Sunday, December 8, 2013
"UP." I like when a little word carries so much meaning. There is a visual clue for the word embedded in this scene -- easy to find, I think!
Speaking of up, I flew back from Amsterdam last week, where I was on a work-related trip. I have never been there, and it is a beautiful, magical city. While I only had very little free time, I tried to "feel" the place as much as I could: bicycles whizzing by, cobblestone streets, mirror-like canals, bridges, dimly lit streets at night. The canals were especially picturesque.
In the free time I did have, I visited the newly-renovated and reopened Rijksmuseum and the van Gogh Museum, where my head spun 'round from seeing all the masterpieces that I had seen in books growing up, such as van Gogh's Sunflowers.
And...the Rijksmuseum has a room devoted to antique cabinet dollhouses. Stunning!!!
With all my running around, I never managed to have a photo taken of myself in the city...only a selfie in my hotel room, before heading out for another work function!
I met some lovely people, one of whom thoughtfully gifted me with the modern brown side chair and paint set in this scene. Thank you, C.!
I already had the sunflowers, nicely nestled in a vase by Ray Storey...
Hope everything is looking up for all of you!
Credits: Bed is vintage German; side tables and wall sculpture by Pepper of MitchyMoo Miniatures; shelving unit and striped rug are IKEA; chairs are Reac; couch is an artisan piece by unknown maker; TV unit and coffee table by PRD Miniatures; clear table by Petite Princess; planters by TOMY; plant is AG Minis; lamp by minimodernistas; typographic letters are vintage. Accessories are Modern Mini Houses, Manor House Miniatures, Re-ment, L. Delaney, Ray Storey, AG Minis, The Shopping Sherpa, minimodernistas, and beads from Michaels.
The time it took me: 45 minutes
Saturday, November 9, 2013
|Custom desk by Patrizia Santi -- all mine!!|
I went on Sunday, November 3, the last day of the show. I arrived shortly before the 11:00 a.m. entry time. After getting chastised twice by the guards for looking at some tables in the lobby before the doors opened (yes, just for looking), I went in to browse and buy.
The space was very open and filled with many vendors. Looks like this:
|Waiting to get in|
Such lovely stuff. Tom, who does custom wood turning in 1:1, let me know that this was to be his last show for miniatures. He believes his main audience is petering out and it does not pay to do the shows -- very sad! He will focus on his 1:1 work.
I was lucky to have some more conversations with other vendors, such as Ray Storey. He said the show was a very good success for him, especially his custom lighting fixtures. We chatted as he was wrapping up a $300 order, and he shared some of his new work, inspired by industrial lab works.
I love these pieces, which will be reasonably priced. This one will run about $7.
Looking forward to seeing more when they are available early next year! Of course, I scooped up a few vases!
I was also fortunate to meet Italian artisan Patrizia Santi, whose miniature shoes have many fans here in the U.S. and abroad.
While I did not invest in any pairs of shoes this time around, I could not resist a modern desk, lovingly crafted and painted.
Cannot wait to use this!
On to Lauren Delaney's booth, also known as L. Delaney Miniatures on Etsy.
It was wonderful to meet and talk with Lauren -- we had a nice chat about making miniatures, photography, dollhouse shows, and books! Her booth was very prettily appointed. I spent some time book browsing and walked away with a few treats!
Next I found Dale's Dreams! Dale and I met a few years ago and she has been hard a work creating new lines of furnishings and accessories that she sells in her Etsy shop.
We, too, chatted for a while with her daughter, who was doing a fantastic job of promoting her Mom's work. She pointed out that Dale renews vintage pieces, and she shared a recent project involving a Petite Princess bed and vanity.
Great, isn't it? Please keep Dale in mind -- she is great to work with!
Then, I scooped up some bargain pieces and was on my way home after almost four hours of browsing. My spoils:
|Ottoman from Dale's Dreams|
|Mod ottoman from Dale's Dreams|
|Bargain pillow and dresser for .50!|
|Wood pieces and rug for .25|
|Tom Frey's gorgeous work|
|Another Tom Frey purchase -- had to get two! Patrizia Santi's desk is in the background.|
|L. Delaney's treats!|
Credits: Fireplace is CB2; Couch and chair set is Strombecker; ottoman is Dale's Dreams; sculpture is a Kaleidoscope House accessory; chair is Dollyhome; credenza is vintage German. Accessories are Lundby, L. Delaney, Michael's, and Miniatures by Annina.
The time it took me: 15 minutes