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 put in them.
This is my 1/12th scale witches house which I finished just in time for Halloween.
It is a little Sid Cooke house which I bought locally for just £20.
I dirtied up the outside brick paper a little bid with watered down black acrylic paint, added acetate to the windows and glued on some door fittings.
This is the before and after.
The inside had already been stripped out and the stairs were missing so I decided to not bother with stairs and just filled in the gap with a piece of mdf.
I then decorated it and furnished it.
This is the living room, I made the fireplace from mount board and papered it with brick effect wallpaper. The fire surround was made from offcuts of wood. The painting above the fire is called The Witches Kitchen by Frans Francken the Younger c1610 which I just printed from the internet and put in a suitable frame.
I bought a battery powered flashing red bulb for the fire.
The witches are made by Dettas-Darling-Dolls on Ebay.
The spell books on the shelf were made by me.
I also made the potions in the jars.
This is the bedroom, I hand painted most of the furniture and made the bedding.
I have finally finished decorating and lighting Magpies, it has taken a while as I kept getting distracted with other dolls house projects. This was the Quick Style kit which was already painted like this on the outside.
This is the inside now.
It was going to be an Edwardian department store but it will take a lot to fill it so in the meantime I have just done the ground floor as a shop and the upstairs as living accommodation.
This is my vintage Tri-ang S dolls house which is dated between 1958 & 61.
It is in very good condition for its age and still has the original chimneys which usually go missing.
The sun lounger is Tri-ang.
It is quite modern looking and has plastic windows.
The inside is painted white with yellow doors.
It has lights but they are not working and it is missing the lower plastic coolie shade.
The garage door opens upwards in concertina style.
I have been collecting Tri-ang, Taylor, Barrett, Brimtoy and Renwal items to furnish this house.
The garage houses a Taylor & Barrett fridge and mangle, a 1950s Brimtoy tinplate washing machine and a Tri-ang step ladder.
The living room is mainly Tri-ang pieces apart from the fireplace and telephone which are Taylor & Barrett.
The kitchen has a Triang wall unit which is missing the upper cupboard doors, a Barrett & Sons cooker and a Taylor & Barrett hoover.
At the top of the stairs is a little sewing room.
The peddle sewing machine was made by Renwal USA and dates to the early 1950s, the sewing machine can actually fold away into the table.
The chair is Tri-ang.
Next door is the bedroom, these are all Tri-ang pieces apart from the gas heater which is Taylor & Sons. .
The bathroom is above the garage and the suite is Tri-ang but I think the metal bath rack is Barton.
The firm of Taylor & Barrett started in 1920 but ceased trading in 1941 due to world war 2 starting (their items are marked T&B). Mr Taylor started up again in 1945 as FGTaylor & Sons (their items as marked FGT & Sons), they ceased trading in 1980. Mr Barrett started up in 1945 as Barrett & Sons (their items are marked just with a letter B), they ceased trading in 1983.
All the Tri-ang items I have collected date to the 1960s.
So it has been a long time since I lasted posted. The main reason being because I started a Facebook group but also because last year I opened an actual real life dolls house shop called The Hobby Barn. The shop has now sadly closed as I just didn't make enough to cover all the running costs. I am really glad to have tried it though and if I have a house in the future with its own barn (so I don't have to pay rent) I might try a shop again.
These first two photos are of the outside of the shop which is a converted barn.
The next two photos are of the shop layout with a big table to do craft workshops.
The next two photos are of some of the dolls house stock I had for sale.
This photo is of the craft kits I had for sale.
I have now moved everything back home and will continue to sell via my Facebook page, Ebay and Etsy until all the stock is sold.
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 my old Dolls House Emporium 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.