Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Treasures from the Chicago International

The show was spectacular, as usual. It was a chance to meet old friends, and make some new ones as well. I met Barb Lewis, from Fifth Street Studio. She is an IGMA Artisan who makes amazing autumn-themed foods. She will be making up some of my glitter house kits as autumn houses to display on her food tables. She'll have some of them for sale at the upcoming Texas show.

I also met Diane Alymeda, an IGMA Artisan who makes breathtakingly beautiful miniature stained glass and contemporary plique-a-jour enamels. I was lucky enough to take her jeweler's saw class. Wow, did I learn a lot!

Every year I have some sort of binge at the Chicago International. This year, it was baskets and glassware. Luckily, I had plenty of both to admire and choose from!

From left to right: sewing basket by Crystal Monson; square basket with handle Precious Little Things; rounded top basket with lid by Francine Coyon; twig basket Marie's Mini Shoppe; oval basket TYA Kitchen; wire basket by Le Miniature de Eurosia; Native American birch bark basket by Boyne Miniatures.

For my Art Deco library: a 1:24 scale decanter and glass by Gerd Felka.


  1. Very beautiful shopping Carol!

  2. What fabulous baskets, you must have had such a terrific time. I can't believe the tiny decanter and glass, since it is half scale it must be even smaller than it looks!!Lovely photos too. Mini Hugs, Jean

  3. Carol, You did good!! I love all of the baskets!!! And there is nothing finer than Gerd Felka glass!! Love the decanter!

  4. I adore all the baskets, what a huge array of completely different types, shapes and materials.
    Gosh I could find a place for every one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. you did good purchases! my favorite is the birch basket, I have never seen anything like it, it's beautiful!
    and even then, the bottle decorated, it is a delight!
    I'm curious to see where you put all ... :))
    kisses, Caterina

  6. Oh Carol what treasures you got. Those baskets are simply perfect. I wish we had miniature fairs in Ireland but sadly the 'mini-world' here is not big at all. Love the glassware too. I am trying not to be too envious!!!!!! Best wishes, Carol :)

  7. Thank you for your kind comments! Caterina... some day I will finish a project! LOL!

  8. Lovely baskets and the 1/24th decanter is amazing.

  9. Wonderful treasures Carol! I love the baskets!!! You are so good at making them yourself though. :-)) I will never get over your beautiful trolly. :-)

  10. what a haul! I love it! am super jealous of all of you who made it to the show XD XD XD

  11. Love them all, Carol! Impeccable choices!