MODEL LIFE | Sharer Nina Eary, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Nina Eary lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just west of Tacoma in the picturesque township of Gig Harbor, Washington. She and her husband of 25 years have raised 3 children and have a 5 yr. old granddaughter. Nina’s love of minis began as a child after reading the books “The Borrowers” and “The Littles”.  She would help her mother in the garden and imagined that fairies and wee folk lived there. Her mother would take her to doll house stores, and there her love for all things miniature was born.

Both of her parents were talented artists, and she would spend hours watching her father create beautiful oil paintings. He owned a sign business where he created neon and many signs for banks, restaurants and retail stores that we still see today. She credits her parents for inheriting their ability to sketch, draw and paint in various mediums such as charcoal, pastels and watercolors.

As an adult, Nina worked as a graphic designer, an interior designer, as a dental assistant, and finally as an in-home caregiver. It was during this time that she sustained a debilitating spinal injury, which left her with the inability to work outside the home. Her faith in God has kept her strong and helped her to maintain a positive outlook.

A friend asked her to build a doll house for her daughter from a shell that she had purchased. It was fun and exciting to watch the progress as the house came together. Her husband, an electrician by trade, installed all of the electrical for this beautiful house.

After developing severe fibromyalgia in relation to the injury, Nina began to look for ways to defer her thoughts from the chronic pain she endures on a daily basis. She began making fairy garden items and posting pictures of her created items on Pinterest. There, she was contacted by people who were interested in purchasing her unique creations. She began creating commissioned, one-of-a-kind pieces. It was a way to do what she loved, as well as supplement her husband’s income.

Her love of miniatures extended past the fairy gardens, and since she could not afford to buy expensive pieces for her own dollhouse that she had envisioned, so she started creating them for herself. She began posting the pictures of her miniature sets of china and other work and the attention they received was overwhelming!

That was the start of her business, Nina’s Mini Creations. Nina creates a variety of mostly 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures and fairy garden items. She creates her items with various mediums such as mortar cement, pottery clay, resins, silicones, polymer and wood.

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  1. Nina M. Eary

    Nina M. Eary

    June 20, 2013

    Thank you Leanne for making me a part of your wonderful community!! I look forward to many wonderful experiences & the ability to share our love for all things mini!! <3

    • Nina M. Eary

      Nina M. Eary

      June 23, 2013

      Thank you so much Ronda! I am so happy to be a part of this community & to be able to share our love of minis!!

  2. Nancy Toves

    Nancy Toves

    June 24, 2013

    I’ve had the pleasure to see Nina’s Creations and they are amazing. Truely talented.

  3. Claudia Heckart

    Claudia Heckart

    June 26, 2013

    Thanks for telling me about this community, Nina. I was so delighted to meet you the other day, and I love your miniature work. It is so beautiful! Looking forward to more get-togethers. P.S. – did you see my rendition of the Borrowers in miniature?

  4. Toni Vanterpool

    Toni Vanterpool

    November 22, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your touching and inspiring story, as well as the photos of your fantastic miniature creations! So glad I joined Smallisimo and learned more about your life and work. I’ve Pinned so many of your pics on Pinterest, you wouldn’t believe it! I’m glad you found miniatures, and the mini~community is glad we found YOU!!!

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