Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Treasures from the Chicago International

I thought I would share a couple of things that I found at the Chicago International Show. I didn't go overboard with buying artisan pieces this year, but this baby from Victoria Heredia of Spain caught my eye. (Click on the photos to see them larger.) The last couple of years, I've purchased pottery pieces from Jason Feltrope at the Independent Miniatures Show. I adore this 1 cm tall pitcher and jar. Although they were created for 1:24 scale, I think they may work nicely for a cream and sugar in 1:12 scale. This perfect rose is the creation of Carol Wagner. Placed in a bud vase, it will make a nice addition to a dressing table.

I found myself gravitating to the do-it-yourself items and tools this year. A jeweler's saw, paper punches, a teeny tiny paintbrush, lace and trims of all kinds, and more. I bought a couple more flower kits. Apparently the 13 hosta plants (whose leaves I cut out individually last winter) didn't deter me flower making.

As usual, the work of the artisans was tremendous. I'm a bit on the shy side, so I didn't feel comfortable asking to take photos of their work, but I see that other bloggers have provided some fine examples from Chicago, including Tracy Topps and Catherine from Kilmouski & Me.

All of the inspiration I've gathered has me many ideas, so little time!


  1. Carol,

    You sure bought some lovely pieces at the show.
    Oooh yes the pitcher and jar will make a great sugar and creamer. The baby is so sweet. I see how you had to take her home with you. WOW that rose is beautiful! It looks real.
    Why didn't you tell me you were going? I would have loved to meet you to say hello. OK maybe next year then. I just couldn't miss it! :-)

  2. Thanks so much for the links and information -- I love your purchases :)

  3. They are all so pretty, Carol. Good of you to share :). I especially love the pottery and like you, would have gone for the DIY stuff as well :). Sometimes I am glad we don't have any such fairs over where I live. I am forced to make and that's how we improve? Posts like this are where I get my fix for feasting on artisans' work. Thank you :)

  4. Fantastic finds!

    Thank you for sharing the photos and links. It must have been a wonderful show.


  5. I have been looking to see babies Victoria, has no page.
    Well congratulations on purchases are very nice, I love the fairs, I will have to wait to November, celebrating in Spain (Madrid).
    A Carmen hug