Saturday, 19 October 2019

Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair - What A Brilliant Day!

It is hard to believe that it was a week ago today that our Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair took place in Thame Barns Centre....and what a day it was!
https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/

The main aim of running this fair was to help raise awareness and funds for the wonderful charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), and at the same time bring high quality artisans and antique/vintage dolls house sellers all together under one roof. From the start, 50% of everyone's admission fee was donated to the charity to help raise funds, as CRY is the brilliant charity that helped my daughter Kate after she randomly had a cardiac arrest.  

Well we succeeded in doing all of the above and more, and I am delighted to announce that the total money raised for CRY was an amazing...
 £801.46! 

So thank you everyone for your generosity, this amount far exceeded all expectations. The raffle alone raised £246, and we ended up with 19 beautiful prizes on the day, all donated by UK miniaturist artisans and traders. Needless to say there were some very happy prize winners! 
The Large Barn
Huge thanks to absolutely everyone who made this all possible. That includes family and all my lovely friends who helped out in so many ways, from beginning to end. Plus all the wonderful stand holders who came, and of course all the visitors too! Many of the stand holders rank amongst the finest in the UK and would not normally come to a small event such as this, so I am extremely humbled that they came and helped to make this event even more special. 
The Small Barn
The weather was wet all day and truly awful, but those that braved the elements seemed to enjoy themselves, there were smiles all round.
The Thame Barns Centre is such a pretty and atmospheric setting, which helped to give the feeling that this fair was just that little bit special and different from the norm. 
My old mate Robin (now long retired from Coombe Crafts) did a fantastic job helping me on my KT Miniatures stand, and business was brisk.
Charlotte of Oxfordshire caterer Time For Tea and her assistant Sonn, did a fantastic job turning two of the smaller rooms into stunning Vintage Tea Rooms, complete with bunting, vintage china and of course, delicious food. The cakes in particular were to die for and proved rather popular with visitors! Charlotte kindly donated 10% of her profits made on the day to CRY.
This is just one of the many lovely raffle prizes which attracted much attention on the day, donated by stand holder Stokesay Ware. 


*Highlights of the day was to meet Alison and hubby, who came all the way from Australia. They had always wanted to come to a British dolls house fair and literally built their entire UK trip around coming to this fair!! 
Here is another gorgeous raffle prize that was donated by stand holder Victoria Fasken. 
*Then there was Norma who had lugged a big plastic carrier bag of small change she had been collecting for a long time, all the way from the east of England to give to CRY. There was well over £30 in that bag!

*And how about John of Onetwelfthscale, who after spending quite some time explaining to a customer how he had created the back panel of his Macintosh washstand, whipped out a separate panel that he called a "second" (although neither I or the visitor could see what was wrong with it) and insisted on giving it to the visitor free of charge, he simply refused to take any money for it. So the lady in question whipped out a £20 note and thrust it in my hand to give to CRY instead. 

This just about summed up the wonderful spirit of the day, it really was rather special. 

Although spare a thought for poor Trevor Cain of Dolls House Restoration, whose car had a blow out on the M25 en route...and by all accounts it was very scary indeed. Thankfully he was ok but sadly neither he or his car managed to reach us on the day. 

Phew...so now it is all over and I had said from the beginning that this was to be a one off fair....but since last Saturday, I have had lovely messages and emails from stand holders and customers alike, to ask if I could do this all over again next year. All I can say at this moment of time is that I am considering it...so we shall see:)
Celia

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Just a little taster of what to expect to find on KT Miniatures stand on Saturday.

Well everything is priced and packed, and ready for KT Miniatures' stand that will be at this Saturday's Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair. The event is taking place at Thame Barns Centre (Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ) which is right next to the ancient church and opposite the old tithe barn. It has taken me literally months and months to organise, there are still a few more last minute chores that need to be done....then that will be it. It should be quite a gathering and a rather unique event, bringing together high quality miniaturist artisans as well as antique/vintage dolls house sellers. 

Here is a peek at just a weeny portion of antique and miniature items that will be on my KT Miniatures stand on Saturday. Everything is being sold on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be reserved before the event....sorry. What is not sold, will appear on my website over the following days after the event. 
c1920s Elgin furniture,  early 1900s Schneegas towel rail, antique metal fireplace....
One or two of the above antique pieces date as far back as late Victorian and early 1900s, plus the 1930s Pit-a-Pat beds have some authentic looking vintage style mattresses. 
In contrast there will be some 1960s retro furniture of various makes.  
 Large scale vintage cookers, as well as small scale will be on offer. 

These handmade items out of broken vintage bits and pieces, appeared on an earlier KT Miniatures post.
A bit of fun inspired by an old Honor Appleton illustration.
Various vintage Grecon dolls & Britains lead garden bits and bobs.  
All kinds of early 1900s glassware, German striped coloured glass, early 1900s  Gerlach metal items...and lots more!!! Including of course the good old KT Miniatures "rummaging crate" with vintage bargains galore, plus a couple of small vintage dolls houses, one being a Tri-ang. 

And lets not forget that there are 20 other stands too of some truly amazing miniature creations and antique/vintage treasures. Please note that sadly Liza Antrim has had to withdraw due to health problems, but CJ Miniatures have kindly stepped in at the last minute to take up the vacant spot. 

Just by coming on Saturday, you will be helping to support CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as half of everyone's admission fee will be donated to this brilliant charity.

So why not come and join us all on Saturday and have a fabulous day out!!!


Full details can be found on the fair promotional page:


My old mate Robin Britton (now long retired from  Coombe Crafts) will be helping me out on my stand throughout the day, so if you do come along, please stop by our stand for a good old natter, it would be great to see you. We will be in the Large Barn but make sure you visit the Small Barn too down the wonderful beamed corridor where there are more stands plus the refreshment area. And if you wanted to take a breather while you are here with us, have a cup of tea and taste some of the goodies that will be on offer in the "Time For Tea" pop up vintage tea rooms. 

It is going to be fun, see you there!

Celia 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Yay....Not Long To Go Now Until The Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair On 12th October!


Why not come and see us all at this very special and unique event in a few days time, on Saturday 12th October! There will be 21 truly wonderful miniaturist artisans and antique/vintage dolls house sellers. Many of them usually attend just the large national fairs, so I am extremely grateful for their support. It really will be a special day!
Some I have known for years, and some I only know by reputation but I thank them all for supporting this event.  For a full list of stand holders and further information, please see the promotional page, CLICK HERE.

What is CRY?

As organiser, KT Miniatures is donating 50% of any profit made from organising this event to this wonderful charity CRY. It stands for Cardiac Risk in the Young. The charity's vision as a whole is "to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families." To find out more about the charity, see their website:
Reg. Charity No. 1050845


Grand Charity Raffle




There will be a Grand Raffle in aid of CRY, with some gorgeous miniature prizes already donated by UK miniaturists, some can be seen above.  Tickets will be priced at £1.00 and will only be available at the event. 


Vintage Tea Room
Plus....we will have a Vintage Tea Room provided by Time For Tea, and the owner Charlotte Cavanagh has pledged to donate 10% of all profit made on the day to the charity too. So a huge thank you to Charlotte!

The Venue - Thame Barns Centre

Thame Barns Centre is situated in the historic part of Thame, in Oxfordshire. It was built from the ruins of an old farm, right next to the 13th Century church and the old Grammar school, which dates back to the 15th century. Thame itself is a quaint old town, filled with some amazing award winning restaurants, shops, etc. and the Thame Museum is just literally around the corner from this venue. If you are a fan of Midsomer Murders, you will recognise many of the buildings as Thame has been used in the long running tv programme for years. 



PARKING. Please note that there is only limited and restricted parking at the venue, so it is highly recommended that you park down Priest End, which is the road that runs along the old church and Prebendal. And then simply take a shortcut through the churchyard to the Barns Centre (past Robin Gibb's grave from the BeeGees  - as he lived in the Prebendal on the other side of the road). Alternatively there are several car parks in the town centre, which are just a short walk away. More info about parking can be found on the promotional page: 
http://ktminiatures.com/vintage-and-artisan-dolls-house-fair/

Why am I supporting CRY?
Without warning one November night in 2017, my previously healthy daughter Kate suddenly collapsed from a cardiac arrest. To find out more about the girls who saved Kate's life -Click Here 

Thankfully she was part of the 8% who survive, when many are not so lucky. But once out of hospital, there seemed to be no support network geared up for young cardiac patients, then someone mentioned CRY to us. Through CRY Kate met other young people who had been through similar experiences as herself, and this helped her greatly. We have found CRY to be an amazing charity and brilliant at helping young people with cardiac conditions, plus their families.  Half of everyone's admission fee is being donated to CRY, so just by coming to the event you will be helping the charity. 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Celia

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

What To Do With A Few Broken Bits & Pieces....Great Fun!

I suspect that we all have a box or two of broken bits or seconds that we think may come in handy one day. My "bits box" is heaving, so it was time to take a peek and see what was in there! Once upon a time, I would be at my workbench day in, day out, simply creating miniatures to sell. Not so much now, but with our October 12th Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair looming on the horizon, I thought I would have a spot of creating with some of the "bits" and see where it took me....and it has been great fun.

The Tiny Room
I have had this tiny wooden drawer for years, so out it came from the box and sat on my coffee table for a while, as I pondered what to do with it. Then after more rummaging in the "bit box", gradually as I came across the various broken treasures, the ideas starting flowing. 

A scrap of antique wallpaper lined the walls, a mocked up matching border created via the computer helped to tidy up the uneven join between the top of the wallpaper and the papered ceiling. 

Then I came across this 1930s Charbens metal chair, which had very little original paint and a missing back foot, all of which had made this chair undesirable. So a bit of paint, a teeny piece of antique broderie anglaise, a second hand miniature embroidered cushion (no idea where it came from - have had it for so long), plus one of my miniature handmade books, finished it off nicely. Then there was this gorgeous c1920s German bisque doll with original clothes but....missing her right arm. Once glued into place at an angle, you would never know that she was missing her arm!

And finally a plastic imitation round mirror touched up with paint, an antique glass cat missing bead eyes and collar, and one of my handmade framed pictures, all set this off nicely. 

The Fireplace
This is a slightly larger drawer than the one above.  I had just the smallest scrap left of the most beautiful antique floral wallpaper, has been a real favourite of mine. There was just enough to line the walls. Then there was this replica c1920s German fireplace, left over from a whole batch that I made several years ago, based on a real c1920s German dolls house fireplace from my own private collection. But this particular one I classified as a second, as I was never really happy with the archway of the tiled fire insert. 
So to disguise this fact, I made an old fashioned fire screen from scraps of wood, celluloid glazing, a painted metal handle and a pretty antique floral silk from an old cigarette packet. 
On the mantelpiece sits two British made coloured glass candle holders (had them for so long I cannot remember the guy's name who made them) with imitation candles, a British made painted metal clock, and a framed picture plus vintage style envelopes made by myself. The vase is a modern reproduction but which I have had for several years, and the flowers are broken Britains lead flower heads, painted up and glued in place. 

These little drawer scenes are ideal to sit amongst the books on your book shelf, or anywhere really, including a mantelpiece. 

c1930s Tri-ang Chair
Ok...what do you with a c1930s Tri-ang chair that is in a highly undesirable condition due to a replacement (not by me) dodgy front right leg and a missing chunk of wood down the right hand side of the chair back? 

I did ponder a while about this...and then resorted back to my trusty method of disguising and hiding, using piles of my vintage style books and a piece of draped antique lace. 
Some people may just have thrown this damaged chair away, but I just couldn't do that. At least now, this is rather more acceptable and could be useful to someone.

Workbench Scene 
This started off as a broken vintage desk, it kind of just evolved as I went along. I removed the odd shaped drawer, added a lower shelf and painted it up, giving it an aged finish. 
The main focus of this scene is the half built dolls house, based on an actual design found in the c1933 Handicraft Annual. 

Papers were mocked up based on the exact ones that were used in the real dolls house, as found in the Handicraft annual. The result was quite effective. 

The rest of this little scene was filled with relevant bits and bobs, mostly made myself, along with oddments from my "bits box". 

All these will be available to purchase on my KT Miniatures Stand at the Vintage & Artisan Dolls House Fair on Saturday 12th October. 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Vintage &.Artisan Dolls House Fair In Thame - 2 Months To Go & What Is It All About?

After all the months of planning, there are now only 2 months to go until our VINTAGE & ARTISAN DOLLS HOUSE FAIR takes place on Saturday 12th October, and I am delighted to announce that all the 20 stand holders are booked! We have some truly amazing miniaturist artisans coming, plus some fabulous antique and vintage dolls house traders too. Some of the artisans rank amongst the very best in the UK, and many of the stand holders rarely attend fairs other than the large national events, so this is a fantastic opportunity to meet them in a smaller informal setting. 

Come and join us all at this unique and rather special event that is being held at Thame Barns Centre, which is set in the heart of the historic Oxfordshire market town of Thame. 

Thame is rich in history and the museum plus a variety of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, etc. are literally just a few minutes walk away from this fair venue.  Plus of course it is Midsomer Murder country - they are often filming for the long running TV show around here, so fans of the show may recognise some of the buildings!

The full list of stand holders can be seen below with all their details, live links are in blue. (Dolls House Restoration's booking has literally just come in and am awaiting details, but Trevor is well known for his brilliant Tri-ang/G&J Lines replica floor, roof and wall papers plus components for antique/vintage dolls house restoration). Many of these artisans I have known for years, and some I have only known by reputation but I thank them all for supporting this event. It is going to be quite a gathering!

Stand Holders

 Al'Turn'Ative Proportions  - Distinctive 1/12th & 1/24th scale handcrafted miniatures made from local exotic woods, Trustone, Corian, acrylics, and resins. Standard/Table and Art Deco style lamps (specialty miniatures)  and many other collectable items. Email:  ken.batty@ntlworld.com / Phone: 07775 694051

Dolls House Restoration - Awaiting Details

Ellie De Lacy - Quality hand bound miniature books, faux books, a wide range of artist's prints from Tudor to Edwardian eras, artist supplies, desk fillers and other items including sheet music. Email: ellie@elliedelacy.co.uk / Phone: 07801 151251

Flower Lady - A large range of flowers and plants, for house and garden. Mainly in 1/12th scale but some in 1/24th scale. Email: jantheflowerlady@gmail.com / Phone: 01794 323158

Herdwick Landscapes - Handmade buildings, period furniture and bespoke commissions in 1/24th & 1/48th scales. Email: cottages@herdwicklandscapes.co.uk / Phone: 01543 500416

KT Miniatures  - Seller of antique and vintage dolls houses plus related miniature items. Also maker of vintage style miniatures and miniature scenes. Organiser of this event. Email: info@ktminiatures.com / Phone: 01844 212520

L & A St.Leger - Mechanical toys, kitchen utensils, etc. Email: stleger.a.l@gmail.com / Phone: 01308 424709

Linda Bright - Artist Linda Bright hand paints vintage 50s/60s dolls houses. Also sells vintage dolls house furniture and cards of her paintings. Sketchbooks and source material will be available to view. Email: bright279@btinternet.com / Phone: 0794 7110214

Liza Antrim - Cider House Books  - Publisher of two books on antique dolls' houses, and seller of some of her much too big collection. Contact through website: www.ciderhousebooks.com

Malcolm's Miniatures Maker of doors, windows, flooring, wall panels, moulds to create realistic brick  & stone finishes, furniture and accessories in 1/12, 1/24 and 1/48 scales. Email: sales@malcolmsminiatures.co.uk / Phone: 01491 680951

Nicola Mascall Miniatures - Exquisite needlepoint on 40-72 count silk gauze. Rugs, wall hangings, cushions, stools, samples, bell pulls, screen, etc. Kits and finished commissions welcome. Email: nicola@nicolamascallminiatures.co.uk / Phone: 01373 454302

Onetwelfthscale - Miniature furniture mainly from the Arts & Crafts Movement by makers such as Macintosh, Stickley & Limbert. I also make Shaker furniture . Commissions accepted with clear photo of structure and dimensions. Email: ian@onetwelfthscale.co.uk / Phone: 020 8904 8410

Roberson Miniatures Prams and pushchairs from all eras.  Plus bicycles, toys, faux - bamboo furniture and beds. Email: cyroberson@btinternet.com /  Phone: 01305 250780

Severn ModelsFine kits of buildings and miniature detailing.  Email: andy@severnmodels.com 

Stokesay Ware  - Fine hand made plates and services in bone china decorated in traditional designs with fired 22ct gold and coloured enamels, plus Victorian style kitchen ware. Email: peter@stokesayware.co.uk / Phone: 020 7254 5242

Sylvia's Mini Knits - Miniature knitted clothes on dolls, also some to be put on your own dolls, all hand knitted. Email: smbaxter1943@hotmail.co.uk / Phone: 01452 560006

Teeny Weeny Teddies & Friends - Original handcrafted miniature teddies, dolls, rabbits, etc. Email: davepee@hotmail.co.uk

Victoria Fasken  - Wide range of exquisite hand-painted accessories including tea sets and dinner services. Email: vfasken@gmail.com

Wendy's World - Vintage dolls houses,  furniture, dolls and accessories. Email: wendyhobday@wendysworld.co.uk /  01895 834348

Yesterday Child - Vintage & antique doll's house miniatures and accessories, collection of authentic wallpapers. Email: djbarrington@btinternet.com /  01908 583403

The Charity CRY & Why We Are Supporting It...


If you have been following KT Miniatures Journal, you will know that as organiser, I am going to donate 50% of any profit made from running this event to the brilliant charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) which has special resonance for my family.  Not only would I  like to raise lots of money for CRY, but I would also like to raise awareness for them too...as many people have never heard of the charity and are unaware of the wonderful work they do. 

Celia & Kate

As you know, my daughter suffered a cardiac arrest very suddenly and randomly, one fateful November evening back in 2017. However,  thanks to the skill and help of a lot of people, she survived against all the odds and pulled through. It was when she came out of hospital she felt isolated, there seemed to be no support network for youngsters with cardiac problems. But then someone mentioned CRY to us.Through CRY my daughter met other young people who had been through similar experiences, some of whom also had a S-I.C.D. fitted. This helped her greatly and gradually she was able to get back into the routine of life and back to full time work. Since then we have learned what an amazing charity CRY is, and how they can help young people along with their families.


So What Is The Charity CRY All About?


It stands for...Cardiac Risk in the Young. The charity's vision as a whole is "to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families." To find out more about the charity, see their website: www.c-r-y.org.uk


Other Ways To Raise Money For CRY At This Event
There is going to be a Grand Charity Raffle and some wonderful high quality miniatures from various UK artisans have already been donated, all proceeds will be in aid of CRY. Some of the prizes already donated can be viewed on the main promotional page for this event. Huge thanks to all the artisans who have already donated. Raffle tickets can only be purchased on the day at the event and each ticket will cost £1.00 each. 
 

Refreshments throughout the duration of the event will be offered by the brilliant vintage style Oxfordshire caterer, Time For Tea. They provide pop up vintage tea rooms serving sandwiches, cakes, scones and plenty of tea! Huge thanks to owner Charlotte Cavanagh who has pledged to donate 10% of all profits made on the day to CRY. 

So there we are...it is going to be a fantastic day and I hope lots of you can come! For the main promotional page for this event and full up to date information, including how to get to the venue, please click on the following link:

Celia Thomas - KT Miniatures