On 2nd July we shall do it all again...and then folks....as I said......times are changing.
This spring I had what is deemed a 'significant' birthday.....my hands and wrists caused problems again making it difficult to sculpt for any sustained length of time...the old back played up.....I realised I'd had a great run for over 30 years and loved every minute of it, but had neglected my much loved garden recently and hadn't got around, for yet another year, to do any 'me' things on the famous 'to do' list. Hmmm......
I think that's what you'd call a decision made for me - so I've decided to retire as a professional miniaturist.
I have a lovely commission to finish but cannot undertake further commissions and I'll stop trading during July sometime. The miniature doors on Coombe Crafts will be closing with huge thanks to our many wonderful friends and customers. Of course it will take a while to sort out closing the website (too technical for me...need help) tweaking this blog and such 'stuff' and there is some (mostly 1/24th scale) stock if anyone would like to enquire.
I plan to keep Blogging so I hope you may stay with me to see more of my garden, cats, 'archive' miniatures pics. and whatever I manage to get up to in miniature for myself. Apart from anything else I love your fantastic Blogs!
So - that's the Coombe Crafts announcement.
Nostalgia in Miniature Workshops has been around since 2011 - 13 different workshop projects, some repeated two or three times, and a number of magazine features and 'How To' projects. Celia and I have had a great time - it's been such fun bouncing ideas off each other and coming up with original projects using very ordinary materials in innovative ways using our different but complementary skills. We've had such a ball, made lovely new friends and we hope inspired a few along the way!!
My own decision happens to coincide with a particularly tough time for Celia and her family. Many of you know that her lovely husband is seriously ill and 2016 is an especially testing year. SO - time to close the little doors on Nostalgia in MiniatureWorkshops too after the next workshop.
I very much hope that things will improve for them and that another time Celia will pick up workshops again; she's still got lots to offer and is only a 'youngster' - I'll volunteer if she needs a sweeper upper.... so do keep an eye on KT Miniatures website.
Let me end this blog with pictures from our Saturday workshop and thank all the ladies for their fun and enthusiasm - they all worked really hard and should be proud of their acheivements. We look forward to seeing what emporia the little shops become in due course and of course look forward to seeing another group of talented miniaturists in July. There are more workshop pictures on our Nostalgia in Miniatures Workshops Blog if you want to see what Janet and Celia were waiting to see unveiled. .......
Thank you all for looking