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Bag a bargain: Especially for the gentlemen for Fathers’ Day!

12 June 2013

Looking for something special for Fathers’ Day?

Why not browse online to see if you can pick up a Fathers’ Day treat?

With a range of miniature gardening items, conservatories to build and a host of small projects to construct it could be the start of a new hobby for him!

Or visit one of our new partners to browse the widest range of hobby supplies around – AND SAVE £5 with your first *purchase!

Fathers' Day hobby bargains
See superb die-cast models at modelenium.co.uk!
£5 off orders over £50 until June 30! Visit modelenium and enter DHE05 at the checkout!
Visit model railway specialist modelfair.com!
£5 off orders over £50 until June 30! Visit modelfair and enter DHE05 at the checkout!
Radio control goodies at GiantShark.co.uk!
£5 off orders over £50 until June 30! Visit GiantShark and enter DHE05 at the checkout!
Model kits for Father's Day at myhobbystore.co.uk!
£5 off orders over £50 until June 30! Visit myhobbystore and enter DHE05 at the checkout!
*First time buyers only; one discount per customer

Baby’s mobile – tutorial!

11 June 2013

Did you see our blog post yesterday about our visision for a miniature Royal baby's bedroom?

Here’s how to create your own individual 1:12 scale mobile to dangle over baby’s cot!

baby mobile tutorial

Follow Louise’s colourful tutorial online at dollshouse.com/howto to see how to do it.

Use your imagination to make it your very own – complete with an idea for a matching wall mural!

Making more room in your miniature dolls' house

6 May 2013

Have you ever wished your dolls’ house had an extra room to decorate?

Why not introduce a garden area? With versatility offering everything from horticulture to architecture, you can create extra space for inspiration in an instant!

One popular method is to change your setting when summer turns to winter, to reflect the seasons in your full-scale world.

With a greenhouse, conservatory or pergola feature the world’s your oyster – and it’s so much easier than the real thing!

And there’s a wonderful collection of flowers and foliage to add from The Garden Centre at The Dolls House Emporium.

You may wish to choose a theme for your greenery, or recreate a favourite garden you have seen in real life.

There’s no need to have your planting in neat rows – nature’s not tidy and it could give you a chance to be really creative, incorporating some items from everyday life, to make the garden look well-loved and well-used by its mini occupants!

Even if it’s a general sprucing up of your main property – we’ve a dozen or so window box ideas to get you started!

Or a low-maintenance patio terrace to add more furniture and décor for city living.

Add fruit, vegetables, old wellington boots and some garden tools for your rural project!

Try railings, balustrades or a gate for a more formal look or simply use a property extension for that extra space to create a music room or sun room.

Getting out in the garden’s just one tradition for May. Another is the age-old custom of dancing around the Maypole!

The tradition gathered pace in the Middle Ages and is still the focus of many celebrations even today. Schoolchildren weave in and out according to different routines to create intricate patterns on the pole.

dolls' house garden centre

Gardening for dolls' houses

The Edwardian home of Mr and Mrs Charles Fortescue-Witherspoon

27 February 2013

“There are few homes in Marlborough as grand and well appointed as the Edwardian home of Mr and Mrs Charles Fortescue-Witherspoon.”

So says the Marlborough Express, in New Zealand.

Why, I hear you ask? Well – of course – it’s because ex-pat Brit Sue Beardsworth has a beautiful display in The Manor House from The Dolls House Emporium.

It’s discontinued now but she’s done a great job keeping it in shape, including a conservatory and garden area.

There are 20 photos at the newspaper’s website, a lovely pictorial stroll through a house that’s been with her for more than 20 years.

Read the full story and take a look at those wonderful images… a few minutes well-spent, we think!

Take a peek into Christine's miniature world!

21 February 2013

Here are some neat little scenes from miniaturist Christine Barker, who lives in York.

She sent us images of three rooms to share: a small cafe, her vision of a typical man's room and the children's playroom!

Do please keep sending your own pictures in as we love to share them and inspire other mini-makers! E-mail yours to photos@dollshouse.co.uk

Cafe

man's room

playroom

playroom
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