Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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christine jaeger

Joined Jun 24 2009
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i am an aussie from the land down under.. i have been obsessed with antique dolls and dolls houses forever..  i have met some amazing people on this site and learnt so much. the internet has made an enormous difference to my collecting...   yay  ..   go check out my blog..... :)

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Reply Sue
1:33 PM on January 27, 2015 
Hi Christine,
Thank you for your warm welcome.
Yes, after working in the toy industry for 19 years, I still stop to see what's new in wooden toys whenever I'm near a top shop. Sadly, there's not as much being made now as there was then. New materials and new methods are slowly bringing the traditional way of making toys to a close.
I met Rebecca last week and we discussed the history of Bestoys and my family's part in it and, yes, I have tonnes of photos, catalogues, film footage and other ephemera of the range of products and of the factory, all of which I'm happy to share with Rebecca and you and this site. I took Rebecca to what used to be the toy factory in Botany (New South Wales, Australia), which my dad built and I was dismayed to see what it had become. More heartbreaking for me was that the new owners plan to redevelop the site ? ah well, I?ll still have my memories ? and photos!
I won?t pre-empt anything Rebecca will put in her blog but I?m hoping to record the history of my family?s contribution ? particularly my father?s ? to the toy industry in Australia, which, I believe, is a significant one. And doll?s houses form a big part of that history.
Warm regards,
Reply Moi
4:37 AM on August 15, 2014 
Hi Christine! No I don't think I did try to comment on your profile - at least, not intentionally! - but very nice to hear from you all the same. Yes, this hobby is very absorbing, and difficult for 'outsiders' to understand. Best wishes, Moi
Reply miriam cardy
3:25 PM on November 5, 2013 
to let you know; its a triang repo kitchen wall paper its got a nice vintage feel
Reply miriam cardy
8:15 AM on November 5, 2013 
it is a triang repo
Reply Dottie Lottie
5:41 PM on July 30, 2012 
Are you still looking for a lions head door knocker as seen one X
Reply Ruth
7:58 PM on July 2, 2012 
Lion head door knocker, available from "Jennifers of Walsall" (in England). I don't know if it is what you want as they are new. But go to the site, then down the left hand side menu to "Wood, Building Materials, Doors Windows etc" Click on this then there are lots of little pictures and door knockers is one of the sites. Good Luck with it. I have had to join the site to answer your question, probably the only question I will ever know the answer to!!
Reply Joan
7:09 AM on May 14, 2012 
Item numbers
When I looked a minute ago I see they are rather large 1.5 inches x 1 inch.
Reply Joan
6:56 AM on May 14, 2012 
Are you still looking for a lions head knocker?
There are a couple on ebay at the moment.I'll see if I can find your email address and send you the link!
5:34 AM on April 18, 2012 
I'm not sure if you got my reply I don't really know my way around on here. Posting again sorry if I am repeating myself. Christine we are really unhappy about the new returns policy. At worst it means that potentially someone overseas can buy a house & not want it but refuse to return it & the full amount including shipping can be taken from a sellers account without their consent. We aren't offering houses for sale overseas unless we put them on our website. Unfortunately there are a few crooks out there who will take advantage of it. I think it will have a big impact once sellers cotton on to it & I feel really sorry for those who get caught because they are unaware of it.
5:13 AM on April 18, 2012 
Christine I keep getting locked out of the forums mate. I wanted to say Aus & Nz are now in a new zone on their own called world zone 2 & is just a bit more expensive than world zone 1. eg 300g was 4.26 before & is now 5.70 uninsured, untracked
7:57 PM on February 9, 2012 
thats how i came across this site, i put his name into google and it came up on here. sent message but heard nothing back, it looks like 2 yrs ago he commented on here :(
Reply Carol
3:31 AM on June 13, 2011 
Hi Christine,
I am also an Australian who collects old dolls houses-- I don't have a lot of time to devote to this but I just love the old ones. I was reading the last issues of the newsletter and realized that Rebecca Green is also Australian but in Darwin I think. I am in Melbourne. Would be great to get together some time!!
Reply linda
10:59 PM on May 16, 2011 
Christine: I tried to send you a message but the computer would not let me saying that the words did not match the text, so anyway I was wondering if you still were interested in trading vintage wallpaper? I saw in the photo gallery that you mentioned this in 2009. Linda
Reply Penelope Beaumont
5:33 AM on October 28, 2010 
Hello Christine, I have all the bits and pieces to make the range and the deco fireplace, just have to get in to dolls house mode once again. Have spent the summer knitting and quilting and the quilting has not been going well; it wouldn't lie flat so has been unpicked many times. At long last the problem is solved, so the fireplace and range are next on the list
Reply Christine H
8:01 PM on September 22, 2010 
Thank you for the welcome, Christine. :~) I am dizzy already with so much in here!
Reply Sally-Ann
2:18 PM on September 22, 2010 
Hi Christine, Thanks so much for your intrest in the Retro Bliss house i'm glad you like it. The actual house dimensions are, base 10" x 14"x 21 1/2"high. the room sizes are 9" x 12" and about 6" x 5" high making it a good 1/16 scale.
The kit comprises of just the printed A3 size papers, and are good quality 120 grm. Instruction and materials needed are included but no wood. It comes in a postal tube and would be 17.00. + postage. This I'm giving as a rate to the Forum members. Also included are the tips on distressing and aging, nothing fancy and all very easily achived. Hope this is all the information you need for now I will have to check postage and convert to Austrailian Dollers if you need, I have a Paypal account so all straight forward. regards Sally-Ann.
Reply Wendy
10:40 AM on April 1, 2010 
Hi Christine, thanks for the info on thatching I'm afraid we have not started on Thatching the dolls house. Think this will be best done outside with the mess I will get into so waiting for the warmer weather. If you start on yours I would love to follow how you get on. At the moment I'm trying to do a shop. I keep changing things around and have lots of things to still do which is half the fun. One part I'm trying to do a Hardware store a bit like Open All Hours if I can, a Sweet shop, and bakers with tea rooms. Off to a dolls house fair on Monday just to get a couple of little bits but you know how it is will probably come out with much more. I even thougth of taking out one of my armchairs to make space to extend with another shop, trying to resist. Wendy
Reply Joan
11:27 AM on October 31, 2009 
Hi,it's me again!Still have'nt started the housework!!!!!
I'm getting better and found your pics.Boy are you going to be busy!!!!I especiall like the old hand made dolls house.The great thing about hand made is that there is usually only one.I designed and made my own and never make 2 the same,so hopefully one day some one will be adding mine to a collection!I look forward to seeing pics when you've finished them.
Now I really must get some work done!!!! Bye for now! Joan.
Reply Lizzie
1:33 PM on September 29, 2009 
Hi Christine, I got your message that you are after dolls house papers. Do email me with what you are looking for. Lizzie