Miniatures: A Small World With A Big Heart

Miniature chest of drawers with a complete house inside!

Most of the time people think big: buildings, planes, cars, serving sizes…it’s always bigger is better. Well there’s one place where smaller is better and we saw that firsthand at the Miniature Doll Show held in Riverview.

Small isn’t the word, you need a magnifying glass to see some of the miniatures. I definitely was squinting!

It was the 32nd Annual Moncton Miniature & Doll Club show and sale and I was glad it was being held in Riverview. I didn’t tell DD where we were going after breakfast and she was a bit worried if I was going to take her zip-lining at Tree-Go or to a Greyhound Dog Show or something.

She has an active imagination but I didn’t tell her we were going to the show in case she thought it wouldm’t be cool.

When we got there she was very happy…and so was I. We never knew this world of miniatures could be so intriguing! DD, when she was a young girl, had some dolls and liked dollhouses so I could see by the look on her face that she was enjoying the show.

One of the neatest miniatures was a complete kitchen that was inside an old microwave oven! Sonia had made a funky little kitchen complete with fridge, stove, washer and dryer, table with ham loaf and even a vacuum cleaner and broken egg on the floor. It was so cute and tiny!

Sonia made this awesome kitchen miniature scene inside an old broken microwave oven. It had everything you would find in a kitchen including a broken egg on the linoleum!
Sonia made this awesome kitchen miniature scene inside an old broken microwave oven. It had everything you would find in a kitchen including a broken egg on the linoleum!

The miniature garden shed was amazing! Little terra cotta pots and boxes full of green vegetables in the shed which had wood siding made of madarin orange box. The little garden table was the insert from a pizza box! These miniature model makers are sure inventive! We enjoyed our chat and seeing the small garden vegetables she had made. You can read more at her blog: Pulchinella’s Cellar Miniatures

 

This miniature garden shed from Pulchinella's Cellar was so realistic and inventive!
This miniature garden shed from Pulchinella’s Cellar was so realistic and inventive!


There were tables where people displayed their dolls and houses. The display of little realistic fruits and vegetables was amazing! Realistic cabbages with leafy realism and watermelons with tiny seeds. Baked chickens and croissants all so tiny it was incredible. There are miniature seed packets, plates and cups, tables, sewing machines, appliances and bottles and spoons. Anything you could imagine in a house was available in miniature.

The tiny homemade food was incredible, full of detail and almost looking good enough to eat!
The tiny homemade food was incredible, full of detail and almost looking good enough to eat!

We discovered a cool camp for miniature enthusiasts. Camp Mini Haha is an annual retreat in Nova Scotia where people gather for four days of miniature making in the lovely Annapolis Valley. We would love to go it sounds so fun. Although I might awaken some sort of miniature dragon in me if I did…some of the people we met seemed pretty enthusiastic (or maybe obsessed) with their mini’s! The 2013 edition of Camp Mini HaHa is Sept 25th to 30th in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. More information at the Camp Mini HaHa website.

 

Tiny little perfume bottles, boots, hats and brushes: a perfect scene of a bedroom in miniature.
Tiny little perfume bottles, boots, hats and brushes: a perfect scene of a bedroom in miniature.

 

We enjoyed chatting with the ladies, some of them have been doing miniatures for over thirty years! The passion of everyone was palpable; if we stopped and asked some questions or peeked into the windows of a miniature scene we were given great tales of miniature worlds and what it meant for each of them to be involved in this pastime.

A Victorian bedroom scene, a woman and child preparing for a day out in the Spring. A wonderful miniature from June Aud.
A Victorian bedroom scene, a woman and child preparing for a day out in the Spring. A wonderful miniature from June Aud.

When we were leaving I saw one of the participants with a black Pappilion puppy and I asked her if it was a miniature Husky! I thought that was a pretty good one, well, maybe good for a little min ha ha!

The Moncton Miniature & Doll Club meets the 1st Monday of every month, membership is $10 per year. More info on the Moncton Miniatures Club.

It was really busy at the show! And being surrounded by so many miniatures made me feel especially big and bulky!!
It was really busy at the show! And being surrounded by so many miniatures made me feel especially big and bulky!!

The world of miniatures: it’s a small world with a big heart!

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