Hi I am Rebecca Micallef from Malta. I have been building dolls house and miniatures for 20 years and it's still my favorite hobby. It all started when I was around 4 years old when my parents gave me my first dolls house. From that day I never looked back.
Finally Friday! I hope you all had a great week. I am so looking forward to the weekend as I have so much to do especially on my new project.
Last weekend I got to start my new dolls house project called Pembroke Grange. Pembroke Grange is another Dolls House Emporium house which has been long discontinued.
A Picture from an old DHE Catalog
Pembroke Grange has a strong resemblance to 'Longbourn' house belonging to the Bennet's Family in the 'Pride & Prejudice' TV Series back in 1995. 'Pride & Prejudice' is indeed one of my favorite novel's by Jane Austen.
Longbourn House in Pride & Prejudice
I won't be surprised that this house was the inspiration for Pembroke Grange by DHE.
Longbourn was the only thing that I pictured in my mind when I saw Pembroke Grange, so there was no doubt that I was going for a Regency Period House.
I started off by dry building the house so I can get more familiar to it and study the interior.
The house itself has six spacious room but the interior was not to my liking. I knew immediately there was going to be some kit bashing. The first thing I hated in the house was the interior side walls. I hated the idea that the side walls were reduced for passage ways instead of having interior doors. I realized that two side walls were right in front of the windows in the front panel which didn't make sense. Also I didn't really like the staircase; there was something odd about them.
An addition to the house I wanted to add my neglected, long forgotten, standalone conservatory. It was about time that the conservatory was part of a dolls house and Pembroke Grange was just perfect for it.
I started off by changing the side walls, removing a room or two, opened the left side wall for the entrance to the conservatory and as suggested by my dear friend José, I gave more air to the staircase by giving more space to the hall way on the first floor.
It took me a while to do, but it was definitely worth it!
When those were done. I gave an undercoat to the wall panels and flooring. I had my floor covered with wood. There was quite a lot to paint.
As soon as the paint was dried, I built the house and tried out the new interior doors.
I painted the outside of the house which still needs a lot of detail and shading and also painted the windows and the front door.
This is how Pembroke Grange looks like so far.
I can't wait to continue working on the house. Still lots to do. I am waiting for supplies so in the mean time I can continue working on the conservatory. I need to strip it down and make it fit to this building which all this will be happening during this weekend.
Hope you like what I have done so far. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update on Pembroke Grange.
How are you all? Hope you had a great weekend. I have so much to share with you. During this weekend I have really started working on my new project Pembroke Grange which is going to have a Regency Style. But before that I wanted to share with you the last 'Life & Style' TV Show on NET TV for this season before the Summer Break.
For the last TV show, being summer time, I thought it would be nice to share with the audience my Summer House called 'Sea Shells'.
The Summer House goes way back. It was my second dolls house that I built. I was never happy with it at the time, until a few years ago when I decided to give it a good renovation that was well deserved.
There were so many changes to the house and most of the miniatures were done by me, such as the kitchen unit and the coffee table. The accessories were done by polymerclay and you will find also a few of my own ceramics. There is also a tiny miniature summer house that I made out of cardboard.
Being the last tv show I wanted to share one of my bigger projects to make it more special.
Charles and I presented the Summer House and I got to explain how the little miniatures and furniture pieces were done.
The first two tv slots I shared the first room which comprises of a kitchen and a living room.
In the third and last slot I got to share the upper room which is the small bedroom.
Here is the link to my You Tube Channel where you can find the TV Show with the Summer House.
'Sea Shells' The Summer House on Life & Style TV Show - YouTube
It was an amazing experience to share my work once every fortnight for the past nine months. It was very special to share an ongoing new project which was The Dickens Book Shop and The Miniaturist that now stand proudly in my Regent Street at My Miniature World.
Apart from sharing my work, I made new friends on the set that by the end of the season they became more like family.
From here I want to thank the presenters of 'Life & Style' Charles Saliba and Marbeck Spiteri, The producer Joanne Tanti and the crew behind the scenes. Thank you for welcoming me and making me part of the team.
In the control room with the producer Joanne Tanti
Charles Saliba, Marbeck Spiteri and I during the last show
So this is all for today. I can't wait to share with you the progress of my new project. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update.
Hope you all had a great weekend. Here in Malta it's getting really hot, temperatures reaching the 40 degrees Celsius. Thank goodness the kids are off from school. Although it is hot, I wouldn't want it any different.
This weekend my little Leah and I continued working on The Traditional Dolls House. As she is off on her summer break she tends to follow me wherever I go and by that she enjoys spending her time among the dolls houses. I love her company and the fact that I am doing work on my projects, she enjoys working on her own dolls house.
For the past few days we have completed the study within the Traditional Dolls House.
I have to say I think my little Leah enjoys this particular little room. I am constantly seeing her peeking into the Study or as Leah calls it "My Room!" Indeed it is her room because there is quite a lot of her own touches and things that she likes.
One of the things that makes this more of 'Leah's Style' is the lovely collection of miniature animals that she has. I am sure in the long run there will be more of these tiny cute ceramic animals. I have to say I like the way she has displayed them. The girl loves animals.
Another Leah's touch is the vacuum cleaner. The girl demanded to have a vacuum cleaner just like mummy's. When she was a couple of years younger, while I vacuumed the carpets and she would be around, I would vacuum her home slippers while they were on her feet. I remember she used to laugh a lot when I did that to her. So here is Mr. Hatty to happens to be yellow just like my own vacuum cleaner. Mr. Hatty tends to move all over The Traditional dolls house now and then when Leah is around.
Saturday morning, Leah came with me to My Miniature World very early and she wanted to take a tour around my own dolls houses. I don't mind it at all. So just like all the tours that we have she started with J.R. Art Gallery. She loved going through the paintings and asked questions about them. Finally she asked me a specific question "Can we have some paintings in my dolls house?"
Obviously without thinking twice, I agreed. After all, the Traditional Dolls House still needed frames for the walls. I asked her to see if there was anything from the gallery that she wanted. The good girl as she is went through the framed paintings. I knew that this was going to be hard for her to choose from. Besides J.R. Art Gallery didn't hold any paintings that a six year old would go for.
After a few minutes I heard her exclaim with excitement that she found one. I went back to her again to see what she liked from the gallery. To my surprise she wasn't looking at the gallery but the artist's private quarters. For a second I thought she would go for the 'Unfinished Ballerina' but then I saw her tiny finger pointing at the top of the artist bed and there was the 'Blue Angel' by Marc Chagall.
Both of us headed to my computer and we googled Marc Chagall and more paintings by the artist popped up. Leah loved them all and she picked a few of her favorite including the Blue Angel. We got to down size a few and printed them to fit the miniature frames.
I showed Leah how to cut and frame the pictures and with a little help she managed to frame seven printed pictures for her dolls house.
I think she did a great job. And as she calls it, 'The Unicorn!' was placed it in the Study on top of the desk.
As most kids now a days, Leah loves pretty much computers and music and so these had to be a must in her dolls house. The nice thing about it that on the computer screen Leah still wanted to keep the blog page of Posy called 'Posy the Tiny Bear' I asked if she wanted to change it but she wanted to keep Posy there. After all Leah is another fan of the little bear.
There will definitively be more additions to the room and The Traditional Dolls House is far from ready. I want Leah to take her time to do the house and learn to appreciate it more. I know she loves it very much and that is fine with me.
Little Leah at work
This is all for today, I hope you have enjoyed the new update on The Traditional Dolls House. There will be more updates on the house in time so make sure to keep a look out for Leah's progress. In the mean time keep tuned for more updates from me.
Hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your Summer. Now as I have more time for myself, finally I can start concentrating on my new project. It has been months since I wanted to start it and finally the time is here. I will be sharing with you the new big project hopefully very soon. There will be so many changes to the kit itself.
Anyway, today I wanted to share with you another accomplishment. After visiting the DollsHouse Nederland Show at Eusebiuskerk in Arnhem last March, My Miniature World got to be featured in the DollsHouse Nederland Magazine.
It has been featured on the latest issue No 173 for the months of July and August 2019. I was thrilled to receive the copy of the magazine. There is so much to see with vibrant pictures, information and tutorials from different artists.
The Magazine is more suitable for the Dutch speaking folk but nevertheless I got busy and translated the article for you. By the way I don't know Dutch! Let's hope I got it right, if not, my apologies, it wouldn't be my fault! Blame Google ;-)
The lovely J.R. Art Gallery was featured in the first page. I have to say I love the project like it was done yesterday. I have to say it has been two years already since I started the gallery. It brings so many sweet memories.
Also I am very happy that my latest projects were featured too. The Dickens Book Shop and The Miniaturist.
From here I want to thank Janna Hendriks for writing such a wonderful article about me and My Miniature World and a big thank you goes to Rika van Nellestjn for giving me the opportunity to be featured in the DHN Magazine.
I would have loved to be at the DHN Show next September, but hopefully if everything goes as planned, I will be visiting Arnhem in March of next year.
So this is all for today. Will be keeping you posted with some nice mini goodies. I still need to share with you what I got for my birthday last June. Make sure to keep tuned for the next update.
How are you all? Hope you are fine and having a great week. The kids are finally off from school and hopefully this weekend I will sink my teeth in my new project. I have been wanting to start it off for months now. Before I start I want to welcome the new followers of my blog. Welcome everyone!
Today I will be sharing with you one of my favorite small projects which was shared on the 'Life & Style' TV Show on the Maltese Chanel Net TV.
As I only had two remaining tv shows before the season was over, I didn't want to start a new project knowing that I will never finish it on time. I decided to share the Queen Mary's Dolls House Bedroom Diorama which has quite a story to tell especially the historic part of the Queen Mary's Dolls House itself.
Marbeck and I introduced the start of the diorama and I described the pieces of furniture that I had for the room. As a few of you already know, the furniture pieces of the bedroom are replicas of the original with the approval of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The furniture pieces are quite beautiful and I have added more accessories to diorama.
I had three slots of around 5 minutes each to share the room. Here is the video clips of the show.
The Queen's Bedroom Diorama on Life & Style TV Show - YouTube
Charles and I presented the last two slots of the show, were we shared the complete project.
Even if the room is not completely the same as the Queen's Bedroom in Windsor Castle, I am very happy with the out come.
At the end of the show with the presenters Charles Saliba and Marbeck Spiteri and our producer Joanne Tanti.
Hope you like it.
Tomorrow, will be the very last and final tv show of 'Life & Style' for the season and I will be sharing with the audience my Summer House 'Sea View'. So make sure to keep tuned for the next up date and the beginning of the new project.
Hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your weekend! Before I start, I want to welcome the new followers of the blog. Welcome!
I couldn't wait to share with you something that I received by post yesterday afternoon. I am so excited to have them. I call them the Grodnetal Doll Sisters which I have named Val and Clem short for Valentine and Clementine.
It happens to me quite often when I am surfing the internet looking for something and end up finding something unrelated. E-Bay; a dangerous place for me. I really try hard to stay away from there especially when it comes to miniatures.
I found a pair on tiny antique, intricately carved dolls. They are called Grodnertal Peg wooden Dolls or even known as Dutch Dolls and are made in Germany.
Today they arrived in their glass case and I was blown away with the tiny little things.
The pair are only two centimeters high with painted features and real hair. They come with their original dresses and have been preserved and kept together in this glass case. Believe it or not they go way back since 1870. Coincidence???!!!
I wonder to whom they belonged to years back. I wonder if there was a little girl who played with them and kept them in the case together for safe keeping, so she wouldn't lose them. I want to think of the dolls of being sisters that have been together for almost 150 years. For some reason Val (the doll in the green dress) gives me the impression that she is the older sister, the one who is more superior, more protective to her younger sister. Clem on the other hand is the devoted one, loving and looks up to her older sister.
I kept looking at the tiny dolls and wonder what I would do with them. The '1870' kept ringing in my head which only meant that the two had to be part of The Miniaturist project. Lady Adelaide was thrilled with the dolls. She wanted them to be part of her collection and still I wasn't sure where to fit them.
Being preserved in a glass case for all these years I wouldn't have them displayed in open air. I remembered I had gotten a few glass domes from the Big Event dolls house fair in The Netherlands last year in October and I thought they would be ideal for the dolls. I didn't want to separate the two sisters; that would be heart breaking! So now they are under one dome together happy in a new home.
I wasn't sure of the table in the middle of the room. So I found a better pedestal table and found the right spot for them in the Miniaturist Room.
I am so happy to have them. part to my collection.
This is all for today. Hope you found them interesting. I can't wait to share with you the new project. I am still sketching and seeing the possibilities of the building, so make sure to keep tuned for updates and more.
How are you all? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here in Malta is basically Summer! Wonderfully Sunny and Hot. Great for swimming and a stroll by the sea in the evening. Can't wait for the kids to get their summer break from school. I enjoy spending some quality time with them.
Today I get to share with you the final post on the three room boxes; The Dickens Book Shop, The Miniaturist and The Miniaturist's Bedroom which have been shared on the Tv Show 'Life & Style' on the Maltese Channel Net TV.
What I love about these three room boxes that I got to design them myself and make them fit on top of each other so eventually I could turn them in a one project which now is called 'The Dickens Book Shop & The Miniaturist'.
In the last episode on the 'Life & Style' I shared the bedroom which completed the whole project. I have added the room box to the rest and fixed the lights in place.
Once the roof was in place over the other rooms. I have noticed that the building on the outside needed something more to make it look as a whole unit and not just boxes on top of each other.
The roof on top of the below room box
I didn't like it one bit so I added the trimmings at the front and on the side walls were the rooms meet.
There was something missing in the front especially between the windows on the first floor. It looked to plain and too empty. I couldn't think of anything until I looked at the library and saw the portrait of Charles Dickens. The man actually inspired me to make a wall plaque.
Today 149 years ago, to be precise Thursday, 9th June 1870 the world lost one of the most amazing authors, Charles Dickens at the very young age of 58. The man never fully recovered from his train accident which happened a few years before. I knew that day was close so I decided to make a wall plaque with the year '1870' using polymer clay.
It fitted in so perfectly and added that little detail.
With that the project was complete and the three room boxes became one dolls house.
Here are some pictures of the whole structure and the complete rooms.
The Dickens Book Shop
The Miniaturist's Bedroom
Finally The whole dolls house now stands proudly next to The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn in my Regent Street.
I still can't believe that I actually completed it and to think that I shared it's progress through a whole season on a Tv show. In June 'Life & Style' comes to an end for the Summer Holidays.
I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I did. It is hard saying goodbye to it especially when it took me seven months to complete. Now I am looking forward to start a new project during the summer months. Make sure to keep tuned for the new updates on my blog and definitely for the new dolls house.
Hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your weekend. Today being the first day of June, Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful warm day. Finally my blazing Summer is here!
Today I will be sharing with you the complete Miniaturist's Bedroom. The bedroom will be the last room added to the whole building. Like the other projects it was also shared on ther 'Life & Style' Tv Show on Net Tv.
The room still needed a few pieces and accessories. The most important piece of the room was actually the bed itself. I am so pleased how it turned out. I have made some big adjustments to the metal pieces and have dressed up the bed with fabric and lace to match the room.
With the bed in place I started adding the rest of the accessories.
I have made some hat boxes to fill the room and also painted a pair of pewter slippers.
I was looking forward to decorated the small desk which opens up to a dressing table. I have used beads to make the small perfume bottles and even printed a few envelopes and cards for the setting.
As the walls were slanting I didn't add any wall frames apart from one that is hanging on top of the fire place. The frame holds a printed canvas picture of a lady with an angel. It was one of the reasons why I decorated most of the furniture in the room. I needed to give the room some coloring and warmth.
My favorite miniature is the hand painted mantel clock that my father has painted almost a year ago.
The remaining pieces were the curtains and pelmets for the windows. I used the same fabric that I used for the bedding.
The day arrived that I had to share the complete room box on the 'Life & Style' Tv Show with Charles Saliba.
Charles Saliba and I during the show.
Here are the three video slots during the tv show.
Completing The Miniaturist's Bedroom on 'Life & Style' Tv Show (part 3) - YouTube
Completing the Miniaturist Bedroom.
Finally, here are some photos of the finished bedroom.
I really hope you like what I have done to this room. I will be sharing with you the project as a whole in the next post, so make sure to keep tuned for the next update. I am really happy with it.
Here I am once again with a new update on The Miniaturist project. Hope you are all doing well and had a great weekend Finally mother nature has blessed us with some sunshine.
Over a week ago, I got to share the progress of the inside of the roof on the 'Life & Style' TV Show on Net TV.
As a few of you already know the roof of the building will be turned into The Miniaturist's Bedroom which will be part of the other room boxes The Dickens Book Shop and The Miniaturist.
I started by decorating the bedroom with the wall paper that I printed and chose a pink marbled tiled flooring.
I liked the combination of the wallpaper and the flooring together especially when I pictured the room with wood paneling. The paneling gave the room more warmth. I also added a false door on the back wall. Just like the Miniaturist room box, the door gives the room more depth and the illusion that behind the door there is this imaginary staircase or other rooms.
Once the paneling and door were stained, I wanted to add a corner fireplace to the room. I had a very cheep fireplace which I never bothered to use, but adding more to it and building a wooden surround around it, made a huge difference. Finally I found a place for it in this project. An additional wall was needed for the fireplace to be placed in the corner.
After the fire place I worked on the ceiling and the lighting and with that the room was all set for its furniture and accessories.
I started working on the first furniture piece which was the wardrobe. I wanted it to be as unique as possible, rich in color and that stands out. This is what I have managed to achieve.
For the show I wanted to add something more and I added a few hanging dresses within the wardrobe I thought it would give that little extra detail to the wardrobe itself. I got myself busy and made three simple dresses on hangers.
The last piece of furniture that I worked on was the desk which opens up as a dressing table with a matching chair. I totally loved how this turned out.
Finally it was time to share all this on the 'Life & Style' TV Show with Charles Saliba and Marbeck Spiteri.
Here is the Video Clips during the show.
I am really happy how the room has turned out. These are a few more pictures of the bedroom.
I hope you like the room so far. I can't wait to have it all done with the remaining pieces and accessories. Keep tuned for the next update on the progress of the Miniaturist's Bedroom.