My Dream Dollhouse

Hi, I am Sumaiya Mehreen and you are welcome to my Dollhouse. Here you will find some of the dollhouse miniatures that catch my fancy! Feel free to email me at smehreen@gmail.com if you want me to showcase YOUR favorite dollhouse on this blog!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Minster Lovell Faery Dollhouse by Melissa Chaple


Completed in March of 2008, the Minster Lovell Faery Dollhouse is the second Enchanted Woodland Faery Dollhouse Assemblage designed and constructed by Melissa Chaple based upon the descriptions of Elizabeth Bates, who first discovered the original house in the summer of 1917. Unlike the Cottington Faeiries discovered the same summer in Yorkshire, Elizabeth’s discovery has remained a secret until her diary and box of artifacts and photographs were found and listed in an eBay auction.


The miniature fairy house is built to a 1:12 inch scale set in the real world of the small English village of Minister Lovell on the banks of the River Windrush.The river rock base if 18” by 29” and the house stands 29” including attached fallen branch. All furniture (with exception of harp) is hand carved and constructed. Included with the house are the original manuscript diary of 12 year old Elizabeth Bates who first found the original fairy house, her original Eveready flashlight and evidence collected on her Faery Quest.

Construction details:

  • The house is hand cut and hand built of ¼” high grade plywood inspired by the Glencroft House by Greenleaf.
  • All stone work is individually applied river rock or sandstone, embellished with natural and artificial moss. Stone work is aged with thin layers of high grade acrylic paint.Stone floors are handmade and aged.
  • All wood trim is aged and hand applied. Opening window casements contain from 20 to 28 individually fitted pieces of hand cut wood
  • Stained glass windows feature the work of Ida Rentoul Ostwaithe, Australian artist of the period and other historic windows.
  • Furniture is hand carved, sculpted and constructed by the artist for this house.
  • The hand dressed dolls representing the actually fairies found by Miss Bates are Heidi Ott articulated dollhouse dolls dressed in natural fabrics and leathers embellished with micro beading.
  • The house is fully lit by lamps, flickering fireplaces and hanging fixtures.
  • All four rooms of the house are extensively decorated with mosses, dried flowers and berries with hidden pewter sculptures, tiny bottles and jars of crystal and beads.

  • Additional photographs and price are available upon request.
    The artist may be contacted at: chaple@bellsouth.net or 561-531-9254

    3 Comments:

    Blogger Melissa Chaple said...

    The Minister Lovell Faery Dollhouse was shown at Dream Dolls Gallery & More in West Palm Beach, Florida and is now sold to a Private Collection in Alberta Canada. Melissa Chaple

    Apr 2, 2008, 3:19:00 AM  
    Blogger Mamma Millan said...

    WOOOOOOOW!!!

    Hello, my name is Millan , and i´m from sweden...i just love the dollhouse you show!!!!

    I lovedollhouses and miniatyres..and make some my self!!!To day i show and old swedish shop...everyting is handmade from me!!!Velcome!!

    Love Millan

    Apr 6, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  
    Blogger smehreen said...

    Welcome to my blog Millan! :D It's always a very rewarding and humbling experience to hear from readers like you. Thank you for your support, and please keep visiting! :)

    Apr 6, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

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