Having been spoiled for choice over which wonderful miniature artisans to visit first on Sunday I thought I'd put up a photograph of..... flowers......
.... my beautiful hellebore flowers float on a terracotta pan of water.....makes a change from a miniature! The pretty little blue flower is the exquisite spring-flowering Hepatica.
This visit is always a treat for me...so I treated myself to a sweet little Shoebutton Bear, and a tiny toy 'Anne of Green Gables' from Sally Reader Miniatures. This was the first time I'd seen Sally Reader's lovely toys and I wanted them all!
As a doll maker I tend to gravitate towards other doll makers - so many super makers to choose from - but I love Julie Campbell's (Bellabelle) dolls so much and she just has even more exciting and beautiful dolls each time I see her. I'm sure she will be a huge hit in Chicago next month.
I so enjoyed catching up with old friends and colleagues at the show, also (almost literally) bumping into some of my lovely customers - leaving Model Village Miniatures with bags of their superb miniature furniture, kits and toys and some Coombe Crafts 1/24th characters that had been spending the weekend on their stand. Their range of furniture and kits gets bigger all the time. While they don't have a website, they can be contacted on 01926 817183 and have a very comprehensive catalogue.
I was delighted to get a guided tour around the beautifully authentic Herdwick Landscape cottages in 1/24th scale - the workmanship and detail is superb - and yes, we share customers too, and I met some more there!
I hear so much about these lovely cottages but have never actually been able to get up close and inside before - now I can picture where so many of my little people 'live'!
To the many brilliant artists and artisans - Thank you!