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Creative Competition 2014 Winners!

6 November 2014

The Dolls House Emporium is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Creative Competition.  It has been a unique competition this year as we opened up the requirements to encompass the full range of small builds on offer and you sent in a great range of creative miniatures.

In traditional reverse order, in 3rd place was Viki McDonnell, from Greenock, with her  “Rowanberry Park Art Gallery & Studio”. Viki used the Retreat Kit to create this pretty entry, taking inspiration from “The Shanty Man” of Shetland.
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In 2nd Place is Betty Melbourne from Chesterfield, with her take on Tolkien’s writing hut. Using the Summer House, Betty took inspiration from Tolkien’s own illustrations to create a hut suitable for the great writer.

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And finally in 1st place, Amanda Richardson, from Melbourne Australia. Amanda took the Summer House too and used it to create ‘Mushroom Liddy’s Treehouse’ which looks like it’s been taken straight from a fantasy film set! Amanda describes her thought process below

I have been a miniature/dollhouse enthusiast since I was quite young and recently my young niece has got me interested in the whole fairy garden craze and I have made a few things for her and I also started sculpting fairies out of polymer clay. I was trying to think of ways to combine the two when I saw your competition advertised on your website in June, it was the perfect opportunity to get creative and ideas of a fairy tree house started flooding in. I originally had an idea in my mind of how it would look but it changed dramatically right from the start because of the branches I could find. I had to work around the branches rather than build the tree around my idea of how I wanted it to look. The tree house was built for Ms Mushroom Liddy (my niece, Maya named her) who is the fairy who mixes all of the fairy dust and potions for all other fairies in the land. Unfortunately I ran out of time to sculpt Mushroom Liddy so we will say that she is currently out collecting magic plants and herbs for her potions. 

 

More images of the winners will be posted on The Dolls House Emporium blog over the next few weeks.

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Built House Sale!

24 October 2014

We have a small selection of built houses and additional properties for sale for just two weeks at 25% off! When these house have gone, they really are gone! If you're looking for that perfect gift now is the time to snap one of these up.

Stratford Bakery is a stunningly detailed dolls' house with it's beams, overhanging first floor and outside staircase. This property has quite a small footprint so is ideal if you're a bit short of space but still want to embrace your creativity and develop your mini property empire! As an older style property you can keep it strictly in keeping with it's period with dark oak furniture, pewter utensils and dolls' dressed to match. Of course, these buildings have been with us for such a long time you can turn it into anything you want! Having been built by our expert house builders, all you need to do is unwrap the dolls' house and plug in the transformer to have a decorated, lit dolls' house ready to dress and enjoy. It's available now for just £515 saving you £175!

Oak Hurst Gardens is a thoroughly contemporary abode, you might even know someone who lives in a house just like it. With three floors, totalling six rooms there is a lot of scope to enjoy this clever dolls' house. Built by our dedicated house builders you can purchase it for the next two weeks with a saving of 25%, at just £410! You'll receive a built, decorated and lit dolls' house ready for your furniture, dolls and accessories to tell your miniature story. The house has a central staircase and opening roof panel giving access to the two loft rooms.

These houses are in very short supply so if you want one we urge you to order now! Call 01332 912989 or go direct to the website now!

Creative Competition - The judging begins!

8 October 2014

This year's Creative Competition is now closed. There has been a varied selection of entries and the judges are eager to get started on the selection process to whittle down the entries to the top three. Every year throws us surprises and delights and having had a cursory glance we're sure this year is set to be no exception. Previous years winners have included a stunning Beach Hut from Belize, a Gingerbread House, a Vernacular Railway, a Moroccan Villa and many more! To view these and many more past entries whilst you wait for the winner to be announced, simply look for the 'creative competition' tag and you'll have them all at your finger tips. More news on the judging and winners as we get it!

Blogs of Inspiration

6 October 2014

There are lots and lots of Miniatures and Dolls' House Blogs around, covering the full range of dolls' houses, periods, fantasies and styles. We often come across some weird and wacky ones, some that we can't always share and we're sure there are many more that we have yet to stumble on.

Here's some of the recent finds -

http://19thdayminiatures.blogspot.co.uk 

Tara's work includes a stunning selection of Tim Burton and Harry Potter inspired pieces and is perfect for Halloween! Lots of great inspiration if you're struggling and if you're short on time, she has an Etsy shop too!

http://caseymini.blogspot.co.uk/

Casey covers a wealth of miniature projects and crafting ideas. Her workroom and supplies are a dedication to craft rooms everywhere, it makes mine seem puny in comparison.

And then there is the AIM blog -http://artisansinminiature.blogspot.co.uk/

Artisan's in Miniature feature some of the highest quality of miniature work and the great news is it's all for sale!

Please let us know your favourite blogs in the comments below, we love keeping track of the miniature world through these inspirational works.

Download the New Catalogue Now!

17 September 2014

The NEW Dolls' House Emporium Catalogue can now be downloaded for FREE from the main dollshouse.com website. Need a hand downloading it?

Head to the main dollshouse.com website and add the download to your basket. You'll need to complete an 'order' for the download, don't worry you won't be charged. Follow the process and you'll get a link to your downloads page. It is a large file (76mb) so it will take time to download but we know you'll enjoy it once you get it!

If you encounter problems downloading the catalogue, please let us know the browser you are using, the time of day you have tried to download the catalogue and any software that you might be running in your browser such as ad-blockers or download checks. You can reach us sales@dollshouse.com.

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