|"Gothica" was pretty dusty and as I began sweeping it out I decided to make a few minor adjustments here and there and eventually got it to the point where I felt I could take it to the show.
|Most of the adjustments consisted removing the Blu-Tak and glueing things down permanently, but I also added some new wild roses around the doorway, which softened the overall look and gave more depth perception.
Almost the first thing I did with my show dollar winnings was to invested in a really lovely ornate chest of drawers from Julia Stewart of Aristocratic Attic which is pictured below. I am looking forward to including this lovely chest SOMEWHERE inside Villa Leone!
I know that the blue floral china tea service is very
English Country and Not Italian, but I have a weakness for mini tea sets and this one needed to come home with me. ;P
Janine presented me with the tall green glass vase as a gift!
And although I went down with a shopping list, the only thing which really I didn't expect to find was the
Italian Coffee percolator, but I did!
the other 2 silver pots were an added bonus!
mini tea pots!
| The china ducks were from a vintage dealer and the assorted glassware was from the vendor
Country Store Miniatures
|The plastic chest above is another vintage piece made by Ideal.
It was a bargain at 5 dollars
|Most of what I bought was tiny and much of it found in the discount bins, but not the books.
The 2 antique books were bought because of the
beautiful illustrations and because they're of Italian origin and wonderfully aged.
Another bargain basement chest of drawers
|And for no particular reason, I bought a pair of worn red cowboy boots?
and also a SHOWER CAP
made by a dear friend of mine named Dena, who 2 years ago, gifted me with one for
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
and is now making them for sale at
CJN Miniatures in Seattle.
This for sure, will be going into the bathroom of
Villa Leone! :D
|here's A tiny potholder which I also couldn't resist
|And I Found the perfect meat grinder for the table too!
The mandarin oranges and the pears were treats I'd ordered from a vendor which I first saw on the blog of
"LATCHKEY AND JONQUIL"
The peeled oranges and sliced pears are from
Yulia Yakobson, in Estonia.
They are truly Marvelous, and I can't recommend her work highly enough!
|Plate is from the Seattle Show
As a belated November birthday present, Fatima had previously given me a box of assorted tiny treasures.
Included inside was a Yummy Italian Panatone
complete with a paper wrapper! :D
Canned peaches from the Seattle Show as well as the glass bowl which I've filled with Yulia's oranges.
The ripe Fimo pears were made by me.
|Bottles, jar and the scoop from the Show
|Canning by Janet Brownhill- U.K.
I simply Love her work!
The bread and knife are by Pat___? from California, I lost her card and her last name, but hopefully Janine will have that information when she posts about the
Seattle Show on her blog
Pat makes many incredible things, but she specializes in orchids and fresh vegetables which are all sliceable and peel-able!
|The basket was another bargain from the show, but the breads I made myself with air dry clay.
I have always been hesitant about working with Fimo or Sculpey but if your making cheese then air dry clay just doesn't cut it.
I made the assorted cheeses using polymer clay.
Speaking of Polymer Clay...
|Fatima made the wine jug out of polymer clay; part of my birthday gift and
I think it's Marvelous!
It, along with the braided garlic and the onions pictured below, are ALL destined for Villa Leone
and all by the Amazing Fatima!
|I was told by both Miniteers that
Salted Cod was a MUST HAVE
for my Italian Kitchen
|The oversized cutting board was another lucky find at the Seattle Show along with the ceramic asparagus.
|Stoneware jug another show gift from Fats
I think that I am becoming obsessed with making mini food.
I've made tons of it and although
most of it is pretty awful, there are usually a few items from the pile which are worth keeping.
After Day# 1 at the show, we made a short visit to the
Value Village thrift store which was located right next door to our hotel.
I found this HofM table kit hanging on the rack, but
the BEST THING of ALL
WAS WHAT JANINE DISCOVERED THERE!
A FANTASTIC BOOK of
ITALIAN VILLA INTERIORS!
Janine and Fatima, for a VERY Memorable Seattle Show weekend!
|Here's to the GOOD LIFE! :D