Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Nascent Business and Why I'm Made for It

I have finally found a business that does not totally overwhelm me, and, bonus, it interests me. My business is going to fuse my life-long love of miniatures with my adult passion for design: Modern miniatures. If you too are tired of all your dollhouse miniatures consisting of butterchurns, kerosene lamps, and lacey curtains, I have the answer.

Due to extreme near-sightedness, combined with a lack of glasses for the first 10 years of my life, I, not surprisingly, turned inwards. When I went to the beach, did I look at the horizon and take in the crashing waves and dazzling, glinting light? No, because I could not see it. I looked instead for the teensiest shells that then adorned my Dawn dolls' shoebox camper. When I was around 10 years old (hmmm...a lot happened that year), my parents built me a dollhouse. My father constructed the wooden elements, including carved shutters and an end-of-a-popsicle-stick doorknob which really captured my sisters' and my attention. My mother wallpapered, crocheted rugs and, most fascinatingly, sewed cardboard living room furniture. Although my dolls always hit their heads when they went up the stairs, it was easily the best gift I've ever received, because it sparked my creativity. I was quickly fashioning quill paper plants, baking mini-breads and even sewing together small books that I then filled with mini-pictures (this was before photoshop and home computing, so I just cut out pictures in the background of pictures - it never occured to me to take a picture of something far away and use that as a picture). I loved filling my dollhouse with the items that made it a home. And I'm having just as much fun today trying my hand at making some of my favorite modern design classics.


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