Bijou Dollshouses was recently reviewed in The Dolls House Magazine published by GMC Publications.
Linda Able opened Bijou in the beautiful Blake House Craft Centre (that includes fifteen shops, a resturant and free parking) at Easter 2007. As Linda says, “I never thought about having a shop and only came to the craft centre to help a friend run her unit. She suggested I make miniatures and sell them and I have been making miniatures since falling in love with a Robert Stubbs house nineteen years ago. I enjoyed the challenges of making miniatures to fill it.” Linda has tried most crafts; miniature knitting, crochet, wood work, polymer clay modelling, with various degrees of success, and likes to keep her not-so-successful items as they make her laugh or gives them away to friends.
Anouther unit became avaible at the craft centre, and as Linda wanted to sell more dolls’ houses she was very pleased to take it and have the extra space to display them. Linda tries to have lots of hand made, original houses in the shop. She stocks miniatures by Mouse House, McQueenies, Hearth and Home, Reutter, and exclusive local makers who provide a variety of unusual and quirky miniatures. Linda adds, “I hope to find local talented miniature crafters to stock the shop with thier creations.” As an interior designer and artist, Linda is happiest making items that are painted or glues and will paint furniture and dolls’ houses to order. She has also designed a miniature sofa, which she is currently able to offer workshop days to make it.