Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A (Claire Fraser) Life Made in Miniature

OK y'all - so get over to and check out this article about Sandra Monk. Ms. Monk apparently makes miniature models... and recently made one based on OUTLANDER!!

Working on a 1:12 scale model of a medieval mill, Ms Monk said it is influenced by Diana Gabaldon's historical romance Cross Stitch in which the heroine journeys back in time from her 1943 life as a nurse, to the early 18th century, where her skill and knowledge brings help and comfort to those in need. 

In this medieval mill the two floors reflect the miller's two personas. Upstairs is the "switched-on" woman of 1943; downstairs, the 1743 apothecarist's dispensary.

I am DYING to see this. Dying. And it's in New Zealand. And I live in New Jersey. And do you know where that is? That is one heckuva long way from New Zealand...I'll tell you that.

For all of you New Zealanders, it's going to be on display in April... the info is in the article!

Sooooo.... since I canna see it in person, I emailed the website that hosted the article and asked if they took any photos (doubt it because they'd most likely be shown) or if they could give me contact info for Ms. Monk so I could contact her myself and beg to see some photos and maybe - with her gracious permission - put them on the site.

Cross your fingers, Sassenachs!


  1. I have a friend in New Zealand who might be persuaded to go and take photos (if that's allowed) if Ms. Monk doesn't get back to you. Keep us posted.

    Amy in Atlanta

  2. I have a lot of friends in New Zealand that would do it in a heart beat;-) Let me know.

  3. Amy and Angela, you guys ROCK and I'll let you know. The exhibition isn't until April... so we have some time. Squeee!

    Charmaine - I know, right? The first thing I did was look around the webpage and say "Where's the photo?!?"

  4. I hope she'll have pictures for you. I can't imagine she wouldn't share. She's obviously a big Outlander fan or else she wouldn't have done the project. Sassenachs stick together.

  5. Oh my, I can't believe it. I'm leaving for NZ in a week and was thinking that I would include this in my explorations - until I got to the end of the message. I'll only be there for 2 weeks, so I guess I'm going to miss it :( I'll be anxiously awaiting whatever pictures you can find as an alternative!