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I have been making and collecting miniatures for over thirty years when my mother bought me my first miniature chair when I was in college. I have several dollhouses and too many roomboxes to count. Over the years I have taken many workshiops and lessons. I got my nickname Mimi from Claire, my niece, who coudn't pronounce Mary Ellen when she was little. One day she told me, "I know your real name is Mary Ellen, but I like the name I gave you better." I did too, so the name stuck. As a high school English teacher for thirty-two years, I needed a good hobby as a relaxer. Now that I teach at a local technical college, I still need help with stress!The late Victorian dresses use the bodice and overskirt from a Susan Sirkis pattern that appeared in Nutshell News in the 1980s (yes, I just dated myself!). I lost the sleeve and skirt pattern somewhere and made these myself. All of the other patterns are ones I created after looking at…

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  • Joined May 10, 2011

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Fimo and Sculpey for cakes, Satins, sheers, and cotton for miniature clothing

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I have been making and collecting miniatures for over thirty years when my mother bought me my first miniature chair when I was in college. I have several dollhouses and too many roomboxes to count. Over the years I have taken many workshiops and lessons. I got my nickname Mimi from Claire, my niece, who coudn't pronounce Mary Ellen when she was little. One day she told me, "I know your real name is Mary Ellen, but I like the name I gave you better." I did too, so the name stuck. As a high school English teacher for thirty-two years, I needed a good hobby as a relaxer. Now that I teach at a local technical college, I still need help with stress!The late Victorian dresses use the bodice and overskirt from a Susan Sirkis pattern that appeared in Nutshell News in the 1980s (yes, I just dated myself!). I lost the sleeve and skirt pattern somewhere and made these myself. All of the other patterns are ones I created after looking at a bridal magazine and completing a close study of "Say Yes to the Dress." Everything is hand-sewn, and I used a full-bodied porcelain doll made by Paulette Stinson to fit all patterns. All sizes are for 1/12 scale.

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