Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Show Apeldoorn

A few weeks ago I visited the Dolls House Nederland Show in Apeldoorn.   I could only go for one day this time, so it was impossible for me to see everything.  It was unusually quiet that day at the show, which was very good for us visitors but not so good for the people who were trying to sell their miniatures.  I hope the people who were there did their best to compensate for the lost sales.  I certainly did! 

Here are some of my purchases: 


A lovely lidded vase, painted by Dieneke Boektje.  The vase temporarily lives in the yellow salon, but I bought it to go in my chinoiserie dining room, which I have only recently started to work on.



      I picked up the vase and two bowls which I painted during a Cocky Wildschut class.  The dog and cat tiles on the wall in the background were also painted by me in one of her classes.  Even though I produce work with varying results,  I always enjoy these classes.  


And then I saw this beautiful wall fountain.  It is made by Henny Staring-Egberts.  My head said 'don't go there, don't look at it'  but my heart would not let me.  Within seconds I knew I had to get this ;-)


Isn't it gorgeous?  It is not hanging in its right location yet, although I do rather like it on that wall.  However, it would be rather odd to have a fountain behind a door.  It should go in the downstairs hall close to the dining room.


Blue and white by several different makers.    Wall tiles on the left by Idske de Jong,  salt vessel and blue lidded pot by Elisabeth Causeret,  vase and bowl painted by me,  wall fountain by Henny Staring-Egberts.





I leave you with two photos of the spring 2014 fair in Apeldoorn: 




58 comments:

  1. You did buy some lovely things. The vase by Dieneke Boektje is gorgeous. Though I think the pieces you painted are every bit as beautiful. Who could resist that wall fountain!!!! I just love the mermaid and dolphins. It is a very exciting piece.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. The porcelain painting is something I enjoy very much and wish I could do at home. Maybe one day I'll be able to buy a small oven.

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  2. Yes, I agree you HAD to buy that fountain lol. I am sure the whole lot brought you home feeling very happy. Lovely lovely items. :-)

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  3. Your china is Gorgeous, Josje! And while you might think your painted pieces are mixed results..... They look perfect to me! I envy you the opportunity to take those classes! That fountain is Awesome.... but I could not imagine where it should go! It is too delicate for outdoors... I suppose it really makes sense in a pre-plumbing world.... a small wall cistern with a tap would be very handy by the dining room! Beautiful pictures and a teaser about the "Chinoiserie dining room...! When will we see some shots of that???? (I have such a weakness for Chinoiserie....!)

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    1. Thank you Betsy! The fountain is going in the hallway, right outside the dining room. Although it would also look great in a special china cabinet in the dining room, they often had fountains in there to rinse glasses. Hmm, I may still decide on that as although I have started work on the dining room, there isn't much to see yet, I've only made two windows so far. I could show some progress shots though!

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  4. I LOVE IT ALL and now I have china envy!!! :( I love the way you have it all displayed too, with the mix of the complimentary brown pieces on the floor, close by your stunning blue and white wall fountain. It is just like a "old master" painting.

    And what a SHOW! It is huge

    ... it is like heaven! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I do have such a weakness for china, and silver. The more the better ;-)

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  5. Wat een prachtige aankopen heb je gedaan Josje. De muurfontein is inderdaad heeeel mooi. Het resultaat van je workshop bij Cocky is ook schitterend. Wat een prachtig geheel op de foto. Als je het niet weet zie je niet dat het miniaturen zijn.

    Groetjes Xandra

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    1. Dank je wel Xandra. Ik ben ook zo blij dat ik de muurfontein heb gekocht! Ik moet wel een paar maanden op water en brood nu, maar dat heb ik er voor over, haha!

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  6. I am new to blogging, and have just discovered yours! What I have been missing all this time..... :) I am really enjoying all things mini. Thank you for your inspiration.
    Vivian

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    1. Welcome! And you're welcome ;-) What fun you'll be having discovering all these wonderful miniatures on the internet!

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  7. Hi Josje! You've made some amazing purchases! The wall fountain really does catch the eye and looks great mounted. Your painting skills are excellent, the vase and bowls look professionally decorated!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Thank you Brian. I hope to do more porcelain painting in the future, I enjoy it a lot.

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  8. I love your wall fountain too and can perfectly understand why you couldn't not bring it home! I'm also now looking forward very much to pics of progress on your dining room.

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    1. I have only just started work on the windows of the dining room, so not much to see yet. But soon I hope!

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  9. Hello Josje,
    I love every piece you chose. Wow! they are all so beautiful and incredibly well done. The wall fountain is spectacular...but I must admit my favorite is that gorgeous vase in the first picture. Wonderful purchases.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! Yes I liked that vase the second I saw it and it fits in well with the chinoiserie theme I want in the dining room!

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  10. Hi Josje! Nou, gelukkig kon jij wel naar de beurs in Apeldoorn, want anders was het niet best voor de verkopers daar, maar voor de kijker uiteraard wel, hè ;)!? Dank voor je overzichtsfoto's van de beurs: ben ik er nu toch heel eventjes geweest ;)!
    Jij hebt echt mooie aankopen gedaan. De fontein is werkelijk prachtig, maar je eigen werk is ook niet voor de poes, hoor! Jouw keuken ziet er echt authentiek uit met alle spullen die er nu in staan.
    Mooi licht ook voor de foto's, dat is ook heel belangrijk voor foto's maken, maar dat hoef ik jou niet meer te vertellen natuurlijk....
    Groetjes, Ilona

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    1. Ja echt jammer dat het zo stil was op de beurs. Maar de sfeer was goed hoor en ik heb een hoop goed gemaakt denk ik ;-) Wat het licht betreft, ja daar let ik wel op bij het fotograferen. Niet altijd even makkelijk, maar een extra lampje doet vaak wonderen!

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  11. Beautiful purchases. Wish I could have been there! I am a pushover for ceramics - the wall fountain is such a find. Btw, your salon and kitchen are to die for...I can only hope to one day attain your skill level :^)

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    1. Thank you Alison! Yes I do love ceramics too! But you could tell that from my purchases ;-)
      As for the rooms I make, the most important part of making miniatures for me is the enjoyment of making and the process involved. Researching history and different styles, trying out different techniques and materials, what works and what doesn't work...

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    2. Agreed! I've learned more about food and cuisine through research than I ever thought imaginable. Rather pleasurable because I also love to cook and eat! And it's icing on the cake to develop a successful new technique. Ready to extend my enthusiasm to building structures and furniture but I feel research alone won't cut it...will definitely be beneficial to attend classes :^)

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  12. Tus compras son magníficas, especialmente la fuente. Me encanta. Pero tu pintura está realmente bien.

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  13. Mooi die vaas van Dieneke Boektje, ik zet haar meteen op mijn lijstje om de volgende keer eens beter van dichtbij te bekijken. Inderdaad jammer dat het zo rustig was, ik was zelf van plan om 2 dagen te gaan maar in 1 dag was ik er zover doorheen dat ik het daarbij gelaten heb en mijn portemonnee was een heel eind leeg. Geniet van je mooie aankopen!

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    1. Dank je Inge! Dieneke Boektje had niet veel staan, maar deze vaas sprong er meteen uit voor mij.
      Ik was er ook maar een dag en ook mijn portemonnee was leeg ;-)

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  14. What beautiful china, and the detail in the painting is wonderful. The show looked immense I'd love to visit one day, thanks for sharing
    Hazel

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    1. Thank you Hazel. Yes it is a big show. It usually takes me two days to see it all, but my friends tell me that's because I chat too much ;-)

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  15. I adore the pieces you painted Josje....very nice indeed! The wall fountain is so unique, I am sure you would have 'kicked' yourself later had you not bought it. I am a HUGE fan of Elisabeth C's work also........what lovely items you went home with. It is sad to see a show with so few buyers, but I hope the next day or so was a little busier for them.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I have ordered some more pieces from Elisabeth Causeret for me to pick up in London in two weeks. I hope to be painting them myself in a class later this year. Lots to look forward to!

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  16. Your china is so beautiful, Josje! And thanks for sharing photos :)
    Hugs from Poland

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome!

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  17. I love the wall fountain! So beautiful! And thanks for the pictures of the show. I hope to go one day. By the way, does anyone sell a miniature hagelslag box? I am looking for one for my Dutch hotel breakfast scene :)

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    1. I'm not sure who sells hagelslag boxes, but why don't I scan them for you so you can print and make them yourself? We have De Ruyter hagelslag on our breakfast table, is that OK?

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    2. PS: You can contact me via my profile.

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    3. Sorry to say I don't remember who it was, but during the show late August i came across a stall that nothing but Dutch packagings. Old ones, vintage ones, hagelslag :) Droste lettres, soap, bisquits, you mane it. I had to stop and take a look, they all looked so wonderful, perfect if you were to set a table or fill a pantry. So they are out there, but as Josje already suggested, you can make them yourself.

      Good luck! Whether it's with hunting them down or with making them yourself.

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    4. Yes that's true, I remember seeing those as well in the past. I'm afraid to say I don't know what their name is either...

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    5. That would be great. Thanks so much.

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    6. You're welcome. I found your email in my spam box. I'll mail you back.

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    7. Your email must have gone in my spam mailbox, as I never found it. I just emailed you again, but then I thought I better post here, since email doesn't seem to be working :(. I will also email you from a different email address which is not filled up with (yet) with so much spam. Anyway hope you are enjoying the last days of summer!

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    8. No problem. Another email is on its way!

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  18. Lovely selection out of the large offerings. They have found a great new home and it's clear you enjoy them very much! Thank you for showing us!

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  19. Wonderfull wall fontain, so beautifull form and color.
    Fyne dag lente.

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  20. Hi Josje! I recently became interested in miniatures and after searching through many blogs I must say that your work is my favourite so far! Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Angela, that's very kind of you to say. There is so much to discover! Have fun!

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  21. Wat een prachtige vazen en potten, de muur kraan is echt een prachtstuk!

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    1. Dank je Gonda! Ja mooi dat kraantje he, ik kon het niet weerstaan ;-)

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  22. que hermosos trabajos y qué hermosas fotografías ...

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  23. Hi Josje,

    What an inspiring show! I have been kind of out of the loop, lately, but it was SO COOL to see your post!

    XOXO
    John

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    1. Hi John, yes I have missed you! But I must say I have not been reading many blogs lately either, so I don't know what's going on with everyone. I hope to pick up reading the blogs soon, and of course hope to see something new on your blog too ;-)))))))) Hope you're OK!

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  24. I love all of your purchases....the fountain especially is stunning!! Well done!

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