TailgateMinis

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Announcement    Hi, mini friends!
Happy New Year! Have you kept your resolutions so far?
I'm happy to announce I've got Roundtable and Mega Roundtable kits available for a limited time!
Check out the Winter Welcome Porch kit and coordinating pair of Rocking Chairs! The chairs sold like hotcakes at National this past fall, and they're back while they last!
Coming soon: More roundtables for the Quarter Connection Landscaping project, available March 1-7 only!
I'm thrilled to have been accepted as an instructor for NAME National this year in Cape Cod! I'm so excited! Please check out the NAME website, miniatures.org for registration info!

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Last updated on Jan 17, 2023

Hi, mini friends!
Happy New Year! Have you kept your resolutions so far?
I'm happy to announce I've got Roundtable and Mega Roundtable kits available for a limited time!
Check out the Winter Welcome Porch kit and coordinating pair of Rocking Chairs! The chairs sold like hotcakes at National this past fall, and they're back while they last!
Coming soon: More roundtables for the Quarter Connection Landscaping project, available March 1-7 only!
I'm thrilled to have been accepted as an instructor for NAME National this year in Cape Cod! I'm so excited! Please check out the NAME website, miniatures.org for registration info!

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About TailgateMinis

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Welcome to Tailgate Minis!

I've always loved small things. I don't remember when I didn't love dollhouse miniatures. Some of my earliest memories are of me playing with the miniatures we brought home from Germany after my dad got out of the army, using a bookshelf in my closet since I didn't have a dollhouse. When I was six or seven my mom built me a dollhouse and I played with it for years.
I love buildings. I studied architecture but it wasn't the right fit for me--turns out I like buildings but old ones more than new ones, and ones other people have designed, as opposed to designing them. Building the models for our projects was always the most fun. In grad school I met a friend who made and collected miniatures, and she brought me back to thinking about minis again. Then my husband got me a kit for a big ol' dollhouse. He had no idea what he was starting!
Turns out collecting miniatures is really expensive! And, my taste isn't everyone else's taste! I started building some kit furniture and really enjoyed distressing it. I was working at a historic house museum by this time, and had access to some beautiful plain antique furniture. I tried making some of my own, and it turns out I was actually pretty good at it!
Fast forward again, another 20 years or so. I've moved to quarter-scale because I love the challenge of getting details that tiny! My husband bought a cheap laser cutter. I was making a Mad Hatter's house from the Return to Wonderland movie and needed a bunch of chairs and tables for the dining room/tea party. And all kinds of other furniture that I wanted to recreate from the movie. I started figuring out that laser cutter, made 15 different kinds of chairs, five different tables, and several other pieces of furniture for the house. My husband said, "Why don't you make them to sell?" And the rest is history.

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    Owner, Designer, Supreme Leader

    Hi! I love to make tiny things with lots of detail! I'm a homeschooling mom of 2, plus 3 fur babies, and wife of the greatest guy ever. I've always liked tiny things, and making things. Tailgate Minis is where I can do both!

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