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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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1. Back showing the central part of The  Elvenking's Gate
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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Huge dolls' house is worth £13,000

14 June 2014

Weighing in at an amazing 200 pounds and costing more than £13,000, this huge dolls’ house has 13 rooms over three storeys including five bedrooms, library, kitchen, dining room, marble hall and a utility room. 

You may have seen it in your local papers but the Daily Mail online has gone to town with some amazing photos.

A remote controls the individually wired light switches, six of the 14 chimneys are linked to a smoke generator, both front and back doors have a doorbell, while in a modern twist, the home includes an iPad Nano which powers the speaker in the music room.

Sarah Walkley, now aged 40, was five years old when she asked her father for the doll's house on Christmas Eve 1978.

Thirty-five years later her dad has finally finished the job.

Fancy living in a life-sized dolls' house?

4 June 2014

CBS News in America is reporting how a Washington woman is living in a life-sized dolls’ house.

It’s not quite true of course, but what it does show is how we can take charge of our lives and make things happen for us.

After almost dying through illness, Dee Williams lives in an 84 sq ft mobile home which she built herself.

She downsized, threw out everything she didn’t need and uses solar power to cut down on bills.

Take a look at the pictures and perhaps get some inspiration for your next project.

Several of The Dolls House Emporium’s small projects could easily be converted into a miniature version of a house like this; so click through and take as peek!

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.
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