The Tales from Lord Byron's Abode...

The Ghost of Piccadilly Terrace

Tee Bylo

Once Upon a Time and in a Land Not Too Far Away as a fair maiden was foraging through the shelves of her local supermarket on the lookout for something to ‘throw together for a family supper’ she picked up a copy of Dolls' House Magazine  for a ‘quick read’ which she hoped would lighten the monotony of all of the housework which was still patiently waiting for her at home.

 Hours later and with the housework unfinished and the promise of a cold supper for her poor starving family, the fair maiden realised that she had been left captivated by the wonder of the discoveries that she had made between the pages of this magazine and ever since that fateful day, she have been creating her ‘Small Worlds’ and although her passion to design a miniature world remains just as intoxicating and as challenging as ever was; the fair maiden is  the first to admit that it has left her a lot  lighter in pocket with her children barefoot and the pantry empty of chocolate biscuits...


OK, all levity aside; It is true that I have been designing and creating 'Small Worlds' for many years now, however, my imagination remains just as 'fired up' and the inspiration for these ‘Small Worlds’ has been unleashed in so many different ways that I have lost count; for it could be within the fascinating pages of a historical novel or a television drama series and I have even found myself designing a landscaping project as I flipped through the pages of a magazine while waiting for a GP appointment!

As I love to walk, my imagination has often been influenced by the world that surrounds me and I have been known to spend my time gazing at the architecture and other interesting features of the houses and shops, including lead drainpipes, unusual windows, broken roof slates, fascinating corbels and  often to the incredulity of a friend who I have failed to recognise as I amble past them!

I once calculated that I would need to live another 250 years in order to realise my dream projects into 12th scale reality...

However, as my property empire has expanded and with more error than trial, I have learnt many new skills and I can now ‘distress’ and ‘kit bash’ with aplomb and in defiance of my 'other half's precise lectures; I remain proud of my unique painting techniques, my creative recipe for aged stonework and those rather unconventional woodworking skills.

 And even though I can handle fabrics I can glue; the art of the needle is beyond me and it is fortunate that as a social media junkie, I have been fortunate to meet other miniaturists whose skills can more than compensate for my shortcomings such as one who has positively embraced the art of miniature couture on my behalf and those that have managed to create a delicious feast or two for my ‘Small World’ inhabitants which is something my own family have been known to long for!

Now what I long for is a quiet room, a large mug of tea and some chocolate...