Best laid plans and all that, but I can at last sit down and put a post together. As mentioned before I have a set pattern when I go to Kensington and Miniatura. First to Anne Willis of Fine Design for an owl before she sells out. Then on to Sarah Hendry of Pocket People for a cat and kitten maybe. Then to Michael Mortimer of Nine to look at his marvellous furniture.
Then I go to the stand of Jain Squires and Julie Campbell. This time I was blown away by the the huge range of dolls these two talented ladies had on show and my budget went completely out of the window.
I just couldn't resist buying these fabulous characters from Jain
and believe me I could have bought more!
I have included lots of photographs so you can see the incredible detail of each character.
My first choice had to be this pedlar witch. She is ideal for Diagon Alley up from the country to sell her wares.
I especially liked her back pack full of pumpkins.
Jain always seem to think in 360 degrees so her characters have interest from every angle which makes them even more special.
Her tray is brimming with all sorts of magical pieces and she seems a very happy witch.
I saw this wonderful character on Jain's blog a few months ago and thought it was destined for a lucky collector.
Now in her full glory on Jain's stand I could not resist her!
The only excuse I have is that I have learned that if I don't buy the ideal piece when I see it I may never get another chance......yeah, I know it didn't work on the husband either!
The truth is I just had to have her because she was so vibrant and colourful.
Even her hat is stuffed full of goodies.
I am sure that all the Hogwart students would be stocking up on sweeties as well as books.
A full tray of candies set to make your fillings tingle!
With two witches destined for the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley it seemed only right to choose a wizard to accompany them.
I chose this character because he was so different to the usual wizard with robes and beards.
My Alley is post 'He Who Must Not Be Named' so this scarred and troubled wizard is perfect.
Who knows what terrible events led to his injuries.
Perhaps the silver frog is a clue to his special role or skills.
I was also sorely tempted by the three 'Alice' characters that Jain had on show. I loved the darkness of Alice and could see her in a really surreal tea party........
But I resisted having absolutely no plans for any Wonderland projects and the whole of the fair still to get round!
I will probably regret my resisting in the future but I will hopefully still be married!!