In a weeks time I will be busy packing my case ready for my trip to Holland to the DHN show at the Americahal in Apeldoorn.
I am really looking forward to the show and after a sell out show at Miniatura this September I have been hard at work in the shed making new characters to take with me to Holland.
Here is a sneaky preview of just a few who will be on my table this year .
Finally this lovely old witch is selling cand for Halloween. She comes with a decorated plinth so even if you dont own a dolls house or room box she would be great to display as a stand alone piece
I hope to have time to post a few more photos soon. I am busy putting the finshing touches to some dolls inspired by the nursery rhyme Sing a song of Sixpence and they are a lot of fun !
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Sunday, 27 July 2014
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.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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.
Monday, 19 May 2014
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 :)
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Friday, 2 May 2014
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
Then just one week later I will be in Germany !
1zu12 - Die Messe,
May 24th and 25th
at the exhibition center A2 Forum Rheda-Wiedenbrück, 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
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 :)
Monday, 31 March 2014
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.
The winner will be drawn on Sunday 6th April , good luck !
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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.
Saturday, 18 January 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.
Monday, 13 January 2014
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.