An oft-heard tale

Old, small and grouchy, I enjoy making and building, mostly with highly variable results.
Great fun and lots of room for invention and learning.

Why theinfill dolls’ house blog

There used to be an expression that everyone had one book in them, though I think opinion has now moved a little on that.  I didn’t want to write the jumble of what was in me;  I wanted something expressing a fresh and new creation of the mind, of warmth and a lot more than a little love.

I enjoy history, crafts, making things. My abilities being more in the ideas department and sideways thinking than in the execution.

A friend did dolls’ house things and I quite liked the idea of miniaturisation or the detailed scaling of the world. Existence in a more controllable format? No idea, but it seemed an interesting direction to follow.

And here is my ‘book’

More of a fantasy story than an historical reflection, full of warmth and love and not a little bit of sweat and swearing – a reflection of life, perhaps.


The ongoing saga

Part II – a review of story so far

Posted on May 14, 2015 by DoF@theinfill

Whilst up to my shirt cuffs in tiles and glue I’ve been wondering how I got into this mess in the first place. The first blog entry I can find is dated 26/7/2011, though I may have deleted earlier items in one of my spring cleans. I remember how I got into that particular bit, but why did I continue?

I do remember writing an entry about working under the burden of clutz-dom – I’m very heavy-handed and will stand in the paint tray if it’s available. Being short, I can knock over the nearest glue jar on the work surface, catching it with the ever flying elbow. At least once a week. So I looked up that blog entry, It’ll never be svelte and clean of line to see if the points I tried to make then are still valid. I’m afraid they are. I’m still a clutz, I still overwork the materials, making them dingy and bruised, and I’m still sticky up to my shirt cuffs. Though I’m no clearer why I’m still doing this, I guess it’s a case of I’ve started so I’ll finish”. And what else is a person to do with all the ideas that crop up?

Part III – a rapidly developing view

Posted on November 8, 2015 by DoF@theinfill

In the last five months I’ve become very much attached to this project, seeing it less as a time filler and personal development in retirement task and more as something that has an existence in its own right. And I have made a couple of other items based on totally different themes (see Ms Lear and a steampunk themed book box).

Still messy with my work but I have developed some repeatable skills and have branched out into trying to create figures for the street scene and porch areas, made a cardboard tiled floor, lots of faux plasterwork and brickwork whilst throwing in the odd bit of furniture for here and there and made an owl.

Specifically at this moment I can almost see the end of over-sized  construction work. The attic is underway and will take at least another couple of months or so I should think, plus the time it will take to do the roof tiling, and then I can move on to the kitchen and all its other nooks and crannies such as buttery, root and meat storage areas etc.

What then? Well, all being well, quite a number of projects have been elbowing me in the ribs trying to get my attention including the possibilities of a 1950s railway waiting room or a Georgian kiosk in Ranelagh or Vauxhall pleasure gardens. I think we’ll just have to see which idea pushes in first.

Part IV – a tale of small boxes and a new house

Posted on 6th February, 2019 by DoF@theinfill

Never did get to do a Georgian kiosk scene nor a railway waiting room but have worked on some mini scenes.

I can’t remember off-hand if I’d already made two small wooden box scenes before the end of 2015 (above) but since then I’ve certainly worked on a couple more.  These boxes are the sort usually called ‘trinket’ or cigarette boxes, made of wood, sometimes with carved lids and usually not much bigger than four or five inches (10 – 13 cms) square.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house blog - the infill dolls house blog – the completed inside of the box both sides 2

A ‘who goes there’ in Tudor times

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house blog - the infill dolls house blog - theinfill Box Scenes – Box Scene 2

A not so square-shaped box garden

Nostalgia Close

I did scratch-build a new house, in fact you can just make it out through the window of the Deco scullery above 🙂

Nostalgia Close is roughly based on half of a pair of semis built in 1930 and decorated as a family house in 1959, full of things thrown together from memory; some items built from bought in kits, some scrambled together by me and lots of small objects bought in to dress it all up.


I’m working on my first kit.  I’m cheating by not using all the bits provided but replacing them with lighter materials.  It may take some time to get much further with it as, for some strange reason, I decided to have a heart attack back in December – oh, yes I did.  Lots of time being spent recuperating but am squeezing in bits of mini-ing here and there 🙂

Dolls House Emporium Market Cross

It’s now October 2020 and I realised I haven’t updated this page in over eighteen months, so here goes.

Ended up not just using lighter materials but redesigning the upper office and the way it could be ‘visited’.  All but one of the human figures added in the market scene are homemade from airdrying clays of different sorts; the baby under the pie stall is a 1:24 adult figure I bought in.  All the hands and feet were bought in too.

A miniature take on Dutch Still Life Study

I think this was about the time I did this box piece.  No building but lots of fiddling about.

theinfill blog, theinfill dolls house blog – miniature still life in the Dutch style

On one side wall, representing the street outside the window I’ve added a suitable period street scene and at the other, showing the inner room, I’ve used a photo of one end of the long gallery in Hogepotche Hall.

Clemcold Cottage

23 responses »

  1. Oh how fun. My husband and I just started watching the show “Best in Miniature” last night and are totally enchanted, and here you are, in my blog feed. Your work is wonderful! I look forward to exploring more.

    • Sorry for delay in replying and great to ‘see you’here
      I caught the youtube ad for Best in Min; those guys really know what they’re doing, but the thought of it being used as a spectator sport makes me go all of a do-da I’m afraid (⊙.⊙(☉̃ₒ☉)⊙.⊙) so won’t be watching
      With my attempts at mini I’m doing the old age thing and learning about mini work and extending imagination and skills is always useful at any age

      I’m useless at languages tho was surrounded by many different ones during the late 1940s-50s as all the refugees arrived, and I seriously applaud your routine and planning for learning Japanese.

      Hope you’re enjoying the Best in Miniature; let me know how it goes (❛‿❛✿̶̥̥)

      • I totally understand not loving the idea of your beloved craft as competition. For us it has been just so fun to learn about this art that we know nothing about! We are about halfway through and we have learned a bunch of stuff about resin and upholstery and tiny, tiny pottery wheels; it’s great. Keeping the brain limber in old age is also my goal, so we are very much on the same track.

  2. Hi there,
    Inspired by your Marketplace, I bought one but sadly it came without instructions or pciture.
    I wonder if you can help me with either of these?


  3. I’m slowly reading right through your blog and you are amazing. I love the immense amount of detail in everything you do.
    I want to make a house based on Miss Clare’s cottage in the Miss Read books, but really don’t have a clue where to start…

  4. What a fabulous project! I am amazed and in awe of the work you are doing! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I am now following you. I have to know what comes next!

  5. Pingback: Another year another another mini | theinfill

  6. Your work is absolutely beautiful and a great inspiration.keep up the good work we all greatly appreciate it. Being disabled it brings great not and inspiration to keep going no matter the difficulties

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