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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 put in them.

Hope you enjoy it.
xxx

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Magpies & Jenny Wrens

Woohoo - my new Dolls House Emporium quickstyle kits have arrived but I won't be able to build them until after christmas as I've too much other stuff to do before then. Here is a link to some photos: http://www.dollshouse.com/dhe/dolls-house-gallery.aspx?house=magpies
As they are quickstyle they are already fully painted so at least that is one less thing to do.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Miniature Furred Animals

Look what arrived today - my miniature Ruby which I had commisioned by Pearl at Literature In Miniature. How cute is she :).

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Renovation project finished

Woohoo, I've finally finished renovating the dolls house that I bought for my daughter to play with.

I repainted the outside walls and windows to brighten it up and put acetates in the windows and door to give it a more realistic look.
Stripped all the old wallpaper and flooring out and primed it ready for some new decor.Added some curtains for a homely feel.Have now decided to sell it though as Charlotte isn't really that interested and it's not the sort of dolls house I would want for myself. Instead I have gone and ordered the Dolls House Emporium Magpies and Jenny Wren's quickstyle kits as a christmas pressie to myself ;).

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Miniature Christmas cards & Advent calendar

Added some Christmas cards and an Advent calendar which were cut outs from one of the dolls house magazines this month (can't remember which one as I buy all three).
Had to cut out the tiny doors on the calendar so only went up to the 9th as that is my daughters birthday :).
Looking at this last photo makes me realise that the wall paper in this house really needs updating as it is now over 20 years old.


Monday, 5 December 2011

A Miniature Christmas

Thought I'd do a little bit of Christmas decorating in the dolls house.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Waterside Way Window and Doors.

Been on a bit of a go slow with building 'Waterside Way' as have been busy with other non-mini things. Have finished varnishing the windows, doors and patio doors. Haven't actually glued them in but thought I would put them in place for a photo to see how it looks.Have been wondering whether to continue to finish this project or not as I have decided to buy the Dolls House Emporium Magpies kit as a Christmas pressie for myself. Saw it over a year ago and really liked it but couldn't afford to buy it then. Magpies is a more traditional building and is better suited to my new idea for a cute little cafe with a shabby chic style owners house above. Will have to sell Waterside Way though as I don't have room for both buildings. Not sure whether to try and finish it first but there is still a lot to do and I can't really be bothered now.
Here is a link to Magpies on the DHE website:
http://www.dollshouse.com/dhe/dolls-house-gallery.aspx?house=magpies

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bargain miniature tinsel


Found this pack of 50 tinsel ties in Poundland today for (yes you guessed it) £1, they are the perfect size for making miniature christmas decorations. What a bargain :).

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Another New Project

Here is my latest purchase which I bought for my 9 year old daughter Charlotte. We are going to do it up as its a bit tired looking, well I say we but I will be doing all the hard work. It is made of plywood so is much lighter than my other houses (which are made of mdf) and therefore more suitable for a child to play with. I am going to repaint the outside a light bluey/green colour and the roof will be dark red (2 tester paint pots I bought cheap). The windows will be touched up with white and I will add acitates to them to make them more realistic. Might even do a stained glass effect one for the door.
I have stripped the inside of the old wallpaper ready to redecorate and have already bought new wallpaper and flooring. Will also be painting the stairs white to make it more modern inside.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

More Lilliput Lane Cottages

After just saying that I was only going to buy Lilliput Lane cottages if I found any for under £5, I found these today reduced to only £1 each in a charity shop (two weeks ago they were £12 each or more). So I bought them all and now have 18 and one duplicate which I will try selling on ebay. Can't believe how lucky I was to be in this shop on the morning they reduced them as it is not a shop I usually go into, must have been fate :).

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Lilliput Lane Cottages

Thought you might like to see my new collection - Lilliput Lane cottages. I have liked them for ages but they are quite expensive to buy new so I hadn't bought any. Recently though at a car boot sale I spotted this one (Summer Haze) which the lady only wanted £2 for. As it was such a bargain I bought it and have since seen one for sale on ebay for £32.
The next two are Wheyside Cottage and Riverview which I found in a charity shop for £5 each. They are smaller than Summer Haze but were still bargains and the money is going to charity after all.
My last one (so far) is Culloden Cottage which my mum gave me.
I am only going to buy them if they are £5 or under (well I might go up to £10 for a really good one) so it will make it harder to find them and more satisfying when I do.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Weekends Work

This is what I was up to this weekend. Started oak varnishing the windows and doors of Waterside Way. Put together a room box and painted a cheap bird bath to make it more realisic.
I bought this room box online from Minimum World for £19.99 (the cheapest I could find) and it is really easy to put together and comes with an acetate front to keep everything dust free.
I found this miniature bird bath in a Sue Ryder charity shop for £1.49. It was plain grey (including the birds) but I painted it with acrylic paints to make it more realistic. The water effect is using 3D crystal laquer.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Fully Lit Dolls House

Here are some more photos of my Classic Dolls House fully lit with new carpets laid on the upper floors. Still have some redecorating to do and am also going to make some curtains and bedding. Can you spot the flying ducks, box of calpol and spare pair of glasses?

Monday, 26 September 2011

Lights At Last

Hurray, I have finally managed to fit lights into my old DHE Classic house. It looks fab but what a job it was. After struggling with a normal sized hand drill I finally gave in and ordered a tiny mini drill small enough to fit into the rooms to drill through the ceilings. Another problem was how to cut the grooves into the floors to hide the wiring. After putting the question to the DHE Forum members someone suggested using a Stanley knife and steel ruler to cut out two lines in a V shape then scraping it out with a small screwdriver. So off I went to the shops to buy a steel ruler and after trying 3 DIY shops I finally found one in Halfords (where I bought the Rotacraft Tool). Once I changed the very old worn 'Stanley Knife' blade for a new one the job was done in a few minutes. Moral of this story is to make sure you have the correct tools for the job ;).
Still need to do a bit of internal redecoration then I'll post some lit indoor shots.



Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Bargain of the Day

This is my bargain buy of the day. Have been thinking about getting one of these for ages and saw one similar in Hobbycraft at the weekend for £39.99. Thought I would check it out online first and found this better version (Rotacraft RC18) today on the Halfords website for only £14.99. Reserved it online and collected it in store this afternoon.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Miniature carpet beater


I made this at the Grampian Miniaturists Club which I joined yesterday. Had a great time talking to other enthusiasts and looking at the pieces they made over the holidays. Next month we are going to try and make one of the miniature bird cages which were in the September issue of 'The Dolls House Magazine'. It will be a great addition to my animal boarding room so really looking forward to that.
The Grampian Miniaturists meet at Kemnay Village Hall, Aberdeenshire on the second Sunday of the month from 1.30pm to 4pm. If anyone is interested in joining this club please get in touch with me and I will give you the details.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

My Inspiration

Thought you might like to see my (real life) small animal boarding room. The first photo is of my own British Giant rabbit 'Colin' in his very large hutch. He gets out to run around in his pen all day and only gets put in his hutch at night. On top of his hutch are some holiday boarding gerbils and a hamster, a spare hamster cage and a bucket of rabbit food.
Here is another large two storey hutch which I use as a table for chopping the veg. Another cage with a gerbil and one with our own pet hamster 'Hammy' are on top. The wall cupboard stores the spare food bowls, water bottles etc.
This side has three 5ft x 2ft stacking hutches. The bottom two house boarding guinea pigs and the top one is for rabbits or guinea pigs. I store the travel boxes, spare rat cage and litter trays on top.
This side houses my own pedigree 'Teddy' guinea pigs (which I bred) and my pet rats, Ant & Dec. The small green plastic tub in front of the rat cage is home to a baby Giant African Snail.
As you can see this room is a bit messier than my miniature version and is not even finished being decorated. Shows where my priorities lie ;).

Friday, 9 September 2011

Inside the animal boarding room

Here are some close-up photos of the inside of the animal room. The first one is looking through the front door. Our cat 'Teddy' likes to watch whats going on.
These 2 photos are looking towards the side door where the bin and new bags of hay are kept. The door mat says 'Wipe Your Paws'.
The tortoises are enjoying some cucumber slices.
This view is towards the sink which is essential for filling water bottles and washing food bowls, etc.

Here is a close-up of the sink with chopping board for veg, paper towel and pet food packets.Here are the rabbit hutches and the hamster with her baby in the cage on top.
These are my own two rats 'Ant & Dec' which I take to schools, playgroups etc for the children to handle.

Here are the guinea pig hutches with the mouse and bird cages on top.
I am still adding accessories to this room (when I find suitable pet related things) and have decided to buy a room box with perspex front to display it all in instead of the 'garden pavillion' as I want to be able to see into it without taking off the roof each time. Will turn the Garden Pavillion into something else but not sure what yet. Will keep you posted.

Friday, 2 September 2011

My Secret Project

Finally I can reveal my secret 'Dolls House Emporium (DHE) Garden Pavillion' competition project which I have been working on for the past 4 months. It is a miniature 'dream' version of my small animal boarding business 'Westhill Pet Services'. The last day for competition entries was the 31st Aug which is why I can now show it on my blog. Not sure what my chances are as previous years entries have been so intricate and detailed but I am hoping mine will be unique and maybe catch the judges eye. Here are some photos of the build and how I did it.
This is the kit from DHE dry built using masking tape to hold it all together.
I painted the inside white before papering the outside walls and roof with brick and slate effect paper from DHE. I did all the painting and papering before glueing it together but papering the house walls was a bit of a nightmare and I don't think would use paper again.
The windows, doors and gate were stained with oak varnish. I used grass and soil effect flooring in the garden with a brick effect path. The flowers in the borders were bought from craft & DH shops and were planted into air drying clay painted dark brown with acrylic (my 9 year old daughter 'Charlotte' helped to make them). I made the rabbit run using fine mesh I found in the shed. The doll is supposed to be Charlotte playing with our British Giant rabbit Colin.
Here is the inside complete with 1/12th scale hutches and cages. I made the hutches using basswood glued with PVA. The hutch doors have leaded window acetate as wire mesh so you can easily see the animals inside. The cage between the hutches houses a pair of pet rats, there is a hamster and her baby in the left hand cage and a mouse in the right. 2 tortoises are in the pen on the floor eating some cucumber and a bird is singing away happily in its cage unaware it is being watched by the cat. The doll is meant to be me chopping vegetables as usual.
I will post some close up shots of the inside very soon so please come back and have another look.