Dolls' Houses Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern. Plus furniture and accessories.


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About Me

Hi,  I'm a "mature" child, with three grown up children, 5 grandchidren, 1 husband, a West Highland White, who is rarely white! and one cat.  I knit, sew, crochet, spin; sometimes!  and have had a go at most crafts.  My husband is building  a Model Railway in the garage and I have been collecting Sindy dolls.  The dolls have had to be put away due to my 6month old Blue Burmese eating their ankles and, recently a ball gown!!  At least you can close  a Dolls House!  The dolls were on the dresser.

I used to be a keen gardener but due to Arthritis have had to give that up.  I can still play with dolls,however!

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Reply Starr
4:54 PM on March 29, 2017 
Hi! Yes, well we have our priorities, right? I have a pile corner here in the living room, which is comprised of tiny shipping boxes, packing bubble wrap and tissue, papers, and misc. from new arrivals...

Despite my "putting things on hold" for a while, I have been receiving a few ebay things here and there. I don't know why it takes me so long to tidy them up. I need to get myself organized. Tomorrow. :)
Reply jenny
10:12 AM on March 31, 2016 
Hi Valerie, about the Carl Larsson exhibition not sure how many there have been were you there in the mid '90's I can't remember the year exactly, I thought it was brilliant, it even made me look differently at Ikea!
Reply Starr
11:43 AM on March 2, 2016 
LallyP, yes, well for years housework got in the way of my hobbies but now have happily got my prioirities sorted ;)
Reply Starr
7:16 AM on February 28, 2016 
Hi LallyP,

Thanks so much for taking a look at my Orange Crate Cabin in its infancy. I loved reading about how much you do! Wow, that's great. I love a garden but have been really bummed out with the bindweed, really much happier when I can be creative! Great going that your husband is into another fantastic hobby, you two know how to have fun! :)
Reply Alicia Davies
10:37 AM on May 31, 2015 
Valerie. THe dhpp site seems to not let me reply so trying different ways. Yes if you want the furniture bits you are welcome to them. I have no history for it.
Reply Joseph
10:36 AM on April 7, 2015 
Hi LallyP, Thank you for your kind comment on my Candleford Cottage. I'm new here and still finding my way around but I promise I will have a look at your photos as soon as I can. We have something in common, we too have a 'Westie' who is rarely white.
Reply MikeA
9:15 AM on July 29, 2014 
I do agree a lot of Georgian period houses are plain but there is great variety throughout the period.
Thanks for the comment
Reply lisaastrup
1:31 AM on March 6, 2014 

So funny to read this, we are a bit similar on many things I can see. I have lots of dolls too, also a few Sindy's. I have a Maine Cooone cat, a very big cat it is. I live in Denmark.
Reply Marion Osborne
10:48 AM on February 19, 2014 
Hi Val, may I have the photos of your No 12 G & J Lines please, do need them for the latest book!! My email address is

Many thanks Marion
Reply Marion Osborne
11:08 AM on December 7, 2013 
Hi Lallyp, I am about to start a book on G & J Lines plus box backs and wonder if you would be kind enough tu send me some photos and measurements of your lovely house? Rebecca has posted an appeal on my behalf under Forum. Many thanks, Marion Osborne
Reply Jan
7:18 AM on August 27, 2013 
Hi Lallyp thanks for your comments, still getting. Used to the site and not sure if posting replies correct. First house I've had with a porch entrance , had lots of ideas for the porch but went with the relaxing look.
Reply Pat
3:43 PM on July 16, 2013 
Glad you like my house.I have now been able to put it in my summer house and hope to put some pictures on soon.Garden project has been ongoing from last July!!so hope to have more time.Arthritis!!yes have that too.My knee wrecks when looking in at my little familys,worth it though.Patx
Reply bedtimetales
6:23 AM on July 12, 2013 
Thanks for the welcome. I am still trying to find my way around site and trying to figure out how to use it.
Reply Joy .
12:50 PM on February 21, 2013 
How lovely - a Blue Burmese. Worth a few nibbled ankles!
Reply chris g
12:22 PM on February 2, 2013 
I've added a photo of the little grecon?
Reply ilenalana
1:53 AM on January 11, 2013 
Thanks for inviting me to be a friend Valerie.
Writing poetry comes easily to me too but only when inspired. A situation or something happening can suddenly inspire me and a poem follows, it just flows . A friend once asked me to write one for her to give to her husband but I told her it doesn't work like that but if something strikes me I can write several, one after the other.
Reply ilenalana
2:30 AM on January 10, 2013 
I like to have a go at most crafts and I love gardening too, also osteoarthritis in lumber spine but can still dig in small bursts. ( for now) Steve would love a model railway but hasn't got room in the garage because of all his WW11 stuff taking up space.
Reply Patty W
12:51 PM on December 16, 2012 
Thankyou Val for sharing your story in your magazine article, I enjoyed it very much (i could relate to it infact!).

I shall look forward to the next installment.
Reply chris g
12:12 PM on November 26, 2012 
Finally got round to putting pictures of the Dolly Mixture roof on for you to see
Reply Patty W
10:57 AM on September 23, 2012 
it's just struck me, reading your profile. I too have been an avid gardener for 20 years. I've been passionate about plants. I had viral arthritis about six years ago which still gives me aching joints so i don't do as much gardening now. We have quite alot in common!