Oh my gosh! I can't believe that a whole Summer has gone by since I last left a post.
I can't recite a whole catalogue of jobs I have completed. Or exotic places I have visited. Or gardens I have created. Or even rooms that I have decorated and cleaned within an inch of their lives.
My three 'children', however, have had a marvellously exciting, lazy, sociable summer while their increasingly proud but poor and exhausted mum has looked on in wonder!!
What the heck, they have all gone now and peace has returned for a few months and it is time to return to a much less exhausting mini world.
This is one long term project I have begun in an effort to display some of the wonderful pieces I have collected over the last few years. I have seen these printers trays in various shabby chic displays and thought they would be a perfect showcase. I bought them on Ebay where a whole range are on sale in all different sizes and conditions. I then cleaned them up and have painted them in an off-white to match my walls. A lot of coats of paint because I stupidly forgot the prime them first!
The end result is lots of perfect little holes to fill.......eventually!!
This one is home to my collection of teapots by Jaqueline Dunn and I have even managed to be able to display the beautiful boxes many of her pieces come packaged in.
As you can see the little boxes are far too pretty to be hidden away in a drawer and I am so pleased to have found a way of displaying them alongside these little treasures.
I also have a few pieces by Ebay seller Pie15 but there are still lots of empty spaces to fill!! In fact one third is completely empty at the moment and I am thinking that maybe I will start looking for pretty shabby chic bit and bobs as I do yearn for some of the gorgeous creations seen in Blogland that have no place in Diagon Alley!
My second tray will be filled with my growing collection of hand turned minis. I have gradually picked up a number of these as I am awed by the skill and patience it must take to create these tiny vases, bowls and boxes. Again it will take time to fill it all but little by little each hole will become home to another piece of mini art.
I am only just discovering new artists - to me, I mean - so any suggestions would be gratefully recieved. I know there have been some new artisans on Ebay but I always seem to miss their auctions.
At the moment I have pieces by PerfectPerfection, who I think is a new seller but I keep missing his auctions, Bertie's Miniatures and CW Lubin.
As you can see they are all beautifully shaped and crafted from all sorts of materials from exotic woods to very modern acrylic and corian.
Mixed in are some pieces that I have had for quite a long time and can't remember where I bought them so if you recognise them as your own work please let me know.
Today I have set about my work room moving all the stuff that seems to have piled up in there and have had a sort through all my dolls.
These have definitely been hidden away for much too long and I really need to work out what characters I require to fill Diagon Alley. It has felt a bit like Christmas as forgotten purchases have come to the light. Thankfully my husband is away this week working in Spain so I have been able to indulge myself in play!
Hope the Summer has treated you all well and I am looking forward to playing catch up and see what everyone has been up to while I have been away.