Welcome to the Greenleaf Gazette!
Your New and Improved Newsletter
Dear Miniature Enthusiast,
Greenleaf is delighted to announce the arrival of the Greenleaf Gazette Newsletter! Each month, the Greenleaf Gazette will bring the latest news and hottest topics in the miniature world right to your inbox. In upcoming issues, you can look forward to informative "how-to" articles about everything from helping a new miniaturist select the right house, to in- depth articles about sophisticated finishing techniques for your miniature home. And the information doesn't stop there! We'll be reviewing new products and exploring techniques that appeal to every skill level of miniaturist. We'll also offer tutorials for making miniature furnishings, fixtures and fancies, and cover topics such as landscaping and working with clay. Each month will also feature the latest information from Dollhouse Universe (the Greenleaf resource library), a Featured Member of the Month from the Greenleaf forum, Quick Tips, an Eye Candy section with selections from our member's galleries, and the "Critter Corner" that spotlights pets who love miniatures too. We're excited about the Gazette, and look forward to talking to you each month!
Editor in Chief
So You Want to Build a Dollhouse
Part 1: Selecting the Right House for You
It all starts out so innocently. You decide that you
want to own a dollhouse, or gift a dollhouse to a
special person, so you start looking around at
dollhouses and discover that you have the choice of
buying a pre-built house or making one yourself. For
many people, the first reaction to that choice is “Oh,
I could never build a house myself, so I’ll just look at
pre-built houses”... and somewhere in the back of
your mind, a small voice whispers, “You can build it
yourself.” As you continue looking at pre-built
houses and discover that the price range is higher
and the houses may not have all the customized
features you’re looking for, that little voice in the
back of your mind becomes stronger until you find
yourself saying, “I can build it myself!”
An Eye for Minis
Making Miniatures from Ordinary Things
Miniatures are everywhere if we just develop the
habit of looking at things with a mini-eye. As we
wander thru day to day life, how often do we see
something and think, “Wow, I could turn that into a
miniature table... or lamp... or sink... " Sometimes,
we just stash them back with the knowledge that
inspiration will strike us when we least expect it and
we’ll find a use for that clever little whatever-it-is.
Family and friends become a bit concerned about our
boxes full of little things that we’ve rescued from the
trash. Some of them even refuse to go out for a
cup of coffee with us because they know we’ll be
filling our pockets with coffee stirring sticks or little
tubs of jelly. At the fast food places, they know
we’re going to the condiment counter because we
want the paper cups, not because we care for
catsup on our fries. Those little potential minis are
everywhere and with a careful eye we can find mini
treasures no matter where we go.
Encouraging the Next Generation of Miniaturists
As miniaturists, we love sharing the little world we
create and live in, and we’re especially eager to
share it with those we love. The past two decades
have seen a decline in the popularity of our hobby
and sometimes we wonder what the future will hold
for miniatures. Will there be a next generation to
whom we can pass on our legacy? Will they share
the same passion we have? How do we encourage
the love of miniatures in our children?
January's Featured Member of the Month - Meet Wenlaine!
By Teresa Martens
Wendy (wenlaine) has been a member of the
Greenleaf Miniature Community since May 28, 2005.
With 1,642 posts (and counting) she has provided
support, encouragement and inspiration to many of
Read more about Wendy...
Wendy got her start in the miniature world by taking
a floral design course in 2004. One of her projects
was to create three floral arrangements in different
time periods and they could be no larger than three
inches. Not knowing what to do with the ‘miniature’
arrangements, she wondered on a way to display
them. That’s when she came up with the idea to
build a dollhouse and took on the ‘Beacon Hill’ as her
first project. She wasn’t able to use the floral
arrangements in the house, nonetheless she was
January's Quick Tip!
When you begin removing house pieces from the
wood sheet, put all the pieces for individual windows
into envelopes or zip lock baggies and label each one
with the window name or number. When you’re
ready to install the windows, you won’t have to
search for each little piece. The same practice
works well for staircases and window boxes.
The Critter Corner!
Who's pet's doing what
One of the only limitations that cats experience is
the lack of opposable thumbs. This causes a great
deal of feline frustration when they have to wait for
their human to build their dream house for them.
Webster must have the perfect "please build this for
me" look because we hear Blondie, his human
is making wonderful progress on Webster's Beacon
We would like to congratulate Webster as our first "Pet Friend of the Month" which entitles him to a $25 gift certificate at PetSmart! We will contact your human friend with the details.