Saturday, 9 February 2019

Purchases from Elf Miniatures

One of my favourite vendors that I return to time after time is Elf Miniatures.  They make lovely furniture and will do bespoke items for a really good price.  So, if like me, you don't have the sort of kit that allows you to cut wood for cupboards etc neatly and accurately this is your go-to place.

Right now there is a sale on as Elizabeth is cutting back on her not-made-by-her items.  It may be worth your looking, especially if you are doing a modern property.

I just snaffled these:




Desk and stool for the apartment.  I wanted something which takes up very little visual space as this will be sitting centre and front of the room as you look in - beneath the bay window in the roof.  It also makes real life sense in a smallish flat as it takes up very little space and the stool can be stowed underneath when not being used.








Tempted to let you try and figure out what this is.....  

It is a base board and mattress kit for the bed in the loft apartment along with a double duvet set kit complete with sand to fill the pillow case and duvet.  I have used sand in the past but it was a nightmare for leaking out of the cushions.  It is great for modelling realistic shapes but, as I said, a bit of a pain.  I prefer to use tiny micro balls.  That said they may not work hugely well with the duvet;  so, no decisions made yet.







Last but not least a boringly straightforward swivel mirror, but 'does what it says on the tin'. It is a better quality than this photo would imply.


12 comments:

  1. I was initially alarmed at the news that Elf were cutting back. At first I thought 'ugh, another miniature shop closing'. But I'm glad to hear Elizabeth is concentrating on her own designs. Selling lots of items can dilute the time you have to design new things so I'm looking forward to seeing what she makes. If you find a clever way to shape the duvet, let me know 🤔 Shaping fabric in scale is a conundrum

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    1. Elf news - Me too - big panic as she is one of my mini heroes and I would hate to lose her talent. For what its worth I think she is right to focus on her own game. I am sure she gets enough orders to keep her busy and trying to stay on top of ordering in and mailing out a zillion other things must be a proverbial pain. She has been in every project I have done - even in period builds she has been invaluable. Yup, natural fabric shaping is a pain. Ideally your fabric needs to be washed to get out the 'finish' that's in new fabric - not always possible/practicable. Sand is fine but as I said it really works best when you model something and then leave it forever otherwise however tiny I stitched and however much I tried to glue there always seemed to be a leak of some sort. It is after all very, very fine stuff. I have some micro beads from a cheap plush toy years ago that seem to be a middle ground between unforgiving batting and the like and brilliantly flexible sand and they are 'big' enough to stay inside the pillows so you can plump to your hearts content.

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  2. Great piece for all the reasons you mentioned! It's so great to have you posting again, and I am excited to see the duvet et al! I think Elizabeth has a helpful bedding post about using tin foil to shape the bedding.

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    1. Thank you Jodi - I will go and rummage the tin foil Elizabeth tips - that lady know her stuff and can be trusted to get it just right. I have at least three options buzzing about my brain - I will let you know how it evolves.

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  3. So great you made use of the sale! Elizabeth has a fabulous shop! This really helped me out too, I have filled pillows with different things but never the duvets! This is so smart! Next time I make bedding I'm going to try!

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    1. Thanks Kristine - lets see how this turns out...........

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  4. Hello Marilyn,
    I really like the simple, clean lines of the vanity. Very nice! I look forward to seeing the kit assembles...to sand or not to sand!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Yes, liked the absolute unfussiness of the two pieces - don't want distractions front and centre of the room but do need something in that space. Aaaaahhhh the blessed sand.....

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  5. You seem to be on top of the sales and the great deals these days Marilyn! I think the sleek little desk and stool are going to slide into the apartment with great ease! And the swivel mirror and the duvet are never boring when strategically located and doing what you bought them to do! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, nice to see you as always. Where do you find the time with all the mini work you do? I am struggling to cut out a chunk of a day to crack on with the bed dressing.... today I hope. Marilyn

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    2. I think that you'll find that dressing the bed will be a relaxing pleasure for you Marilyn! There is something wonderful about making the pillows, linens and blankets to fit a mini bed and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how your duvet will turn out. :D

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