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Huge dolls' house is worth £13,000

14 June 2014

Weighing in at an amazing 200 pounds and costing more than £13,000, this huge dolls’ house has 13 rooms over three storeys including five bedrooms, library, kitchen, dining room, marble hall and a utility room. 

You may have seen it in your local papers but the Daily Mail online has gone to town with some amazing photos.

A remote controls the individually wired light switches, six of the 14 chimneys are linked to a smoke generator, both front and back doors have a doorbell, while in a modern twist, the home includes an iPad Nano which powers the speaker in the music room.

Sarah Walkley, now aged 40, was five years old when she asked her father for the doll's house on Christmas Eve 1978.

Thirty-five years later her dad has finally finished the job.

Fancy living in a life-sized dolls' house?

4 June 2014

CBS News in America is reporting how a Washington woman is living in a life-sized dolls’ house.

It’s not quite true of course, but what it does show is how we can take charge of our lives and make things happen for us.

After almost dying through illness, Dee Williams lives in an 84 sq ft mobile home which she built herself.

She downsized, threw out everything she didn’t need and uses solar power to cut down on bills.

Take a look at the pictures and perhaps get some inspiration for your next project.

Several of The Dolls House Emporium’s small projects could easily be converted into a miniature version of a house like this; so click through and take as peek!

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.

Lady reunited with her childhood dolls’ house after 60 years!

26 April 2014

Some dolls’ house tales are too good to be true – but this one’s astonishingly good!

It is the story of an elderly lady who has been reunited with her childhood toy over 60 years since she gave it away.

Gladys Grimshaw, from Hindley, spotted it in a Leigh charity shop and frog-marched her nephew back there to snap it up!

The lure of miniatures once again proved too strong to resist.

The 78-year-old told the Bolton News: “I was bought the dolls’ house when I was three or four and had it for years until it was passed on to younger family members.

“I couldn’t believe it was just there in the window. I didn’t buy it at first and went home but I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to go back and get it.”

It was understandably a little more dilapidated then when she last saw it, with a broken roof and some missing parts from inside. But it is happily now restored.

See the pictures at the newspaper’s own website.

Miniatures group celebrates 21st birthday at dolls' house fair!

10 April 2014

A Lincolnshire miniatures fair is running again this weekend, when the Petwood Hotel throws open its doors to collectors.

The Sleaford Miniaturists Club will be celebrating their 21st birthday as part of the Dolls House Fair at the Petwood on Sunday.

Past and present members are invited to join the celebrations with a birthday cake cutting at 2pm.

The Dolls House Fair will be held in the Woodland Suite at the hotel in Woodhall Spa as usual and another fundraising tombola has been organised.

Refreshments are available all day in the bar area and the venue is completely disabled-friendly.

It is on Sunday, April 13 (10.30am-4pm). Entrance for the fair: £2.50 adults, 50p children.
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