Creating to Empty My Mind!

The poet Lord Byron once said “IF I don’t write to empty my mind, I will go mad” and when I think back to that fateful day many years ago when curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a copy of Dolls’ House Magazine in my local supermarket which then went on to change my life – I understand where the man was coming from!

Hello! My name is Tee Bylo and I am an artist and storyteller creating life in 12th scale…

Having created an eclectic number of ‘Small Worlds’ over the years with many now in private collections; my most recent 12th scale ventures include the expansion of the Mouse Town (both in real estate AND with more mice!) the ambitious design for another ‘Nicole’s House’ and with my passion for the unique and mystical, I’m also creating more weird and wonderful emporiums and abodes populated by the mythical folk of the All Hallows Hamlet.

Vampyres, Werewolves and Zombies. Oh My! Better Have Some Holy Water at the Ready…

And with a passion for anything Lord Byron, I love to escape to the year 1815 at 13 Piccadilly Terrace as I fluff the pillows, arrange the flowers and stoke the fires in the home inspired by the life of this fabulous poet.

Self-taught and armed with plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage, clay, glue and lots of imagination, I design my ‘Small Worlds’ using whatever is around me at the time including scrap MDF, cardboard boxes, model kits, a huge plant pot, a tatty dolls house, some chicken wire, a tree stump and even a grotty, old waste bin.

AND wait until you see the ‘Small Worlds’ I plan to create with an abandoned bicycle wheel, a plastic paint tub and one very large wire mesh basket once used to store a giant firework!

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

Remember how I told you about the magazine that changed my life? Well, some years later I was offered a monthly ‘Tee Time’ column and for one glorious year I got to share my 12th scale musings along with the triumphs, tears and the delicious cake that I had enjoyed and I was paid for it too!

But why am I now on Patreon, you ask?

Having done the parenting bit for my two amazing sons, I suddenly found myself as a full-time care giver to my infirm mother and vulnerable brother in 2014 and life became difficult with time and financial independence diminished and a wish that sometimes I could live a million miles away BUT as I have continued to dream, plan and create new ‘Small Worlds’ either at home or in the studio and even in my shed at the bottom of the garden; I have come to understand that a loss of freedom can also be strangely liberating!

A few days ago, I discovered the quote by Lewis Carroll that “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” and right now, my imagination is all that I have as it gives me the freedom to create and to write stories as I keep moving forward on this road less travelled and it would be wonderful if you could be by my side too!

Your kind support will enable me to create my ‘Small Worlds’ and keep the shelves of my two Etsy stores fully stocked with my uniquely designed miniatures.

Welcome to the Crooked Hen Gift Shop…

I could finally publish the adventures of a Little Big Cat in a picture book to be cherished and enjoyed by children and adults alike and the anticipated coffee-table book about Nicole’s House due for publication in late 2018 will be a fitting tribute to the lady who inspired the creation of this 12th scale house.

‘Twas the Night before Christmas and I Spy Paw Prints in the Flour!

And I could continue to make the world a better place one mouse at a time!

What is this Death? A Candle in Memory of Lord Byron…

With a monthly pledge of $1 and upwards charged to your card on the 1st of the month, there are lots of ‘Tee Time’ rewards for you to enjoy and there’s a 10% Etsy discount too!

You can cancel your pledge at any time and if you are unable to pledge – that’s OK for knowing that you are still reading this means just as much – Thank you!

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Blood, Sweat and Relief… The Windows are Finally Dressed!

Dear Diary…

Can I have a drum roll please….

 For I am delighted to announce that the windows of 13 Piccadilly Terrace are now finally dressed!

Several weeks ago as I was counting down the days to the photo shoot for publication in the February issue of the Dolls’ House Magazine as well as musing about my plans for the celebration of a ‘Christmas Past’ and a recreation of that infamous betrothal between Lord B and Annabella Milbanke and with the promise of another exciting possibility or two; I finally set off on the ‘Road Less Traveled’ as it were.

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The Drawing Room of 13 Piccadilly Terrace…

Yes, I finally found my way to the storage cupboard to locate the box labelled ‘Soft Furnishings for Lord B’s House’ that had been patiently waiting for me and was now covered in a respectable layer of dust.

With a faded instruction sheet in hand and surrounded by a pile of sumptuous silks and an assortment of other essential needlework paraphernalia and while under the watchful eye of a small ball of fluff that now answers to the name of ‘Murphy’; I finally created a pair of curtains and finished them off with the obligatory signature of the Regency – the elaborate swag!

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The name of the lavish silk used to dress the windows of the Drawing Room at 13 Piccadilly Terrace  is called ‘Blood Red’ which is rather appropriate considering that my fingers will bear the scars of that particular day’s work for some time to come!

And on the day following, I even managed to create some more swags and drapes for the dining room and with no band aid required!

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The Dining Room of 13 Piccadilly Terrace…

I will happily admit that I could not have accomplished the task of dressing these windows had it not been for a well-read copy of Curtains by Sue Heaser who promises the reader that her book will learn ‘just how easy it can be to make quality projects… when expert guidance is at hand’ and how right she was!

Although, I wouldn’t quite agree with her assertion that ‘miniature sewing is a delightful hobby’!