- I am 40+ and married with 2 grown up daughters and 2 fabulous grandchildren. I began to get into the dollshouse and miniatures craze after I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2004. Having worked for most of my adult life, I found it hard to be at home for great lengths of time on my own. I became very interested in dolls houses because of a shop nearby which sells all sorts of dolls houses and miniatures. I got my first house Springwood cottage for Xmas that year and the rest is history, and so too is the cancer fingers crossed.
Monday, July 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to acquire a large manor house last year. It previously belonged to a friend of my daughters. She had owned it for several years and in that time it had only had a few windows painted red. Needless to say it is a very time consuming project as it has 12 room/landings to decorate and I don't get much time to 'play' (as my family call it). Before I was 'allowed' to take in this abandoned stray property I unfortunately had to re-home some of my own much loved dwellings. I still wanted to have a newsagents and toy shop for Mr Wilson and a cafe as well, so I decided to move them into the new house and make it into a department store. The department shop has yet to be named but so far will have a cafe, a toy shop, a newsagents, and a new venture- a hair salon. Market Square has also relocated to the entrance of the department store and other possibilities are a florists, a milliners and an odds and ends shop.
I have not decided yet if Wedding Belles will be relocating to the department store. Wedding Belles was a venture chosen after I was a bridesmaid for my sister. The first house Wedding Belles occupied was very basic, it was a present from a family member but it was not really suitable. It's replacement seemed lovely when I bought it, but it was very awkward to decorate because of it's shape and just as difficult to furnish. This dampened my spirits and I lost interest in the whole wedding shop idea.
My other projects also mirror my own life..............
My first job when leaving school was in a newsagents. My boss was a dreadful man and I hated working for him, but putting up with him gave me the confidence to stick up for myself in the future. The job itself was enjoyable so I marked this chapter of my life with Wilson's Newsagents (named after my father-Wilson was his middle name). I moved to Chester-le-street in 1999 and was offered two jobs. One was in a cafe belonging to a relative of my husband and the other was in a pub . This was the inspiration for Beachside Cafe (which is now awaiting it's new name) and the Miner's Arms. My father was a miner so again this was named in memory of him.
A previous house Fairbanks - later replaced by - Meadowfield takes inspiration from several chapters in my life. The blue and white theme in the kitchen is to mirror my mum's kitchen when I was a child. The stone fireplace was a feature in our home during my teens as was the green bathroom suite, and I have tried to replicate many of the toys and games I had for the children in Meadowfield. These include 70's games and books and a miniature 'Woody Atari' complete with game cartridges and controllers. The family who live there are modeled on my own family, Mam, Dad my sister and my Aunt. The nursery is a random addition as I did not know what to do with that room.
The triang house is a real blast from the past. I bought it off ebay, but it is the same as the dolls house I had as a child. My Mam bought it for me in London and struggled bringing it all the may home, only to find the very same house in a local store. She still laughs about it to this day.
Ebb and Flow's cottage came out of nowhere, I just liked the house and was drawn to how cute the dolls were.
STILL PLENTY OFF WORK TO BE DONE...AND A NEW FAMILY HAS MOVED INTO SPRINGWOOD COTTAGE
Friday, June 8, 2012
It's been quite a while since I updated my blog. A full time job and 2 baby grandchildren have taken up all of my time. I have acquired a new project since my last post courtesy of my youngest daughters friend. She gave me her 4 storey manor house as she had not touched it in several years. It has been transformed in the last 18 months into a department store. It hosts my old toy shop, Wilson's newsagents and Beachside Cafe as well as a new hair salon and general dealers. I have had some time off work lately which has helped motivate me to get cracking again. Mountfield is still to finish, so I still have a way to go before I get bored. I will upload new pics soon x
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Finally had some time to spend on my houses over the bank holiday, Mountfield is coming along nicely and I have made some changes to my other projects. I really enjoyed the hard work as I do not get much quality time to spend on them now I am working again. I am trying to moble Mountfield on my childhood home, although it looked nothing like Mountfield ( for a start it was a bungalow), but things inside are like bits I remember. My Mam and Dad had this wood panel along the fire breast and a brick effect wall in the kitchen, both of these have been replicated in Mountfield. They also had blue and white kitchen units which I have also added, and the loft is to become a play room like the one we used to have. Check out the new pictures.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Christmas hit the world of miniatures in our house and I decorated my mini homes as well as the big one. The trees have now been put away but with the current weather I feel I can leave the snow a bit longer. I start working soon so I will not have as much time to work on my houses.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Went to the York Dolls House and Miniatures show again on Sunday. Got some great stuff. Main buy was a fab miniature pram, at a bargin price. It also came with a canopy like the old silver cross prams. Also took Fairbanks down to its new owner. I was a bit upset letting it go, but it has gone to a good home. I quickly cheered up though as I built up Mountfield on Moday and I am well impressed with it. It has loads of rooms and will take me a while to decorate. I might leave it till after Christmas.
At York I also invested in a lighting strip that allows you to turn off lights, I think this will make Mountfeild's lighting more realistic. The outside of Belle's is almost finished, just needs roof doing, the same goes for Ebb and Flo's Cottage.