Living the dream…

November 19th, 2015


Well, we’ve done it… we have moved… it wasn’t an easy road getting here, but now we are here we can barely believe Marr House is ours.


Beautiful isn’t it…? with gorgeous open views from every window, lovely long walks in every direction, we keep pinching ourselves…


We really are living the dream at Marr House, Lynesack, Butterknowle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 5QF

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~ “Dreams do come true, if only you dare to dream them” ~
Someone once said

Our New Life in the Country…

September 14th, 2015

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Change is afoot, we are sold, we are leaving our ‘home sweet home’ to follow our dreams of a new life in the country…


We have happy memories living here for the past 17+ years, Rebecca was born two days after we moved in, she was 4 weeks early… !

Kitchen 2 LJR

Our kitchen really is the ‘heart’ of our home we’ve had many a celebration in here and lots of conversations around the table…

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Hard to believe this was once a dingy hole open to the elements, I can remember my knees buckling putting the oak beam in with Mr. JR…

Living Room LJR

This was the first room we renovated, Mr. JR sanded the original Victorian floorboards, breathing life back into them, I love Mr. JR…

Our Reading Room LJR

Our reading room, this really is my favourite room, its had a dramatic overhaul from what it once was, Mr. JR and I love sitting in here…

Christian's bedroom LJR

Christian’s bedroom… I sanded the drawers, made the headboard, painted the clock and furniture in Farrow & Ball, my one weakness…

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Rebecca’s bedroom… with beautiful French furniture it truly is a room fit for a Princess, don’t you agree…?

Our Guest Bedroom LJR

Our Guest bedroom has such a cosy feel to it with its crisp white bedding and frills… oh I do love a frill…

Our Master Suite LJR

Our Master Suite, poor Mr. JR renovated our loft single handed, it almost broke him but we love it and we’re thrilled with the results…

Dad & Denby LJR

We are all going to live in the country, Dad and Denby are coming, we are all very excited…

Christian & Rebecca LJR

These two are coming, though Christian is going off to Newcastle Uni, its okay I know he’ll be home most weekends with his dirty washing…

Sophie LJR

And, the naughty one is coming too, I only left the room for two minutes to get matches to light the candles. Ooh its all very exciting…


Keep watching for updates on our big move.
Meanwhile, this is my new email address…

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~ “My life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments” ~

A Very Special Commission…

May 6th, 2015

Several months ago I received a lovely email from a very special Mum called Shar, she commissioned a couture piece c1900 from me
for her very special Daughter, Nicola…
it was to be a special surprise birthday present,
keeping it secret wasn’t easy… but we managed, just…


It involved covering the mannequin with silk, then making a pattern, there was also hand-dying of silk and chiffon, along with lots of Swarovski crystal and embellishments, its true it was incredibly labor intensive… I thoroughly enjoyed creating it… and more importantly, both Mother & Daughter love it…

If you’re interesting in commissioning a piece of couture or a figure from me, then please do e-mail…

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“Do small things with Great Love”
~ Mother Teresa ~

Meet Elisabeth…

January 20th, 2015


Elisabeth is an Edwardian lady wearing a beautiful simple white lawn dress with a deep hemmed frill and is trimmed with vintage lace, at the waist is a sash…


Her hair worn in an up do with tiny delicate ringlets framing her beautiful face, around her neck she wears a gold locket and upon her wrist she wears a gold watch…


Her undergarments are simple yet pretty and lace trimmed,
very much in keeping with the period. Completing her ensemble she wears black patent leather boot…


Elisabeth is now living with her lovely owner in Germany.
If however you are interesting in commissioning Elisabeth or something similar then please do e-mail me…

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“my courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”
~ Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice ~

The Splendour of Brielly House…

January 11th, 2015


In my previous post I promised I would share with you some of my collectors collections’ well, just look what arrived in my inbox… my wonderful customer and dear friend Elaine sent these utterly gorgeous photographs of her dollhouse called Brielly House.


With no less than 25 characters made by yours truly… this really has been a most wonderful commission.
In the study we find Mr Collins who he has visited Mr Bennett, the proprietor of Brielly House however, because he got rather carried away drinking far too much sherry he has fallen asleep by the fire.
You can read more about Mr Collins here…


Mr Bennett is reading over a manuscript which Mr Collins brought, they are both trying to find out more about the parish and its parishioners, he is totally unaware Mr Collins has nodded off by the fire. His trusty Lurcher, ‘Pilot’ waits patiently to go for a walk.


In the morning room Mr Darcy stands in the entrance while Mr Wickham stands by the fire. At the back of the room sat at an exquisite table by David Poole is Mary Bennet sketching which is her favourite past time, meanwhile Jane Bennett peeps over her book pretending not to pay too much attention to the arrival of Mr Darcy.
You can read more about Mary here…
And, you can read more about Mr Darcy and Wickham here…


Another lovely photograph of Jane and Mr Darcy. The gorgeous wallpaper by Susan Bembridge and the beautiful tapestry cushion and sampler kits by Nicola Mascall, which Elaine herself worked.
You can read more about Jane here…


In the formal music room Mr Darcy listens most attentively to Elizabeth who plays the piano which, by the way has moving keys… it is utterly incredible and a real piece of art, it is made by David Poole of Beith Miniatures, who also made the games table and music stand. David booth made the chair which Ms Bingley sits upon.
The beautiful paintings on the walls are by Chris Sparrow.


The love felt between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth can almost be felt in this, my favourite photograph, such lovely characters which I thoroughly enjoyed making. Elizabeth’s chair is by David Booth, paintings by Chris Sparrow and ornate wall sconce by Lucy Askew.


Mrs Bennett is fussing over her table, Beth the parlour maid has been called away to the front door by the post man and she is getting quite worried about her lovely table being set in time, her son George isn’t helping matters as he keeps moving things much to her annoyance. Another maid can be seen carrying linens up the stairs.
You can read about George here…


A close up of all of the things on the sideboard which are waiting to be laid out on the table along with the half open drawer which houses all of the cutlery and the serviettes in the half open drawer. Stokesay Ware made the beautiful dinner ware.


Cook is preparing food for the evening dinner celebration for Mr Bennet’s birthday. She has white soup simmering in the pan on the stove and is about to make a frumenty pie and lemon dessert, she has lots to do and time is of the essence. The poor tweeny maid at the back, is cleaning away in the scullery, afterwards she has a pile of washing up to do too, her job is never done.


It was fashionable to boast a flushable indoor water closet but not a bathroom. Elaine loved my nude so much she commissioned one herself “it adds a little mischief” she said, adding “she shall be called Fanny” which does make one giggle. You can read about Fanny here…


Sisters, Elizabeth and Jane are gossiping about Darcy and Bingley in their bedchamber. All furniture by Tarbena Miniatures, I made a mattress and dressed the bed, making the patchwork quilt was a labour of love indeed with each patch being meticulously hand-sewn together. Another sampler kit by Nicola Mascall worked by Elaine adorns the wall. You can read more about the patchwork quilt here…


The sisters are experimenting with hairstyles for the dinner party. On the bed is a beautiful box filled with jewellery and ribbons, a negligee’s is draped over the bed made by me and slippers are perfectly placed underneath.


The nursery maid is looking after Louisa and Henry in the beautifully equipped Nursery. Elizabeth who has been for a walk on the Heath rushes in to see her niece and nephew. The crib is made by Tarbena Miniatures, while I made a mattress, covers and dressed it. Another sampler kit by Nicola Mascall worked by Elaine adorns the wall.
You can read more about the crib here…


At the back of the room Emma is reclining on the chaise dreaming of a visit with her aunt where she will meet her sweetheart again, in her hand his love letter to her. Meanwhile, the ladies maid has been putting linens in the cupboard. Read more about Emma here…

Brielly House is an incredible thing of beauty, it is filled with the finest of artisan pieces and while Elaine says “it is all still in the making as there are lots of things still to do and add” it is indeed an exquisite collection and I am so proud to be a part of it.

If you should have any questions please do get in touch by email

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“Completely and Perfectly and Incandescently Happy”
~ Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice ~

A Heartfelt Thank You…

January 5th, 2015

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I am fortunate to have many wonderfully loyal customers who have kept me in business for almost 15 years…
and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You”
to each and every one of you…


Some of my wonderful customers are not only avid followers of my Blog but also my Facebook and Pinterest pages too, your continued support is over whelming. Over the next few months if you will allow, I’d like to share with you some of my collectors collections…

The three photographs here were taken from Francois Viljoen recent post about his Teddy Bear shop, not only has Francois supported me for many years with his commissions but as you will see he also has an incredible collection by many artisans from all over the world.

Photographs courtesy of Francois Viljoen, quote found on Pinterest.
Click on the link below to go directly to Francois’s blog page
and feast your eyes on gorgeousness…

Emma and Isabella pictured above were specially commissioned pieces by Francois and they reside in his private collection.
If you should have any enquiries regarding them
please do e~mail me:~

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“Its a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”
~ unknown ~

Wishing You All A Happy New Year… ♡

January 4th, 2015


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Merry Christmas…

December 24th, 2014

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Wishing my friends old and new the Happiest of Christmases yet… with love from our Home to Yours… ♡


“Christmas in Heaven, what do they do? they all come to earth and spend it with you, so save them a space, one empty chair. You might not see them, but they will be there…”

The Little Book Thief…

September 15th, 2014


Ohhh look what arrived in my inbox today… beautiful photographs of my one of my latest creations… Grace, in her exquisite new home.


She has such an adorable, whimsical face which captures
her day-dreaming expression quite beautifully in this photograph.


Grace has beautiful dark brown hair tied with silk ribbon bows which match her pretty pale green silk dress perfectly…


On her feet she wears black patent leather laced up boots
As always, all clothing and undergarments are hand~sewn by me.


Grace was a specially commissioned piece, however, should you have any enquiries regarding her or any other piece please do e~mail me


“I always marvel at the humans’ ability to keep going. They always manage to stagger on even with tears streaming down their faces”
~ The Book Thief ~

Adorable Isabella & Hugo…

September 7th, 2014


I’d like to introduce you to Isabella and Hugo. Isabella is telling a story to her favourite bear… And, as every bear does…
Hugo listens attentively to the story which she is telling.


Isabella is wearing a crisp white Edwardian ensemble with tiny smocking at the bodice, it is adorned with frills at the collar and cuffs, and trimmed with delicate lace at the hem…


Tied at her waist is a petrol blue sash. Isabella’s undergarments are simple, yet pretty and lace trimmed all with silk ribbon bows.
As always, everything is hand~sewn by me.


She has dark wavy hair which is held back with a white silk ribbon headband and, tied in an oversized bow. Delicate curls frame her beautiful sweet angelic face, she has glancing down, deep brown eyes.


Isabella and Hugo are a specially commissioned piece and they are going to live in South Africa. However, should you have any
enquiries regarding them or any other piece please do e~mail me