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Old 24-03-2014, 03:17 PM
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I've enjoyed reading your interesting ways of starting in this hobby.

I didn't have a dollshouse as a child but always wanted one so 30 years ago, while on holiday I bought a dolls house from a man who made them. He sold it cheap as it opened at the back and no-one wanted it. To this day I have done nothing with it but after joining this forum think I could tackle it.

As I said I did nothing with that dollshouse as I got into antique dolls for the next 10 years or so. Then while convalescing from an operation a friend bought me a magazine (I can't remember which one but it wasn't a dolls houses one) and on the back was an advert for the DHE Ripley shop. When I was well enough hubby took me to the shop and I came home with a dollshouse and basket full of goodies. I did that house up as I wanted it then, but now want to totally change it. I enjoyed going to fairs and shops but never took it seriously.

Then a couple of years ago I went to the shop again and this time I found out about this forum and it changed my life. For the first time I met people with the same hobby as me so I stopped feeling I was weird. I have learnt so much and bought loads more properties. I have made some wonderful friends so I will always be grateful to DHE and hope it continues for years to come.
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Old 24-03-2014, 03:22 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me that now I have started friends just drop by for coffee to discuss any progress. Just recently I had some full size furniture delivered and I just could not get rid of the delivery men. There are so many folks out there who maybe do not have a mini house of their own but want to share ideas with someone who does. I must get some more coffee!!
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Old 24-03-2014, 04:05 PM
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i've had gas and electric metre men look at the dollshouses on the shelves in the gas cupboard....(7'' x3'' or close)who end up telling me of places to visit or want one for the wife/daughter... ..... its nice to share the moment.....
this is a great forum to be part of.......long may it continue....
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Old 24-03-2014, 06:29 PM
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I never had a dolls house when I was small, but really wanted one. My sister and I made houses out of shoe boxes and people with pipe cleaners. Then married life and children took over so forgot about houses. I visited a Xmas fair here in France and the club I am a member of had a stand there. Well, that was it the yearning started all over again and hubby bought me Wentworth Court for my 60th birthday nearly 3 years ago and I now have 7 so I must be addicted.

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Old 24-03-2014, 06:40 PM
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I had Sindy and Patch and some furniture as a wee girl, I used to have hours of fun. Then I grew up, had my own family etc

Anyway fast forward to January 2010, I'm in Hobbycraft and see Amber House, think it was 99, I decided I had to have it. Took it home and built it, then looked up the DHE site and found this forum, and a whole different world. Very soon I had bought the Mountfield, loads furniture and stuff lol It's addictive but it keeps me happy. Hubby says I am I the middle of my second childhood lol
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Old 24-03-2014, 08:24 PM
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I had a dolls house bungalow made for me by my Dad when I was little. I didn't realise he'd made it at the time. Unfortunately, as I became a teenager it was deemed to be out of date.

Whenever I saw a dolls house as an adult I always had to look but never thought of buying one. Then as I was about to leave work at the local Register Office I was asked for ideas for my leaving present, I decided that I could use the money to buy my Exton House and have a new hobby for my retirement. So its based on Edwardian times when Registrars used to use their own front rooms to register births and deaths but with "mini-ing" licence to include reminders of my Mum making dresses for Walking Days when I was a child.
The lounge chair reminds of one Dad use to sit in and one day I'll get round to writing what all these things remind me of and leave it for my grand-daughter to find when she's older.
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Old 24-03-2014, 08:25 PM
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.....Here's the other photo - I thought it wouldn't fit on my last post.
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Old 24-03-2014, 08:28 PM
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Lovely pics and what a great idea for your house too.
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Old 24-03-2014, 08:30 PM
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That is a lovely story. Certainly a different interpretation of a dolls' house!
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Old 28-09-2014, 05:25 PM
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Lovely reading how everyone got started.

Any toys that consisted of building houses/villages I was into as a child, I used to love creating them, and would spend hours building a whole lego village along with the roads (normally out of mums pegs lol)

When I was in my teens, my sister brought a DHE house, I spent hours just looking in it, flicking through catalogues looking at everything, and was determined that one day I would have one.

Finally after wanting to the last few years, and having a couple of stop start moments, we finally had the room, and have thrown ourselves in with both barrels. So far we have 4 DHE houses on the go, Magpies & Jenny Wrens, Springwood cottage and basement and the the Garden Pavillion. Which should of been enough, buttttt spotted a Mayfair for sale for 40 yesterday, went to have a look, the inside has not been touched at all, there's a couple of nicks on the outside, but nothing a good paint (this will be my blue house) and touch up will not fix along with some new windows & doors, so that is now sat in our room too
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