Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Well, no more fairs until next year lol - well next month really! York as usual was a fantastic show for us. Aidy was fully booked at his workshop and had to get extra chairs to squeeze everyone around the table ;o) He was in his element lol and Deborah who runs the show kept telling me what a good job he was doing!
I really like the york venue as there is lots of space, it is well run, advertised lots so loads of people make the trip and there are around 100 stands so lots for people to see while they are there. We have a nice following at York too so it is always so nice to meet up with old customers.
Now we just need to make 6 more commissions before Christmas including a swimming pool??? Not sure how we came to be doing that but she is a lovely lady and is now a friend not a customer so how could we say no? I will show you lots of pictures when it is finished!
We had a great commission for a hells Angel while at york so looking forward to making him too but we have until the new year for that one!
And finally I am off to a wedding in Ireland tomorrow - Aidy and my dad are staying at home so it is just Mum and I making the trip and I hate flying so not looking forward to that at all!!!! But I do love Ireland and most of my family on my mums side live there so it will be nice to catch up!
Hope you are all finding the time to relax before Christmas ;o)
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Kensington was well worth the trip ;o) and we had a customer who came all the way from Denmark to collect a doll. Her friend had bought one of our characters in Arnhem and so she had to have one too. So as soon as the doors opened she found us and luckily she loved him ;o) and she even promised to let him travel back home in style lol
We had a great show and as we were next to the cloakroom we had people passing our stand all day long! One problem with this is we now have a very empty stand, almost no dolls and no fabrics and only less than a week left until York - Major PANIC!!! We have 8 orders for dolls which are being collected at the show and we are doing a workshop! Sooooooooooooooooooo much to do this week and I am not home as I am with my mum all this week!
But the end is in sight and then we can relax...well almost! Aidy is giving up work to work full time on Lilyelf from next year so very exciting times ahead!
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Doreen always runs a very good event and this time was no different as she got the public in - they just left early! They raised a huge amount for Children in need too, which is fantastic, I think it was around £800! So there is one very good positive about the show ;o)
We were lucky in that we covered costs and have four people who bought dolls and are picking them up and paying for them at york at the end of the month! It seemed lots of people were saving money until York this time. But then times are hard and what we sell are classed as Luxury items! We also had 6 bookings for our workshop ;o)
We have been very lucky as Lilyelf and have not felt the pinch so you have to take the good shows with the bad!
Roll on next week at Edinburgh, I love the Scottish shows!
The picture is of Priscilla one of our cats looking most unimpressed at having her picture taken!
Friday, 6 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
The Glasgow Dolls House fair run by Pat Kay of Brentwood Fairs are holding workshops at the Premier Inn, Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday, 27th and 28th February 2010. The fair takes place on the Sunday. http://www.brentwoodfairs.com/
Please bring you own lunch.
Saturday all day - Regency Doll, circa 1812 with Hazel Dowd
Saturday all day; 1.12th scale porcelain Doll with Isabelle Wood
Make and assemble a Porcelain Doll.
Sunday 9 am to 12.20pm Jams; Pickles; Marmalade and Preserves with Solway Miniatures. All jars will be provided No Equipment required. Cost £15.00 5 - 15 students.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Happy Halloween to you all! I hope you all have lots of wonderful parties to go to, we are staying in with some nibbles and the TV lol Both parties we were invited to are at least 3 hours away! I do love Halloween and I am reminded of some very strange parties from my teenage days ;o) with some even stranger costumes!
Friday, 30 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Well, we are back home! We had a fantastic weekend and it was well worth all the effort to make the show.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Check out the wonderful work of Lesley Hughes http://www.ooakdiddydolls.moonfruit.com/ She makes such fabulous dolls! Since her recent appearance in a miniaturist magazine she has been inundated with commissions which is fantastic to see as she is such a lovely person and she has been a very good friend to us.
Monday, 5 October 2009
We had a wonderful show, it was great fun and went by far too quickly! Well, here is our show piece 'Battish Airways' it took all summer to make but the response we had was well worth all the hard work! It moves up and down, the bats flap their wings and it lights up lol
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Well, the picture above is of a witch we made as a gift for a very special customer of ours, in time for the Stafford show, she was delighted with her ;o) and this lovely lady made us a shawl, hat and basket and brought us some wonderful chocolate things to eat in return, which was unexpected but very nice. Thank you Margaret - we shall see you at Miniatura!
Talking of Miniatura, we have a ridiculous amount of work to do - today's list includes, dressing 6 dolls, flocking 50 mice, pouring porcelain dolls, cleaning and firing them and making a cauldron and that is just my list - Aidy has his own!!! LOL that is why I am here...to escape. I may get a 1/4 of my list done today if I am lucky ;o) I bet we are not the only ones with daft lists like these ... I know a few people who are quietly panicking!!!
We are so pleased that we are next to the D-A-M-E stand and we are also next to Helena of Solway Miniatures, so if you are standing or visiting the show you can find us all on L6-L8. We are in the middle at L7 lol
We are going to have something very, very special on our stand all being well ... just a few more dolls to make for it ... It will be available for sale and will never be repeated by us and will hopefully (if it works out) be a nice talking point and be one of the many high-lights of the show - I can't say more as it is a surprise!
Monday, 31 August 2009
Well, we had another fabulous Scottish fair! 3 Scottish fairs in a row that have just exceeded our wildest expectations!!! A Huge thank you to Pat of Brentwood fairs for organising such a great show ;o)
Sunday, 23 August 2009
We have made some wonderful new characters who will be on show this Sunday at falkirk and the following weekend they will be at Stafford ;o) We also have a very exciting and extremely large project which will be on show at miniatura it will have loads of characters and really will be something worth coming to our stand to take a peek at - pictures to tempt you coming soon!!! Lets just hope it fits on our stand LOL
It has not been an entirely worked filled summer as we have had lots of guests coming to catch up with us which has been really good as we have had a nice break without having to leave the house and we still have one friend staying with us ;o) Now Aidy's dad is also on his way for a weeks stay - this means lots and lots of visits to bookshops and interesting places we find along the way ;o)
Hope everyone else is having a great summer, even if the weather is not always nice!
Friday, 31 July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
We bought loads of books and I was delighted to find Alan Bennett 'Untold Stories' for £4.99 brand new - it was reduced from £20.00! We also got loads of work related books with pictures of people or sewing techniques ;o)
Then we went for a mexican meal and we had just had a few sips of our drinks when the fire alarm went off! so we had to go outside and wait for the all clear. Around 10 minutes later we could all go back inside. Our food order arrived a little late but the food was delicious! Then we asked for the bill and it was FREE!!! So that was a nice anniversary gift that we were not expecting!
We then went to see Harry Potter and because our meal was late we missed all the adverts - perfect ;o) We were both unimpressed with the pace and the love plot got a bit sickly at times but it did look great. Now we are full of dolls we just have to make so back to work tomorrow ;o)
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
28th July 2009
10 am - 4 pm
Holywood Trust Community Hall
(Map will be provided at time of booking)
Sculpt, Paint, Wig and Dress a Witch and make her candy tray!
You will spend the day with Helena, Aidy and Roz who will each take you through a stage to complete your very own candy witch. It is a full day workshop, Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
Costs £50 per person for everything you need to make a witch, all tools and materials are provided.
To book this workshop or one similar contact us;
Phone: 01388 451 539
Sunday, 12 July 2009
These are a commission hence why we were mad and gave it a go ;o) But we did have fun and now we have the summer looming, we may make some more! We already have a few people interested in what we make next lol so watch this space.
In 3 days Aidy breaks up for the summer (he teaches) so we are going to spend the time making dolls and keep our website updated for once! We have lots of exciting ideas and some irons in the fire so our blog should also be more active...well maybe lol
We are at a show in Altrincham on Sunday so we will try to take lots of pictures to show you all. It is a really nice fair as we get to meet up with lots of friends and some regular customers which is probably one of the best parts of doing fairs!
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Mum wanted me to say thank you to all those who have emailed and sent cards to wish her well, it means a lot to us both ;o)
The staff were all lovely and we had lots of cups of tea made for us and mum even got a free lunch so not all bad!
So, now I can hide myself in dolls again until the next visit...we have a new witch on her way ;o) maybe you can meet her tomorrow...
Friday, 15 May 2009
Now back to commissions...
Thursday, 14 May 2009
We finally got the dates for her scans and other tests, a week today so we at least now have something to work towards. So positive thoughts please! I bury my head in the sand over these things so will try not to think about it until next week when I have too ;o)
I have passed on all the well wishes from the girls of DAME and CDHM and mum wanted me to thank you all. It does help to know people are thinking about you!
So, we have pulled out of the Kensington Showcase as we just could not put the time and effort into making something special to display and to be honest our mind has not really been on Lilyelf. We are just working through commissions while we wait for news.
Things are not helped with my own health issues and now my dad is having problems with his recently replaced knee - I think Aidy is the only healthy one!!! Oh, and the cats appear to be healthy too ;o)
If anyone is going to Kensington or any other big show we hope you all have a great time and sell everything!
We would like to pass it on to the following,
Back to Wendie for being so thoughtful and nice as always!
To Eileen, who makes some of the best pieces of art in doll form I have seen and she is lovely to go with all that talent ;o)
Lesley of ooakdiddydolls who is a very dear friend and has always been there through the good and bad times. She also makes fantastic characters!
Jill Miles, who makes some of the best food around and is one of the nicest people I have met through fairs. She also gets this award for allowing me to look at cakes and not gain any weight!
And to all those who have taken the time to follow our blog ... is that cheating?
Saturday, 2 May 2009
We had a lot of fun making these two! The witch is carrying a tray filled with spooky biscuits made by Helena of Solway Miniatures, her website http://solwayminiatures.webs.com/ is well worth a look!
Monday, 20 April 2009
This weekend we are at Pudsey so now we have to have a busy few days making as much as we can, in our now, very cluttered and messy workroom - I knew tidying it was pointless!