I recently attended the Northwest Dollhouse and Miniature Show right here in Portland, Oregon. I had the most fun EVER! I picked up incredible miniatures and dollhouse miniature kits, ran into friends, met wonderful new people, saw beautiful miniature exhibits, and just had a ton of fun! Here's a preview photo of one mini that I bought at the show, a tiny pair of brass candle holders with tiny candles:
And now on to some highlights of who I met and what I bought. First, I met Debbie Laue of Dragonfly International:
She had beautiful miniatures, laces and trims, and mini-making kits, including Bonnie Lavish miniature flower kits, for sale. I bought several kits (including corset-, flower-, and hat-making kits), some mini lace and trim, and a couple of accessories for my mini sewing room from her. Check out her web site--you won't be disappointed! I'm so excited now--I have several miniature-making projects I can work on this winter--woohoo! Thank you, Deb!
Next, I met Sue Ayers and her sweet husband of Sue's Little Things.
Check out her ebay store for all of the amazing tiny minis (desserts, food boxes, and more) she sells. I bought some of her vintage boxed goods for my Victorian dollhouse (Dad's Dollhouse), but first I got caught in her close-out sale section for at least an hour. It was so much fun, with bargains galore! Later I went back and purchased some vintage Nutshell News magazines from her for 25 cents apiece! That's happy reading for me this winter too! Thank you, Sue!
Next, I met Barbara Colombana of L and B Miniatures. She makes beautiful dressed beds--many people were stopping by to look at them (see picture below). I bought two or three mini Buddhas from her, thinking that I would add them to Sans!' beautiful Buddha gift and put them all on the shelf in my Dad's Dollhouse study. Then I came back later and bought some lovely mini toiletry bottles, a little grab bag with a hot water bottle and a bar of soap for my mini bathroom, and several other items, including a lovely glass vase.
While there, we got to talking, and she gave me a whole box of miniature Buddhas (10-12 of them), since I said I had an interest in Asian art. Can you believe it?! I was in shock! You may remember that I had mentioned to Sans! that I would like a mini Buddha for my dollhouse, and she sent me a gorgeous one. Then I visited Dot's Doll House in Lincoln City and found another sweet Buddha statue. Then this happened at the miniature show--a whole box of tiny Buddhas! I was dumbfounded and so grateful at the same time! Thank you again, Barbara! L and B Miniatures of Santa Barbara, California can be reached at (805) 962-2939.
Those are the highlights. As I said, I bumped into miniaturist friends, including Sheri O'Brien of Oregon Dollhouse and the great folks at Country Store Miniatures. I finally met Dot of Dot's Doll House too. I spent the whole day at the show, and when I got home, my feet were aching from standing so long. Oh! but it was well worth it! I can't wait until next year's show! ;-) In my next post, I'll show you more of the minis I bought in their natural setting--the dollhouse! :-) Until next time.... xoxo Jennifer