Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Fox Manor....from the beginning!

Hi, my name is Vivian Fox, I know very little about computers or blogging, so please be patient with me.

I am going to be cataloguing my efforts as I try to build my dollhouse - Grosvenor Hall, by the Dollshouse Emporium.

I have always been a 'crafty' person (you can take that whatever way you wish!), and have enjoyed making clothes, knitting, crochet, counted cross stitch and tapestries. 

But in the back of my head, I have always wanted a dollhouse, but never had the room for it, and, if I'm honest, afraid someone would laugh at a grown woman having one.

My children and husband had a good titter at the idea and, still, cannot see the point of having one!  Imagine, well non-miniaturists just don't get it.... 

Having had a few illnesses I just took the bull by the horns and, turned my hand to a few of little shop-type window vignettes, one for each of my two daughters and one for myself.  Giving each little project a personal touch and a nod to the individual's interests is so satisfying. Then I bought myself 'Jenny Wren's' from the Dolls House Emporium to really whet my appetite with, and, to be honest, just to see if I really wanted to continue with this hobby or if it was just a passing notion.

I loved it.  I turned 'Jenny Wren's' into my Barber Shop called 'The Close Shave', with living/office accommodation above. It's very simple but effective - I think anyway.

I was hooked..
In 2013, after a little stint in hospital; I decided now is the time to just go for it, and me being me, I really don't do things by half, ended up buying 'Grosvenor Hall' by the Dolls House Emporium - along with the basement, of course!  Oh, yes, no half measures here! 

Now, I'm sure every single person who has bought this house will say exactly the same thing I did when they started to assemble it...'Oh my God' and 'Wow' and everything else I cannot type here!

No matter how much I knew of the size and the dimensions of this house; I had measured and re-measured it - up against a wall and down on the floor; the size of it is breathtaking.....
Quite an undertaking for an amateur, for that's just what I am.
I think I have rambled on enough for my first post? blog? I'm not really sure of the correct 'techy' way of talking here.  Anyway, I will try to post a couple of pictures of my little shops - that'll be craic.  I'm Irish, by the way, not a drug dealer!


 For my daughter Caroline, she's a beautician, hence the perfumes and make-up!

 For my eldest daughter, Siobhan, she loves shopping, handbags and shoes....!  That's my girl!

This is 'The Close Shave', I'm sure you notice that there's no skirting board (base board); I was too scared to try all that cutting...then.

I also have realised I have a very unsteady hand at taking pictures, but I hope you enjoy looking at them anyway.

Caroline was a great 'Tomb Raider' fan in her younger days, hence Laura Croft is looking out from behind my little barber shop.

I hope you enjoyed my first posting and I will be back soon with the real reason for this blog, Fox Manor - named after yours truly.

Thank you.