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Miniature Gingerbread House wins creative competition 2013

17 September 2013

The Dolls House Emporium is very pleased to announce the winner of the Creative Competition 2013.

This stunning representation of a witch's Gingerbread House won us over - because, quite simply, it looked good enough to eat.

And yet there is no food featured here at all - every sweetie, biscuit and piece of icing has been lovingly crafted by its creator, Maddie Brindley, from Chesterfield.

She's featured on our blog before. remember her Hobbit Hole or Brambly Hedge projects? Well, we think she has equalled them with her interpretation of The Cabin.

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Maddie's Gingerbread House

Maddie's Gingerbread House

It's mouth-watering stuff - and Maddie's reward is £650 in Dolls House Emporium vouchers to spend on a kit of her choice.

She says: "This is the first Miniature project I have done that started off with a kit – I wanted a short project to fill time (and save space!) and I saw the competition where you buy the MDF wood kit and use your imagination to turn it into something different.

"I thought this would be a perfect quick build house for me.

"My kids gave me the idea for the Gingerbread house as we were reading a book together ‘Night Time Tale’ and it has a witch’s house in it.

"The entire gingerbread shell is made from wood and cement and the food is all made from polymer clay and paint – not a single bit is edible, unfortunately!"

All the food is hand made out of Fimo/Sculpey or Preemo clay. Maddie used liquid fimo for the Gummy Bears and decorators caulk for the icing and cream. The marshmallows are made from extruded clay wound together and the lollipops are fimo clay rolled out and wound around each other.

Maddie with her winning creation

Maddie's Gingerbread House

Maddie's Gingerbread House

She made the witch by altering The Dolls House Emporium doll Rennie, the kitchen maid, into a witch.

"I dyed her dress, ripped and aged the apron and made her a new face out of fimo and scraps of wool for the hair left over from a knitting project!" she says.

Maddie's Gingerbread House

Maddie's Gingerbread House

Maddie's Gingerbread House

We particularly enjoyed the wriggly worms working their way across the dining table!

Maddie's Gingerbread House

Here at Dolls' House HQ we get witch's houses every year, as well as the occasional gingerbread house, but we hope you agree that the skill and attention to detail is second-to-none! In fact we thought Maddie has stuck genuine cookies, party rings and jelly bears to the side of her house.

You can easily see how the lush, bright and tempting exterior is at odds with the dark, spooky and fearsome interior... just right for tempting small children inside, in true fairy tale tradition!
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 And here are a few more detail shots of the outside. Made to make your mouth water!

Miniature Gingerbread House

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Stay tuned for news on the 2nd and 3rd placed entries: "Coming soon!"

Three-year project brings Wizard Kelm Castle to life

8 November 2012

First-time dolls' house modeller Tony Middleton has created a fantasy castle that's a masterpiece by any measure.

Tony, from Cambridgeshire, built Wizard Kelm Castle from Dolls House Emporium properties Cumberland Castle, the East Wing and two Gate Houses.

The project took him three years and a chunk of cash. he says: "It's cost me more than I paid for my own first house!"

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Inside are a labyrinth of rooms, including kitchen, dining and bathrooms, a witch tower with a suite of rooms, as well as the wizard's tower, complete with a laboratory and

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony, retired after 50 years as a toolmaker and engineer said: "Ever since I was little I've collected models of witches and wizards. I saw a wizard's bookcase on Ebay and bought it - I don't know why!

"My daughter came round and asked  me what i was going to do with it - and she suggested building a dolls' house to put it in.

"I'm a metal worker. I'd never worked with acrylic paint, didn't know what air drying clay is or anything like that. It's been a massive learning curve."

He started on October 9, 2009 and recently completed the work.

And guess what? He's so bitten by the bug he's invested in a Stratford Bakery to turn into a witch's cottage!

Here are the detailed pictures of the inside. If you hover your cursor over the image it will explain which room is which - if you need any help, that is!

Entrance Hall - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

The Castle Kitchen - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Lounge - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Dining Room - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Armoury - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Laboratory - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Laboratory - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Laboratory - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Bathroom - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Bathroom - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Wizard's Tower Pantry - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Roof Top Patio - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

The Castle Vegetable Garden - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Wizard's Tower Study - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Witch's Room - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Castle Bedroom - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Witch's Tower Music Room - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Bell Tower - Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

 And last, but not least, here is Tony with Wizard Kelm Castle. Well done Mr Middleton!

Tony Middleton's Cumberland Castle: The Dolls House Emporium

Witch house movie in miniature!

22 October 2012

What better excuse to make an exciting temporary scene with your display box or small building than Hallowe’en!

Be-spook old pieces with distressed décor and creepy dolls to create a completely different and totally unique display to wow everyone with your crafty talents.

Recycle an old project or choose from the fantastic small buildings on the following pages for the base of your thrilling lair.

Take a look at our creepy witch's house on video right here!

Spooky house in miniature for hallowe'en

Create a miniature Hallowe'en scene!

4 October 2012

As the nights start to draw in we're getting some very creepy ‘twilight’ moments!

Perhaps you already have a haunted dolls’ house… or if you’ve ever thought of ghosting in to make your own hallowe’en display, fly through to see how we created a creepy graveyard masterpiece!

Hallowe'en from The Dolls House Emporium

Along with the witch's house, it's on display at our Ripley store, where you can also see a collection of non-creepy one-off and bespoke items, with plenty of goodies for keeping you busy indoors as the autumn days get cooler.

Find out How to Do It, in a step-by-step guide online.

It's in our Inspiration section where you can find many more projects and ideas to browse.

Hallowe'en from The Dolls House Emporium
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