Wednesday, 29 February 2012

40th Issue Of The AIM imag - Out now!

 To be really honest I have sat here quietly at my desk for quite some time, gazing out across the garden and pondering what words I should write. 
Yet as I flick through cover after cover of this wonderful ground breaking magazine, I am amazed that it still feels like only the other day that I sat down at this very desk to pen the first ever ‘editor’s note’ for the AIM magazine.  Now, unbelievably, some 40 issues later – here I am again! 

Being the editor of the AIM magazine has always been both an honour and a privilege.  Over the years it has been a genuinely rewarding, yet time consuming role; one which if I am honest has sometimes left me wondering why on earth I do it!

However, over the last 40 issues I have been lucky enough to work with some of the most amazingly committed and exceptionally talented people that I have ever met.  The experience of sitting in the AIM magazine’s editor’s chair has been one of the biggest learning curves I think I have ever experienced and I believe it would be true to say that the last 5 years have been quite a white knuckle roller coaster ride, where I have shared in the thrill of the imag’s successes, whilst quietly wearing out a ‘forehead’ shaped dent on the surface of my desk… And yet throughout all of the late night formatting  sessions, the technical issues, the 11th hour editing dramas I have been constantly moved and inspired by everyone I have worked alongside in the production of each and every issue. 

For much of that time, I have been supported, inspired and encouraged by Vicky Guile (Assistant Editor) and I genuinely think that without her hard work, stoic determination and devotion, the AIM imag would no longer still be here today.  I know that I have said this so many times and forgive me as I say it once more, but the production of this free imag requires a massive amount of dedicated hard work behind the scenes, not only from our wonderful contributing AIM members, but also from the editorial team too.  Month on month Vicky has been at the core of that team and her input to it has been immeasurable.

It is therefore with incredible sadness that I have to announce that Vicky has decided to step down from her role within the editorial team and I am sure that the other team members will agree with me when I say that our virtual editorial office simply won’t be the same with out her constant presence.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank her on behalf of the editorial team, you the reader and AIM members alike for all of the time, energy and creativity she has given so freely to this imag over the years. 
Thank you Vicky for everything x

Back in 2008 I surmised that the magazine might (if it was lucky) last a year and after its transition into a fully downloadable imag I wondered whether it would continue to grow in popularity… Now some 40 issues later I am incredibly humbled by its immense popularity and the enormous scale of its enthusiastic following.  Regular readers will know that of late the work load created by sitting in the editor’s chair simply became too much for me and with my own business demanding almost all of my focus, time and attention, something had to give.  As a result of this forced sabbatical we were unable to publish a regular monthly imag over the last few months.  However, with the unerring support of the editorial team and the fresh enthusiasm of four new members, combined with the support of more than 300 AIM members, I hope that we will be able to bring you yet more stunning future issues of the AIM imag and rest assured that everyone here at AIM remains committed to a bright future, one that has the AIM imag taking centre stage! 

But before I go and get too nostalgic and choked up, I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on the AIM imag since its most humble and unassuming beginning back in April 2008 and as is now customary as editor, it is once again my pleasure to welcome you to the 40th issue of the ground breaking AIM magazine!
Bea Broadwood
On behalf of the AIM Magazine

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Miniatura Preview - New 1:144th Kit!

Good morning everyone!
I thought that the 'micro' fans amongst you might enjoy this preview our new 1:144th Flower Pot Cottagekit which we will be launching (along with other brand new micro kits) at the forthcoming Spring Miniatura Show at the NEC, Birmingham on the 18th & 19th March...
(Shown here built and decorated)
Our new 1:144th Flower Pot Cottage kit will be the 4th micro property to be released in our ever expanding range and as with all our micro kits, the 1:144th Flower Pot Cottage kit contains full step by step colour instructions together with all the parts and materials you require to complete the kit - all you need to add is paint and glue!
This new kit is priced at only £14.99 and will be available (along with all our other new releases) from the Petite Properties’ stand at the Spring Miniatura Show next month!
However, for those of you who are unable to attend the show, rest assured we will  update our Petite Properties' online shop and add all of our ‘new products‘ to it immediately after the show!!
Bea & Tony Broadwood

Monday, 27 February 2012

New Currency option added to our online shop...

Good  everyone!

I just quickly wanted to let you know that we have recently updated the currency options which can be applied to our online shop and have now added 'Australian Dollars'. 

(The 'drop down' currency selector can be found at the top right of the online shop's home page screen.)

If there are any other currencies which you would like to see added to our online shop's currency options, please do let us know and we will see what we can do!
Simply email us at -

Many thanks!
Bea & Tony Broadwood

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Rosebud Cottage is a Reader's Choice Finalist!!!

We are very surprised, but delighted to announce that our quarter scale
 ‘Rosebud Cottage’  
kit has been nominated as a finalist in the 2012 ‘Reader’s Choice’ awards
for the  
'Best Miniature Building Kit'

Tony and I are extremely thrilled and honoured to have our kit officially recognised by

Voting has now started and if you would like to cast your vote,you can vote DAILY until  the 21st March 2012...
(To vote simply follow the link below)

Finally we would like to wish all the finalists in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards the very best of luck!!!!
Bea & Tony Broadwood

Monday, 20 February 2012

A Random Act Of Kindness...

Good evening  everyone!
Sometimes, when life is heavy going it is easy to forget the power of friendship.
Recently I have been struggling with neck & back pain and this has left me feeling pretty fraught and very low.   Then, out of the blue, a parcel arrived for me which was such a surprise and its contents lifted my spirits no end.

My dear friend and professional artist Marianne Cook (knowing I was down) sent  me one of her stunning original paintings.  To be honest I really can't properly express how moved and touched I was to recieve such a thoughtful and personal gift...
Those of you who know me, know that I am never lost for words, but this very special act of kindness left me speechless and smiling... 
Marianne’s painting, entitled ’Weeds’ is stunning and I will cherish it always….

However, the best thing of all is that from now on, every time I look at this fabulous work of art, I will not only enjoy the beautiful painting... but I will also be constantly reminded that in life no matter low we feel, we have dear special friends who will do all they can to see us get back on our feet and smile again...

Thank you Marianne x
Bea Broadwood

Monday, 6 February 2012

1:48th The Old Rectory - now released!

Good afternoon everyone!
This is just a super quick update from me to let you all know that our latest '1:48th Basic House Kit' - The Old Rectory has now been released.
Priced at £29.99 it can now be purchased via our online shop - 
Picture shows a constructed and decorated kit...
Alternatively our new quarter scale 'Old Rectory' kit will also be available to purchase directly from the Petite Properties' stand at the forthcoming Thame Dolls House Show* and at Spring Miniatura next month.
*limited numbers will be available…
Bea Broadwood

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

1:48th Snowdrop Cottage - Spring Miniatura Preview 2012

Picture of constructed and decorated kit...
Good evening  everyone!
I am delighted to bring you all a little sneaky peek of yet another forthcoming  1:48th basic house kit: Snowdrop Cottage; which we will be launching on the ‘PETITE PROPERTIES’ stand at the Spring Miniatura in March!

This pretty quarter scale cottage reflects the chalk and flint stone architecture found in the South and  South East of the UK.  ’Snowdrop Cottage’ has four internal rooms and can of course be finished internally and externally in any way you choose!!

Bea & Tony Broadwood