Wednesday, 21 December 2011
The plans were avaliable from 'Hobbies' from around 1934 but I think many people must have added their own variations to the finished dolls house. In the original plans there was a garage on the side- but mine has a porch with a door into the kitchen. I have seen a couple which open from the back- this house has two opening doors to the front, which meant a necessary change to the fretwork design. Recently I saw a photo of a house with a staircase with a little landing half way up- mine had a simple straight staircase which I was able to remove, creating room for a bathroom upstairs and more room for hall furniture downstairs. In comparison to other houses the walls under the windows, both up and down seem to be higher and the front door is longer. All the bay windows had glass panes when the house was first built- now although the side windows are still glass, only one window has glass to the front.
Inside the floors are 'carpeted' with wonderful patterned papers and it retains an original fireplace with bevelled mirror. There is also a bevelled mirror in a bedroom upstairs.
Generations of children have played with the house, but apart from the windows, the house remains in good order although it must have been kept in a room with an open fire as the wallpapers have a brown tinge and it has the most wonderful smell!
The lady I bought it from asked if I would send her photos when I had redecorated it. I explained that to me, the house was perfect in every way- it was a toy of yesteryear- and would stay like that whilst in my possession! I get goosebumps when I look at it- it is definitely my favourite dolls house and I look forward to furnishing it with more treasures and finding that lucky family of dolls who will live in it!
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Dear Amanda had a fright
When she turned from the nightlight
Saw at once the figure there
Told her not to stand and stare
But come next time and ring the bell
And share some tea and cakes as well.
(Stories from the point of view of the dolls house are always told in rhyme).
Sunday, 13 March 2011
...a room full of treasures! In the firelight, Yotsuba was drawn to a cabinet in the corner of the room. She carefully opened the door and looked at the delicate china within. Yotsuba wondered who lived in this lovely welcoming house. Suddenly she became aware of voices above. A shiver tingled down her spine. The voices sounded so full of love. She could here children giggling. Very slowly, Yotsuba made her way back throught the kitchen to the hall. She climbed the stairs and found the voices were coming from ...
After looking through the open window of the dolls house, Yotsuba noticed the front door was very slightly ajar. She gently pushed the door and it swung open. It seemed to say,' Come on in Yotsuba', so that is what she did! She tip-toed into the house and found herself in a very tidy and clean and oh so cosy kitchen! The soft flickering light from the fireplace lit her way as she tip-toed into...
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Here is my latest house- a tinplate house by Mettoy- apparently of Northampton- now I remember I told my Mum this and she remembered the factory. My Mum went to live just outside Northampton with her family during the Second World war. I just love the lithographs! It also has a very clean and uncluttered feel to it- clean lines- I suppose this is because it is made of metal and the furniture is plastic. When I first began to collect dolls houses I must admit I wasn't very keen on metal walls and plastic furniture- how can the dolls be comfortable? Then I began to enjoy the pictures on the walls- just as I enjoy the Brimtoy kitchen furniture.
Here are Ester and Frankie outside on the lawn. I had a doll just like Ester when I was a girl- Ester came from ebay-she was dressed in red- actually I think I had two- the other in green... or was it yellow- I don't know what happened to them. Which is strange as all the dolls house furniture I had as a chlld was kept together in a box. Frankie has also been with me from the 60's.
Goodness me I haven't been around for over a year! One of my news Resolutions was to come back to blogging- so here I am!Here is some of the new furniture I recieved this week. I actually had the parcel for a couple of days before I allowed myself to open it. What a treat! I think it may be 'Oriental'- the day bed and the tortoise-shell design gave me the idea. The 'window' in the cupboard was so dirty I had thought it was a television screen. I am sure the children in the house where it will live, would have loved watching such classics as 'Watch with Mother', 'The Woodentops', 'Andy Pandy', 'Torchy the battery Boy' and 'Sarah and Hoppity'- although they would probably have hidden behind the settee when naughty Hoppity was on- just as I did as a child! Luckily I didn't tell them a new televison was on the way so they won't miss it. They have the radio- and enjoy listening to 'Listen with Mother' just after lunch.