|Nice spacious room especially before the crowds arrive|
|Jeremy Paul's breathtaking house|
It is held in a large convention-type hotel, slap-bang centre of Orlando on International Drive; so if your stay is part of a long break in Orlando you can fit in a load of Orlando attractions too. We took advantage of the great discounted rate for Molly's visitors and stayed in the International Palms Resort. As before this made our life super-simple.
It was a lovely two days of soaking up the very best of mini-world.
|Val Casson's stunning work|
|Grandgirl quarter scale|
As with all these things I am sure you think that you - one person - can't make a difference but four thousand one-persons really does!!
Here are my purchases. As you can see my 'snatch' supports my argument that it is still worth the trip even if you can't afford a lot of things. The pleasure is in the doing of it.
All from one supplier. I am sorry I can't locate his name as I am writing this during our third (!) Orlando visit this season. We are staying with our friends here for a week before they fly home. My list of what I bought and from whom is back in Naples! I will try to remember to come back into this post and do a rewrite in a week or so. (footnote 1 March) Thanks to Val Casson for letting me know it was from Dominick Manella. Nice man and lovely old/antique eclectic bits and bobs.
I bought a small Lincoln desk for somewhere? Pestle and mortar, small sterling silver kettle, sugar sifter and ewer; all probably destined for Chocolat. Interestingly the sugar sifter was labelled as an English mufineer - ironic in that mufineer seems to be an American name for a sugar-sifter.
The four sticks at the top are very thin two-sided sticks of various grades of sandpaper for getting into those awkward little spaces. For 15 cents each I thought they were a bargain.
The little palette knife might be useful for Fimo?
The yellow glue spreader has been on my hit list for ages. We used them by the zillion in school but I haven't seen them any where. The pointed end will always be useful. Only a mini person could say that! The other wooden handled thing is one of those double-ended ball bodger thingies. I broke my other one, so have paid a bit more for this one in hopes it survives me!
These came from Trims and Things by Drucille Conrad.
You can meet the residents of Starfish cottage over on its blog if you want to. I even have some bits for the new Quarter projects; their photos are on the quarter scale blog. Better still all my photos from the show are in my web albums (links for all these in the right hand column).