Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Back From the Sturbridge Minature Festival

We came back from the Sturbridge Show exhausted, but in a good way. I only had the chance to take a few photos of our table as we were setting up, so please forgive the mess! We were close to the entrance doors this year, so we really got caught up in the excitement of the customers as they came in. Because of a combination of bad timing and weather issues (Hurricane Sandy!) most of our previous shows have been haven't been too well attended. Because the preview on Saturday night was a bit quiet, we were worried that Sunday (General Admission) wouldn't draw much of a crowd. But Sunday ended up being one of the most crowded shows we've been to in a while!
I tried out a few new display methods for this show. Since most of what I make is pretty tiny, they often don't show up against our grey velvet backdrop. In the bottom right corner, you can see one of my new hanging displays. I bagged all the little paper items I make, like letters, envelopes, etc. and made big labels with a sample of each different item.   
As always, Mom's dolls were spread across the table, with my little accessories tucked around and between.
This big board of watercolors was a new display for this show. The maid sitting on the scrub brush was one of my favorites of Mom's dolls. The customer who bought her had liked her at the preview show the night before, and came back the next morning to see if we still had her!
We did get a few quick breaks to go shopping. I bought a few pieces of unfinished furniture from BED miniatures, a dresser kit which I'm hoping will fit in the master bedroom of my dollhouse, quite a few brass findings, and some flocking and plastic greenery from Ladybug. The fabric and lace at the bottom of the photos were a few of Mom's purchases from JoAnne Roberts Miniatures.


  1. Hello Eliza,
    I am glad it was a busy show and hope it was a successful one! Your table looks gorgeous. what a fantastically talented duo uyou are!
    I look forward to seeing what awaits your lovely purchases.
    Big hug,

  2. Your stand looks so attractive - and tempting. Congratulations to you both, your work is of such a high standard, how could you not have been busy!

  3. It looks good! Hopefully you did sell well.
    Hugs Dorien

  4. It sounds like it was a fun show. Your Mum's dolls do look great I can see why the lady came back! (She probably raced in!) Looks like you picked up some good buys as well. IndyPoppy

  5. you have got a lovely stand there!
    I hope sunday made up for the other shows.
    Love the doll the woman came back for!

  6. Your table is wonderful. I like your purchases.
    Greetings, Faby

  7. Hello Eliza! I am so glad to see your table display! You have done a wonderful job of setting it up and I adore the dolls and how you have accented the groupings with them! Your mom is a very talented doll artist and YOUR work is a Joy to behold! Lovely to see a show across the pond! I just finished mine this past Sunday! Aren't they GRAND!?