'Race Trim' barber shop scoops dolls' house comp 3rd spot!
4 October 2013
At last – we can bring you news of our Third Place winner of the 2013 Creative Competition from The Dolls House Emporium.
It’s Janice Curtis with her Race Trim Barber Shop, based – like all the others – on our new Cabin small project
We just loved the idea behind it and the way that Janice incorporated the theme through the whole project so perfectly.
We smiled, said ‘wow’ - this entry was always going to be a contender!
Janice, from Norfolk, says: “My friend’s son-in-law had just opened a barber shop in our village and I thought perhaps I could turn my Cabin into a barber shop.
“As both myself and husband Dave are keen followers of motor bike racing and own a vintage bike, I thought I would use the biker theme.
“I then thought of the name Race Trim Barber Shop. The name Race, because Race was my maiden name. Trim? Not only because it means cut but a racing motor bike has to be in ‘race trim order’ before being allowed on the track before a race.”
She chose orange on purpose for the customers’ chair – to make it stand out, stripping it down, re-spraying and covering with leather and brown piping detail.
The wooden window blinds are hand-made from balsa, while the magazines are all bespoke copies of real-life publications.
“Still on the motorbike theme, I asked my nine-year-old grandson Archie if he would donate one of his toy bikes. Little did he know that I was going to saw it in half, paint it a different colour and add Race Trim motifs to make a wall feature! (Thank you Archie!)
“I spent lots of fun/fiddly 12th scale hours designing/making the accessories – the outside wall cigarette stubber, the ‘anything for the weekend’ machine, the For Sale wall advertisement, the prices for 2013 and labels for all the barbers’ hair products!
“The outside bench was made from tiny scale measured wooden planks, painted in matching colours but the temptation was too great… I added black diamante studs to resemble bolt heads!”
All of her fencing was made from cut, shaped, measured wood, stained and then stuck around the shop with an added side gate.
The characteristic barbershop pole is an old cotton reel!
“Definitely a challenge,” says Janice, “but I have loved every minute of it”.
A Diss-tinguished dolls’ house
27 February 2012
Dolls’ houses are part of our history, whether family heirlooms or an exhibit in a museum.
Modelled on the Old Rectory in Diss, Norfolk, the dolls’ house in question is not only one of the most popular items in the town’s museum but also one of its most travelled, having been to the USA and back again.
According to an article in local newspaper, the Diss Express
, the house originally belonged to the Manning family, who were Rectors of Diss for many years, and was played with by generations of children.
Eventually it was put into a jumble sale and purchased by a Mr Bennett for his daughter, Evelyn, when she was ill in bed.
As an adult, Evelyn moved to the USA and took the house with her which should have been the end of the house’s connection with Diss.
However, in 1994 Evelyn donated the house to the Diss museum and so it made its way back to its natural home.