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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.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas with the Mini Pearsons

This was my first 1/12th scale dolls house which I built from a kit 30 years ago.  I have only just finished renovating it and adding the basement.  The Mini Pearson's have moved back in just in time for Christmas. 

It's Christmas Eve and Mum & Dad are watching a movie whilst daughter Charlotte and Ruby the dog eye up the presents under the tree. 

 During the night Santa arrives to fill the stockings.

After all the presents have been opened the Mini Pearson's sit down to a lovely Christmas dinner. 

The plates of food were made by Celia Richardson.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Pebble Walk Dolls House

This house was made by Julie Bennett and is called Pebble Walk.  

It is home to Cathy the cat lady who was made by Dettas-Darling-Dolls on Ebay.

This is the inside.

Baking in the kitchen.

Cosy living room.

Pretty bedroom and bathroom.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

1/12th Scale Witches Dolls House

This is my 1/12th scale witches house which I finished just in time for Halloween.

It is a little Sid Cooke house which I bought locally for just £20.  
I dirtied up the outside brick paper a little bid with watered down black acrylic paint, added acetate to the windows and glued on some door fittings.

This is the before and after.

The inside had already been stripped out and the stairs were missing so I decided to not bother with stairs and just filled in the gap with a piece of mdf.

 I then decorated it and furnished it.

This is the living room, I made the fireplace from mount board and papered it with brick effect wallpaper.  The fire surround was made from offcuts of wood.  The painting above the fire is called The Witches Kitchen by Frans Francken the Younger c1610 which I just printed from the internet and put in a suitable frame.    

I bought a battery powered flashing red bulb for the fire.
  The witches are made by Dettas-Darling-Dolls on Ebay.  

The spell books on the shelf were made by me. 

I also made the potions in the jars.

This is the bedroom, I hand painted most of the furniture and made the bedding.

I wonder who this chap is? 

Is that a ghost in the mirror?

Watch out little mouse!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Dolls House Emporium Magpies

I have finally finished decorating and lighting Magpies, it has taken a while as I kept getting distracted with other dolls house projects.  This was the Quick Style kit which was already painted like this on the outside.

This is the inside now.

It was going to be an Edwardian department store but it will take a lot to fill it so in the meantime I have just done the ground floor as a shop and the upstairs as living accommodation.

The shop has some customers.

Shoes and Hats 

Perfume, Jewellery & China.

Up the stairs is the kitchen and dining area.

This is the living room. 

Upstairs again to the bedroom.

Then through the door to the bathroom.

Through the windows.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Vintage Tri-ang S Dolls House

This is my vintage Tri-ang S dolls house which is dated between 1958 & 61.
It is in very good condition for its age and still has the original chimneys which usually go missing.
The sun lounger is Tri-ang. 

It is quite modern looking and has plastic windows.

The inside is painted white with yellow doors.

It has lights but they are not working and it is missing the lower plastic coolie shade. 

The garage door opens upwards in concertina style.

I have been collecting Tri-ang, Taylor, Barrett, Brimtoy and Renwal items to furnish this house.  

The garage houses a Taylor & Barrett fridge and mangle, a 1950s Brimtoy tinplate washing machine and a Tri-ang step ladder.

The living room is mainly Tri-ang pieces apart from the fireplace and telephone which are Taylor & Barrett.

The kitchen has a Triang wall unit which is missing the upper cupboard doors, a Barrett & Sons cooker and a Taylor & Barrett  hoover.

At the top of the stairs is a little sewing room.  
The peddle sewing machine was made by Renwal USA and dates to the early 1950s, the sewing machine can actually fold away into the table.  
The chair is Tri-ang.

Next door is the bedroom, these are all Tri-ang pieces apart from the gas heater which is Taylor & Sons. .

The bathroom is above the garage and the suite is Tri-ang but I think the metal bath rack is Barton.

The firm of Taylor & Barrett started in 1920 but ceased trading in 1941 due to world war 2 starting (their items are marked T&B).  Mr Taylor started up again in 1945 as FGTaylor & Sons (their items as marked FGT & Sons), they ceased trading in 1980.  Mr Barrett started up in 1945 as Barrett & Sons (their items are marked just with a letter B), they ceased trading in 1983.

All the Tri-ang items I have collected date to the 1960s.