Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Well I feel that I have to update this a little now as it's not strictly true , as i'm into my second year of Dolls housing. This has set off a whole new life for me, so this September I have enroled into the local Colledge to study 3D Design, 2 year full time course so don't know how I'm going to get any of my houses done now!! 


I'm a relatively newby to DOlls Housing only catching the obsessive bug last year! Now it's total.

 I have always been arty and ran my own Soft furnishing busines for some years. Bringing up my son on my own I did'nt have much time for hobbies, so now I'm making up for this. I collect Vinyl Fashion dolls (yes including Barbie) and have 100's. A couple of years ago I combined my skills and produced Retro 50's 60's clothes for them.

Wilst doing this my Sister became enthused about a Dolls House so I bought her one for her Birthday. This gradually caught my attention and my first was bought. I very minor home built MDF. This has been turned into a French Farm house. But I found it hard to find furniture to fit in with the style and so my research started.

 My next find was a Teak House that I bought off e.bay, this I'm still not sure of it's History it had been compleatly refurbished, lights, wallpaper and dormers in the roof, oh and plastic windows. I have striped it down to it's original and need to replace the ply ceiling to the roof and need some front panels. any body with ideas I would be grateful. Anyway that has led to a collection of 6 Houses now.

 I'm living in the north west of Norfolk, windy Fenland, I was told when I first moved here that norfolk was the dryest county in England , has'nt stopped raining since I moved here!. I grew up in Essex near Colchester and have spent time in Suffolk too. I love the typical English villages found in these counties and the houses have always fasinated me. I would now like to use that intrest in making dolls houses for myself. I would also like to make people to inhabit them so thats also my next learning curve.

I have a very understanding husband now, he does'nt share my hobbies he has plenty of his own. So all the DIY work is down to me. That includes the for real house too. We share that with 2 ginger cats and a retired Greyhound.

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Reply Comfort
9:49 PM on March 21, 2016 
i know i am 4 years "late" (from your last post). i Love these houses and dolls! what talent you have!although i cannot be in the market for these, i'd like to know if you are still making them (and hopefully selling them!). i'm glad i can across these albums. thank you!
Reply Jus
5:51 AM on September 22, 2010 
Hey aren't I rude ignoring your 2 posts in fact I didn't see them it's not a very intuitive site for me.
In answer to your question no I haven't seen that house. I'm totally influenced by the modernist California architecture movement particularly the CSH Program 1945-1966.
With Regards to router table I found a router that fits in my drill stand and I have a machining table for that which is ace! Then my neighbour offers me a router table he found at a car boot for 2 quid the very next week! I like your houses!
Time is my problem there's not enough time!
Reply Hayley
6:12 AM on April 24, 2010 
Very nice house's Sally-Ann, you are talented, I'm not so keen on dolls like some other members but to be able to make them from scratch is brilliant, well done.
Reply Joan
5:53 PM on March 23, 2010 
I had a look at your dolls and they are so cute!!They would be quite at home in one of Beatrices houses!
Barbara enjoyed Cobham,she took a shopping list for me and got some bargains for both of us.I can't wait for my parcel to arrive!!!!!
Reply Béatrice DASSONVILLE
4:53 PM on March 23, 2010 
dear Sally Ann,
I've just had a look to your dolls, they are lovely. I don't realize, that you have done them from nothing. Did you? Antway, congratulations, they are cute.
Yes, I had a good week end in Cobham. It was a wonderful experience and I hope, I shall do it again next year. Cobham is a lovely little town, and I was so happy to meet all my friends from DHPP. Did you have a look to the pictures, Roberta has put online?
Reply Viv
3:32 PM on February 16, 2010 
One of the brick one has had a new front made for it as the old one was to far gone to do anything with
Reply Viv
3:26 PM on February 16, 2010 
Hope your cats dont try to help like ours lol
Reply Viv
8:20 AM on February 16, 2010 
What are you doing with the plans you bought from ebay are you going to try and build one of the houses?