Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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69 years old
Clacton on sea
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I joined this site some time ago but because we were moving house and have had a busy year I haven't had time to post anything until now although I have popped in now and again for a quick peep at photos of members houses.  I live in Clacton on sea with my partner Steve and my lovely Norfolk terrier Missy.   I have many hobbies, war time re-enacting, water colour painting ( only started 18 months ago) reading, writing ( poetry), gardening, crafts of all kinds and of course collecting miniatures and dolls houses.  I love making things for my dolls houses and never throw a scrap of anything away that might come in handy when I'm fabricating something.

 Having taken early retirement I don't know how I had time to go to work.



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Reply Jo
2:49 PM on September 2, 2013 
Hi Eileen, Thank you so much. I use polymer clay, usually super sculpey or Living Doll.
Reply Jan
7:34 AM on August 27, 2013 
Hi ilenalana, have ordered a dog to go on the rocking chair as don't have a family for it yet, will send photos of any extras to the house
Reply Laurel Parker
10:53 PM on June 13, 2013 
Thank you for your welcome, :-) I do feel lucky. If I ever have my doubts, I have only to look at this house and either comiserate with it about it's rough life or pinch myself that it found its way to me.

Thanks too for being a fellow friend to animals .
Reply Jill Friendship
3:26 PM on May 1, 2013 
Love your bits and pieces. I save everything too and have almost enough to stock a department store(full size!) or at least it seems that way. Its great being retired isn't it? Keep up the good work x Jill
Reply Veronica
3:08 AM on April 22, 2013 
Hallo - that's where mine is too, on the list but non urgent as the 1940s lead painted one is more fascinating! I wonder if these 1960s houses we have both got are late Hobbies kits?
Reply Veronica
5:11 PM on April 21, 2013 
Hallo again - I wondered if you had been able to do any more to 'poor old house' as I am thinking of renovating mine which appears to be the same kit as yours. They turn up on eBay fairly often and seem to be very affordable an d are ideal for 1960s 1:16 furniture.
Reply Zoe H
9:22 AM on March 24, 2013 
Hi Eileen, you were asking about suppliers of wood for crafts; I can recommend They sell everything you might need and have an online catalogue, also very helpful on telephone.
Reply Veronica
5:47 PM on March 3, 2013 
Re "Poor Old House" : I have one that looks similar and I assume it dates from the lateish 1960s. bendy hardboard everything? I saw one similar on Ebay before Christmas. They look a bit like a kit house but personalised by each assembler I guess! I hope someone knows a bit about them as I'd like some info too! They seem about 16th scale, yes?
Reply Zoe H
4:10 AM on February 11, 2013 
Hi Eileen, I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos. I have been looking at your 2 Kings Road photos and think it is absolutely wonderful, you are very obviously very clever with your hands. I really enjoy making things and finessing basic items but also can't resist some of the lovely artisan made items at fairs. The Mr Selfridge programme on TV at the moment is making me fantasise about starting a massive department store project but I think it could be very time consuming and expensive so I'm resisting - for now anyway! I'll stick to my two smaller projects. Wondered where you got your doll figures for 2 Kings Road?
Reply ilenalana
1:41 AM on February 3, 2013 
Thanks Patty.
Reply Patty W
2:57 PM on February 2, 2013 
I like your new profile pic of you and Steve!
Reply Patty W
8:51 AM on January 11, 2013 
Missy is very very lucky to be so adored, as is my Leo!

The Kennels here are very old fashioned, i would like to win the lottery so that i could fund upgrading them and provide heating and better facilities- we all have our dreams!
Reply lallyp
4:23 AM on January 11, 2013 
Exactly! That is how it is with me! I can become inspired and write a verse or two, think to myself " that needs another verse" but no amount of thinking will bring it to mind and so I leave it and then suddenly in it pops!

I have a dear friend, Valentina, who writes serious poetry and she often sends them to me but some are so sad they make me cry! I mainly do funny because of a situation; like our Rector cutting down a tree on our joint boundary and bringing our wall down with it!
The last verse is:
So, Teachers should teach and Preachers should preach and leave tree felling to fellas what fell! Twenty years ago , at least, and I still remember it!
Reply lallyp
4:16 AM on January 10, 2013 
We have a lot in common then Ilenalana. I can't paint but writing Poetry has always been easy for me, mainly Odd Odes when something funny happens. Haven't written anything for a while though. My Osteoarthritis has caused Spinal Stenosis and the pain has reached an unbearable level, I am having an operation on my spine fairly soon. If I didn't have Dolls Houses to take my mind off the pain I would probably go raving mad! Regards Valerie