First stop was Amsterdam where I arrived on 1 June to be welcomed by a smiling Josje at the airport, we went by train into the center of town and locked up my luggage in lockers at the station and then we went fabric shopping.
Our first stop was at Den Haan and Wagenmakers, a quilting shop where I bought these lovely fabrics, I especially like the green and white Chinese fabric, I think it might work well as a wall covering in the conservatory that I still want to build one day.
Next stop was McLennan's Pure Silk where I found some nice small prints and a wonderful silk tulle, these are intended for doll clothes. I am busy working on a scullery maid and cook for my kitchen, hmmm, poor things, they won't be getting any of the silk though, I am still busy cleaning the greenware on these dolls so it will be a while before I finish them. It is such a long time since I have done any china painting, guess I am a bit intimidated trying it on such a small scale, it is after all more than 15 years since I made any dolls and those were big.
After the shopping spree Josje took me to Cromhouthuizen, a wonderful 17th century canal house with some very interesting architectural details.
For example, the staircase cuts right in front of a window.
I just love the metal work on the staircase.
Looking down from the top of the staircase.
A beautiful carved door which was standing open and not really noticeable from the other side, but Josje knew about the carving on it and closed the door so that we could admire the carving.
A glimpse of the kitchen.
By this time it was getting rather late, Josje went with me to hand deliver me (her words) to Elly, my host for the next three nights, it was really great to see Elly again.
The next day the three of us went to the 1zu12 fair in Rheda, Germany, about a three hour drive from Amsterdam and here are a few photos of my purchases.
The table, chairs and rug are of course my own handwork, the rest are my Rheda purchases. The painting is from Joachim Kuhner, a German artist, I think I will make a new frame for it at some time.
I just had to buy the South African perlagonium from Ebba Sunne from Denmark, as I have one in the same beautiful red growing in my garden. The bon bon dish is from Phil Greyner of the UK. The gorgeous jewelry was made by Ursula Sturmer from Germany and is made of real silver, gold and Swarovski crystals.
The beautiful Siamese cat was made by Sarah Hendry from the UK.
The coffee set is hand painted pewter from Victoria Fasken, another UK artist.
The vinaigrier and mug was made by Elisabeth Causeret from France.
And lastly these beautiful plates from Stokesayware's new range of British antique plates. The plate on the right is my favorite, why.....
Because I own a full size saucer of the same design that has been on display in my kitchen for many, many years.
On Monday Josje met me at the Rijksmuseum, something which I was rather thankful for, the place is huge and at times confusing, I am not sure if I would have found what I wanted to look at by myself.
The newly renovated museum from the outside.
I just loved this cupboard, it makes me think of sunflowers and sunny days.
This is rather an unusual writing desk, I do like all the drawers on the two sides, plenty of storage space.
I just love blue and white delft, I would love to try and make the bird cage from porcelain in miniature.
On the other side of the museum is the Amsterdam concert building, I would love to attend a concert here some day.
Well, that was it for Amsterdam, thank you so much Elly and Josje, I really enjoyed my three days with you.
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