Thursday, 27 May 2010

3 blogs in one day...Dubai

We have been invited to exhibit at the Dubai dollhouse and doll art exhibition. This is an incredible honour as only 15 artists worldwide are selected. We are truly blessed to have been asked to be a part of something so exciting! We have only 5 weeks to get ready!!!!!!! The exhibition takes place between the 25th of June and the 10th of July and this is the second year of the exhibition.

We will have around 30 - 50 pieces of work on display and available for sale, they will be very special one of a kind pieces and we will show you pictures of some of them as soon as we can. We will also be holding talks and demonstrations in the evenings/weekends along with the other very talented artists who have been selected.

We really are delighted and a bit shell shocked to have been asked to take part! Needless to say we will be very very busy bees for the next few weeks as we also have York dollhouse fair and Scottish Miniatura before Dubai and we are doing workshops at both - wish us luck as I think we will need it - does anyone have any spare elves they can let us have?

Back from Madrid

We are back from a brilliant 6 days in Madrid! The picture above is a very dodgy shot of Aidy, James (my father-in-law) and me enjoying the sunshine! All the other pictures are just random shots from this wonderful city.
We also went with Helena of Solway Miniatures and her daughter Ev so we all shared an apartment. They were both golden by the end of the trip!
We arrived last Wednesday and walked all over Madrid seeing all the stunning architecture and we met lots of very nice people from all over the world. We all only have very basic Spanish but we seemed to be understood okay!
The Tom Bishop fair was on the weekend and we met such wonderful people including Graciela and her daughter Mel from who were some of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting! They helped us so much with translations and I was lucky enough to come home with some of their beautiful creations ;o)
The fair was really good and we had so much fun! It was fantastic to be able to take our stand out of a suitcase =o) Our work had a great response and the Spanish doll house Magazine want to do a feature on our work as the editor just loved our dolls, she was also such a nice, warm and friendly person to meet.
We had a stand next to Karon Cunningham who has a very successful Dolls House and Miniatures shop at 15-16 Pulteney Bridge, Bath, BA2 4AY. Check out her web site so it was nice to meet a fellow British Miniaturist!
Helena also had a fantastic fair, selling lots of her beautiful creations so we will all be going to the November show! We managed to spend all the money we made as we have not had a holiday for around 4 years so we just made the most of it and Aidy was chuffed as he bought a rather fetching hat and some funky new shoes lol!!!
We came back to some very exciting news...

Blog Giveaway at last!!!

We are so bad at blogging! I am so sorry you have had to wait so long for this giveaway but we just got back from Madrid so I thought I best get on with it ;o)

This is our wicked witch, we have not named her so you can give her the perfect witchy name ;o)
All you need to do to take part is follow our blog and leave a comment to say you would like to be included in the giveaway - simple!

She is made from porcelain from our own moulds and was poured, cleaned and fired by Roz and Aidy, painted by Aidy and wigged and dressed by Roz, so a joint effort!!!

I hope you like her and I am sure someone will give her a nice spooky home - we will pull the names from the a hat next Thursday to give people time to take part.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Lots of news very little time!

I know, I know, I am a very bad blogger!!!

We just seem to lose so much time lately and find it impossible to get things done, mind you a lot has happened since our last blog ;o)
We were both ill after spring cleaning lol and had flu like symtoms for around two weeks and we had an elderly relative staying with us so no time to rest! Our car decided to give up on us even though it is only 3 years old so we had to wait 3 weeks to get it fixed (combination of waiting on garage to fit us in, parts and tools to remove the old parts) - thankfully she is working a treat now. Although we did have to hire a van for a few shows as we could not fit our stand, us and elderly relative in the car fixed or not lol

We have been to two fairs, Pudsey which was our best yet and Edinburgh which was a great show as always. The pictures above are commissions we made for the Edinburgh show.
We were asked by Jill Bennett on behalf of the BTG to become part of the committee for the British Toymakers Guild which we were delighted to accept.
Today we had a very exciting offer but we need to work out the details before I can shout about it lol so watch this space....
We are also looking forward to our trip to Madrid to stand at the Tom Bishop show next week providing Volcanoes behave themselves ;o) so lots of new dolls ready to go on an adventure.
We are also helping to set up a local dollhouse club - first meeting is on Monday so that is something to jump up and down about as I have wanted to join a dolls house club ever since I found the hobby!!! Finally I will have time to make stuff for my own houses - I have already demanded a Dobby from Aidy as pictured above so fingers crossed I get one lol anyone from the local area is very welcome to join so hopefully I will get to meet lots of people with the same passion for all things mini ;o)
We also have to get ready for York and Scottish Miniatura as we have a huge list of commissions to be ready for both shows so lets hope we can find a few weeks extra to make everything!!!! Where does the time go?
And last but not least I have made the witch for our givaway but need to take some pictures for you...she was going to be a good witch but she sold at the workshop we did a few weeks ago so I made a new witch and she wanted to be nasty so if you take part I hope you have a spooky corner to put her in ;o)
Good luck to everyone standing at Kensington and have a great day to all those visiting the show. Right, off to get the camera!