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A Hall Tree From Stash

I’ll need a hall tree to display some of the wares in the shop. A Google search showed some I liked that have turned posts and three Queen Anne style legs. As luck would have it, I had some turned posts left from the pillar candlesticks in my Romance Retreat. Other supplies I had on hand were turned cocktail sticks, wooden beads and a scrap of 3/32″ thick basswood.

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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?”

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My siblings and I are the 3rd generation in our family to be born in Los Angeles. Most of us added a 4th generation, and then diaspora. One brother and his grown children are still in the metropolitan area, the others not so much.

After my daughters fled far and wide (was it me?) I too left. But the internet keeps us close. I have mentioned before that I wanted to share my miniatures hobby with my family. I did this old school, email. When I created something I wanted to share, I prepared an email with in-process photos and added my dolls for fun. These emails were always signed, “The Fruity Girls and Me.”

The sharing did not go just one way. It was a collaboration. Sometimes I would ask for suggestions as when I was looking for a name for the cottage. My daughter offered “Peachstone” to reflect the color and the stonework.

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I built doors

I’ll need doors for a future build, but I was not able to find the size and style I need ready made. The solution? Build them myself. I ordered door frame wood in three sizes from Northeastern Scale Lumber. This wood has a groove precut to hold the “glass.”

Once I cut the wood to the dimensions in my sketch, I could see that the proportions were not quite right. But these are miniatures, the investment is small, I can start over.

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