Just a quick update before the BIG NEWS update next week….
I have just finished this special commission car and had to get it straight onto the JUST FINISHED page – its booked itself straight into a slot on my BEST OF 2022 gallery I will be doing at the end of the year!
Another piece to have confirmed a position in the BEST OF 2022 gallery is this Chinoiserie style grand piano. I have hand painted it based on photos of a life size one, with panels of chinese scenes with landscapes and pagodas.
I have also added some new stock to the website shop and also to the just finished page, plus I still have a lot of new bits to add to the website in relation to Featherstone Hall.
Watch out next week for the big news for FEATHERSTONE HALL fans!
TThere are more pictures of the bookcase desks and library units on the JUST FINISHED page (in the INSPIRATION section).
I have also added another tea for two set in sage green and mahogany (in the DINING section of the website shop.
With my last show of the Summer season over, I have exciting news about my first show of the Autumn….
I am pleased to say I have signed up to a NEW 3 DAY show taking place 2nd 3rd and 4th September 2022 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Farnborough International Exhibition centre.
The Dolls House show is part of the Creative Craft Show which had been previously at the NEC Birmingham, but which has moved to the site of the Farnborough Air show to the south west of London. The Dolls House show is being supported by Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine but is organised by ICHF.
I was one of the first to sign up for the Dolls House show a couple of weeks ago – and already they are looking at expanding the floor space set aside for the Dolls House part of the show!
There are free shuttle buses lined up from the four local train stations, and car parking is free. I’m really looking forward to it (I shall be shopping too!) and have added the show to my show dates together with ICHF contact details.
So if you are a crafter and have a dolls house save the date and get your ticket now!
…and in other news – I have added new stock to the website shop, updated the JUST FINISHED page, 3D PRINTING BLOG and added pictures to the gallery pages – enjoy!
FROM SKETCH TO STOCK – See how the new macaws and cockatoo stands were created and 3D printed on the 3D printing blog page
SOME FANTASTIC NEWS FOR FANS OF FEATHERSTONE HALL…..
Just back from a fantastic Kensington Dollshouse show, and after updating the website shop, galleries and just finished pages….
But I also have to salute those shoppers who, like all good boy scouts, come to a show prepared – with photos, notebooks, fabric and wallpaper samples so they can be sure that what they buy will work with what they have already – BRAVO!
As is usual for shows, I managed to make some special pieces, not all of which made it back to go in the wesite shop!
However these ‘show specials’ often lead to new stock items and many of the new things made for Kensington will soon been in the website shop, like the library bookcase and bookcase desks.
Fortunately I do still have a couple of Macaws left after the show although the cockatoos sold out they will be joining them in the shop by the weekend!
(Macaws and cockatoos are £39 each).
Although the tea trollies (£39) and the drinks/cigar trollies (£39) sold out at the show they will soon be back in the website shop – to join the working grandfather clock (£47)
It was great to get back to beds for the show with these two four posters – the ginger and gold one was bought by a couple – he got the rusty and restoration ready Model T Ford and she got the bed as anniversary presents to each other (decided on by the wife!)
The raspberry and blue one has just been added to the shop website £129 – although I am thinking about doing a set of furniture to go with it!
With York show now looming on the horizon, (York Racecourse June 19th) I’ll be flat out again making stock to replace that sold at Kensington – and hopefully one or two more one-off pieces like the carpenters workbench (Right) which is now in the website shop £89.
OK, so here we are – its nearly the end of March and I am finally getting to do my first news post of the year!
Its been a bit of a strange one so far, it started with me flat out trying to complete orders and make show stock, then I was flat out from catching Covid! (Just bad enough to feel rotten – and not bad enough to be serious – lucky me!) I am fully recovered but still shattered, as I have just got back from the Miniatura two day show at the NEC in Birmingham
I have grabbed a mo to update as much of the website as I can in the time available – there is some new stock in the shop, some items are restocked and there’s a new FREE download sheet to print and make – packed with paper ephemera like letters envelopes, playing cards, photos, postcards and greetings cards. The sort of detail pieces you can’t easily buy and which can really finish off a project in style.
Just a few of the items to make on the FREE DOWNLOAD printable sheet – Its number 4 in the set and can be found in the MAKES & ADVICE section of the website.
The JUST FINISHED page has been updated too, with a load of pictures showing a selection of recent commissions and new stock items.
The 3D PRINTING HOTSPOT and 3D PRINTING BLOG now feature what’s been going on in the print room over the last few months and what’s to come. As shortages of miniature items become more acute, the 3D printer is proving worth its weight in gold, being able to supply virtually anything on demand! (even an emergency chicken!)
On that happy note – I’ll try not to leave it as long again till my next post!
The title of this post reflects my lack of Christmas readiness after having been concentrating on the recent rash of shows…
But now that my last show of a very strange year is over, I can turn my mind like everyone else to Christmas shopping, and I bet there are some poor souls out there (just like me) who have not had time to do anything yet…. so I have put together a little Christmas gift guide which can be forwarded on to anyone you might know who hasn’t taken the hint yet on what you really want….
USA & Canada – you have until Monday 13th December (although I may be able to get it there via courier if sent later)
So I was aiming for an August update and stuff got in the way!
Show season has kicked in, and after Kensington in September, Miniatura in October and Pudsey last week I’m beginning to think its just like old times!
But its not quite… we are all having to adjust to being a bit more careful when we are at events and masks are still the norm, but hopefully we are at a halfway house and will have a new normal soon.
But the new normal I’m talking about is not is not just about our behaviour at shows, but how my business is run and affected by changes in the wider world – what visitors at shows may not realise is that just like supermarkets – our supplies of furniture and accessories are being hit and it can be really difficult just to find furniture before the process of creating a finished suite can begin. Its taking a lot of extra time to source alternatives and replacements, not to mention rocketing stress levels and shipping costs when you find them!
However, as I have mentioned before, necessity is the mother of invention, and I am finding inventive and creative solutions to my supply dilemmas. So over the coming months you will see changes in the shape of some of my stock pieces, like bedrooms and dressers, which will be sourced from new suppliers. I am also starting to create my own 3D printed pieces of furniture, and also creating parts to enable me to create furniture – which actually is quite exciting and means that more of my base furniture will be 100% exclusive!
Every cloud has a silver lining!
So despite being hamstrung with supply problems, I have been busy and have a few new things to add to the INSPIRATION/JUST FINISHED page as well as my website SHOP!