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I began writing this blog as a way to record my progress renovating an old Dolls House Emporium Classical dolls house which I built from a kit in the 1980's. It has now evolved into a blog about my ever increasing collection of dolls houses and the items I buy and make to fill them.

I also collect anything in miniature and especially love portrait brooches and Lilliput Lane cottages and will include photos of any new finds.

Hope you enjoy it.
xxx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Felix Brownie Ball Jointed Doll

This post is about my new Felix Brownie ball jointed doll (BJD). I found her by accident on Ebay while looking for posable dolls house dolls and just had to have her. She is made by a company in Korea out of resin. Most resin ball jointed dolls are made in Korea, China or Japan. They come in all shapes and sizes and are very expensive so are only really for collectors.  All BJDs are fully customisable as you can change there eyes, wigs, clothing etc and sometimes even there heads, hands and feet.

Here is a pic of her naked so you can see all her joints.

My doll is a tiny 11cm tall so it is quite difficult to get clothes for her but I found out that Kelly (Barbies little sister) clothes fit perfectly and they are a fraction of the cost of real BJD clothes.

Here she is modelling her new outfits.




Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Classical Dolls House

Thought I would do an update on my blog to see if anyone is still following.

A lot has happened since my last post, the main thing is that I have had to move my dolls houses back into the main house.  As weather got colder and wetter the shed got too damp for them and some of the wall and floor papers were getting ruined.  I actually had to totally redo the flooring in Lottie's Tea Room, The Priory and The Classical. 

I have also decided to totally refurbish The Classical.  It was my first proper dolls house and apart from adding some new plastic windows, lights, carpets and modern furniture I hadn't done anything else to it since it was built 29 years ago.  

Here are a couple of before pics.

  
I have totally stripped the inside and repainted the outside.  The plastic windows and door are going to be replaced with wooden ones as the plastic ones turn yellow after a few years.  This is how it looks at the moment with the plastic windows back in as I haven't painted the wooden ones yet.  The roof is going to be tiled with Richard Stacey Versi Tiles to give a more realistic look.

I would love to hear from you if you are still following my blog and are not in my Facebook group.

    



    


Friday, 5 September 2014

New Facebook Page

I have been finding it difficult keeping my blog up to date as I have been so busy recently so I have made a Facebook page instead.  Here is the link:

It is a private group but please request to join.



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Exciting News

This weekend I bought the biggest job lot of dolls house items ever.



Will be selling most of it on Ebay but it will take a while to get everything listed as there are 10 boxes to get through.  I have already made a start and hope to list new items every day.

Here is the link to my Ebay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/miniaturemarvels/

 


Saturday, 23 August 2014

All my 1/12th Scale Houses Now in Shed

That's all my 1/12th scale dolls houses now moved into the new shed.



The lit ones look lovely in the dark.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Window Acetates and Lit Fires in The Priory

Have glued acetates into the windows of The Priory to give it a more realistic look and also to keep the dust out.

Also added a couple of lit fires, one in the dining room and one in the sitting room.  They took ages to do though as the wires were very short and I had to contort myself into a position to reach the back of the house to fit the plugs on, then I couldn't get the pins back into the plugs.  I was getting really annoyed, at least if the wires had been longer I wouldn't have had to try fitting the plugs on in such an awkward position.  They do look good working though so was worth the effort.
Dining Room Fire
Dining Room
Sitting Room Fire
Sitting room


Friday, 1 August 2014

Vintage GeeBee Dolls House

Since I now have more space I bought another vintage dolls house off Ebay.  This time it is a GeeBee Tudor Lodge made in England in the 1960's.  When it arrived it was in a worse state than it had looked online.  The outside papers had water marks, the joints were all loose and it looked like someone had been throwing darts at it.  At least it had all the original windows, shutters, canopies & door though as these are the most expensive parts to buy.

Close up of dart holes in the roof.

Interior is in good condition with no old wallpaper to strip off.
I realised quite quickly that I couldn't live with it how it was so decided to try and sympathetically renovate it.  I took off the front doors, removed all the windows etc, stripped off the outside papers and fixed the joints.  

I then repainted the front with Barbaras Mouldings textured dolls house paint, added new brick effect papers then painted on my own climbing plant design.
 
Close up of the textured paint.
I also tried painting out the dart holes but they are still quite obvious so I might have to resort to covering the roof with paper.