Welcome to the first issue of the ezine for 2016! It should properly have been the last issue for 2015, but things got a bit hectic for me towards the end of last year … I think you will find it worth waiting for, however.
In this issue, several members share their treasures, while two members reflect on how their interest in dolls houses began and developed, and what influences how they furnish and people their houses. Another member passed the time scraping gloss paint off a dolls house by creating a ‘Dolls House Alphabet’! We see how Christmas and New Year was passed in some dolls houses – Christmas probably seems long past by now, but I could not resist having as the cover photo a snapshot of a family Christmas with a rather bleary-eyed doll early on Christmas morning!
As you know, I love researching dolls house makers myself – finding more pieces of information can be very satisfying. Sometimes, though, the answers to mysteries are solved not by time and effort, but by chance – and it was a chain of events that led one member to stumble across the answer to the ‘Dolly Mixture’ mystery! The story she tells, in the words of a man who made them, and who taught others to make them, is very powerful and very moving. There are still questions about some of the houses that have been categorised as ‘Dolly Mixture’, but we now know the origin of many of them, and have a very personal insight into what they meant for their makers. Hopefully, someone who knows more about them will come across this story and contact us – as happened with another mystery solved in this issue!
Thanks to another clever member, we have a giveaway competition again in this issue. I hope you’ll find lots to inspire and stimulate you – and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful contributions for the next issue!
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