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  1. I recently came across a fascinating  article on the history of Gee Bee dolls houses by Rebecca Green on the excellent  "Dolls Houses Past & Present" website.

    Gee Bee based in Hull were started around 1946 by 2 veterans using their army payment to finance the  business. They sold their doll houses, farms and garages  almost exclusively through a local toy distributor  who traded under the name Tudor Toys.

    The article reminded me that I gave my sister an  early Gee Bee dolls house quite a few years ago. The DHPP article has a photo of my sisters actual house captured from the original ebay listing, so for Gee Bee  dolls house fans everywhere here are some recent photos of it, still in it's original condition.

    The house has flat painted flowers rather than the "raised plastic" flowers and "green flocked" grass described by a Gee Bee worker but these were clearly painted by the same hand that painted "Sally L's" house also pictured in the article.

    It is made of hardboard, plywood and another softwood  with chisel marks clearly visible on the back base slot. I am not sure if this was an "offcut" reused, or hand chiseled to size  by the joiner who made the house.

    These early examples are  described as having no back - this one originally most likely  had 2 sliding hardwood backboards  that slotted into the groves and could be slid independently. Alternatively, perhaps "add on" rooms could be purchased seperately that were slotted into the groves?

    Gee Bee Dolls House - Front


    Gee Bee House - Back



    Gee Bee House - Front Side view



    Gee Bee House Back Side view



    Gee Bee House - Garden and path view



    Gee Bee House - base view

    The house had lost it's label that would have been on the front wall. It is initialed with "G B" in pencil on the base, together with "F1 DB" and "E4" I would love to know what or who these initials stand for.



    It is likely that there was some varience in size between individual houses, but this one is approx: Length: slightly over 18 inches Height: 14.5 inches Total depth: 10 inches, with 4 inches for the garden. The tall chimney is 5 inches in height.

    As Rebecca Green highlights in her article, Gee Bee evolved different variations of their original core designs through the years, as well as introducing new models.  This first cottage had a few  variations before it was re-invented  as the more well known "DH8" Tudor cottage during the 1950's that continued to be made until the company folded at the beginning of the 1980's.

    Variations of the Gee Bee Cottage

    Photos from  various ebay sellers - just like full size houses, these are often re-modeled, updated and repainted, so not always easy to date them


        geebee_cottage_sallyl_dhpp       gee bee       dh8 tudor cottage gee bees_ebay                

          Cottage - right hand door          Cottage - curved gables           DH8 - right hand door

          geebee_cottagedh8 tudor cottage gee bees small house side view_ebaygeebee litho hardboard1977

                DH8                                         DH8 left hand door             DH8 - 1970s


    You can read the full history of Gee Bee by Rebecca Green on DHPP here:

    Rebecca has written another good article  about the handmade dolls  houses that were  constructed from designs and plans available in woodworker and other hobby magazines. I have a woodworker house together with the original edition of the 1935 magazine containing the design which  I have owned for many years. Rebecca's article also has a photo of a different house built to the same design. Mine is still on my list of projects to re-decorate!. You can see more photos of it on my pinterest "little by little" board.

     My 1935 Woodworker Dolls House




  2. I so enjoyed hosting a week of workshops at the lovely Retreat to the Farm in France surrounded by inspiration with plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings, relax, paint and drink wine - the perfect holiday combination for participants!



  3. Abstract Edge exhibition.

    I will be there at the preview/ opening on Sat 20 th May but also I am stewarding the exhibition on Sunday 21 st May 2 pm until 5 pm and it would be good if you can  come along on either of those dates to keep me company!

    Art Retreat

    My tickets are booked and equipment and materials have been sent ahead,so here's what we will be getting up to at the Art Retreat in the Loire from 3 rd June.

    1) "Painted Patchwork"

    A workshop that explores and compares the effects that can be achieved with watercolour and Acrylic paints.

    2) "Making your Mark"

    We are going on a treasure hunt!- foraging for materials to make our own paintbrushes and tools.

    3)"From a Distance"

    Techniques for abstraction- how to respond and take inspiration from ALL your senses.

    4)"Making an Impression"

    Ideas and techniques for mono- print transfer 5)"Rip it up and start again"

    Collage and combined techniques.Make your paintings full of variety and surprise yourself!

    There are still a couple of places available for the week at and you could always book to  "drop- in" for just one workshop ( day rate can be negotiated) if you are going to be in the area that week?

    But ,anyone who's not going to make it to France this summer- don't despair! I will be teaching these workshops at a number of venues in the U.K. for the rest of this year.

    Stay tuned for details and confirmed dates- I will send to everyone on my mailing list very soon!

  4. Severn Hospice are hosting an exhibition and celebration of the very talented Judith Moy who died last year. I  exhibited and sold several of Judith's paintings in my gallery and have a couple in my own personal collection. She was a much admired and very special artist who will be greatly missed.

    Event Information

    12:00 and 3:00pm on Saturday 1st April at the Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School as we celebrate the work of Shropshire-based artist, Judith Moy.

     This unique event gives you the opportunity to view and purchase Judith's art, sketchbooks and materials; and learn more about the special lady behind the pictures.

     As was Judith's wish, all money raised from the sale will be donated to Severn Hospice. There is no charge to join us but we'd welcome your kind donations on admission.

     You are welcome to join us anytime between 12:00 and 3:00pm to view Judith's work. At 12:30pm Wilfred Langford, Chairman of the Shropshire Art Society where Judith was an active member, will introduce her work and give an insight into her life as an artist.