Miniaturist Bridge News – Jan 17, 2020

It’s been a busy week of building our website, adding new pages, and planning our January-February 2020 content! Thank you for your support, and for being a part of Miniaturist Bridge!

Our goal each Friday is to send a recap of some of the sites we’ve added during the week, along with as many photos as we can squeeze in to show you the amazing things that are happening in our mini world!

Spotlight on Events

San Diego Miniatures Show, Feb 1-2, 2020

February 1 and 2nd, 2020 will mark the 46th annual San Diego Miniatures Show & Sale. The show is presented by the San Diego Miniature Crafters, and will be held at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, in San Diego, California.

This fun two day event brings together vendors selling dollhouse sized scale miniatures. These talented people come from across the US and sometimes from across ‘the pond’! You are sure to find great pieces for your collections and projects, whether quarter scale, half scale or 1:12. See more information on our Spotlight on Events page for January!

Fern Vasi Dolls, from the San Diego Miniatures Show and Sale. See more photos on their website!

Spotlight on Videos

Smallest Silkscreen T-Shirt Printing

Ready to be inspired? Kick back and watch these two new videos! The first is from Devin Smith of Awesome, Thanks. It’s a fully functional mini silk screen press…. awesome!!

Video by Devin Smith of Awesome, Thanks

Create a Scale Model of Your House

The next video is by Christopher Petersen, and shows how he builds a 1/4″ scale model of a historical home in Park Ridge, IL. If you’ve ever loved a house and wanted to build it in miniature – then this video is a must-see!

Video by Christopher Petersen

Spotlight on Learning

IGMA Guild School

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) Guild School is being held this year from June 13-19 at The Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. It is an intensive week-long learning experience offering a wide variety of courses taught by exceptionally talented Artisans and Fellows of The Guild.

You can read about the school or link to more information (including some pretty cool videos!) on the IGMA Guild School Spotlight on Learning.

Just for Kids

Marianne Malone and The Sixty-Eight Rooms

Part of our commitment to the miniature community is in helping introduce and foster the hobby in young miniaturists! To that end, we have a section called “Just for Kids”, where each month we post miniature resources geared to kids.

In January, we had such fun featuring Marianne Malone, author of The Sixty-Eight Rooms time travel adventure series. The four-book series tells the story of 11-year olds Jack and Ruthie, who discover a wonderful secret during a field trip to the Chicago Art Institute’s Thorne Miniature Rooms. The secret? A key that allows them to shrink so that they can sneak inside and explore the room’s secrets! It’s a wonderful series – trust me, I know! I am midway through reading it myself!

The Sixty-Eight Rooms book series by Marianne Malone

Be sure to visit our January Just for Kids page to watch a video of Marianne taking a tour of the Thorne Miniature Rooms!

Making a Mini Dollhouse with Make It Your Own!

We also highlighted a wonderful mini dollhouse project perfect for you to make with the kids in your life! Bonnie Scorer at Make It Your Own shows you how to make and decorate a mini dollhouse using a small drawer organizer and a few extra odds and ends! You can link to Bonnie’s video and her website from our January Just for Kids page!

Mini Dollhouse Video by Bonnie Scorer at Make It Your Own

Coming Next Week….

Hope you’ve enjoyed our weekly highlights, and that you stop by Miniaturist Bridge often to see our new additions! Watch this week as we add more content to our online galleries, group pages, books and periodicals, events, museums, and shops! We’re just getting started!

Sending BIG hugs from our TINY corner of the world!