April 3, 2016

The DollsHouse Netherlands Show

Yesterday the weather was perfect for a trip to Ulft to visit the DHN Show. It's a little town with around 11.000 inhabitants. I did not know what to expect from the show, as this was the first time I would attend it. My husband decided to join me this time around. We arrived unexpectedly early at the hall and took a little walk around before the show, taking advantage of the good weather. I was very happy that my husband decided to join me, because I really wanted him to see a miniature show at least once by himself. It unfortunately seems like it will be the last time, ha-hah! He was already counting the remaining stands when we were only 1/3 through the show! Yet I must admit, that even if he was not as enthusiastic as I expected, he played along, helped me find items on my list and did not complain too much about his feet hurting when we left the show after 4 hours. :)

The show was held in the SSP-Hal in Ulft. The letters SSP stand for the "Stainless Steel Products" that rolled for years in the DRU factory. The building hosts now multiple events during the year. I like how they kept the industrial look.

There were a lot of visitors, but it did not feel crowded at all, due to all the space the location had to offer. During the show, I unfortunately exceeded the budget I had in mind, probably due to the presence of my husband who constantly encouraged me to buy "whatever I like". He likes to spoil me! :D I definitely would have been more selective, if I was visiting the fair alone. Finally, I ended up with a LOT of building materials for this year's HBS Contest entry, which I won't show to keep the suspense, but also some other miniatures, such as the ones below:

Table and stepladder - Het Klein Meubelparadijs
Teal/green/brown ceramic bowls and plates - Zus & Zo (Their webshop seems to be closed)
Wooden plates - Miniatuurdraaiwerk
Vases and big white plate - Fennicole Miniatures
Little cactuses - Lupenklein
Little glass bottle - Minidoor
Noodles, muesli and kitchen roll - Bibaminis

The most impressive miniatures I bought yesterday were the flowers from Ilona. I have been following her work since a while now; her flowers are even more beautiful in real. I was lucky enough to be able to reserve some of her magnificent Strelitzia's and a hanging kokedama orchid. I was relieved bringing them home without damaging them and spend some time discovering their beauty in detail. Now I have to find a worthy vase able to hold the Strelitzia's and decide about the final scene I want to create with them.

It was much warmer outside when we left the show than in the morning and we had (!) to take off our coats. The sun shining on us in the train and the view of the endless green fields we passed by made us really sleepy after our long day.

I wish you a happy Sunday.


February 27, 2016

Sunny Saturday

My husband is still sleeping (!) which gives me some time to write a little about my progress on my new project. Yet there is not much to tell, because one idea chases the other and I can't really decide what to do with this kit. The shape is really bothering me. Each time I try something, I notice how many other pieces I will need to cut/change to end up with something totally different than the initial kit, so that it can't be recognized anymore. I do not want that. I want to keep the main shape by making it modern, which is a challenge by itself.

The first fitting went very well. Everything seems to fit perfectly and it is actually bigger than I have imagined.

Now I keep staring at it trying to decide what it is going to be. The sun is shining today after days of bad weather and it makes me feel really good this Saturday morning, no rush, just chill. Nevertheless, there are too many decisions to take: Light color? Dark color? Wood or paint? Where to put windows, doors? Flooring... naah too early! Wiring? Hmpf... I need to eat first...

But before I eat something and grab a cup of coffee, I would like to present you Lilly. She's the first (14cm) doll I have ever made so please be kind to her :) Her face is a little weird due to the wide eyes that are too far from each other - had I mentioned she has no ears? The head is too big for her body, but this was somehow intentional, as at the beginning I wanted to create some fairy tale unrealistic face with blue hair, but changed my mind in the process. Next time it will be better.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs, Susi

February 24, 2016

My new minis and the new Creatin' Contest Kit

I got a call from my husband today while I was at work, he just wanted to let me know that my order from miniatures.com had arrived. He knew how happy that was going to make me, indeed I ran home after work to come home to this:

I ordered this big box full of minis with the coupon that I received from miniatures.com for my entry in the last Creatin' Contest, where my record shop has been selected as one of the first time entrant winners. I can't tell how much fun it has been for me to prepare for the contest and making all the little accessories for the shop.

Ta daa! And the box was already open the second I had taken the obligatory picture of the sealed box!

At this point, I don't even know where to start! So many things in the box :) Finally, I bought some tools. When I decide to buy some miniatures, I normally tend to buy the most important things I need first, and forget to invest some part of my budget into tools. The below were some tools that were missing in my tool box and I can't wait to work with them. I am especially looking forward to use the brass head hammer when wiring my projects, as the little brads and eyelets were until now I nightmare for me.

I also ordered some dollhouse stucco and lights for the upcoming contest.

I decided that there will be a kitchen in the next project and ordered a metal stove hood and a sink. I also ordered a lot of accessories and items I will need during the decoration.

And of course, on the bottom of the parcel, there it was, the main item I was waiting for, to start working: The Backyard Bungalow Kit for the HBS Creatin' Contest.

I can't wait to assemble it, but for today, it's already too late. Let's see if I will be able to find some time tomorrow, otherwise, it will have to wait for the weekend. I started to work on some 3D projects for printing. I will be sharing more on that in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime I would like to mention the wonderful article about Ilona and her work that appeared in the Netherland's DollsHouse Magazine. She's creating gorgeous flowers. If you did not see those yet, I highly recommend to visit her blog.