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Making mini food - Book Review

3 November 2017


Making mini food by Lynn Allingham – Book Review


We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a review copy of Making mini food by the brilliant Lynn Allingham, and we wanted to share our thoughts with you!

The book contains instructions for how to create 30 miniature projects from polymer clay. Each of the miniatures is beautifully photographed, helping to show off the incredible detail that can be achieved by following the instructions.


Essential in books of this sort are the Tools and Materials and Techniques sections, and Making mini food really does excel in this department. The Tools and Materials section is well photographed, so that you can be confident that you’re using exactly the right tool for the job (and many of the items that you need can be found around the home, too).


The 30 projects are separated into three skill categories: beginner, intermediate and advanced, and each contains easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Each step is accompanied by a clear photograph to show you exactly what you should be doing.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the beginner projects won’t yield amazing results just because they’re relatively simple. Some of the projects in this section (such as the cheeseburger, shown here) are among our absolute favourites, and show just how possible it is to achieve fantastic results.


Our favourite thing about the book has to be the clarity of the instructions. Lynn has done an excellent job of clearly explaining exactly what needs to be done at each step, and the photographs make following along a breeze.


We think that this is a fantastic book, and we’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give creating their own miniatures a try!

Making mini food is available NOW and can be purchased from here: www.gmcbooks.com

Book Details
Making mini food
£16.99
GMC Publications Ltd
Available from www.gmcbooks.com


Want to know more? We recently caught up with Lynn Allingham for a chat. Read our exclusive interview here.





Want to WIN a copy of Making mini food? Head over to our Facebook page to get involved with our fantastic giveaway!

Please note: the Making mini food giveaway will run for a limited time only.

All images © GMC Publications 2017

New dolls’ house product videos to browse online

25 November 2011

We love talking shop here at The Dolls House Emporium, so as well as seeing all the product spec in print and online, web users can now sit back and enjoy our brand new product videos.

They’re not directed by Scorsese but are specially designed to reassure customers about what they’ll be getting – and to showcase some of the most popular stock to give inspiration on how to get the most out of houses they already own.

They deliver information about what we sell and complement existing videos which show people how to build, make and do.
Dolls House Emporium product videos
We have made the videos to connect better with you, the customer – as we’ve found they can tell the story on a more personal level than ordinary web pages.

They’re designed for miniatures market and run through features and queries in a shop-setting at our Ripley HQ, where customers can get to grips with 30 built and decorated houses for themselves.

We are now able to show the true versatility of individual Dolls House Emporium pieces, what works well with what, and why they’re worth having in a particular setting. Showing products in situ also give a perfect idea of scale, the quality of craftsmanship and how to co-ordinate ideas, colours and eras.

Tune in to our Youtube channel http://tinyurl.com/dhevideo and pick up information, hints and advice on The Classical Dolls’ House, Amber House, the Malibu Beach House, Wentworth Court and Magpies. Or see them direct via our own website.

Viewers can also get the low-down on the new modern sofa suite, a grandfather clock and the hand-painted French Armoire – an ornamental gift in itself.

The house videos are all under ten minutes long, with product videos around two minutes each, time well-spent before making a purchase.

We’re adding new ones every week and they will shortly accompany the product pages in our online catalogue: which you can browse here

NEW: Video product guides from The Dolls House Emporium

14 October 2011

You can now get the inside track on Dolls House Emporium houses and accessories with a range of product videos being launched this week.

The first, hosted by product manager Sophie, shows the beautiful new hand-painted French Armoire Cabinet which has been introduced this September in the new catalogue.

With the Ripley shop as her backdrop, Sophie is the "hostess with the mostest" as she shows all the features the product has to offer and how it fits into one of the most popular houses in the range, Grosvenor Hall.



The cream Armoire cabinet with hand painted flowers measures 160 x 90 x 40mm. The versatility of the piece is evident as Sophie shows it fitting in well in either the lounge, dining room or bedroom, and explains how it goes with a variety of wallpapers, including the French silk wallpaper now available at the shop or via mail order.

Useful as a jewellery store as well as dolls' house furniture, this item is part of a new French-style range. It is item number 4401 and costs £37.70.

Watch out for more videos very soon.

Review of Blossom Cottage by Dolls House Magazine

7 December 2009

Our dolls' house kits are regularly reviewed by the hobby's leading publications. The following review of Blossom Cottage by Jay Myers is taken from Dolls House Magazine, issue 1. Blossom Cottage has since been replaced but we have many new and exciting childrens dolls' houses available.

Blossom CottageThis simple yet realistic dolls' house with three floors, central staircase, opening front panel and flip-up roof, is the ideal starter home for young children.

Available from The Dolls House Emporium, it's also the perfect kit for those who have never assembled a dolls' house before. No gluing, nailing or hinging is required. Glue is provided however for a permanent build if required, but I found this unnecessary as the finished house is rock solid.

The Good Toy GuideThe entire structure simply slots together in less than ten minutes. In fact it will probably take you longer to make a cup of tea than it will to have the house in complete working order. After assembly, the dolls' house is suitable for children over the age of 36 months.
The kit has also been highly recommended by The National Toy Libraries Association after undergoing stringent testing and has been included in The Good Toy Guide.

Simple to makeSimple to make

Constructed in smooth, splinter-free 6mm, 9mm and 12mm MDF, Blossom Cottage measures 596mm x 360mm x 653mm. Sixteen easy-to-follow steps highlighted by clear line drawings make it virtually impossible to go wrong. Before you know it, the Blossom Cottage comes to life ready for action. And because it comes pre-painted - front panel and door, sides and roof - all you have to do is apply the decorative wallpaper to the floor and back walls to complete the project.

WallpaperIn my Blossom Cottage, I used blue Victorian tile paper for the bathroom, red and blue nursery wallpaper for the bedroom, pink bouquet paper for the lounge and the apricot floral sprig design for the kitchen. All four papers, also available from The Dolls House Emporium, come complete with attractive borders.

Having sized the walls first, I applied ordinary wallpaper paste to all four papers (including the parquet flooring paper) without any shrinkage or other related problems. The result was a super smooth, blemish-free finish.

Blossom Cottage InteriorI also coloured the staircase to complement the colours and designs of the wallpaper. After applying a series of various wood stains - walnut, red mahogany and dark oak - followed by a couple of coats of satin varnish, I achieved the look I wanted. Then it was simply a matter of locating the stairway into the groove provided in the base. Again, no glue is required as the fit is snug.

Blossom Cottage complete!Weighing 11.6kg (25.5lb), the Blossom Cottage is a sturdy and robust dolls' house that will last indefinitely. And because of its clever design format - the slide-in roof and base fittings for example, provide additional stability - the dolls' house can be disassembled in minutes. Keep the original box and simply store it in the loft or garage for future use, or when moving house.

Visit the main website to view the full range of childrens dolls' houses »

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Review of Kate's Cottage by Dolls House and Miniature Scene

4 December 2009

Our dolls' house kits are regularly reviewed by the hobby's leading publications. The following review of Kate's Cottage by Sally Williams is taken from Dolls House and Miniature Scene, July 1999. Kate's Cottage has since been replaced but we have many new and exciting childrens dolls' houses available.

Kate's CottageThe excited anticipation with which I receive and then open large parcels from dolls' house makers has diminished not one jot since the very first one arrived many years ago. Thank heavens my expectations have never been dashed and sometimes they are more than fulfilled - last month saw one of those occasions as I staggered indoors carrying two packages from The Dolls House Emporium. I had no idea at all what was in store for me but I knew that the kits from them that I had done in the past were excellent, easy to make, strong and beautiful.

The large, flat box contained all sorts of precision cut pieces of MDF and sported a very pretty picture showing the house with its garden, a woman, a little girl and a description of the inhabitants. In the second, more compact box, I found superbly clear diagrams and instructions (including a detailed list of the contents of both boxes), sets of cut, stained wood strips (and other wooden objects) in numbered bags and any metal work needed to complete the delightful 2-roomed thatched house.

Kate's CottageMore or less every stage of the construction is numbered and illustrated, even to the extent of showing which tools you will need and which parts should be painted before you start - yes, it really does pay to read the instructions before you even think about beginning! Tips on gluing, painting, wallpapering, drilling and doing a dry assembly run are all very helpful. Having said that, my personal preference for painting dolls' houses is a paint pad - unless you want a rough surface in which case I use a brush - and I think that in future I shall make rough cast walls in the same clever way that it is suggested for making a thatch. I won't tell you their secret, you'll have to make Kate's Cottage, but I will tell you that you will need powder Polyfilla and not readymix.

Kate's CottageThrough stupidity and not having done a full dry assembly, I had to unstick and replace the side walls as I had not put them flush to the front opening. I also realised, too late, that I should have had the roof in place when I glued on the gable beams. Having got that slightly wrong I then made the biggest mistake yet - my roof was looking wonderful BUT in making the thatch and leaving it to dry properly, I had stuck it all so securely together that I could not get into the upstairs room. Fortunately, a little wiggling and jiggling soon fixed that and I could peep in and admire the narrow winding stairs climbing up behind the chimney breast.

Kate's CottageThe total construction time is brief although, obviously, you have to wait between stages to make sure that the strong PVA glue they give you has set. The brick paper is very attractive, easy to apply, and certainly sets off the beams to good effect. The two sizeable rooms (11½ x 14 inches) would look gorgeous decorated with one of The Dolls House Emporium's extensive collection of wallpapers. There is a large base board intended for creating a cottage garden and you will find everything you need to "plant" one in The Dolls House Emporium catalogue.

Kate's Cottage would be a great beginner's kit, or a nice complement to a "Big House" - it is sturdy enough for a child to play with (and to help make), while still being elegant enough for an adult to be inspired by.

Kate's CottageThe total construction time is brief although, obviously, you have to wait between stages to make sure that the strong PVA glue they give you has set. The brick paper is very attractive, easy to apply, and certainly sets off the beams to good effect. The two sizeable rooms (11½ x 14 inches) would look gorgeous decorated with one of The Dolls House Emporium's extensive collection of wallpapers. There is a large base board intended for creating a cottage garden and you will find everything you need to "plant" one in The Dolls House Emporium catalogue.

Kate's Cottage would be a great beginner's kit, or a nice complement to a "Big House" - it is sturdy enough for a child to play with (and to help make), while still being elegant enough for an adult to be inspired by.

Visit the main website to view the full range of childrens dolls' houses »

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