1, 2, 3, Show!

I have been to three miniature shows these past two months.  Three!  At the beginning of April there was the Apeldoorn show in the Netherla...

I have been to three miniature shows these past two months.  Three!  At the beginning of April there was the Apeldoorn show in the Netherlands, then beginning of May there was the Kensington show in London, England and this past weekend I hitched a ride with Elly (and Elga) to the show in Rheda, Germany.  

Yes, I know how lucky I am to be able to visit three shows, but now I'll say something awful (or maybe I should just softly whisper...):  it was a bit much!    It was fun to meet and speak to some friends and miniaturists though.  

I promised to show you some of my purchases two weeks ago, but I have been too busy!  I will make it up to you, here's a little start:



In London I came across this pretty teapot made by Jack Cashmere.   I could not resist the pretty pattern and colours which are perfect for the Salon of my first Canal House!


The blue and white plate will move to some other part of the house as it does not match the style of the room.  I also found this beautiful bouquet of flowers at the Kensington fair.  Again the perfect colours for the Salon.


The flowers were made by Gill Rawling of Petite Fleur (no website I'm afraid).   Can you guess what they're made of?  They're all metal, brass I believe, and then painted.  Aren't they gorgeous?  And they'll last forever ;-)


In Rheda I could not resist buying another pair of shoes from Patrizia Santi (Patrisan).  She did not have too many left when I came to her table, but I thought these were fun and summery (is that a word?).   I will have to start making some clothes to go with my shoe collection!


My last purchase was a pair of scissors from Edmund Drechser (no website).  He makes the most wonderful miniature tools, all working of course!   Here's the proof:


   

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  1. I understand the business of a bit too much. I feel that way just going to the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago. Three huge ballrooms of miniatures is brain over load for me.

    The teapot is adorable I love the color and the rose on the lid.

    Wow she did a beautiful job painting those flowers. They do not look stiff as you might think metal ones would. Very pretty!

    The shoes and bag look very well made. ;-)

    I have been looking for a great pair of scissors. They must be very sharp. I tried to look at the video but it tells me it is private. ???

    Glad you had a good time. Surely there will be more to come after so many shows. :-)

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    1. Whoops sorry Catherine! I changed the setting to the video. Can you see it now?

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    2. Yes thank you. I just came back to see if you fixed it. WOW those scissors are fantastic!

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    3. Thank you! I'm glad it is working now.
      Good aren't they?! Totally useless of course, but so fun to know they really do work! They were gold when I saw them but he said he could make them black using some stuff he brought with him. A 'service while you wait'. I also bought a pair of secateurs from him, which look great just laying on the wall in my little garden. I want to make a large climbing rose against the wall, so plenty to do yet.

      Yes I do have a few more things to show... All in due time ;-)

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  2. Hallo Josje,

    Je aankopen zijn weer prachtig. Wat heerlijk dat je deze beurzen hebt kunnen bezoeken...ook al vond je het wat veel :). Het filmpje geeft de melding "Deze video is prive" en is dus niet te zien.

    Groetjes Xandra

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    1. Ik heb het net veranderd Xandra. Kan je het filmpje nu wel zien?

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  3. Hello Josje! Firstly, well done on managing to get through three shows, the crowds, noise and excitement can really take it out of you! The teapot is gorgeous and such a delicate design. Metal flowers?? Wow, I would never have guessed! The bags, shoes, and even the shoe box are beautiful and the scissors are a feat of engineering!! Thanks for showing us all these wonders. Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. You're welcome Brian! The shows are wonderful to visit (and I was so lucky to be able to go, I know!) but it gets to be a bit much to take in. Similar to visiting too many museums in a day, my brain then doesn't process all of the beautiful things it sees anymore, it becomes a blur. But I did have fun and came home with lovely miniatures which I can enjoy at leisure ;-)

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  4. Hi Josje,
    You've got some lovely piees for your canalhouse! Love the teapot, the decoration looks very delicate and finished of with some gold it's just perfect. The bouquet looks very real an perfect addition to the room. How many pair of shoes do you have to make clothes for?!? Maybe it's easier to make a walk-in-closet wit a shoe wall? Wonderfull that the siccors really work!
    Hopefully now you have some time to relax from visiting all those shows, you poor thing!

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    1. Hahaha, yes I am sad, am I not? The teapot could give us some inspiration for the next class perhaps? The gold may be tricky though. I'm not even sure Cocky does gold. I saw a fabulous tea/ coffee service at the Rijksmuseum Monday, but a b*tch to make probably. By the way, guess who we ran into at the Rijksmuseum Monday morning in front of the dollshouses? Jikkelien! Such a coincidence!

      I have 'only' five pairs at the moment, but plans for many more. I may yet have to make a walk in closet, I do have the perfect location for it in my new Canal House!

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  5. Bofferd, 3 beurzen en dan ook nog van die mooie. In Duitsland ben ik dit jaar niet geweest, vond de kleine zaal vorig jaar geweldig maar in de grote zaal wel heel veel bekenden uit Apeldoorn dus dat vond ik iets minder de moeite waard om daarvoor de lange reis te maken. Maar wie weet, volgend jaar heb ik er misschien weer zin in.
    Mooie spullen heb je gekocht, die schaar is super.

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    1. Ja ik weet het, ik ben een bofferd! Maar je hebt gelijk hoor, er staan in Rheda enorm veel dezelfde mensen als in Apeldoorn. In de kleine zaal staan een aantal Duitse stands die nergens anders staan, dus dat maakt het wel weer de moeite waard. Ik weet niet of ik volgend jaar weer ga (het is ook nog eens een heel eind weg voor mij) maar wie weet tegen die tijd...

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    2. Heel herkenbaar, dan ben je een jaar verder en vergeten wat je d'r minder leuk aan vond haha, da's ook maar goed ook eigenlijk.

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  6. Unas preciosas compras. El jarrón es una maravilla.

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    1. A little marvel... Isn't it just!

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  7. I love everything but those flowers just blow me away I cant believe they are made of metal (I wanted to try and make some flowers it's on my to do list) and those little shoes are adorable I have a pair of shoes like that only they're pink and tan (pink is a summer color dont you think?)

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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    1. Ah yes, the flowers are fantastic! And they look so delicate but are really sturdy!
      I agree, pink is a summer colour. Just look at all of the pink flowers that come out in summer!

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  8. Your tenacity was certainly well rewarded with wonderful treasures (the teapot and flowers are really special - incredible that those tiny fragile looking blooms are metal!) and meeting up with other miniaturists must have been really fun.

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    1. I had a great time meeting up with so many miniaturists Norma! Aren't those flowers just incredible? It is finding surprises like these that make these shows so wonderful.

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  9. It is exciting to attend one fair......but THREE fairs, well that is unfair...lol!!!!!!
    I love your purchases.

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    1. I know! It is absolutely unfair. I feel for you being such a loooong way from all of these shows!
      I talked to Lidi Stroud at the Kensington Fair for a while. What a trip they make just to get there! I don't envy them.

      To be honest I the trip to London was a late decision. I was thrown a bit off balance by the death of a friend a few months ago, then decided life is short so we must enjoy it while we can. So, I booked a room and a flight and just went. I had a great time.

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  10. Hoi Josje,
    Wat een verhaal en wat een geweldige aankopen heb je gedaan. Drie beurzen bezoeken is een verzoeking. Ik ben blij wanneer ik er 1 kan bezoeken. Maar ik vind het wel leuk te lezen wat andere zoal gedaan en gekocht hebben. Geeft mij het gevoel dat ik er ook een beetje bij ben geweest. ;-)
    Liefs Dorien

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    1. Hoi Dorien, Nou het was voor mij ook wat veel hoor. Maar het kwam op mijn pad en ik heb besloten gewoon lekker overal van te genieten, dus...drie beurzen dus ;-) Ik ben blij dat je door mijn verhaal en foto's mee kunt genieten!

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  11. Oh, that teapot is Divine!!! I think I know what you mean that three shows in a row is too much... I just went to my first show and came home completely overwhelmed!!! And those scissors are Amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you Betsy! It can be overwhelming, can't it? I usually go to the Apeldoorn show (formerly in Arnhem) and I often don't look at half of what is there because it is so much. I think my brain just partially shuts down ;-)

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  12. Who can doubt after this evidence so overwhelming! Amazing!
    Beautiful miniatures! =)

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    1. Isn't it amazing that they actually cut? Mr. Drescher does such nice work!

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  13. Love your purchases, very high quality, look forward to seeing more. You are lucky to have access to all those shows and there would not doubt be a lot of different miniaturists trading at each one. I would need very deep pockets just to get there:(

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    1. I know I am very lucky to be in a location which allows for fairly easy access to all of these shows. And then there is also the Paris show (where I shall not!! be going) which by train is only five hours away. If it weren't for Elly and Elga going to Rheda, I would not have gone there this time!

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  14. Vos achats sont magnifiques, j'ajoute aussi époustouflants pour ... les minis ciseaux !
    Trois salons ... quelle chanceuse !
    Bonne journée ! rosethé

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    1. Merci Rosethé! I know I am só lucky to be able to travel to these shows! Maybe you'll be going to the Paris Salon?

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  15. HO, je suis vraiment "JALOUSE " de vos siceaux .LOL! Je veux les même ! Qu'elle chance , je n ai pas du tout eu le temps de faire un salon cette année . Vos achats sont très beaux . Ce bouquet en métal est très étonnant , je n avais jamais vu cela avant . Merci pour ce partage .

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    1. Aren't the scissors great?! I saw them last year as well but as I was with a friend who comes from the other side of the planet I decided it was easier for me to try again another year than for her. And one year later I got them!

      The metal bouquet looks very delicate yet is incredibly strong!

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  16. Wilde net schrijven dat er dit weekend een beurs in Parijs is :-D
    Je hebt weer prachtige aankopen gedaan, maar die bloemen slaan alles! Ben er helemaal weg van....... jammer dat ze geen site heeft!

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    1. Ik heb het voorlopig even gehad met de beurzen ;-)
      Ja jammer dat ze geen website heeft, maar misschien vindt ze dat gewoon te druk. Ik heb het bouquet een kwartier na opening gekocht en haar werk verdween vrij snel. Ik dacht dat ik haar werk nooit eerder had gezien, maar het bouquet witte lelies dat ik in de entree van mijn poppenhuis heb staan is ook door haar gemaakt. Iemand anders heeft dit ooit voor mijn gekocht, dus ik had haar zelf nooit ontmoet.

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  17. Lucky you, getting to go to one fair, let alone three! That teapot is gorgeous; I can't believe the level of detail on something so tiny.

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    1. I know, I know! Ah yes, I saw the teapot and immediately wanted to buy it :-)

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  18. Hello Josje,
    3 shows...you must be exhausted! As always you have an eye for the most ebautiful miniatures ever. Everything is beautiful, but I do love the teapot!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac, yes I am exhausted! I have been recovering all week ;-) The teapot is a favourite of mine also.

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  19. Magníficas compras! Son cosas preciosas!
    Saludos

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  20. The teapot is my favourite. I can imagine how difficult it must be to paint something so small!

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    1. Having hands-on experience with porcelain painting I know how difficult it is to paint something so small. And apparently the gold is quite difficult to do also (I have never done gold).

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  21. Wat een een kunststukjes heb je weten te bemachtigen. De bloemen zijn zo teer en fijn, prachtig. Evenals het schilderwerk op de theepot. En wie wil er nu niet een echt knippende schaar? Subliem!!

    Groetjes, Roelie

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    1. Mooi hè? Moet je voorstellen wat er allemaal op die shows te zien is! In London was er een Japanse dame die ook porselein schilderde. Dat was toch wel zo vréselijk mooi! Maar ja, dat kon ik niet betalen. Dat geeft ook niets natuurlijk, het is al leuk om het te kunnen zien.

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  22. I like your purchases, especially the teapot.
    Greetings, Faby

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  23. Beautiful thanks for posting these purchases. It's fun to see what people come home from shows with.

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    1. You're welcome Linda. Yes, I always enjoy show reports as well. Now I should just remember to take photos during the shows!

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  24. usted hizo una gran compra son todas preciosas
    un abrazo

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  25. I think that going to 3 shows would be just marvelous! I've not done it mind you, but the thought of the thrill is there! I can imagine that a European show may differ in ambiance than those in the U.S or Canada. Here on the west coast everything is very laid back and in the U.S. the shows that I have attended have been much more energized. Both have their merits and I have always come home with the goods regardless of the atmosphere but I do buy more when the electricity is in the air! Your purchases are all wonderful Josje! How could they be otherwise? You have both exceptional and exquisite taste!

    elizabeth

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    1. Yes you're right, they all have a different atmosphere. At the London show there's a real buzz and excitement. The Rheda show is very laid back, but maby that's because I was there on Sunday and it was very quiet. The Arnhem show is somewhere in between. But they are all wonderful shows! And I always buy as much as my pockets will allow me ;-) Usually I find some more wonderful things when I have spent all my money towards the end of the show. Oh well there must be something to dream of for next time...;-)

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    2. PS: I looked into visiting the Chicago show, I would love to see that one! But it is just too expensive with the trip and hotel and everything. It would leave me totally out of pocket at the show. Now that would not be fun at all would it?

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  26. Hi Josje, wat een prachtige miniaturen heb je op de shows gekocht. Maar ik kan me helemaal voorstellen dat drie poppenhuisbeurzen achter elkaar een beetje teveel worden om te verwerken. Ik sta doorgaans al aan het eind van de dag in onze nederlandse beurs in Apeldoorn te tollen :-)

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    1. Hoi Liduina, het is jammer dat de beurzen allemaal zo vlak na elkaar zijn, alhoewel ik niet weet of ik naar meer beurzen zou gaan als ze meer over het jaar verspreid zouden zijn hoor! Ik kan een hoop hebben qua drukte, mijn brein sluit zich gewoon een beetje af. Wellicht verklaart dat waarom ik vaak hele stands gemist heb op beurzen ;-) Maar ik hoor het van de meeste mensen dat ze na zo'n dag op een beurs helemaal gaar zijn.
      Nu een paar maanden rust, dan kunnen we er in oktober weer tegenaan ;-)

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  27. Your purchases are exquisite.
    Geneviève

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  28. Great loot , Josje ! Although your brain is very wise just to do a partial shutdown. Mine does, as well, there is only so much one can take in on one day. I could not handle three shows, either and have just less or more recovered from the Rhedashow !
    I do love the bouquet and the teapot, though, especially!
    Cheeers and TTY !
    Elly

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    1. Same here Elly, I only managed to catch up on my sleep today and finally feeling not tired any more. I think the brain is starting up again ;-)
      I did have fun though, and thanks again for driving, it was much appreciated!

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  29. Just to say i admire your work, it's quite an inspiration!Thank you for sharing.Best regards, Diogo

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    1. Thank you very much Diogo! I just checked out your blog, your work looks lovely. You don't have a follow option on your blog!

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  30. Thank you very much Josje!I've lost my blog email and password...ups!I've made a new one, i'm still working out the options so you can follow!

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  31. This is my new blog, have a pic, i would like to have your opinion!

    http://theminiroomboxes.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Your blog is looking great Diogo! I love your cabinet and the rooms are looking beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of your work! Don't loose your password ;-)))

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  32. I love your loot, all great additions to the salon! The scissors are magnificent too, i've got two of his as well. And indeed the best is they work! Great demonstration you've put up, it made me smile big time :D I simply lóve it when miniatures move, work or are manipulatable :) But the best are the wedges! They are to die for! Ubber fun for a girl in summer. I remember you've got more pair, amongst are black pumps with a red lining! Another great find from the fairs you've attended.

    I read about your tiling adventure too. They turned out a treat! How clever you are!!!

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    1. I am so with you on the 'moving, working or manipulating' front! It makes any miniature ten times more interesting or fun. Just to know that these scissors actually cut, not just move, but cut...makes them wonderful. I know I am probably never going to cut anything with them again, but that's beside the point.
      And the wedges, well you've got the perfect words for them: uber fun! I would wear those if they were my size! Patrizia makes such fabulous shoes, I could spend a fortune on them. Am I stereotyping myself now? Hahaha!

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