Category Archives: Bio

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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Fish Tales, Perry Mason & Bug Juice–the Summer of ’76

The summer of 1976 saw the Seaview walls rise, rooms begin to take shape. To pay the rent, Noel baited hooks for a charter boat skipper. I still had my noontime radio program, and tried to grow corn in a … Continue reading

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Back to the Drawing Board

Leaving the N.A.M.E. National miniatures show in July of ’76 was one man probably more deflated than we—the man hoping to sell the house he had built in his garage. It was too big to fit through the exhibit hall … Continue reading

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Driving Blindly into the Future

All the President’s Men was the only movie I remember seeing in 1976. Gas prices were high, and we didn’t have a lot of spare change. Going to the movies meant a ½ hour drive across the river, plus a … Continue reading

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Life on the Edge

When Noel returned from San Francisco without money or new orders, there was no lack of work to do to keep us afloat. When we weren’t building dollhouses or working our day jobs, we were learning to hunt, gather, barter … Continue reading

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Where It All Began

In 1974, the OPEC embargo/oil crisis seemed as good a reason as any for Noel and me to pack up, leave the city (Los Angeles) and our jobs in advertising (Noel’s as art director, mine as copywriter), and head to … Continue reading

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