Well well, I was looking through some old records, lists and discs for some stuff that I made some time ago and I came across this magazine article - International Dolls House News - do any of you remember this magazine?
I was a Collector for many years before I started making and in 1999 I was asked by the Curator of Watford Museum if I would have an exhibition of my collection and mini-makes!!
It ran from May through to June and it was due to the visitors book that I put out, that I was instrumental in the start up of the Watford Miniaturist Club.
I spent weeks making lots of displays to fill the glass cabinets and tables, in the centre of the room, as my houses/Shops etc would be displayed in the wall cabinets around the perimeter and on the stage.
This was when I first started to 'play' with clay!
I made my first batch of fish and varnished them with pearl nail varnish - they never dried and I had to throw them in the bin! That was lesson learnt, number one!
I did manage to make my first Lobster, Crab & Seagull. The Seagull did not sit flat so I had to glue him to the rail outside the Fishermans hut, the next couple were better.It was nearly a year later when I started to make miniatures, every spare minute and with my good friend Irene, we both took to the Fairs circuit, I can't believe that it is 10 years ago!!
Sadly quite a few of the fairs that we attended then, are no longer running.
I thought you'd like to see some of the photographs of my 'then' collection that were published.
I had a whole seafront of kiosks, a beach scene with rowing boat, sand castles, lobsters, crabs and Gulls with children in swimsuits. This was set in the 1960's. Great fun to do.
Also shown is my favourite dollshouse, Keepers Cottage and my Queen Victoria Pub - these are both set in Victorian times.
Alas I did not make any more fish for quite a while, I bought some from Carol Smith. I had already collected quite a few pieces from her and used to just phone her and tell her what I wanted.
My next posts will be about the items that I first made & sold due to attending the Polymer Clay Guild London meetings, where my confidence quickly grew, working with such lovely people. This week, I revisited some of those skills/methods learnt back then and made some new (old) items which I will post on here soon. I will also tell you about a Sue Heaser class that I was happy to attend and the books that I have just unearthed, to read again.
Hopefully you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me?