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MY MINI JOURNEY

JULY 1, 2009
MINI INVENTORY (or confessions of a mini addict)
As I'm coming into my 20th year of mini-ing, I thought it was time to take stock of what I have, what I've given away, and where I'm going.
Pictures not here can be found at  Picassa or Webshots
(UPDATED JULY 14, 2010)
HOUSES:
 
THORNHILL
When DH "thought" he would be able to retire, we had plans to build and furnish dollhouses to sell. We purchased the Thornhill kit to learn how double wide kits are made. (life is what happens while making other plans) 
UPDATE: I've made great progress. The interior finishes are complete. The exterior is landscaped. I'm currently making rear balconies, and working on curtains, area rugs, and accessories.

CHURCH 
(under construction) The building was started by a master carpenter who got alzheimer's. A friend of DD's gave this to me.
GAZEBO (built and painted, but not filled). This was a birthday gift from DH.
 
MINI MART EATERY
(finished, but I'm always adding to it) My DD gave up minis and moved away (one of the times). I traded her a TV for the assembled shell.
 
RANCH HOUSE

(custom build double wide, under construction, the shell is built). Holidays with the family gone, were very depressing for us. So we decided to build a replica of DH's childhood home, and work on it, on holidays. After almost 6 years very little has been done on this house. (life is what happens while making other plans)
 
BOSTONIAN
(under construction, shell is built). This was a birthday gift from DH.
 
HARLEY COW HOUSE AKA THE ALBATROSS
(completed) I bought the kit in 1994 for my 3 year old grandaughter, because when I let her play with my minis, her Dad said she needed a house. When her Mom took her far away without telling us where, I put the unfinished house, in the attic. 5 years later on one of her returns to the nest, my DD decided to get into minis, and asked for the house. She started to work on it, then moved on again, and asked me to finish it for her. She wanted it themed, Harleys and Moo Cows. The Harley Cow House is now a permanent resident.
UPDATE:I had to part with the Harley when I lost my real home in 2011. 
 
DUMPSTER DIVE 1
(under construction) DH found this and brought it home about 8 years ago. He swears he is NOT a miniaturist but decided he would do this ONE house.  He hasn't worked on it in years, but HAS been talking about it lately.
UPDATE:I had to part with the #1 Dumpster Dive when I lost my real home in 2011. 
 
DUMPSTER DIVE 2
(needs total renovation) DH found this recently. It will be a ski chalet.(due to the housing shortage in the animal kingdom, this has been turned into a bird house > pictures coming soon)
 
CAMP GROUND
(still in the planning stages) DD has given me a few camping tents. I kept 4 of them and will have a campground.
(campground is being downsized)
 
RGT LIGHT HOUSE
(still in the box) A birthday gift from DH.
 
HOUSES GONE (never forgotten)
 
DUMPSTER DIVE 3 (a shell) We decided to give this away. For three years we put it out FREE at our neigborhood yard sales, no takers, so to landfill it went.
 
DUMPSTER DIVE 4 (a badly broken shell) This was a VERY contemporary 70's style house. It went to landfill during one of my moves. I wish I had kept it, but I had too many houses at the time. (8 less than I have now) LOL!!!
 
MY BELOVED REPLICA HOUSE "THE SEAVIEW" 
(a beyond huge, custom built, 2 and 3 rooms deep) This was an exact replica (minus plumbing) of a home we lost in bankruptcy. It was the last time and place our family was together. It took me 11 years to build and furnish, staged at that Christmas 1989. The building was 4 feet deep and six feet long, two stories high. It weighed well over 300 pounds. When we were looking to move into a condo, and having trouble finding one with a room large enough, I decided to dismantle the Seaview, and send it to landfill. (life is what happens while making other plans).
The economy went bust. My real life home has lost all it's value, with 26 years to go on a hefty mortgage. I may never be able to move to a smaller place. We could have kept the Seaview. I WAS having trouble moving it around and caring for it though, so maybe it's for the best.
 ROOMBOXES DISPLAYS DOMES
 
JULY 4th CHRISTMAS PICNIC
(completed). I built this and included many of the gifts and swaps I've received. This was dedicated to my only brother who lost his battle with a life long illness on July 4th, 2007.
(I've added a few foods and replaced some out of scale items)

 CHRISTMAS
(completed, but I'm currently making a few changes)
(I've totally dismantled the Christmas RB.I repapered, made a new table cloth and card holder, and I'm in the process of installing new carpet and building a new tree)
 
BIRTHDAY DOME
(completed) This has gifts I received from net mini friends.
UPDATE: I needed more room for birthday gifts I've received so I dismantled the dome and am currently doing a BIRTHDAY ROOM BOX.
 
DOME (empty)
UPDATE: Since I live in a much smaller home, I've parted with my domes and now use stack-able room boxes. 
 
SMALL ROOMBOX (built but empty)
 
ATRIUM (newest addition)
Who can resist a bargain. The Houseworks Atrium was at a yard sale, brand new, still in the box for $2.
 
RAINBOW BRIDGE
(still in the box) To be dedicated to my fur babies, the only "family members" I had as a child, and to those fur babies who comforted me during difficult adult days.
 
2 PORCH ROOMS
  
(under construction) These will display the porches and decks I made for the Seaview.
 
34 WALL ROOMS
  
(a work in progress) These hold all of the furnishings and accessories I made for the Seaview, as well as the furnishings and accessories that will go into the houses I'm building. I'll also have a few themed rooms here.
UPDATE: I was able to take a few of these wall rooms. The rest of the Seaview rooms are going into a book shelf.
 
MINI CELEBRATION BOXES
  
(completed) Very small boxes and displays include: July 4th, Wedding, Halloween, Poo Birthday, Graduation, Valentine, and several Recovery Boxes.
 
DRESS BOX
I made this to show off mini dresses a friend had made for me.
UPDATE: This also went to the new owner of the Harley Cow house.
 
DISPLAY BOXES and FRAMES
  
I have six of these displaying mini accessories, that I've made, or received as gifts or swaps.
I also have several frame boxes, small glass display boxes, and a case of the little boxes I use for the celebration scenes.
In addition I have several printers boxes, a couple of small store diplay units, and a few small shadow boxes. These all need refinishing.
UPDATE: I've really had to downsize displays, so have tried to incorporate as much as I can into other scenes and houses.
 
GIFTED ROOM BOXES AND DISPLAYS
 
WORKSHOP
(completed, except for some of the power tools). This is a replica of my DH's workshop. I built this for him for Dad's Day.
 
SOBRIETY ROOM BOX
(my first completed room box 1995) This was a gift for a young lady who had achieved five years of sobriety.
 
MINI CELEBRATION AND RECOVERY BOXES (2x4 to 3x6)
            
I made and gave away dozens of these. I was also commisioned to make several.
There were Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Retirement, Real Estate, Electrician, Winnie the Poo, and many Recovery boxes.
 
BOAT SCENE
I did this scene for my husbands boss.
 
NATIVITY
I knit the figures 6" and under, and DH built the stable.