I had a plan to make a bee line for Lidi (Basketcase Miniatures) & Evonne's (Vonne Bears) stalls but got side tracked by a stall selling second hand stuff. I love a good vintage find, so I had to have a quick peruse. I came across this very unusual steer horn chair and was intrigued.
I turned it over and it was signed P (or B) Blankenford Oct '83 # 156. Apparently there are quite a few of these chairs floating around somewhere.... I couldn't resist it.
At first I was thinking Flintstones when I looked at it but my mini friend Deborah from the Greenleaf forums mentioned that Teddy Roosevelt had a very similar steer horn chair in his home Sagamore Hill and that perhaps the maker of my chair was inspired by it. I definitely agree that it's very similar in style if not colour.
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A couple of Greenleaf members think I should build a big game hunters study or library room box for it.... I'm going to think on it a bit more, because I'm fascinated by hunters studies but definitely not a hunting fan. I do love the decor in those english style hunting rooms you see in Ralph Lauren catalogues so maybe a manly den in my next house is in order. :)
I also picked up this vintage octagonal table from the same vendor. I don't know who the maker is but I really love it's colour and patina.
Both of these pieces may find their way into the same room. The table almost seems like a game table so could be appropriate for a den.
Side track over, I headed straight for Lidi Stroud's (Basketcase Miniatures) stall and snapped up 3 baskets and a Laundry Hamper. It was so hard to choose!! If I had an endless budget I'd have bought them all :D ... Lidi's baskets are pricey but when you consider how many hours work go into making them they really are worth it. Because I was a bit spendy, Lidi gifted me the basket on the floor in front of the table. So incredibly generous of her. I really will treasure it.
This gorgeous oval shaped basket has wonderful dark wood detail on the handle.
The Laundry Hamper, took Lidi days just to weave, not including all the finishing trimming. It was a toss up between this basket and a Picnic basket. I'll just have to get one of those next year. :)
After Lidi's stall, I was straight over to Evonne's (Vonne Bears) and grabbed this adorable little micro bear (seen here in the smallest of Lidi's baskets). I loved his little slightly cocked head and sweet expression.
He is seriously cute and his arms and legs are articulated, I haven't tried to move his head yet, but I suspect it moves too. :) She had adorable little fluffy chickens too but I had to draw the line somewhere.
I bought a couple of potted plants. The pink flowers (geraniums?) I got from a lady downsizing her stash. She couldn't remember where she got them but said they were probably from a show. The Lavender was made by another vendor. I love the way the lavender has some browning petals as if it's starting to turn.
I stopped by the Ryan's Realm table as they are one of my favourite Australian online stores and they always have cheap crockery. So I went on a bit of a spree in the 50c & $1 bins.
Firstly I picked up a bunch of white vases. These will be very versatile when I start making flowers.
I searched for ages through the tubs to find matching plates and cups. Pretty happy with this haul though.
And finally some terracotta and white outdoor pots. These will work well for the topiaries I'm going to make with my supplies from Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
These two decorative fauna print plates are from Golightly Miniatures (no website). A local miniature maker. She had some really wonderful shabby chic furniture pieces but I like to make my own.
Then I hit the sale bins at a couple of the larger vendors. And came away with this haul. On the floor are four urn pots, 2 blue, 2 white.. a selection of cheap baskets that I will age/weather in a grey wash and plant topiaries in. A couple of little wrapped presents, a little rusted pot some glass balls and a wooden tray that came with stones to put in it but I'll likely use it for shells or industrial objects. After a dark staining it should be a cool piece for a coffee table.
On the table, loving the collection of silver/pewter/white jugs for styling fillers. The wooden vase is really rustic and cute. The Coffee urn will get a colour change. Not sure what the long skinny basket is meant to hold but it was cute and cheap so I bought it. (If you haven't already noticed I have a bit of a basket obsession. lol). I finally found an in scale rolling pin so I picked that up too. A little decor book and the cutest opening vintage style photo album round out the grouping.
I also picked up some tiny safety pins, some pencils and a compact that has a mirror and a puff.
I saw these cute little slippers in a $1 baggie and snapped them up. Upstairs girl is currently wearing them. They are the perfect size for her feet. :D
Seeing the slippers reminded me that I needed to get over to my other favourite vendor, Tiny Finery.
Janis had a much larger selection than last year and she is even now making her fabulous hats bags and shoes in 1:24 & 1:48! They are truly amazing little creations but my favourite thing is that they come with their own proper shoe boxes and bags. I bought 3 pairs of shoes and 2 bags. Again, with an endless budget I wouldn't have to make such hard choices. I do love the ones I got though.
All the bags and shoes are made of leather and have such exquisite details. I mean I want these shoes in RL.
The other matching set in grey and black. Love the branding "Mini Choos".
Even the soles are made of leather and there is heal detail.
And how cute are the boxes in their bags with made in New Zealand and the shoe size on the end. :D
The bags have all the details you would expect and some you wouldn't.. The bottoms have little metal protectors just like real handbags
There is metal ring detail where the handles attach at the sides and the larger bag has a buckle on the strap.
The backs are just as nice as the front.
Of course they open and have phone pocket on the inside.
The black bag's internal pocket is done in coordinating grey with a black stripe detail. So great!
Janis also makes dresses. I limited myself to two!.
That is when the cash ran out so alas I had to depart for another year...