Magpies dolls' house old and new!
17 September 2012
Dolls House Emporium customer Valerie Harwood has transformed her Magpies house over the years.
But the unusual thing about it is that she’s turned her original-style Magpies into a new-style one just like in the new mail order catalogue!
Her own photos are shown below but she says: “I received your catalogue today and I wanted to send you some pictures of my Magpies which I bought about three-and-a-half years ago (old style) and over the three years have transformed it to the new style.
“I was quite amused to see ‘my’ Magpies in the magazine!
“I always love looking at the catalogue and monthly offer sheet to see if I need anything for my houses,” says Valerie, from Hampshire.
Does your house look just like one we’ve decorated for the catalogue? Email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Another dolls’ house project from a DHE fan
1 June 2012
is the name of a dolls’ house enthusiast’s blog in which she details the progress of her miniature projects.
A mother of two school-age children, Diane explains:
“I began writing this blog as a way to record the progress of renovating an old classical dolls house which I built from a Dolls House Emporium kit about 25 years ago. It has now evolved into a blog about my attempts to build another 4 dolls house kits and the items I buy and make to fill them.”
Among Diane’s current projects is a DHE house she bought on eBay and is now planning to turn into an Edwardian tea room.
As her blog reveals, she has already been stocking up on Edwardian-themed items from the DHE website.
At the same time, she is decorating her Magpies and Jenny Wren’s kit with plans to turn the latter into a hairdresser’s salon and the former into a modern tea room to complement her Edwardian one.
As if Diane isn’t busy enough with her projects and raising two children, she also has a small animal boarding business which she runs from her own home.
Last year she managed to marry two of her loves when she created a miniature version of her boarding business out of our Garden Pavilion as her entry for the 2011 Creative Competition.
You can follow Diane’s progress on her blog and don’t forget to share your own ideas and experiences with fellow enthusiasts on the DHE Forum.
Pat’s inspiration starts with Magpies dolls’ house kit
16 January 2012
We love to see what you create with Dolls House Emporium kits.
That's why we were fascinated to hear from Pat Sointu all the way from Massachusetts in the USA whose latest creation is based on our very own Magpies kit.
Pat describes herself as a 'fibre artist' living on the south coast of Boston and a member of 4th Floor Artists at the ET Wright Building in Rockland, Massachusetts.
Back in October 2011 she was awaiting the arrival of her Magpies kit and beginning a blog detailing the progress of her project to transform the kit into a late Victorian textile shop.
The very first entry on Pat’s blog at www.weavecat.blogspot.com
“Magpies made a record breaking flight across the Atlantic and arrived at my door a few days ago.
She's out of the box and the main shell (what the British call the "carcase" :) is together.
I ordered the Quick Build version of the kit to save some time, but the medium blue and sort of yellow paint job done at the factory looked too much like a child's toy.
So I decided to paint the front doors and window frames black (and maybe some gold) and the top of the building will be sort of a stucco finish, with the bottom done in grey stone... it will be great fun to work on during the long New England winter bearing down on us.”
Of course, no project goes entirely smoothly and Pat encountered a few problems along the way but with typical resilience and a phone call to the team at Dolls House Emporium, she got the project motoring.
At the same time she was busy creating a history for the shop that was now called Hennessy’s Textile Shop and occupied by Alice and her family who lived above the shop.
“My grandfather's family emigrated from Ireland to Dundee, Scotland in the 19th century to work in the jute mills. It was a difficult life until they came to the US.
I decided to change their fortunes by building the weaving shop and naming it after them, thus making them successful business folks. Their living quarters above the shop will be much more comfortable than what they really had. You can do anything with dolls houses!!”
On 19th December, two months after starting the project, Pat blogged:
“Alice has finally opened Hennessy's Textile Shop and moved into her apartment upstairs.
"The Christmas tree is up and the presents are wrapped... Downstairs, the weavers are sweeping up after a hard day's work and they'll be leaving shortly to spend Christmas with their families.”
We think the results are fantastic and can only add our congratulations. Well done, Pat, you’re a real inspiration to us all.
New Magpies dolls' house video online: what would YOU turn this mini-shop into?
3 November 2011
It's time to see the latest instalment of our dolls' house tour videos. This time, it's Magpies and Jenny Wren's.Read More