Leeds Doll's House & Miniature Fair - know affectionately as Pudsey.
This is Britain's Oldest DH show (Est. 1982) and, co-incidentally, my 'oldest' show - it was the first one I ever went to in 2011 and it probably helped start the bug.
Like any show there is a core of regular vendors and that is a good thing. It is like having all your favourite shops gathered under one roof and you know what you can get from whom plus they always have a surprise or two.
There were three vendors new to the show - A Basket of ..... and Weaverthorpe Dolls House Miniatures and Freestyle Crafts. A couple of returners were Angie Scarr - yes - the famous foodie lady and Ladybird Miniatures - just look at her wonderful teapots and cosies. I was too busy chatting to actually buy one - how annoying is that when you get back home.
Two of my must-see-what-they-have-got vendors had something really cute. Harlands of Hedon had this lovely chicken pram - well duck pram really....
and this opening match-box from Minnie McGregor was the absolute show-stopper as far as I was concerned. Truly she did open and close it for me several times.
My other half stepped into the show to retrieve me around lunchtime. This was his first foray into a DH showroom other than picking up anything too big for me to carry away (ie Muir House from Miniatura). I got the matchbox demonstrated specially for him and he was totally underwhelmed. Not fazed by this I dragged him round to Danny Shotton's wonderful creations thinking that they are more of a chap sort of thing and, again, yeah/OK/have you finished? Isn't it a pain when you are mad keen on something and other people aren't fussed? How can they not see the near miracle of making a matchbox that opens or a corkscrew like this from Danny Shotton. This time I did remember to buy one. It is destined for Chocolat and every project I can ever get it in. I really want his box of chisels but can't seem to (mentally) place it any where.
Here are my other 1/12th buys........
This is the second - could be even the third - lot of light switches I've bought for Chocolat. I am hoping they look better in situ. I may 'tidy' the pattresses before they go in - talk about picky! I would have liked to have added surface wiring (conduits) leading from them but not sure how to go about it. It might still happen. My 1959 life was filled with buildings with that sort of thing - my school, my first workplace. Sadly there was no reason to imprint the detail on your brain. Good old Google helps... but .....
Two lots of lace for no other reason that it was lovely, very fine, very soft, cotton lace and will do something some time. I think a yard of each (cream and white) might be a bit excessive
This is a letter box for Chocolat so I'll get that in place later today.
All in all it was a nice way to spend a rainy morning talking to like-minded people about stuff I love. That's what going to a show is all about for me. So, here I am, one happy gammy-legged shopper back at her computer, dying to go and play with her new 'toys'.
I did manage to snare a few things for my pending 48ths....
Eight little gems from Petite Properties.
When I got home I discovered I already have a plastic bathroom set just like this but that's OK because I have four properties waiting for me so it may come in handy.
Not the nicest stuff as it is plastic but it actually works just fine for quarter scale bathrooms. I would prefer plastic to wood to replicate porcelain and that seems to be my two choices right now in 48ths.
I have seen brown plastic furniture from this range repainted and remodelled and it can look great.