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This is a blog about my passion: dollhouses and miniatures. This particular blog was started to follow my miniature dream: to create a Victorian Mansion. But work on my Mansion is slow. Very slow. Sloth slow. Ice Age glacier movement slow. Why? Because I am easily distracted by other personal miniature projects (I have 50+ roomboxes and 15 dollhouses in various stages of incompletion) and because I work for a miniature shop and am often up to my elbows in miniature projects that aren't mine! So, I thought, some artists work in a particular medium (woods, watercolors, clay, oils, etc.), I work in progress . . . .

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Past Projects: Roomboxes/Vignettes, Part 1

Summer brought a lot of changes to my life.  1. Two close family members ended up in the hospital with life threatening conditions; 2. my brick and mortar shop has announced it's closure; and 3. I am finally getting our basement finished!  Lots to share with you!

Long story short:
1. The two family members survived and are perfectly fine now. They only survived due to being in great shape.  I am not in shape.  So I need to make some life changes to be healthier.
2. Yes, my beloved miniature/dollhouse shop (Happily Ever After in Virginia) will be closing it's brick and mortar shop at the end of the year; Starting in 2020 we will be an online only shop.  No one shops retail like they used to, especially when it comes to miniatures.  I was sad about it at first, but am slowly realizing that I will be able to get back to what I love: creating miniatures! And I will be able to focus on making the website STELLAR (i.e. I will only have 1 full time job instead of the 3 I try to do now: brick and mortar shop owner, renovations/repairs, and website; it was all quite exhausting).

Now for the long story:
3. My basement (dark dank spider hotel) is finally getting finished!  In anticipation of this event I have begun to clean up and organize my miniatures.  Over the next 2 months they are slowly being brought up out of the basement.  And I want to document them before I either pass them along to others or box them up for the 3 or 4 month long basement renovation.

First up is my Tissue Box Vignette.  This "tissue box" kit by MiniGraphics was an ideal project 22 years ago when my newly married self lived in an apartment, and then in a townhouse with no yard, and I had to walk my baby dog multiple times a day.  It was made from foamboard or poster board to create a small space for a scene in the front and a lightweight cover for a tissue box kept in the rear. However, I never used it for tissues.  I kept plastic bags in it so that when I walked my dog I could grab a baggy for picking up after her.

Plastic bags sticking up, ready for use.
The outdoor scene was very appropriate!
And the dog lifting his leg gave everyone an idea of what the box is used for. LOL
Dog always cracked me up.

I haven't needed/used this "tissue"/doggy bag box in over 16 years now so it's time for it to move on...however, I am keeping that dog for a future project where he will fit perfectly.  So that's one project documented....only about 85 more to go. LOL