8.21.2008

miniature amounts of fun



As a child I loved nothing more than playing with miniature things. Instead of a dollhouse, my mom had a shelf on an old armoire set aside for tiny furniture and small rugs that my sisters and I painstakingly sewed together, and I spent hours standing on a chair setting up rooms for the family of dolls who lived there. After I was married and living on the other side of the country far away from my family, I received a mysterious parcel in the mail. I was so delighted when I opened it up and found the miniatures, each wrapped carefully in tissue and newspaper by my mother. Every item was an old friend, and I had so much fun setting up yet another scene for the dolls on our particle-board-graduate-student-shelves, crammed between books and syllabi on human anatomy and infectious disease. In every little home we've set up since my miniatures have a special spot somewhere on our shelves and I fully plan on sending my own daughters mysterious parcels when they are all grown. Hopefully the gesture will be as meaningful and memory-laden for them as my package was for me. So, thanks, mom!

To follow up with the sad previous post - I'm putting a link button below in case you are able to donate a little (or more) to Stephanie Nielson's fund. Her family anticipates that the cost of paying for their medical bills will be well into the millions - not to mention trying to cover the household expenses for their four little children while their parents are recovering from this tragedy. This button takes you straight to an account that has been set up for them, through pay pal.







14 comments:

Kathryn said...

I had such fun working with you children on the little miniature furniture and assessories. So pleased to see them intriging the next generation.

kirsten said...

oh, i love this idea! my daughter doesn't have enough room for a dollhouse in her itty bitty room - but that accordion house might just be perfect.

Dayle said...

I see you have "Life of Pi". My number one favorite of all time book. It is perfection.

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

Oh the memories from the little miniatures!! I remember secretly playing with them when I was way too old to play with dolls. I love all your new pieces.

Thanks for the peek at your shelves. You have a great book collection - I will never forget catching you sneaking into my room to read my books when I was little... and marking the corners! Good times.

xo

melissa said...

I loved seeing these happy little scenes on your shelves when we were visiting your house. I can't believe the tiny furniture is still intact and not broken to pieces. They don't make things the way they used too...

Heather said...

I love the idea of having tiny scenes on bookshelves. Thanks!

mikodesign said...

Love it, lovely childhood memory!

sew nancy said...

I adore miniatures myself. I need to set up something like this up because my son has become mesmerized by the dollhouse things at the library.
The package that your Mom sent is so sweet.
What a lovely gesture and story. Thanks for sharing

Bethany Hissong said...

My daughter loves anything miniature! I will have to show her your post! I still have all of my dolls from when I was little and some of my books... there is so much "home" wrapped up in them, I just can't part with them! I should think about that for my children also...thanks for the idea! And thank you for being so thoughtful about the tragedy... there are a lot of caring people out here!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a thoughtful mom you have, to send you bits of your childhood--true treasures in the mail!
I love that tradition. I'll have to do that myself!
Becky

Joslyn said...

magical...there's somethign so fun about those teeny, tiny worlds. what a cool mom you have ;-)

can't stop thinking about nie nie and family...

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