Offbeat handmade miniature art

Mukilteo, Washington On Etsy since 2013


Offbeat handmade miniature art

Mukilteo, Washington | 155 Sales

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Announcement    Come wander through my 'Natural History Museum of Whimsy'. Here you'll find uncommon and quirky handmade mini creations.


Last updated on Apr 6, 2018

Come wander through my 'Natural History Museum of Whimsy'. Here you'll find uncommon and quirky handmade mini creations.


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About ScalingDownThePast

Sales 155
On Etsy since 2013

Museums, miniatures and my wacky imagination = 'Scaling Down the Past'

When I was growing up I wanted to live in the Field Museum of Natural History (in Chicago). My parents wouldn't let me. I'm not sure I've forgiven them. If nothing else, the food would have been better (sorry, mom). I couldn't get enough of dinosaur bones, fossils, prehistoric artifacts, etc. I was particularly obsessed with the 'stuffed' animal collection. I continue to believe the taxidermied animals died of natural causes and all willed their bodies to science. I'm sure they had donor cards. They just didn't have pockets to put them in. Also in Chicago, frequent visits to the Thorne Rooms and Colleen Moore's exquisite fairy castle fueled my appreciation for miniatures.

Fast forward to far too many decades later--now in Seattle. I've kept my old passions and added some new ones. With the combination of an active imagination, collecting miniatures for years, and never fully growing up, I started to Scale Down the Past in my own creative way. Well, it was either this or become a goat herder. And I'm just not that good with directions......

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  • Lauren

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    What does an Anthropology major who studied primates--a past playwright--and a dog counselor have in common? I've no idea...but that's me. I live in Seattle (which I love) with my husband (who I adore) and gleefully exercise my artistic side.

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Last updated on March 28, 2016
Hello and thanks for visiting! Along with my unconventional miniatures, I've added some interesting (hopefully) facts I like to share; but mostly I just want people to have fun visiting here. Check out my ABOUT page so I can 'introduce' myself and tell you about the shop's origin.

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Please contact me asap with any concerns. Your satisfaction is extremely important to me. I buy things on Etsy just like you do and I always appreciate the great customer service I get.

If you are unhappy with your purchase you may return it within 7 days for a refund (minus shipping charges).
I accept Paypal and Money Orders.

Payments are processed through PayPal in US Dollars. A Paypal account is not necessary. Simply use a major credit card at checkout.

Washington residents only: "Hi there, neighbor. Sorry, but we have to pay state sales tax."
I ship USPS First Class 1-3 days after receiving payment.

I will send you an email with a tracking number when your package has shipped.

International Orders please email me for exact shipping costs to your location.
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Please remember that Handmade does not always mean 'Made To Handle'! These items are rather small and NOT unbreakable. Thank you for treating them carefully!