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Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs?

31 May 2014

Where do you get your inspiration for dolls’ house designs, building material and interiors?

One man has taken his cue from the house his family grew up in, built over 100 years ago.

He has spent over $500 getting it just right – and is to hand the completed project over to his lucky granddaughter.

Scott Gordon, a carpenter, constructed the base of the dolls'  house when his own daughter was a child, more than 30 years ago. But she never got the completed model as it’s only just been finished – so it’s going direct to seven-year-old Toriana.

The house it is modelled on was built around 1900 in Milton, has been owned by his family for decades. Gordon's mother lived there for 85 years, and his brother now owns the home.

Constructing the dollhouse brought back memories, including the 56 Christmases he'd spent in the life-size version of that living room, and the afternoons crawling through the attic with his siblings.

He told Nashoba Publishing Community News: "I have some very fond memories. It's a beautiful house and I spent a lot of time there.”

A dolls' house for a gravestone helps the grieving process

26 May 2014

Here’s a sad story – but one where a dolls’ house has made things a little easier for all those involved.

It looks like an over-sized dolls’ house made of real brick.

But it is, in fact, the grave of Nadine Earles in the Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

The story behind it is that Nadine wanted a dolls'  house as a Christmas gift.

She sadly died a week before Christmas Day so her parents decided to build her a dollhouse on her grave and they filled it with her toys and belongings.

The idea has split opinion in Alabama and it may seem a little ghoulish to create something that’s full of toys inside and out.

But we say if it gives the family comfort at what must be a time of unimaginable pain, then we’re all for it and we hope it makes things easier for the little girl’s family and friends.

A dolls' house from Ikea? Yes - if you 'DIY' !

23 May 2014

You may well have seen this creative idea before – a dolls’ house made from the rather obliging Expidit range from Ikea. 

This great article doesn’t just show you one though - it takes you step by step through how to get the best from your project.

And don’t forget, you can get Expedit units with various numbers of “rooms” – so the world’s your oyster!
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Lady reunited with her childhood dolls’ house after 60 years!

26 April 2014

Some dolls’ house tales are too good to be true – but this one’s astonishingly good!

It is the story of an elderly lady who has been reunited with her childhood toy over 60 years since she gave it away.

Gladys Grimshaw, from Hindley, spotted it in a Leigh charity shop and frog-marched her nephew back there to snap it up!

The lure of miniatures once again proved too strong to resist.

The 78-year-old told the Bolton News: “I was bought the dolls’ house when I was three or four and had it for years until it was passed on to younger family members.

“I couldn’t believe it was just there in the window. I didn’t buy it at first and went home but I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to go back and get it.”

It was understandably a little more dilapidated then when she last saw it, with a broken roof and some missing parts from inside. But it is happily now restored.

See the pictures at the newspaper’s own website.

Beautiful hand-made dolls’ house goes on sale for charity

24 April 2014

A handmade dolls house will be auctioned by a Bury fund-raiser who has passed more than £17,000 on to charity in the past four years.

A four-storey 4ft tall hand-made dolls’ house is to go under the hammer to raise cash for charity.

It has been handed over to charity fundraiser Bryan Garnham to sell. He’s an expert in raising money having already brought in £17,000 for charity in the past four years.

The Bury Free Press reports that people can see the house before they submit a bid.

The pictures are on the newspaper’s website because of course they are copyright and we’re not allowed to reproduce them – so click through to take a look.

It will be sold unfurnished so there’s plenty of chance to use a little imagination and inspiration on deciding what furniture and accessories to add to bring it to life!

All the money raised will go to Guide Dogs, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice and St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The deadline for bids is the end of this month. You can contact Mr Garnham on 01284 787390.
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