People might notice a bit of a change to the blog – this is due to me importing entries from two wordpress blogs which I used to run a number of years ago. One of those was a dollshouse and miniatures blog, called Little Hobbit Crafts. I am taking up my miniatures hobby again and wanted to make a new start to it. However, because there were problems on a forum I used to post on regularly, I’ve decided to delete that blog. It’s not been an easy decision for me as I loved running that blog, but I want to get away from the negativity brought to it by that forum. (It appears that leaving it for about three years didn’t get rid of it like I thought it had.) I didn’t want to lose the posts so I imported them on to here.

The other blog was a book blog I ran back in 2012...

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Cobweb Cottage (24th scale house)

Cobweb Cottage (I’m going to keep the name for it, because it reflects the subject matter!) is my first proper 24th scale dolls house – to be honest, I prefer to think of it as a miniature house, because it’s unlikely that it will ever have an official occupant – dolls aren’t really my thing and finding 24th scale figures is quite challenging as there aren’t that many of them around. I say that it is my first proper one because I had one previously which was one of those ugly, cheap plywood things that doesn’t quite fit together properly. I had planned on turning it into a haunted house and even started buying small items for it – in the end, though, I just abandoned the project but kept the accessories to be used in a different project.

Cobweb Cottage is by Petite Properties – I have done...

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Bringing Back this Blog

Sadly, it has been a long time since I was able to work on anything regarding miniatures. This is not through a choice of my own, but rather my circumstances. We moved from the flat in Sheffield during the same year I last posted (it was around October time!) to a flat in Chesterfield. The problem? The flat is much smaller than our previous one and I’ve not been able to work on anything for a number of years, other than the occasional quarter-scale project and some work on Mary-Beth’s, which I bought for my Sylvanian collection. Since then, almost EVERYTHING has been packed up and kept safe...

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Yep, I’ve not been around to blog. To be honest, I’ve not really felt like it. I’d love to give the make-up stuff justice, but when I don’t go out a great deal, I don’t feel like using it and don’t see the point of it when I’m hanging around in the house. I do have my phone, but I’ve spent money on other things rather than credit for that. With Yule/Christmas just around the corner now, I prefer to spend what we have on that, and I want to get a new kettle. My mood hasn’t been good due to RL issues which began in September and then I just had a lot of things pile up on top of me so I’ve just been trying to control the negativity of that, and to cope with the stress I’ve been under. I’ve been working on a LOTR/Hobbit RP forum over at proboards and getting it together is going well...

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Barry M Fashion Icon Nail Polish


By now, readers should know that I am a fan of glitter nail polishes and I’ve been looking for some good ones with a coloured base coat. Barry M’s range is a bit more expensive that I normally spend, and I decided to give it a go, though after doing some image searches on google, I see that the colours in this range which I would have been more interested in have been discontinued, which is a shame, so we are left with this shade, along with two others – one purple and one pink. I bought this from Superdrug and after seeing images of it online, I expected it to be blue in colour, but it’s not, it’s more of a mid purple colour, though if the light shines on it right, it does appear blue. (I’m thinking that the flash on the camera must have brought out the blue on the online photos.)

It’s a...

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier


It has been a long while since I read any books on a serious basis. This year, of course, I’ve read Poldark, and I revisited Watership Down in the spring, but it has been a long time since I read any fantasy books, and until I read this, I can’t remember when was the last time I’d read anything. I think it might have been the last Dresden Files book, or a Star Wars one about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yep, I do love Star Wars! My lack of reading has been due to problems with my concentration – there was a time when I could fly through a book in a couple of days, a week at the most, and I’d read several books a week, but not now. This problem with concentration started because because of an illness I had a couple of years ago, and in part due to my partner’s illness, and the flat we live in...

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Sorry for my absence

Apologies for no posts this week. I’ve been going through a bad patch in many things, and my enthusiasm for posting in the blog this week has not been high for various reasons. This happens when I’m stressed and a lot of things are giving me annoyance and I find that the best thing for me to do is withdraw, or work on things which don’t require me to heavily interact with people. Hopefully, things will be better soon!

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More Than Just a Blog

Since I found buddypress, this site has become more than just a blog, as it also doubles as an interactive forum. I will be making group pages for the various sites I run which will in turn be a forum for them, as I’ve always liked the idea that a site has a forum. (And there is the added advantage that even if the boards don’t get any members on them, the site is active because of the blog.) I do hope that people will enjoy their time on the site. Buddypress also turns the blog into a little social networking site too, so it is quite flexible in that respect. I do, however, hope that the plugin improves so that you can create boards on the actual forum, rather than having groups, but I’ve come across worse plugins.

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Technic Tropics Nail Polish Set


This summer, Technic produced five sets of four nail polishes, Nudes, Pinks, Pastels and Tropics. They are inexpensive and you can get them from Body Care for £2.49 (or there abouts). I picked up the Tropics set, as I prefer those colours. I may get the others, too, because there’ll probably be a time when I need those colours for some reason.

Technic have produced the colours found in the Tropics set before, in the Party Brights range and Colour Me Bright set, but the purple shade isn’t among those. The colours are bright and fun, and I think are good for summer parties, festivals and summer holidays, so I’m probably a bit late with this, as it’s September.

My favourite colour in the set has got to be the purple one, which I tried first...

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Unexpected Tree of Gondor Pendent Giveaway


Recently, I ordered some geeky pendents and they arrived today, but I was sent more of this design than I needed. If you’re interested in receiving one (and you must live in the UK), please let me know! The giveaway will be running until the 1st November. There are about 9 pieces in all. The chains aren’t that great, but you could thread them on cord.

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