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    Finding Hope and Healing in Miniatures
    MAY/JUN 2012

    Dear Miniature Enthusiast,

    We have a very special issue of the Gazette this month; one that we hope will reach out to miniaturists who have a daily struggle with physical and/or emotional challenges that impact their ability to do the thing they love best - build dollhouses. This is a topic close to the hearts of the Gazette family since we've met thousands of miniaturists over the years who deal with serious illnesses and we've seen the courage and determination of people who have overcome monumental obstacles so they can continue to pursue their miniature passion. In fact, most of us will tell you that if it weren't for our miniatures and the friends we've made within this community, we'd have lost hope a long time ago.

    So in this issue, we're going to take a look at what we've learned about how to creatively get around the physical roadblocks that we face and then we'll spend some time learning how we balance our life needs with our need to create, because the one thing we know for certain is that there is a therapeutic and healing power in building dollhouses and making miniatures. Most important of all is learning how to hold onto the part of ourselves that resides in a small world where life is under control. Sometimes the greatest hope can be hidden within the smallest things.

    We'd also like to take just a moment to wish all our friends in the USA a very happy 4th of July! You'll find a special article in this issue with some delightful patriotic eye candy and even Aunt Bea shared her favorite dollhouse in honor of our country's birthday.

    In dollhouse news this month, the fun continues with our 2012 Spring Flingers. We're about halfway thru the contest building time and the teasers are getting more and more interesting! Some of our members are posting pictures of tiny portions of their entry and the rest of us try to guess what it is. That's just a portion of the good time we're having so if you haven't dropped in to chit chat with us about this year's Spring Fling, please feel free to visit us soon.

    Until next time,

    Deb Roberts
    Editor in Chief

    Minis can give you a little help!Overcoming Physical Challenges Through Miniatures
    by Deb Roberts

    This article has been rattling around in the back of my head for quite some time now, yet for some reason I've been reluctant to give it voice. Perhaps I've shied away from the topic because it doesn't seem like a positive subject for a miniature newsletter but the more I think about it, the more appropriate it seems to be. It's not just the fact that it's a subject close to our hearts since the three of us who make up the Gazette staff face some physical challenges which have resulted in some creative solutions to our mini-making. There's much more to it than that. If you've read the current thread for the 2012 Spring Fling on the Greenleaf forum, you'll have already seen a generous helping of fortitude and positive thinking when it comes to overcoming a physical challenge in order to continue making miniatures. Therefore, we'd like to share some of the things we've learned about how to overcome physical challenges and keep on building!

    Full story...

    Feel a tiny bit better with minis!The Emotional and Mental Healing Power of Miniatures
    by Deb Roberts

    In the first article of this issue we talked about dealing with physical challenges while still making miniatures. This article is going to address another aspect that is even more important... taking care of your emotional and mental needs. This subject stretches beyond those with disabilities and includes people caring for loved ones who are ill or disabled. Creative expression thru mini-making is therapeutic for us all.

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    Happy fourth of July!Happy 4th of July!
    By Deb Roberts

    Here at Greenleaf we're famous for our exceptional love of dollhouses, cats, and holidays. One of our favorite holidays has to be July 4th! When we think of our forefathers leading the revolution that gave us our freedom, independence and liberty it makes our hearts swell with pride.

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    I'm Aunt Bea!Ask Aunt Bea
    By Beatrice Annabelle Minimaker

    Q. I'd like to get my young granddaughter involved in miniatures. She spends two weeks of vacation time with me every summer and since she's 10 this year, I thought it would be the perfect time for us to build our first dollhouse together. Which kit would you recommend for a young novice who only has two weeks?

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    Member of the  Month- Meet Sarah!Member of the Month - Meet ChapChap73 (Sarah)!
    By Heidi Cleveland

    I would love to introduce you to one of our nicest members of the forum, ChapChap73 aka Sarah. Sarah has been a member of the Greenleaf forums since December 18, 2010. She does lovely work and I wanted to learn more about her.

    Read more about Sarah...


    Did you know that the National Museum of American History (one of the Smithsonian Institution museums located on The Mall in Washington D.C.) has an ongoing exhibit of Faith Bradford's dollhouse? The house is a scratch build and fully furnished with 1,354 individual miniatures. It's five stories tall, has 23 rooms, and is home to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll plus their ten children, two grandparents, five servants, and 20 pets. Until her death in 1970, Mrs. Bradford continued to regularly visit her dollhouse at the museum and take part in semi-annual cleanings.

    Stand back or else! The Critter Corner!
    When We Say "Beware of Dog", We Really Mean It!

    This is probably one of the most delightful pet pictures that I've seen so far. What could possibly go better with a Tudor house than an English Bulldog? Or perhaps that's the other way around and nothing goes better with an English Bulldog than a Tudor house. Either way, it's a delightful combination both in real life, (that's Slugger sitting in front) and in miniature (that's Jupiter in miniature by the front door). With a guard dog like Slugger, I don't think the residents of this gorgeous Harrison need to worry at all.

    Thanks to Kat for sharing such a cute picture with us. Slugger willwill receive a $25 gift certificate from Petsmart for being featured in this month's Critter Corner.

    If you'd like to submit your pet's picture for consideration for the Critter Corner, you can upload pictures in the "Good Pets acting bad!" or "Good Pets acting cute!" galleries at the Greenleaf Forum.


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