Opposites attract....

                                                  ....or the corset and the tool box. H...

                                                  ....or the corset and the tool box.



Hello again!  I know it has been a long time, but you know the old excuse, 'I have been busy... '   In my previous post I showed you some photos from the show in Rheda, today I want to show you a few things I bought at the show.   


 About five minutes before the show closed I came to the table of Uschi Schiffner's 'Petit Corsages'.  Uschi makes beautiful miniature clothes and corsets.  Some of her fifties corsets actually open and close with little hooks!  I could not resist this little blue one, so pretty! 



The corset has great detail, I love the little clips on the suspenders.  With its blue and pink colours it looks perfect in the attic bedroom.   All I need now is a beautiful dress,   I already  bought a gorgeous sparkly necklace to go with it! 


 The necklace is by 'Miniatur Juwelier' Ursula Stürmer.  The gems are Aurore Boreale crystals, topaz and indicolite on gold.  The necklace is very difficult to photograph, it is much prettier in reality.


 The corset and necklace in a bit more detail. 


 I also bought something completely opposite to the corset and necklace, a wonderful metal folding tool box.  Isn't it great?  It was made by Edmund Drescher.


 Edmund had a fantastic collection of metal tools, boxes, tables etc., all working of course!  I love the workings of this tool box. 


And the beginning of my tool collection...I need a lot more!  Next time I go to Rheda I know where some of my money will be spent! ;-)


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  1. All wonderful items, but that last shot of the tools looks so life sized! :D Wow!

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    1. Hi Brea, yes his tools are amazingly real looking. I hope that next year I can buy some more of them. I loved his working tools, they were so cool (but also pretty pricey!).

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  2. Que compras tan hermosas, el corset es una perfección, la caja de herramientas: asombrosa
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

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  3. I adore the exquisite corset and the necklace, and I can also appreciate the tool box, even though it isn't the type of thing I would select first. Thank goodness there are men doing miniatures so we have a wonderful variety from which to choose.D

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    1. Absolutely! Yes I am one of those women who love both very feminine things and some things traditionally associated with men. Makes it harder to choose what to spend the budget on ;-)

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  4. I love the detail in the corset and the tool box. The necklace is beautiful! The lady of the house will look gorgeous when she wears it. Isn't it nice to spoil ourselves once in a while? I have also been spoiling myself lately, but I've been doing it online.

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    1. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to spoil yourself online! As I have been visiting a few shows this year I have to severely restrict myself from buying online if I want to have some food left on my table ;-)

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  5. Hoi Josje
    wat een mooi corset en gereedschap kist,op naar de volgede gezellige beurs hahaha
    groetjes adrie

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    1. Hoi Adrie! Hoe gaat het? Gezellig is het zeker op de beurzen, ik sta overal zo veel te kletsen dat ik amper de beurs over kom! In Rheda was het wat makkelijker omdat het zo rustig was. Ik hoop je te zien in Apeldoorn!

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  6. They are all such nice purchases. You must have been like a kid in a candy store!

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    1. You are so right! I tried to buy only from the German miniaturists who don't come to other shows though, which made trying to decide where to spend my pennies a bit easier (not!).

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  7. Hello Josje!your blog is wonderful!!!! kiss from Lombardia Italy

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  8. Just gorgeous! What a talent these people have!

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    1. Yes there are so many wonderfully talented people at these shows, it is a joy just to see what all they can make.

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  9. The corset is stunning, now I know why you wanted it so badly, of course I saw your other purchases for real and they are all wonderful. And yes, some things are just impossible to photograph.

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    1. Did you see the fifties corsets she had? I really would like to get one of those if I go there again next year. I was very good this time, didn't buy much at all!

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  10. Great items, my heart goes to the tools box, I collect mini tools too, a real addiction.
    Have a nice day, Rosanna

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    1. Just as in real life you can never have enough tools haha!

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  11. How beautiful! I especially like the corset :)

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  12. Great shopping for your beautiful house.

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  13. Wat een prachtige miniaturen heb je gekocht. Het corsetje ziet er fantastisch uit met werkelijke clips net als de gereedschapskist die echt open kan. Veel plezier mee.

    Fijn weekend en groeten,

    Xandra

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    1. Dank je wel Xandra! Dat zal wel lukken, ik kan zo genieten van de mooie dingen die anderen gemaakt hebben!

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  14. Hello Josje,

    What a beautiful little corset, the stitches must be so tiny, I love the colour and the necklace looks so pretty. That tool box I could believe to be real life, how is it possible to make such tiny moving parts?

    I am very excited and inspired as I have just come home from a local miniature fair and I to0 have come home with some lovely treasures. Hopefully I can photograph them tomorrow.

    Hugs,

    Fi xx

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    1. How wonderful you were able to go to a miniature show where you live! I look forward to seeing them on your blog. I can imagine it is more difficult to organize a show in Australia than it would be over here or in America. But there are some wonderful miniaturists in your part of the world as well. The fun thing about a show (for me this time the one in Germany) is that you get to see things people make which otherwise you wouldn't. Not everyone is on the internet! And some people work on a very small scale (quantity wise I mean) and will only do one show...

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  15. That toolbox is amazing!!! I think it's magical when miniatures actually work the way they work in 1:1 scale.

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    1. So do I Saara! I suppose that's one of the reasons I was so attracted to the toolbox.

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  16. Hello Josje!
    You found some "treasures" indeed! These pieces are exquisite. I also love the bed in the photograph. I think I recall a post long back that this is one you made, yes?
    In case you haven't read my reply, the chairs you asked me about came from John Hodgson.
    Would love to see more of your "Canal House"!
    The best to you from Ray

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    1. Thank you Ray! Yes, the bed is one I made some time ago using leftover bits of wood, card and paint, using techniques well known to you ;-)
      I thought the chairs looked familiar! Those are the chairs I would like to use for my reception room, I want to upholster them with hand embroidered silk. That will take a while as I have never done that before, but I have already bought the upholstery silk and the embroidery silk. Now I only need to buy the chairs and learn to embroider...
      I don't know if you have ever seen my website, but there you can see much more of my Canal House. It shows the progress of my house almost from the beginning (around 9 years ago, but I work at a snail's pace). There is a link in my profile in the sidebar.
      Have a lovely day! Josje

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  17. Magnificas compras!!
    Besos d las Malu´s.

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  18. todo precioso, felicidades!!
    Besitos

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  19. Wow! Bellissimi i tuoi lavori in miniatura! Sei bravissima!
    Un grande bacio
    Elvira

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    1. Wonderful isn't it?! Thanks Elvira!

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  20. Great purchases. The tools box is fantastic.
    Bye Faby

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    1. Thank you Faby! Yes I'm so happy I got the toolbox!

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  21. the tool box is awesome and the corset is lovely too! I love realism and the more realistic a mini looks the better I like it and if it has working parts like the tool box does I love it even more :)

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    1. Yes I love moving parts on miniatures as well. I just realised I have bought quite a few miniatures with moving parts, and also some 'metamorphic' furniture. Fascinating stuff!

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  22. Hi Josje
    I adore them all. The necklace is perfect with the corset, the blues are wonderful. I love the working pull out arms to the toolbox too. I like the tiny dollhouse in the background.
    Congratulations on some beautiful purchases
    Simon

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    1. Hi Simon, These purchases (especially the corset and the necklace) are a bit unusual for me as I am not into dolls. I do love fashion and costume though.
      The dolls house in the background was I kit I received for renewing my subscription to the Dolls House Nederland magazine. I finished it to look like the houses in a famous village not far from where I live. My first 1:144 scale! Fun but not something I want to do regularly ;-)

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  23. Ik kan me alleen maar aansluiten bij de rest, het is zo fascinerend als een miniatuur echt 'werkt'. En die gereedschapskist is echt zo'n geval! Ik zou daar uren mee kunnen spelen, open doen, dicht doen, er wat in stoppen, het er weer uithalen. Fantastisch! Mooie schatten heb je weer gevonden!

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    1. Dank je Anneke. Ja grappig is dat die fascinatie, ik heb dat ook hoor!

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  24. Money well spent, Josje! I know you don't like dolls but if you ever have one for these glorious clothes and jewellery, that one shall be so lucky lucky lucky :).

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    1. Haha! Yes, all of these dolls are just hoping to be bought by me now! I don't really see that happening, but never say never. I do want to make clothes though(or should I say costumes?) so it was with that in mind I bought the necklace.

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  25. Hi Josje,
    You've got some lovely miniatures from Rheda. And you've got that toolbox allready!!
    I went to his table but by that time he was completely sold out...but I will pick up mine next year at Rheda, it's allready ordered. The corset looks gorgeous and I don't have to tell anything about Ursula's necklaces since I got myself a "tiny" one as well.
    Thanks,
    Jeffry.

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    1. Yes your 'tiny' necklace, haha! I look forward to seeing who gets to wear that!
      Edmund has some really great stuff...I would have loved to buy some more from him. If I go to the show next year I'll be sure to visit his table right away. You are clever to order ahead of time!

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  26. Isn't it enchanting to find something that has all the details in miniature of a real life item? All the items are just beautiful - the corset, the necklace and the toolbox. If I didn't know that toolbox was miniature I'd think it was full size. Sandie

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    1. Enchanting is the right word! I feel fortunate I am able to own these miniatures.

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  27. Ik vindt alle drie de items echt heel fantastish! Kleine kunstwerkjes.
    Liefs
    Maria

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    1. Dank je Maria, dat zijn het zeker!

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  28. Great purchase! I am delighted by the toolbox, amazing!
    Hugs

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  29. Josje wat een schitterende dingen voor al die gereed schaps kist zo mooi en echt
    je heb heel mooie dingen gescoord.

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  30. Oh my gosh, this looks so amazing, you are such a creative person

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    1. Thanks Ti, but of course the corset, the necklace and the toolbox were made by some very talented people and I was lucky to be able to buy them.

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  31. Hi, Josje!

    What beautiful treasures! Everything looks absolutely magical against the backdrop of your rooms. I can't even believe the detail on that toolbox. I am also impressed by the clarity of your photographs, Josje --wish I could achieve that sharp quality.

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    1. Hi John, sometimes I cheat a little bit with my photographs. I have a wonderful big camera which takes fantastic photos, but it takes more time setting it up etc., so I often use my small automatic camera ( a cheap small Canon point and shoot). As it is an automatic I have to use little tricks to outsmart the smart camera. If you take a close up photo it is often more difficult to get a sharp image. When you zoom out a little it gets easier, plus you get a better depth of field which makes the things around it more in focus as well. I also try to use a tripod and use the timer so the camera doesn't move when I take the shot.
      After all that, I use a photo program (there are many free ones online) and sometimes sharpen, crop and resize the image before I upload it to my blog. A little bit more work perhaps, but I think it is worth it.

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  32. The toolbox is simply a drooler...... what a fantastic little object! Green with envy but so happy you've showed it, this is just the piece i would really set out to buy, even being a homeless girl. He's not to be found on the WWW (just a quick search) but i'll remember his name; Edmund Drescher. Thanks for sharing (she says drooling and dripping). You have a good (collectors) eye

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    1. Hi Debora, Unfortunately he only goes to the show in Rheda and no, no WWW. I do have his email address if you're interested? I think you would love his table...I was drooling over practically everything he made.

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  33. I was about to comment on your lovely photos too but noticed John had beaten me to it. They really set off your little pieces and I love the corset! (The tool kit's good too but I really like the corset!)

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    1. Thank you Irene! I cater to all tastes ;-)

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  34. Oh many wonderful treasures ,glad you have found them on the fair. They are all in the right hands ;-) . Love the photo of the bed !!! Jeannette x

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