Tuesday, 17 April 2012


I have reached 100 followers.  I never thought, way back when I started, that my blog would generate so much interest and yet, here I am with 100 followers!

Thank you to you all.

It's been an interesting and different month for me as I was made redundant this time last month and since then I've been working hard on JS Miniatures focusing on making new products and trying to get the word around of what I have on offer.

It's been fun being able to focus on doing what I love full time but at the same time it's difficult because in sales terms it's more of a hobby than a business!

I've been busy setting up a Facebook page and Twitter account and perhaps some of you will also find your way to those sites too.  Links are at the bottom of this post or in the menu to the right.

As a small token of my appreciation for your interest and support, I will offer a giveaway of one of the coal scuttles I currently have for sale.

If you are interested please comment below and I will add your name into a draw to take place on the 1st May 2012.   There's just one rule - you have to be an existing or new subscriber to the blog.

Coal Scuttle Prize for the giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Jsminiatures

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Victorian Kitchen Range & Fireplace Accessories

"The Phoenix Kitchener" Victorian Kitchen Range

I have added some new products to my Etsy shop.  They are made up from kits supplied by Phoenix Model Developments & Warwick Miniatures who produce white metal and lead free pewter kits in the UK.

I have assembled and hand painted them and added coal to the fires.  The kitchen range was very fiddly.  They also make a 1/24th scale version and that must be really tricky to put together as some of the pieces are very small!

The products are highly detailed and I think are very good replicas of real products available at the time.

Other items available are two different coal scuttles suitable for either Georgian or Victorian fireplaces and a Georgian style grate for your fireplace.  All are supplied with real coal.

The coal scuttle with shovel is available on my website here

Georgian / Victorian Coal Scuttle with shovel and real coal

Georgian / Victorian Coal Scuttle with real coal
Georgian Style Fireplace Grate

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Royal Mail Postal prices increase this month...

In case anyone has missed the announcement, Royal Mail are increasing their postal prices quite significantly at the end of this month.

On the 30th April a 1st class stamp will increase to 60p and a second class stamp will increase to 50p!

Unfortunately, as a result of this I will have to increase prices on my website from the 30th April, because the increases are too big for me to absorb.

Full details can be found here: Royal Mail Prices 2012

This is a summary of the price increases from the Royal Mail website:

Our stamp prices are increasing from 30 April 2012:
  • 1st Class stamps for letters weighing up to 100g will increase from 46p to 60p
  • 2nd Class stamps for letters weighing up to 100g will increase from 36p to 50p.

Packets weighing up to 750g will be charged at one flat rate price:
  • 1st Class packets weighing up to 750g will cost £2.70.
  • 2nd Class packets weighing up to 750g will cost £2.20.

Special Delivery™:
  • The price of Special Delivery™ Next Day by 1pm will be £5.90. Our guaranteed next day service offers great value, featuring generous compensation and market-leading quality of service.

International services:
  • An Airmail letter going to Europe weighing up to 20g will increase from 68p to 87p.
  • International Signed For increases from £4.95 to £5.15 per item (in addition to postage).