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Are you getting the most out of your hobby online?

19 July 2013

If you’ve got a few extra minutes at the end of a crafty day, why not get online and log on to facebook.com/dollshouseemporium

It may seem a bit daunting when you like solid things made from wood, but if you take a deep breath and dive in at the deep end you’ll definitely enjoy the experience!

You’ll get the inside track on new developments, share news, views and ideas – and have conversations with hobbyists around the world as well as with staff here at Dolls’ House HQ.

It’s all about interaction – and as you can see on this page we all LOVE to share your stories and pictures about this wonderful hobby.

There are also exclusive competitions and giveaways that you won’t find anywhere else, and there’s something new to see every day.

As part of our big online adventure, we also have pages on YouTube and Twitter, as well as our new Pinterest pages, which are packed with images to do with dolls’ houses and miniatures.

Jump aboard and share our online journey!
youtube.com/user/dollshouseemporium
pinterest.com/dollshouses
twitter.com/dollshouse

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WIN this Wentworth Court dolls' house!

21 September 2012

Build a dolls’ house in under a minute!

See how it’s done with Wentworth Court from The Dolls House Emporium.

For a chance to win Wentworth Court fully finished version as shown here, simply SHARE this video from our facebook page and make sure you’ve ‘liked’ our page too.



To be in with extra chances of this fantastic prize, log onto twitter and tweet about this video with the hashtag #1hourdollshouse or ‘repin’ the video from our Pinterest page.

Click through to see what we put inside it as well as prices, styles and many more houses and videos!

Tried facebook for The Dolls House Emporium?

4 July 2012

Did you know you can have even more dolls’ house fun by joining the Dolls House Emporium group on facebook?Share your photos, chat, get hints, tips, reviews, advice and look out for competitions – all at www.facebook.com/dollshouseemporium

Dolls' house mishaps - your stories!

18 May 2012

Yesterday we asked Dolls House Emporium facebook fans if they had ever fallen onto their dolls' house - and how it happened!

More than 4,100 people are fans of the group - and they are quick to let us know about their hobby.

Here are some of their tales of woe - some amusing, some not so funny.
Mandy Sandiford said: "Didn't turn the light on and tripped over it! Completely flattened! Got a new one though which was better! :-)"
Sue Murton said: "I tripped over two of my dogs who were squabbling over a chew stick and fell onto one of my shops fortunately never broke anything but things were a bit awry inside - all the tins and packets!"
Joy Lawson: "Not fallen on it, but had one of the small humidifiers in it and it exploded and wrecked my basement, was gutted, still am :("
Melonie Pickering: "Not fallen on one (yet!) but have dropped the roof to my Mountfield just as I had it put together...!"
Sami Cox: "Not me but my puppy baby knocked my dollshouse off the dining table when I was working on it. He was chasing the cat and knocked it off with his paws, thankfully able to mend it and almost completed now."
Yvette Snel-Tenders: "I had a small store/cafe for gold-diggers standing on a small table. But my visitor really dived into the dollshouse! I thought of my handblown Jenever glasses! They are so tiny, thought I might lose them. The worst thing is when they try to help you. 'No!' I said, I'll do it my self. Luckily I found my three Jenever glasses and afterwards placed this store somewhere else. Somewhere visitor-proof! It is standing on a shelf above my writing desk. When my cat is bored, she dives in the house so I have to clear everything up again."
Sylvia Sims: "The other day I fell of the arm of settee while putting up curtains. I fell back on to my dollshouse broke the front step piece and you can imagine inside everything all knocked over. Needless to say I've a cut arm black and blue ALL over. My worst concern was for my house has take ages to straighten it up."
Hollye Beth Andrews: "My sister fell backwards onto one of my dolls houses once and split the roof :( luckily it was fairly sturdy and didn't crumple under her, otherwise it would have been a lot worse! :)"
Natasha Peter: "My cat did! She was exploring nearby and decided to take a look and got her head stuck in the stairwell of the house! I wish I'd had a camera to hand..."
Rebecca Micallef: "Oh boy, it isn't actually the same thing but feels pretty much the same. When I built my first dolls house, my cat Binksy was very curious. He jumped on top of it and knocked it down as it was still on my working stool. I almost had a heart attack. Most of the items where knocked down but no damages where done to the actual house. Poor Binksy the cat took quite a fright which I am pretty sure he won't forget. He never dared got closer again to any of my dolls houses ... I guess it served him right!!! No one messes around with mummy's dolls houses again."
Julie Duncan: "My husband fell over a table and caused an earth quake (after a few at a family party)"
Gillean McDougall: "Don't ask, and it's not quite falling on it, but I did drop a plate of hot baked beans on to the roof of my Lutyens! I panicked and started using the first thing to hand (a knife) to scrape them off. Permanent damage done to the roof paper and still on my long list of things to fix. Hasn't put me off baked beans, tho!"
Wendy Moreman: "I was rushing around as usual and got my washing basket caught on the basment door of my house, the whole front pulled off and all the garden bits and pieces were strun on the floor !!! I couldn't look so had to shout my daughter, who confirmed a poor rabbit had lost his ear and fencing and steps broken :-("
They're not all funny stories, though, as it can be quite heart-breaking to lose hours of work. Luckily dolls' house hobbyists are a tough lot.
Sue Cotter says: "I recently did that - was trying to move it to get to back to sort out lights and it tipped with me alongside it and I smashed all the front, was heartbroken. Over it now though lol. Well until I start thinking about it again."
The last word has to go to Katie Burke, who says: "I'd be a bit concerned if someone fell on mine they'd have to be a giant mines about 5ft5 high :D"

If you'd like to add to the list simply "like" our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dollshouseemporium and tell us your news!

If you're not a member of facebook, it's quick and easy to sign up and you don;t have to be anyone's friend - just follow the groups that match your interests!

Dolls’ houses – a hobby without frontiers

21 July 2011

Yet more evidence of the worldwide appeal of dolls’ houses comes from Taiwan in East Asia.  In the capital city of Taipei can be found the Miniature Museum of Taiwan, the first of its kind in Asia.  The Museum boasts over 200 life-like miniatures built to a scale of 1:12 and the collection even includes a miniature Buckingham Palace which took three years to complete.

In Malaysia the miniature hobby is also beginning to gain popularity, as seen through the creation of a Facebook group known as the Dollhouse and Miniature Association of Malaysia.  Fellow enthusiasts share photos of their work and swap tips on Facebook and even showcase their work to the public with mini exhibits at galleries.

As one of the members of the group, art teacher Lee Yun Jie, 32, says, explaining her own interest in all things miniature, “I was surfing the Net for a new hobby when I saw these amazing handmade miniature rooms in a blog.  They immediately reminded me of my childhood – I used to love playing with Barbie dolls and I would make my own toy furniture because my parents couldn’t afford to buy them for me.”

Her first miniature venture, a framed room box housing a palm-sized cabinet and shelves, was made entirely of clay and wood from scratch.  Since then Lee has created a candy-coloured boudoir, an alfresco garden café and a hawker stall selling putu piring (a local delicacy involving palm sugar and coconut). Some of her inspirations, apart from the everyday, come from Taiwanese interior design magazines.

According to a local gift shop owner, Choo Yoon Tuck, who sells miniature box kits featuring designs which include a French-influenced bakery, wedding boutique and seafarer’s enclave, “In the old days, people thought it a crazy idea that you had to pay for something and assemble it on your own. Now, people have the time and money to do so.  And when you build something from scratch, you get a sense of achievement when you finish, which is priceless.”

We couldn’t agree more. You can read more and see pictures on the Minis in Malaysia here.
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