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Mouse House Creek Woods Shop feature :: Posted by: Hazel on July 12th, 2021

Creek Woods Estate Connecticut – Mouse House Dolls House

This Story is by Miranda

The Woods family have lots of adventures and have a fabulous Instagram page, so you can follow their story. Instagram @creekwoodsestate

Creek Woods Shop

Creek Woods Estate Connecticut Established in 2020 is a property inhabited by an adorable mouse family and their friends. The “Creek’s Toys, Books, and Café” is a shop owned by Lady Meadow Woods with the shopkeeper, River, who takes great pride in maintaining this foothold of the community.

The shop specializes in toys that capture the imagination and wonder of the children in the community. Lady Meadow’s husband, Professor Finn hosts children’s book readings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6pm-7pm. The book collection is vast and ranges from “The Ugly Duckling” to “Homer’s Odyssey” all of which captivates the children.

The play area induces pure excitement that surges through the children. The kids play with dollhouses, dolls, building blocks, legos, teddy bears, cars, and trucks. The overall atmosphere is that of magic and fun. New toys arrive each week and the children always find something to dazzle them. Other events in the store are not limited to, but include magic shows, puppet theaters, singing and dancing. The rooftop of the shop is ideal for birthday parties and celebrations (weather permitting). On July 3, 2021, the Wood’s children co-hosted an event to celebrate “Friendship and Kindness” along with their human counterparts for #miniletsconnect.

On mornings, River takes glory in acquiring fresh milk, butter, and eggs from local farms. River’s instruments and recipes are calibrated to perfection with satisfying textures, delicious creaminess and flavors titrated to a consistency that is perfectly sweet and delightful. His cakes and cupcakes are decorated intricately, they are elegant. He also creates colorful sweet treats that are gratifying.

The shop is phenomenal. It is an environment that provides enrichment to the children’s cognitive development and an outlet for very satisfying treats that are rewarding. The shop has become the entire family’s favorite place to host events, settle in for a good book and it turned out to become a far more versatile space than Lady Meadow Woods envisioned.

See below a fabulous selection of photographs of the shop, some of which have miniature pieces of my art in ……. Miranda has a large collection of my art and I’m proud to see my ice cream cones and door sign in this wonderful establishment 


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Feature Article :: Posted by: Hazel on January 21st, 2021

An Interview with an American Journalist

Below is the words of Joan McKenzie, whom I thank  tremendously for her beautiful words …… 

Hazel Rayfield’s Uniquely Beautiful Wax Paintings in Miniature

Feature Interview by Joan McKenzie   Instagram: genuinejoan

I’m always happy when I find an artisan that is creating something so unique that I want to touch it and understand more about that art form. While discovering the tiny detailed encaustic hot wax paintings made by Hazel Rayfield, I found myself getting lost in her scenes, especially the paintings of trees. Hazel is a self-employed artist who calls her Etsy shop “Art in Wax”.

She has been painting in encaustic miniature form since 2011. One year her husband Adrian, who is an interior decorator, had a very special commission which opened Hazel’s eyes to the growing popularity in the world of miniaturists. Adrian’s client wanted help building a basement for her Georgian Dollhouse. The client also asked Hazel to create some paintings for this house as she wanted it filled with original artwork. “

As far as I am aware, pieces of my “Art in Wax” are currently in 20 countries spanning 4 continents.”

I collect Hazel’s Miniature Art

I am one of Hazel’s repeat customers from a few years ago. I have more than one version of the “Tree of Life” and multiple breathtaking “African Skies” paintings in my little boys’ double bunk bedroom themed with African animals, paintings, books and dinosaur fossils.

Miniature dollhouse art

Hazel’s husband built her a miniature property in 2013 which she named: “The Gallery”. This is a double front Victorian shop, which he bought as a kit. Inside is a contemporary art gallery, with inset ceiling lights and wood flooring that he assembled perfectly, piece by piece. “The Gallery” has evolved several times since 2013. Adrian built bespoke frames, an art browser and some of the easels on display. It hosts many of her miniature paintings that have been on exhibit previously. Some of these paintings are not for sale for sentimental reasons. However, if you asked Hazel to try to replicate something she has done before she will happily try.

She is very busy with orders for her artwork, but she also works occasionally in website development, graphic design and internet consulting as this was her full-time business prior to following her passion to paint. Hazel has had a few instances where she made something for a customer that she really didn’t want to part with. It’s at that point where she has to remind herself that someone likes her work enough to pay hard earned money for it, and that feeling of appreciation is still something that pleases her all of the time. Now that it has been 8 years of full- time painting, this elated feeling is not something that she can imagine will diminish over time.Dolls  house Art

An English Artist

She has a studio area in their home in Southend on Sea, Essex. In the past she had exhibited her work at a few local dollhouse fairs in the United Kingdom, but not for several years now. Attending the fairs was great fun for Hazel, meeting miniaturists, artisans and collectors was fun and fulfilling. She is still in touch with several of the people she knew then and they continue to purchase her art online. It was a fellow miniaturist who suggested she might create ‘dressing room screens’ (AKA room dividers) using the hot wax art form. These have become popular over the years, especially because it doubles as a piece of original art as well as a piece of exquisite furniture.

Occasionally Hazel has created videos of herself painting which appear on her blog or on social media. She loves the challenge of making art in miniature.

When she began creating original miniature art in the medium that is known as Encaustic, she never dreamed this would become such a passion for her. The richness of the colors she combines take you immediately to what she is trying to convey. Over the years the subjects she has painted have been varied. She loves the challenge of a new idea, a new inspiration and seeing just what she can paint in hot wax. Some of her own favorites are the winter landscapes, many of which include the northern lights and the occasional stag painting, the colorful skies of an African sunset, all landscape pieces, her brilliant poppy flower paintings are always a joy to paint, and trees, oh those gorgeous trees … including a collection of her take on the “Tree of Life”. Recently her ballerina pieces have been very well received. Seasonally the holiday themes for Christmas are popular, and of course Halloween pumpkins and witches are usually popular in Autumn.

Hazel is completely self-taught. She has an array of tools she uses for painting, including specialist encaustic heat tools, some of which her husband has adapted so that she may paint tiny details. She loves what she does for a living with her artistry. She’s very happy to know that her work resides in so many little homes around the world. She still gets excited with every creation she completes. The huge amount of sales in her Etsy shop speaks volumes about her loyal customers love of her miniature paintings. Very few people are selling at the volume that Hazel can claim, and this speaks to her originality and exquisite art form that she has mastered, as well as to the customer loyalty base that she has built.

Following her dream

Hazel has been successfully practicing her business dream for seven years now. Once she discovered this art form was exactly what she desperately wanted to have more time to explore, she followed her heart and her passion.

I remember a few years back when I was working in corporate America. There was not one person in our business who was happy with the work they were doing. We liked the salary, but the work could often be mind-numbing. Since joining IGMA and meeting so many wonderful people in this miniature world of ours, I have met so many who tell me how they LOVE their work. The ability to create something that other people admire must feel wonderful. Hazel is one woman who pursued her dream and she definitely knows how wonderful it is to have found what you were meant to do.

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My Miniature Art on display in Connecticut :: Posted by: Hazel on October 19th, 2020

Welcome to Connecticut Bauernhof Manor House

Miniature Art in its new home in Connecticut
Today I’m very honoured to be able to share with you one of my new collectors dollhouse. Miranda started collecting my art earlier this year after seeing my posts on Instagram.

The name of her house is “Connecticut Bauernhof Manor House” and is shown here in the photographs with my art in its new home. The photographs are taken by the collector and copyright is respected.

Miranda tells me she bought this her, first dollhouse last October, it has 7 rooms, and she is already planning the next larger house …..The houses came from her local dollhouse shop: Whimsies Dollhouse Shop in Greenwich, Connecticut

The residents (dolls) of this amazing miniature property are ;
Arthur (Art) and Ava both age 41, Elsa age 6 and Ella just 18 months old
Gerda is the maid, and Elisa (Ava’s younger sister, she’s 37 years old)
Ava’s and Elisa’s parents Einar and Elise also reside in this wonderful house.

The back story is that they are from Austria and their last name is Bauernhof, all Except Gerda who is from Denmark. And they have a dog named is Laddie.

Miniature Art in Situ

Arts Study has my boat painting over the stairs and an Autumnal landscape painting above his desk.

In Elisa’s beautiful bedroom hangs “The Lady in The Garden” painting, a real statement piece at 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.

The Cottage at “Cherry Tree Lane” has roses around the door and wisteria growing up the front apex, this Dollhouse size miniature painting is just 2 x 2 1/4 inches And fits perfectly into the decor of this dressing room, as does The Street Shopping scene.

The Ballerina takes her curtain call ….. this pretty painting is just great in this setting, how lovely is the furniture in this room, I just love the toys and the tutu is so cute, which was made by Miranda who also makes wonderful miniature wedding dresses.

Thank you Miranda for sharing your dollhouse with us, I’m very honoured to have my paintings in such a lovely setting.

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Miniature Art In Wax in Dolls Houses Worldwide :: Posted by: Hazel on January 29th, 2020

A wonderful Collection of Miniature Dolls Houses

A fellow miniaturist Linda whom I follow on Instagram recently showed her collectible dolls houses in her feed and some were showing my art inside and she has allowed me to share these, and other new photos she has sent me, with you on my blog.

Art in dollhouse

Linda tells me

“I have several houses, a large Victorian, a modern colonial and an English stone cottage that is my witches house.”

“Your art is so beautiful in person”

Linda has several of my paintings in her houses and has also used them as part of her seasonal displays.  It is so lovely to see my paintings in their new homes, it really brings them to life.

When Linda says “they are so beautiful in person”, I’m really pleased, this is the comment and feedback I get more than any others, the depth of colour, texture and sheen of working in the Encaustic medium  is not shown to its fullest in photographs and selling my art online is a challenge at times as the image is all there is to go on for a collector.

I think you will agree these miniature properties look amazing, the patience and detail …… just WOW.

Miniature 1:12 witches dollhouse

The basket flower in this beautiful room in her house, the northern lights in her modern colonial house and a “Tree of Life” style picture which is one of my favourites and looks amazing  in the stone cottage.

This Tree of Life piece has layers of encaustic wax paint on a black encaustic card that I have scratched and painted with hints of gold wax for the leaves. The painting has been backed onto card, the edge has been painted to give the effect of a framed border and to give an idea of the ratio thus piece is 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches in size.

Modern dollhouse with art in wax on display

Room Boxes Seasonal Displays

I just love how miniatures can we displayed, I often say “miniatures are not just for Dolls houses”.

These Instagram posts of amazing seasonal displays, which are room boxes “Cleaning up ready for Halloween” and Christmas Holiday which she has used my paintings in too are just delightful and so detailed, the more you look the more you see.

Mellow.miniaturist room boxes

Thank you so much for sharing your miniature houses with us Linda

You can see more of Linda’s wonderful creations via Instagram @mellow.miniaturist


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