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Mini Menagerie by Lynn Allingham – Book Review

7 November 2018


Mini Menagerie by Lynn Allingham – Book Review


We’ve been very lucky again here at Doll’s House Emporium, as we’ve been given the chance to review another book by the fantastic Lynn Allingham. This time her beautiful new book, Mini Menagerie.

From cute cats to beautiful bush babies, the book has clear step-by-step instructions showing you how to bring 20 different miniature animals to life using polymer clay. Each animal is incredibly life like and full of character!



As with her previous book Making mini food each project has easy to follow instructions, accompanied by clear photographs, which help you follow along with all the makes. The book also has the all-important Tools and Materials and Techniques sections, which are essential in helping you to lift the animals from the pages and into reality.




Each of the projects has a clear Materials and Equipment list as well as very useful Tips. The concise tips help guide you with the slightly more challenging parts of the projects and little bits of information to help your project run smoother. It also offers a lovely personal touch from Lynn.



Our favourite thing about the book is the mixed media elements that Lynn has introduced, using felting, foraged materials and other skills and crafts to help bring these beautiful creatures to life.




We think that this is a brilliant book and is a must have for both beginner and more experienced makers. We would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give creating their own miniature animals a try!

Mini Menagerie is available NOW and can be purchased from here: www.gmcbooks.com

Book Details
Mini Menagerie
£16.99
GMC Publications Ltd
Available from www.gmcbooks.com


Want to know more? A while ago we caught up with the lovely Lynn Allingham for a chat. Read our exclusive interview here.




All images © GMC Publications 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration – Claude Monet

28 September 2018

Today on the blog we bring you some beautiful and inspiring images of the home of the famous artist Claude Monet. Many of you will be familiar with the stunning gardens at his home, made famous by his beautiful and iconic water lily paintings and his house doesn’t disappoint!

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906

‘On entering Monet’s house, the visitor should imagine a home filled with the sound of eight children, Claude Monet’s comings and goings between his studio and the garden, the atmosphere of the kitchen in the early morning when vegetables came fresh from the kitchen-garden, plus the returns from market and arrival of friends from Paris…’

The house sits in the lovely village of Giverny in Northern France and Monet lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926.
He bought the house and land in November 1890 and in 1893 he purchased another piece of land, and it was here he created a water garden, the “Jardin d’Eau,” with the famous water lily pond. Monet also supervised the renovation of the house himself.

Many of the rooms today are open to visitors, including the salon, the dining room, the bedroom, and the studio.

We hope our virtual tour offers you some inspiration!

Image from: http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny-2/monets-house

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

All images © their respective owners 2018

I Love Miniatures Because

12 September 2018

We recently asked you to finish the following sentence over on our Facebook page: “I love miniatures because…” We were thrilled with the response, and some of the answers we had were just lovely.

Here are some of our favourites:






















Dolls' House Inspiration - Shabby Chic

15 August 2018

For today’s blog we’ve gathered together some beautiful images of interiors in the Shabby Chic style to help inspire you.

The style evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses while a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style décor differentiates it from genuine period decor. The result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect, using recycled old furniture and fabrics, distressed new items to achieve the appearance of antiques, vintage chandeliers, and floral designs.

We think that dolls' houses decorated in this style are absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://inspirationseek.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-and-ideas

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.delightfull.eu/inspirations/styles/midcentury-modern/inspiring-interiors-showcasing-shabby-chic-style-2

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/15-rooms-that-prove-shabby-chic-is-the-only-trend-that-matters-33297

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.smalldesignideas.com/shabby-chic-interior-design-style.html

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: https://www.feedpuzzle.com/feed/25-shabby-chic-interior-design-ideas-4

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: http://cris2016.co.uk/vintage-cottage-bathrooms.html

Image from: https://www.decoist.com/shabby-chic-kitchen-ideas

Image from: http://www.khabars.net/shabby-chic-style-interior-design

We hope these images have inspired you to create something truly beautiful and unique!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration - Historic Kitchens

20 June 2018

Here is another dose of our dollshouse inspiration, this time in the form of historic kitchens.

We have brought together a delicious selection of kitchens, each the heart of a beautiful historic country house.

We hope they whet your creative appetite! Enjoy!

Grey’s Court, Oxfordshire. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Fellbrigg Hall, Norwich. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Wordsworth House, Cumbria. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Audley End, Essex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Osborne House, Isle of Wight. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

The Kitchen at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Cragside, Northumberland. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I3mUAE

Audley End House, Essex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I8QxAq

The Kitchen at Wallington, Northumberland. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ljkoNy

Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire. Image from: https://bit.ly/2MGZGnA

Cefn Park, Wrexham, North Wales. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tjuQrW

Cefn Park, Wrexham, North Wales. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tjuQrW

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2yoArmT

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2t76t1B

Petworth House, West Sussex. Image from: https://bit.ly/2tbFi5Q

The Great Kitchen, Saltram, Devon. Image from: https://bit.ly/2t76t1B

The Great Kitchen, Saltram, Devon. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ttRfDl

The kitchen scullery at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2I28qkx

The kitchen scullery at Lanhydrock, Cornwall. Image from: https://bit.ly/2ys4ppP

All images © their respective owners 2018

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