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Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you like my new look, I needed a change from black. Here you can share my miniature endeavours, perhaps be inspired by some of my photographs taken in France and of 'real world' treasures that can be made in miniature. My love of parterre-style gardens and study of horticulture made my decision for the theme of my little shop an easy one. I just hope I can successfully interpret my ideas in 1/12th scale!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Snip, snip...

Mathilde has been scouring auctions and markets for suitably 'shabby' furniture to decorate the Petit Parterre and this is her latest acquisition. It looks like it has a few more years left in it and I think it will be great for displaying small plants and pots etc.
This is my first piece of furniture built from cardboard, inspired by Kris's blog, one inch minis . I had fun making it and will try something different next time.The legs are cut from some turnings I bought at the Sydney Miniatures Fair in May this year, I knew they would come in handy. Lots of glue, some metalic paper trim, paint and voila! It has its little faults but nothing too noticeable, it is meant to look old after all.

Welcome to all new followers and visitors I will be catching up with what you are all doing, I can spend so much time browsing blogs I really have to limit myself.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend, the weather here in New South Wales has been absolutely perfect the last few days, the start of spring.
A bientot!


  1. Love the pictures with the sun. Looks a little bit old...pretty!!
    You have done a great job. Cardboard? It really looks perfect!!
    Love it

  2. el mueble le quedo perfecto creo que consiguió muy bien el efecto que usted quería.
    un abrazo

  3. Oh wow, it looks gorgeous! Using the paper trim is a great idea :-)
    Have a wonderful Sunday! Sandra x

  4. Bellissime queste foto!!! Sembrano quadri dipinti ..!!!

  5. Dear Margaret,

    It looks wonderful and old !! Thank you for sharing.
    Nice pottery and flowers by the way.

    Hug Dorien

  6. Lovely furniture, colour and ambience

  7. Ce meuble est vraiment très joli et parfait pour accueillir plantes et pots :) la couleur est très chouette aussi, belle réalisation.
    Bonne après-midi,

  8. Beautiful piece! Great work, Margaret!

  9. What a beautiful piece of furniture --and from cardboard? I will definitely have to check that out.

  10. It looks fabulous, just the thing for the shop. Loving the pitchers and flowers too :)

  11. It is a gorgeous dresser and I adore how you photographed it.....all so beautiful!!!! X

  12. Hola Margaret
    Muchas gracias por tus palabras.
    Me encanta el trabajo que has hecho y esas preciosas fotografias, genial!!!
    besitos ascension

  13. Great work with the new cupboard - it's very lifelike - and I'm fast becoming a fan of cardboard too.

  14. El mueble te ha quedado perfecto con ese aire envejecido y queda fabuloso con las jarras y las plantas. Un saludo, Eva

  15. Dear Margaret,
    I apologize for the long absence, I am overwhelmed with things to do lately!
    I followed all the latest updates and I find all fantastic: a worthy welcome back to the spring and the miniatures :-)
    Life flourishes wonderfully and I'm really happy for you :-)
    I love working with the cardboard and I think your creation is fantastic.
    Waiting to see the progress, as usual mini lovely hugs from Italy

  16. Hi Margaret, I'm floored that you made this, and from cardboard too. It looks fantastic and wonderfully shabby! xo Jennifer

  17. Hi Margaret!
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.
    I frequent Kris' blog too, have you seen the cardboard bed? also liked the kitchen.
    This piece looks great too, well done! You can't even tell it is made from cardboard anymore.
    Great item for your shop!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work,

  18. I am so happy to see everyone's encouraging comments, some of you have said you would like to try working with cardboard, do! What have you got to lose, the materials are cheap and you can always start again if something goes wrong. I know a lot of you only wish to use the materials that are used in life-size furniture etc, but is really is fun to make something yourself. I cannot seem to handle wood, cannot saw straight!

  19. Hi Margret,

    I have just stumbled across your blog and I love what your doing. I'm slowly uncovering more Australian miniaturists and i'm very happy about it.

    The little cabinet is lovely with the jugs and flowers, very provincial.


  20. Hello
    Welcome to my blog A Fairytale come true. Thank you for your kind words about my miniature things, it means a lot of the feedback, especially when it comes from someone with as much expertise as you. You're staggering good. Your scenes are so beautiful and I already love your Mathilde. I look forward to seeing more.

    See you soon

  21. Beautiful work on the hutch, Margaret! The little pots are all so pretty and colourful. Altogether, a delightful little scene.


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