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Posted on 17 November, 2017

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A Brooke Tucker Christmas found on “A Traditional Shabby Pink & Snow Diorama”

Christmas Tree Timeline

The Christmas tree has been a German tradition since the 17th century. But many ancient civilizations decorated evergreen trees and plants as a symbol of eternal life, deriving comfort from this symbol of eternal life during the long winter months. I hope this timeline helps when decorating your miniature for the Holidays.

Ancient Rome

Holly was an important part of the Roman solstice ceremony known as “Saturnalia.” It was believed that the red berries would ward off lightning and evil spirits. However, it had to be carried into the house by a male, as the berries are only on the male plant. Ivy was twined in the holly as a symbol of the 2 halves of divinity.

Druid priests harvested another evergreen, mistletoe, from sacred oak trees on the fifth day after the new moon following the winter solstice. Norse warriors met under the mistletoe to declare a truce for the day. (more…)

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Posted on 13 November, 2017

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Tim Sitford (Sweetington) – Regency ‘Chinese’ Room Box

The Mysterious Sweetington

As I searched the Internet for images of Victorian or Edwardian dollhouses, I kept finding the photo credit “Sweetington.” I was offered links to Sweetington on Flickr, a photo streaming website. When I clicked on thumbnail pictures, gorgeous images of apparent miniatures filled the screen. Click again to expand the image and I usually found myself on a Pinterest board or someone’s blog. And the source was usually back at Flickr. Not once was I transported to the website of the artisan/photographer named Sweetington. I wondered if there such a person.

Great Photoshop Work?

My confusion continued when, after I searched the Internet for this image and got the following message, “Best guess of this image: Brighton Pavilion interior. Then a friend sent me an email with a photo of the real hand placing the chair in the supposed Regency Chinoiserie room box. The subject line of the email was, “Great Photoshop Work”

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Tim Sidford Recency Chinese Room Box

The Jane Austin Connection

That did it. I marked Sweetington off as a talented architectural/interiors photographer, until one day I stumbled upon the blog, “All Things Jane Austen”. It caught my eye because a few years before, Patrick had a business trip to London. Over a weekend, we were guests at Godmersham Park in Kent, a manor house that his client had turned into a conference center. (It’s now the home of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians College).

The story goes that Jane Austen spent a summer of 1813 at Godmersham Park, writing Pride And Prejudice in the “folly,” a small garden pavilion styled after a Greek temple. The blog page that opened had Google’s “Best guess” picture smack in the middle, with the name of a miniature artisan — Tim Sidford.

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Regency ‘Chinese’, 1825 – Work In Progress

Tim Sidford

Wow! Maybe Sweetington is miniaturist! I got serious about tracking down the elusive Tim Sidford, who turned out to be not so elusive after all. If I had read more carefully, I would have noticed that at least a few of the Pinterest boards mentioned his name.

Tim Sidford a.k.a. Sweetington, is a classical musician, painter, interior designer, piano teacher, who also happens to make wonderful miniatures.

“My most popular items,” Tim explains, “are quirky miniature dollhouses designed to sit on a shelf or side table.”

 

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Tim Sidford shelf house

Tim Sidford a.k.a. Sweetington, is a classical musician, painter, interior designer, piano teacher, who also happens to make wonderful miniatures. “My most popular items”, Tim explains, “are quirky miniature dollhouses designed to sit on a shelf or side table.”

This very Renaissance man goes on to explain, My bonkers hobby is creating miniature interiors. I love the drama of many historic interiors. Creating these models allows me to indulge my inner designer.  The rooms are constructed of wood and card and wooden molded decorative trim, as well as bits of old cereal packets, drinking straws, balsa wood, beads, plastic food packaging etc. The most enjoyable bit is painting the floors, walls, and ceilings. Most of the furniture is by Playmobil, although I will often customize it.

Tim Sidford at work

Tim Sidford at work

Miniature enthusiasts applaud Tim Sidford’s work, but his reach goes beyond our universe. There is this mention on the BookPatrol blog. ?We all know good things come in small packages, but British artist Tim Sidford takes the cake with his meticulous miniature interiors. Bordering on unbelievable, Sidford recreates the stuff that dreams are made of within the smallest of structures.?

And from TheInFill: They are all [Tim’s miniatures][/Tim’s] so mind-blowing beautiful and precise, I think they’ve filled me up for the day.

So there it is. My search for the artisan behind the pseudonym Sweetington is over. Now I can just enjoy Tim Sidford’s work.

You might enjoy my article, “Mythical Sweetington Castle.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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I invite you to visit my Etsy Shop where I offer many accessories and pieces of furniture in 1:12 scale. Subscribers to this blog receive a discount on all Featured Products. Click here for details.

 

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Posted on 05 November, 2017

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The kitchen in a cabinet dollhouses found on All About Dollhouses

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Xandra Dekker’s Cabinet Dollhouse

Xandra Dekker’s “All About Dollhouses”

The Dutch to English machine translation of the caption under this blog’s cover photo read’s:

“ON THIS WEBSITE YOU FIND EVERYTHING ABOUT THE DOLLHOUSE HOBBY, MINIATURE, DOLLHOUSES, WORKSHOPS AND MORE … “

That’s an understatement!

“All About Dollhouses and Miniatures” is outstanding. The information is primarily European, which puts artisans doing period projects closer to the source than we US bloggers seem to provide.

Maybe it just seems that way, because Ms. Dekker is focused on one geographic area, while I find myself flitting all over the map and through the centuries.

It is obvious that Ms. Dekker has done her research, giving one a true sense of authenticity. There are so many links to other great sites. Check out Ms. Dekker’s “Blogs I Follow” for access to more useful information.

Travel Blog

Xandra Dekker also has a travel blog, with many of the posts about tropical climes. That’s understandable, I guess, if you have ever experienced winters in Northern Europe. I’m sorry if I sound smug, but that’s the way it is for escapees from Cleveland who found paradise in Florida.

Enjoy exploring both of Xandra Dekker’s blogs.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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I invite you to visit my Etsy Shop where I offer many accessories and pieces of furniture in 1:12 scale. Subscribers to this blog receive a discount on all Featured Products. Click here for details.

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Posted on 02 November, 2017

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Tudor dollhouse on display at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia

Tudor Dollhouse Under The Stairs

The P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia has an enormous Tudor dollhouse under the stairs, just outside the gift shop. It was designed and built by Joe and Ellen Waterbury. The Waterbury’s were dollhouse enthusiasts and collectors of Ms. Moss’ artwork, who wanted to express their appreciation with an elaborate miniature.

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