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My Miniature Obsession

My Miniature Obsession

By Rachel Karpf; Mayor of The Mini District- home of Mic Drop Miniatures
This Podcast is about all things Miniature! We will explore the world of minis and all it’s raw talent, dedication, patience and the new energy of this art form! We will also hear from Miniature hobbyists and professionals from around the world! We will gain insight into their biggest struggles, wins and frustrations. I hope to inspire and encourage you on your Miniature adventure; because all things ordinary because extraordinary in Miniature!
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Ep 13: Lanakila Iesū- Miniaturist

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EP 38- For the love for miniatures- an interview with Kate Esme Ünver
Listen to my 'mini' chat with Kate Esme Ünver, author of The Book of Mini: Inside the Big World of Tiny Things. In The Book of Mini, she selects hundreds of pieces of mini artwork and organizes them into sections on tiny food, pottery, extreme micro scale and more. The book also includes interviews with collectors and artists exploring their methods, influences, and how they came to adore everything mini. Its a must-have book for the tiny lover in your life. In 2012, Kate launched the ‘dailymini’, an online space that promotes miniaturists and the Art of Miniatures. You will want to check out her Instagram account, @dailymini, where she showcases the very unique and extraordinary miniatures from her vast collection and creations from other miniaturists from around the world.  Connect with Kate here: https://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/kate-esme-unver/the-book-of-mini/9780762466672/ Show Notes can be found at: theminidistrict.com/blog LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com  instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures  facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures  pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures  miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
45:23
June 20, 2022
Ep 37- Chicago Miniature Shows- Spring 2022
I wanted to share my experience from 2 Miniature Shows that I was able to attend this Spring in Chicago.  The first being the Tom Bishop Show, which marked its 44th year of miniature show production this year! This show gathers miniature enthusiasts from all over the world; a half of million people have attended past shows to be exact!  The second show I attended was a smaller show by T&D Miniatures, which was only an 18 mile drive. Please listen as I share my experience and the stories from all the amazing artisans I met.  Show Notes can be found at: theminidistrict.com/blog LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com  instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures  facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures  pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures  miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
22:10
May 09, 2022
Ep 36- IMoMA! The future of Miniatures!
Are you ready for the the Largest West Coast Miniature Trade Show/Convention? Otherwise referred to as #minicon! Its a fascinating show that features all scales and types of miniatures. #nominiatureleftbehind In this episode I chat with Lisa of WeeBitTeeny Modern Mini’s and Paris of PRD Miniatures. They are (2 of the 3) masterminds behind IMoMA (International Market of Miniature Artisans). The show will be held in Las Vegas, February 2023. You can learn more about the show at: https://imomalv.com/ ________________ Show Notes can be found at: theminidistrict.com/blog Other links mentioned in the podcast:  Mother's Day Miniature Box: micdropminiatures.com/shop Miniature Spring Show in Chicago: miniatureshow.com Monthly Mini Challenges:  facebook.com/group/theminidistrict Ultimate Miniature Subscription Box: minisubscripitonbox.com 
48:60
April 22, 2022
Ep 35- Meet Marina- a very talented miniaturist
Meet Marina- a very talented miniaturist who's love for this hobby started at the age of 7, when her dad built her first doll house; a house that she still has! Her love for Miniatures spans over several years, however she didn't start creating her own miniatures until a few years ago and that includes furniture and kitchens. "Its all in the detail," Marina states and that is shown in her work. With over 15,000 Instagram followers, I'm not the only one that feels her work is amazing and 'move in ready.'  Check out Marina's work on Instagram or TikTok @marinas_mini_life.  Show Notes can be found at: theminidistrict.com/blog LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
48:19
March 20, 2022
Ep 34- Auction win leads to miniature passion
Meet Michael Hogan. He is a collector of dollhouse miniatures, focusing on museum quality artisan made pieces. Hogan found himself immersed in the world of miniatures when he won a dollhouse at an auction for around $500. After doing some research, he discovered the house's value to be worth something around $10,000! This started a new journey into the world of miniatures. Since obtaining that first dollhouse, Michael has collected and curated several pieces including several complete dollhouses and over 25 room boxes.  The miniature creations range from Cape Cod to Georgian and Michael curates the furnishings and interiors accordingly. You can see examples of his beautiful work on Instagram at @dollhouse_miniature_interiors LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
36:13
February 25, 2022
Ep 33- Meet Brittany; nurse, mom and talented Miniature Maker
Meet Brittany- a registered nurse and mom to 3 little girls. Miniature making for Brittney started when she bought her girls a dollhouse for Christmas in 2020. Planning on buying furnishing for the dollhouse, she quickly found that pieces for the house were expensive. That's when she decided to try and make a few pieces herself. She found that she really enjoyed it and that she was good at it! Friends and family pushed her to make more and start selling on Etsy! Its been a huge success and she's constantly pushing herself to learn more about the miniature world. Take a listen to find out more about her story.   Find Brittany on Instagram: @Dabbledibsminis and on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/dabbledibs  LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
37:43
February 11, 2022
EP 32- Meet Theresa; Artist, Miniaturist, Photographer and Mom
Meet Theresa- she started renovating her childhood dollhouse with the intention of using it as a way to teach her two daughters woodworking and various computer design programs. Let's just say it didn't turn out as planned. Instead, we get to benefit as Theresa shares her wonderful tutorials and DIY projects on her website and social media platforms. She's so talented!  Theresa states she loves taking photos of her Mini creations and it really shows! They are amazingly done! Check out her work on Instagram and TikTok (@theminibeachhouse) or at theminibeachhouse.com LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
38:04
January 19, 2022
Ep 31- Small Scale Artisan- Fran Sussman
Fran Sussman from Some Like it Small works primarily in dollhouse-for-a-dollhouse (also called 1:144th) scale. This means the objects she creates are 1/144—less than 1 percent the size of their real life counterparts!  She loves “repurposing” found objects, and uses a variety of materials, from wood, to metal, to glass and even fur and leather. Her wonderful work has earned her Artisan status with IGMA, the  International Guild of Miniature Artisans (igma.org). She has taught workshops at Chicago International, the Guild Show, and Philadelphia  Miniaturia, and accepts commissions. Take a listen as she shares her years of mini experiences with you! Website: www.somelikeitsmall.com Blog: www.somesmall.wordpress.com LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
44:42
January 02, 2022
EP 30- Tammie Knight - Small Matters Miniatures
Meet Tammie- She has been collecting and making miniatures since the age of 9! She's a graduate of Parsons School of Design (NY) and is great at incorporating her love of design and background into the aesthetic of her miniature projects. She has created over 1,500 miniature projects for clients, family, and  friends. For the past 20 years, she has been working on her masterpiece, (a dollhouse that combines the styles of a New York City Brownstone, a Parisian Townhouse, and a Georgian Manor.) Outside of her miniature passion, she has spent the past 17+ years in Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff roles to the CEOs of Sephora, Bare Escentuals,  Optimizely, Lyft, and VSCO. She's a native New Yorker that made her way to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 90's, where she now reside with her husband and two kiddos. Tammie and her amazing work can be found at: https://www.smallmattersminiatures.com OR follow her on Instagram: @tammieknightminiatures  LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
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December 10, 2021
Ep 29- A Life in a Roombox with Cecelia
Love miniatures that Tell a story!? If so, then you have to hear Cecelia's Story and how she created a Roombox of her daughter’s Life! That’s right- her life from Birth to Marriage all in one small box! Fascinating!  I’m inspired to do this for my daughter now and I bet you will be also!   LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
38:16
November 28, 2021
Ep 28- Kim Sanborn; All-Star Artist, Crafter, Knitter and Miniaturist.
Kim started making miniatures in the Spring of 2020 and by looking at her work you would think it was longer! Kim is a very talented artist and shares many wonderful tips and tricks for Dollhouse Miniatures.  You may have seen her work in recent episodes of the American Miniaturist! You can follow Kim on Instagram @maineminiaturist LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
38:36
November 11, 2021
Ep 27- Holly McCaig, artist and creativepreneur
For Holly it all started with an Instagram post of a miniature dollhouse scene that melted her heart. She also had the desire to change her work/life balance, so she decided to built herself a roombox for fun; to do something for herself.  Holly also doesn't do anything half-ass. With that said, she documents everything and that's amazing for us because we get to see her story (and roombox) from start to finish!  Follow Holly's progress her at:  Website: https://aspenminiature.com/  Instagram: @aspenminiature  Our Collaboration: theminidistrict.com LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
53:52
October 30, 2021
EP 26: Miniature Comminunity- Connect; Learn; Get Inspired; Stay Inspired
IBeing a part of a community can make us feel like we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, get inspired, and provide us with a sense of belonging. Every person needs to have a sense of community. f you are passionate about Dollhouse Miniatures, want to connect with other like-minded people, and learn more about this beautiful hobby, then The Mini District is for you! Take a listen as I explain what the District has to offer you! LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com Want to see the Dollhouse Miniature October Subscription Box? Check it out here! https://youtu.be/zUwr3O0uqzU
15:57
October 18, 2021
Ep 25: Beth Carl Picard- All-Star Artisan
Beth is an amazing artist! I feel there isn't anything she can't do when tackling a project in her craft room. She loves Painting, Miniatures, Ceramics, pottery, mosaics, hand painted clothing and the list goes on! Listen as we chat about her new found passion... miniatures. We talk about the dollhouse her dad started back in the 1980s and how she got to finished it. Also listen about her struggles and wins when she recently built her first house from scratch. All with NO plan, just an idea and lots of fun.  Find Beth at: https://minimansionsbybeth.com/ LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures miniature community>>> www.theminidistrict.com
52:24
October 04, 2021
Ep 24: What are your Passions?
In this episode I share with you how and WHY I got started on this Miniature Adventure. I'm finally living my dream and Doing what I love. I hope you enjoy my Story.  How to find Kelly: https://www.medicinalmessages.com/ Want to be a guest? Please reach out: rachel@micdropminiatures.com
14:08
September 15, 2021
Ep 23: Cassie- a 2 and 3D designer with a passion for smol.
Meet Cassie of Tinker Belle Makes! She's a Miniaturist that loves to integrate her digital and technical skills into her work. She fully dedicated to a life of learning and it shows as she is always up on the newest technology.  Follow along as she shares her process on Instagram daily! https://www.instagram.com/tinkerbellemakes/ Also, be sure to visit her website where she share tips, tutorials, fails and best of all... FREEBIES! https://tinkerbellemakes.com/ LET'S CONNECT: website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures
33:42
September 08, 2021
Ep 22: Kenzie Leigh and her Journey with Miniatures
I had the privilege of talking with Kenzie! On Instagram she takes us through her journey of Renovating a Dollhouse! She shares her wins and frustrations.  You can follow her journey on Instagram @leighscraft LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures
40:33
August 18, 2021
Ep 21: Stacey Lynn of Vintage Dollhouse Shop
Do you Love Vintage Dollhouses and Accessories? If so, this is the Episode for you!  Listen as I talk with Stacey of Vintage Dollhouse Shop! She has a mission of Helping vintage miniatures find loving new homes. https://www.instagram.com/vintagedollhouseshop/
45:01
August 06, 2021
Ep 20: NAME President- Roy Moore
Meet Roy Moore, the President of NAME which stands for NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MINIATURES ENTHUSIASTS.  So what is NAME: its has been organized to serve the miniature collector and builder, and its object is to create, stimulate and maintain a national interest in all matters pertaining to miniatures, to serve as a clearing house for ideas relating to miniature collecting and building, and to encourage new and creative talent. You can find NAME’s website at miniatures.org Also… while there check out the logo I created for NAME! It’s for their 50th Anniversary Celebration! If you can’t find it there you can find it on the IG as I just posted it today. My handle is: @micdropminiatures LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures
47:51
July 22, 2021
Ep 19: Shelley Acker; Talented, Knowledgable, Friendly and Fun Miniaturist!
Shelley Acker is the owner of Freedom Miniatures; one of very few miniature stores in all of Canada, is located in Kentville, NS. The Shop showcases dollhouse accessories, furniture and products as well as supplies. It also features finished works by Shelley. In addition to being a must see shop for dollhouse enthusiasts, Freedom Miniatures also carries quality supplies such as Vallejo brand paints and pigments, basswood scale lumber, landscaping products and tools sought  after who build model train layouts, dioramas and carry out model making  of all sorts. Freedom Miniatures is a great place to explore creativity and enjoy some time in a small world all your own. Shelley Can be found at freedomminiatures.com LET'S CONNECT:  website>>> https://www.micdropminiatures.com instagram>>> https://www.instagram.com/micdropminiatures facebook>>> https://www.facebook.com/MicDropMiniatures pinterest>>> https://www.pinterest.com/micdropminiatures ENTER GIVEAWAY>>> https://kingsumo.com/g/fe9wfq/the-ultimate-dollhouse-miniature-subscription-box-giveaway
35:24
July 07, 2021
Ep 18: Discovering Your Passion and How to Live a Life You Love
Are you living a life of purpose? Finding your passion can change your life; its like finding your personal Life road map. When you know what your passion is, you feel motivated, inspired, and so much clearer about what your next step should be.
13:16
June 26, 2021
Ep 17: Jen Paton- All things Creepy Miniatures
Jen is a very talented miniaturist- that specializes in Creepy Miniature Creations!   Learn more about her artistic process, hear about her impactful creative techniques and how she’s been able to push the boundaries of traditional dollhouse design. You can find Jen at Facebook Marketplace; Jen Paton.  Enjoy! 
34:58
June 10, 2021
Ep 16: Preston Poling- Fraiser Enthusiast and Miniaturist
Preston may be a newbie to the Miniature World but you can't tell by looking at his work! He is a fan of the Frasier Show; an American television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, ending 2004. Preston constructed of a 1/12 scale replica of the apartment seen in the show. The name of his project is known as "The Frasier Project" and can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724126841661080/.  The Best part of Preston's creations is that 100% of the proceeds go to "Ranger's Project", a charity for a local Animal Shelter. Miniatures that make a difference! Love it!  Hope you enjoy our conversation! Make sure to check out Preston's work on Facebook and also here: www.micdropminiatures.com/blog/fraiserproject
53:43
May 24, 2021
Ep 15: Kerry & Laurie; Best Friends and Business Partners
In this Episode I chat with Kerry and Laurie of 2Stinkincuteminis! They are best friends that started a very successful Miniature Business on Etsy. I loved hearing about how a simple Miniature Gift started it all! I hope that you enjoy this conversation as well. Please make sure to find and follow them on Instagram. Their handle is @2Stinkincuteminis. 
29:51
May 05, 2021
Ep 14: Ruth Stewart; Miniaturist & NAME Board Member
Ruth is the owner of Stewart Dollhouse Creations in Montana. Everyone in Ruth's Family is involved in their business, even her kids. I love seeing what they are all going to come up with next! Check out Ruth's Creations at Stewartdollhousecreations.com Enjoy! 
52:54
April 15, 2021
Ep 13: Lanakila Iesū- Miniaturist
Today I share with you a conversation I had with Lanakila! She’s a very talented Miniaturist that creates very clean and professional looking pieces. She created a Bath House with Working water features! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to do something like that!  You can Find her creations at: https://www.facebook.com/Lanakila-Ies%C5%AB-Dollhouse-Miniature-Crafting-115346616498780/ Also, do yourself a favor and check out her Bath House here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvyAxiHbyc In this Episode I also share a very exciting project we are working on! If you want to be part of it join our group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/miniaturesclub
30:39
March 22, 2021
Ep 12: Marta Chade; Crochet Extraordinaire
Do you find it challenging to knit or crochet like I do? Now imagine making that same quilt for a dollhouse! Mind blowing, right? That's what happened to me when I stumbled upon Marta's work! She creates 1:12 scale crocheting projects that are out of this world! I loved my conversation with Marta, so kindhearted and wildly creative! I hope you enjoy it as well.  Find Marta on Instagram: @missxade  OR at: MissXadeMiniatures.com
25:47
March 10, 2021
Ep 11: Amy Yates- Little Vintage Lane
Listen to the conversation I had with Amy of Little Vintage Lane! She's a very talented Miniaturist, creating Modern Farmhouses that I wish I could live in! She's also very generous and shares her tips, tricks and techniques on her blog: www.littlevintagelane.com.  Enjoy! 
41:26
February 26, 2021
Ep 10:Priscilla- Back at it after a 16 year Hiatus
On today's Episode I chatted with Priscilla of @priscillaminis on IG! Priscilla is back at creating Miniatures after 16 years. She's a very talented Miniaturist, Painter and Drawer! Her other art mediums can be found at @priscilladraws on IG. Please follow her so you don't miss out on her beautiful creations!  I'm envious that Priscilla has dollhouses and accessories from her childhood! She also shares an amazing story about her community. She's inspired me to start something similar in my own community; Details will be available soon!  Take a listen and Enjoy! 
28:22
February 17, 2021
Ep9: Meet Stevie! I very talented Artist and Musician who is getting back into Miniatures!
Meet Stevie! A very talented Artist and Musician who is getting back into the Dollhouse Miniature World. He talks about the Beacon Hill he recently completed. He shares his wins and struggles with the house.  I share photos of his work on my IG page, Check it out! @micdropminiatures
28:44
February 04, 2021
Ep8: Amazing Miniatures that also tell a Wonderful Story! With Andrea Kaups
Meet Andrea of Tiny Tales of Andrea Kaups! Andrea recused a dollhouse from a Trash Can and now is telling an amazing story from within the walls of the house. Follow along with the story at: www.facebook.com/groups/TinyTalesofAndreaKaups
22:51
January 24, 2021
Ep7: Meet Emily as she talks about Making Minis using recycled materials!
Emily is a High School Math teacher in New York City. She stumbled upon Dollhouse Miniatures during quarantine and has made several beautiful creations in her short time as a miniaturist. She has a goal of making her mini creations sustainable, using recycled materials she finds. Find Emily on Instagram: @greenminihouse
18:11
January 17, 2021
Ep6: 40 Year Childhood Dollhouse gets a Renovation!
Listen as I chat with Victoria and how's she fortunate enough to still have her childhood dollhouse! She explains why she's renovating the dollhouse and how memories of her childhood come flooding back as she's redecorating the tiny walls and floors. Check out her renovation progress on her IG handle: @hansendollhousereno
50:27
January 08, 2021
Ep5: New Year means New Beginnings
Welcome to 2021! Let's explore what 2020 did for miniatures and why I'm saying HELL YES to 2021!
09:26
January 06, 2021
Ep4: Retired Teacher getting back to her other passion!
Meet Janet Edgecomb Roller! A recently retired Teacher getting back into her Miniatures. Janet is very humble; stating she's not that skilled but I think otherwise! Let's have a listen! 
30:60
January 01, 2021
Ep3: Meet Miniaturist Terry Cline Burrows!
Meet Terry, the owner of Simple Shacks Miniatures! Terry has been a collector and mini maker for over 40 years! She shares with us her vast knowledge of Dollhouse Miniatures and explains how she got started making and selling roomboxes and sheds. Also, hear how she won the lottery! She didn't win the lottery just one time, she WON IT TWICE! The Miniature Lottery that is! I hope you enjoy this episode. 
52:16
December 19, 2020
Ep2: My Grandparent’s Kitchen! Ahhh.... all the memories.
Come take a tour of my grandparents kitchen. I created a miniature replica so my family can cherish the memories forever! View photos of the room box on my Instagram page; @micdropminiatures
10:34
December 07, 2020
Ep1: Introduction: Who Am I and Why Am I Here
Come find out Who am I and why I started this Podcast.
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November 16, 2020
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November 03, 2020