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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.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Marie Antoinette Portrait Brooch

My latest purchase is this gorgeous portrait brooch of the French Queen Marie Antoinette which has a secret compartment behind the picture.

I think this is my favourite brooch in my collection so far.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Portrait Brooch of a Horse

Went car booting this morning and found this lovely portrait brooch of a horses head for just £1.  This is the first animal protrait brooch I have found but hope to find some more now.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mini cake/jewellery stands

Thought you might like to see some mini cake stands I have made for a craft fair stall I have next Sunday at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen.
They have been made from vintage china side plates and saucers and can also be used as jewellery stands on your dressing table.

Here is a link to details of the craft fair which is held every year by the American Women's Association of Aberdeen: AWAAberdeen Craft Fair

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Some small items for Lottie's Tea Room

Bought a few more small items for Lottie's Tea Room recently.  It's funny but I seem to like the smaller items best of all as they just add so much more interest to the properties.
  This gorgeous little Tea Room sign was made by Mollysue Miniatures and is just perfect above the stove in Lottie's Tea Room.
 This beautiful tartan parasol adds just a wee touch of Scotland to the scene.

Couldn't resist the tiny cake slice and tongs from beautifullyhandmade on Ebay.

Lottie's Tea Room looks fab now with the additional items but I am sure there is still more to find :).

Sunday, 28 October 2012

More Miniature Collectables.

Went to an Antiques Fair in Aberdeen today and spotted these two lovely items.
 This miniature French Limoges box only cost £3 and is marked Louis XV which I hadn't noticed at the fair as it is so small.
This brooch is from around the 1950's and the flower detail is actually engraved into the back then painted giving it a 3D effect which is not obvious in the photo.  Cost me £5.

Here is a photo of all my miniature French Limoges pieces so far:

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Some New Items for Lottie's Tea Room

Even though I thought the tea room was finished I found space to add a few more items and also a couple more gorgeous new customers.

Upstairs I added a writing bureau in the bedroom and some new vases.
In the living room I found an armchair and footstool which matched the curtain under the sink, added a fireside rug and some books to the bookcase.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Lottie's Tea Room

It has been a while since I had time to do any mini-ing but I really wanted to get my 12th scale Edwardian tea room finished.  It is now called Lottie's Tea Room after my daughter Charlotte.

Here are a couple of close ups of the tea room, the paintings really finish it off.
Here is the upstairs, not too sure about the living room as it is a bit bare.  Would love a comfy chair but there is not enought room at the moment.  Might get rid of the table and chairs and put in an armchair and side table instead.  Also must make some books for the shelves.

Monday, 17 September 2012

More Collectables

Sorry been ages since my last post but have been busy searching for things for my new business Dainty Dishes.  On my treasure hunting expeditions I have found a few items for my own personal collections though.  First are these lovely selection of picture brooches, the middle one is Limoges and I just couldn't resist the budgies as I used to have them as pets as a child.

Next are some Marie Antoinette items.  Found two matching Ironstone side plates named Antoinette while looking for plates to make cake stands for Dainty Dishes.  The back stamp indicates that they were made in the 1950s.  The picture was an ebay purchase and it has a slight raised effect which gives it an enamelled look, no idea how old it is but I love it.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Boot Sale Lilliput Lane Cottages

Sorry but haven't had much time for blogging due to the school summer holidays, setting up my new business Dainty Dishes and my husband being away with work for the past 3 weeks to Malaysia.  Today I managed to get to Thainstone car boot sale near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire for the first time since my husband went away.  It was a beautiful sunny morning but the wasps were out in force.  In between dodging the wasps I did manage to get some great things for Dainty Dishes (which I will put on my Facebook page soon) and also spotted some Lilliput Lane cottages.  The seller had some really nice ones but I decided to buy just these two as they are from the Scottish Collection and I need to be a bit more selective as I now have 45, how did that happen ;).
Bonnie Scotland 2002 (front) - I love the tractor.

Bonnie Scotland 2002 (back)

Fishermans Bothy 1990 (front)

Fishermans Bothy 1990 (side) - with boat porch.

Fishermans Bothy 1990 (back) - see the fish on the stone.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Lord and Lady Grey, Crystal and Lilliput Lane Parsley Cottage

Have just got back from a few days visiting family near Edinburgh and managed to finally get to Tolbooth Miniatures in Falkirk (one of only two dolls house shops in Scotland).  Bought a few items for my Edwardian tea room including Lord and Lady Grey, two tea sets and some gold cutlery.  Also got some scissors for my future beauty salon project.
Also popped into a charity shop and found these crystal items for my china hire business Dainty Dishes.
This lovely little Lilliput Lane 'Parsley Cottage' was waiting for me when I arrived back home.

It is only available when you join the Lilliput Lane Collectors Club 2012/13.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Making Tablecloths for the Tea Room

Finally got round to making the tablecloths for the tea room. Found 6 matching white ladies handkerchiefs in a charity shop for £1. Measured the diameter required then found a slightly larger plate to draw round. Cut out the circles. Found some old jars with bases the same diameter as the tables and placed the material over, held in place with elastic bands. Sorted the folds so they looked like how a tablecloth would hang then sprayed all over with spray starch. Left to dry then glued to table tops and cut round the bottom of the material to even up.

Also removed the old 'O'Rourkes Post Office' sign ready for the new tea room one.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

1/12th scale patchwork quilt

Got this beautiful quilt today and it looks fab on the bed in my Edwardian Tea Room.  It was hand made by Deborah Lane of Debs Handmade Dollshouse & Home 

Friday, 27 July 2012

1/12th Scale Vintage Car

Look what arrived today from Pearl at Literature in Miniature (the same lady who made my miniature furred Ruby), it is a replica of a 1907 Rolls Royce.  Just need a posh Edwardian Lady being dropped off at the tea room by her chauffeur now.

Friday, 13 July 2012

My New Lilliputs

OK here are the 12 new Lilliput Lane cottages from the auction which I will be keeping.  This first 4 are larger than the others and my favourites are Gardeners Cottage and The Great Equatorial observatory as they are so detailed.
Gardeners Cottage Collectors Club Special 1991

Swift Hollow 1989?

The Great Equatorial Millenium Special Edition 1999

Limerick House 1989 (The Irish Collection)
Cosy Corner 1990

Gamekeepers Cottage 1991 (signed on bottom by painter)

Spring Bank 1986

The Hermitage 1987

No sticker on bottom but stamped Lilliput Lane 1985

Buttercup Cottage 1990

Puddlebrook 1991

Kennedy Homestead 1989 (signed on back by painter)