But today, instead of working on the dollshouse, I went shopping instead! I went up to London to the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, always a great show. Apparently it has been running since 1985. I think I first went in 1988, and I've been most years since either to the summer show or, more recently, the new Christmas show.
I was looking primarily for 1/24th accessories for the Fairfield. This is a scale which is growing in popularity in the UK, but there still isn't a huge amount. Typically a maker's stand will be 95% 1/12th scale, with perhaps one little display of 1/24th scale goods for sale.
So what did I get?
- Cranberry glass bowl
- glass candy dish
- pair brass candlesticks
- pair brass vases
- bowl of fruit
- three turned bowls of yew wood
- two baskets
- plate of four scones for a cream tea (DH and I love cream teas!)
- two unpainted plant stands, which I am going to turn into kitchen stools
- potted plant from Georgie at The Miniature Garden Centre (Hi Georgie!)
- a 1/12th teapot shaped like a castle, for my teapot collection
- a 1/12th chess set, chess board and booklet, from Reina Mab Miniaturas, all the way from Beunos Aires in Argentina!
This year, for the first time, they were screening films about miniatures using a laptop and projector, in one of the venue's meeting rooms. I had my knitting with me, and was happily knitting as I watched some of these. '1:12' was a 25 minute film about seven of the craftsmen who exhibit at the Festival, including very interesting shots of them at work in their garden sheds or workshops. There were two absolutely charming short films about the dollshouse of Frances Winch, called Scrivelsby Folly. She narrates the events of Christmas 1922 and Boxing Day 1928, like a childrens' story, in a quintessentially English voice as clever animation makes it seem like the occupants have just walked out of the room before the cameras got there.
As usual, there were loads of lovely things at the show to look at. I wish I had won the £107 million Euromillions and then I would have bought a lot more!