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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.

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.