Harry Potter inspiration sparks stonemason diorama
17 December 2012
Here at The Dolls House Emporium we enjoyed the dark humour of this Creative Competition entry.
Using The Corner Shop it was based around a coffin-maker and stone masons' workshop - with some of the workers trying the goods out for size!
Ann Ashcroft, from Lancashire, gained inspiration from making Harry Potter-type miniatures for her grandsons.
Ann says: "All the family had an input in my coffin makers/stone yard.
"My seven-year-old grandson did the stippling on the wall, my grand-daughters doing the graffiti on the back wall. We all had a lot of fun and lots of laughs.
"The coffins are made from wood, cardboard, balsa wood and bass wood, as are the gravestones.
"Small pieces of stone were in the reduced tin at the local DIY store.
"In all it hasn't cost very much but provided hours of fun during the wet summer holidays."
Dolls’ house used to promote healthy living
24 January 2012
It seems that dolls’ houses are being put to all sorts of uses these days and the latest example is a dolls’ house being used to promote healthy living.
According to a report on the ‘This is Lancashire’
website, an interactive dolls’ house is being taken on a tour of health centres, baby clinics and children’s centres in the region.
The idea is that the house will promote three major health campaigns – Sleep Safe, Smoke Free Homes and Get Me Toasty.
In the words of Jan Hutchinson, Director of Public Health at NHS Bolton and Bolton Council, “the dolls’ house should provide a great visual, interactive description of what the campaigns are trying to convey.”
If you know of any unusual uses of a dolls’ house, then please let us know and we can share it with the rest of our dolls’ house community.