Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Dottie Lottie

Joined Jun 5 2012
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire England
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Hi, what a lovely thing to stumble over this site! Lovely to read everyone's comments so I thought I should really add something. I live in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK - I use to have 2 shops here then moved abroad then came back and opened antique shops - everything was called LOTTIES - so in those days I was known as Tottie Lottie but now I am nearly 50 known as Dottie Lotttie - hence my name on here. I grew up in Children's & Foster homes and my dream was to own a rag doll and a doll's house - never did so.Now that I have got back into sewing big time I made myself a rag doll (and many more to clutter the house up with plus a shop in our town sells them now )) and then I decided to get a doll's house and in one week I was the owner of 3!! I got an old 1960's one from a charity shop, and the other 2 on eBay - and I can't tell you how happy I am as they are all so very different. I like the simple one that cost me £10 plus some furniture (!) it's plain wood but scribbled all over so my project now is to paint it, tile the roof then paint and tart it up inside; which I am looking forward to doing in my own time. Put the old one up in the spare room and the other giant one in the garage for when I have grand children (years away tho)... as i didn't aim to get all 3 but it just 'happened'  - can you tell I live alone and no man to nag at me!!  I know I should really sell the lovely big one but can't bring myself to do so. I have 3 grown up sons living in  London (they all think I am potty but love me for it!) and they gave me a budgie for Mother's day 2 years ago so I don't talk to myself all the time; she is called Jacjac - she isn't caged up but lives where she wants - mainly in the kitchen and no she doesn't phoo everywhere- well trained! So yes of course I had to go get a birds cage with a BLUE budgie to go in my d'house and did find one! I am at home a lot due to illness, but potter to my friends shop and natter and then come home sew most of the time & now play d'houses - so really that's me and my life. Looking forward to going to the Dolls House Fair in Worcester in August then the one in Cheltenham come October - better leave my £ at home though!  Look forward to hearing from you and just want to say again it is such a lovely site to have found and join. Many thanks. X     My email is if anyone wants to make contact or whatever!

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Reply chris g
1:39 PM on November 16, 2012 
Hi Lottie, I've posted some pictures of my ' Dolly Mixture' house and the back is very similar to yours, it has the same electric toggle on the back only it has been over painted with gloss paint. These houses had to have been manufactured by a company, its just a matter of finding out who. regards Chris
Reply Pat
2:05 AM on August 10, 2012 
Hi Lottie,thankyou for you comments,I have to say I do not bother with scale,I put it in and if it looks okay ,thats fine with me.My little Lines box house has a horse in the bedroom ,what can I say.Still trying to do my kits coty ,Ah well,I will get there.What a good friend you are to give little house back,hope she loves it as much as you would have done.I have sent you my email,will be in touch.There are some lovely people on this site,enjoy.Patx
Reply christine jaeger
4:57 AM on July 31, 2012 
hi dottie lottie, thanks for your offer re/doorknocker...i have found one, via a friend and it's antique, so am quite happy, but i do have to replace the ring. this is a great site with lovely people, hope you are enjoying it... :)
Reply Christine H
5:20 PM on July 23, 2012 
haha, there will always be another house to tempt us! Making a quilt will be a good distraction and can be relaxing if you haven't been well.
Reply Christine H
5:17 AM on July 19, 2012 
Good luck and I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with. I've put a couple of tips on my blog if you are interested.
Reply Christine H
4:02 PM on July 17, 2012 
" (they all think I am potty but love me for it!) " So as well as Tottie Lottie and Dottie Lottie you can be Pottie Lottie. :D

Thank you for your comment on my bed and quilt. I don't have enough spare time to start selling but you should have a go, it is easier than you might think. :)
Reply annabelle
2:05 PM on July 6, 2012 
Hello Charlotte, thank you so much for your message. It is so good to talk dollshouses . to someone who understands! I havent any photos to post yet, but will put it on my 'to do' list. My houses are a mix of old and new, I havent yet created a 'here and now' house,but would like to ,something like the house I would actually like to live in if I was richer,tidier etc....Love your shabby chic idea, do keep me posted! Have braved the rain today to go to Brixham and pick up a 1930s Hobbies house,needs quite a lot of work,but for 20 I am very happy. Am loving this site,so much to catch up on! Lets talk again soon!xx
Reply Joan
3:34 PM on June 25, 2012 
Hi Dottie, I have just added 2 close up pictures of my Victorian "label roof".If you go to photo gallery and click on "recently added" you should find them quite easily.
Reply Joan
5:17 PM on June 21, 2012 
Hi Dottie.The comments you left were on Iris Cottage which is a recently renovated house for a kiddie and already had wooden shingles on the roof when I bought it.
As you are new you might not be aware of where I meant you to look.If you look on the left hand side you can click on "photo gallery" then scroll down and you will see a list of categories on the left.Look for "made by us" and then look for the album "Joan's houses Cumbria" and my early Victorian house that I designed and made is in that album and the French shabby chic one which is 3 storeys high.If you can't find it that way then look for me on the members list and click on photos and all my pictures come up,but I have a LOT on there,I think the only person with more than me is Rosemary!!!! My Victorian house with the tag tiles is one of my early ones so easiest to start with the early ones first.
I was very pleased with my label roof.I have never done another,I like its' uniqueness! I have cut out strips of tiles from cereal boxes and that is good but more work.When i get home I'll do a close up of the roof for you so you can see the pattern I made by using some of the labels upside down.
I hope you manage to find the right photos....and have fun!!!
Reply Linda
9:47 AM on June 11, 2012 
No i never rec'd the web site you sent...try it again om :)