Anita went off on Saturday to Miniatura (a big dollshouse and miniatures show) but I decided not to go this time because I already have so many dollshouse projects and kits waiting to be tackled. Instead I went to the Makit Fenland Fair in St Ives in Cambridgeshire, a rather nice little Lace and Needlework Fair that I went to last year. I had quite an enjoyable morning going around the stalls, and I bumped into my lace instructor from the Lace Guild Peterborough Fair who was pleased to hear that I am still persevering with Idrija Lace. This is my haul:
Yes, that is a new lace pillow lurking behind the patterns. It's a 24-inch flat pillow which I have moved my Idrija Lace Doiley project onto because it's too big for my cheap domed starter pillow. The Kloppeln book is a secondhand bargain book from the Lace Guild Stall, the threads are possible candidates for making the lace from the German book I bought in Peterborough, the fabric basket pattern is something I had seen on Pinterest and quite liked, and the knitted lace cowl pattern is from Watercolours and Lace. I didn't buy any bobbins because I've recently acquired some secondhand Bruges style bobbins on eBay for doing the Idrija lace.
Sunday we took Anita over to the Maple Street dollhouse shop near Royston, which has been tantalising me for a few months with big 'Sale' ads in the magazines because they are moving into a different unit in their farm complex. DH philosophically took his seat outside in the sunshine with a book, while Anita and I took our time investigating every nook and cranny of the crowded shop. They have a very odd mixture of stock ranging from various mainstream suppliers, and brands that they have taken over, through to odd bits they must have bought or acquired from old private collections. I did extremely well amongst all the 50% off 1/24th scale items, coming away with bargains like £1 Bespaq footstools and .25p champagne flutes, and also snapped up some sale 1/12th scale items like a Warwick Miniatures cake stand and some £2.50 Phoenix metal Dresden figurines (which need to be painted, I'm trying to persuade DH that he would enjoy painting them). My find of the day was a little Davenport desk, quite well made but a little shopworn, which was already reduced to £24.50 and then was 50% off that price. I'm going to try a little wax on it to see if I can brighten up the finish.
On the way home we stopped into the Colemans craft warehouse in Rushden, which has had a makeover with a shiny new mezzanine for workshops and a new cafe area. It's mainly aimed at scrapbookers but still has lots of useful stuff for my hobbies and they have really beefed up their quilting area which had lots of gadgets and rulers. I bought then handed over to DH a Dresden Plate 30 degree ruler which will come back to me as a birthday present in the future. I've got a Dresden Plate ruler already but mine requires 20 or 24 tiny fans which is just too much work, lol. This new ruler will only need 12 fans to complete a plate. I also got a pack of cheap mini-clamps for dollshousing, some scrapbooking xmas decorations which are in scale for 1/12th, a big protractor for measuring angles of quilting blocks (or dollshouse things) and I split a pack of stick-on clock faces with Anita which are also in 1/12th scale. All in all a good haul, then we came home in time to have Pimms in the garden before the sun faded.
Remember I posted about the cat getting stuck in the basement and how we hoped she had learned her lesson? Well apparently the lesson she has learned is that she can enjoy going in the basement to (presumably) hunt mice then we will come and rescue her when she is ready to come out. Because she wasn't around when we got home from our outing, but then I heard meowing coming from the coal hatch when we were out in the garden and sure enough she was down in the basement again. DH has now moved the scaffolding board that we think she was using to get in, so she hasn't managed to stuck there since. Yet. Anita took a good picture of her later that day in mid-yawn.
I needed something to knit during all these car drives so grabbed another free kit from Let's Knit magazine. This one was for a rather strange looking Santa skittle, which I finished Monday night. He might make a present for someone this Christmas.