Saturday, April 9, 2011

Chicago International Show 2011-Long and Picture Heavy!

"Wow" does not begin to describe the wonderful people, great friends, gorgeous miniatures, and total sensory overload I experienced on Saturday.  I rode up with a member of the Stitcher's Guild and her husband.  We didn't stay together long since we were going at different paces.

First off I was able to meet several blog/Facebook friends in person.  April from Every Little Thing was there and we browsed quite a bit together... while we looked for my Guild friend.  I had the double pleasure of meeting Julie Campbell of Bellabelle Art Dolls and Jain Squires aka The Giddy Kipper.  I came away with one of Julie's dolls... more on her in a bit.  Ladies it was fantastic to meet you in person and I hope we have the chance to meet again someday!

Now for the fun part!  There we so many beautiful things it was hard to choose.  Happily I was able to come home with several pieces that spoke to me.

 Let's start off with my treasure from Julie.  Her name is Becka and Julie blogged about her last year.  I had forgotten that I'd loved her then until I went searching for any mention of her on Julie's blog. (There is a much better photo on Julie's blog.)  I do not know yet if Becka will move into the little girl's room in the "big dollhouse" once it's done or if I will construct a special setting for her.
 Here is a close up of my lipstick fairy by The Ladybug.  The butterfly cut-outs in the main picture also came from her table.
 These baby rabbits are a real treat.  This picture does not do them justice in the least.  The artist's name is Sylvia Mobley. Her blog can be found here and her website here.  Please, please visit them both.  Her work is stunning on a bad day and breath-taking on the best.  (And I blame Julie for my inability to resist these bunnies.)
 Now for some of the littler things.  I wanted to expand my collection of mini liquors and I needed the chocolate syrup for "Not Quite Fay's".  It was the only missing ingredient for mudslides sitting in the back corner of the hutch.  I feel in love with the mouse toy whist waiting to pay for the liquor bottles.
 Of course I was drawn to the mouse when I saw this panda bear in a basket close to the checkout area.  I think the panda will look great in the Panda Nursery.  I also had to have this little pig when I saw him.  (There are 4 tiny pairs of scissors in front of the pig.)
 The little pig looks just like a beloved toy of mine from my junior high school days.  Aren't they cute together?
 Another shot of the baby bunnies alongside a pewter candle mold and candle holder.  Perfect for either my witch's house or a Rendezvous miniature.  Come to think of it I should have grabbed a couple more of each.  Drat.
 A little something for FH's hunting cabin that I really should get back to...
 I thought he'd be fantastic in the Trading Post.
 A piece of silk that I couldn't ignore along with some flocking... black and white of course.  I bet you can't guess how I'm going to use that.
 Now for the part where I had to keep my composure and not turn into a gibbering fan-girl of epic proportions.  I was able to meet and chat with one of my heroes in the doll-making world, James Carrington.  He even signed my copy of his book.  I also received some (more) encouragement to attend the IGMA guild school. 
And I came away with this lovely.  This photo doesn't do her justice.  I really needed sunlight but I couldn't wait to take all the pictures. 
She's pretty much an early "everything" gift from FH.  I'll be settling for flowers and his fabulous cooking for many special occasions.  Oh darn. ;-)  This lady will definitely big getting a scene made around her.  It must include a grand staircase and doors to other rooms... I think.  For now I'll be getting domes or something to display both her and Becka in so I can enjoy them without them getting dusty.  Although Becka might come out to play with Maddie from time to time.  One never knows.

Oh and I did find my Guild friend again and we both fell asleep in the car for a bit on the way home.  Happily her husband was driving. ;-)  I'm going to go collapse now.


Sans! said...

Such wonderful purchases, Katie! Thank you for sharing . Fun thing had to be meeting all these people you have "known" for so long but never met, right? :)

Katie said...

Looks like you had an amazing day! And look at all the fun stuff you got! Love the panda and the pig! TOo cute! And those tiny bunnies:) I so wish I could attend this show one year.... and get the chance to met fellow bloggers:) What fun!!

A. Wright said...

It was so great to finally meet you in person. Glad to see everyone (and your fab finds) made it home safely. Wow, the piggy must have a long lost brother out there somewhere that was used for inspiration :)

Debie Lyons said...

Ooooo you lucky thing Kat. Mind you I have seen Julie, Jains and Jamies work in the flesh too. I love your purchases, glad you had a good time.

Kim said...

wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and what a great selection of minis you brought home with you! I have been trying to convince my hubby to go to this one year since we are not that far away- maybe I'll start saving and hinting right away now for next year! I love the panda and Becka is so beautiful! the pig is adorable- the bunnies are sooo sweet- I love it all!!! Thanks for sharing your finds with us Kat- it's almost as good as getting to go myself :)

Lady Jane said...

I love all your treasures you found. I am so envious that you spoke with Jamie Carrington and got an autograph. You lucky girl you. And that DOLL!!! Talk about a treasure. I cant wait to see the scene you make for her.

Dee said...

Thanks for letting me live it through you! The little pig is really cute, and everything else is a feast for the eyes too. Love your two dolls!