Archive for the ‘Dolls House Characters’ Category

Time to get Spooooooooky!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The leaves are orange and gold and the weather has turned, school is back in and it can only mean one thing….Halloween and Bonfire night are just around the corner.  Aside from a fantastic excuse for children to get some imaginative dressing up in and munch lots of sweets and chocolate (as if they, or I for that matter, need an excuse!) , it’s also a pretty good time to enjoy some  good ol’ crafting. With a half term approaching, we have a lovely selection of Halloween and Remember, Remember inspired toys and crafts to fill the days.

Budkins Gwen the Witch

Djeco craft kits are among the most fantastically unique and imaginative, so it’s of no surprise that they have some super kits inspired by this season.  The kits I have been most impressed by are the Djeco stitching cards. Far from being simple lacing card type kits, they combine simple stitching techniques with quality threads, sequins and sturdy card to give satisfyingly gorgeous textile art end results.  The Witches Stitching Cards kit is a great example of this.

Djeco Witches Stitching Art Kit

For a fireworks fiesta you need look no further than the Djeco Chalk Markers City Lights Kit or just the Chalk Markers themselves for those who prefer to work without a template. These unique markers can be used again and again on the background paper, which can be wiped clean. Vibrant bright colours on a black background are perfect for those firework night pictures.

For those who enjoy some quiet Hama-time, there is the incredibly popular Midi Hama Glow in the Dark kit and also the wonderful Midi Hama Beads Small Gift Box – 3D Spooky for some fantastic 3D ghosts and ghouls to put beside your pumpkin.

Midi Hama Beads Small Gift Box - 3D Spooky

For a less messy pumpkin craft, pop over to Craft Merrily for some of the Tulip pens in glow. Use these pens to create an intricate and unusual design on the outside of the pumpkin and avoid the gunky mess (and foul burning smell!) of a traditional carved pumpkin. The Sculpey Glow in the Dark kit is another great alternative for Halloween decorating.

Budkins - Bones the Skeleton

The lovable Le Toy Van Budkins have their own spooky range of characters from crafty Gwen the Witch to Dracula to Bones the Skeleton. Turn your Dolls House into a spooky haunted house with the help of these wooden figures.

Baby Stella fans will be pleased to know that we have a new outfit for Baby Stella so that she can join in on the trick or treating fun. The Baby Stella Dress Up Kitty Outfit is purrrrfect for turning Baby Stella into a witches cat.

 

 

 

 

 

Who would live in a house like this?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at PlayMerrily is the sizing of the different dolls house furniture. From BigJigs modern ‘whole house in a box’ furniture set to the more intricate and detailed Le Toy Van Daisylane range there is plenty to choose from to make your doll’s house a home.

Le Toy Van Daisylane Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

Le Toy Van Daisylane Kitchen

 

The Daisylane range from Le Toy Van are sold as individual room sets. This is a massively popular range. The sets include smaller accessories and fabric detailing. The furniture style is more traditional, country cottage looking, with pastel hue colours.
 

 

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Dolls House Furniture

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

Le Toy Van Sugarplum Kitchen

 

This range is ideal for smaller dolls houses or for starter sets, as it has the detailing of the Daisylane, but with fewer individual furniture pieces. The colour range is brighter than the pastel hues of the Daisylane sets , with more minimalist styling in the furniture pieces.

 
 

Selecta Dolls House Furniture

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

Selecta Dolls House Furniture Kitchen

 

The selection of dolls house furniture and accessory sets from Selecta really fill a gap for ‘everyday life’ sets that are lacking in some of the others. (The Housework Set  is much more fun than real life!)

 
 

 

 

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

BigJigs Dolls House Furniture

 

A fantastic value set that includes all the main furniture pieces so that you can furnish your whole dolls house. All natural wood finish with coloured accents for each room.  This set contains the furniture only.

 

 

 

 

All theses wooden furniture sets are sized very similarly.  The sink unit in each set measured around 12cm wide and 9cm tall, so all furniture sets would be compatible in any of the dolls houses. Therefore any of the dolls house families or Budkins characters would fit with the furniture to bring your dolls’ house to life.

Throughout July we have a 15% discount on all Le Toy Van, including the Dolls Houses and furniture, so it’s a great opportunity to get that extra special birthday gift that will last a lifetime, or even (dare I mention it?!) be super prepared for  Christmas!

Budkins from Le Toy Van – why I love them…and why you will too.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I have a special little soft spot for the Budkins characters from Le Toy Van. Perhaps it was the hours spent getting to know each one of the little wooden dolls house characters, huddled around me expectantly so I could accurately describe them for the website that did it……Whatever it was, I can happily say that they are not difficult to become enchanted with. Budkins dolls are a perfect handfull size of 10 cm, large enough for the fantastic individual detailing that they are renown for, but small enough for adventurous dolls house play.

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

Wooden Toy Police Van Set

The range of characters is enormous, to call them ‘dolls house characters’ seems unfairly restrictive, from farmer, farmers wife and stable hand to historical Budkins like the great Henry VIII. Far from being limited to a pretty classic dolls house, these characters all have Le Toy Van buildings or vehicles and even playmats that would complement their theme. Abdul the pirate Budkin , for example, is most happy when plotting the course of his ship, the Barborossa and Josh, the patient would struggle to get to the hospital if an ambulance wasn’t there in his hour of need.

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

Budkins Dolls Gwen the Witch

All the Budkins characters are made from sustainable wood with fair trading at every stage. The arms and legs are bendable for posing the characters and are strong enough to stand. Their hair is woollen and their fabric clothing has wonderful detailing. The Budkins fairies or princesses have the most wonderful dresses and headdresses with layers of silk and chiffon looking fabric and sparkling sequins hidden in the layers.  Archibald the Archer and the knight characters even have realistic looking armour and chain mail.

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

Budkins Dolls House People - School Girl

The wonderful quality of the Budkins characters is their flexibility in play. Pair Amy the schoolgirl with the teacher Mrs Davis, or help her board the wonderful red double decker bus to take her home from school. She may pass a construction site on her way and wave to one of the workers, CharlieBilly the Cowboy on the other hand would be happier in Rattlesnake Wooden fort after an disagreement with Indian Chief Bearclaw at the Cherokee Tepee. Whatever era of history or fantasy ignites the imagination of your little storyteller, be it Medieval, Viking, Roman or Hammer Horror you can be sure that there will be a cluster of friendly little Budkins ready to help act out a tale.

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Le Toy Van - Three Wishes Castle

Through September, all Le Toy Van has a fantastic 10% off at Play Merrily, including the Budkins characters. Take advantage of this great discount to add to an existing collection or start planning for Christmas gifts that are sure incite delight and creativity.


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