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Estate agency’s doll's house raises money for children's unit

19 August 2013

Gascoigne Halman’s Sale branch has offered up its property services in miniature by raffling off a mock Victorian detached dolls’ house as part of its year-long fundraiser for Starlight Children’s Unit in Wythenshawe hospital.

Messenger Newspapers tells us the raffle was drawn on Friday - wonder who the lucky winner was?

Great to see a love of dolls’ houses used in the service of a good cause!

Who's who in your dolls' house?

22 March 2013

Flicking through some web pages about Victorian England, we spotted this blog about everyone who might live in a grand house.

So whether you're a fan of Downton or the late, lamented Upstairs Downstairs, this guide - borrowed from the BBC - might help.

It deals with those who live "below stairs" but may give some characters to provide inspiration for you!

We've added some links to help you visualise our suggestions!


* The butler - in charge of the house, coachmen, footmen and wine cellar.
* The housekeeper - responsible for the housemaids and carried keys to the china and linen cupboards.
* The ladies maid - the mistress of the house's personal attendant, helping her dress and do her hair.
* The valet - the master's manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools.
* The cook - ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids.
* The governess - educated and cared for the children.
* The hallboy - worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots.
* The tweeny - in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm.

Victorian Toy and Gift Shop takes shape in miniature

20 December 2012

Belgian-born Christel Famelaer decided on a Christmas theme for her Victorian Toy and Gift Shop - so we've been saving it up to show you in the run-up to the big day itself!

This model is based around The Corner Shop and was Christel's entry to the 2012 Creative Competition.

Christel, from Middlesex, says: "I didn't change much of the layout of this house."

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

"However," she adds, "I missed space for a bedroom and kitchen. So I added an extra wall in the top room to create three different spaces. The now separate bedroom, sitting room and dining area turn this place into a comfortable flat.

"By adding a removable courtyard I created an outdoor space for Toby the dog and his kennel. Under the staircase is a nice little kitchen.

"The bottom room became a spacious charming shop in a Christmas setting. The outside and roof have a lot of added details and made this project into a luxurious Victorian shop with flat."

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

Christel Famelaer dolls' house competition

Mini festive project for your long winter nights

30 November 2012

Long winter nights ... are the perfect time to start a mini-project!

What better reason to get creative than to make a unique ‘Winter Wonderland’ for all of your Christmas visitors to enjoy?

We’re sure you’ll love adapting your garden or starting a new project to while away the hours with a beautiful festive scene.

Check out how to achieve the pergola effect here.

And here's the bandstand tutorial:

A white Christmas can be yours every year!

Inspired by our miniature Christmassy shop scene?

2 November 2012

We’ve been so inspired by all the fantastic creations made with these buildings for the 2012 Creative Competition that we had to have another go ourselves!

Transformed into a Victorian toy shop, The Corner Shops are the perfect destination for a Christmas scene.

With a woodwork shop upstairs and all the fun toys and treats downstairs, the two levels together make an ideal building for all manner of ‘make and sell’ businesses – maybe a mini-project is on the cards for the new year?!

Dolls House Emporium The Corner Shop, St Nicholas' Toy Shop
You can buy The Corner Shop Kit Part 1, (Ground Floor & Terrace
6255)  NOW £42. (RRP £49)

The Corner Shop Kit Part 2, (First Floor & Roof 6260) is  NOW £42. (RRP £49)

The Corner Shop Kit Parts 1 & 2 together (6270) is NOW £71. (RRP £85)

Dolls House Emporium The Corner Shop, St Nicholas' Toy Shop
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