Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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52 years old
durham, england
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Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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I have always loved dolls houses, I have about 30 now (never count!). I love the challenge of finding out the maker. I spend a lot of time raking in flea markets and antique shops, never happier than when I come away with a bag of bits and pieces not necessarily in good condition.  I particularly like Triangs but home made quirky houses are welcomed too, I treat them all with kindness and could never get rid of them. I was delighted when I came across this web site since International Dolls House News ended  I have felt a bit lonely.  I have not submitted a photo of me as the shadowy outline is quite similar!  Happy Dolls Housing Everyone.   

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Reply Audrey Hodgson
4:02 PM on November 16, 2016 
Hello Jenny, finally found you on the site. The photos of the Lines 20 house are lovely xxx
Reply Freda Knight
2:50 PM on July 22, 2015 
Hi, Jenny - just picked your message up. So pleased you got this Enid Blyton book. I feel it will give you a good feeling about 'Green Hedges'. I found the book 'cosy' in that it depicted a winter's evening (on the illustration inside the book) - and gave good vibes. I hope you will find it does the same for you. Enjoy.
Reply Freda Knight
5:01 AM on July 14, 2015 
Hi, Jenny - Still trying to negotiate this website - so unsure at this stage whether I've only seen a portion of your dolls' house. However, I was able to see some photos of your 'Green Hedges' and your comparison with the photos in 'The Story of My Life' - great idea, especially for those who haven't seen Enid's house.. All I can say is, absolutely stunning! In particular, I was delighted with your inclusion of 'Pax Huic Domui' over the doorway - a lovely touch. I loved the scenarious you had set up within the house. You are a true miniaturist and I was very inspired by all I saw. On the album I was looking at, I saw photos of two other of your houses - oh! what can I say? The antique house looked amazing and obviously has significant history. Thank goodness you ended up with it - someone who would take care of it. Going back to your fabulous Stockbroker - there is no suggestion, I could offer to improve on what looks like perfection. I do have a little idea though - what about reproducing a photo of Enid (downsized, of course), framing it, and hanging it in your house). I could never aspire to be a miniaturist - I am too clumsy, but ideas I have in abundance - for other people's nimble fingers. Bye for now.
Reply Zoe H
2:13 PM on April 28, 2015 
Hi Jenny, I don't remember a lot about my furniture, I remember the turquoise suite, exactly as you describe plus a matching bed with quilted (I think) bedspread which I hated because it was all one piece of moulded plastic so you couldn't put dolly to bed. I vaguely remember a dressing table but not a wardrobe and I really can't remember much at all about the other rooms, I don't think I had a bathroom suite. If I saw your furniture it might jog my memory but I just can't bring any kitchen items to mind at all. I don't think I had much furniture to be honest, I remember making lots of rubbish bits for it myself - things never worked out quite like they did on Blue Peter! I lived in Dipton, near Stanley when I was little so it's possible our parents shopped at the same toy store in Durham or Newcastle or, I know my parents often ordered things from a catalogue for Christmas, I think it was Kays or Grattan.
Reply Jan
9:54 AM on October 5, 2013 
I'm very pleased you think my Triang60 is a cutey, when I .bought it never knew anything about vintage dolls houses and had no idea what I had purchased, luckily came across this site before doing any restoration on it and I'm really pleased with how it looks now. Rebecca will be posting photo of my new house, we have no idea what it is so hopefully someone can identify it for me, thanks for your comment, kind regards from Jan
Reply Rebecca Green
8:48 AM on September 30, 2013 
Brilliant, Jenny - that's it exactly! Thank you so much :-) And no, I didn't get the message three times - a pity in some ways, as it would have meant that your attempts were successful. Will have to see what help I can get from Webs to improve matters!
Reply Zoe H
4:45 PM on July 22, 2013 
A bit annoying to drive over there and find it closed I bet, even if they were in the window. I think my niece rang me from that shop a couple of months back (her Gran lives in Hexham) considering buying the Dutch house and I told her it was too expensive (she's 14) and she didn't even think to mention there was a Triang! We got her a nice first house at the York fair. I'm off to the garden centre/ dolls houses museum near Carlisle on Wednesday so don't think I'll get to Corbridge this week. Went to Sedgefield car boot yesterday but didn't find any hidden treasure sadly! Will send you a friend request so we can message more easily in future.
Reply Zoe H
3:40 PM on July 22, 2013 
Thanks, Jenny, useful to know it's closed Mondays. I saw your comment and was just about to message you to ask what they were! What sort if Triang was it and I don't suppose you could see any price tags?
Reply Jan
12:49 PM on July 21, 2013 
Hi Jenny,

Thought the red wallpaper was too dark, but chris g said the papers nice, should I leave it as it is.

Thanks from Jam
Reply Nicki
3:05 PM on June 25, 2011 
Thank you for replying to my comment about your hobbies house, am going to upload some photos shortly. I have a copy of the Faith Eaton book and did not realise that there was hobbies house in it but i have had a look and now am more intrigued by my little house as although it is definetly a small 1/24th, it has a garage so still not sure what to date it. Many thanks for your help
Reply Rosemary
2:25 AM on May 20, 2011 
Hello Jenny. No hole in the back of my S/B but they were all different! Marion Osborne has recently been "doing" them for her book and there are enormous differences between models. There is a wood bar across my kitchen with a bulb in but no other traces of electrics. M says the batteries would be beneath and some have levers in the garage. I have not had the time or strength to empty mine and tip it up to look! I've had it a long time and have forgotten even if I took out any of the wood bars when I originally cleaned it up. I had forgotten about the wood strip and then saw it in one of my photos,,,,quite a surprise. Its in a difficult place to inspect it, under a sloping attic roof with lots of things around it (junk, according to my family) Get in touch with Marion. she is always a mine of information!
Reply Joan
3:50 PM on May 13, 2011 
No worries Jenny, I had forgotten all about it!!!
Reply Rebecca Green
9:18 PM on April 1, 2011 
Hi Jenny, Yes, my grandmother! She sent out a photocopy of the first page of the article with the house (and the letters and photos mentioned in the article). I have just bought a large lot of early IDHNs with help from Linda Bancroft, who bid on them for me and then sent them out to Australia - so as of this week, I also have a copy of the original magazine! I've wanted to see a better copy of the photo for ages - it's not all all clear in the photocopy, which was probably made in the 1980s. And I've found letters from my grandmother in other issues too! Very exciting :-)
Thanks so much for your message, and for recognising the house - and current owner!