Saturday, 9 February 2013

My first dollshouse

This is my Tudor style dollshouse which was built for me by my dad when I was about 13. If it's possible, I adore it more now 20 years later.

My beautiful Tudor style dollshouse
Every single piece of wood was hand crafted, exactly to my specification. I drew on a scrappy piece of paper what I wanted and my dad built it for me.

He made the lights, the fire grates (out of pineapple tins), the servants' bells, the doors, the beams, the roof tiles - everything. Each of the tiles was made and put in place individually. They started life as cereal boxes, were covered with different types of sand and then mixed in a bucket to ensure the selection was random when they were stuck to the roof. I still think that's amazing.

Actually, this wasn't my first dollshouse. I had a lovely chunky wooden one when I was small - the kind of thing you'd get in the Early Learning Centre. It was my first introduction to a miniature world where I could decide exactly how things should be (yes, I'm a bit of a control freak). 

I can't remember why or how my mum got into dollshouses but my dad's first project was her Victorian house - again it was hand crafted from scratch. We went to exhibitions and my dad couldn't believe how expensive the houses were. He knew he could create something far superior for a fraction of the price.

From that point on I wanted my own. Today it's a hobby that is shared with my parents and my husband. We are very lucky to have some beautiful things so I want to share them. 

I thought the internet would be flooded with similar blogs but I can't find many at all. I hope that doesn't mean people aren't interested - perhaps it's the age profile of the average miniaturist that is to blame.

For now, here's a sneak preview of the inside of my house. Over time, I'll show you the rooms in detail and tell you a bit more about them. 

Front of the house removed 

Other projects to come include two general stores, a pub, a seaside cafe, a fishmonger's hut, a castle and my train set. Stay tuned!

8 comments:

  1. This is also a fun post. It's great to share what we love. That is the fun of blogging.

    Love the dollhouse and the story behind it.

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  2. Yep - I can see your point! Once again, thanks for the support.

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    1. I like that you included pictures to your posts. That's fun to do.

      So much fun to be had.

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  3. Does Tim try to use this in his games? It's amazing.

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    1. He wouldn't dare! But I'm lucky that he appreciates it just as much as I do. I am rather protective of it though.

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  4. Wait... what another site... sorry I only join one site at a time...
    :)

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    1. I know - sorry! Got a bit carried away...

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  5. Wow that is an amazing house.

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