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Mini Menagerie by Lynn Allingham – Book Review

7 November 2018


Mini Menagerie by Lynn Allingham – Book Review


We’ve been very lucky again here at Doll’s House Emporium, as we’ve been given the chance to review another book by the fantastic Lynn Allingham. This time her beautiful new book, Mini Menagerie.

From cute cats to beautiful bush babies, the book has clear step-by-step instructions showing you how to bring 20 different miniature animals to life using polymer clay. Each animal is incredibly life like and full of character!



As with her previous book Making mini food each project has easy to follow instructions, accompanied by clear photographs, which help you follow along with all the makes. The book also has the all-important Tools and Materials and Techniques sections, which are essential in helping you to lift the animals from the pages and into reality.




Each of the projects has a clear Materials and Equipment list as well as very useful Tips. The concise tips help guide you with the slightly more challenging parts of the projects and little bits of information to help your project run smoother. It also offers a lovely personal touch from Lynn.



Our favourite thing about the book is the mixed media elements that Lynn has introduced, using felting, foraged materials and other skills and crafts to help bring these beautiful creatures to life.




We think that this is a brilliant book and is a must have for both beginner and more experienced makers. We would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give creating their own miniature animals a try!

Mini Menagerie is available NOW and can be purchased from here: www.gmcbooks.com

Book Details
Mini Menagerie
£16.99
GMC Publications Ltd
Available from www.gmcbooks.com


Want to know more? A while ago we caught up with the lovely Lynn Allingham for a chat. Read our exclusive interview here.




All images © GMC Publications 2018

Our Favourite Halloween Miniatures from Instagram

25 October 2018

We’re back with an inspirational round-up from the wonderful world of Instagram, this time of our favourite Halloween miniatures. We hope they help the creative juices flow and put you in the Halloween spirit!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)

tomoko_misumi_tchaiko, lilacdreams_miniature, dailymini, nicecrumbs, coffee.seed.miniatures, dekoubou, hbsminiatures, sweetminidollhouse (4 images), tomoko_misumi_tchaiko (2 images), hbsminiatures (2 images), ribbonwoodcottage (2 images), nicecrumbs (2 images), minicupcake2222 (4 images), kholmeshmg (2 images), nekominimaru, mytinynestminiatures (2 images), nekominimaru, earthandtreeminiatures

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration – Claude Monet

28 September 2018

Today on the blog we bring you some beautiful and inspiring images of the home of the famous artist Claude Monet. Many of you will be familiar with the stunning gardens at his home, made famous by his beautiful and iconic water lily paintings and his house doesn’t disappoint!

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1906

‘On entering Monet’s house, the visitor should imagine a home filled with the sound of eight children, Claude Monet’s comings and goings between his studio and the garden, the atmosphere of the kitchen in the early morning when vegetables came fresh from the kitchen-garden, plus the returns from market and arrival of friends from Paris…’

The house sits in the lovely village of Giverny in Northern France and Monet lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926.
He bought the house and land in November 1890 and in 1893 he purchased another piece of land, and it was here he created a water garden, the “Jardin d’Eau,” with the famous water lily pond. Monet also supervised the renovation of the house himself.

Many of the rooms today are open to visitors, including the salon, the dining room, the bedroom, and the studio.

We hope our virtual tour offers you some inspiration!

Image from: http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny-2/monets-house

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://givernews.com/2011/10/12/les-oies-dans-le-ruisseau

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://www.thefrenchlife.org/2018/05/04/monets-kitchen-dining-room

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: http://photocosmos.centerblog.net/7509-la-maison-de-monet-a-giverny-2

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: http://giverny-impression.com/monets-dining-room

Image from: https://www.introducingparis.com/activities/claude-monets-house-and-gardens-giverny-tour

All images © their respective owners 2018

Bet you didn’t know this was a miniature! – Lord of The Rings

26 September 2018

We love all things miniature here at The Dolls House Emporium. This week on the blog we take you behind the scenes of one of our favourite film series and show you the incredible miniatures (or ‘bigatures’, as they were nicknamed, due to the sheer size of some of them!) created by the amazing WETA Workshop team for the Lord of The Rings film trilogy.

WETA Workshop were not only responsible for the incredible miniatures made for the films, they also made 48,000 items across six departments, covering a multitude of Middle Earth cultures and races.

Here are some of the beautifully detailed models created by the incredibly talented WETA team of multi-skilled craftsmen and artists. Enjoy!
















All images from: https://www.wetaworkshop.com/projects/gallery

All images © their respective owners 2018

I Love Miniatures Because

12 September 2018

We recently asked you to finish the following sentence over on our Facebook page: “I love miniatures because…” We were thrilled with the response, and some of the answers we had were just lovely.

Here are some of our favourites:






















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