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I have been making more miniature books, and I have also sold some to my first customer!  I made a set of six which have found their new home in a hobbit house.  It makes me happy to think that Bilbo and Frodo Baggins will be reading my tiny books.  

And I've also finally set up an Etsy store!  My store is called honeyandbee, and I am selling many things similar to what I make for my own miniature Jack and Stephen.  Some are indeed prototypes of things I've made for them (such as the pocket watch, some of the messy bottles, and the dirty well-worn ledger.)

So, on to pictures!


miniature books and more! )

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Here's an article that [profile] cionaudha posted a while back, and I asked her ages ago if I could re-post it and then never did.  But I did finally get my hands on this book, and it was SO COOL.  So now I'm re-posting the article. 

The book is The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, and it's about miniature dollhouse type rooms and scenes that a woman made as police training tools back in the 40s.  They were used (and still are) to train police on crime scene investigation, being so incredibly detailed that detectives would be able to spot clues to hypothesize on the murders.  They were all based on real-life murders, but some settings and details were changed so as not to give the trainee detectives an unfair advantage in solving the mini cases.

The book is full of great photographs.  I just wish there were MORE photographs.  There are also schematic drawings of the rooms with important clues highlighted and explained.  Unfortunately, most of the murders don't have an actual solution given.  Usually they just have suggestions from detectives such as "Police would need to find out what the weather was like, since the victim was dressed so scantily, and an autopsy should be performed to determine whether the cause of death was smothering from the blankets, freezing to death or something else."  Or "It is strange that there is a kerosene can in the kitchen, and that only the right side of bedroom wall was burned.  It suggests arson rather than accidental fire."

The woman sounds amazing.  She made nearly everything by hand, and was incredibly meticulous - more meticulous than I've ever heard of a miniaturist being before (well except for maybe Queen Mary and the like, but they're wealthy and could just wave a magic wand to get master artisans to make things for them.  They didn't have to knit stockings with single strands of thread on needles made of surgical wire.  Or go to the morgue.)

linked at [profile] doll_houses and [profile] little_world.

And if you do a Google image search for "nutshell studies", you can see more amazing pictures.
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I got a book today - Naval Surgeon: The Voyages of Dr. Edward H. Cree, Royal Navy, as Related in His Private Journals, 1837-1856.  It's full of his own journal entries and watercolors.  It was dirt cheap on amazon.

Oh, [profile] cionaudha, I also got Regeneration.  But I won't start until I'm done with Adm. Byrd.  ARGH and I haven't finished Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death yet either!

And in other book news, I'm really fond of my Moby Dick popup book.  Sounds silly, I know, but the popups are amazing!  So I've prepared a picspam.  I'm too tired to type about it, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

Also, I made little gold capped crystal bottles to go in Stephen's dressing case.


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January 2014



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