BLOG: A Mini Neophyte Building a Room for Dad

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My father passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2014, and when my friend, Gwen, heard about it, she immediately asked me to send her a picture of him. I had no idea why, but I complied. I learned later that she was planning to find a miniature frame to put it in. Only when she went to the Tom Bishop Atlanta Show the weekend I was at home for the funeral, she met Tine Krijnen and found a leather bound scrapbook. It was perfect! She knew I would cherish it, even though I wasn’t involved with miniatures at all. I had just been quietly watching the progress of Smallisimo.com. When I opened the box, my first response was, “Now, I need to make a room!”

I’m creating this room in honor of my dad for Father’s Day. He lived in the Bronx in New York City in the same place since I can remember as a child. As we kids grew up, he took over the extra room in the apartment and made it his room, fit with a card table and chairs, his television and two twin beds with lace curtains and red ribbon ties. It was an interesting mix of stuff and something to look at too, but it was “dad’s room”, his personal retreat, and that’s all I cared about. Though my room box is just a representation of my dad’s personality, it doesn’t replace who he was in my life. I wait with anticipation the finished product and I hope you’ll follow me through the process, as this is just the beginning!

Since I had no idea where to start, Gwen introduced me to Margaret Jones, her miniature mentor. I adopted Margaret as mine too, and she graciously agreed to walk me through this process. We started with a trip to our neighborhood miniature store. I didn’t really know what to expect when I pulled into the drive of Miniature Designs, a quaint boutique for all things small and fabulous on the outskirts of Atlanta. It felt a little strange. It was my FIRST time – no pun intended. I had only heard my friend Gwen talk, build, blog about (with passion) minis. When I walked into the store, I was immediately surrounded by all the “little” trinkets, small designer furniture, light fixtures, bedding, wallpaper, and the list goes on and on. I was about to build my first – what? Room box! Yay! I had no idea what that really meant, but I was excited just the same. As Margaret Jones, my mini mentor, led me through the maze of rows and rows of tiny delights – oooh…I got butterflies like I had when I met my first love. Nervous, because I know what that feeling means, and I wasn’t ready to be in another relationship I literally cannot afford. But I followed my mentor with eyes wide open, found my room box, picked just the right wallpaper, flooring for my room, and put a few things on layaway – I was hooked.

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  1. Catherine Harris - CharrismaMiniature

    Catherine Harris - CharrismaMiniature

    June 16, 2014

    Oh Monique what a wonderful way to work through the grief of losing your Dad, you will be able to recall treasured memories to share with your new mini friends. How clever Gwen to think of a mini scrapbook…she is truly an amazing friend…I love the idea of having members of my family past and present occupying little corners of my ever increasing mini world. Yes Monique you are now in the ranks of the truly smitten, but don’t fret, it is one of those relationships like a true friend that is always there for you, wont mind if you ignore it for a while or smother it with attention, a friend for life…..welcome to our world!

  2. Whimsy Cottage Minis

    Whimsy Cottage Minis

    June 17, 2014

    Catherine has stated it so well, there’s not much I can add other than to say welcome to our miniature world and thank you for sharing your journey with us. I, too, collect and add to my mini scenes tiny remembrances of those that are dear to me — especially those that have passed. I love Miniature Designs — I was like a kid in a candy store!

  3. Tara Thame

    Tara Thame

    July 13, 2014

    Monique my sympathy goes out to you I lost my dad 2 years ago and I can understand what you are going through. There is nothing better to help you through this time than cherishing your loved one and creating something in their memory is an amazing experience. My dad was an artist and I fortunately had the chance to copy his art work into miniature and create a miniature art gallery that hung his work and that was named after his mom. It was my way of honoring him and his talent and luckily it was something I did before he passed and now I have it as a memory of him. Cherish those wonderful memories you have and smile every time you work on your project. He will be smiling down on you. Welcome to the minis world and if you need any advice, help or just someone to talk to just reach out and I’ll be more than happy to lend an ear or offer some advice.

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