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About MiniKat

  • Birthday 09/28/79

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Peoria, Illinois
  • Interests Miniatures and doll houses, fiber arts: spinning, weaving, crocheting, knitting, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, etc. Eating and cooking, in that order. I love to get my hands dirty either with a project or in the garden. In my other life I was a geologist with a specialization in paleontology, but I've literally moved away from that.

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Five or more
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
  • Online Community Building Projects Yes
  • Digital Camera Yes
  • Real Name Kathleen
  • Country United States
  1. The Real Rainbow Bridge

    My youngest cat, Confetti, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. (She's the one in my avatar pic.) We it was coming, but it doesn't make things any easier. Thanks to Starfire, I'll be able to start work on a mini Bridge once I can see past the tears. It will be an important chunk of my healing process. I will be on even less frequently than I am now for a while. See you all soon.
  2. Washing an afgan...need advice

    I agree with the cold water, and woolite (or irovy flakes) totally, but for drying I would actually suggest putting together a frame to re-block the piece IF it's original shape doesn't come back after laying it flat to dry. It would be a pain in the neck if you don't usually knit/crochet, but perhaps someone at a local yarn shop would know someone willing to help if it does need re-blocking.
  3. What are Your Fondest High School Memories? 5/9/09

    Never having to go back.
  4. 5/27/07 Rudest Comment about Your Minis

    "But what do you do with them?" "Oh that would make a neat porch decoration." "Don't you have anything better to do?" Those are some of my favorites. My replies were tailored to each person and situation, and most of them contained an explicative in a sweet, little voice. I will spare you the naughty bits. Another one, "Aren't you a little old to be playing with dolls?" My answer is generally, "I'm younger than you."
  5. getting to know you

    I am a bibliophile. History, philosophy, sci-fi/fantasy, how-tos, science, you name it I love to read it. Any shade of purple is fantastic, but I have a secret love affair with aqua. I love my fur babies: 2 rabbits, 2 mice, and 3 (sadly soon to be 2) cats. My husband is my best friend, biggest support, and most constructive critic. Any kind of fiber/textile art can be found in my sewing room. I don't tat yet and there are other embroidery techniques I'm dying to learn. Currently there is a large cross stitch and a small wall quilt in the works. Classic cars and trucks hold a special place in my heart because I'm a closet gear-head. For my sweet 16 my father bought me Craftsman tools. I love the desert and hate the beach. I'm a great-aunt... but not even 31 yet.
  6. 2/8/06 Functioning Miniatures

    My husband and I have matching nightstands that hold 10-gallon fish tanks inside them. Only the front of the tank is visible and there is enough clearance inside to mount a light bar. The scene in his tank is a hunting cabin, which isn't finished yet. The scene in my tank will be a living room filled with minis (lots of 1:144 for this one because I must be insane), with a work table overlooking a garden view. One of these centuries I will have one of them done and can post pics. If anyone wants to know more about them/see a picture of the empty furniture, let me know.
  7. What are you up to today? This week?

    After a failed attempt at a blood draw this morning I bummed around with a girl-friend, bought some fabric, ran some laundry, and started to work on a quilted project. Then I ran short a single fat quarter and have to hold off until I have the car and can pick one up. Tonight is my stitcher's guild counted thread (cross stitch) interest group meeting. Tomorrow I will hopefully be back on track with the quilted stuff, otherwise I think I will try sitting still long enough to work on a 1:12 scale baby baby I've been trying to crochet for a year or so. Of course that depends on how our cat with heart failure is feeling. She's been "iffy" today since I've been home and I'm not too thrilled.
  8. 4/5/06 How Do You View Your Pet?

    They are members of the household, with their own needs, wants, and personalities. Generally he cats and rabbits get their way, while the mice just do their own thing inside their cage.
  9. Gardening 2010

    I'm watching plants for that the previous home owner put in before she sold us this house. All kinds of interesting gems are popping up everywhere and it's a surprise every time. Soon I will know where the empty places are and I can fill in the gaps. Weeding is "interesting" right now since I'm not sure what is what, but there are a few things I can recognize as being invasive like thistles and baby trees.
  10. We put anything but cast iron in our new dishwasher and everything comes out fine. I've never heard of pots that have to be washed by hand, but now I will be on the look out so I can avoid them. There are better things to do in life that wash dishes by hand.
  11. Peekaboo!

    Our Confetti loves boxes, especially ones she can fill with herself.
  12. Peekaboo!

    Our Confetti loves boxes, especially ones she can fill wither herself.
  13. Fun with Holly

    From the album Minis Projects "Just Because"

    My mini group back in St. Louis has a holiday party with gift exchange every year. This is what I made everyone for 2009.
  14. Easter rabbit pull-toy in green

    From the album Minis Projects "Just Because"

    I put together this little toy as a gift for a mini friend in England.
  15. 1:12 scale wicker tea trolly

    From the album Minis Projects "Just Because"

    This project was a class at the Greater St. Louis Miniature Show several years ago. It was my first piece of wicker ever.