|Miniatur Puppenwelt Wengen|
I really didn’t make a ton of purchases last year but since this year I am pretty well along on the Japanese project I had some very clear ideas about what I needed and didn’t. I also have been surfing the net and seeing the prices that are out there and felt that some of the artisans at the show really did deserve the prices they were asking. I mean if I cannot make something as well or as beautiful as an artisan, why shouldn’t I make an exception and purchase their work? I cannot really afford a lot of objects but each one is pretty much the make or break detail that is needed in my own piece of art. So, this time I was a little more open with the wallet even if I am still laid off at work. What the hell. You never know when the next opportunity may present itself.
Miniatur Puppenwelt Wengen was the first table I hit as it was in fact the first table when I walked in the first room. They had a nice selection of some resin vases as well as a beagle dog. I cannot resist beagle dogs. Anyway, I am gathering materials for my second project (once the ryokan is finished) which is a normal 1/12 scale so I decided to get a few unique little things. I liked the block vases with the Florentine giglio on them. I also liked the little terracotta pot with the mold growing on it. And of course the dog who will be part of the diorama. I also splurged on the stove. It is really quite lovely and will fit into the tea room area. I’m going to have to finish it differently but it’s just too cute to pass up. I ended up spending around €40.00 here.
|Miniatur Puppenwelt Wengen|
I wandered round a bit in this room but the objects were not what I needed so I went into the main hall. We did our voting then I made a direct line to Elisabeth Causeret’s table. I bought some ceramics from her last year but this year she had outdone herself. There were so many exciting little things! The teapots and tea warmers! I couldn’t resist making some serious little purchases here. I think my favorite is the decorated jug with the little wooden spigot. I also managed to find more bowls and tumblers for the ryokan. The 1/20 scale makes it difficult to find pottery for the table settings. Elisabeth’s tumblers and bowls are prefect! I even like the grey rustic looking tumblers - they look Japanese in manufacture! I spent around €48.00 here too.
|Emaniraresulfare - Manuela Ferraresi|
My last two stops for purchases was to be an English miniaturist but she wasn’t there this year. Instead I bought a small pub toy from Jane Harrop. You would think the UK tables would bring lots more pub stuff (although I did find an Italian table with limited pub like objects) but perhaps they had sold out by the time I got around to them. I then moved around to a table with lots of small metal stamped grills. No one had a round grill. I have been trying to figure out a way to make a small table kettle heater for the ryokan but I need to find a grill cover. I just may have to make it. But I did find a few little objects at Le mini di Pierluigi . I picked up a grill for another hibachi which I will make for the back garden and a trivet which I can use as a grill perhaps if I make my tabletop heater from fimo or something. Always ideas.
|Le mini di Pierluigi|
My husband and I then enjoyed our weekend in Milan. We had pouring rain all evening but we still managed to get to the zone of Navigli which has all kinds of canals. There were tons of shops and little clubs. We hit a few for cocktails, then spritz, then a burger. It’s easy to get around with the metro. Had it not rained so much it would have been funner. The next day we met up for lunch (by chance!) with my work colleague who was going to the show again (she had gone in the morning and was going back) and we exchanged info about our purchases. Anyway, it was a good weekend. Too bad that two days after I got home I came down with a fever and am now being treated for bronchial pneumonia. Never had that in my life. WTF. I don’t think it was the rain tho. Just metro, train and bumping into sick people. Shit happens as they say.