Now back to the fair! I think I have worked my way around the perimeter of the room, now it's on to the tables in the middle!
My next stop was at the table of Anabela Miniaturas. Her work is absolutely lovely, I wanted it all....but at last I had to settle for two items, but then in the end I snuck back for a third item. My first purchase was the lovely carpet bag. It will be a great addition to the bedroom of my dollhouse. Then I spied the most detailed little tassels. For my castle room I am making a pair of curtains drawn back as you enter the tower room. I have to make tie backs, and these little tassels will work perfect on the tiebacks. They are laid across the back of the chair if you can't see the tassels!
Later I went back and purchased the bundle of stacked linens I had saw on my first visit to the table. Here's a close up of them. Aren't they just perfect. They will also go in the dollhouse, either in the main bedroom or the closet of the bathroom. I just love the attention to detail on them, and they are pressed perfectly flat. Check out the link above for more of her wonderful work.
She was a joy to speak with and even though I nearly scared her off with my $50 Euro note (I had just been to visit the Bank of Jeff just before I went to her table) I was able to go back and get smaller notes so that I didn't clear out all her change. We need a float when working at a fair!!
Next I saw a table with glassware. Thinking I had found the same vendor from before I had to go back. But to my surprise it was a new vendor, with exquisitely made glassware. This vendor was Artesania En Vidrio. They have wonderfully made pieces, there was so much to choose from, but after two visits to the table, I finally decided on this beautifully made footed fruit bowl. Here's a close up of the piece.
Take the time and check out their web site because they have fantastic pieces including punch bowls with all the cups, ice buckets, vases and so much more. It's exquisite.
Next I found Eva of Handmade of Eva Perendreu. A face I recognize because I read her blog. I introduced myself and in our mini way we communicated and best we could. She has so many fantastic miniatures. I loved her miniature shells, and even though these aren't a handmade item of hers I could see so many uses in my minis for them and just had to have a bag of them.
I've purchased mini shells before, but these are the smallest ones I have ever seen. Someone has been busy collecting these on the beaches! Eva, thanks for your wonderful welcome at the fair, it was nice to make the connection.
My next visit was to the table of My French Cuisine. They had wonderful miniature molds for pastery making, and I so regret not picking up some of them. Actually my funds were running low and I didn't think the Bank of Jeff was going to spot me for another time! But since I have been collecting bottles for a future wine celler project I just had to have this wonderful bottle. Yes, it's champagne and not wine, but who's going to look that closely! I just love it. Here's a close up.
They also have an Etsy store as well as the blog listed above. Check this out also. They are closed on holidays right now, but due to open any day.
Next I visited Sophia Miniatures table. Again I purchaed more trims and cords, but this time I also got these wonderful rose buds and taller flowers. I think these are import flowers, but I could be corrected on this. I am basing this on the price, because they were very inexpensive. I know they will work great in the garden shed project. It was a busy table, but it was worth the wait to get the items.
The remaining items I purchased at the fair were supplies, but still worth noting. I got this wonderful grab bag of assorted laces and trims from Maria Barbon (Sorry I tore the label trying to open up the bag). The bag contained ribbons, and trims perfect to use as bullion fringe and other great laces. Maria is a dollmaker, but since I don't collect dolls, it's still nice to get these trims to use in my projects. Check out her blog. She does exquisite work.
The next table I visited was Minithings from minst.com They had the most unique trims that could be used to edge windows, mirrors, furniture etc. It's made from paper and finished with a gold paint. I purchaed these two packages thinking I might be able to use them as stair rods. Just an idea, if it doesn't work it has so many other possibilities. Here's a close up of them. (Sorry for the glare from the camera flash). Check out their site for many wonderful products that have so many uses.
I hope in some way I have returned the kindness I found in Barcelona by promoting these wonderful artisans on my blog in the last several postings. Please take the time and visit the links provided.
A big thank you to another Eva, Eva Fernandez at http://tatalamaru.blogspot.ca/ She so kindly provided me with all the names and addresses of the miniature stores before I left for my trip. When I got to go to the fair, simply because of a delayed flight, I was sad to have missed her there. She was there the entire day, but our paths did not cross. It will have to be another day for that visit. Also thank you for filling in the blank on so much information in the past several postings when I didn't know the names or web sites for these wonderful artisans.
I so loved my time in Barcelona, and wish I could go back tomorrow. I wish I had gotten the time to find miniatures in the other European cities we visited as well, but these were visited on one day shore excursions with groups of people, who probably wouldn't have tolerated me wanting to find miniature stores in every city. But stay tuned, I did find a miniature museum in Italy. I'll post about that on another day.
A big welcome to all the new followers, I am so pleased you have taken the time to follow my blog and my ramblings.
Until the next time....