The first three come from a company with several names! Letter heading and site name is Hobby's - if you Google this it will come up as 'Hobby's Hobbys' and its actual company name is W. Hobby Limited. I tell you this because there are so many companies out there that are vaguely called something around 'hobby' that it is sometimes hard to remember or re-find the one you want. Any way here is its link: Hobby's
The first purchase, and my reason for being there, was some 3mm strips of pine to make 'joists' for a false floor so I can get wires out the back without having to make grooves. Great value at £5.95 and happy to see how nice and straight they all are . Enough here for ages.
Once I am on a site I have to look round to see if I can get anything else to make the postage less painful. So because I was spending £3.80 on shipping and handling I decided to spend £11.60 on something I had not ever thought of. Not sure of the logic there. If this makes up nicely it will be lovely as a side table in my dining room for the 'silver' or 'crystal.
True to form, every time I shop I have to buy a 'why-did-I-do-this' lulu. I saw a photo of tiled wallpaper which looked like a delft blue and white and thought (as I had never seen it before) I would keep it for something.... the plan being to cut out and stick each square down as a tile and then 'glaze'..... a future splash-back maybe.... any way I am £1.65 lighter and now own a decidedly useless bright turquoise (!!!) item. So £3.80 postage plus £1.65 ...my saving post and packing money method really works (not).
Here comes my next series of projects from the fandabulous ELF Miniatures
Firstly the bones of my little kitchen
|a scary bag of bits|
Then the extra challenges to complete the kitchen
|the labels explain what they are|
Two little kits to make a clock and a sidboard
Here's what I hope they will look like
A couple of chairs for the sitting room - I am sure about the lovely fuzzy yellow one, not so sure about the swivel chair. It is intended for a desk but I am not fixed on that yet.
As always I can't capture the colours very well but this wallpaper is really nice. I saw it originally on the Dolls House Emporium site where it is reduced right now so, presumably, on its way out. It wasn't expensive over at ELF so I picked up a couple of pieces for the bedroom. The green background is lovely and soft and it goes beautifully with the bed set.
I have no idea what the legal and moral ramifications are re. buying people but I am hoping it may not apply with mini resin ones. I have decided to give my PhD student a boyfriend (the seated chap) and have converted the original children into older versions (the standing boy). I already have the teenage girl. The seated girl is the bonkers purchase in all this lot - I keep telling you there is always one- she is for the future-may-never-do-it project. The logic to buying her is that I am not seeing her around a lot and any way I had already paid postage on this lot. You may shake your head in despair.
My favourite fabric vendor, without doubt, is Maria's Fabrics. I snaffled a couple of 'just the right colour' pieces to make cushions (left) and a soft wool throw (right) for the siting room while I had them in my sight. This will not prevent me from visiting her stall at the next show we are both at and buying some more pieces for my growing fabric collection.