Do you like minis, dollhouses and all the things that go with them?


Calling all mini-ing hands 

I don’t know if you’re familiar with Dolls Houses Past & Present website, its amazing database and chat pages?

Most unfortunately the present website is getting unstable as it is no longer facilitating the variety of needs of its users due to the now very outdated code on which it was originally based.

As there is no off the peg solution that covers the range of needs of the site, DhPP is hoping to raise the funds to “employ a team of web developers to build a new website”

I’m new to the whole dollhouse world and as a member of DhPP I really enjoy using the databases, seeing what new finds others have come across and ‘listening’ in to the oh so knowledgeable and friendly chat and sharing of information and experience.  I tell you, you’re really missing something.

If I may quote from the email sent around the membership today:

As you know, Dolls Houses Past & Present is not a business, and has no income. Membership is free, and we have no plans to change that, as even a small fee could prevent some people from joining. The site is not monetised and carries no external advertising, and we don’t plan to change that, either.

Some of the many reasons why we want to save Dolls Houses Past and Present are because it:

  • is an online meeting place for owners and collectors, conservationists and restorers of both old (sometimes very old) and new dolls houses
  • researches and documents dolls house makers of all periods, especially the 19th and 20th centuries, in the USA, the UK, Germany, Sweden and other countries
  • holds detailed photographic databases of dolls houses made by the famous UK firms G & J Lines and Lines Bros Triang
  • lists over 165 dolls house makers as Categories in the Photo Gallery, aiding recognition and identification of their dolls houses
  • has a strong social function. Friendships have been forged between members. Some members have described the site as a lifeline, which has got them through dark or difficult times in their lives.
  • is also fun!

Would you like to help?

They have set up a crowd-funding page on Fundrazr, and, if you feel you might like to help support this endeavour the link below, either clicked or copied and pasted, will take you to Dolls Houses Past & Present donation page.


Waiting on the postman


We were lucky, we now have water to the village, but still no real rain.  I suspect that is the same for most of us in the UK at the moment.

What I don’t have yet are some of the items needed to be able to trot on with the present mini tasks.  But it’s getting there, that is the project and hopefully also the parcels of goodies.

The water tank and plumbing

Over done the detail a bit, do you reckon?  Most certainly made siting it in place a contortionist’s delight 😀

The rest of the space and where it is

Either the house inhabitants are big water users or the tank looks over-sized because we don’t usually view one at the same time as beds, chairs and other the other bits of life’s furniture and dressings.

As you can see, this storage space is at the top of one of the inner faces from where the slice has been removed.  On the left we can just about make out the girl’s bedroom and the beginning of the entrance hallway below it.

Tomorrow, with luck, the water effect may arrive, then, once that’s set enough, the tank can finally be wrestled into place.

Time to install the water tank


Third, and last, attic space

We’ve just had a little rain here ‘up north’, not enough but thankfully not too much.  I understand from the general weather forecast that the south and west in the UK is about to have a deluge; not good.

A dry tale
plans for a water tank, but no water

Over the last day and a half most of the village has had no water supply and here I am, set on doing my next mini task of building the water tank!  Unfortunately the river is so low I don’t think I could have scooped up a bucket or two for the essentials.

I’d been putting off this min-ing job as there was so many other things needing attention and had allocated today to get at it as it were – I am such a sucker for a timetable.

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that the water had ceased to run here just as I was determined to at last give the tank building a go.  Stupidly refusing to be totally deterred, I’ve ended up being wasteful of baby wipes instead of water using them to clean my hands and have been reusing brushes and everything else whenever possible.  At the end I stood the brushes and bits of sponge in approximately half an egg cup of the water that we had been hoarding over the last 24 hours or so from the hot water cistern .

Where is this third space?

It’s directly above the boys’ bedroom.

The door we’re looking through, its wall and bit of floor are attached to the slice of house and the bits of other attic we can just about make out are the wireless room and bit of its ceiling and the very edge of the space that houses the stirrup pump and broken jack-in-the-box.

Tank and room

I’ve gone for a galvanised and riveted tank something like this image from a reclamation site.

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Not got any water effect left that hasn’t gone solid so have just order some to ‘pour’ over the false bottom to give a water level. Must remember to insert the ballcock before pouring the water effect.
Still got the supporting framework to make, and all the plumbing to add but this is it so far, rivets, rust and all 🙂

On the real world domestic water front, we have been very lucky and the engineers were able to fix the pumping equipment early this afternoon (bore hole supply) and we now have running water once more.

Dimming and masking another LED light


Crawling back in from the gardening that’s been so needed this last week or so, I finally got around to dimming the tilley style lamp in the second attic/loft space.

This space

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Slotted in place – an odd shaped room box as the second half of the box room

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Though a rather bilious yellow, painting the lamp casing has reduced the glare. I have been dabbing the paint on the bulbs in other over-bright lights but haven’t managed to get in to where the bulb is yet in this lamp.
Have also added a little more red to this side of the space with a non-working lamp and used it to mask some of the LED tilley.

Need to get back to what is left of the garden.  It’s all burnt out and am trying to rescue various plants in the hope that when we eventually get back to some rain, they’ll still be usable one way or another.  Have had them in buckets and bowls of water and now am trying to build up the moisture holding capacity of the soil so they can go back in asap.

(Was just hunting out a link to a definition of asap when came across these, I don’t know if you’ve seen them before?  Who knew there was such a variety of possibilities these days?.)