Sunday, 27 July 2014

This-a-way , That-a-way , which way ?


 We are having a glorious summer here in the UK . It's been too hot  in the shed and there have been lots of distractions to keep me from making my usual xmas in july dolls !  My husband had a hip replacement operation a few weeks ago and I was all set to be nursing him at home for a few weeks.   However , he has made a really amazing recovery, so with my nursing not being needed and with the help of my big electric fan I am busy working on new dolls for the Autumn shows :) 

 This year I will be at  Miniatura , Birmingham , UK September 20th and 21st
DHN show, Holland , October 25th and  26th
Kensington Xmas festival Novemer 29th

If you can come along please say hello !
I am working on some witches right now with Hallowe'en in mind.
This which way witch just cant decide which way to go and doesnt really care too much !
here she is sitting on an old tree trunk deciding wether she should go thisaway or thataway or just rest for a while .
I will be previewing a lot of the Autumn fair dolls here over the coming weeks so pop back often to see which new characters will be on my table this Autumn.
julie xxx
 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Back from Germany and Wish List news !

I am back from Germany exhibiting at the 1 zu 12 show.
The show  was wonderful, lots of happy customers ( and exhibitors ! ) so big thanks to Barbara for organising such a great event !
This photo shows my stand at the start of the show, by the end of the show there werent many dolls left !

Wish List News !
I have had lots of requests for commissions after having to close my commission book due to demand last year.
After talking to customers at the Spring shows and giving it much thought, I have decided to start a wish list.
I think this will work well, unlike a commission there is no time deadline and no obligation to purchase. 
Quite simply you let me know what you would like and if I think I can do justice to it then I will make it when I have time in between shows .
If whoever wished for the dolls changes their mind then thats okay , I can then sell the doll online or at a show.
I would welcome your thoughts on this so feel free to contact me , and of course if you would like to add your name to the wish list just let me know.
I have added a page with details of how to contact me and there is also a link on the sidebar.
julie x 
 

Monday, 19 May 2014

1 zu 12 show A2 Forum Rheda - Wiedenbruck Germany May 24th and 25th

I am just back from Kensington Dollshouse festival . I had a fab time and it was a very good show for me .Now I am very busy making a few new characters for the next show which is in just a few days time !
I am really looking forward to my trip to Germany and exhibiting at the 1 zu 12 show at the A2 Forum in Rheda on Germany 24th and 25th May.

 I  have been so busy with two fairs close together that I haven't had time to take many preview photos , I have been too busy making the dolls !
The first is a teaser for my show special which as you can see will be Mother Goose . I will take more photos at the show for those who cant get there but for now here is a side view , this was taken before  made the setting which goes with it .
Here are just a couple of the new characters who will on my table this weekend






If you are visiting the show please come and say hello, I dont speak very good German but somehow when it comes to miniatures we always manage to understand each other  :)
julie xxx

 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Waiting for a train ...

 This rather tragic looking lady is waiting for her train to arrive at the station
 I too will be waiting for a train on friday and my case is almost as big as the trunk this lady is sitting on but I doubt i will look so glamourous and certainnly dont want to look so tragic !
This lovely lady will be on my stand at Kensington Dolls House Festival on Saturday,  its still all go here getting ready but I have some lovely characters ready for the show , hope you can come along and say hello :)
                                                                            juie xxx

Friday, 2 May 2014

Upcoming shows, KDF May 17th & 18th May, 1 zu 12 show Germany May 24th & 25th

The shed is a hive of activity right now as I prepare for my next two shows.
I will be at the Kensington Dolls House Festival , at Kensington Town Hall on May 17th and 18th . 
Please come along and say hello if you are visiting , there is more information on the website 
www.dollshousefestival.com
Then just one week later I will be in Germany !
1zu12 - Die Messe,
May 24th and 25th
                                       at the exhibition center A2 Forum Rheda-Wiedenbr├╝ck, Germany 
 As always I will have a selection of new characters to see on the table . 
Hope to see you there !

Sunday, 6 April 2014

And the winner is .......

 
 
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, we had lots of entries from Facebook and my blog .
I hiope you like this little video of my grand daughters picking the winner from the "pirate chest " Congratulations  to the winner :)
Julie x

Monday, 31 March 2014

Pirate Ghost Doll Giveaway !

 
Every once in a while I totally indulge my imagination and make something weird and wonderful !

 
This Pirate Ghost was made in one of my indulgent moments and although he has been much admired he still hasn't found a home. Of course ,as most of my dolls end up living in dolls houses, you can see why it may be hard to find a place for him !

 
So I have decided I will give him away to anyone who has a vivid imagination and feels they can give him a good home.
If you think this is you then please enter the giveaway.
All you have to do is come up with a name for this Pirate. He was a Pirate Captain before his ship hit rocks and was sunk. He was half eaten by piranha fish before he drowned in his valiant struggle to swim to shore. ( this is why he has no lips and his teeth and some skull are visible )
Now he stands guard for eternity by his sunken treasure chest. The wooden chest is filled with treasure and set on a base decorated with sand, coral and real seashells. I carved a half a ships wheel to set in the sand and there are the remnants of the jolly roger flag behind the chest.

 
To enter simply comment on this blog, or leave a comment on my FB page telling me what you think the Pirate Ghost should be named .
The winner will be drawn  on Sunday 6th April , good luck !
Julie xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Downton Abbey dolls , Spring Miniatura

 
I'm looking forward to Spring Miniatura at the Birmingham NEC this weekend .
I have been working on some Downton Abbey inspired dolls for my table.

 
Anna is one of my favourite characters so I really enjoyed making my miniature version !


I couldn't make Downton characters without making the Dowager herself Violet Crawley  .



Lady Mary was another  must make .



 
I have a lot of other characters on my table , so I hope if you are visiting you will pop over to my table and see all my new dolls .
This weekend is also Mothers day , and I am delighted that I will be able to spend it with my daughter as she is my helper for the weekend :)
My daughter  has made some wonderful little toys that will be on my table , her work is incredibly fine and tiny and I am the proud owner of some of her miniatures.
If you wont be at the show I hope to post some pictures on my return.
Julie x

Saturday, 18 January 2014

First new doll of 2014

 
I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after the holidays and am enjoying bringing some of my ideas to life .
It's a while since I last made an old wizard , this one has a rather accident prone apprentice boy  but he isn't quite finished yet ......
 
 

 
It always takes a little while to get back into practise , and what better way to practise than with a lovely old wrinkled face and gnarled old hands.
I love the way this wizard turned out !

 
This year I plan to make most of my dolls accessories.  I made some aged scrolls on parchment paper for my wizard, and also a snake headed walking stick for him to lean on.
This old fellow will be on my table  at Miniatura this spring.
Julie xxx
 

Monday, 13 January 2014

I think I can ......

 
 
Happy New Year !
A little late I know , but time has slipped away too fast already .
2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for me, but I have been planning and making changes and now I think I can fit everything in .....
I closed my order book a few months ago and am still busy catching up with commission work so as yet I have no plans to take on any more orders.
However I will be exhibiting at Miniatura, KDF, 1 zu 12 show Germany and the Autumn DHN show in the Netherlands this year and have some exciting ideas for new dolls which will be for sale at the shows.
Once I have honoured my commission work I hope to be selling more regularly from my Etsy shop and previewing some of the dolls for sale there here on my website.
So with all the fairs, commissions and etsy shop I will be making quite a few dolls this year , luckily I have a head full of ideas and just need to find the time to turn those ideas into dolls. I think I can.....
 
Amidst all the planning , I still found a little time over the holidays for my own hobbies .
As some of you know I am a collector as well as a maker and  have a blog dedicated to my miniature toy shop .
 

 
I have been making plans for that too !  I didn't get much further than planning and re arranging the window displays but one of my plans is to keep weekends free so I can indulge in my hobby and just maybe I will finish work on the upstairs rooms in the toyshop this year.

I couldn't resist fitting a doll somewhere in this post, so I leave you with Uncle Mort, proprietor of Trimble's Toy Emporium, who is patiently waiting for me to finish work on his bedroom , den and worshop. If you would like to visit my toy shop blog there is a link in the sidebar or go to www.diaryofanedwardiandollshouse.blogspot.com

Julie xxx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

 Its almost time to close the book on another busy year ! But before we can do that there is Christmas to celebrate !
 
 I made this Santa's Workshop vignette for Kensington festival and he sold very quickly !


Santa may be napping but his wee elves have everything under control to make sure all the good boys and girls recieve their presents this year !


I would like to thank everyone who has followed my blog this year, visited my table at shows and bought dolls from me.
 I recently combined my blog and website and I hope you all like it as much as I do . 
Thanks for bearing with me , its taken a while to organise as I've been very busy in the shed making new characters but its almost done, just a  few more galleries to add .
My order book is still fit to burst so I wont be taking any commissions for the forseeable future but I have a number of shows lined up for the new year. I have just updated the Shows page with details .
I also hope to have some new dolls in my Etsy shop after the holidays so see the Etsy page for details.
 
I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas  and Happy holiday season !
julie xxx

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Count Down to Xmas begins with Kensington Dolls House Festival !

 
November has begun and my countdown to Xmas always starts after my birthday on the 1st .
Santa is busy counting the good boys and girls, and I am busy counting the days till the Xmas Kensington Festival on November 30th , when I really begin to feel xmassy :)

 
This particular santa sold at the Apeldoorn fair last month , but I am busy working on a very special Santa who will be on ,my table at Kensington.

 
I will also have a Santa in my Etsy shop today,  for those that cant make it to the shows !
Apeldoorn fair was very good for me and I sold lots of dolls so have spent the last few weeks beavering away in the shed making new dolls . As yet I havent had a chance to take photographs but I have quite a festive theme running through my display so if you are coming to the festival be sure to pop along and say hello . I hope my new dolls will bring a smile to your face  !
julie xxx