Miniature inspiration from a weekend away!
4 December 2013
Shelley Hemsley found inspiration in an unexpected place for her entry to the 2013 Creative Competition.
If you remember, this used The Cabin, our first small build with a wall-mounting option.
Here’s the result of her endeavours – scroll down to see how she got the idea!
Shelley, from Nottingham, says: “I bought the cabin kit to enter the creative competition and to be honest I was completely lost for an idea for a few weeks until my partner and I went away for an adventure filled weekend to Worcester.
“On the Saturday night we went out for a meal and whilst driving down the main road we saw three tied up horses on the side of the road, we thought it was a little odd but kept going.
“On our way back we saw two old fashioned gypsy caravans. There it was - my eureka moment, the gypsy caravan idea began.
“Creative juices began to flow and then to confirm it was fate, we were in a tearoom queuing to pay looking at greetings cards and the one that caught my eye was the one with two gypsy caravans at a camp.
“After returning home I realised I would have to alter the kit a lot but guess that’s the whole idea! So I got stuck in and apart from the horse brasses everything has been made, drawn and painted by myself… I have a new love for tacky glue!!
“A few of my favourite and most challenging parts of the caravan are the undercarriage and the roof.
“My beloved jigsaw and chisel work paid dividends on the undercarriage and my immense patience came in handy on the roof.
“With the rest of the project I have thoroughly enjoyed working out how to make the parts and seeing the finished article and most days I have ended up impressing myself.”
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!"
Create a fairy dell fit for a Midsummer Night's Dream
5 June 2013
As the longest day is fast approaching we chose inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for our showpiece house this month.
Perhaps you have enjoyed Shakespeare’s popular comedy as a ballet? You may have read the play at school, seen a television adaptation or been to the theatre.
Either way you’ll know how the fairies make light of love while the actors of a playwithin-
a-play are manipulated by the cheeky little scamps who inhabit the forest.
And because the event occurs near the day with the longest period of daylight, it leaves little time for night-time activity among the fairy population!
The small build we’ve used for this project is The Cabin, which is this year’s Creative Competition piece.
It was customised by Dolls House Emporium creative assistant Louise, who got to work with some items from the catalogue range – and a few choice bits and pieces from her garden.
Both the roof and the inside flooring were made from individual tiles (part 7012 – although the roof tile strips, part 7027 are also suitable). She painted the roof grey to give it some depth and then painted the tiles in a distressed effect to give them a weathered, country feel.
She also painted the floor grey, to give an effect of grout beneath the tiles, which were painted terracotta and laid in a neat, geometric pattern.
The items inside were typical fairy fare, comprising mostly a collection of full sized “found” items such as a cotton reel and candle holders.
Louise decided to paint the exterior of The Cabin white before applying white wood filler into which she stuck the garden twigs to give a rustic effect.
Exposed woodwork is supplied unfinished, so this was painted in Antique Oak to bring the desired effect.
Around the outside of the fairy dwelling is moss, collected from her garden,and artificial flowers from a local craft shop. The bell featured came from a lifesized Christmas tree, although part 6149 is also suitable for a house like this.
Finally, the featured fairies were created by modifying a pair of our own dolls, Phoebe (2709) and Libby (5054). You can find out how to bring them to life in our online tutorial
Plenty of time to get creative and WIN dolls' house goodies!
24 April 2013
Fancy yourself as a dolls' house builder?
You could win £650 of dolls' house kit with our small build competition for 2013!
If you haven’t started getting ideas set down for your crack at the Creative Competition piece, The Cabin, just yet, perhaps you could use some of the
ideas from these pages
to give you a start.
It’s all about adapting, altering and making the project your own, so don’t be worried by using inspiration from here, there and everywhere! It doesn't close until midday 31st August 2013 and all we need are your pictures of the project.
If you have any questions about the competition, or would like to order The Cabin, simply call us FREE from the UK on 080 00 11 44 11.
Wall-mounted dolls' house: introducing The Cabin
28 March 2013
is the first Dolls' House Emporium kit with a wall-mounting option.
With two simple wall brackets, this kit has a completely different feel from anything from our design team in the past, and offers a unique space saving option.
It also just happens to be the kit for this year's Creative Competition!
How will you decorate yours?
We've created a cliff-side lookout for the Harbour Master to protect his coastline from the upcoming storm ... and a secret resting place hidden in the undergrowth for fairies and magical creatures.
These are two of the styles we've experimented with so far. Why not see what you can think of - it could be a witch's keep, a cosy log cabin or even an ice cream stall!
Take the opportunity to create a scrap book of how your project takes shape - or video your build so that we can see how your idea came to life.
If you send us the details, you could win a big prize!
* 1st Prize - A Dolls House Emporium kit of your choice worth up to £650
* 2nd Prize - £350 of Dolls House Emporium vouchers
* 3rd Prize - £200 of Dolls House Emporium vouchers
Find out more about the competition and download your entry form here.