Lorraine's stall is in the foreground with some of her hand dressed beds in the bottom left corner. This photo was taken at a fairly quiet time as it was much busier when I was there.
There were also some lovely roomboxes and houses on display. Here are a few:
|Brambly Hedge scene made by Jill Miller.|
|A selection of Christmas themed stalls|
|1/24th (1/2") scale Tudor houses|
|Close up of one of the Tudor houses, this one by Pauline Rice|
Aren't those Tudor houses gorgeous! I kept Tilli firmly buried in my pocket as I passed those; I had a feeling if she saw them she'd want something like them creating for her house. I did let her take a look at some of the 1/24th furniture on sale and she picked out this bowfront chest of drawers:
Dan was also riding in the same pocket and was disappointed not to find a new hat to replace the one that came with his suit but was crushed in the mail. In fact all three of us were a little disappointed with the items available at the fair this year. In previous years there were some stall holders with handmade items and some without internet shops meaning you could find items at the fair you hadn't seen before. This year, if you couldn't find it on the internet, it wasn't there. I did manage to collect a few things for the Georgian house though.
There are four Chipendale style chairs for the dining room . . . . and six plates to make six place settings on the dining room table. That's because I still need to find two carver chairs to match the side chairs. Or because I'll only have four place settings and have two plates spare depending on what I decide will look best. I also bought a range of copper items for the kitchen including pots and pans and utencils. In the Georgian era, tea was usually drunk out of small bowls or cups without handles the way it was served in the orient. The oriental style tea set I found is perfect.
Walking back accross Hobart to where I left the car (the only place I know to park for free in Hobart is a fair hike away from the venue) I passed this building and couldn't resist joining the tourists in taking a photo:
It's home to the Law Society and has a marvellously inspiring Georgian facade. I'd love to make it in miniature someday.
Back home, my own Georgian house is looking a lot less grand than the Law Society. In fact from behind it's positively a mess!
Yes, I've been getting wired. I still need to wire up a few wires into plugs and then I need to tidy this mess up, but once that's done I'll finally be able to do something with the outside of the house. Inside, I finally got to turn my fires on and see if my bead and glass paint embers worked. I'm glad to say that they do work, in fact I think they're better than many ready made fires.
|The Drawing room fire alight.|
|The Nursery fire alight.|
The Dining room now has it's two floor standing candlearbra installed in each back corner to illuminate the room. The remaining lights in the house have all been remade since last week's disasters. Instead of curving arms they have simple flat balsa wood supports fitted onto some prebought mirror frames.
The Bedroom has two double sconces. All these lights are made with newfangled bi-pin bulbs. They are so much more sleek and gracile than the old fashioned screw in kind.
The Nursery has three double sconces. These are the simplest in the house as the kids wouldn't have had the best of anything in their room.
A double and two singles for the Drawing room
A double sconce for the study, plus two singles on the bookcases not shown here.
A double wall sconce in the Hall plus a pait of candle sticks on the side table. There are also lights in the basment I haven't photographed. I'll show them to you next week.
When installing the lights I made one big mistake. Most of the fittings have more than one bulb, thus more than one pair of wires coming through the same hole in the back. By the time the wires are poking though a small hole it's impossible to tell which belongs to which bulb and when you try to wire a plug onto the end you don't know if you're attatching wires from the same bulb or different bulbs in the one plug. So a good tip is to mark the wires before installing the lights so you know what you're doing.
It's time for me to go back to putting plugs on the end of wires and trying to figure out why some of the bulbs already wired up aren't working. Then I need to finish the outside of the house, fix the covings, install a few skirting boards and I think I'm finally ready to start furnishing the house!