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Puffin Design taking a break

Well my commission books are full until the end of October. Great place to be and thanks to all who have entrusted me with your precious makes. It does mean however that I have to close my books for now.

We will still be offering things for sale on Crab Pot Models . and believe you me I will be working.

York Dolls House Fair is coming soon

Wow that has come around quickly . York Dolls House Fair is 2nd June .

Pre orders for the fair end next weekend. What have we new for you? 1:24th Veg Stall and a 1:24th Potting bench, plus a couple of surprises.

Why have I been so quiet over the last month? We have had more orders from abroad and I have been working at Bondville Model Village . A fantastic village in 1:12th . They now have a lighthouse in the harbour , all to scale.

Puffin Designs First Workshop Tuesday 18th June. 10 am to 5 pm It will be a day workshop on kit building. The workshop will be £35 per head and include a kit , or several, to the value of £10 (must be pre-booked) , all materials to build a bare wood kit, a buffet lunch and teas and coffee. There will be an opportunity to see how the kits are drawn on the computer and manufacture process . There will also be time after lunch to enhance your built kit (some materials will be extra) Full details will be posted here and on out Facebook page . There are limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment. 01262 471000 or caroline.mansell@btconnect.com

So who will we see at York? Hope to see all of you , please come and say hello.

April. Must be Spring

Really revving up now for Leeds Dolls House Fair at Pudsey. We will have lots of our regular kits and are taking pre-orders. Some new kits are also on the way . Haberdashery in 1:24th, a wee bird house, Deco Display Unit and the mirrored Dressing Table Set now in kit. Clear Counter top display, Cafe Servery and Counter servery with Fridge made up in perspex. These are order on the day and available in a choice of colours.

Our local group is going from strength to strength and we had a fantastic day trying out Polymer Clay for a day. As we were all novices the results were fab.

So onto May, Still working on the final details for Kit workshops at Puffin Designs.

Gone March Mad

Wow when did it suddenly leap to March?

Our Etsy Shop has definitely gone mad this month which has left me little time to write. However we have managed to make a few new items .

So what is next on the agenda. Oh yes Pudsey Dolls House Fair is creeping up on us. Again we will have a few new items.

And thought I would organise some some Day Experiences at Puffin Headquarters. These will be kit building days to include lunch and all the basic items you need to complete a project. More details to follow.

As for me , I managed to get one dolls house out of storage since the move 10 mths ago. Also got the new dolls house in situ. Never a dull moment here.

We have also started a Dolls House Group for Flamborough and Bridlington Information in the link to our Facebook Page. This is my effort so far in group.

Frost and Snow- More time for minis.

A really crisp frosty but sunny morning here. Shame I have got the lurgy but it gives me an excuse to sit down and write.

We have been blushing with all the lovely reviews we have had lately and photos of some of the commissions in their new home.

Stephanie Murray is an amazing lady. Her blog is well worth a read, if only for the fascinating life she has had. Retired now she has taken on the most amazing project. We were very happy to be a part of it.

We are still developing new products and some commissions lead us to a new line like the bar shelves / fridge This will be available in our Etsy Shop soon.

So onto our next fair. For the first time ever we will be doing Southport Dolls House Fair on the 9th Feb . It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible.

Happy New Year

Gosh started the New Year with our feet running. Less than 2 weeks until Stafford Dolls House Fair and a rush of orders from America and UK.

We are also working on new Dolls House Kits for the show and clearing out some of the older kits and display furniture. You can check out the sale of old on our Facebook Page.

Hope to see a lot of you at Stafford so we can show you but for those who can not make it , here are a few of the new items.

Happy Christmas Everyone

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

First apologies for leaving it so long since blogging. It has been such a busy time. First a move into a new house that still needs lots of work doing to it. We did however get the workshop set up first so we could continue to keep up with the orders on Puffin Design.

Then we disappeared to Australia for our daughters wedding. A fabulous time….now to pay for it.

2 weeks after our return we did York Dolls House Fair. It was great to see customers old and new. We had a fabulous day so thanks to all of you. Was a little smug as we had good coverage on Warner’s video of the event and a magazine coverage of our Haberdashery Kit. 

New commission orders have kept us so busy we are looking a new section just to highlight what we can do. 

We also added to our range with the Art Deco Wardrobe, Bed and Dressing Table. These have gone down a storm in America and over here. 

A 1:144 Dolls House for a dolls house kit has also done well and we will be adding to this range. 

So where next? We are already preparing for Stafford Dolls House Fair in January. Being soft we will not be staying in the camper this time . 

New Years resolution is to bring you more news and articles. You can always follow on Puffin Designs or Crab Pot Models Facebook pages.  Get in touch, sends us photos, we love hearing from you. 

So Have a Very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

All the Best from Caroline and Richard 

1:144 Dolls House

Back in Business

Can not believe how long it is since I blogged . Sorry to all who follow.

After a long and drawn out house move we are now getting back into the swing. Building up to our next event which is Cleveland Miniaturists Dolls House Fair  14th July 10-4. This year it is at Sedgefield Racecourse, so as well as looking forward to the event, we are looking forward to camping out for the weekend.

We have new kits for everyone to enjoy this time round, so far a consol table, green grocer stand, shelf unit, Over mantle mirror just to name a few. Will be looking at new kits in 1:24th as well.

The caravan photo is a customers finished product from one of our kits. What a good job. The hanging rail is going to be available in kit also. This one made up by a customer.

We love getting your photos of how you have used your kits. May run a little competition.

Right better get on ….back soon.

Happy Easter, Order Books and Stuff

Happy Easter, Order Books and Stuff

We have a pending move and very full order books so we are stopping any new orders from this Sunday 1st April until 20th April.  We will be at Leeds Dolls House Fair on the 21st April to re-open the order book. Please still contact us to see if we have anything in stock but commissions will be put on hold.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook Page which will keep you informed over this period.

Thought you might like to see some more of our customer photos and a few of makes we have done.

As you can see not everything is mini-makes. We have had lots of orders for the 10p collector boards and our crafty friends are keeping us on our toes with new ideas.

News from over here on the East Coast. Unfortunately due to the bad weather we have been having Bondville Model Village will not be open for Easter. After all their hard work to get things ready, the storms have caused damage and set backs. They are hoping to open on the 7th. Again news will be posted on Crab Pot Models FB page.

Hope you all have a great Easter .

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