I've been an adult miniaturist since 1991. I intended to work in 1:12 but by accident my first house was a one-off 1:16 one-room workers cottage (my profile pic). I started my first 1:12 house in 1992 – a 1990s students’ house in a 3-storey Honeychurch kit Still unfinished, despite being fully furnished!). This was my only house in this scale for 23 years, because I fell sideways into vintage 1:16 Tri-ang houses filled with Spot-On and Barton furniture. My Tri-ang collection is now made up of two metal-fronted No 50s (used as the two halves of one house), two versions of the U (also serving as one house), a V, and a Daisy Bungalow, all set in 1965. The bungalow forms the one representative chalet for my 1:16 1960s holiday camp (!!). (Two Tri-ang Jenny's Home Large Rooms are used as the camp's manager's office and gift shop/tea bar). Three very battered metal-fronted 55s are waiting to be collectively converted into a small hotel. In February 2014, I became the extremely lucky owner of a Tri-ang No 81 from 1933/34 - only my second 1:12 house, and, at the time, my oldest and most rare. Unbelievably, this was joined, just over a year later, by its sister house, the very similar but slightly larger, No 82! (These two together form the east and west wings of one large house).
Under the influence of DHP&P, introducing me to makers I was sometimes barely aware of, by 2019 my collection had grown to a total of 22 houses, all but two being at least 30 years old. I now own a little 3-room GeeBee, a 1932 4-room “Dolly Mixture”, a Hobbies bungalow, a large scratch-built 1:12 Victorian villa, two Lundby Stockholms and a Gothenburg. The holiday camp is set out in a large cupboard plus a tall bookcase (the equivalent of five very large and six large dolls’ house rooms). The one house I bought new is an unusual transparent, colourless acrylic house in 1:24 scale, produced in limited numbers in 2013, by the artisan Keith Bougourd. This is filled with my collection of small-scale “Blue Box” furniture. The other “new house” is the 3-room, three storey extension scratch-built to sit between the 81 and 82, linking them together. Besides these, I have a 1:12 cottage parlour vignette in a Croft sherry case, and a 1:12 church kit, awaiting construction. As my capacity for dreaming and planning far outstrips the time I have for working on them, very few of these projects are finished! I cannot have any more - there is nowhere left in my real-life tiny cottage home for another dolls house!
As well as the vintage furniture, which later included many pieces by Dol-Toi and Lundby, I have collected the beautiful work of miniaturist artisans since 1991, both furniture and accessories. These are mostly in 1:12 scale, but I do have some specially commissioned furniture in 1:16 for my smaller-scale houses.
Personally, I've been married to Brian since 1971. We have two grown-up sons and eight grandchildren. Now retired from nursing and midwifery, I keep busy with the administration work for DHP&P and playing with my dolls’ houses. I also enjoy cooking and entertaining, supporting our local cricket team, music, literature and theatre.