All my life I’ve been intrigued by miniatures. Now that I am retired, I finally have time to explore and create in these delightful small worlds. In the past few years I have redecorated a doll house built by my father; made scale 1:12 furniture for the dollhouse; then designed and crafted a side garden with a flagstone patio, pond, birdhouses, wildlife, flowerbeds, and a potager. Naturally, my granddaughters love it. In a different scale, I’ve added to my Christmas village thanks to Jim’s 3D printer. A crafters’ guild, the mayor’s house, and a Bavarian style bakery are all new additions, along with cobblestone roads and lamp posts. As well, I’ve had hours of enjoyment imagining other projects that are just waiting to emerge.
Here is a sampling of miniatures from my growing portfolio.
Miniature Gift Kits
Painted 3D Printed Miniatures
Dollhouse Side Garden
This was so much fun, completely original, and very experimental. I started with some fairly stiff black packing foam and a lot of paint for the base, flagstone and block wall. The pond, with resin water, two swans, and water lilies, had been a meaningful gift and is perfect recessed into the foam for a garden feature.
Creativity, Imagination and Resilience
Miniatures align perfectly with my goal of a resilient, natural retirement. My favourite materials can be found on nature walks. If I have to buy materials, glue or paint, the amounts, and therefore the costs, are miniscule. Even my working space is compact. Spring, summer and fall will find me growing food, foraging, and blissfully enjoying the outdoors, but come the dark days of November to March, miniatures are satisfying the urge to be creative.