Thursday, 1 March 2018

Brisbane Dollhouse Extravaganza 2018 Purchases!

Even though I've only just gotten back from a long vacation, there was no way I was missing the Brisbane Dollhouse Extravaganza. Where did she find a money tree you ask?.. Well I cleverly saved a generous Christmas gift of money from my Mum, knowing this show was coming up right after my holiday and I'd be skint. lol

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.

Pretty sure the horns are resin or some sort of plastic but they are quite realistic and the seat is done in real leather.

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. 

Tusk Chair in Gun Room at Sagamore Hill
Picture source Adventures by Daddy

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.

While I was waiting for these to be wrapped up, I grabbed a couple of Little Goodies flour making kits. I have quite an extensive punch collection and intend one day to make my own flowers from scratch. But I thought I'd like to try a couple of kits to get a feel for the process, before I venture out on my own.

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.

They have the most beautiful detail.

This one has various different weave & thread thicknesses for interest and vertical reed detail. It's also been aged and dirtied up a bit.

This gorgeous oval shaped basket has wonderful dark wood detail on the handle.

A little rectangular basket with wooden handle and check pattern detail.

The gifted basket has open twining detail in the centre of the weave. This basket has also received some lovely aging.

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.

Evonne, also sells tiny little bobbin lace creations so I bought a couple of those too. They are so fine and delicate, they are going to be so lovely on an end table. The third one is a teeny tiny lace book mark! Just gorgeous.

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.

Then I raided the blue and white tubs. I got quite a few different patterns of bowls & pots.

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.

I think I need to build a shoe cupboard. :D

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".

The details on these flats are so adorable. 2 pairs even have brand labeling on the inner sole. :D

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!.

To round out the day I bought some practical items. Some porch poles, shutters and drawer pulls. A little stained glass window for the San Franciscans round eave window, some earring backs & little nails and a roll of gold mesh. I threw in a couple of candlesticks and some tiny scissors while I was there.

That is when the cash ran out so alas I had to depart for another year... 


  1. You found some great things. Thanks for for the eye candy fix!

    1. Thanks and no worries Carrie.. My mini shopping addiction is always good for eye candy. :)

  2. You have to do a library/smoking room for the horn chair! I agree a hunting room is a bit macabre, but the chance to run wild with some plaid and paneling and built in bookcases would be fabulous.

    1. Ooohh.. A library/smoking room is a great idea. :) I love me some plaids and built-ins. :D

  3. Hi Sam, What a wonderful time you had at the Brisbane Show and bought some amazing items. I bought shoes from Janis in Brisbane a few years ago as gifts for Fatima and Elizabeth. I dropped by her display in Paris last year as well. Janis has certainly expanded her line with clothing as well.
    I would have loved to see Lidi’s table. We are off to the Seattle Show this weekend ..... I will be chanting the mantra Gustavian, Gustavian ,... to try and keep myself on track! However, I am easily let astray.
    Thanks for showing us your treasures.
    Regards Janine

    1. Thanks Janine.. I know exactly what you mean.. I went into the show looking for windows, trim and baskets... One out of three ain't bad.. haha. Lidi is wonderful, you would love her stall, her husband is a woodworker and sells lovely furniture and other items. I bought a boat from him at last years Sydney show.. This year he had a fantastic chicken coop.. unfortunately, or fortunately :), I have no use for a chicken coop! I asked Lidi how long it took to make her baskets and if she had trouble keeping up with demand and of course the answer was yes, because the weaving of just one basket takes a day or more. She said at the moment she was frantically trying to get enough stock together for the Sydney show and trying to keep some items in her etsy shop. Oh, to be in such demand. :D I hope you enjoy Seattle. I hope you find lots of treasures, Gustavian or otherwise. I hope you blog about them when you get back. I want to see what you get!

  4. Wow what a fabulous collection of goodies. Thank you for sharing them in such details.. eye-candy galore!!! :) I just LOVE the little bear and the baskets. Thanks for sharing links. As newbie 'addictee' (not sure there is such a word) it is great to see what is happening where here in Australia and your Resource page has already proven super helpful. Now I just need to bite the bullet and build my first house....

    1. Thanks Anna, I know what you mean about resources in Australia.. they are limited at best... Glad I could help out with some links. Yes, start a house please and make sure to blog about it.. I'd like to follow along. :D

  5. Wonderful purchases! I love everything but the baskets and shoes are to die for. I can´t wait to see what you make with all those goodies, I forsee many wonderful projects in the near future. I will stay in tune!

    1. Thanks Alexandra! It's funny but the things I love in 1:1 are also the things I love in mini.. Shoes and baskets top the list. lol

  6. Amazing purchases, Sam, you now have a huge collection to choose out for making miniature scenes and projects, enjoy!! The baskets made by Lidi are awesome, yes, her work is absolutely gorgeous. So, your little 'secret' is that you're addicted to baskets :)?
    I also love those tiny beautiful shoes and clothing, and every woman needs some of these things by times, isn't it ;)?

    1. Yes Ilona, shoes and baskets are my kryptonite. lol I'm looking forward to "playing" with all my new stuff when I get some time. :)

  7. Hello Sam,
    Did your credit card make it, or did we lose it? I think every penny was very well spent. they are all beautiful, but I must admit the octagonal table is a particular favorite. I also love that teddy bear, and the lace and the shoes are phenomenal. The horn chair is very interesting. I have often read that there was a craze for horn furniture in the Victorian era. It was extremely popular...I even saw horn chandeliers and sconces.
    Big hug,

    1. Only just Giac.. lol.. I have a few items I purchased a while ago still to come in the mail but then I need to stop buying for a while and start creating! :D Interesting information on the horn chair. It was a completely spontaneous purchase, so we shall see where it ends up. I love the Octagonal table too.. I'm looking forward to finding it a home in a room. :)

  8. I enjoyed this post so much, you found such nice things! The little lace book mark is incredibly cute, as is the photo album! And all the rest! :-) Oh yes, I agree with Tiny New World! A library/smoking room would be awesome. That chair is fantastic! I would never buy it in 1:1 size, but in miniature it's super cool! When I see what is available in 1:12 scale, I'm in awe.

    1. I know right? Sometimes you buy things in mini that you never would in 1:1. The creative freedom that mini-ing brings is one of my favourite things about this wonderful hobby. :)

  9. Magnificent! It looks like you put your Christmas money to excellent use, had fun, and have loads of exciting accessorizing to look forward to! And so do we, so Thank You for sharing your haul with us! You are really on the precipices of making your vision for the San Fran come to life, and it is going to be spectacular!

    1. Thanks Jodi! Haha.. the Christmas money is well and truly gone! I didn't really shop with any particular rooms in mind.. I'm not that disciplined.. lol.. but I'm sure a lot of this will make it's way into the San Franciscan. :)

  10. Great haul Sam! You did have some fun. I never think to trawl through the $1 bins, but usually I don’t have the time. Grabbing a heap of cheap fillers is a great idea.

    1. Well of course you don't, you can't leave your hubs for too long manning your booth.. lol Sometimes you do find little gems in them though. :) I was so glad Lidi came to Brisbane this year (she wasn't there last year) that I felt I had to shop hard, to convince her to come back.. lol.