Friday, June 24, 2011

Still here

I'm still here and so is Grimmauld Place, but unfortunately Grimmauld Place is still in storage until I have a workshop again.  I'm still living at my dad's for now and there isn't the room for working on this massive project.  I can hardly wait for the day I can start on it again!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Heading North...Wayyyyyy North

Just thought I'd update everyone to let you know that in a mere six weeks, I'll be heading back home to the state of Alaska. Until hubby and I can find a place of our own, we'll be moving in with my dad; thus, space will be limited for any mini-making. Grimmauld Place will be going into storage with the rest of my large dollhouses. So, there won't be much updating to this blog for many months. I do plan to make many of the furnishings and accessories for Grimmauld Place by hand as I will have room for smaller projects. As I complete each one, I'll post it here.

Thanks to everyone for following along with me on this project. It is greatly appreciated!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wow! Over a 100 followers!

Thank you, everyone, for taking an interest in this blog of mine. When I created this blog, I never thought in a million years I'd have even half of you following along!

I haven't done anything further to this project in several weeks as I've been in a bit of a slump lately with miniatures in general, but I'll do more before too long. Real life does tend to get in the way sometimes.

On a side note, Dolls House Emporium has also notified me that American Miniaturist and Dolls House World both want to do a more in depth article on my #12 Grimmauld Place project! Very exciting news!

Final Press Release

I've finally received permission from DHE to post the press release now. Here goes:


09 September 2009 - Harry Potter fever is once again sweeping the nation thanks to the release of the latest film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which has everyone clamouring to see the adventures of the young wizard. However, one fan has gone that step further by recreating Harry’s magical world in her own home.

Taking inspiration from the book, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, miniature enthusiast Marie Wendt (a proud member of the GSOLFOT Miniatures Club), decided to transform her elegant dolls’ house, bought from The Dolls House Emporium, into No. 12 Grimmauld Place. With dark corners and darker secrets, No. 12 Grimmauld Place is the ancestral home of the Black family and the secret headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.

Marie’s 1:12th scale building stands at five stories high and contains all the rooms mentioned in the book, including the bedrooms where Harry, Hermione and Ron sleep; Sirius Black’s old bedroom, complete with grey silk wallpaper; and the kitchen, which is the hub of the Order’s activity.

The house is a faithful replica of the original building in every sense. From the boiler room in which Kreacher, the house elf, sleeps and jealously guards his stolen trinkets; to the severed trolls’ foot umbrella stand and screaming painting behind the curtain in the hallway, Marie has captured the atmospheric character of No.12 Grimmauld Place created in the book, and brought it life.

“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have always wanted to do a Harry Potter themed project – No. 12 Grimmauld Place seemed the perfect choice,” explains Marie.

“I wanted to be as true to the book as I could and the finished house definitely has a certain atmosphere about it. I peeled wallpaper off the walls and covered the ceilings and walls with a dirty water wash to give it that unkempt and slightly abandoned feeling. The exterior of the house is now complete, although there is still more to add to the interior, such as a boggart in a grandfather clock! However, I am really delighted with the way it has turned out so far.

“It is great fun and a great sense of accomplishment to complete a dolls’ house, but this one has been a particular labour of love, mixed with a little bit of magic”, adds Marie.

For further information, please visit and click on Grimmauld Place build in the categories section on the right hand side. Alternatively, please call 080 00 11 44 11 and quote reference PRHP1.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

#12 Grimmauld Place released to local UK Press!

I'm pretty excited to announce that this project of mine is going to be released to the local UK press by Dolls House Emporium! In addition to blogging about it here, I also blog about it at their website since it is their Eaton Square kit I'm using for the project. EEK! I'm pretty stoked! Here's the first draft of the press release. They are going to edit it slightly to convey that the project is still "ongoing" rather than finished.

UPDATE: At DHE's request, I have taken the press release off the blog until it's officially released. I will repost it at that time.