As soon as we departed the ship and were safely checked back in our hotel, we headed out again to the two miniature stores. The next on my list was Ananda cases i nines. I was absolutely overwhelmed with the wonderful selection. The lady who served me (sorry I failed to get her name) was wonderful, and they had this wonderful little dog to keep us entertained during our visit as well.
Again I picked up lots of miniatures from local artisans, including those directly involved with Ananda. We struggled through our language barrier, so hopefully I have recorded all the information on the artisans correctly. Please feel free to correct me or add more, I would greatly appreciate it.
You can see I got a little carried away again. The table and chair are from my own collection and just used as props to showcase my purchases again.
The yummy looking cake was made by Judith Tarruella. I understand from Ananda's website she is one of four artisans affiliated with the store. Doesn't the case look great sitting on the counter of my bakery?
Judith also made the lovely basket of breads and bag of breads sitting proudly on the shelf outside my bakery window. I had hoped to put the carrier bad of bread in the bike I had painted, but unfortunately the bag was a little large for it. I may build a box for the back of the bike and try it there. But for now it looks great on the shelf.
Next was the work of Pilar Sampietro, one of the co-owners of Ananda. Here are some close ups of these pieces.
I just loved the embroidery frame with the sewing supplies. I even purchased a few extra spools to lay around. I am hoping to use this either in my dollhouse bedroom or the castle room. Still haven't decided yet.
The two pillows are planned to go in the dollhouse bedroom and I am hoping to use the hat boxes either in the same room or the ladies shop that has yet to be built. (I have the kit and many of the pieces for the interior already, I know, as the name of my blog says, SO MINI PROJECTS!)
Don't you just love the metal chair with the floral arrangement and the fern. Both are made at Ananda as well, but I am unsure which artisan. Maybe someone can help here again. The chair will definitely be placed outside the garden shed, but I plan to use the fern in the castle room.
The flowers were also made by Judith Tarruella at Ananda as well. I think they will work great in my garden shed scene. (The vase was a previous purchase from another shop).
Okay I think I have fallen in love with the glasswork from Salvador Marge. I still haven't found any information on this artisan, but I purchased more at Ananda. Four lovely wine goblets and a flower vase. I just love the gold and pink irridscent look to the edges of the glassware. Again I plan to use the glassware in my wine cellar or possibly the castle and the vase will definitely be used in the castle.
Okay I broke my rules again and purchased an import item at Ananda. But it will look wonderful in my ladies shop!!
The lovely lady in the shop then handed me a card for the miniature fair being held in Barcelona the next day. I had read about it months earlier but had realized it started the day we left, so I would not be able to attend. But thanks to the gods we were suppose to leave to fly home the next morning but due to a cancellation with our airline we were now staying one more day, which meant I could attend the fair, if I could convince my husband to brave the Metro and get around Barcelona the next day. You have to understand that we are from a small city of only 150,000 people with no subway, so for him it was intimidating. I travelled so much for my work, that I had gotten acustom to subways before so I was a little more confident. I still have a little convincing to do, but for now, we had another miniature shop to visit, Evolve. More about that visit in my next posting.
Hope you like the miniature works of the local artisans from Barcelona. Check out the Ananda link at the top of the posting!
A big welcome to the new followers, two of whom are the artisans featured in my last posting. A big hello to
Olga Arsensio de Haro, http://chriserminiaturas.jimdo.com/
Francesca Martinez http://petitissim.blogspot.ca/
Thanks for the interest in the blog.
Until the next time...........