Vanishing act...

 Contrary to what you might believe (as I have not posted anything on my blog lately), I did not abandon the miniature world.   But tim...


 Contrary to what you might believe (as I have not posted anything on my blog lately), I did not abandon the miniature world.   But time just seems to fly past!

Last weekend I went to the Apeldoorn Dolls House Show.  As usual I had a lot of fun with my friends and saw (and bought!) many gorgeous things.  I spent far too much money, but someone has to keep the economy going, right?  It might as well be me then ;-)

My first stop at the show was the table of Patrizia Santi (Patrisan).    I love the shoes she makes and cannot pass the opportunity to buy a few of her pieces each time I see her at a show.   A girl can never have too many shoes, can she?  
This time I went for the work boots.  I just adore the rubber profile soles which are flexible like real shoes would be. 


These brown leather booties closely resemble a pair I have in real life.  Again, looove the profiled soles.  And the matching handbag...what can I say, just perfect.  The photos don't do them justice!


These red summer sandals and matching clutch handbag are so cool.  Just look at those perfectly formed platform heels!   Resistance was futile.


 As I had started work on the kitchen of my new Canal House,  it gave me a 'shopping purpose'.  From my previous photos you can see I did not strictly adhere to it.  Below are the first stages of the kitchen cabinets.  They are very similar to the ones I have made before.  
The tiles I won from Idske will be going on the wall above the kitchen worktop.


A few days ago I wanted to install the cabinet doors.  In my stash I found I had 6 tiny hinges left, just enough for the three doors.  As I started work, I noticed one of the hinges had gone missing.  I looked everywhere for it (yes, including my sleeves and the soles of my shoes) but it just disappeared.   When I set back to work, I noticed another hinge had gone missing.  What?  Again, I could not find it.  It just vanished.   So strange.   And it wasn't even Halloween.

Now I'll have to order new ones.  This is where I get them:  Phoenix Model Developments.  They're not cheap, but I like the size.  


I did not only buy shoes at the fair, I managed to find some pieces for my kitchen.  I bought a green  porcelain dinner service...oh hang on, that is actually for my dining room which I haven't even started work on yet... There are more pieces to the dinner service than are shown in the photo and if possible I hope to add some hand painted pieces to it myself.


The blue and white vase in the photo is one I painted in Cocky Wildschut's porcelain painting class.  I painted the design freehand after a full sized 17th century Kangxi porcelain example.  It turned out really nice.   The tiles with the dog (also copied from a full sized example) was something I did in a previous class and have now incorporated into a tile wall.  


This wonderful coffeepot is by Elisabeth Causeret.  I love the two separate filters.  
The simplicity of the salt glaze pots fit well into my 17th century inspired kitchen so I bought several more pots and a jug.  

These were my last purchases at the show.  So I have shown you the first and the last things I have bought at the autumn show.  And the ones in between?  Ah, you'll just have to be patient! ;-)

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  1. hallo Josje
    wat heb je mooie spulletjes gekocht
    groetjes Marja
    http://mijnminihobby.blogspot.nl/

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  2. Wow, you really picked up some exceptional pieces, Josje! The shoes are particularly cool and you're right: I girl (or boy) can't ever have enough shoes! I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who 'loses' things --drives me absolutely MAD! Those hinges really are the perfect size, though, so I thank you for the link. Nice to see your post and thanks also for sharing all your gorgeous, new loot.

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Hi John, I wonder what it is that makes a lot of people love shoes so much...In this case, Patrizia just gets it right and has many styles to pick from. And they don't cost a fortune.
      The hinges still have not appeared, and I have stopped looking. Sometimes I think I must have imagined I had more hinges, I must just be going crazy.

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  3. Mooie spullen heb je weer gekocht, ben wel benieuwd naar je andere koopjes. Ik was dit jaar alleen zaterdag op de show, eigenlijk te kort 1 dag, was de hele dag aan het rennen tussen de theeblikken (waren van mijn forum, ben hartstikke trots op ze) en de kramen waar ik persé naar toe wilde en ook nog pogingen gedaan om bij te kletsen met vriendinnen. Moest jij ook nog wennen aan de nieuwe indeling.

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    1. Oh ik heb zaterdag heel even bij de blikken gekeken, maar wist natuurlijk niet dat jij daar stond. Ja een dag is voor mij ook te kort. Zelfs met twee dagen heb ik nog niet alles gezien. De nieuwe indeling was wel beter vond ik, omdat je makkelijker tussen de rijen door kon ergens anders naar toe.

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  4. I love the work boots. Those are my favorite. Personally speaking, I would buy those brown leather booties in RL
    1: 1 scale in a flash!
    I am so glad to see your painted tiles up on the wall of your kitchen. How wonderful they look.
    You are not the only one that Gremlins who steal things off their work space. Sometimes it gives me the creeps (though I try not to believe in silly things like that). I can know I left something right in front of me. Turn around and it's GONE! Sometimes never to be found again.

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    1. The shoes are great aren't they? The brown booties are a favourite of mine in real life too.
      The tiles (dog and cat) are incorporated into the wall on either side of the stove. They look pretty good even though the tiles are bigger than the other tiles. But it works I think.
      Ahh the Gremlins...we have their cousins over here, the gnomes. Legend has it they will also do work for you in the night, but I have never seen any evidence of that. But they have taken plenty of things from me, so their house must start to look pretty good by now.

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  5. Hi Josje, great shoes! A girl can never have enough and that goes for handbags too!

    I sympathise about the hinges, very annoying when that happens...

    Love the tiles over the kitchen counter, they look very at home there. The dog is quite stunning set into the wall of witjes!

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    1. Dank je Idske! Yes your tiles look good there don't you think? I think once I have incorporated them into the wall and finished the rest of it they will look great!

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  6. Dear Josje,
    What a wonderful things you bought at the fair. Those shoes .... wow they're amazing. The pottery is amazing also.
    Hugs Dorien

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  7. Simply spectacular work, by you and the other miniature artists. WOW!

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  8. Los zapatos son increíbles. No me extraña que no pudieras resistirte.También me parece excelente el trabajo de pintura del jarrón.

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    1. Gracias Isabel. La pintura de la porcelana es muy bonito, tengo tantas ideas! Lamentablemente no tengo horno, así que ni siquiera puede hornear.

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  9. Hi Josje,
    I asume the hinges were never to be found again? I find it so frustrating, I dropped a miniature nail polish lid/brush the other day, never to be seen again until that last second before it went up the vacuum cleaner a few days later,I had a look through the dust but couldn't find it again!

    You have some lovely things from the fair, I just love the boots, the shoes and handbags for that matter too! Your kitchen is looking wonderful too, I enjoyed looking at the kitchen in your last canal house so I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop.The pottery and dinner ware a beautiful too, I wish we had fairs like yours, so many beautiful things to buy.

    Fi xx

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    1. The hinges just vanished into thin air. Oh I have cut open the vacuum bag several times this year, but so far have never been able to find what went missing. Yes, very frustrating! Can you make a replacement lid for your nailpolish bottle?

      Yes the fair is really nice, I always spend two days there and then I still manage to not see everything. I talk too much! It is a shame you live so far away...But if there are things you would like me to get for you at the fairs I visit over here, I'd be happy to send it to you!

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    2. Thanks Josje, Thats so kind of you, I will keep that in mind. There is a small chance Mia and I could be over there June/July 20014 but I have been taking note of when you and others mention the fairs and I am not aware of any in those months. If there are any then I'd love to know.

      XX

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    3. Oh that would be fun! Maybe we'll have a chance to meet up...The German fair in Rheda wil be at the end of May next year, but the fair in Paris is the 22nd of June (SIMP: http://www.simp-paris.com/ ) I have never been to the fair in Paris, but I am told that although not a big fair, it is very nice. There may be some local shows in England during those months, but I don't know where.

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  10. Have you changed anything in your blog. Suddenly my virus protection keeps popping up telling giving me a false positive for Malware.

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    1. Oh that's annoying! I haven't changed anything, apart from this post of course. I'll have a look later today if I can find anything in the HTML which looks strange.

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    2. I'm afraid I didn't find anything suspicious Catherine. I hope the problem went away by itself...

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  11. Josje, wonderful purchases! You are absolutely correct - it is never enough when it comes to shoes, doesn't matter real size or mini. Mini hugs, Natalia

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  12. Oh, those Dishes are Gorgeous!!! And the Shoes are Swoon worthy!!! Your kitchen is looking so fabulous... those tiles you painted are Beautiful! I love the dog as a subject... it seems so unusual! And your vase painting is very impressive... it is so difficult to keep even strokes on a curved surface! I can't wait to see more of your new treasures!

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    1. Thank you Betsy! The dog tiles have a partner on the other side of the stove, a cat. In the 17th/18th century they represented the good and the bad. The dog represented the good, loyalty, watchfulness and honesty. The cat represented the bad, the incarnation of the devil (witches), carelessness and loose sexual morals.
      Porcelain painting is fun and I'd love to do more of it but unfortunately I don't have a porcelain oven (and they're really expensive to buy).

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  13. Love your treasures, Josje! The treads on the boots and shoes just gets me it is so cool!! It just looks so incredibly real. I'm so jealous of your freehand painting skills! Wow! Your kitchen already is looking wonderful. The hinges are perfect. Hmm... Wonder where the ones went????

    Susan

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    1. Must have been the Gremlins, as Catherine said ;-) Thanks Susan!

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  14. Wat een stoere schoenen en een pracht van een keuken!
    groetjes van Marijke
    www.thuis-in-het-klein.blogspot.nl

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    1. Ja goed he die schoenen. Dank je wel Marijke!

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  15. Hoi Josje,jammer dat ik je gemist hebt in apeldoorn maar je heb je slag geslagen met mooie aankopen.En wat word je keuken weer erg mooi.
    groetjes adrie

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    1. Ach wat jammer! Maar we zaten natuurlijk met onze neuzen in de miniaturen ;-) Dank je Adrie!

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  16. I can never pass up those shoes, either! :D You bought some lovely things!

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    1. Thanks Brea! Aren't those shoes she makes great?!

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  17. Ah, two of my favourite sellers. I wish Patrizia would visit England more often, I never tire of seeing her footwear. Elisabeth's pottery is just fabulous. Looking forward to seeing your scene progress =0)

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    1. Thanks Pepper. Yes I would like to see them both more often as well, although I don't think my wallet would thank me ;-) Although... Last year I visited three fairs in three months and I must say it was a bit much. I realized that it was actually quite nice to have to wait a few monts for a next dose of miniatures, strange as that may seem...

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  18. Hi Josje
    I can't wait to see more of the kitchen. I am determined to add a kitchen to my new house so need all the help I can get!
    I love your new dinner service.
    Enjoy your weekend
    X

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    1. Hi Simon, Work is progressing slowly on the kitchen. I do know what I want it to look like though. Mostly based on a 17th century design, but with some modern touches, we do live in 2013 after all ;-) I'd like to make a big modern fridge and maybe a shiny new coffeemachine or something like that.
      Based on what you have shown us before, you can build anything you want and it will be beautiful! But in the highly unlikely case you do need some help, just ask!

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  19. Love your purchases, specially the shoes. They really looks like size one/one.

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    1. Patrizia is the best in making miniature shoes! And she keeps bringing new models, so we can keep up with the fashions ;-)

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  20. Geweldige aankopen, geniet er maar fijn van!! Ja, zoooo irritant, dat van die kleine dingetjes, die ineens verdwijnen en soms in de stofzuigerslang een irritant geluidje geven zo van: "nou, hier lagen we, je hebt niet goed genoeg gezocht" ;D!
    Ik vond de indeling van de beurs flink verbeterd, je kon alles veel beter vinden en beter doorlopen om alles in een dag te moeten zien. Zou ook wel eens meer dagen willen....
    Fijn weekend. Groetjes, Ilona

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    1. Haha, ja dat geluidje ken ik wel!! En dan de stofzuigerzak opensnijden en lekker door al dat stof wroeten, bah! Maar voorlopig heb ik ze niet gevonden. Ik zal morgen maar eens gaan stofzuigen ;-)
      Ik vond de indeling ook beter. Veel makkelijker om even snel door te steken naar een andere kant. Mijn vriendin en ik maken er altijd een gezellig weekend van.'s Avonds gezellig uit eten met een paar vrienden...erg leuk. Ik kijk er elke keer weer naar uit.

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  21. The boots are certainly a "must have". The detailing is perfect and you chose lots of other marvellous items.

    It's always nice to see your work in progress.

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    1. Thank you Irene. Yes those boots are good, aren't they?!

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  22. Gorgeous shoes and the house is shaping up very nicely.

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  23. Prachtige schoenen en andere aankopen! Misschien een idee om te stofzuigen met een oude panty over de stofzuigermond, dan hoef je niet door het stof te graaien. Heb je de email van het Rijksmuseum ontvangen over de awards voor schatten die gemaakt zijn nav de collectie uit het museum? Ik moest gelijk denken aan de kist met porseleinen flesjes.
    Groet,
    Véronique

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    1. Ah ja, goed idee Véronique! Dat zal ik in de buurt van mijn werktafel vaker gaan doen, wie weet wat ik allemaal vind. ;-)
      Ik had de mail wel gelezen, maar niet aan het kistje gedacht. Dat is zeker een mooie schat uit hun collectie. Misschien Jens even waarschuwen...

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  24. Hi Josje,
    Great to see some of your "findings" at the show!! It was again a great time.
    Love your kitchen allready.......I'm still not sure about mine....so I'm looking forward to see the progress on yours for some inspiration.

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    1. Oh I'm sure you'll get your inspiration from somewhere...I knew I wanted mine along the lines of the ones I had made before, so that was fairly easy. I will be adding some modern conveniences though.
      I'm always amazed how much you manage to find, considering how little time you have!
      Photos coming your way!

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  25. What wonderful finds! My goodness I wish I were with you there!

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    1. Ah yes, I wish you could come too!

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  26. Wat leuk Josje, inderdaad dezelfde pot! Prachtig aardewerk maakt Elisabeth Causeret toch....... De schoenen die je gekocht hebt ben ik helemaal weg van, vooral die stoere stappers! Je keuken is nu al een genot om naar te kijken, geweldig mooi!

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    1. Dank je Ineke! Ja die pot was ook mijn eerste keus, zo'n mooie vorm! En die stoere schoenen wilde ik al een tijdje, maar ze waren of uitverkocht, of ik had het geld niet meer. Nu als eerste naar haar stand gegaan dus nu heb ik ze ;-)

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  27. Some time ago it was said that they were diamonds, the best friends of women, but now things have definitely changed, and if there were deposits of shoes, we would all looking for them, like the gold rush!
    Beautiful shoes Patrizia Santi, and I find it very funny that you had elected to saving the economy :-)
    A big (mini) hug
    Flora

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    1. Haha, yes Flora, shoe-mining. I think there might be secret deposits in Italy though!
      As for me saving the economy, my grandfather always said 'Your last shirt doesn't have any pockets'. :-))))

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  28. I love the shoes (I have a closet full and I still buy more because I love them so much..I think I have an addiction)

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. I think I'm like you. My son said the other day 'Oh mum no, not more shoes. You already HAVE shoes.' He doesn't understand, hahaha.

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  29. Verbazingwekkende dingen die je gekocht! Ik kijk uit naar wat er zal van de keuken zijn. Al kunt u zien hoe mooi en volwassen!
    Amazing stuff you bought! I look forward to what will be the kitchen. Already you can see how beautiful and meticulous work!

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    1. Köszönöm Anda. Milyen kedves, hogy írsz a holland. Remélem, hogy folytatni kell a konyha ezen a héten, és természetesen mutatni itt!

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  30. I love the shoes too, Patrizia's work is always amazing.
    Geneviève

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  31. I am impatiently waiting for you to finish kitchen. I am myself also working on the same topic and want fantastic inspiration from you! :)

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    1. Oh dear, no pressure then, haha! You do know I don't work fast, don't you? ;-)

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  32. Stunning shoes and beautiful pictures.
    Magda

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  33. Your photos are a never-ending inspiration to me. Whenever I feel tired of miniature world all I need is a look at your blog. THANK YOY :).

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    1. Oh Gosia, thank you for such a lovely compliment! But I do hope you don't grow tired of the miniature world too often, as you have so much to offer us, I would not like to miss you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  34. I have a serious case of shoe envy - especially the work boots - Patrizia is so talented.

    The painting on the vase is so lovely Josje, very delicate.

    Thanks for the info as to where you buy your hinges, and bad luck about the lost one :(

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    1. Thank you Norma! I heard something metal go up the vacuum hose earlier this week, I think it may have been the hinge ;-) Didn't feel like opening up the bag and going through all the stuff though...

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  35. Kitchen is gorgeous, now I want a stable door!!! :D And I ADORE THE SHOES! ?You've taken great photos of them, especially with the handbag in the background and the shoe box with the shoes on top, adorable. Much envy :D I need those brown heeled boots in real life.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes those brown boots are nice, aren't they?

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  36. Hi, just found your blog through suggestions on bloglovin' =)
    I love shoes, and these are wonderful, love the boots!! And you are so right, a girl can never have too many shoes ;)
    Hannah

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    1. Thanks Hannah! And in this scale, I won't run out of room to put them either ;-)

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