Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Blurb on My Blog

I started this blog having no idea why I was doing so.  I had a vague notion that others were doing it and enjoying it, and so I set one up.  I wrote a post.  A very dull post.  And that was it for seven months.  In that time, I felt as if I had something to say about the education debate raging in this country.  Not many teachers weigh in on the debate, or at least not teachers who are still in the classroom, because there is a current gotcha political environment that keeps them quiet.  I have been extremely careful to not name names or identify students in any way, but even that makes me wary.  I don't have much to say that is positive in regards to teaching.  So, I try to stay neutral on the subject as much as possible and not use this blog as a platform from which to groan about my work.  "Try" is the operative word.  Sometimes it is hard.

I wanted my dollhouse more like this..
And less like this.
Also within that time, my daughter was reaching the age where a dollhouse would be appropriate.  And I got to thinking about my own design sensibilities and the miniatures that are available on the market today, and there seemed to be a disconnect.  I didn't want the wood-fired stove, the high-above-the-toilet water tank with chain, and the hand pumped water spout sink.  My dollhouse was going to be modern and fabulous; no washboards or lace curtains in my little home.  And so, I thought I'd try my hand at making designer miniatures.  Well, that is proving time consuming and difficult, but I am not quitting.  I may be sidetracking myself a bit with the latest dollhouse renovation project that I have taken on, but it seems to have created another opportunity with this blog.  I am starting to network.

So, I am hoping that this will lead to a different direction for The Hard Way.  My most popular posts are still not the ones regarding miniatures - it is a niche market at best - but they are starting to infiltrate the top five more and more often.  I have joined two contests, and a link party.  I am excited about this project.  I have found that I am much better at styling a dollhouse than I am at building one.  It has been a fun journey, and I am looking forward to where all these detours take me.


  1. Yup, I actually found your blog because of the Undersized Urbanite Contest, and I'm glad I did. You have really funny posts, but then meaningful ones as well. Look forward to more :)

  2. I too found your blog because of Undersized Urbanite :D I think a lot of reasons to blog are similar but we all put our own spin on it. My blog used to be very personal, then due to some uncomfortable circumstances, I decided I had to change that - I have a very unusual name and am easily identified here. So now it's less personal and more about light hearted things. I do occasionally still feel like putting my heart on my sleeve and letting out my opinions on more controversial topics, but I stear clear.
    Blog about whatever you want or need to blog about as long as it makes you happy or helps you in some way. Followers are a bonus and networking is awesome, but blog for you first.
    Take Care

  3. I started mine when I was having troubles with my marriage and in time it just turned into mini's and playscale food which I like to do....there are no rules..just have fun


  4. Hi Linda,
    Does that mean the things you were doing at La Petite Moderne you've brought over to this blog or are you going to maintain both sites? Which should I follow for keeping up with your mini-adventures.

    BTW, I used to be in the classroom. I taught biology and health and have very, very strong opinions about our education system. I'll have to go check out those earlier posts on education, policy and politics ; )

    Welcome to the modern miniature community and keep creating!

    1. I've been neglecting La Petite Moderne. That is the name of my "business". I was intending it to showcase my items for sale, of which I have produced very little. My light fixtures should be showcased soon. So, I'm not sure the future of La Petite Moderne, but hopefully it will thrive as this site seems it will.



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