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Old 23-03-2014, 03:27 PM
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What a great thread you've started

I've always been into dolls houses - my dad bought my sister and I a second-hand one when I was little (age 4?) and I enjoyed playing with it. I later progressed onto Sindy sized houses and even made some furniture (a fold-out sofa bed was one item).

Around the age of 15 I discovered the Dorking Dolls House Gallery in Surrey and I've been hooked ever since. My downfall when creating houses is that I like it to be historically accurate down to the tiniest detail - my skills and budget simply don't allow this to my satisfaction so I started concentrating on shops instead.

I'm hoping one day to re-create my childhood family home which was an adorable 200 year old cottage, very rustic (not a straight wall in sight!) and full of charm.

Luckily my hubby also likes miniatures so we bounce ideas off each other and he's even got a couple of his own projects planned which I'm trying not to interfere with!!
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Old 23-03-2014, 03:39 PM
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So far so interesting. Thank you. I am 70 years old and never had a dolls' house. I am not married and no children so never had the opportunity to share a child's dream. While visiting a local exhibition of trains and boats in miniature I happened to remark that I had always wanted a dolls' house. The lovely gentleman who was with me decided he would rectify this and here I am. It is a huge project with potentially 11 rooms and I feel overwhelmed most of the time.
This forum has encouraged and helped me. I am not sure making furniture will be possible but I have always sewn, cross stitched and done patchwork as well as once upon a time making my own clothes. I am certain I will be able to tackle the soft furnishings but there is a long way to go as yet.
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Old 23-03-2014, 04:03 PM
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It is so lovely to read how everyone got started with their dolls houses ~ some from childhood and some in later life!
My love of them started on my 5th birthday when my grandparents bought me my first dolls house. It was love at first sight and I still have it 50 years later It was played with by my daughter, but I have it again and it is now home to some of my many Sylvanian Families!

In 1993 I saw an advert for DHE in a TV guide and sent for their catalogue. I ordered my first 'grown up' dolls house from them ~ 'The Classical' and have been adding to them ever since!

I have always been 'crafty' too which is why I love this hobby so much ~ depending on what mood we are in, we can make things with wood, paint, use modelling clays, sew, knit, make dolls and dress them, research history and architecture etc!! So as hobbies go ............ It's simply THE best!
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Old 23-03-2014, 05:57 PM
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My dad made me a dolls house bungalow for a Christmas present when I was tiny. It was amazing and I played with it for years. It had amazing kitchen flooring! I was slightly startled to discover it again when I was a teenager - although he'd cut up and used as extra boarding in the caravan!

As I say to my dad now, that clearly scarred me for life!

My hubby bought me a Mountfield a couple of years ago to celebrate my birthday and finishing my MA. The idea was to put it together and furnish it to make a 'set' for my novel. I've loved doing it and now I'm hooked!

Hubby's planning a scratch build of an Edwardian Manor house for me for Christmas this year...
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Old 23-03-2014, 10:59 PM
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Well, I was a real tomboy as a child I would not have thanked you for dolls or their houses - until I had girls of my own and was buying them sylvanians and barbie furniture and I think I played with it all more than they did
We went to Florida when they were young and saw the house that used to belong to one of the Ringling brothers (famous American circus family) and there was a huge working model of a 3 ring circus, it was just fabulous, I stayed for ages just studying it and finding new things to look at. And that was it, I was hooked and wanted something of my own in miniature, it took another 20+ years before I finally got my house but I just love it, love it, love it
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Old 24-03-2014, 08:43 AM
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Hi Mini Friends
Great thread this.
My first miniatures were gifts at a garden fete in Cape Town where a grocery manufacturer had a promotional idea of sets of miniatures of their product lines to give to children. I treasured these little boxes and tins, arranging and rearranging them in different types of displays. My mother made a very basic dolls house for my sister and I, 4 rooms, no stairs, but it was too big to come into the house, so lived in our outdoor yard, and was not to scale, so anything bought looked tiny and wrong. My daughter was into her Wendy House and Sindy and never asked for a proper scale dolls house. My granddaughter was given a DHE dolls house for her 4th birthday and we had a truly lovely time doing the décor and pictures together.

About 2 years ago, age 70, I realised I must retire sometime soon and would have a pension pot, so could treat myself to a few luxuries if I wanted. This coincided with seeing a DHE ad featuring a house I loved, so I sent for the catalogue and drooled over the mass of choices for a few months, 'til they stopped sending the monthly offers. I realised I needed to buy to get them going again, and on a lovely summers day I drove almost 2 hours across the Peak District to the Ripley shop. After 4 hours there, where I 'was in heaven', I came away with Lake View Quick Style and a mass of items for it. That's only 21 months ago and I now have 7 houses, all of very different character, so have a wide variety of things to look out for at fairs, on line, in catalogues. Happily my daughter and granddaughter are sharing Magpies and Jenny Wrens, which brings us close, and we make links to my Ancestry research where we now know a lot about our kin, their addresses and occupations. We imagine their lives with oil or gas lamps, bed warmers and so on. We all enjoy the variety of interests and creativity involved, and feel we are creating heirlooms. Visitors love to see these miniatures projects develop. I think virtually everyone is fascinated by them. Lovely hobby.
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Old 24-03-2014, 09:51 AM
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What a lovely thread and fascinating read!

For as long as I can remember I wanted a dolls house. Santa never seemed to bring me one though so I would spend hours making them out of cardboard boxes and drooling over ones in museums. I dabbled with Sindy Dolls and furniture but found them too big and clumsy for my liking but then I discovered Pippa dolls which were far more smaller. Finally at the age of 9 following a spell in hospital my mum bought me a Lundby doll house. I adored that house and every week I would spend all my pocket money kitting it out. In my teens I bought a couple of little old triangs I found at antique auctions that I intended to restore but those plans went out the window when the children came along and my time was taken elsewhere for several years. Hubby then kindly built me a dolls house modelled on my childhood home back in 1994 and it was then that I discovered the DHE, Malyns in Nottingham and a little dolls house shop in the centre of Derby whose name eludes me. I would spend hours in those shops! I was thrilled when my mum also became bitten by the bug and she bought the DHE classical but sadly she passed away before she got chance to do anything with it.

Today I now also own a very large Tudor build (that I'm attempting to restore) and a small Tudor house that I'm in the process of turning into a little record shop. It's only the last couple of years I've really had the time and space to devote to my hobby and I'm really, really enjoying it.

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These are all such lovely stories. I am amazed at how many members have more than one home. I would not know where to keep them. I was thinking of an outside space but let me get this one sorted first.
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Old 24-03-2014, 02:50 PM
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These are all such lovely stories. I am amazed at how many members have more than one home. I would not know where to keep them. I was thinking of an outside space but let me get this one sorted first.
Just do what I did, buy the house first and worry later about where to put it
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Sharon that is very naughty but brilliant idea!
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