Friday I made the trip to Chicago to the wonderful Tom Bishop Miniature show. It was so much fun! It always makes me wish I was a millionare though, LOL!
I found some wonderful little goodies. Most will go in the Newport, but I did get a couple for my garden shed and also for a future project I've been thinking about for a few years now.
The picture above is a knitted pot holder and tiny little snail from 64TNT. The little snail even has four little eye stalks that I managed not to break before I got home!
Above and below are my finds from The Little Dollhouse Company. I've decided that the Newport will have a craft room on the third floor, so the wondeful little tweezers are destined for that space.
I apologize for the glare on the packages.
These little breads, cups and baskets are from TYA Kitchen. All of their things are so well made! I have a special project in mind for the cups and went to the show looking for something exactly like these. I was so please to find them.
The crock and basket are from Jane Graber's table. In case you haven't noticed, I have a thing for baskets. I have a ton of them in my 1:1 house too.
The Kitchen Captive is one of my favorite places to stop at this show. She makes extremely realistic food items.
Ok, so I finally gave in and purchased the knotwork kit from Teresa Layman that I have been admiring. It is a larger kit and I have never done knotwork before, but you know what they say, "Go big or go home"!
The printers tray and extension cord will find a home in the Newport. These both came form Wright Guide Miniatures. They have a lot of really cool things!
Below is my purchase from Sir Thomas Thumb. I love their minis as well! I have been trying to get a rake from them for quite a while now, but they always seem to be sold out. I made their table my first stop and finally scored one. YAY! (Sorry again for the glare!)
With St. Patrick's Day not far off I wanted to create a bear for the occasion. While I may not be Irish, I will use any excuse to work with my favorite color green. Not to mention the fact that I am in love with anything pertaining to Ireland. Going there is at the very top of my bucket list! So I dug through my stash of fur and picked out this lovely green and cream mohair combination and came up with "Finnegan". There is still a little bit of a chill in the air so I gave him a warm little scarf. ;o)
Do you ever feel like your mind is completely blocked? That's how I feel today. It's not because I am out of ideas, far from it. I just have so many ideas that I don't know where to start, so I sit and think.....and think.....and think. And then at the end of the day I have nothing to show for it. That was my day. I got other things done of course, like school, laundry, house cleaning, dinner, dishes....but no bears. My muse must be on vacation.
I like to look for inspiration online when I feel this way. My favorites are vintage images and folk art, they inspire me. I'll leave you with this wonderful picture I found over on The Graphics Fairy blog. Isn't he cute!
The show opens at 12:00 noon (EST) and closes on Sunday.
I have 10 exclusive pieces available on my page, including "Ariana". The theme for this show is "Teddi and Her Friend", so Ariana is holding her favorite little bear. They will travel to their new home together. She is made from the softest Tissavel fur I have ever worked with.
I finally got these two little guys finished! You may not recognize them, but they came from that little pile of bits in my last post. They are a bit different than what I usually do, but I'm so happy with the way they turned out! I took my favorite 6" bear pattern and added a little "prim" twist to it.
I snapped another quick picture of them on my desk, but I will get some better pictures taken of them soon so that they can both be listed on my Bear Pile page. Feel free to email me if you are interested in adopting either of them before then. email@example.com
Hi! My name is Jeannette Bashore and I live in northern Indiana with my husband, my daughter and our ever growing menagerie of pets. I spend my time homeschooling my daughter, creating bears and also working on dollhouse miniatures when I have some spare time. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog for a visit! Please let me know if you have any questions, I would love to chat with you!
Big bear hugs,