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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.
xxx

Monday, 16 December 2013

The Priory Restoration

Have started restoring The Priory.  Cleaned everything this weekend using a clean, dry paint brush, the vaccum cleaner and furniture wipes.  It now looks and smells soooo much nicer.  
 
 
Today I fixed the broken windows using these matchsticks as they are exactly the right size.

 I also glued back on the chimneys.

Here is the house looking much better already.





Friday, 13 December 2013

New House - The Priory

I have been a bit naughty and bought a massive Dolls House Emporium Priory off Ebay.  

This is a discontinued house and I have been after one for ages but there was never any for sale near me, well at an affordable price anyway.  Luckily I managed to find a courier (via Shiply) willing to deliver it from Leeds up to Aberdeen for a reasonably price so I put in my maximum bid and won.  The next thing was to sort out payment as the seller had wanted cash on collection.  We worked out a deal that I could pay via Paypal if I also paid her fees which seemed fair to me.  The courier collected it from her yesterday at 8am and it was delivered safely to me at 9.45 this morning.

Here are a couple of photos of the interior, I just love the central staircase.


It is quite dirty and dusty inside but should clean up OK, that will be my job for the weekend.  There are also a few broken windows and I will need to paint the exterior woodwork as it is yellow.  Haven't managed to check the lights yet as they are wired up to an old transformer which isn't working.  I might have to do a bit of rewiring.

There were also 2 large boxes of furniture and accessories which I spent today unpacking and cleaning.  Don't know where this house was stored but everything was really dirty and musty smelling.  Will keep some of the items and probably sell the rest on Ebay after Christmas.



    
Check out the size of the fruit bowl in this pic, not sure what scale that is, lol.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Magpies Dolls House

Been working on my DHE Magpies house today.  Fitted the hinged roof on and reglued the windows and door to the front as they fell off when I dropped the whole front on the concrete floor, oops.  I have decided to leave the front as a removable section for easy access, just need to make sure I don't drop it again.


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

It's Christmas

It's Christmas time in the Classical.  Charlotte (my daughter) and Ruby (our dog) are checking out the presents under the tree.


I have also bought some Lemax Christmas Village items this year to make a small display.  These items are approx 1/48th scale but are fantastically details with lights and sounds, some even have  movement like the figures on the skating rink and seesaw.
I repainted this figure to look like my daughter cuddling our dog.