Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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I have one dolls house and I love adding to it. It was made by Chris and Joan Rouch of Toptoise, Selkirk, Scotland. I have always loved Dolls Houses and had one when I was a child, it came with Furniture and I used to make my one as well out of cardboard and lolly sticks, god only knows what happened to it as the house we lived in when I was young has since been demolished. Later in my 20's I used to love going to the V&A whenI was in London to just wander and look in all the dolls house rooms and wonder about the stories behind them, there was also a shop in Covent Garden that I visited too. One day, I think it was the early 1990's I was reading the local paper and I saw there was a Dolls House Fair in Motherwell Civic Hall that week. My mum and I went, and this was where I commissioned Toptoise to make my house. The original trim was a sedge green colour and it was sized to fit in an alcove in my new house. The alcove was plastered over about 10 years ago and the dolls house relegated to the bedroom floor and at some point it lay unopened for at least 5 years. The main reason I forgot about it was... that when I first got it there was lots of Dolls house fairs and shops and I regularly done the circuit of these, purchasing lovely and wondrous things from stalls that just put your little treasures in white paper pokes and you bought with a smile and a wee bit of gossip about your house,Shops all over Scotland and the North of England that no longer exist. I have kept an expenditure book since the day of purchase and to myself and probably other peoples dismay I have not kept a record of the makers of pieces, only the Fair or Shop name and how much it cost. The main place of purchase of the earliest bought pieces come from Miniatura which was staged at the SSEC and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. I have bought in Europe and America and one suprise was discovering a wee shop in the Isle of Man. I bought my house and most pieces before the internet was born, when every transaction was done over long phone calls. Last year we were decorating once more and my husband threatened to throw the house out as it was ' minging ' . I took it out to the hut and painted it , we were throwing a chaise longue out and I rescued the legs from it and put them on the house and it has now back to it's lovely pride of place in the bedroom. It has always been 'played with' I myself have a running story that is written in a book and is based on the year 1912, some of my characters have names of my family and made up stories, wee bits of them true, haha...that's why I can only say so much...


Recently my nephew Ricky (10) a playmobil collector and my great niece Mia are moving the pieces about. Mia has her own story which consists of all the relatives living together because one family had their house go on fire ( don't ask how she came up with that one ) one thing I will not let her change are the animals names, the cats and dog are past pets and the pup is called Kim... ( I will not let her rename it Petal ) My grand daughter Erin(14 )has just got DHE Mornington Mews for her 2015 Christmas...


My house is well loved by my family and my favourite thing is the stair carpets, not just because I made and embroidered them myself but because I made the first flight and my mum loved it but was unable to get up and see it in situ as she was in a wheelchair, I made the second flight when she was in hospital and she never saw it finished. My Mam was there right at the beginning... and the story of my house still hasn't ended, it will always be in my family. I have no wish to own another house as this one is full of memories that bring a smile to my face and hopefully to the children who aren't even born yet...

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Reply Kitty
6:14 AM on June 11, 2017 
Thanks you Jeanette fotr your kinds words :)
Restoring my houses is one, selling is another. I havent finished any of them and during the restauration I got to love them more and more. So much that I don't' think that I will ever sell them. Makes me wonder where you got that impression.
Probably because of my bad English :)
Reply Carol DS
9:10 AM on June 5, 2017 
Hi Jeanette, thanks for the warm welcome! I loved looking at your photos, lovely details.I'm not familiar with the miniature shop you mentioned. Where is it located? It's not easy to find miniature shops in the US. A local shop I've been going to for 20+ years recently closed. Very disappointing but I guess with the internet small shops aren't surviving...
Reply Sarah
7:27 AM on March 20, 2016 
Hi Jeanette, I've only recently managed to have a look at the latest magazine and wanted to say how lovely your house looked for Christmas - now I know why you were so busy beforehand! The details in each room are amazing and I also like your Burns sampler in the kitchen, so beautifully stitched. Thank you for your comments on my TV scene! Hope to have more time soon to catch up on this site!?
Reply Sarah
12:32 PM on November 7, 2015 
Hi Jeanette, Thank you for your comments on my house (a while ago now!) - it's given me a chance to catch up with your house and pictures and your lovely story. Your stair carpets are amazing and must have taken ages to stitch. I've got a few I want to stitch but not the time! Still, it's great to be able to admire other people's work.