The Wonderful World of Miniatures
Miniatures is the most fascinating hobby/art to which we have ever been exposed! It is creative, challenging, entertaining, fulfilling, and fun! We at Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures are committed to assisting those people who wish to become involved with miniatures, whether it is in obtaining a dollhouse for a child for play and creative learning or for an adult who is interested in miniatures as a hobby or collector of fine pieces of miniature art. To that end, we will be offering a few thoughts to keep in mind as you get started.
There are two basic styles of houses: Front Opening with walls on all four sides and at least one hinged wall; and the Traditional Back Opening, which has three walls with access at the back of the house. The back open style can be placed on a turntable if desired. Both styles have advantages and personal preference will guide your choice. And, of course, there are period design styles in each category! When choosing between a front or back opening model, keep in mind who will play with the dollhouse. Also, does the family have pets? Cats in particular love to crawl up into cosy little spaces like those offered in a dollhouse.
Dollhouses can be made from a variety of woods. The less expensive houses tend to be made from thin woods or MDF. Better quality houses are generally made from plywood or hardwoods. The type of wood relates directly to durability and ease of construction. Beware that there are many types of dollhouses on the market. Some are designed to challenge one’s creativity. Others are intended for display only. But our favorites are those that can provide years of playful enjoyment for young and old alike. At Jeepers Miniatures you will find homes that we have found to be the most durable and playable. We look for kits that are the easiest to assemble. Because we personally love this hobby and wish to share our pleasure with others, we try to offer houses and kits that will bring you and your family the most enjoyment.When you purchase a house or kit from Jeepers Miniatures that is the beginning of a hopefully long-term relationship. We start by giving you free information sheets about your house and will continue to provide you with helpful information guides as you purchase electrical, shingling, and wallpapering supplies. This kind of service, you will find only at a full-service miniatures shop like Jeepers.
Commonly Asked Questions
Should I purchase a kit or a fully assembled dollhouse? The “right” choice depends on what best fits your needs. Some find great enjoyment from assembling a kit, while others aren’t interested in that phase, but are more interested in decorating the house. Fully assembled houses are only slightly more costly and may well be worth the peace of mind. In either case, you have ample opportunity to customize your house—from color choices to additions to interiors and exterior decorating styles.
Are there any other choices? Absolutely! Structures come in many forms: barns, gazebos, shops, lighthouses, room boxes, and vignettes, to name a few.
(Originally published Wednesday, February 20, 2008)
What do I do After I've Selected My Dollhouse?Choose a Good Work SpaceI hope that you have selected a good place to work on your dollhouse (kit or assembled shell). You will better enjoy your project and are more likely to complete your dollhouse if you have a designated organized workspace with good lighting. A [...]
Dollhouse aficionados often fall into different camps when it comes to "vintage" dollhouses. Some love the resulting character (age, wear and tear) of a dollhouse that shows it's been loved through the decades or may have spent some time tucked away in an attic or basement. Others feel the need to renovate and redecorate the scarred [...]
Just a simple, fun project that can be created using left-over wallpaper, carpet or wood floor scraps, foam board, and a gift bag. Follow the link below for instructions. https://issuu.com/jeepersminiatures/docs/nursery
Sometimes I think there just aren't enough options for kitchen design in one-inch scale dollhouses. Fully finished components are available, but they seem to come and go so quickly. This is particularly true for nice quality, economically priced, commercially available stock. Over the years I've seen some very well-made kitchen components only to be disappointed [...]
While I have copied and moved several old blog posts from another platform to this section of Jeepers website, I figured I'd make this link available for the other articles. I hope to write more blog posts as I become more inspired and have a little more time on my hands now that Jeepers is [...]
Fairy gardens are only a step away from dollhouses and other miniature settings. Fairy gardens can be easily created as part of a dollhouse landscape or they may be created independently in a bowl, terrarium, wooden box or any other container that you can imagine. Many people opt to create a fairy garden outdoors in [...]
NOTE: The following text was originally written (February 6, 2009) when a product called "What's Next" shingles was available. At this time, this particular brand of dollhouse miniature shingles is not available. A product by Alessio Miniatures is currently available, but these shingles are not manufactured using the same method, so we [...]
One of our last locations before transitioning to an e-commerce only retail shop, was a darling little town called Morgantown in south central Indiana. You can see a little write-up done by a Indiana travel writer who took some time to come to our shop and visit. Just follow this link to see the article: [...]