Category Archives: Populating projects

Any item be it old puppets or any non-crocheted figure or animal as well as 1:12, 1:24 or other scale figure

The usual minor crisis of a time-wasting soul

theinfill blog – garden and miniature scenes

Fireworks in the flower bed

Garden tasks between the raindrops

Been clipping the box hedge and replacing the long garden divider/fence posts and couldn’t resist skyving off for a wee while.

Right; what to build next.
Something?  Nothing? Too much choice?

I’ve re-sorted and tidied – sort of – the space waiting for the next task, and still have lots of disparate things in the furniture line squirreled away, plus a couple of ready-made and flat pack room boxes, including two shop fronts.  Lots of building materials too; mostly lightweight stuff but some wood sheets as well.

Ideas aplenty, all of which have their attractions in the brain stimulus department but not all appeal equally.

No problem sticking a pin in the mental list as it were, and just getting on with it, but indecisive ‘cos of space; just where in the name of all that’s wonderful will I put something that has a footprint larger than a couple of hand spans!

Then, of course, there’s the usual question of why would I lumber whomsoever has to clear up after I’m gone with all these flights of fancy that are already lying around clogging up the living space, let alone add to them?  Aren’t we supposed to be thinning out possessions as we age?

Found somewhere for the Market Cross building to sqeeze in, by the way.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - own adaptationsNext door neighbour to steam punk machine that destroys the printed word… and just out of interest while I’m looking at a mini weaver here’s an article on “The Medieval Clothier”

At moment swithering between nothing at all (but then what would I do?) or the very first thing I intended to make about eight years ago before it sort of grew and became Hogepotche Hall, and that is a long house or, on the other hand, something Victorian.

Been ‘window shopping’ as it were on the Weald and Downland website, looking at the wonderful Anglo Saxon Hall House in the woods and perhaps, living as we do in the old Kingdom of Northumbria, I should lean that way.  I find these structures very beautiful and would have to make lots of things to go in to dress it which I find appealing.

Then there’s the possibilities of a two-up-two-down Victorian house with attic and outside loo and maybe a washhouse too.  After student hood I shared one in the north east and am rather attached to the shape.

Both structures have long, narrow footprints that might, just might be squeezable inable here or there.

Am leaning a little towards the two-up-two-down though it might have extra length for backyard services.  I’ve got one or two things possibly to furnish the two-up-two-down and there’s quite a number of cupboards to make, not to mention fireplaces to construct or buy.  Also would be interesting to do.

Back to the stores

Of course there’s still all the bits sitting in there boxes and cubby holes that won’t be used.  There’s a small, well medium, selection of medieval to Jacobean items such as tables, corner cupboards, benches and settles lying around doing absolutely nothing to earn their living space and they are lovely things just going to waste.

I had a fancy to do a Regency style scene of the Georgette Heyer variety with a young man and woman along with a saturnine-looking fellow leaning nonchalantly against the fireplace looking on.  Originally it was to be a booth at either Ranelagh or Vauxhall but a sitting room or even an old coaching inn where some of the ‘period’ furniture items could actually come into their own at last is a possibility there!  Who knows?

Meanwhile, in the garden

theinfill blog – garden and miniature scenes

Weather is dark, muggy and sad-making but the smell from this area of the garden is a fair pick-me-up

May have run amok with the links here, for which I apologies, but am hopeful that some may be of interest, one way and another 🙂

Anglo-Saxon Hall House


Bayleaf Farmstead from Chiddingstone


Poplar Cottage


Medieval building from Hangleton


Think it’s finished


An adaptation of Dolls House Emporium kit for the Market Cross – I think based on Wymondham Market Cross building.  I bought this to do with a friend and we never got around to it before she died.  It’s small and looks even smaller when figures are added.  I’ve homemade the adult figures between 5 foot and  5 foot  6 inches, but they do look like giants.  The child figure is a 1:24 bought in kit; I think it was intended for use as a half-scale male figure until I inflicted the indignities of babyhood.

Round and round it goes

The whole structure is a mix of the DHE kit for the base, pillars and ceiling/floor of market/room above and the rest is a mix of wood and layered card.  I’ve added rafters in the market place below along with the central hub pillar and changed some of the fixtures between the kit pillars as wasn’t comfy with the MDF pieces there.  The weather vane is cut from re-purposed metal from a defunct yoghurt maker.

The stalls are homemade, as are the majority of goods on them, the exception being the pies on the baker’s stall, bought a long time ago and re-coloured with make-up.  The bread is homemade.  All the animals are bought in.

Stools, tub and bucket are from Ashwood Designs Miniatures  and the plant kits are kits from The Miniature Garden on Etsy, with the odd homemade plant and the grass etc are railway miniature supplies.  Cobbles and similar are Creative Paper Clay, with added cardboard flags.  All the lighting is LED battery with either lighting gel or a dab of paint added to bring down the brightness.

Now, what have I forgotten to tell you?  Hmmm.  Mostly I’m now wondering just where in the name of blue blazes I’m going to put it.

Shaping up the last figure

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

Whispering sweet nothings?

The Weaver selling lengths of fabric

Decided to add the ‘meat and muscle’ shaping to this figure the long way round by padding and firming the shape with the needle rather than padding and gluing.

Any deficiencies (ie bits I don’t like the shape of) particularly at upper arms and tops of legs and seat etc, I can pad out further by stuffing the garments, as I did with the leather worker’s trousers.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - leatherworker

Standing next to his stall of leather goods he has extra padding for his belly and at the top of both thighs for his bottom.

Position and pose


theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaverBefore he’s dressed I need to know how he’s going to stand, how much he needs to bend and at what points on the body.
If I’m not careful enough I could make the clothes too restricting for the pose I’d prefer.  So, how much bend, which side should he lean over?

He needs the clothes to bulk him up a little.  At the moment, compared to her size and square posture, he looks undersized.

And, yes, I based the length of the stick on his forearm 😉

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

Where they are in the market.
I will have to fiddle with his feet a little, I think to make him look a little more stable.

Need to do a little more dressing of the scene on their stall and around it and then — it should all be just about finished.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

So, is he whispering sweet nothings or, as it seems in this shot, asking if she fancies a beverage and a veggie pie?

A touch of homemade


Rationalisation of resources

Been sorting through possible character figures for this adapted modelling of the Dolls House Emporium’s old Market Cross kit.  It has a very much “thrown together from an idea look about it” now, with the main structure in place.

Market Traders

On the one hand I’ve got the bought in, beautifully smoothly moulded figures and on the other there is a small pile of homemade heads left over from my experimentation with different modelling media a few years back.  When made I felt these wee folk weren’t up to much because they are so rough and quirky but, with the passing of time, they have become old friends.  If I can manage to get homemade bodies and most probably bought in spare legs and arms to fit together I may well let them ‘live’ here at the market.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade figures

Six remaining homemades plus one 1:24 little character bought from Nicky Bott quite some years ago.

Just being practical

My working out is as follows:  how many more mini-ing years lie ahead and what else would I do with these homemades other than throw them away as they’re not up to much for passing on to someone else?  And I wouldn’t feel too good about that possibility.  Whereas the bought ones still lying around here can be passed on/sold at some time if I don’t get around to using them in scenes yet to be built.

Leaving practicality aside

With a few images of medieval to Jacobean markets to hand, I’ve been building various styles of table for these possible traders.  Wasn’t sure how many stalls could be squeezed into so small and low a space and still leave room for the sellers.

Using wood strip of various sizes and thicknesses I’ve so far come up with these.  They may do the job, but we’ll have to see.

It was interesting looking at a wide range of art across the period just how many show market stalls draped in white or off-white.  As there are so many of them I’m going to assume that some should possibly have the odd drape in this model too, giving contrast to dark leather goods for instance and to protect woven lengths of cloth.  Possibly a fold of light coloured cloth here and there on all of them, depending on what goods end up being offered.  At least it will hide some of the table 🙂

Otherwise, the biggest problem that comes to mind is being able to get one hand in to the market space to retrieve, turn on and replace the three LED ‘torches’ without knocking various figures and goods flying!

Hmmm, need to think about that some more.

The first possibility is making sure that at least one stall comes away nicely (with its personnel probably attached) so that one human paw can be inserted and the lighting can be used.  Plenty of museum wax may be called for to keep re-fixing in place each time and glue will need buttering discreetly between a stall holder and their table of wares, cloth and all.