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Creative Competition 2009 – The Winner!

September 18th, 2009

First place goes to Sherpa, from The Netherlands and he wins £650 worth of Dolls House Emporium dolls’ house kit. His Belize inspired beach hut, “Jimi” has incredible attention to detail, down to the hand made snorkels and masks created using liquid rubber.

The ‘Marley Coffee’ logo is the real deal! Sherpa approached the company about using their logo for the project and was given the green light. One particular favourite touch is the crumbled cigarette box with the telephone and the coffee stains on the computer desk. Here’s the story of “Jimi” as told by Sherpa.

“I have made a small shop like I have seen in Caye Caulker, Belize. The name of the shop is Jimi, and you recognize it by the painting in the front.

In March I had seen the kit and remembered my holiday in 2001/2002. I have very good memories of that vacation and now I can make a 3D picture of it.  So I had a theme.

To keep contact with home we used internet-cafes and on Caye Caulker we found one that was really relaxed. The owner of the shop had dreadlocks and looked pretty mellow. But how to make it “relaxed” ? Maybe the dreadlocks had given me that feeling, so I needed some doll with the look of a Rasta man. I asked doll maker Angelique Hoekstra if she had a doll like that. Se wanted to have a picture of what I wanted so she could give it a try. I sent her a picture of Bob Marley. You can seen the result of what she has made.

Another friend (Marjan Blauw) knitted the sweater with the image of Che Guevarra on it.

Most of Belize is rainforest where you have a lot of orchid’s. My friend Little Sun offered  to make same out of cold porcelain to hang it in front of the shop. She also made the T-shirt’s that are hanging in the shop.

In the mean time I started to make the shop. I wanted to have a wooden floor and a tin roof (made of biscuit wrap paper). The doors at the front must also be replaced and the windows must be able to open. To make this all possible I replaced the walls and the roof for a new framed house. I took all the measurements and began to build.

I started to make the floor planks. Now I could start with the framing. For siding I have used single planks, partially over the one below. Part of the glass window must go open and  I have made five instead of six windows. Now I can make two open en three closed.

The roof I have made as a separate part, because it’s pretty fragile and I still need to do some work inside.

In the shop they sell what the tourist asks, so I made some hammock’s, all kind of flip-flop’s, and a few necklaces . Every shop has something to drink, so I put a cooler in with water and soda. It’s nice when you are sitting behind the computer to have a cup of coffee. But I was not sure if a Rasta man drinks coffee. I Googled “Bob Marley/coffee” and the first think that pops up is Marley-coffee. One of the sons of Bob Marley sells his own coffee. This is better than I expected. I have sent them an email and asked for permission to use their logo and they gave me green light for it. I put a shield on the front and made 19 bags of coffee. I’ve put some pots and pan’s inside, so Jimi can brew his own.

By Jimi you can reserve a boat trip to go snorkelling. The snorkelling gear is hard to get, so I made it my self with liquid rubber.Some people have not enough to go online but need to hear a voice from home, now they can, I have put a telephone outside.

I hope you are now just as relaxed as Jimi, after a long day at the office.”

Well done to all our entrants this year. We will be bringing you some other entries over the next few weeks, there were just so many good ones we have to share them with you!

Feel inspired to make your own miniature marvel? The Summer House and other smaller dolls’ house kits are available at The Dolls House Emporium.

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3 Comments to “Creative Competition 2009 – The Winner!”


  1. Wow, Sherpa! This is truly amazing!! What fantastic detail!! When I made mine, I paid particular attention to health and hygiene as stipulated when I was in trade – it is so lovely to see something that goes against that trend, is so laid back and relaxed and free of restrictions!! This is so dramtically correct of a well used premises and you have made a superb creation out of the summer house! Each entry that I have viewed on-line has been excellent, but yours has exceeded that, I am sooooo impressed. Heartiest congratulations on all your hard work! A worthy winner!!
    Kind regards from a fellow miniaturist.


  2. Hoera, Sherpa, well done ! I had not seen you were the winner this time ( I am an irregular visitor at the Dutch forum , sorry ) , but I am really excited for you !!!


  3. [...] about the 2009 winner, Sherpa, with his fantastic Belize Beach Hut, made using the Summer House, chocolate box cardboard and real coffee!  There’s also a host [...]

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