Tuesday, 29 December 2015
My good friend Marsha asked if I could build a 1/12th scale tall and slim Dutch style house. She was keen to do all the decorating herself so I just provided the unpainted shell. I think it's possibly the tallest house I have ever built but being so slim and shallow too it hardly takes up any space. It was quite hard to pack though when it came to sending it in the post!
I bought two 1/12th scale bow windows at a fair and thought they would make excellent shop windows. This is a simple one up one down shop and the huge windows make it very light inside. I think it would make a great pottery shop or perhaps an art gallery.
Paula had just a little bit of space left in her witchy village for a small shop/cottage and this is what I came up with. I made the pointy window from scratch - not being good at things like maths and angles it wasn't easy - but I think it turned out alright in the end!
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
This is 'Pumpkin Cottage', a recently completed 1/12th scale house requested by Paula. I made a similar cottage several years ago and it has always been one of my favourite designs so I was very happy to have a go at making another one.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night. Here is Spindleberry Cottage - an ideal home for your 1/12th scale witch or wizard. Just big enough to create a miniature Halloween scene.
I was recently asked to build two 1/12th scale shops as a birthday present for my customer from her husband. The blue and white shop is going to be a fish and chip shop and the green and cream shop is going to be a patisserie. That's all the main food groups covered I think!!
Friday, 25 September 2015
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
This is 'Compass Cottage' which is my latest 1/12th scale seaside dolls house just completed. I used my favourite duck egg blue for the windows and door - I think it's a perfect seaside colour. I must be careful how much I use it though - the manufacturer has stopped making it so my supplies are running low!
Paula asked me to build a 1/12th scale kiosk with an opening hatch door for her seaside village. I think it's going to be used to sell seaside accessories - buckets and spades and perhaps drinks, Paula likes to paint so she is happy to finish off the bare building when it arrives.
A customer asked me to build a 1/12th scale shop and this was the result. It could be used for many different businesses - I always think that the green lends itself to something like a flower shop but it could just as easily be a gallery or a sweet shop!
Friday, 21 August 2015
This is 'Smuggler's Nook', a recently completed 1/12th scale seaside cottage. The little porch on the front gives a bit more space inside for storing wellies and coats and it also creates a small garden area to the front with just enough room for a chair and a few potted plants.
Monday, 17 August 2015
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
I have long been an admirer of the wonderful houses made by Rik Pierce. I also realised a long time ago that I would never be able to afford to buy one for myself so I decided to have a go at making my own. Honeypot Cottage is the result. I used a lot of plaster, cardboard, egg boxes (for the bricks) and air drying clay and had a wonderful time building this project.
I was asked to build a seaside cottage for a lovely lady called Jackie. She chose from my blog photos and this is what I've just finished building for her. This is a handy design as it allows the ground floor to be used as a shop with additional living accommodation upstairs.
The lady who bought my Shell Cottage asked if I could build a small yard with an outside toilet to stand alongside the cottage. There's just enough space in the yard for a seat, some potted plants and maybe the odd lobster pot.
I was lucky enough to find some of these lovely 'Gothic' style windows recently. Made by Glenowen who ceased trading some years ago these windows are now like the proverbial hen's teeth but as they are also my favourite windows I could resist using two of my precious stock to create 'Maple Cottage'
I bought this little cottage as a kit from Bob Willans (Tollgate Miniatures) two years ago when I visited the Dutch dolls house fair in Apeldoorn. It came home in my hand luggage which was a bit of a squeeze but it arrived undamaged. It then sat untouched on a shelf. I finally decided to do something with it a few weeks ago and Shell Cottage was the result.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
I had a wooden wine storage box on a shelf over my workbench for years, always planning to do 'something' with it. Inspiration finally came a few weeks ago and Mill View was the result - a tall and skinny 1/24th scale seaside house. Great for displaying all your 24th scale furniture as it's quite shallow so everything is easy to see. And it takes up next to no space!!!
Friday, 29 May 2015
I did say I had been having a change from my usual cottages recently - here are some public toilets I was asked to build to add to a 1/12th scale village. I have done one set of toilets before for Paula's Quayside village. I never thought I would be asked to build any more!
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015
This is how my table looked at the Thame Fair last month. If you haven't been to this fair before it really is wonderful - a great atmosphere, good venue and lovely friendly sellers. I had a wonderful day. I sold two houses, met some very interesting people and have already said I would like to do it again next year.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
This is 'The Old Chapel', my most recent 1/12th scale cottage. Based on a pair of Alm's Houses featured in Caroline Hamilton's book on dolls houses I made the Gothic style windows out of mount board spread with plaster - a bit fiddly but I think they worked out quite well. The roof is also made out of card - a stout acid free type - so that I could cut out all those strange angles with my Stanley knife. As the clay tiles dried they created a bit of a wobble in places - just how an old roof should be!!