What’s your approach? Like when you have a project – or a hobby? How much do you do yourself? How much do you flex your creativity muscle? How much do you pay others to take care of some part of it?
I recently paid five dollars to attend the miniature show here in St. Louis. I was expecting to see some displays, visit some booths selling miniature items, and perhaps attend a class. I wanted to learn about lighting options for the dollhouse I am renovating. I thought the show would fuel the passion I already have for dollhouses.
Now, when I looked at the website beforehand, I didn’t see any classes offered. So, unless something was added at the last minute, I thought any classes were pretty much out. Even so, I still wanted to attend.
At the event, I did see a couple of displays, but it really wasn’t much of anything. Just a house or a room here or there. There certainly wasn’t a section of exhibits. Mostly, the Miniature Show was just a room full of tables with different businesses selling their miniatures or supplies.
Perhaps I sound disappointed. I did enjoy looking at the items. Many – or most – were pretty expensive; although, the items were impressive – with all kinds of tiny ornate details. And there were some inexpensive items, too.
I did buy a resin patio set for five dollars. It was such a deal; I couldn’t pass it up. Other than what looked like a few leftover packages, I didn’t find much on lighting. Although, I did talk with one local miniature business about lighting options. She told me to find what I wanted online, and then she could order it for me. Now why would I do that? She did say she could help me with the design of it.
Now this same shop was selling miniature stained glass windows. I loved these! The cost for one small window was about $120. Now you know, I’m not spending that! However, she did say she was going to offer a class in the Spring on how to make these. Now that’s something I could get into. I might take the class in the Spring, or I might just watch Youtube videos. Either way, for right now, these miniature stained glass windows are just going to remain an idea filed away in my brain.
I also got excited when I saw a miniature red Kitchen Aid mixer – just like the real one I have! It was about sixteen dollars. Though I’ve done the demo on my dollhouse kitchen, I haven’t even begun the process of rebuilding it. So, having a kitchen counter to put the mixer on is a long way off. I decided to wait on this purchase. It can be a “reward” when I get to that point. The miniature mixer can be the icing on the cake! Ha ha!
Even though I love dollhouses, I don’t think I’d attend another miniature show – unless it had more offerings – like displays and classes. Overall, it ranked pretty low on the “Betty Excitement Scale.” That “Excitement Scale” is how I determine what I’m going to spend my time and money on. After all, those resources are limited. Especially at my age – and with all my interests. I could do a whole post just on my ideas for creative projects I hope to do someday!
I just don’t get excited about buying stuff for my dollhouse. Anybody can do that. All that takes is money. I get excited about the creative process of it. Making siding from vinyl blinds. Even better if the blinds are being recycled or bought from a Goodwill store. I get excited about fixing the furniture I made from a kit forty years ago. I’m jazzed about adding lights to a chandelier I made from fish hooks and beads those same forty years ago.
I’m currently rebuilding the stair’s railings and spindles – which is a very tedious and difficult process. And while it would, without a doubt, look better if I just bought the railings and spindles, I just can’t do that. Yes, it would cost a pretty penny, but that’s not the issue. The whole issue is the joy of being creative, and when my project is done, looking back on it with deep satisfaction knowing I made that.
For my dollhouse furnishings, I’m hoping to reuse and refurbish the items I have from long ago. I’ll add a few new pieces I make or buy – like the roll top desk I bought in Dallas when I was with my son, Michael. For ideas about design or how to do something, I’ll rely on YouTube and one of my favorite Facebook groups “Dollhouse Miniatures Including Trash to Treasure and Found Items.” The creativity in this group is off the charts.
I did leave the Miniature Show with a renewed resolve and passion. It just wasn’t the kind they were selling.