Miniature Mouse Tree Dolls House inspired by Brambly Hedge

When I was very little my Mum bought the Jill Barklem Brambly Hedge books for me and I loved them.  I used to paint and draw pictures copied from the books and I had posters on my wall.  I still have my original books and, about a year ago, I read them to my twin 4 year old boys.  I had just finished making my first miniature project (http://madshobbithole.wordpress.com) and was looking for inspiration for my next piece of work whilst waiting for the new Hobbit movie to be released……11 months later, this is the result – a Brambly Hedge inspired Dolls House

The house has now been sold if you are interested in any of my other work, please check my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MadsMiniatures?ref=search_shop_redirect) (click to be taken there) or  email me at maddie.chambers@googlemail.com

  

The whole thing is inspired by Crabapple Cottage drawn by Jill Barklem in her wonderful book “Spring Story” (see link below)

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          The frame and bark are completely hand made from scratch – see the post ‘how I made the tree house’ for details

       The laundry room – the towels are made from old baby bibs from when my twins were young and the cloths are strips of ribbon

And of course it had to have Mushrooms!!!  I made these out of Fimo and each one is approx 3mm across so very fiddly! I bought the dressers, but the one in the pantry was not tall enough so I made some more shelves to make it taller to match the one in the book.

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I am quite proud of this fireplace – it is made from scraps of wood, fimo and an old egg whisk! See how I made it here

I made the mouse by modifying a Dolls House Emporium doll – I took off the doll’s head and made a head and hands out of Fimo.

    I made all of the food myself from Fimo and liquid Fimo.

I made the beams from strips of wood – I aged them by whittling down with a craft knife and then used coloured beeswax to stain them.  The fireplace is made from a frame of wood, cement painted to look like stone and sticks from my garden!  I added a flickering bulb from Matlock Miniatures (got all my lights from there too) http://www.matlockminiatures.com/Shop/index1.html

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I could not find a four poster bed to fit the bedrooms, so I custom made them from leftover wood from the ceiling beams

My mum sent me the apple blossom from USA – they have much more selection over there and it looks way more realistic than anything I could find here.  Thanks Mum xxx

I bought the fireplace from a wonderful shop in Chesterfield – The Dolls House Gallery.  If you are a dolls house fan, it’s worth a trip as it is like an Aladdin’s cave!  http://www.dollshousegallery.co.uk/

You can connect with me on Twitter (although I rarely use it I’m more of a facebook person!) @maddsrocks

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93 Responses to “Miniature Mouse Tree Dolls House inspired by Brambly Hedge”

  1. Lori Says:

    Wow! So detailedvand reminds me of the lovely books. Beautiful and creative job.

  2. sofia Says:

    this has to be the most amazing dolls house i have ever seen in my life!!!!!

  3. Arte Bambini Says:

    i just love it!!!

  4. VickyH Says:

    Just amazing! The detail here is just stunning. You should be very proud of yourself. This belongs in a museum some where. YOU are a true artist!

  5. Knitty Gritty Homestead Says:

    My husband and I are totally in awe…this is just beyond breathtaking. I too am one of those that wishes I could move into a Brambly Hedge home…your attention to detail here is unbelievable!! My daughters would lose their minds if this was in our house!

  6. Liochka Says:

    Magnifique !!!! bravo.

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  8. Corrie Says:

    I am flabbergasted! This is so beautiful!

  9. Gayle Says:

    Awesome , just like the pic in the book !

  10. Mel Rico Says:

    Lovely, so amazing! I’ve never seen such a stunning and creative doll house! Congrats!

  11. Angeli Says:

    Awsome! I should buy this for my son Shane,hes got a mouse upstairs in his room.LOL:)

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  13. SheilaMry Says:

    Really Lovely.

  14. Judy Says:

    I have only just found this website, having just had a satellite dish installed (I live in Australia) I cannot believe how beautiful this treehouse is – and it has been my dream to build one.

  15. Kat Says:

    Oh. My. God. I’m sitting here thinking about what I could sell to raise the funds to buy this (car/ cat/ vital organ…) it is just beautiful. I’m blown away, you are an absolute genius! Love it xx

  16. Renata trejo Says:

    Que bonito trabajo, muy sutil, felicidades.

  17. shkiah Adams Says:

    Oh my lord i love this!! I am due with my first little girl in august and i would love something like this but as a fairy house. would you be interested in making something along these lines? Feel free to email me for a chat to see what we could organise.
    Kiah :-)

  18. Lenny Kramer Says:

    dit is het mooiste wat ik tot nog toe heb gezien in miniatuur.
    GEWELDIG-SUPER.

  19. Ali Says:

    Oh my, I just came across this, because I have been crocheting some little mice for my niece, and they need a house. This is the most amazingly adorable thing ever … what a magnificent effort. I salute you.

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  21. pauline reece Says:

    Im am so jealous I wish I could do this
    it is amazing The most beautiful dolls house I think I have ever seen I wish I could afford to buy it

  22. BookMoot (@BookMoot) Says:

    You are a true artist. Love this, love the books.

  23. Cyndee Randall Says:

    I have a large chunk of a tree that was cut down of my brother’s property. It is hollow and I have been playing with ideas for it. You have inspired me. This is AMAZING. I love the details. (I also love the books, even though I came to them late in life.) Thank you for sharing this amazing piece of work!

  24. Patti Hatfield Says:

    what a beautiful work of art wonderfull do you make these ? if you do how much would you charge I would love to buy 1

  25. Patti Hatfield Says:

    I THINK THIS is an amazing piece I love your beautiful art work

  26. hpmcq Says:

    EPIC!

  27. Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer Says:

    That is just genius! Amazing detail intricacy – a true gift x

  28. Michelle Twin Mum Says:

    Gosh that is truly beautiful, a real labour of love. Mich x

  29. Angie (@cakesphotoslife) Says:

    how amazing is that x

  30. Mari Says:

    What a labour of love you must be so proud, it’s beautiful

  31. Sue Kulmacz Says:

    How much would you charge to sell these? A work of genius…

  32. Sue Kulmacz Says:

    Please sell these…

  33. Ayesha Imran Says:

    This is truly an award winning piece of art ! <3 <3 i wish i was small enough to live in it :D

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  35. Funda Güven Says:

    This is fantastic, amazing, unbelievable!

  36. Judy k Says:

    You did a FABULOUS job on this wonderful house! I need a week just to take it all in!

  37. Susan Porter Thomas Says:

    OMG this is stunning, it must have taken thousands of hours to create.. Even if you did sell them you would have to charge millions..

  38. w Says:

    How did u make it?!?!?!?

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