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Seasons and Eras

In our city, the colorful fall leaves are losing their vibrance. The days are shorter and darker. I don’t despair, rather, I welcome the holidays. First, our family gathers for Thanksgiving with it’s delicious food and camaraderie.

Making place cards is a tradition

When I moved north, I learned the importance of decorating with candles and lights to brighten the days of winter. I also learned the importance of filling the house with the warmth and spices of holiday baking. Of course this is also important in my miniature world.

When American Miniaturist called for Christmas tutorials for their December issue (their 200th!) I gladly contributed. I submitted a tutorial for making classic metal cookie cutters and gingerbread men.

I received the preview copy of that December issue, and it is impressive. There are so many beautiful articles and tutorials. If you already subscribe, you will find my tutorial on page 6. If you don’t subscribe, you might want to, or at least order this issue to see the holiday extravaganza. Here’s a peek at my tutorial.

End of an Era

When I joined the Eugene Miniatures Club, I rashly stated “I’m not going to let miniatures take over my life.” One member in particular looked over at me with a twinkle in her eye and a knowing smile.

It was Joyce, who joined the club in the late 1980s when the meetings were all business; Roberts Rules of Order, electing officers, etc. They soon made her president and she replaced the business with projects; a new one each month.

We lost Joyce last month. She was 91 years old and always had a calm grace and dedication to helping others. But she also had priorities. When she closed out her home and moved to senior living, in place of extra bathroom towels, she stored her tiny silks, plaids and prints, and every color of delicate ribbon for doll making. In the kitchen where other residents kept glassware, she had small glass domes for completed and future miniature projects.

She let miniatures take over her life and even became an IGMA Fellow. I’ll never measure up to the level Joyce achieved, but I know she approved as I let miniatures take over my life. I will always remember her knowing smile and when I want to take it up a notch, I will ask myself, “how would Joyce do it?”


I’m a Californian living in Oregon. But home is where my miniatures are.

5 thoughts on “Seasons and Eras

  1. Congratulations on your article. I may have to make some mini cookie cutters, now. You have written a lovely tribute to Joyce. It seems that dollhouses and miniatures were very popular in the ’80s. I bought my first house for my daughter in the ’80s. After it was stored for decades in a storage unit and then got tossed around a few years in our barn, I decided to send it to the landfill on our next trip. Just in time, Heather requested that I refurbish it for her 38th birthday and that is the beginning of my obsession. You had a great mentor and now you pass on your knowledge. I like that. Ann

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  2. This dark and dreary time of year is definitely tempered by the joy of family gatherings, clear mornings with the sun rising over foggy fields and in general a slower pace to life. It is wonderful to have fun family traditions to anticipate, especially when there are young ones around to share them with!

    Congratulations on publishing what sounds like a wonderful tutorial! I let my subscription lapse when I realized that I had not opened an issues to read in over 5 months! For me, it is more about my dedicating the time than not enjoying them. But I will order this issue since it is a special one and so I can try your tutorial!

    It is such a shame that the miniaturist generation before us is passing. The skill and talent they had was incredible, and it is such a shame that social media and the ability to share publicly was a little before their time. I hope the folks that they have passed that knowledge to will continue to share it, because helping new mini enthusiasts to be successful is what will preserve and progress our hobby. I am sure that Joyce will be dearly missed, and that she’ll be happy that you and the club will take her memory and talents into the future.

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    1. My one regret as a grandmother is that my grandchildren have lived in other states (even before I moved north). But I do treasure the holidays when most or a part of our family gets together.

      I involved my daughters in miniatures in the 1970s and then jumped in with both feet in the 2010s. The hobby has persisted through those years, although it has evolved as technology evolves. The porcelain dolls that Joyce made can now be 3-D printed. I think the field continues to groom new artisans, but they have a different tool set. And… the internet makes it possible to see and appreciate their work.


  3. Congratulations! You must be so excited at seeing your tutorial in print! Fortunately, I already subscribe, and am very much looking forward to receiving my copy. 🙂

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