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Making big things small

Hobbyists who create miniatures have an annual show.

By SANDEE DAVIES, Times Staff Writer
Published November 11, 2007


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LARGO- If miniatures are your passion, a show and set for this weekend is where all things small rules.

The local chapter of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts will hold the 29th annual Dollhouse Show and Sale on Saturday and hopes to attract a new generation to the art.

The hobby can be enjoyed by all ages, men and women alike. Kits are available for houses or shadowbox rooms that can be decorated with miniature furnishings in a one inch scale. But the truly industrious enjoy the challenge of creating the teensy furnishings with ordinary household items.

"I had a baby grand piano and wanted to make a chandelier so I went to Mastry's bait shop and got a couple of three-pronged fish hooks and decorated them with glitter and mirrors," said Betsy Robertson Dosh, the corresponding secretary with the local chapter of NAME.

The idea is to make everything look as authentic as possible, and many of the items even function in the more elaborate homes equipped with electricity and water.

"One person even made a toilet that would flush," said Robertson Dosh. The artists create rooms with so much detail that when looking at a picture, it is hard to believe you are not viewing a picture of a real room.

The homes and rooms can become collectors items with some fetching tens of thousands of dollars. They gain value with age and reflect the trends and designs of the era in which they were constructed.

Club members meet monthly and offer workshops on constructing different items. The creative process is integral to the creation.

The one-day show and sale will feature more than 50 tables of miniature merchandise, homes and rooms on display, raffles and classes on creating a world in tiny scale.

The local chapter of NAME meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Madeira Beach City Hall. For information, call president Amy Fahy at 365-8445.

IF YOU GO

29th annual Dollhouse Show and Sale

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Honeywell Minn-Reg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo (one light south of Ulmerton off 66th Street)

Cost: $5 adults; $1.50 children

[Last modified November 10, 2007, 21:53:28]


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