Miniature Gingerbread House wins creative competition 2013
17 September 2013
The Dolls House Emporium is very pleased to announce the winner of the Creative Competition 2013.
This stunning representation of a witch's Gingerbread House won us over - because, quite simply, it looked good enough to eat.
And yet there is no food featured here at all - every sweetie, biscuit and piece of icing has been lovingly crafted by its creator, Maddie Brindley, from Chesterfield.
She's featured on our blog before. remember her Hobbit Hole
or Brambly Hedge
projects? Well, we think she has equalled them with her interpretation of The Cabin
It's mouth-watering stuff - and Maddie's reward is £650 in Dolls House Emporium vouchers to spend on a kit of her choice.
She says: "This is the first Miniature project I have done that started off with a kit – I wanted a short project to fill time (and save space!) and I saw the competition where you buy the MDF wood kit and use your imagination to turn it into something different.
"I thought this would be a perfect quick build house for me.
"My kids gave me the idea for the Gingerbread house as we were reading a book together ‘Night Time Tale’ and it has a witch’s house in it.
"The entire gingerbread shell is made from wood and cement and the food is all made from polymer clay and paint – not a single bit is edible, unfortunately!"
All the food is hand made out of Fimo/Sculpey or Preemo clay. Maddie used liquid fimo for the Gummy Bears and decorators caulk for the icing and cream. The marshmallows are made from extruded clay wound together and the lollipops are fimo clay rolled out and wound around each other.
She made the witch by altering The Dolls House Emporium doll Rennie, the kitchen maid
, into a witch.
"I dyed her dress, ripped and aged the apron and made her a new face out of fimo and scraps of wool for the hair left over from a knitting project!" she says.
We particularly enjoyed the wriggly worms working their way across the dining table!
Here at Dolls' House HQ we get witch's houses every year, as well as the occasional gingerbread house, but we hope you agree that the skill and attention to detail is second-to-none! In fact we thought Maddie has stuck genuine cookies, party rings and jelly bears to the side of her house.
You can easily see how the lush, bright and tempting exterior is at odds with the dark, spooky and fearsome interior... just right for tempting small children inside, in true fairy tale tradition!
And here are a few more detail shots of the outside. Made to make your mouth water!
Stay tuned for news on the 2nd and 3rd placed entries: "Coming soon!"
Wow - what an amazing mouse house!
4 January 2013
Here’s a real dolls’ house treat – it’s Maddie’s Mouse House!
You may remember Maddie, from Chesterfield, who built the amazing Hobbit Hole a couple of years ago.
Her latest project is a Brambly Hedge inspired Dolls House, which took some 11 months to complete.
Maddie said: “When I was very little my Mum bought the Jill Barklem Brambly Hedge books for me and I loved them.
“I used to paint and draw pictures copied from the books and I had posters on my wall. I still have my original books.
“The whole thing is inspired by Crabapple Cottage drawn by Jill Barklem
in her wonderful book Spring Story.
The frame and bark were completely hand made from scratch.
There are lots of handmade items. The mushrooms were made out of Fimo and each one is approximately 3mm across, so “very fiddly”, says Maddie.
“I made the mouse by modifying a Dolls House Emporium doll – I took off the doll’s head and made a head and hands out of Fimo.
“I could not find a four poster bed to fit the bedrooms, so I custom made them from leftover wood from the ceiling beams.”
There's lots of information on how she made it and step by step guides on some of the technique involved at Maddies own blog
And lots more pictures and details
of her work are there too.