Welcome to every child's dream shop - Mrs Harvey's cakes and toys. Mrs Harvey lives above the shop, and does a lot of her own baking. She has two grandchildren who often come to visit her (hence the train set in her sitting/bedroom), and today they are downstairs watching two other children choose some cakes.
My husband built this house from a kit soon after our younger daughter was born, for our elder girl, who was 7 1/2 when her sister arrived. He did a beautiful job of hiding the lighting wiring in grooves, so there are no ridges in the wall or ceiling papers, the switches are on the back of the house behind the staircase. I did the painting and decorating and painstakingly sanded and laid the floor tiles in the shop (next time it will be squared paper, not real tiles!). I also rebuilt the shelving unit in the shop which was bought ready built but needed to be adjusted to fit the space under the stairs, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
My daughter and I had great fun finding miniature toys at various fairs we attended, and we made most of the cakes from fimo including the hot cross buns which have real poppy seeds for the raisins. Mrs Harvey and her grandchildren are all Heidi Ott dolls, which came without clothes, and I dressed them (even doing smocking on the little girl's dress, and knitting the jumper worn by the boy). The two visiting children were gifts from my godmother and I haven't changed their clothes, even though they seem a little old fashioned in their attire compared to the others (the kitchen is fairly modern, so we think this shop is probably quite recent, despite some old fashioned toys).
Mrs Harvey's bed sitting room in the attic
The gaily woven rug which my daughter made on a toy loom
The kitchen area
Mrs's Harvey has 2 dogs
The middle floor
The cake and toy shop
Mrs Harvey's Grandchildren
Dog on the stairs
Customers for cakes
Cake Shop window from inside
Toy shop window
Shop windows from outside
Mrs Harvey's grandchildren outside the shop
They have now all been packed away carefully in a plastic box, as we are hoping that we'll be moving house soon (though you never can tell with these things). It is quite sad seeing the dolls house empty and knowing that it is likely to stay that way for the next couple of months while we move and get settled in our new home before we can bring all the dolls houses out and set them up again.