Email Reply

I received a lovely email today from Mrs. Rik Pierce of Frogmorton.com

I have been reflecting on my experience at the Chicago Miniature show and with that, I decided to send the Pierces an email. I wanted to let them know how very happy I was to have met them and what an inspiration they were to me, as a newcomer in the world of miniatures. I also shared with them the Tiny Dwelling blog, so they could read and see first hand, how I enjoyed meeting them at the show.  Not really expecting a reply, today in my “inbox” I had an email from Mrs. Pierce!

It seems they too, were happy to have met me at the show!

Here are a few of her excerpts from the email:

Hello Rebecca!

You are a breath of fresh air to the miniature world! Where do you get all your stamina to do soooo much?! Your story was delightful and I really enjoyed reading your account of the Chicago show and viewing your many photos. We were pleased to talk with you, and you are welcome to visit us in our home if you are ever in the Vancouver WA area.

You are a very interesting young lady and I’m sure your enthusiasm will take you far in whatever avenue you pursue. We wish you well and hope to see more of your beautiful work in the future.

Fondly,

Marcia Pierce
Frogmorton Studios
http://www.frogmorton.com

 

If you’re reading this Marcia, thank you for your lovely reply, I so appreciate your kind words!

Mr. Pierce, perhaps my sharing of our meeting, just might be the little extra encouragement to help you continue to make progress with his healing.

 

Chicago Miniature Show Wrap Up

This was our last and final day in Chicago.

Today was another day I was looking forward to, as we were heading to the Chicago International Show, prior to making our way back home.

What I discovered at the Chicago International Show, were many artisans at various skill levels, suppliers of goods (tools, trims, molds, etc) and others selling miniatures purchased straight from miniature wholesale companies. The show consisted of three rooms, with one room called the “Doll Room”, however, I will say there were some pretty cute rabbits and bears as well!

When we entered, we were happy to see dollhouses, overall,  I thought I would have seen more dollhouses or miniature houses at these shows, I did not. Below are a few of the dollhouses/building we discovered upon entering the show.

These houses/buildings were not your typical wood structure, they were constructed from old books and smaller travel cases. I found this building concept to be interesting, as I like to give something old a new purpose and what a great idea to use old books and travel cases. Perhaps in the future I might give this a try, I also have an antique wall clock case , I have been waiting for a perfect project for its use, and now seeing these non traditional methods of construction, I just might be designing a house or room within the clock case.

Below is the inside of the first image above, constructed using a travel case. Clever use..

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I had hopes to meet several miniature artisans participating in this show, those particular artisans, in which I have been fortunate enough to have some of their pieces in my miniature collection. I absolutely knew, I wanted to cross paths with who I discovered next! What I didn’t know, is that Mr. Rik Pierce of Frogmorton Studios, would be sitting at the next table after the dollhouse/building display.

Mr. Pierce was selling and signing his latest book with the assistance of his sweet wife Marcia. Mr. Pierce is thought to be very notable in the world of miniatures with many awarded achievements both domestically and internationally. The Pierces and I talked as if we had met before.  I brought my copy of Dollhouse Miniatures magazine into the show, in hopes that Mr. Pierce would sign his feature for me. I felt honored that within the same issue that Mr. Pierce had been featured, my Tiny Dwelling had also been featured.

Mr. Pierce was much obliged to sign my magazine and we even took a photo together! I am very happy I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Pierce at the show, his wife shared with me, he had been in a terrible automobile accident and she suggested this might be his last show. It was evident that Mr. Pierce was pleased to share the photo book with me, it was as if each photograph he was being transported back to the time he made each of the structures featured. He is full of miniature knowledge and I told both he and his wife, if I lived closer, I would visit with them regularly.

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What a treat! To learn more about Mr. Pierce, Google his name or take a peek at frogmorton.com

After I got my bearings together, I ventured on into the rooms where the artisans were set up, my mom had made a friend and decided to sit a chit chat awhile while I explored the show ( I really think she was tired, mostly). There were so many amazing sights to see in many price ranges. I will say, I didn’t recall seeing anything greater than the $43K miniature table, I spoke about earlier from The Miniature Show!

All in all,  I enjoyed the entire experience and I do plan to VISIT the shows next year, I will however, stick to only selling via my tinydwelling.etsy.com shop, as this method is SO MUCH EASIER than taking your shop on the road!

If you have thoughts of attending the Chicago miniature shows in 2017, maybe I will see you there!

I will end with a few photos from the “Doll Room”, remember I mentioned rabbits and bears! I think I forgot to mention Goldilocks!

The END…..

Now, I can get back to finishing my Miniature French Chateau… STAY TUNED for updates..

*Amendment: Mr. Pierce and his sweet wife Marcia, will continue to participate in miniature shows. However, while Mr. Pierce continues to recover from his automobile accident the Pierces will stay a bit closer to home.

Chicago Miniature Show Day 3

Today was the final day of The Miniature Show. However, today was also the first day of the Chicago International Show and the last day for the third show, Three Blind Mice. All three shows were in different locations, all within 10-20 minutes away by car.

Many people who traveled to Chicago, for the miniature shows, had already visited The Miniature Show during the Preview event, while others visited on Friday (day 2). It was expected the number of people attending today, would be somewhat less, as many were awaiting entry into the Chicago International Show, which opened to the general public on this day.

I didn’t mind a slower day, as it allowed me to rest a bit, re-visit other vendors tables, mingle with other miniature artists and spend time with my mom. I think by this point, I was ready for the show to be over. I REALLY wanted to see the other two shows.

Today, was also the day I was going to treat myself to an amazing miniature and I knew just what that something was going to be! Lucky for me, my very special purchase, was just a few short steps away!  The amazing miniature black iron tiered pot rack with copper pots below is created by the husband and wife team, The Getzans, I was so happy to finally meet them and see their amazing copper wear in person.

I knew I was going to really like the pot rack and copper pots, but….. OH MY GOODNESS!

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I knew just the perfect spot for the pot rack! I will let you decided, what do you think?

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OH MY!

I’ve decided to make these set available through the Tinydwelling.etsy.com shop and other amazing items from the Getzans. So… if you like the set, I know where you can get your own!!

Jennifer from lookinglassminiatures.etsy.com and I did a little trading of goods. Jennifer makes lovely miniature books, letters and others, take a peek at her shop.

Jennifer’s boxes will find a special spot within the “sewing room” in the Chateau, but for now, I will enjoy them in another setting, as the “sewing room” is aways away from being complete!

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This next photo is the grand prize wining entry into the miniature contest. The person who made these beautiful clay roses traveled from Poland!

Take a peek at Gosia Suchodolskas Etsy shop: domekpodkloszem.etsy.com to see her other lovely creations. Gosia shared with me that she is a school teacher in Poland.

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All in all The Miniature Show was a wonderful experience for me, I received very nice feedback from customers, I met Sandra W, who was one of my first Etsy customers, Romana in Italy was my very first customer, I finally met the gals from Dollhouse Miniatures, I saw and met many talented miniaturist from around the globe, I purchased a few miniatures to take home, I had my copy of Dollhouse Miniatures magazine that Tiny Dwelling was featured in signed by a VERY NOTABLE miniaturist and a photo taken also! (I will be posting that photo in the final Chicago Miniature Show post), I created new memories with my mom by my side, new miniature friendships are beginning to bloom and so much more…..

 

I will have one last post with what I discovered on our final day in Chicago.

STAY TUNED!