Miniature Luxuries Sale


Popping in to say I got a note that says Miniature Luxuries ( is having a huge sale starting today. They have wallpapers, fabric, laces, and decals for dishes and so forth, and trims. All scales. They have lovely stuff. Enjoy!

Halloween Interlude

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Since Halloween is nearly upon us, here’s a montage of some spooky things I’ve made in the past couple of years.

First is Ravenwood, a kit bought from Robin Betterley. All the house pieces and the art is in the kit–I supplied black paint (plus green, burnt umber, etc for aging), glue, varnish, and the bottles and book in the lower part. This is microscale (1:144) on top of a 1:12 scale cabinet (included in the kit).

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Second: A one-inch scale room box I built and filled with things I made or collected. I kept saying “Skulls! Need more skulls!”

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Happy Halloween!

Dollhouse Moving Day

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It’s Dollhouse Moving Day.

Pack all the things away ….

La, la-la-la, la-la-la, la la.

Plastic shoe boxes and smaller boxes from Container Store work wonders to pack furniture and accessories. I’m moving these in my car, a load a time.

This is the easy part. I’ll need a truck for the Big House. Yikes. But it once crossed the Pacific, so I’m hoping it survives a transport of 3 miles.

Moving and Mini Show

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I haven’t posted a lot lately, because I’m getting ready to move! Not far, but that means packing up all my minis and transporting them a few miles. I’m sweating.

Meanwhile, our local mini club had their annual show and sale. I shopped! Found some lovely things as well as practical ones. I highly recommend the Small World Mini Show in Phoenix.

Enjoy some photos I snapped of the exhibits. These are from local miniaturists.

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Finished Halloween Room



I finished the Halloween room! Before Halloween! Scroll down to see the room from all angles; click pics for closer views. Enjoy!


An overview.








This cool, kind of steampunk-y table is by Bobbie Johnson. She does such beautiful work. There’s a gator underneath!




Most of the things in this room came from my stash of stuff that didn’t fit elsewhere. I bought a few things, like the potion bottles and the skull candle, but much was acquired hither and yon. The orange lights in the back hall can pulse on and off. Looks cool!

Small Projects

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After a big project like the half-scale Bungalow, I like to calm down by doing short-term, easy projects. Plus I’ve been working like crazy on a new book, which is now winding down (whew).

I did two projects–finished the cute spice tin, then did a fun, spooky one for Halloween that inspired a whole room.


Completed 1/4″ scale spice tin I’d started a while back. This is a kit from Robin Betterley called “Mayblossom Morning.” (At her site, find under “Our Products” then “Holiday Vignettes–1/4 scale.”)


I went for the whole shebang–spice tin kit plus three kits to furnish it. I did not use all the furniture from the kits–had a table and chair leftover, which I’m sure will find their way into another project.


The tin kit comes with the lighting (LED with battery) that rests between ceiling and lid.


I was attracted to this kit because of all the birdhouses. Love them.



I set the mini “tin” with a real antique ginger tin in my kitchen.

Ok, spring is out of the way; now it’s onto dark, fun stuff.


This is a kit, in 1-inch scale, by Ginger Landon Siegal. I did her diner kit a while back, saw this one on her website, and couldn’t resist. Working on it served as a nice break when I was writing and wanted to throw my computer across the room (I didn’t).


The kit inspired me to build an entire Halloween room and scene for it. I had a roombox kit I’d bought at a deep discount a long time ago that’s just been sitting in my closet. Waiting for the perfect moment, I guess!

The bare bones:



Next post, I’ll go through how I’m building and lighting the box–hopefully I will get it done before Halloween! It will be filled with potions, skulls, caldrons, and other creepy stuff.

A Note from the Scale Cabinetmaker

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Received this comment, and I thought it would make a good post:

A couple of quick comments. First, thank you, Jenn, for your continuing support of The Scale Cabinetmaker. We are still reintroducing TSC to the miniatures world, since there was a nearly 20 year span where it was only available on places like ebay.

In reference to the comment about figuring out the dimensions in TSC. We always used the “full dimensions” so that models could be built in any scale, or as the case with the rolltop desk, in full size. The trick is understanding the architects rule. Standard rulers are divided by eighths; engineering rulers by tenths, and architect’s rulers by twelfths. Pick up a architect’s ruler and take a look at the different scales. For most miniaturists, you will only be using one side. Find the scale that has a “1” at one end of the scale and “1/2″ at the other end. The “1” inch scale is used for 1/12th and the “1/2″ is use for 1/24th (or half inch) scale. If you look at the “1” side of the scale, you will see something that looks approximately like this (yep, writing this without using graphics is a whole lot harder–my apologies for keyboard drafting):

1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I…
(inches) 0 1 (feet) 2 3 …

The marks (numbers) to the left of the “0” equal inches; the marks/numbers to the right of the 0 equal feet. So, a practical example. Say you have a table that is 32″ tall. 32″ = 2 feet, 8 inches.
1 I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I…
(inches) 0 1 (feet) 2 3 …

This is sort of a quick explanation of how to read the ruler and the dimensions. We are in the process of adding some new sample articles to our main website (, and I’ve made a note to add the article on scale measurement and the architect’s rule to the list of free samples. Give me a week to get it up online.

We finally managed to trudge our way into the 21st Century, at least in terms of publishing, and have released all 20 years of TSC, by issue, as downloadable pdfs. We added the first two Cabinetmaker’s Guides to the list of pdf based books this past week (in time for the first volume’s 50th birthday). The download documents can be found on also finally set up a Facebook page and a Pinterest site for Dorsett Publications where we give out free tips and updates on new books and so on.

Jann says:
I love TSC. Just scrolling through, thinking, hmm, what can I try to make, is great therapy! 🙂

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