I'm delighted to share with you the
photos and history of the newest piece in my personal
A few months ago, my dear friend Moonyeen Moller
came to visit, and she came bearing gifts!!!
She gave me a simply wonderful roombox project
that she had completed years ago in a Bluette
Melony class. After the class, the box went
thru many transformations by Moonyeen, and many
lives too. It got lots of new wiring, and for
a few years was a clock shop. Then it was in
the process of being refurbished into a mask
shop when it ended up on the UFO shelf. Those
of you who are new to minis.. UFO is Unfinished
Objects. Stick with this hobby for just a short
while and you will find you have plenty of them
The interior of this box is small, so it needed
to be a shop for small items. I decided even
before I knew about it's past life that this
would become my clock shop.
The roombox itself is two sided. It sits on a
wooden base mounted on a turntable. From one side,
you see this fabulous exterior. Very old European,
with wonderful stained glass in the bay window.
Notice the sloped sidewalk? And the water dripping
from the end of the drain pipe?
I love photographing the front of the shop from
this angle. It looks so very real!! There wasn't
really much at all for me to do with the outside
as it came to me so wonderfully perfect. So I
washed the windows and laser engraved a sign to
hang next to the door, and turned my attention
to the inside.
I think that all miniature scenes are meant to
capture just a moment in a particular place or
time, so my clock shop was named "A Moment
The interior was already fitted with Moonyeen's
exquisite hand cut and hand laid herringbone floor.
There would be no topping that, so I added a bit
of orange oil and called it perfect. New texture
on the walls as well as a new shelf around the
top of the room were added. New window and door
casings and a small display shelf were stained
to match the existing patina on the front door.
Then came the challenge of the hunt!!! The best
part about doing this type of roombox is hunting
for all the little components needed to fill it
up! I must confess that it took less than three
weeks for me to assemble this assortment of clocks,
but that included a LOT of hunting on the Internet
at all hours..... very hard work indeed!!!
The three Grandfather clocks are by Bespaq. The
cuckoo clock on the right is Ruetter Porcelain.
The regulator, elaborate Welsh clock and cuckoo
on the left are all from my laser kits.
That was an additional benefit... in outfitting
this roombox, I was inspired to make ten new clock
kits which are now available for sale in my shopping
cart. So You can have a clock shoppe too!!!
The gold metal clock on the left and the silver
metal clock on the right are antique pieces from
Germany. The banjo clock, carved clock and black
early American clock on the wall are from my new
kits, as is the clock on the left side of the
The two metal clocks on the floor, the silver
and the green ones, are both antique toys from
The silver figural clock right front and tall
gold clock left back on the table top are both
antique also. The others are all made from found
objects and miniature metal castings.
The fabulous oil rubbed bronze light fixture
is by Ray Storey from the UK, who was kind enough
to blow the shades in amber at my request.
Many of the small clocks on the shelf around
the top of the room were also made from found
objects, metal castings, or more of my laser kits.
Some are commercially made by Kendall Miniatures.
Mona Jones made the brown clock toward the left
on the back shelf. The elephant clock is by Brooke
And believe it or not, I almost passed this antique
clock by on ebay because at 3 or so inches high,
I thought it would be way out of scale for this
shop. But after a bit of thought, I realized that
it was really a special piece and that it would
be fabulous in the front window. I love the way
the red on the clock base brings out the red in
the stained glass too.
So there you have the latest..
at least for now. There are always lots of projects
underway at our house!
Visit again soon to see what lies