Well, here I am in a lovely hotel room in a pub just outside Chesterfield, having had probably the most exquisite sleep of my life, because I needed it so badly! We had an incredibly smooth and easy flight on Thursday, picked up our car at Gatwick by 7:15 am yesterday and had motored up to Chesterfield by 10 am. After opening time, we had our first pint in The Spread Eagle ... (well, David had a pint, I had a half of cider ...) We were insanely jet lagged, footsore and feeling very middle aged, but we were so happy to be in England again!
More importantly, we visited the first dolls house shop of the trip: the Dolls House Gallery on South Street in Chesterfield, just down the street from the pub :)
It was a great shop to start with -- fairly small, lots of lovely, affordable things, and staffed by the friendly husband of the owner, who was off packing for their three week trip to Florida! (They were leaving the next day, so I almost missed them!) He very kindly allowed me to take some photos of the inside of the shop for the blog.
And here's what I bought:
A real, light-up Tudor fixture for The Great Hall, more "pewter plates" (I've decided you can never have too many), some baskets, a little cauldron, two jugs and a wooden bowl (I wish I'd bought more) whose perfect rim I can carve away at and make just a little more rustic!
Some things for the future William and Mary House (it's interesting to me how many of us have projects which only exist in potentia, but which are as real to us (if not more so :) than the ones that have actually been constructed!) I'll use the hat stands as wig stands :) David spotted the kittens, so of course we had to have a couple! I'll refinish the library steps.
I apologize to everyone for not having visited their blogs -- I hope to get caught up this evening when we're settled into our self catering cottage in Staithes, North Yorkshire. I've really missed reading your blogs, I feel so out of touch!
Thanks again for your comments -- I'm thinking of you all, and I feel sure that some year some of us could meet up in person over here!
Available in Etsy shop - Don't often make children dolls, but every now and then get the urge. This tiny little girl is available in my Etsy shop now.
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