Monthly Archives: May 2011

On the Trail of The Astorian

For better and worse, over the years our houses have begun to wander. One of the happy stories is of The Astorian, which got off to a rocky start, found a good home for 30 years, and now resides at … Continue reading

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Noel’s Gingerbread Design

In my last post I described how Noel cut gingerbread designs out of gelutong, and thought this might help if you are doing one of your own. Yes, you may use this design.

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It’s All in the Numbers

Miniature house #17 was The Oysterville, the second of three houses we built in 1978. #18 would make that 18 houses in 5 years—or 3+ per year. I think this was the first $6000.00 house, which boiled down to each … Continue reading

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Beach Walks & Saturday Night Live

In 1978, while we were building The Loomis Lake house, the world was watching Saturday Night Live (with Steve Martin’s original King Tut performance) and Saturday Night Fever. Gas cost .63 a gallon, and new homes went for $54,800.00. The … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Sarah Salisbury

With the passing of Sarah Salisbury on April 6, the community of miniaturists lost a great friend, connoisseur and generous benefactor. She was passionate about miniatures and their makers, and had an eye for the best. Sarah was there at … Continue reading

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Farewell to Leroy and Patty—Our Stunt Guys

It must be May, our living room is full of packing boxes, bubble wrap and foam. We are prepping for our last teach-a-thon at The Guild School. Thirty years ago, Don Buttfield and a group of like-minded miniaturists started the … Continue reading

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