Thursday, April 29, 2010

I feel like I have all but disappeared from Bloggervania. Though I have absolutely been keeping tabs on everyone's posts, mine have been absent. Mostly this is due to the strange disappearance of the download cord for the camera somewhere in the vast wasteland that is my husband's desk. But I cannot let him take all the blame because I have been up to my elbows in alligators since I returned from my trip.

I am working furiously on my exhibit for the July Lakeland show and replacing/creating new stock for the show. Little point in going if I have nothing to sell....

One of my side trips was to an amazing little fabric shop in Maitland, Florida....right smack in the middle of the state in what I always considered "nowhere". What a find!

These are the fabrics I bought...and believe me, I had to stop myself because my basket was full.

They are either 100% silk, 100% cotton or a silk/cotton blend, which I have NEVER seen before. There is even a bit of ultra suede. There all happened to be cut into "fat quaters" and I just kept filling my basket! The colors are so vibrant and just beautiful.

I also attended the three (yes three!!) miniature shows in the Chicago area in mid-April. First was the Three Blind Mice show which was small but had some really nice sellers. I bought a Robin Betterly kit which I will show when I finish lots of metal minis to be painted for various projects.

My best buy of that show, however, was this fabulous wicker wheelchair by Barb and Marvin Tate from Ohio. They do not appear to have a website. Marvin makes movable things like wheelchairs and prams; Barb makes stationary furniture. Marv has one of his wheelchiars in the miniature White House. This is a fabulous piece. I had never seen a miniature wicker wheelchair before. Furthermore, the price was very reasonable...under $100.

When I saw Jayne's Floozies, I knew I had to have a couple for my newest project and they arrived today. They are temporarily in a block of foam and Jayne was kind enough to enclose additional leaves for me to choose from. These are sooo cool. The photo does not do them justice.
Meet Rhianna (Miss Lips) and Frida.

Yet ANOTHER package came in the mail today! I was able to snag one of Kat Hazelton's newest steampunk creations which will go into the lastest project also. Sooo cool, Kat!

That's it for now. I have lots more things to show that I got at the shows and in the mail but I need to photograph them first. Hahaha....that's the worst part for me. I take such bad pictures.

.....another day....



Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, my, everything is wonderful!! What delicious fabric!!!! Just LOVE those floozies!! I was supposed to go to Chicago this year but my roomie cancelled out on me :(

Looking forward to seeing more photos!


Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Oh Susan Im in love with all your goodies! I have been looking for fat quarters of material in bright colours for the Alice tablecloths but so far everyone only sells in metres and thats far too much and far too expensive for what I want it for! That wicker wheelchair is fab, and of course I adore Kats hat, I have one on the way too! Oh those floozies are too magnificent arnt they, adore them both lucky you!! Look forward to your hat project coming along too, hows it going? Kate xxx

Glenda said...

Lovely loot!!

Peach Blossom Hill said...

What wonderful things. I work in a quilt shop and we sell fat quarters and some of our fabrics are in small enough scale for mini's--I am using them for sofa's and chaises just now. But there is a mega fabric store in our region, about an hour from me. The lady is now around 80 and still works the floor daily--laces, silks, upholstery, cottons, suedes, wool, etc. . . If I can sell my big embroidery/sewing machine, I'm headed over to stock up!

And what fabulous things you bought! I'm so jealous--it seems I'll never get to Chicago.


Tallulah Belle said...

Oh my I am so far behind.

what a treat to see the girls on here....can't wait to see them planted.

What a lot of fabrics...I couldn't have got away with buying less either :-)

That wheelchair is amazing...I've never seen anythign like that in miniature before. What a wonderful buy.

Thank you so very, very much for your donation on my blog.

I am so touched by the generosity of people donating and helping me get the word out.

Thank you xxx

Kathi said...

I used to shop at the fabric store in Maitland! It is a treasure chest and not one many people know about. You found some beautiful fabrics there!

Kat The Hat Lady said...

Glad you liked the hat :-) gosh what a lovely lot of fabric you bought. I am jealous ha ha ha!