Sunday 28 December 2014

Janet Granger's January Sale

Janet Granger's January Sale on her website is in full swing, so if you would like the chance to grab some miniature needlepoint kits, chart packs or silk gauze project packs at bargain prices, now's your chance! Every miniature needlepoint kit, chart pack and fabric pack on the website is in the January Sale. Take advantage now to stock up on dollhouse scale needlework kits to keep you busy during the coldest days of winter.

You can choose from handbags, chairs, wallhangings, fire screens, needlework stands, tea-cosies, bellpulls, footstools....and many more. The kits contain everything you need, the instructions are detailed, and the results will be fabulous!!

Visit the online shop now to see what's available:

Tuesday 2 December 2014

The AIM Advent Calendar 2014

The AIM Advent Calendar is now available online!

For each day of advent, we will give you a new FREE miniature project from some of the world's finest artisans in the miniature world.

The first 2 doors are now unlocked... the only question is...

...what will be revealed???

Visit to open the first 2 doors and then follow it every day as a new door is unlocked right up until Christmas!

Monday 1 December 2014

Marianne Cook

Have you ever been curious about the artisans who work behind the scenes for AIM? If so, this  month, in The Dolls House Magazine Issue 200 one of our lovely ladies from The Ed Team at Artisans In Miniature is highlighted in their 'Maker's Profile'. 

Marianne also has a project in the same edition to make this wonderful Crocus in 1:12th Scale

New Additions to Janet Granger's 'Summer Roses' Kit Range

Pretty floral stitching for the mini dining table!

There's a couple of new kits on Janet Granger's website this week - a table runner, and matching placemats, which are both to be stitched on 32 count silk gauze. They are in the popular 'Summer Roses' series - deep red and soft gold roses, on a pale cream background - suitable for many eras and styles of dollhouse. Each kit contains stranded cotton, a generous piece of silk gauze, clear instructions and stitch diagrams, a suitable needle and a colour block chart to count the design from. When finished, the runner measures 3 1/2 long x 7/8 inch wide. The placemats each measure 1 3/8 wide by 1 inch high, with enough materials to make four per pack.

Each kit is available from the What's New page of Janet's website

The table runner kit is £12.95, and the placemats kit is £14.95 (to make four)

There is a FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS page at so that you can see how easy it is to create these mini kits.

Janet's contact details are:
Janet Granger
Janet Granger Designs
Rose Cottage, Leek Road, Waterhouses,
Staffordshire ST10 3JS England


Wednesday 26 November 2014

The AIM Advent Calendar is coming soon

Here in the virtual AIM Editorial office, dedicated members have been working tirelessly to bring you the AIM Advent Calendar for 2014. Each day of advent a new FREE miniature project from some of the world's finest artisans in miniature will be revealed. 
This years Advent calendar will go 'live' in December, so be sure to pop by for the links to the wonderful projects of AIM Advent.

In the meantime, don't forget that you can still view issue 52 and archived issues of the free AIM iMag by clicking on the link below.

Sunday 26 October 2014

Petite Properties on Ebay

Hello everyone!
For a while now we have realised that here in PP HQ we are fast running out of storage space, to the point where we are positively bulging at the seams! 
So... we have decided it is finally time to have a (much needed) BIG clear out.

As a result over the next few weeks we will be auctioning off most of our unwanted back catalogue of ex display items on EBAY!

All the houses that have been earmarked for ebay are the constructed / undecorated ones that were both featured in our instructions and also displayed on the PP stand. 
Currently we have listed the following PP Ex display items on Ebay;

Parsnip Cottage:
Bluebell Cottage:
Wash House & WC:
Little Acorns School (in 1:24th):
Little Acorns School (in 1:48th)
Playground (or walled garden base)
Snowdrop Cottage:
Thimble Cottage:

All of our ex display models were made by myself and have been signed on the under side.
Our Ebay seller ID is petite-properties
All of our auctions will start at only 99p and have no reserves. 
We will also post worldwide.
These listings are only the tip of the iceberg and we plan to list many more!
So why not grab yourself a bargain????

Happy bidding!

Thursday 23 October 2014

Bear Cabin Miniatures move online

AIM members Julia and Hywel of Bear Cabin Miniatures specialise in fantasy, myth and magical miniatures. Sadly, due to an unforeseen event they have recently closed their Artisan Dolls House Shop in Swansea, but they will continue to exhibit at  Dolls House Fairs around the UK and can be found at:

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Christmas embroidery kits from Janet Granger

If you love Christmas and you love embroidery too, then it's never too early to start on your Christmas stitching projects. As the nights start drawing in, what can be better than having a Christmassy project to keep you busy in the evenings?

AIM member Janet Granger has recently added some new miniature needlepoint kits with Christmas motifs of candles and holly for table runners and place mats to her 12th scale embroidery kit range. There is still plenty of time before the festive season to make them for your festive doll house displays or to stitch as wonderful Christmas presents for friends who have doll's houses too.

All the kits contain 32 count silk gauze, plenty of Anchor stranded cotton and a suitable needle for you to stitch with. The designs are counted from a colour block chart (the design isn't printed on the fabric), which is simple to use and easy on the eyes. Instructions on how to finish the kits are included, too. You may want to purchase some Fray Check fabric glue (also available on the website) to stabilise the edges of the gauze before you trim around it.
The long table runner kit measures 3 5/8 x one inch and costs £12.95, the round table centre mat measures 1 3/8 inches diameter and costs £8.95, and each of the set of four place mats measures 1 3/8 by an inch and costs £14.95. All of them are available now from:

You can also find tutorials on the website showing exactly how these kits are to be made up:

and detailed images showing what each type of kit contains here:

Janet's contact details are:
Janet Granger

Janet Granger Designs
Rose Cottage, Leek Road, Waterhouses, Staffordshire ST10 3JS 
Tel.: 01538 308860

Dollhouse needlepoint kit website:

Tuesday 7 October 2014

AIM members featured in The Dolls House Magazine

The November 2014 Issue of The Dolls' House Magazine features not one but five AIM artisans. Marianne Cook, Janet Granger, Diane Gregory, Frances Powell and Sally Watson all feature in the glossy pages of the latest edition (Issue 198) I'm sure all of our readers will join me in saying a proud 
"Well done to you all".

One of those members, Marianne Cooke is a painter who makes miniature plants and flowers mostly in 1/12th scale. Her aim is to make them look as if they were growing in, or had just been gathered from her own garden, which means they are definitely not florist-perfect! Marianne may add a little crack or moss to the pots, and sometimes they even have a weed growing alongside them. Some flowers may be overblown or still in bud and a leaf or three may be blemished which  adds to their uniqueness and delight.

Marianne's contribution to The Dolls House Magazine is a project to make a Sumac tree in 1/12th scale (with brief additional instructions detailing how to adapt it for 1/24th). This colourful addition would be perfect for your autumn miniature garden or in a pot beside the front door. Marianne tells us that it is the first of a number of projects to be included in future issues of the magazine. If you love plants and flowers but are not so keen on hand making them yourself, why not visit Marianne's website or her Etsy shop for many delightful flowers and plants all ready to be placed in your miniature garden.

You can buy the Dolls' House magazine from:

Friday 3 October 2014

Halloween by Distinctive Design

AIM member Judy Lauson shares with us her delightful Halloween scene.

"Sweet Memories depicts a Halloween scene with many children visiting a neighbourhood house. Each child is wearing a costume that is a replica of the costumes worn by my son and daughter over a decade ago for trick and treating. Joining in the fun the old lady giving out the treats is also wearing a mask and so is her cat besides her. The doorbell at the door actually chimes when pressed. It is also harvest time, the rake leans against the wall ready to rake up the fallen leaves, the wheelbarrow is full of vegetables plucked from the pumpkin patch .  and the wood pile is being made ready for the winter to come.

Wednesday 1 October 2014

King Henry by Angelique Miniatures


AIM member Louise of  Angelique Miniatures has updated her very popular King Henry VIII doll.

A superbly detailed one twelfth scale miniature porcelain doll standing approx. six inches tall, Henry wears a lavishly decorated silk doublet with braid trimmed silk skirts and matching codpiece. Gold decorated ribbon garters hold up his ivory silk hoes and on his feet are typical square-toed leather shoes. Henry’s fine coat has a large ‘fur’ collar and on his head is a feathered and bejewelled black silk hat. Henry holds leather gloves in one hand and has a tiny leather-sheathed dagger hanging around his waist.

Each doll is individually hand-crafted to order.
Call Louise Goldsborough on 01932 780 934 or e-mail

Thursday 25 September 2014

Issue 52 of the AIM iMag is out now

Issue 52 of the AIM imag is available online to read or download.

Packed with a variety of topics  and projects for you to enjoy, such as 'Home Sweet Home' and 'Home Comforts', I'm sure you will want to join me in saying a big thankyou to all the AIM members who have given their time and skills freely, to once again put together an excellent magazine for you all to enjoy for free. 

You can access the imag via the AIM website here;

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Issue 52 of the AIM iMag due out soon

Are you looking forward to the next edition of the AIM iMag? I know I am. 

I've had a sneaky peek at some of the articles, such as 'Home Sweet Home' and 'Home Comforts' and  as always this issue is going to be great. The dedicated AIM members have been working hard and giving their time voluntarily to bring you the next edition which will be popping into your inbox soon. If your not signed up to email notifications from this blog, then keep an eye here and I'll let you know when it goes 'live' 

In the meantime, why not take a look at some of our back issues, which are available from

Thursday 18 September 2014

Latest news from Petite Properties

Over the last few months, Bea of Petite Properties has been busy designing new kits and writing her latest book; Create Exterior Finishes. Bea who many will recognise as the founder of AIM and the AIM Imag has also introduced a new, exclusive range of paints for use on all her kits, including the delightful 1/48th scale 'Pumpkin Cottage ' shown above. 

Pumpkin Cottage and Bea's latest book; Petite Properties Create Exterior Finishes will be launched at this weekends Miniatura Show, where you will be spoilt for choice amongst the many cottages, kits and accessories in 1/144th, 1/48th and 1/24th that Petite Properties have for sale. You can find these and the amazing new book, which is an easy to follow guide to creating your own authentic exteriors on Stand A5

If you are not attending the Miniatura Show or would like a closer look prior to the show, you can find further details on these and more at;

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Latest characters from The Giddy Kipper

Aim member Jain of The Giddy Kipper has been busy sculpting many new characters. 
These delightful characters form a wonderful group and are available for sale separately at the forthcoming Autumn Miniatura Show 2014. Jain will be exhibiting on Stand B15

You can see many more of Jain's wonderful creations on her blog and website at;

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Latest furniture designs from Bear Cabin Miniatures

AIM members Hywel and Julia Jeffreys of Bear Cabin Miniatures specialise in 12th scale miniatures for a Fantasy or Tudor theme. Hywel designs and creates his own unique furniture from hardwood, which he cuts, creates, carves and waxes to the point where he is happy to add them to his 'Rustic Woodland' range of dressed, and undressed furniture and accessories.

When Julia is not busy stitching tiny owl or cat themed samplers and cushions to match the fantasy theme, she happily helps to dress the furniture, using many of Hywel's handmade accessories, dragons and pumpkins!

Hywel and Julia of Bear Cabin Miniatures will be exhibiting at this Autumn's Miniatura Show on the 20th and 21st September 2014 on stand G10

Sunday 14 September 2014

Celebrating 21 years for Bags of Character

2014 has been an important year for AIM Member Carol Bull as she is celebrating 21 years of mini making this year. Selling under the name of Bags of Character, Carol's wonderful dolls are definitely full of character and never fail to please, amuse and delight. Carol will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Miniatura Show on the 20th and 21st September and you can find her on Stand G11 or on her website;

Saturday 13 September 2014

Mags-nificent Miniatures

AIM member Mags of Mags-nificent Miniatures has been busy making a mouth watering array of 12th Scale miniatures for the Autumn Miniatura Show on the 20th and 21st September. You can find Mags and her delicious apple pies on Stand C2

Or on her facebook page at:

Thursday 11 September 2014

Latest Kit from Janet Granger

AIM member, Janet Granger has a new needlepoint sampler kit on her website this week - it's called 'Blue Vases', and is Victorian style with a full alphabet, in shades of blue, green and light brown. It's a quick little project, which should only take a couple of evenings to stitch.

The sampler is stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric. The kit contains stranded cotton, a generous piece of evenweave fabric, clear instructions and stitch diagrams, a suitable needle, a colour block chart to count the design from and a varnished wooden frame to mount the stitching in.

The kit costs £8.95, and is available from her website here:

If you haven’t stitched in this scale before, or you would like to know what is involved in making one of these kits, visit the FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS page to see how easy it is to create this little sampler: 

Contact details:
Janet Granger Designs
Rose Cottage, Leek Road, Waterhouses, Staffordshire ST10 3JS England
Tel.: 01538 308860

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Adora Bella Minis now in smallers scales

You may recognise AIM member Joy of Adora Bella Minis for her charming characters in 12th Scale. Amongst my favourites are her wonderful witches for the collector of fantasy miniatures. But did you know that Joy also makes her delightful characters in smaller scales too? In 2014, Joy has moved into making for the lover of smaller scales; 24th and 48th scale.

Joy no longer works on a commission basis, but does have a wishlist that you can add to on her website and you can sign up for her newsletter which gives details her latest dolls as they become available. 

You can see more of Joy's work on her website;

Friday 29 August 2014

New kits from Janet Granger

New on AIM member, Janet Granger's website this week is a matching set of an ‘Elephant' teacosy kit, with a tray cloth kit echoing the pattern of the rug on the elephant's back. If you love novelty teacosies, then you'll love this set! They are both quick to stitch, and easy to assemble.

Both kits are to be stitched in needlepoint on 32 count silk gauze. The teacosy kit contains stranded cotton, a generous piece of silk gauze, clear instructions and stitch diagrams, a suitable needle and a colour block chart to count the design from. The tray cloth kit contains all of the above, plus mahogany components to make the tea tray, which simply need gluing together.

Various designs of teapots and tea sets are also available to complement all the teacosies that she has in her range (see the 'Teacosies' page of her shop, and scroll to the bottom).

The kits are available from Janet's website here:

The teacosy kits are £12.95 each, and the tray cloth kits are £10.95 each.
If you haven’t stitched in this scale before, or you would like to know what is involved in making one of these kits, visit the FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS page to see how easy they are at;

Contact details:
Janet Granger
Janet Granger Designs
Rose Cottage, Leek Road, Waterhouses,
Staffordshire ST10 3JS
Tel 01538 308860

Wednesday 27 August 2014

New dolls from Julie Campbell Doll Artisan

AIM member and IGMA Doll Artisan Julie Campbell hand sculpts the most delightful dolls for the 12th scale collector. Julie regularly exhibits at shows both in the UK and in Germany, but if you can't get to any of the shows, Julie has an Etsy shop and a Wishlist, both of which can be found on her website at 

The delightful gardening lady and 'Sweet Old Candace' with her baking table are just two of the dolls which will be available at this Autumn's Miniatura Show

Sunday 24 August 2014

News from Angelique Miniatures

Angelique Miniatures is now on Twitter! 
Follow all her latest news about new dolls and projects at 

Thursday 21 August 2014

News of a Feline kind....

Sally Watson, AIM imag editor, seems to be up to something for issue 52. With a bit of feline help it should be ready to read online in September.

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Judy Lauson Distinctive Design

AIM member Judy Lauson Distinctive Design has a variety of 12th scale items available on her website at 

Photos and prices detailing these categorised items are found in the 'For Sale' tab

Saturday 16 August 2014

AIM Members News: Kat Hazelton

Kat Hazelton, also known as Kat The Hat Lady has been a Milliner for over 14 years. Kat designs and make hats ranging from 1:12 scale (dolls house), to full size hats, headdresses and Fascinators. Kat creates her hats using her own hat blocks and patterns and spends a great deal of time researching millinery in old books, fashion plates, and visiting libraries and museums. Kat makes all sorts of hats from historically themed hats to fantasy hats for the discerning 12th scale witch. 

 Kat's hats are available in her Etsy Shop which will open again after her summer vacation on the 22nd August

Previous editions of the AIM iMag

Did you know that previous issues from issue 9 of the Aim iMag are available to read or download at any time and are all free? 

You can access the AIM iMag archives by clicking on the link below

Happy reading!