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My Dollshouse
My Dollshouse is a work in progress.  It was made initially on a Dollshouse Holiday in Stafford England, with Peter Alden of Dollshouse Holidays fame.  While my hubby went to the World Cup Rugby, I had a week of bliss building my dollshouse from scratch.  At the end of that time I had to dismantle it and flat pack it to send it back to South Africa, where it awaited my arrival. 
Learning a new skill - routing.
The carcass goes together.
Starting to look like a dollshouse
The basement is finished.
Screwing on the piano hinge.  Not my favourite job.
The roof and parapet are completed in a day.  That is Peter standing with me - an excellent teacher.  Everytime I see this picture I think that I must just tell you I am not this size, nor was I when the photo was taken.  I just had on every piece of clothing I had with me.  Cold England and open garage door!!
Ready to be dismantled and flatpacked to go back to South Africa.
Peter Alden, our teacher, poses with his Millenium House.
This was the group that worked alongside of me during that memorable week.  6 new dollshouses were born.
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4 years later - some progress!  The entrance hall nearly finished but no bannister yet.  The bannister has since been made for me by Miracle chicken urns.   How did I do it?
The bathroom nearly finished.
How did I do it?
PROGRESS!  The brickwork is individual bricks cut from card sold by Peter Clark.  I then sealed them with a matte sealer. The quoins are finished and the stone work on the ground floor is painted.  The  railings are finished on the photo on the right.  The roof is real slate from Richard Stacey in England.  The extension has been added.  The conservatory, built with the extension on my second Dolls House Holiday,  has the trompe l' oeie painting done by Annie Trew.  See below for a close up.  Still have to do the glass.  The stone arches and the pavement are Paper Clay.  Front door is now black.  The address is 64 Bath Street.
Dining room showing the left wall. How did I do it?
Dining room showing the right hand side looking through to the entrance hall.
How did I do it?  Click here for details of the Kitchen
The cook in front of the range.
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I was fortunate to be chosen as a Scholarship student for Guild School in Castine.  If you want to read about my week there then click here.

If you want to see my bookbinder's workbench which I made in anticipation of my week at Castine for Guild School, click here
Railings.  Click here for instructions on making railings like mine.
How did I do it?
After years of planning (mostly thinking!) the railings are finished.
I just love my chimney.  Note the lead, kindly sent by Ann Dowell whose son used to make wine!
....nearly finished apart from a gazillion plants which need to be collected gradually. See below for more.
The bathroom shelf filled, mostly items bought at Kristen Baybars' in London.  Mostly made by Terrance Curran
The conservatory with the trompe l' oeie painted by my dear friend Annie Trew.   See below for finished conservatory.
The new kitchen table made by Bill de Pinho
The Housekeeper's desk with early morning tea and Mrs Beeton's cookbook open to help her plan the meals for the week. Egg rack by David Edwards, present from my son. Tea pot by Pam Jones.
The kitten, Marmaduke, bought at Kristen Baybar's.  The basket made by Neil Cox.
The fish table, actually in the laundry!  Geyser by ....
The Housekeeper's bedroom.
The small study with the floor made by me - all individually pieced.  Took 3 months!  You can see the stair rails through the door.  On the table is the statue of "The Flying Horse" made by Neil Carter.
Close up of the bed - not a stitch to be seen (that's 'cause I don't sew!)
The paving done with Paper Clay.
The bedroom nearly finished.  For more than you want to know about How I did it, click here.
Note the new street light from Ray Storey.
Showing the side section of the railings.  Thanks Richard!
The barrel lock on the gate made by Richard Ferguson.
Oven corner showing the measuring jugs made by Roy Reycraft and bought as a present by my husband.
Showing the whole kitchen width.
Under the kitchen sink showing the cleaning materials
Books for wizards and witches
Faux books to fill your bookshelves
Here are more pictures of the Conservatory.  I had to re-do the electrics and so this was a good time to take photos with the front off. 
The wood panelled Library - NEARLY finished.  Just shelves and books to add.  If you want to see a series of progress pictures or want to learn how I did the panelling then click here.
Here is the Library finished at last.  Very satisfied with it, especially the all walnut wood panelling.  It still needs a few more faux books on the back shelves but they keep getting sold!  The desk lamp was a gift from Ray Storey.