Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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67 years old
Cheshire,United Kingdom
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I've been an adult miniaturist since 1991. I intended to work in 1:12 but by accident my first house was a one-off 1:16 one-room workers cottage (my profile pic). I started my first 1:12 house in 1992. This was my only house in this scale for 22 years, because I fell sideways into vintage Tri-ang houses and Jenny's Home rooms, with Spot-On and Barton furniture plus a bit of Lundby. That collection is centred around two No 50s (used as the two halves of one house), a U and a Daisy Bungalow, all set in 1965. The bungalow forms the one representative chalet for my 1:16 1960s holiday camp (!!). (My two Jenny's Home Large Rooms are used as the camp's manager's office and gift shop/tea bar). I also have two roomboxes: a 1:16 chapel and a 1:12 cottage parlour scene. In February 2014, I became the very lucky owner of a Tri-ang DH/81 from 1933/34 - only my second 1:12 house, but also my oldest and most rare. Unbelievably, this was joined, just over a year later, by its sister house, the very similar but slightly larger, DH 82!

The summer of 2015 saw my collection grow to a total of 17 houses, plus the holiday camp (the equivalent of five very large and six large rooms), the two Jenny's Home Rooms and the two separate room-boxes. I cannot have any more - there is nowhere left in my real-life tiny cottage home for another dolls house! As my capacity for planning far outstrips the time I have for working on them, very few of these projects are finished!

Personally, I've been married to Brian since 1971. We have two grown-up sons and eight grandchildren. Now retired from nursing and midwifery, I'm a family carer, looking after my elderly father on 2 or 3 days/week. Besides dolls houses, my main interests are cooking and entertaining, supporting our local cricket team, music, literature and theatre.

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Reply Sally Plummer
12:18 PM on August 7, 2019 
Hi Brooksey, please email me privately re the website. BTW what's the house on your 'signature' photo? I've just bought a flat roof house said to be GeeBee. BW Sally
Reply Comfort
9:29 AM on February 4, 2017 
hi, julie! i hope all is going well with you n yours. is the weather really bad there? we've had a really mild winter so far. our dog arrived almost a whole month ago and she is learning fast. but has a long way to go! i've been trying to see albums and forums for quite a while and nothing was working well. but it seems to have been fixed, at least for now. gentle hugs, comfort
Reply Comfort
1:07 PM on December 10, 2016 
just thinking of you n yours. i hope all is good and everyone is healthy. we're doing fine here. i have a 2 year old dog that is coming to live with me soon. she was supposed to come this weekend, but we are expecting bad snowy weather, so i'll prolly have to wait another week! her name is "Quiche"! take care, my friend! comfort
Reply Maddy
12:22 PM on December 9, 2016 
Hello Brooksey, just thought I'd let you know that I seem to be able to work the URLs which are on two lines by tapping while making sure that my finger covers part of both lines. I don't know whether I am just being lucky, but I thought I'd mention it. Best wishes.
Reply jenny
12:12 PM on September 3, 2015 
Hi Julie, many thanks for identifying my "Mr Brown" doll. Quite a relief knowing he is a nice Marx family man and not an escaped prisoner! When I first saw him I thought he might be an early Lundby but he is quite a lot bigger when I compared him with a Lundby dad. I'll find a nice home for him somewhere, regards Jenny.
Reply Freda Knight
10:50 AM on August 5, 2015 
Julie - my sincere apologies. I was trying to make an album to co-ordinate the work on my three houses for future posts when in posting the new album, it has gone in front of the essential posts. Can you help me please or advise me how to move it after the for sale and Triang database posts?
Reply Ruth
5:22 PM on July 24, 2015 
Thank you so much for moving the photos, you did what I was trying to do. Captions, just fine, same with the deletions I took too many photos to be on the safe side. Many thanks
Reply Joseph
4:37 AM on April 6, 2015 
Hi Julie, Thank you so much for accepting me as a member and also for your lovely comments on my Candleford Cottage. I'm still trying to find my way around but will get to view your projects as soon as I can.... Kindest Regards Joe
Reply Comfort
9:11 AM on October 29, 2014 
Hi, Julie! Just wanted to tell you that I really like your "data base" albums! such a treasure trove! i bet you organized Every thing in your life! lol. i am an organizer, too. just showing off, i created a filing system for the City i worked for, organizing the streets. that was 30 years ago and when they finally got things on the puter, they have continued to use My system! i love organizing! i hope you n your are all well and thriving!
Reply Alicia Davies
1:03 PM on September 1, 2014 
Thank you Julie. I cannot reply via the link to the site it says the site is experiencing problems so replying this way. Alicia
Reply Comfort
7:29 PM on March 29, 2014 
Julie, i need to know what "emulsion" is. i've seen you comment about using it a few times. Thanks! hope all is well with you n yours! Comfort
Reply Marion Osborne
12:18 PM on December 7, 2013 
Dear Julie, the house you have under G & J Lines with a round tower one end, is probably a G & J LInes. I am starting a book n G & J Lines and box back houses, so would love photos of the outside and inside, plus measurements? Would this be possible? Many thanks, Marion Osborne
Reply Stephanie
12:20 AM on November 19, 2013 
I have the 65 - it was one with a card stock roof that I threw out decades ago and regretted it often. I like to think that someone on this website has it in their care. Anyway, I'm doing penance now with the one I purchased! I has had it's roof replaced with a plywood one that is painted bright red. I'm considering papering that with the reproduction papers so that it looks more authentic.
Reply Debbie S
6:11 PM on October 9, 2013 
Hi Julie, just wanted to say that your holiday camp is fabulous. So much work an brilliant ideas have gone into it.
Reply Jan
11:29 AM on October 5, 2013 
thanks Julie, they are new items as could not find any suitable vintage ones, then there was a Boston terrier on eBay so got him also now
Reply Violet
10:04 AM on September 12, 2013 
Hoorah...... Ive found your lighting guide, thank you so much. Im so excited, my prefab arrives tomorrow, handmade by a really amazing man I met at a exhibition. He normally only makes for his family, I woz so pleased when he agreed to do this for me. The world is full of lovely people. Best wishes & thank you again for your advice Violet
Reply Violet
9:48 AM on September 12, 2013 
Hi Julie, Only just seen your message as Ive been unable to get on this site & when I do, cant reply to you. Hope this works. Cant remember the original thread, could you remind me, Ive lost your message now. Hey ho.... the wonders of technology! Regards Violet
Reply Jan
2:28 PM on September 3, 2013 
Hi Julie,

Not sure what's happening with the messages, keeps telling me it has not been sent so I try again sorry about that. The furniture does look like 50s to me, wish we knew more about it, thanks
Reply Jan
1:34 PM on September 2, 2013 
yes see what you mean about the plinth, not seen another one so have no idea really, it still looks too low position as you say, but it will do for now, thank you for your comments
Reply Jan
4:45 AM on August 29, 2013 
Will be sending photo of embroidered rug and will put unit how I think it should be put together,I'm looking for early vintage pieces for the house,some of them are very pricy it might take a while to get what I want, regards Jan