Category Archives: The real infill

Items stuffed into cracks and ignored by time

The scent of pastures new


The big think

Planning a possible new build

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - getting Hogepotche onto its new table

Hogepotche perched on its new table still awaiting the little hidey-holes to house the wiring.  The build took five years or so and is somewhat thrown together, taking advantage of a mix of fantasy, historical whimsy and how buildings of the period look to us now.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - getting Hogepotche onto its new table

I learned some very basic woodwork skills but no more than a young child would be able to manage.

What I want to do now is going to need less cross fingers woodworking and more of the real stuff that covers cutting items both straight and square; particularly sheets of wood.  I’m thinking of a house of sometime between the wars – a building from around and about the UK.  Say 1930-ish.

Why this style

I always admired the ones I could see around me on my way to school, built in pairs on the level and yet each platform of pairs was stepping up the side of the steep hills that had to be climbed every school-day morning.  Occasionally I went inside an example of one for a party or to play, and an aunt of ours who ‘baby sat’ us from time to time, lived in one with the bay window, storm style porch with terracotta tiles (or was it brick); the whole period thing.

I’d like to be able to tackle the boxy Art Deco houses of the period.  I love the ‘cinema’ style look of them, but am unsure about managing all those curved glass and wrought iron bits.  So I’m going for the more widespread general housing of the time (1930s and 1950s or so).

Despite the Art Deco elements such as fireplaces that these houses ‘housed’, it’s funny how much of the external designs I’m looking at seem to be a pick-and-mix from previous periods:  the tall, almost Elizabethan chimneys on many of them with occasionally some half timbering and overhangs at roof level and below some windows.  Then there’s the odd bay window for the small bedroom at the front, echoing the much larger up and down ones on the facade, looking like the viewing bays of a Georgian seaside resort.

They also nearly all have an ‘orrible number of tiles on them one way and another.

Stage one of shall I shan’t I

Still thinking and pondering, collecting images and building layouts and generally making an electronic scrapbook while also printing out bits to highlight and mentally chew over.  Worrying away at them like a bone.

Key questions and problems

  • Can I manage to simplify whatever I settle on without taking away that which makes it of the period?
  • Have I gained enough rough skills to be able to do what I would like – clean lines seem to escape me and this project needs them.
  • Answer to that is “no” so how dependent on others (S or a DIY store) am I prepared to be?

Where am I with it at this moment?

Sieving and trying to avoid committing myself too far.  This is the third set of fining down of information and I’ve gathered some architectural measurements for rooms, which are very useful, both in imagining the eventual finished size but also in the sieving process itself, figuring out if enough detail can be viewed when outer walls are taken away in doll’s house fashion, or does the accuracy of layout lock away too many hidden corners that you can’t reach by hand or eye – essential when working out which walls need to be removable to view the greatest amount of the goings on.  I’m hoping that just a full front and back house reveal will do the trick.

Filling in time

Can I be making items of the period to go inside this imaginary building whilst the necessary saving of pennies takes place?  I mean, if worst comes to the worst they could still be used in a smaller enterprise, so, as long as I’m mostly using raw materials that I’ve got in stock, what’s to lose?

Whilst still searching around I came across a hybrid version of the 30s style in the Irish Times which already looks like a doll’s house, but I’d best leave it alone for my ideas and go with what I’ve already collected or the search will be never-ending.

Then …

I must stand well back and think about why I’m doing it and what outcome would I like from the proposed input of time and money.

To try it or not to try it?  The only question?


On a message from our ‘sponsors’


‘Tis the season

I find the activity of miniaturing a highly enjoyable discipline.  I do it because I think it is, to some extent, good for me too.

Now it’s that time of year again when the blog hosts wish to share the stats they record with their bloggers  – and to drive them on to do more of the blogging.  Generally to foster a more entrepreneurial and competitive spirit.


Sorry to say this blog is really an incidental to the ‘doing’ of the miniatures; an offshoot as it was: a keeping of a mildly coherent record of the aforementioned ‘doings’ in fact and, yes, I admit, a bit of whistling in the dark too.  Perhaps.

As you may have gathered the stats are just not my thing. And as for the winding up to better and greater …

And yet, and yet, there is a wee bitty temptation to at least have a look at what they have to show.

Just a little peek …

So, having looked, allow me to say a very big thank you to all readers and passing visitors who have dropped by in the last few years and I do truly hope you’ve had as much enjoyment from it all as I have.

Your sharing with me has been very much appreciated.

May I wish you and yours a very healthy, happy and manageable coming year with only pleasant surprises in store.

Siftings and sortings and placings and plannings


and general prevarications

03_Trays and boxes and trays and trays

Boxes and trays and trays and trugs and …

Today has been a non-mini day as I try to get my head around putting back all the bits and pieces I’ve got out whilst working on the last project. You see, every time I start a different aspect of the model, or some other project, I go through what I think I’m going to need and pop the items into suitably empty containers I’ve allocated for the job. I use small plastic trugs and any of the cleanable superfluous trays that supermarkets love to give us, you know the sort of thing, not all of them plastic types, some of them are avocado shaped! And then within the job I’ll create separate containers for things related and in progress, such as a tray for the people to ‘rest’ in along with any parts made for them, or a collection of things that are to go together in one area. So all this means that at the end of every step within a project and at the very end, there are lots of bits, some salvageable, some not, that have to be restored to their main homes, or new homes found for them, so that they can be re-found next time they’re needed.

I think I’m going to take this occasion as an opportunity to go through as much of the ‘semi-sorted but on the work surface in loose boxes’ system of operation and see if I can improve on it. The biggest of the problems is that I won’t throw away any piece of wood that is more than ½“ in length in the strange belief that it ‘will come in’. Many of them have, so I’ll probably keep up that bad habit. But it does mean that I end up with 4 or 5 boxes or smallish trays lying about with unsorted, different sized, different timber lumps. One big flat tray for all, like a sandpit, and a good rummage through? Daft as it sounds it might be easier.  I’ll think about it.

With the idea of making a clean sweep, today we bought a work surface to replace the so called temporary one of a sagging paste table. Now we have to order legs for it, but hopefully it will be up and running before too long. (Now it sounds as though it’s going to have running legs – sorry.)

theinfill doll's house blog - planning to sort the work surface

and yes, it’s white. Cheapest available and I should be able to find things on it.

The prevarication

I’ve been playing on the web looking around and about and came across and am now deep into page. Absolutely wonderful! The model building that David Neat describes is something I know I’m not capable of, but his methods of instruction and detail of techniques, his materials information and updated suppliers’ details are phenomenal.

More prevarication

Having followed the first link to 4D Model Making Materials on the updated suppliers’ page, I’ve fallen in love with brass wireform mesh and am sitting here thinking of all the things you might be able to do with it. Oh so many things.


Beautiful things

A gift from the network

I’m a lazy net-worker.   I find juggling the needs of the online network ‘noisy’ and I like a bit of peace.  (Having lived 30+ years with no mobile signal at home I’ve never had to adjust to the continuous ‘conversations’ available.)

In the general online world the network also comes to you, which really suits my lazy bones, and I can pick and mix and have wonderful surprises delivered to my mind.  This morning’s mailing was no exception.  A Flickr link lead me on to others and further others and down the rabbit hole I have been, marveling at the wonders around me.

Today’s discoveries stopped me in my tracks and I’d like to share one of them with you.

Tim SidfordSweetington

I believe he’s an interior designer who also does miniature interiors and shelf houses.

Tim Sidford's Flickr stream for Miniature Rooms

from Tim Sidford’s Flickr stream for Miniature Rooms

All will be revealed via the links which I strongly recommend.  His name link takes you to his website and the two others take you to his Flickr stream gallery for each category.

They are all so mind-blowingly beautiful and precise I think they’ve filled me up for the day.