At the end of October on thursday I travelled to Holland to attend the Netherlands Dolls House show. It was a pretty long drive; leaving at around 8.30am and arriving in Holland for around 9pm but worth it! We stayed in the best B&B ever. A beautiful cottage seperate from the main house with breakfast delivered every morning through a little hatch. It was wonderful and our host were excellent.
On Friday we headed down to the exhibtion hall in Ulft and was greated by the most exhuberant and friendly organiser I have ever met - Rikka. She welcomed us to Holland and introduced us to some simply brilliantly talented miniaturists. Free tea and coffee was served up to us and we leisurely set up our stand.
On Saturday we had a great day meeting people from France, Spain, Germany, Holland and so forth...some people had travelled hundreds of miles to the show and it was worth it.
There was a great variety of stands and the quality was both collectable and afforable. We had a great day selling (if not a little manic at times) and I hope our customers enjoyed their purchases.
We met the most wonderful miniaturists and I have taken some images of one of their stands - Art of Mini - if you are not aware of them then you are in for a treat! I simply loved them!
Art of Mini:
Sunday was a pretty busy day but I managed to escape my stand for a while to puchase a few beautful items. Will update you with another blog once I have sorted them all....
I can't thank Rikka enough for her wonderful hospitality and also to the Dutch for speaking English!....we had a fantastic weekend and look forward to coming to Holland again. We returned back to England on Monday and early that morning we received news that our beautiful Standard Poodle Sophie had become incredibly ill. On returning home we had to go directly to the vets and Sophie was put to sleep...it was heartbreaking.
Here is a little picture of her playing on Red Point beach in Scotland - we loved her beyond words and she will be greatly missed.