Well, obviously I made it back home in one piece but here it is Thursday morning and I still haven't reported on Sunday's trip to Rheda, Germany and the miniature show nor shared the bits and pieces I bought at the miniature show.
Poor Elly! Sunday morning dawned with rain - a fairly light drizzle as I walked from the hotel to Elly's apartment. But, once we got on the road, it developed into pretty much of a downpour and stayed that way all the way to Rheda - a three-hour trip of uncomfortable driving. But she got us there safe and sound and once we were inside and warmed up, being the avid miniaturists we are, what did we care about the weather?!
We split up, agreeing that we would meet around 1:00 for lunch. The show had one smaller room with only artisans and then a quite a bit larger room with mostly retail vendors but still a goodly number of artisans mixed in. And, of course, the artisans were, for the most part, ones whose work I'd never seen before so, for me, it was a real delight. Plus which, aside from the IGMA show Chris and I went to last fall in New York, it's been a long time since I've been to a big show - not since I moved into my apartment and that was 6 years ago or more.
When I visit a show, I always try to go through the entire show once without buying anything and mark things in my program to go back and investigate further and that's pretty much what I did this time too. Can't remember if I actually purchased anything before lunch or not. But having arrived around 11 or 11:30, it wasn't long before it was time to meet up with the others and I was ready - I was hungry!
And while I'm with the group, here is a picture of the little gifties I received which I'm just very delighted with. :)
The little painted candlebox is from Elga - she first started out making painted furniture and little pieces like this before she moved on to the truly stunning wood furniture she is making now. She also crocheted the two little potholders. The glass jar is from Elly and she told us that it is an egg jar for keeping your eggs on the counter. And I'm pretty sure I have some tiny eggs somewhere in my stash. The tatted doily (which does lay flat - I just couldn't get it to for the picture) was made by Winnie who had brought some other tatted pieces for show and tell, including two beautiful miniature lace collars and little, tiny lace caps of the type worn with traditional Dutch dress that just fit on the tip of her forefinger.
So, whenever I started actually shopping, here are my purchases. I was surprised when we got back to Elly's apartment (Elly, Elga, Josje and myself) at how little I had actually purchased. I think I was so happy to be at a big show again, that I didn't have to buy lots of things to make it a "good show" plus which I had all my little gifts to take home with me. :)
These last two are my "treasures" but unlike most of my other treasures I've purchased over the years, these were the least expensive things I bought at the show and I love them. Just wish I could get a decent picture of them. Imagine them on white cardstock and done with a very sharp lead pencil so a grey tone rather than sepia. They are absolutely lovely and I can't wait to get them home and decide just how I'm going to use them. And I love that the one has a windmill in the scene. He had one other one this size and why I didn't buy it also I'll never know. But I have these two so I won't complain. I'm thinking that with at least one of them, I may have it matted and framed in maybe a 4 x 4 frame or so - nothing too heavy or ornate and then display it on a small easel. The gentleman who drew these is Joachim Kuhner.
We didn't leave until they were practically pushing us out the door. The drive home was somewhat better - no pouring rain but still some occasionally and lots of spray from other cars. But we made it and then came the fun of show and tell at Elly's apartment. That's one of my favorite things about going to a show with friends - seeing what everyone else bought. And in this case, everyone had made some really lovely choices.
Still battling the blasted cold and needing to be ready to leave for the airport in plenty of time to allow for getting lost, etc., I went back to the hotel, did my evening packing, and once again crawled into my cozy bed (it was COLD in Amsterdam) and went to sleep.