Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Day Out

On Sunday we went to Miniaturu. It was smaller than we remembered it , but the quality was back, and it was interesting to see some really good work. We spent some time chatting to the artisans who come to Thame, and to some whose work we did not know. Maybe one or two may wish to come to Thame in the future.

One question that kept coming up was people buying and selling on the internet and how this may be impacting on the fairs. I still think there is a place for fairs or how do people really get a feel for what they are buying unless they see it. Buying small items, or things you already know unseen from a trusted source, may be fine, but spending real money for a special piece must be a bit different. There are now so many media sites catering for every hobby, craft and sport, one could spend all day going from site to site. Digital photography and the services some web sites offer must make them very attractive but are they a substitute for the real thing?

Talking of media sites, we have been looking at pinterest. Do any of you use it, and how does it work? Any thoughts or experiences on how it may help us to advertise the Thame Fair would be welcome.

Malcolms' Miniatures

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Back to Business

We have just returned from ten days in Crete where the temperature was 32 C, and the water at 25 metres down was 26 C. The water was clear and the visibility was 20 - 25 metres, so the diving was good. Felicity said the sunbeds were good as well.  A bit of a change in temperature here, but at least it is still dry.

It was interesting to see that all the shrines in gardens and by the road side were all about 1/12th scale. I did not go round with a tape measure to check, but they certainly looked that size. Also looking at some of the artefacts in the museum at Knosos, miniatures were being made 3000 - 4000 years ago. 

We have added Kattykorner to the exhibitors list and are hoping some others will be signing up in the near future. Kattykorner make some interesting and attractive things, and are quite different from the other stand holders at the fair. Their pictures will be coming shortly.

It is Miniatura this Sunday and we will probably be there for a change. We have often been away for this, or have returned just after the event. 

Piano by Beith Miniatures

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Starting Early

Just as well we started on the Fair early, as  there are things that have had to be dealt with well in advance of their usual time scales. The dolls house magazines want the adverts earlier and this has had a knock on effect. I suppose we shall be so far ahead of ourselves, we shall meet ourselves coming back.   

 This may be a blessing in disguise though, as hopefully we shall not have any surprises just before the Fair, as we have had the last two years. Although, that has ensured we do not take anything for granted and we know becoming complacent only means trouble.

Leaflets have now gone out and anyone who would like more please ask. We even managed to get these done pre Miniatura which must be a first. 

Thame Dollshouse and Miniatures Fair has a facebook page. so please go on and like it as this boosts it's rating. Encourage others to do the same please.

We hope to have news of some more Artisans booking for February so watch this space.

Shoebutton Bears