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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.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Vintage Thomas L Mott Handpainted Scene Brooches

Found another couple of TLM (Thomas L Mott) handpainted scene brooches recently.
Winter Scene with Robin
Spring Bluebell Scene

Friday, 19 April 2013

Waterside Way Roof On And Some Vintage Dolls House Furniture

That's the curved roof of Waterside Way on now, just waiting for the glue to dry then will give it a second coat of silver metallic paint.  Just hoping it doesn't ping off when I remove the masking tape.  Also managed to find a roll of oak effect self adhesive wood vinyl paper which I will use as the flooring.
Have also been looking online for some more furniture for my vintage Lundby house and my childhood Toy Works house.  Here are some photos of what I have bought so far:
These are Lundby and are 'officially' 1/18 scale, my favourite piece is the cute little fish tank.
These pieces are probably 1/32 scale as they are actually smaller than 1/24.  Most of these items are unmarked but a couple have Kleeware stamped on them.

I already had this bathroom set, the bath and toilet are stamped "Blue Box" Made in Hong Kong and are 1/24th scale.  The sink unit which matches in colour is not named and seems slightly smaller in size so not sure if it is Blue Box.  
These are all marked Made in Hong Kong and again are probably 1/32 scale as they are slightly smaller than 1/24.  Some of these items are originally mine from my childhood and the others were bought on ebay.  From my research they were also made by Blue Box.

If anyone can give me anymore information on any of these items please get in touch.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

DHE 1,2 &3 Waterside Way For Sale

Today I decided that I was going to stop putting off finishing Waterside Way and just get it done.  It has been sitting on our dining room table for weeks now and I am getting fed up looking at it.  Have made the decision to sell it once it is fully built (only the roof still to glue on) as I haven't got room for both it and Montgomery Hall.  Was going to let my daughter use it for her Sylvanians but there isn't a space in her bedroom for it either.  It is a shame as I have spent many hours painting, varnishing and building it but I really just want to get going on Montgomery Hall now. 

This house is no longer avaliable from the Dolls House Emporium and the unpainted kit was £150.  If anyone is interested in buying it from me please get in touch.  I am looking for £200 for it and it will have to be collected from Westhill, Aberdeenshire.  Here is the link to it on the Dolls House Emporium website for more information:    

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Edinburgh Dolls House and Miniature Fair

My mum and I went to the Edinburgh Dolls House and Miniature Fair on Sunday.  Drove down from Aberdeen on Saturday taking my 11 year old nephew home to Livingston with us as he had been staying with my family for a few days since it was the school holidays.  We got lost on the way down due to a diversion, even though I have a satnav.  I get lost everytime I try to find my brothers house in Livingston as there are so many roundabouts.  My mum and I stayed overnight then drove to the fair at The Royal Highland Centre in the morning.  There wasn't a huge amount of exhibitors but I still managed to find lots of things to buy and got some fantastic bargains too.  I then drove back home to Aberdeen in the afternoon which takes about 3 hours, stopping off for a cup of tea on the way.  Here are the photos of my purchases.
 The units at the back will be going in my new shop on the ground floor of my Julie Bennett house, the 2 smaller ones still need to be painted.  The sofa and chairs were a bargain at only £7.  The 2 fires light up and the wallpaper will come in useful sometime.
Here are the smaller items, a filled jewellery box made by Reutter, tea tray, handmade cranberry glassware, handmade red bag, plates, very realistic rabbit and some bottles for my shop.
 This gorgeous Marie Antoinette style doll has to be my absolute favourite buy though at just £10, she is going to be my inspiration for Montgomery Hall.
Tea tray and bag in situ.
One of the light up fires in place in the bedroom of Lottie's Tea Room.
Close up of the fire.
Close up of the Reutter jewellery box.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Vintage Lundby Dolls House

I seem to be in dolls house buying mode at the moment, think it is something to do with this ongoing winter weather (well that is my excuse anyway) ;).  My latest purchase is this vintage (1981) Lundby dolls house with furniture which was on Gumtree in Edinburgh.  It looked in good condition from the photos, with all doors and windows etc intact so I asked my brother who lives near Edinburgh if he could collect it for me and bring it up to Aberdeen when he was next up.  That happened to be yesterday so here it is :).
Although there was no damage everything was very dirty so I spent the whole of today cleaning.  I vaccumed the inside and used furniture wipes to clean all the plastic parts.  I also used the furniture wipes (very gently) to wipe down the wallpapers as they are original to the house and I wanted to keep them.  Probably not the best thing to use on wallpaper as really not a good idea to get them wet but they were so dirty I had to give it a try.  It worked well on the inside but the outside brick effect paper was more fragile and I ended up rubbing of a small part, oops :(.

Stairs before cleaning

Stairs after cleaning using an old wet toothbrush and cotton buds.
Upstairs railing before cleaning

Upstairs railing after cleaning
I also cleaned all the furniture and accessories including the family who were in desperate need of a bath, lol.
As some of their clothes were glued on I ended up having to cut them off.  I tried washing them but they were far too dirty to save so I will now need to make some new ones.
I hadn't noticed that the poor boy only had one leg when he had trousers on and the dad looks like he has a hairy chest, lol.

Tomorrow I will show you some of the furniture.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Miniature Handpainted Seascape Brooch

Went to a local antiques fair yesterday and bought this handpainted TLM (Thomas L. Mott) seascape brooch.  Not my usual subject which is portraits but I can't resist anything handpainted in miniature.

Also got offered £120 for one of my portrait brooches which my mum only paid £3 for in a charity shop recently.  Not going to sell it though as it is now my favourite :D.