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Prizes up for grabs in new contest for dolls' house and miniature makers

20 September 2013

Here’s a great chance to combine your mini-skills with a depiction of recent history - and be in the running for some great prizes.
With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War a new miniature making competition is being launched by Dolls House and Miniature Scene.
Entries will recreate a scene from the time and can depict anything from a single miniature item to a whole diorama scene. They can be based on the Home Front or the Western Front.
Dolls House & Miniature Scene WW1 Competition
Editor Lucie Roper said: “A hundred years have passed since the First World War which affected every corner of the globe and we felt it was right to mark the date in some way – it only seemed fair to also invite others to do the same.
“Working alongside The Dolls House Emporium, Jane Harrop Miniatures, Miniatura and Petite Properties we hope to inspire the miniatures community to remember this event in the way we know best, through our miniatures and what better way than to do this with a competition. The DHMS team wish you all the very best of luck!”

- 1st prize for club entries: A workshop with expert Jane Harrop, who will provide club members with a day full of informative, practical and interactive sessions covering a variety of invaluable miniatures making skills.

- 1st prize for individuals: A Petite Properties 1/48th finished house of your choice plus the furniture kits to furnish your house.

- 1st prize for under 16s: Yellow Moon craft essentials pack, an IKEA HUSET set and 6x30g blocks of Cernit Clay.

The Dolls House Emporium is supplying £50 vouchers as the runner-up prizes for the two adults categories and a £25 voucher for the junior section.
The contest is being launched at the September 2013 Miniatura today and encourages miniaturists worldwide not only to put their creativity to the test but to remember the four years of suffering and heartache.
There’s no time like the present to start planning and researching. The competition is now officially open and you have until midday on the 15 July 2014 to create your WW1 related entry. As you can see this can be anything related to the era, even something from our own, more modern times.
Full details can be found in the November 2013 issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene or by visiting

10 of the Best... Ceiling lights for dolls' houses

11 February 2013

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For anyone who missed February's issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene, you'll have missed an interesting feature on ceiling lights for your dolls' house.
Writer Jane Kubiesa shed some light on the topic by revealing her '10 of the Best'.
Here's what she had to say about our Battery-Powered Chandelier Light, and the popular Modern 'Silver' Triple Ceiling Light.
In at No3 is the battery-powered light, pictured left, which she says are "ingenious" and take some of the hassle out of a project!
At No8 in her list is the Art deco offshoot, described as "a perfect fit" for the look.
Scroll down a little to see her report on that!
If you can lay your hands on a copy there are some wonderful variations on the ceiling light theme, including a grand chandelier, a moon light for a nursery and  some exotic Moroccan-style jewel-laden pendants.
March issue focuses on 10 of the Best... Rugs.
Modern 'Silver' Triple Ceiling Light

Mini-makers scoop Dolls House Emporium favourite in Jubilee contest!

23 May 2012

Members of a miniatures club are celebrating after scooping the top prize of a Dolls House Emporium Stratford Bakery for their fabulous street scene of a Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The Club Competition run by Dolls House and Miniature Scene was won by ladies from the Galloway Miniatures Group in Scotland.

Their winning entry is pictured below but you can visit the magazine’s own gallery online for more views of this stunning diorama and see the other top entries from groups around the UK. There’s also more information in the July edition.

The distinctive Stratford Bakery Kit, an authentic Tudor-style building in 1:12 scale, is on its way to Sue, Pat, Flo, Irene, Elaine and Betty.

It is designed as a merchant's premises and features a covered area for markets or community events. Other features include a jettied first floor, pre-assembled doors, leaded windows and external steps to first floor. The building measures 590 x 700 x 500mm.

The Dolls’ House Emporium’s own Stratford Bakery on display at its Derbyshire HQ has been transformed in to Dickens’ ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ with a cluttered, intriguing interior full of trinkets and treasures.

The Galloway Miniatures Group ladies spend a lot of time raising money for church funds and other charities, as well as visiting care centres and residential homes to show off the results of their hard work.

The colourful winning scene is to be exhibited at Stranraer Museum as part of the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

DHMS publishing editor Lucie Roper said: “Thank you for everyone who took part in the competition and watch this space for more news on the second and third place clubs... these will be revealed in the August issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene.”

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