Sharing a love of Dolls House Miniatures - and making time for other creative crafts and the garden.

Friday, January 8, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Time to Get Going!

I very much hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that this New Year will bring all you wish for yourselves. I have to admit that it's been a bit of an effort to get going again.......but I'll get there.  I don't know about the rest of you but the year starts with a lot of thinking and planning.

Apart from eating far too much....the break did allow for a bit of distraction and I had lots of fun filling my ancient set of wall shelves with precious bits and pieces.  In the dim and distant past we hauled them out of a shed and scraped off layers of cream and brown paint.

I've found room on the lower shelves for some miniatures - once apon a time the children in the 1920s photograph played with this wonderful dresser filled with the most beautiful glassware.  I must check with my chum Celia Thomas of KTMiniatures, (my go-to expert for vintage and antique miniatures as I'm sure many of you already know) that it's Victorian.

This last photograph features some items I've collected over the years - sadly I can't remember all the makers but most of the fabulous plants were made by Jan Southerton, The Flower Lady. The little old train and carved fish were finds at Car Boot Fairs for a few pennies.

Jan and Celia, along with ourselves will be among the forty miniature artisans at The Thame Dolls House and Miniature Fair on 27th February at the Leisure Centre here in Thame, Oxfordshire.  It's definitely a date for the diary and we'll give you more details in due course. Of course it also means that I need to get a move on and make some interesting new items for our stand - that's the fun bit!!

It isn't generally known but NOSTALGIA IN MINIATURES WORKSHOPS - which is a joint undertaking with Celia - is mostly fuelled at our regular 'management meetings' and 'workshop project sessions' by cake, hot chocolate and cappucino!! It works for us ..... we've been busy preparing for our most versatile project yet - which we are again able to offer in a choice of 1/12th or 1/24th scales.
A glimpse of the 1/12th Scale  Early 1900s Little German Style Shop
We are delighted to announce that the 2016 workshops 'THE EARLY 1900s LITTLE GERMAN STYLE SHOP' will be open for Booking Online from 18th January - further details are on our website - just click HERE. Everyone who was on the Reserve List has already been contacted as a priority as promised - available places will be offered on a first come, first served basis at one of the two workshops which are on 4th June and 2nd July at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre.
Do feel free to contact either of us before booking is live if you wish - details on the website if you have any queries.

Thanks for looking - hope to see you again this year!!


KT Miniatures said...

Have just been drooling over the photos of your lovely antique miniatures Robin. You most definitely have a 19th Century German dresser there and quite valuable indeed, even though it is missing a shelf! The glass is gorgeous too and also appears to be mostly from the mid to late 1800s - you lucky person you! Celia PS. Your whole shelf looks amazing...

Robin said...

Thanks Celia - that's brilliant. It's probably a little older than I thought then - anyway it's a treasure which we love.

minwks said...

Sounds like you will be very busy before and during the February Show. Pity it is too far away to visit. I do hope someone will post photographs as it is always interesting to see what is available elsewhere.
Nice to have your own antiques expert too!
Regards Janine