Once again as I told myself I won't go this year...I went. Chicago is about a 3-3 1/2 hour drive from where I live so it's really hard to resist. The lessons I learned this year are: bring more cash....a lot more and suck it up, just take a day off of work and buy the preview tickets. My plan was to go to the Three Blind Mice show on Friday and the Bishop Show on Saturday. Which I did.
The Three Blind Mice show was mostly basic things.Here's what I found there:
Fabulous Gerber Daisy kits (my favorite flower) and great bird feeder from...Darn I can't remember the name.
The most amazing detailed humming bird feeder with a humming bird and shepherds hook and some very detailed birds from Mini-Gems. She also has 1:24 scale and other small animals.
And this little cactus-I can't remember the name of the vendor.
After the Three Blind Mice show I had some dinner at Ikea - Those meatballs! We don't have one where I live yet, but we're getting one in the fall!
Then I did a little local shopping and didn't buy anything.
Saturday, I got to the Bishop Show a bout half an hour later than I expected. I headed right to Patrizia Santi and bought my first pair of her shoes...they're amazing! I am so in love with them!
Then I rushed to Ulus Miniatures and ogled for a little bit. I didn't bring a lot of cash and I knew I could buy some of his stuff online So I waited to see what I could spend.
Then I met up with Brae who informed me that there was a third show...of course right down the street from where I stayed the night before...wouldn't you figure. Anyway she said it was worth it to check it out so we did....and she was right! I so wish I had realized that the show was going the day before. I would have spent a lot more time there.
Here's what I found there:
A couple of kits from Art of Mini
An amazing egg timer and a couple of outlets (although they are more European looking than American) from Minifanaberia
This ashtray with burned cigarettes from Cinen
This super cow hide. I love the print and it's really hard to find a print small enough and nap short enough to look real in 1:12. Unfortunately, I forget the name of the shop.
We went back to the Bishop Show and had lunch then we went on our ways.
Here's what I found there:
A super cute Mid-century modern T.V. from D-Tales Miniatures
I went back to Ulus Miniatures and bought this electric can opener and Zippo lighter. The details are amazing.. Even my husband commented on the detail.
A little pack of smokes and a little votive candle from A little More in Miniatures.
and these gorgeous papers from Miniatureboekbinden . I plan on making modern art work with these. They're amazing and the perfect size.