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The Miniatures of Bourton-on-the-Water

23 October 2017

We recently visited the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds in South West England, home to a wonderful collection of miniatures, and we took some photos to share with you! So join us as we take you on a small, virtual tour.

First and foremost is The Model Village, which was constructed in the 1930's by skilled local craftsmen and opened in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The village is built to 1/9th scale, with a wonderful attention to detail.

Due to protective planning regulations within the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the majority of the village (and so, The Model Village, too) has remained unchanged since the 1930's. The custodians of The Model Village endeavour to keep up to date with any changes in the village by updating shop fronts and signs.

Walking through the (miniature) streets really is a fun experience, and with such a modest entry fee (under £4), we well recommend a visit.

You can read more about The Model Village by clicking here


Contained within The Model Village is a second exhibition of miniatures, which features some exquisite work from some highly skilled miniaturists.

From lovely home scenes to shops, racy bedroom dramas, wartime dioramas and coin-activated miniature illusions from the Victorian era, there's something here to delight any fan of miniatures.

We are only sharing a small selection of photographs with you here, as we do not wish to spoil the experience or give too much away. Suffice to say that we were very impressed, and came away even more certain of the fact that miniatures are some of the best things in life.


Bourton-on-the-Water is also home to wonderful collection of miniature railways. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside, so we're unable to share any photographs with you. However, we were extremely impressed by the layouts which included an alpine town complete with fun-fair and cable cars. You can read more about the model railways exhibition by clicking here

If you're a lover of miniatures (which, if you're reading this, we think you are), we highly recommend visiting the picturesque town of Boughton-on-the-Water.

All images © Dolls House Emporium and their respective owners

Incredible Miniature 1900’s Photography Studio

1 October 2017

It took miniature maker Ali Alamedy 9 months to create this stunning 1900’s miniature photography studio.

Ali spent many long hours researching so that the details would be as accurate as possible. He went on to make over 100 era-accurate items from scratch, using hundreds of metres of wood as well as other materials like plastic, copper and paper.
“The hardest part”, Ali writes, “was how to recall the spirit of such place in a small scale.” We think he’s done an amazing job!

See more of Ali’s work here and read the original article here.

Photo credit: Ali Alamedy

Let me show you around Pinterest...!

26 October 2012

Lots of dolls' house and miniatures fans are making the most of the new online moodboard called Pinterest.
At the Dolls House Emporium we're thrilled to see images of our products being shared by people around the world.
But it's about so much more than miniatures!
Let us take you around some of the highlights from people who also have miniatures as one of their hobbies.
Below you'll see the homepage if you want to 'follow' The Dolls House Emporium. Click on it and it'll take you right through for a browse.
http://pinterest.com/dollshouses
But as you know, it’s somewhere people can assemble a collection of favourite images (with some written info if you like) from all around the web.
And that’s why it is great for hobbyists like us! You can keep everything from workouts to recipes to arts and crafts ideas all in one place!
Here's a wonderful button pumpkin idea, just in time for Hallowe'en. (Don't forget to click on the image to see the member's other 'pins', 'pinboards' and pictures.)
http://pinterest.com/silverthistles/
Once you have signed up all you need to do to add an image from a webpage to your online Pinterest scrapbook is click - and it's done!
The next two members have shown off some of their favourite places - ideal if you're looking for holiday ideas.
http://pinterest.com/aureawju/
http://pinterest.com/RetailHelp/
Some people use the space left for text to pass on some handy hints and tips. Tamara (click through below) shows us how to make a candle from an ordinary orange. Like she says - who knew?!
http://pinterest.com/vanderoordjes/
You can discover all shapes and sizes of dolls' house, and some wonderful settings to show them in.
http://pinterest.com/tallerdeglori/http://pinterest.com/pin1056/
Feeling crafty? It's one of the biggest areas at Pinterest. You'll find the hours slipping by as you browse for good ideas and re-pin them on your own boards for future reference.
http://pinterest.com/grooveythoughts/
http://pinterest.com/clarethasege57/
Then there's the fashion brigade. Emma Jayne's posted a photo of her own nails, while Marsha's sharing tips on eye make-up.
http://pinterest.com/ejgdance4/
http://pinterest.com/marshaeny/
http://pinterest.com/phillysilver/
Food is also important! You'll find recipes, images, hints, tips and pointers - as well as hundreds and hundreds of images of tasty-looking cakes to tickle your fancy.
http://pinterest.com/borderbrook/
http://pinterest.com/chandfreder/
But if it's dolls' houses you're looking for, start off at the page shown below. Click on the image and it takes you through to people who have re-pinned Dolls House Emporium images. Their own pages are full of surprising houses, miniatures, crafts and more for you to see.
http://pinterest.com/source/dollshouse.com/
We’ve put over 1,600 items from our range on the site (so far!) and people around the world are already pinning to their own online collections! You can even pin direct from product pages on dollshouse.co.uk, as we’ve added a “pin it” button to make life easier.
The Dolls House Emporium will be running competitions through its Pinterest pages, so why not sign up and be in with a chance?
It’s easy to request an invitation and even easier to sign up and start pinning.
You’ll find a whole miniatures community there – we have and it’s great fun!
All you have to do to start pinning is “click”! The quickest way to going is to join and from there it’s very self-explanatory.
Create as many boards as you like and put what you wish wherever you wish.

Editing and sharing your dolls' house images

17 October 2012

Following on from the previous two parts to this guide, it’s now time to get down to editing and sharing the images.

Editing your pictures

Many computers these days come with an application that allows you to edit your photographs or else you can download one from the internet.  One of the popular free applications from Google is Picasa.

Once you’ve loaded your pictures onto a pc, you can do as much or as little to them as you want but every image can be improved with a little bit of photo editing work.  With Picasa for example, you can do the basic image editing tasks very quickly and easily.  You can crop (trim or cut) the picture, for instance to remove a thumb that has strayed into the corner of the image.  Or you can change the colour balance if it doesn’t look quite right.  It can be great fun and you can really enhance your pictures in the process.

Sharing your pictures

When you’ve done something you’re particularly proud of, you want to share it with everybody else and there are lots of places to post your pictures online.

First and foremost is the Dolls House Emporium website where you can show fellow enthusiasts what you’ve been up to and discuss particular issues in the forum.  It’s great as well to get feedback and be part of our online community.

It’s also great to share on facebook, where The Dolls House Emporium page gets regular updates of images from fans!

Email

Try to avoid sending huge files by email – it’s time consuming and can be really frustrating.  It’s a good idea to reduce the size of the file which will shorten the time it takes to send it.  It’ll still look great and it’s best to only send the original file if the person receiving it wants to print the image to a high quality.

Digital Photo Frame

Another method of sharing your photographs is to buy a Digital Photo Frame.  This is a computer screen without the big box - and your pictures are usually stored on memory cards which can be plugged into the back of the frame.

Prints

A lot of online photo sharing sites allow you to order prints of your photos which they will deliver it to your door.  This is great for sending to family or friends who don’t have a computer.

Mobile Phone

You can always copy your photos to your mobile phone to show your friends.  Take a look in your mobile phone manual to see what options you have available.

Photo Book

This is a book created / printed by professionals but with all your precious photo memories and creations inside.  They come in various sizes, shapes and finishes.

More tips to help you photograph your miniatures

16 October 2012

Taking good quality photographs of your miniatures doesn’t have to be difficult!

Here are a few more tips to help improve your results.

Camera Settings

If you have the option to manually change some of the settings on your camera, the ones to give you the best results are as follows:

- Set ‘resolution’ to maximum – this will ensure the files are as large and detailed as possible. You can always reduce this later, but you cannot increase it.

- Set ‘quality’ to maximum – these settings are sometimes shown as Super Fine, Fine, Normal and Low.

- Set the ISO (or sensitivity) to the lowest number – depending on your camera.

- If you’re photographing something small, try looking for a macro option on your camera, usually shown as a flower head, as this will allow you to focus on objects very close to the camera.

Landscape or Portrait

It may be worth rotating the camera by a quarter turn and going for a portrait rather than landscape image – especially useful if you want to cut out unwanted background.

Angle of view

Get the camera in line with the subject and try to avoid taking a photograph of something from above.

Fill the frame

If you want to capture a specific detail get in close and fill the frame.

Avoid dust and dirt

Always check for specks of dust, dirt - or even fingerprints - which could end up magnified when you zoom in or get close to your subject.  Use a small paintbrush to get in all those nooks and crannies.

Self-timer

If your photographs are coming out blurry or you don’t have much light, try using the self-timer on your camera to avoid any movement caused by depressing the shutter button.

Don't forget to come back for more tomorrow!
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