Lucy’s Corner is a wonderfully evocative project by 12-year-old Rachel Burton, from Derbyshire.
It was made from The Corner Shop and was one of the superb entries in the Dolls House Emporium Creative Competition 2012.
She told us: “I have tried to create a Welsh ice cream parlour and beach scene. It is modelled on a beautiful place in West Wales called Llangrannog, which my family and I have visited regularly over many years.
“Llangrannog has an ice-cream shop and small café, though they don’t have a balcony.
“I have made as many items as possible, out of wood, clay, and Plasticine, and have improvised with more. The whole shop is raised on a wooden base so it is above the sand. There are steps down to the beach to keep the building out of harm’s way should the tide come in unexpectedly!”
Rachel says: “The sand on the beach is kiln-dried building sand, and I have made a lip on the edge of the main board so that the sand doesn’t fall off the edges. I found the boat in a shop, where it was being sold as a bathroom accessory, and then adapted it by carving pieces out of it and repainting the hull so it made a more suitable wreck.
“I ripped the sails with a pen knife, and snapped the mast, to make it well and truly shipwrecked, (you may have noticed that the cove doesn’t have a lighthouse, this is probably the reason the ship crashed into the rock in the first place!)”
Rachel says: “The ice cream cabinet was my biggest purchase, as I found, through trial and error, that it was impossible to make a good job of it myself. I took the ‘ice cream’ out of the tubs and replaced it with my own flavours, made from mixing Plasticine colours together. I then printed out little flavour labels, and stuck them onto the glass over the tubs they described. The cabinet was then personalised to fit in with the rest of the shop furniture.
“All of the savoury snacks and many of the cakes in the cabinets I made out of Plasticine. I mixed colours to make the right food shades. It took a long time, for as you can see, everything is very tiny. The small packets of flour and sugar are made out of clay, covered in folded paper and with labels stuck on to them.”
“Most of the dolls have been stripped and redressed with hand-made clothes made from scraps of material. I have reused some clothes, and swapped some around.”
“I have really enjoyed creating this project, and I just hope that you can picture yourself sitting on the beach and eating one of Lucy’s delicious homemade ice creams in the glorious Welsh Sun!”