Sunday, October 31, 2010

Show and Tell

It has been a week since our big Convention (we only have one every two years). I am still absolutely shattered, but it was a great four days! I took the shabby cottage and it survived the trip ok - the only casualty was a beautiful little blue butterfly which blew out of the dollshouse when I was carrying it to the display hall, never to be seen again. I thought I would show you a photo of the little boy's room as it is now.... it's looking a lot more like a real room, with plenty of mess and toys everywhere!

I managed to find time to make the blinds and few more little cushions for this room. I did it the night before leaving for Convention.

I did manage to do a little bit of work on the shabby cottage before I left.....I also had all the displays and stock for my stall to prepare so I was pretty busy in the lead up to Convention. But I managed to find time to add some pretty decals to the toaster in the kitchen.

Now it is time for Show and Tell! I was quite a good girl at Convention and just bought a few little treasures to add to the shabby cottage.

I bought these gorgeous little toys for the little boy's room. The little pedal car and the castle are made by a New Zealand artist called Jewell Lewis. I added them to the shelves in the little boy's room.

I usually buy something from Jewell whenever I see her. Jewell also made the little teddy on the bottom shelf and the old fashioned golly money box that you can see in the photos - I bought them four years ago at a previous Convention. Jewell is so clever and a real character! In the photo above you can also see the little "Hornby" box I made for extra trainset bits and pieces.

I also bought a very pretty cake tin, also made by Jewell, decorated with pretty pansies.

This pretty flower arrangement was made by my friend Elizabeth. Such pretty colours! I bought these two little cushions from a lady visiting from Australia. She had filled them with seed beads, which I think is a fantastic idea. I'll try that for my next cushions because it makes them beautifully floppy and soft! They are trimmed with bunka, which looks great.

I also bought this gorgeous rusty metal bucket, filled with flowers. It is so pretty! I hope it doesn't fade, as I have put it outside the front door of the cottage.

The cute little resin bunnies were meant to be for sale in my shop but they decided to stay at the cottage instead.

While we were at Convention, it was my birthday, and my mother-in-law bought me these beautiful hand-made slippers as a birthday present. Lucky me! She spent the whole four days helping me, along with my lovely friend Ann-Maree, and it made such a difference having some help. I suspect that all three of us went home exhausted! I was so grateful to them both for helping me. Ann-Marree - thank you so much - I know you are lurking out there!

It was really nice to be able to see some other bloggers there. Marion, Mercedes and Frederika were there. I had made them each a little present (but I forgot to take photos), and I was so glad I had made the time to do that!

Finally, here is my most optimistic purchase over the weekend! I wanted a pretty little shabby chic cardigan to put in the white bedroom, but the only miniature knitting for sale was baby clothes, so I bought a pair of knitting needles and some thread and I will have a go at making something myself. AAAAarrrgghhh! It will probably make me pull my hair out but I will do my best! You never know what you can do until you try. Last time I attempted miniature knitting I chose an extremely complicated pattern (I am a great one for leaping in at the deep end), and then cast all my stitches off too soon and the shawl ended up too small to use. I will keep it simple this time and see how it goes.

I am hoping to have a bit more time from now on, as my work hours had dropped back to three days a week. And summer is coming! Yay!


Margaret said...

Glad you had a good time Carolyn, love all the little goodies you bought. Will be interested to hear how the knitting goes, I would love a small cardigan like Frederika makes, perhaps I might try it too.

Daydreamer said...

Wow, Carolyn! Your Shabby Cottage looks fantastic! That little boys room is amazing! Those tiny toys look so real and have so much detail! I love that it is messy... just as it should be!
Good luck with the tiny knitting! My Mom knits all the time.... but I never have the patience to follow one pattern for long enough! Great work!

Glenda said...

Seems like you had a great time at Convention! I'm deeply envious. Love all your loot!

Filling cushions with seed beads is a good idea - builder's sand (from train model shops?) has a similar effect.

The boy's room is looking great - very nostalgic - I can see model aeroplanes hanging from the ceiling, or maybe a string across it with models of the sun and planets that my friends used to make for themselves. :)

Hope the knitting goes well!

Lataina said...

So glad you had a great time at the convention, Carolyn. Love all the fabulous details in the little boy's room, and the decals on the toaster.....too cute! =)

Cheryl said...

I love all of the new little toys you have in the boy's room. The goodies you found at the convention are wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing!

minimami said...

The little boy´s room looks adorable!
You brought the right knitting equipment, Venne is the best for this job! Luck, who needs that when you are so talented in many ways.

Looking Glass Miniatures said...

Love the little boys room!! Conventions are alot of work, I used to sell my candles at craft fairs over the weekneds and on holidays and it was so much work!! But fun to too. Glad you had help that always makes such a difference. Jenn

Gemma (Gempo) said...

Congratulations for this 4 busy days, I like very the room of children and the toaster is very pretty. Mini thinks you buy in the convention wonderful. Best wishes and good Halloween

Flora said...

Carolyn, I read with great delight your guide: the winter is starting here, and there are not Convenction, not every two years and NEVER!
Beautiful all your purchases, adorable shoes you had as a gift :-)
I am happy for you

Liberty Biberty said...

It was GREAT to see you at the convention Carolyn and I love the fabulous gift you gave me. Hubby is still away with the camera but I'll take some pics when he returns.

Irene said...

You managed to pick up sooooo many wonderful things. Each one is just lovely. The bunnies are great too.

Susanne said...

I love your little boys room, it looks so real! And great purchaces, you have done. My favorite is the little tin box.
Love, Susanne

Nicole said...

Oohh... everything you showed and bought is so lovely... and I wish you good luck with the knitting :-)

Patty said...

Carolyn, Everything looks so wonderful. I love that blue car on the shelf in the boys room!! That is fab! I am sure your house was a big hit at the convention!!!! It is so wonderful. I would love it if you could take a picture of the whole house front and back for us to take in the whole look of the place!! It is such a wonderful house!!! Love your purchases too!!!!

Susan said...

What wonderful loot!! Everything is too gorgeous to pick out one favourite but I do love Jewel Lewis's miniatures and the bucket of flowers is perfect for the front area. Love the way you decorated your toaster. The kitchen is looking yummy.

miniacollection said...

The convention seemed to have been really great and you came back with beautiful miniatures. I can't wait to see what you're going to knit.
The boy's room is simply wonderful, I truly love your style and miniatures.