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You may have noticed that, although I do mention other websites and blogs from time to time, I don’t have a side-bar list of links on display.

This isn’t because I don’t appreciate the work of other bloggers, but because I know that I don’t have the time to maintain an up-to-date list.

WordPress statistics tell me that the following websites and bloggers have been kind enough to host a link to my blog this year and  over the past month I have checked that the links are live.

I look forward to doing more in-depth reading over the Christmas Holidays, with many thanks to all the following:

MINIATURES

Dada’s Dollhouse

Bickersgracht in miniature

Nuestras Minis – miniatures

Maria Inez Garibaldi

Kunnen nukkekoti

Minitarinat

Miniature Dreamworld – miniatures

Mini Foreningen

Le Petit monde Merveilleux de Marie

Villa Rendezvous ja muita tarinoita – miniatures

Wasting Gold Paper

Anajah’s Favoriten – a collection of dolls’ house projects to do

Dolls’ House Past and Present – miniatures and quarterly on-line magazine

So Mini Projects

One Tiny Little Thing

And then there are:

PRINTABLES

Jennifer’s Printables – printable things for miniature homes

Amy’s Wandering – printable nativity scenes, other printables and home schooling

PAPERCRAFT

Papermau – papercraft, models to make

Tektonen – papercraft, models to make

PaperCraftSquare – papercraft, models to make

AND

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Minitreasures – a Wiki for miniatures

Freubelweb – crafts, paper projects

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Finally, a special mention for littleglitterhouses.com, which has downloadable plans for many small building projects, some of which can be adapted for miniature use.

open-house-miniatures-christmas-2015-glitter-houses-and-bird-tree

I was looking for information on nativity sets when I came across the website and was amused at the way little snow scene houses (aka “putz”, or “glitter houses”) have travelled around the world and the ways in which they have changed in design as they did so.

For the record, these little houses  existed in the UK too. I can remember, when I was very young, helping to make a small village (there was even a postbox!) from cereal box card and gummed coloured paper. The glitter that we used came in a box and the flakes were large, flat and translucent – fascinatingly and memorably different to the silver glitter that came in a glass tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ettore Sobrero

ettore_sobrero_1991-catalogue

Ettore Sobrero’s books are, some of the most beautifully bound miniature volumes that I have ever seen and I was very glad to discover that I still had one of his catalogues.

I scanned the catalogue to see if I would be able to reproduce the fine quality print here. The answer to that is: no.

However, I thought that the  scans weren’t completely unflattering and decided to see if I could remember how to make a slideshow and upload it to Slideshare.

This was only partially successful because I had to compress the images in the presentation in order to be able to upload the file. This naturally affected the quality of the image on-screen and the scans became decidedly uncomplimentary.

Below is the result of my Plan B, which was to host the images on another site. I hope that this will prove to be a reliable way of storing images, although, in this instance, I still had to reduce the files a little in size.

Another reason for writing this particular blog post was to experiment with some of the changes in file management that have taken place on WordPress.

My apologies to all who find my experiments in the technological field duller than ditch water.

 

 

 

 

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The Not Very Encouraging News

  1. My camera is not working reliably
  2. My little home printer is not working at all

Result: no paper projects to do on this blog until above are fixed or replaced

The Good News

  1. The scanner part of my printer is working. (I am not saying that it does a wonderful job, but at least it is working)

The “Oh no, what now…” News

Due to building work at home, alot of my things have been in store.

While in store, some things evidently became damp (see foxing on scan of card below)

example of foxing due to damp

Foxing (the brown spots) is the result of a type of mould and I have to go through everything and check / air / scan / throw away / make tough decisions about it.

While doing this, I thought that I should make the effort to digitize my paper-based archive. [Archive, in this case = a very grand word for a box of postcards, scraps and other miscellaneous junk.]

However, I have so much to do (in general) at the moment that I cannot – must not – spend more than 1 hour a day sitting in front of my computer.

Despite this, in an unwise(?) but praiseworthy(?) attempt to share what I thought might be useful to other people interested in making miniature things, I created a page called Printables on this blog.

I then came swiftly to the conclusion that:

  1. My idea of what is “useful” may not be universally “useful”
  2. I will soon run out of storage space, if I add full size images randomly
  3. Looking through lots of thumbnail sized images on a computer screen is tedious

Result: a suggestion that is going to end in disappointment for some people.

The suggestion is this:

There should be a comments box on this page and, if you would like to, you can leave a message there letting me know what would be useful to you. Please be as specific as you can, for example magazines is good, but magazines (fashion, 1950s) would be even better.

This would be a great help to me, as I could spend more time scanning and less time uploading (not at all useful) images here.

A couple of things to bear in mind, please:

  1. My 1 Hour a Day Computer Rule
  2. There are only 24 hours in a day and I do my best to be asleep for at least 6 of them

Finally:

Below is the result of one hour’s work. Most of the time was taken up by typing the descriptions and double checking that the right description was with the right card and how they were displayed on screen etc., etc., etc. This means that any scans I upload here are not going to have detailed written descriptions.

And I can’t decide if the following should be called: “cigarette cards“, “lithographic prints” or “possible miniature theatre scenery“, so please don’t be surprised if images are not classified as you think they should be.

No. 2 of 25 Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings -

No. 2 of 25 Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings
“Dutch Boats off Flushing”
De Reszke Cigarettes – J Millhoff & Co Ltd.

Cigarette Cards No. 20 (of 80) in the series Evolution of the British Navy - no manufacturer name given.

No. 20 (of 80) in the series Evolution of the British Navy
– no manufacturer name given.

Cigarette card - No. 19 (of 25)

No. 19 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings
“Dutch Boats in a Calm”
Army Club Cigarettes – Cavanders Ltd

Cigarette Card - No. 3 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings

No. 3 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings
Dedham Mill
Army Club Cigarettes – Cavanders Ltd

Cigarette Card - No. 12 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings

No. 12 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings
“The Valley of the Llugwy”
Army Club Cigarettes – Cavanders Ltd

No. 7 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings

No. 7 (of 25) Reproductions of Celebrated Oil Paintings
The Stream
Army Club Cigarettes – Cavanders Ltd

 

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Afterword

I don’t sponsor any advertisements on this blog

WordPress need to make money in order to run their blogging service and so they sell advertising space.

I could, by paying WordPress a small fee, make this blog advert free – nice as this would be, it’s not going to happen soon.

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How Big…?

Open House Miniatures - screen detail and 10p coin

10p coin.

One of the comments on the post before this one started a train of thought that ended, a great deal earlier this morning, in these photographs.

Open House Miniatures - screen detail and 10p coin

1p coin.

I look in bemusement at photographs from around the world, where my only size reference is an unknown coin.

Does the same thing happen to you?

If it does, this may help – for the UK at least.

Open House Miniatures - UK coins

The 10p coin
(far right)
is very slightly smaller than
1 inch
(2.5 cm)
in diameter

Open House Miniatures - UK coins

I think that, if you are not familiar with the UK currency,  in addition to the variety of sizes and shapes, it may sometimes difficult to identify a coin because the front and reverse of the same denomination can vary.

Open House Miniatures - 5p and 1p coins showing variations

This is one of the reasons why I continue to use a ruler – even though many people have told me how much they dislike it.

Open House Miniatures - screen detail and ruler

“…horrible, everyday, metallic, nasty, mundane-ness…” is possibly my favourite quote to date.

[Please do not take this as encouragement to send me more, even more descriptive, quotes !]

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