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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.

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.