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Seaside inspiration in miniature

1 May 2013

Are you seeking a little seaside inspiration in minature?

We’re all hoping the weather this month is sunny enough for a wonderful trip to the coast!

It’s a good time to share some 1:12-style inspiration from one of our customers, Rachel Burton, from Derbyshire. She created a Welsh ice cream parlour and beach scene modelled on beautiful Llangrannog in west Wales.

It was made from The Corner Shop and was one of the superb entries in the Dolls House Emporium Creative Competition 2012.

Rachel says: “The sand on the beach is kiln-dried building sand, and I have made a lip on the edge of the main board so that the sand doesn’t fall off the edges. I found the boat in a shop, where it was being sold as a bathroom accessory, and then adapted it by carving pieces out of it and repainting the hull so it made a more suitable wreck.

“I ripped the sails with a pen knife, and snapped the mast, to make it well and truly shipwrecked.”

For the interior, she says the ice cream cabinet was her biggest purchase, as she found it hard to make a good one her self.

She said: “I took the ‘ice cream’ out of the tubs and replaced it with my own fl avours, made from mixing Plasticine colours together. I then printed out little fl avour labels, and stuck them onto the glass over the tubs they described. The cabinet was then personalised to fi t in with the rest of the shop furniture.”

“Most of the dolls have been stripped and redressed with hand-made clothes made from scraps of material. I have reused some clothes, and swapped some around.

“I have really enjoyed creating this project, and I just hope that you can picture yourself sitting on the beach and eating one of Lucy’s delicious homemade ice creams in the glorious Welsh Sun!”

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