Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What Making Minis Has Taught Me

It has been almost a year since I started this blog in earnest.  I made my first dollhouse, and then proceeded to take it apart one accident at a time.  I sold my first miniature.  I registered my business and even have an EIN number.  I have joined a contest and have already made so many friends who share this passion.  My goal for next year is to taper off the teaching posts, since those are usually bitter and jaded, and focus on my miniatures.  I think this is already happening naturally.  Eventually, I like to ditch the teaching career, since I no longer enjoy it.  I am thrilled to have started this adventure, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me next.

So, in the vein of yearly retrospectives, let me look back at some wisdom gained in year one of The Hard Way. 

  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

I still haven't figured out my
tulip table, but I will!

So many little, tiny stitches.
  • Your progress may seem infinitessimally small, but many very small steps will lead to great joy and beauty.

  • Many small projects very quickly becomes one very large mess.
  • Having a hobby you enjoy can give one something to look forward to.
  • Your own life may be a horrible mess, but you can control the mini world.


  1. Sounds like you have great plans. I really believe that every one can make their own dream happen, whether it's a dream job or a dream life. We have so many great examples of it today (especially through Etsy and blogging).

    And I love the lessons you learned. Especially the "many small projects." I am going to use that. In fact, I might even print it and put it on my wall. :)

  2. It's an addictive hobby, and also one that seems to impress people.



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