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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.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Jenny Wrens build day 5 & 6

Day 5 - All parts now glued on and ready for fitting the hinges.Day 6 - Roof hinges fitted but turns out I have been sent the wrong hinges for the door. Phoned Dolls House Emporium this afternoon and they are sending the correct ones out 1st class today :).

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Jenny Wrens build day 4

Day 4 of building Jenny Wrens and its looking good. Had a bit of a problem fitting the longer upstairs handrail accessory as it was a bit squint. Had to bend it carefully so as not to break it before gluing the newel post on then placed it under a heavy book to bend it back while the glue set. Thankfully once the glue had set it was straight again.The front is now nearly finished too. The window was really easy to fit and is propped up with a piece of wood and a heavy paint tin until the glue dries. The door was another problem though as the top of it wouldn't fit between the columns. Had to prise them off and move them slightly (about 1mm outwards) to get the door in place then glue everything back again. Just waiting until all the glue has set now before fitting the hinges, yeh.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Building Jenny Wrens (Days 1,2 & 3)

Finally started building my new dolls house 'Jenny Wrens'. Thought I would start with this one first as it is smaller than 'Magpies' but as they are very similar in style it should be good practice. So glad I bought the 'Quickstyle' version this time as no external painting to do either, woohoo.

Day 1 - Built the main carcase then realised I had forgotten to put the flat roof section in so had to prise it all apart again, luckily the glue hadn't set fully so it wasn't too difficult. Also tried to glue the spindles onto the stairs using the super glue supplied. Couldn't get them to stick on though so sanded it off and used the PVA instead which worked better, a very fiddly job though.
Day 2 - Main carcase ready, handrail glued to stair spindles and path glued to front panel.

Day 3 - The path hadn't stuck to the front properly so had to do it again. Getting it square and to stay square while the glue set was quite difficult and I had to prop it up with some heavy books. Glued the columns in place then realised I had put them on upside down but managed to fix that before it set, phew. Hopefully the path will stay put now that the columns are glued on as well. I also glued the stairs in place and fitted the dormer window to the opening roof section.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Not Lilliput Lane but Fraser Creations of Scotland

These sculptures were made and designed by Ian Fraser of Penicuik near Edinburgh who is now retired. This is a sculpture of St. Andrews Church made in 1992 and is seemingly very rare and sought after, cost to buy new was £60. This one was in a box of Lilliput Lane cottages I bought at a charity shop for £1 each as they were all slightly damaged. I repaired a couple of large chips on it using air drying fimo then painted the damaged parts with acrylic paint mixed to match the original paint work. This was my first attempt at restoration and I am very proud at how it turned out. I have since painted out all the small chips on the Lilliputs I bought too and they are now unnoticeable. In the last photo I have circled the parts which I restored - what do you think?
This is the front.

This is the back.

This photo shows the repaired parts.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Dolls House buys 20/1/12

Bought these online from Minimum World, modern man & boy, modern till, chip & pin machine, CCTV camera, calculator, Fire alarm point, bottle of Dettol plus a battery operated table light. They will be going in my new house 'DHE Magpies ' once I get round to building it. Thought if I started buying some items it would get me in the mood to get started this weekend.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Sylvanian Families and more Lilliput Cottages

Back blogging again now that December and the Christmas holidays are over. December is a very busy time for me as we have lots of family birthdays to celebrate as well as Christmas. Haven't started building my new dolls houses (Magpies and Jenny Wren's) yet but have been finding some bargain buys in charity shops recently.

A couple of days ago I spotted a bundle of Sylvanian Families stuff in a charity shop where I volunteer for only £19.99. Wasn't totally sure what was in the bag but could see there was a couple of houses, furniture and some Sylvanians so thought it was worth buying as with my staff discount I would get it for only £15.99. When I got home and took everything out was surprised to find that I had got Oakwood Manor (selling at £85 new online), The Toy Shop (selling at £26.99) and The Village Waterweel Bakery (selling at £36.99), loads of furniture including a light up TV and fire plus 13 Sylvanians. My 10 year old daughter Charlotte collects these so is chuffed to bits :).
My other bargain charity shop buy was some more Lilliput cottages, Titmouse Cottage, Rose Cottage, Wensleydale Heifer and Pitlochery Cottage for a total of £40. A bit more than I was planning on spending but they are in perfect condition and boxed so I thought it was worth it. So in just 2 months I now have a total of 21.