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A dolls' house for a gravestone helps the grieving process

26 May 2014

Here’s a sad story – but one where a dolls’ house has made things a little easier for all those involved.

It looks like an over-sized dolls’ house made of real brick.

But it is, in fact, the grave of Nadine Earles in the Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

The story behind it is that Nadine wanted a dolls'  house as a Christmas gift.

She sadly died a week before Christmas Day so her parents decided to build her a dollhouse on her grave and they filled it with her toys and belongings.

The idea has split opinion in Alabama and it may seem a little ghoulish to create something that’s full of toys inside and out.

But we say if it gives the family comfort at what must be a time of unimaginable pain, then we’re all for it and we hope it makes things easier for the little girl’s family and friends.

Bridge the generations with a dolls' house!

20 May 2014

Here’s a nice tale of the positive relationships that sharing a dolls’ house hobby can bring.

Fred Miller, a longtime volunteer at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha built this dolls'  house for Natalee Stieb and her younger sister, Annie.

The Omaha World-Herald explains how Natalee was born with spina bifida and during her time in the hospital, the eight-year-old developed a special bond with Mr Miller.

She has to use a wheelchair and she's spent six of the past 12 months hospitalised.

Her special connection with Fred grew through their project and Natalee looks for him whenever she's at the hospital - and likewise, Fred always finds her when she's admitted.

Five imaginative DIY dolls’ house creations

4 September 2013

We were impressed by the innovation in some of the DIY dolls’ house creations a few imaginative enthusiasts have come up with.

One makes use of space in a cupboard whose doors open to reveal a charming miniature home within.

Another uses ever-so-simple materials to embellish a bookshelf, fitting it out with six beautifully decorated rooms.

This is achieved with nothing more than the humble piece of cardboard and some wrapping paper!

Manoeuvrability was key for one dolls’ house owner who fitted it with wheels to make it a mobile home.

Architect Marie-Laure from La Maison de Loulou went for a minimalist dolls’ house with nothing more than paper boxes.

Printed wallpaper serves as an easy option to jazz up any dolls' house, as seen on Remodelista (click through for pictures of these imaginative dolls’ houses!).

A dolls’ house through the generations

29 August 2013

There’s something special about dolls’ houses made in the honour of younger family members, and for one special house this is very much the case.

Bob McDuff began the project to construct a miniature based on the Georgian villa, Tweedmouth House, in 2008 for his great-grandaughter, Daisy.

A prolific craftsman, Bob was inspired to start after reading Brian Long’s book on the subject, then visiting Tweedmouth House itself in Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

“Seeing this beautiful house gave him the motivation he needed to start work”, Bob’s granddaughter Heidi told the Berwick Advertiser.

Bob’s handmade creation was soon well underway until the months leading up to his death in 2010, sadly leaving the house incomplete.

In a touching resurrection of Bob’s vision, however, Bob’s daughter Heidi persuaded his granddaughter and her husband to take over the project.

The three more months of careful work on the house made it a perfect replica of the real-life Tweedmouth House.

The happy ending to Bob’s house came when Daisy received it for her birthday in 2011, and Heidi continued to add the finishing touches until 2013.

A lovely tale of four generations of a family coming together around an impressive handmade dolls’ house!

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!
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