanted to show you that I have been doing something...unfortunately not enough to attend shows at the moment.

woensdag 13 juni 2012

Tiny surprise revealed..

Carmel was the winner of my surprise giveaway. A few days ago the little gift arrived at Carmel`s home in Australia. Now Carmel has seen it, I can put a picture on my blog too. It is a 3 cm gentleman made from scratch, dressed in 18th century style, in silks and lace.

Welcome with flowers



I would like to say welcome with flowers to new followers:
Amandus 1.12, Mcddiss, Sognatriceabordo, Rafa Fonseca, Cristina, Maja, Mercedes, Rocinash,
 Ramhinos de Pano, Francesca, Drora Hed, Annie Fryd, Rita`s minis, Indy Poppy (the winner of my GiveAway), Eva Tatalamaru, Jorgelina, Cote, Antonia, Isabel(morgana135), Norma, Mariana Belmonte, Milena Basili, Carla, Emily Sophie, Beatriz Sanchez, Begona Calo, TeenyTinyThings, Amary,
Xandra Dekker.
















maandag 21 mei 2012

Winner of the give-away!


Last night I asked Jan to pick a name out of the old straw hat, and so he did. And the winner is Indy-Poppy
Congratulations! Please mail me your address, and I will send you your mini-gift.
Thanks to everyone for participating,  have a lovely day. Margot

dinsdag 1 mei 2012

Surprise GiveAway !

This is a blurry fuzzy picture of my shy GiveAway. He is a gentle creature.If you are curious and would like this  little fellow to come and live in your dollshouse, leave a comment on this post and become a follower. The draw is on May 21 end of the day.
 Good Luck.
Margot

maandag 30 april 2012

Welcome new followers and welcome new plants!

 For my birthday I wished for plants as a present and that`s exactly what I got!
And to all new followers: a warm and flowery Welcome!
Gina Dutton, Blanche, Peetje van der Hoek, Annadan, Ele An, Craig Cantrell, Cbtol34, Liliam1961, HoneyMelone,
Lucy Coles.

So now there are 300 followers, it is time for a giveaway!!!

In my next post you can read all about my surprise giveaway.......

donderdag 26 april 2012

New Aim issue!

Celebrating Spring...click on the cover to follow the link to the free on-line magazine! Enjoy.

maandag 5 maart 2012

Delicate lady in delicate lace

 I am dressing this delicate porcelain lady in a very pale pink silk dress, the dress is completely covered in a very delicate old lace....

maandag 13 februari 2012

Welcome to the chaos...

A very warm welcome to new followers:
Johanna, Toni Gago, Angelique Hoekstra, Alexandra, Obscure Creations,
Agnieszka Jaroszek, Angela Perez Sanchez, Jeffry , I linked your Blogs to your names but for the following names I could not find Blogs... a very warm welcome to: Daphne, Brian, JRelsner, Dominique and Ullaczn.

 This is the situation in my workroom at the moment,
I am trying to dress six dolls at the same time, a new strategy...hmm, not sure yet if this will prove to be more productive...

woensdag 25 januari 2012

Getting started on new dolls .


















Today I am assembling some beautiful doll-kits by
Sylvia Mobley. I think these two look charming together. Maybe I will dress them as a couple, a bride and groom perhaps. A Spring wedding would be lovely...

woensdag 11 januari 2012

Cute picture...

Another tiny lady, her rococo wig makes her a bit taller..

zondag 8 januari 2012

A new tiny doll and welcome new followers.

A very warm welcome to new followers:
Gillian  
Andy
Carmen
Christine F.
Lidi
-P-
Doortje
Kati
Luisa
Synnove
Thank you all for becoming a follower!


For Etsy I  made this tiny doll and hat.
I put together a little scene
with a 1:12 size chair and a vintage piece of knitwork.
The sheperdess hat was made from old hatstraw
and the little bride is dressed in lovely old lace.
I love the soft colors and the old materials.
Margot