I have had a very happy time making up this display table for my florist/gift shop. I still have a couple of pots to add but they have not arrived yet. I wanted an extra large table and finally found one from Rob Lucas Miniatures at Miniatura which I have painted in the shop's theme colours. The teapot collection is all purchases made on Ebay from the very talented Sarah Brown and J.Dunn. It was Sarah's pieces that made me decide to turn the second floor into a gift area because I loved her teapots so much.
I have also added some of the plant kits I have made lately and the beautiful Siamese cat by Sarah at Pocket People. I just adore him and am hoping to buy another of her cats at Kensington in May.
Underneath the table I have placed painted pots, vases and bowls mostly from Braxton Payne a US company who sell a huge range of clay pottery in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I usually try to avoid buying items from the US because of the customs lottery having been twice charged £8 by Royal Mail for 'processing'. These items had a value of less than £10 and were as you would expect very tiny, not quite sure what Royal Mail do to earn this £8. Any ideas?
Well anyway, the pottery from Braxton Payne is of such quality that I am prepared to take the risk of the extra charge.
Can you see the cute bird boxes? There is a super company Matlock Miniatures who supply all sorts of whitewood furniture for both houses and shops that I have used on a number of projects. Their shelving units are brilliant for anyone in the process of shop fitting.
I have also put together the first support of my witch house, remember I made the paper clay frames? Here are three of them in place plus I have planted one of the beds. Now I know it does not look very witchy but my witch is of the wise old woman kind not the Wicked Witch of the West kind. She grows herbs and flowers for her spells and potions, more of a Nanny Ogg for any Terry Pratchett fans, friendly and knowing.
The flower bed looks quite jolly I think. A bright mix of different types. I am especially pleased with the daffodils from Templewood Miniatures.
I do want to try and make some mandrakes both with fimo and paperclay cos they are such fun. My tiles are all in the garage at the moment and I am not sure I can dig them out. Or am I only making excuses so that I can avoid the fimo? No I will give it a go before Kensington so if they are a disaster I can look for some there.