Friday, May 12, 2017

The Larder

I love the idea of a well stocked larder/pantry which can be seen through an open doors in the kitchen. Beautiful baskets hanging from ceiling beams, braids of onions, garlic, peppers and hanging herbs. 
Today I wanted to see what all this will look like through a door. Though the shelves will be very different. Much older deeper and going from floor to ceiling.
On the back wall of the kitchen in the center will be a fireplace surround over the cast bronze stove I made. Then on both sides, closet doors.
I was very disappointed that Tiny Ter Miniatures (Teresa Martinez) was not going to be at the Tom Bishop Show this April in Chicago. Her work is just beautiful.  I wrote Teresa when I got home and ordered three more of her canned goods. They are pictured here on the second shelf. From left to right...  A jar of cauliflower, carrots and green beans,  a jar of pears in wine sauce and sliced carrot sticks.

Taking photos gives me an idea where the holes in the collection are. I may be missing a couple of dead rabbits hanging from their back legs! ;-O Also I don't like this spiffy clean look! 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tom Bishop Show Chicago, IL 2017

I spent last weekend at the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago. It was great fun to see and meet so many Blogger friends and artisans.

Linda Master had a table at the show selling her beautiful work. She kindly allowed me to sell a few things I had made at her table. It is the first time I came home from a show with more money then I took with me. Thank you Linda!!!

One of the highlights of the weekend was meeting Catherine Buron and her wonderful husband. I do not speak French and Catherine speaks very little English, Her husband very kindly translated everything for us.  I also met a few other French ladies who are friends of Catherine's and very fine miniature artisans. Dominique Autin and Christine Voirin. Christine makes the most exquisite porcelain I have ever seen. Sadly, she had very little left after doing a different show and I missed getting to buy more from her. I meant to get everything she had left.

Meeting Lidi Stroud and her husband (Peter) was also a treat for me. I have always adored Lidi's baskets. It is funny how you make a connection with people long before you ever meet them in person. How that happens through a computer acquaintance is a mystery but I absolutely know it does. I have always felt Lidi was a friend. 
OK down to business...

WARNING...I didn't buy much at all! I was looking for a few things I didn't find, like a French country armoire and a chest of drawers. I did arrange a few commissions. One with Chris Malcomson that I am very excited about!

I couldn't resist this Westinghouse  circa 1906 fan. It has a cord with a plug on it but this one doesn't work. Though he did have some that do! Perhaps you can read Westinghouse in the center of the fan.

I was totally blown away by this "plique a jour" Butterfly hair comb. The colors of the 'glass' are very strong, there are three different colors in those wings. You can see right through it when you hold it up to the light. I also was amazed by this watch with a leather band. Both of them are so tiny and perfect. 

A fun whimsical teapot by Christine Voirin. The lid which is the table top and shelf does come off. I will add this at some point to the kitchen hutch with all the Stokesay Ware.

I bought some paper thin/soft leather & few small tools. And a light fixture by Scott Hughes That I will photograph another time.

Rushing to get ready for a house guest today.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Barbara J. Raheb, Pennyweight Press, Miniature Books

Some of the first miniatures I ever bought were books by Barbara Raheb. They were made long before we had computers and printers. How they exactly they were made isn't something I can tell you about. Perhaps you know and will tell me more about that. I do remember someone telling me once they were typeset. I can't fathom it.

At the time I started collecting I had very little fun money so these were big purchases for me. The unabridged Romeo and Juliet was the first book I bought and EB Browning was the second. I was fascinated by the beautiful printing and  covers she created. I  have never opened Romeo and Juliet. Once they have been opened, they never close tightly again.

I knew Barbara had started losing her eye sight due to macular degeneration in 2002. I spoke to her a coupLe years before that on the phone. Someone recently told me we lost her. However, I cannot find anything about that on the internet. Please let me know if you have any information.

Her books are now selling for fantastic sums. I would still love to have a few more. I regret not getting all the Jane Austen books and so many others!

The good news is...  You can still buy them used either on Ebay or here...  Have a look at the prices they are asking for them now. PHEW!

Friday, March 10, 2017

This is the last one.

I had just one last antique compact I wanted to salvage the petit point top from. It was a big piece and again I wasn't willing to cut off several stitched rows just to make a smaller cushion.

Actually, I have stitched a RL needle point cushion that is this big. So I thought why not have a big one in miniature. I can see someone leaning back against that big pillow reading a book in bed. :-)

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you will have time for a few miniature projects of your own.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I think it works with the sofa

 Several years ago I made a dark blue wing chair with a William Morris print on it. The fabric came from a 100% silk men's tie made by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The quality of the silk and the printing the Met does is fantastic! Plus, I thought the scale was just right.

Other than the solid gold silk sofa I made, I never thought I would find another complimentary print to go with the dark blue chair. The fabric shops in my city are a total disaster!!!

Recently, I found another silk tie on eBay that I thought would work. No wonder, when it arrived I realized it was the same print in a different color. I thought it might be OK if I placed the print a bit differently on the chair. I did that except it seems for the seat back. (which I noticed after it was too late!) 

I think they will work in the same room using a solid gold silk sofa I made. I think the William Morris Brer Rabbit cushion I stitched works great on it too.

Click on the one below for a better view. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day! Charmed I'm Sure.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Just a quick post to show you I finished my assemblage necklace. Below is a list of the things I put on it.

The Top Row....has a little gold lock I have had all my life. French enamel pansies. A 1920's brass hobnail boot, a vintage piece of petit point, my Barbie clock, a natural crystal in the shape of a cross from Kentucky, a brass owl. The Second Row... has a sterling silver teapot (that opens), a French Souvenir locket with photos of Paris, a frog prince, a French hotel number brass key fob, a sterling silver doll purse (that opens), a brass hour glass, French brass dolls frame, a enamel butterfly attached to a brass whistle, a French porcelain house number, collection of Victorian wescot buttons, A French dance card with Joan of Arc & a tiny pencil, a school student honor metal. At The Bottom... attached to the doll frame... is a 120 year old French guilloche enamel 1.5 inch ladies compact.

It sure is turned out to be a conversation piece, the few times I have worn it people stop me to ask about it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Pillow Top Ottoman...Salvaged Petit Point

Please click on the photos.

I am still finding some wonderful antique petit point compacts. I like those rather then purses because the designs are scaled for a small area. While I don't mind salvaging the petit point from the compacts, I dislike having to size them down. I know all to well how much time was spent stitching all those rows.

I had to really think about what to do with this piece. It was too big for a pillow/cushion. The colors looked great with the chairs and the carpet. That is not something easy to find.

I could have made a very small stool, folding the piece over the sides so it would be completely covered in petit point. That would have caused me to lose the over all design. So I decided on a sort of pillow top ottoman. It  can serve as a place to put your feet up, a make shift coffee table or extra seating in a room. The top is filled with 1mm micro beads.

I chose straight legs for contrast with the cabriole legs of the chairs. I still have to make some cording for the raw edges

Just like a cat! They have to inspect anything new you bring in the house.

Lots of new miniatures. I just haven't had time to photograph them. 

I am starting to wonder if anyone is out there anymore. 98 % of the bloggers I follow have vanished! The SIMP show in Paris now has vanished too. ;-(