Well, I finally got the last of the miniature furniture and associated accessories, OUT of the garage, and into the work room. It is a wonderful feeling to know that all my tiny stuff is surrounding me and yet I am sad too that there is NO SPACE inside to accommodate all the Magazines on Miniatures that I have been collecting for the past 30+ years! They are still mouldering away in the garage. Whaaaa! I love my mini mags and although I am hooked on this piece of electronic equipment, I still want my Paper! Those magazines (mostly Nutshell News and the Miniature Collector), represent a great deal of my early experiences with minis and so there is the nostalgic connection that endears them to me. The mini
shakers and movers and the ones that paved the way for those that have followed are printed on the pages of those countless magazines that I periodically go though and still enjoy. Names that probably mean little to many now, were Catherine B. Mclaren, Sybli Harp, Geraldine Willems, Dee Snyder, Bonnie Bennett, Noel and Pat Thomas, Dougless Strickland Bitler , Deb Stenholm, Anne Ceasar, Joann Swanson (she has a great blog; DIY Miniatures), Anne Day Smith, Brooke Tucker, Karen Markland, Eugene Kupjack, Judee Williamson and Nicolle Warton Marbel, Susan Sirkis,.... editors, contributors, reserchers, mini food makers, scrap crafters, doll dressers and doll house makers, furniture upholsters, painters, stylists, etc. etc., the list goes on and on.... I Adored them all!!! Every month, I would be in the miniature store picking up my copies and then wait until I was alone and then quickly scan them and then re-trace my way through them with a highlighting pen, flagging pages and making notes as to what I liked and wanted to try. There were dreams in those magazines and what we do today is based on what they did yesterday. So, now as I go through my boxes of collected pieces that originated from those times and remind me of my early beginnings in this craft, I am grateful for the "education" from so many of these early pioneers and the enduring power of the printed word. They and many others, elevated the hobby to an art form. They took it from kids play, to adult appreciation, from chunky, to refined and they informed and reminded me that 'only through sharing can we truly enjoy this hobby'.