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Holly McCaig
(@holly-mccaig)
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Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 51
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Hey there. If you're new here, please say hello! Let us know who you are and where you're from and what style of minis you like working with!

My name is Holly and I own Aspen Miniature. Rachel and I got together and wanted to really make a fun community for everyone. I live in Aurora Colorado which is a suburb of Denver. I run my own graphic design company. I started minis back in January and work in 1:12 scale. I'm currently doing a Vermont Farmhouse Junior so I'm going for a more modern style farmhouse in my design. 

So happy to make new friends!

Holly McCaig
Admin and Co-Owner
Aspen Miniature


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Cecelia Quilty
(@cmlq)
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Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 12
 

Hello! I'm really looking forward to getting to know other miniaturists, share tips and tricks, ask questions and help others when I can. A little about me...

I've loved miniatures since I discovered them in the 80s! Until now I've collected and made miniatures for myself and for mini scenes that I've made for friends and family. I don't have a dollhouse - in fact I've never even wanted one. I love doing scenes and vignettes though! I've attached some pics of the biggest one I've ever made, a memory box for my daughter's entire life, from infancy to college graduation and wedding planning. There is a reason for every single thing in the box, and many stories behind it.

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 I made most of the pieces in the box, but not all. For example, the brilliantly talented Luned Davies (@minimarvels) made the replica of her wedding dress for me.

In a few months though, I will be opening an Etsy shop for the first time, focusing on Christmas miniatures (at least initially) since that is my great love (in any scale)! 

Cecelia 


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Holly McCaig
(@holly-mccaig)
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@cmlq This is sooo pretty! What a lovely piece. I can't wait to see more of your work!

I may have to go to room boxes or scenes after this dollhouse because I have ZERO space! HAHA

Holly McCaig
Admin and Co-Owner
Aspen Miniature


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Rachel Karpf
(@rachelkarpf)
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Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 52
 

@cmlq Nice to see you on here! Welcome!

I LOVE your roombox! I'm very sentimental and this is just awesome! Makes me want to make one for my daughter!


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Kayla Domeyer
(@saynotsweetanne)
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Joined: 7 months ago
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I'm Kayla and I have an Art Degree ran a crafting blog for 10 years (saynotsweetanne.com), worked for Create and Craft (International craft supplies company and TV Channel) and... now I'm a project manager for a team of developers. 🤣 

 

I use Minis as my art outlet. It is one that uses all my tech savvy, Graphic Design degree, and also all my hands on stuff like printmaking, sculpting, painting etc. 

People keep asking what I do with them and the answer is pretty much nothing. 😀 I make things, look at them, and usually put them away. Then repeat!

Here's some of my more recent stuff.

 

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Holly McCaig
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@saynotsweetanne Look how adorable! I am in awe at people that can make these things...seriously!

Holly McCaig
Admin and Co-Owner
Aspen Miniature


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Cecelia Quilty
(@cmlq)
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Rachel and Holly - Thank you!  And Holly, I hear ya - haha - I'd never be able to fit a dollhouse in my craft room. But I have to hand it to those who do have dollhouses, because it's such a huge amount of work. I'd be overwhelmed, frankly! A room box or vignette of some kind is just easier for me to plan and finish.  


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Cecelia Quilty
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@saynotsweetanne Kayla, welcome aboard.  Hey, we're in much the same business, too - I've been a web designer and ecommerce project manager.

I love your work! And I'm dying to know (if you don't mind that is) - how did you make such perfect Legos and train tracks? 

Cecelia

 


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Kayla Domeyer
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@cmlq Thanks for your kind words! Most of the time I make one of something, and then mold and re-cast more in resin or clay. The train tracks were a combo of that, and the large hill is polystyrene and paper. 

For the LEGOs I'm still working on perfecting my process. I created a teeny tiny jig with drilled holes where each of the "nubs" would be, and I press the material (currently Polymer Clay, eventually epoxy clay I think) into the jig, and then slice the to correct size. I've made dozens and only have 5-6 that I think are good enough. 😀


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