Friday, 25 June 2010

new lisitng on ebay

As we have no fairs until the end of July we decided we should make our long list of outstanding commissions and list some dolls on ebay!
Meet Hattie the candy witch who is available for sale on the following link
We will be adding more dolls tonight and tomorrow so watch this space. We never normally have time to list on ebay as we are always working towards a fair or making commissions, so we are going to make the most of our free time!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Scottish miniatura

We are back from Scottish Miniatura! We had a very successful show although we did have some free time to natter to Bev on the DAME stand and Helena (Solway Miniatures) who was next to us ;o) The picture above is of a 1:24 Dobby and Harry Potter which we made for a customer to collect at the show - Harry's hair was not as fly away in real life lol and the customer loved them - think they were one of the most difficult sculpts Aidy has done and he huffed and puffed his way through them ;o) but now he is thinking of trying 1:48 sculpts!!!!
Scottish miniatura is a great event if you can make it, the venue is nice and it is always well attended. There is also a nice mix of stands and lots to buy.They also run workshops which are around an hour long and so you can go away with something you have made at the show.
Well, now we can relax until the end of July so we are planning to get all our backlog of commissions done and get the back yard sorted out so we can let our two cats go out and play! We also have a new sofa on the way so the living room could do with some decorating - we are thinking purple lol.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Goodbye Dubai hello Spain lol

Well, we had the same email the other exhibitors received yesterday telling us Dubai Doll Art Exhibition has been cancelled due to lack of funds! On the negative side we will miss Dubai and a great opportunity and obviously this is a huge disapointment.

However it is also a relief as we don't have to kill ourselves making 50 pieces of work in the 2 weeks we have left and we were still lucky enough to have been short listed to one of only 4 miniature artists, and maybe there is always next year? All the great ideas/dolls can be used for Miniatura, Arnhem and Madrid at the end of the year so nothing is lost ;o)

So what will we do with ourselves now the panic is over? We now have time to go on holiday so we are taking mum to Spain next week to stay with her sister, I won't miss my mums operation on the 6th July (she is having a kidney stone removed) and Aidy and I are going on holiday for two weeks as yet destination unknown - first time we have had a holiday just the two of us for 6 years!!!! So in the end things happen for a reason and that reason will be time spent with family and loved ones ;o)

Now to get ready for Scottish miniatura - only two days!!!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Cotswold Miniatures Weekend

We have been asked to take part in this fantastic event along with some very talented miniaturists! This is a great opportunity for you to come along and learn a variety of new skills not to mention having a weekend away in a beautiful part of England ;o)
'Many of you will have attended small courses, workshops or club events whilst some of you may have been to larger events such as the BMW’s or the EMMA Gatherings. Others will have been confined to working alone or with the aid of the Internet and going to occasional fairs. Our weekend aims to offer a rewarding experience for miniaturists, the chance to take workshops with well known tutors and at the same time socialise with like minded people for a whole weekend. You register to attend the event and choose your workshops. This includes a small fee to cover the facilities and refreshments during the day. Any workshop fees are payable direct to your chosen Tutor. You will need to arrange your own accommodation if needed'
Please take a look at the website for more details ;o)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Back from York Dollhouse fair

We love York dollhouse fair as we have such lovely customers and friends we can have a good natter with! It is always a successful event for us, but we thought at the start of the day it was going to be a quiet show - thankfully we were wrong and we did better than usual but we have noticed that some fairs are quieter than usual.

We were okay in the end because we sold some dolls and took some commissions and it seems we need to go into animals lol I have always liked making animals dressed as people but I am admittedly not as good at making them as I would like to be (although mine have always sold) but now I can get Aidy to give them a try ;o) as they are orders! So on the to do list is Toad and Badger, the march hare from Alice in wonderland and Peter Rabbit plus a family of humans in 1:24 scale.

The picture is of The Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter which I made for Miniatura a year or so ago. They are mouse sized as the story features two mice sneaking into a dolls house and being very annoyed that the food which looks so delicious is in fact made of clay!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

The winner is...

Sorry this is late, I was away at my mums and didn't have the time to post! Well, the names were put in a 'hat' (A cup really lol) and the winner is Ascension, Congratulations!!!! Please email me with you address and she can be on her way to her new home.

Thank you to all who took part - we would love to offer runner up prizes but at this moment in time we are frantically getting ready for York (which is tomorrow), Scottish Miniatura and Dubai but if you can wait until we get back for us to make you each a little something, then email us with your address and we will send you each a little gift when we get back from Dubai which will be mid July.

Thanks again!