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.
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.
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.
Dolls' house returned to owner after house sale mix-up
20 June 2014
A woman whose possessions went into storage when she was ill in hospital and got sold off by accident has been reunited with one of her favourite heirlooms – her beloved dolls’ house
Daisy Phillips beat late stage cancer but found out about the error with her worldly goods only after being discharged from hospital.
Her daughter Olivia told KGW, in Portland, Oregon
, “I started crying, I couldn’t control myself, and we just held each other.
“She has cancer and that’s a really scary thing and these are important family things that one day I wanted to give to my children."
The online newspaper covered Daisy’s plight as she tried to track down her missing heirlooms.
Then she got word that someone had located her special dolls' house, which had been inside the storage unit.
She had to buy the dollhouse back, at a cost of $500, but it she had it back and that's all that mattered.
Click through for a video report and pictures
of the treasured heirloom.
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.
Dolls' house or real house?
10 June 2014
From time to time we bring you some amazing “real-life” dolls’ houses
in this blog.
Click through to these pictures,
and you’ll see a full-sized dolls’ house full of what looks like miniature furniture
But the bright colours and design fool the brain … these are actually full-scale furniture and accessories
in a house that’s on the market for over £500,000 in Lydney, Gloucestershire.
The entire cottage, including the toilet is decorated in bright, clashing colours.
It was bought by an artist in the 1980s, and since then she has dedicated hours to transforming it.
The estate agents' notes say: "A unique opportunity to purchase the home of the renowned contemporary ceramic artist, Mary Rose Young. Oak house was discovered by Mary Rose in the late 1980s and she has since carried out improvements and additions to suit her own inimitable style and sympathetically retaining many features relevant to its period. Mary Rose has decorated every surface of every room with vivid colours which reflect her style and bright and beautiful pottery."
Here's a picture to whet your appetite:
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!