The reason for this interest may be tied to the fact that, in psychological terms, dollhouses and miniature play are safe spaces that encourage total control. "For children," the antiques expert Eve Kahn wrote for the New York Times in 1994, "doll houses can make the universe seem obedient." If your own environment is chaotic, poverty-stricken, miserable, beset with domestic woes or traumatic, dollhouses offer the direct opposite: a universe entirely at your command. The famous psychologist Dr. Ruth had a therapy dollhouse with which she helped children to work through serious issues
Dollhouses and the miniature also offer safe environments for darker explorations. Forensic investigation at the beginning of the 20th century was greatly influenced by the work of a woman named Frances Glessner Lee, an expert in forensic science who taught crime scene detection skills through meticulously recreating crime scenes as doll-scale dioramas.
The New York Times, reporting on the craze for "miniacs" in 2016, reported collectors who specialize in tiny pistols that actually fire, miniature skulls and working electric chairs.
While I love to gaze at these lovely do-it-your-self projects, and several of my friends are long-time hobbyists in the craft of creating dollhouses, I am an admirer. I, too, like tiny things.
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I gaze at the objects for story ideas, a physical, visual story-board, so to speak. It helps me develop my scene (and much simpler than trying to place myself in the environment—no underground tunnels for me, thank you).
https://miniatures.org/ShowList If you would like to visit a local show in your area check out the 2020 displays.
I have also discovered some perfect mini stuff to make your work (writing) life better.
Need a few ideas to get you started? (Google away) Here are a few concepts:
Filing cabinets that can hold business cards, paper clips, etc.
Jars filled with food-oriented erasers (e.g., donuts, cookies)
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Plastic recycling and trash bins for your pens and pencils
Mini Zen garden
Post-It dispenser that looks like a typewriter
USB-powered beverage fridge for a single can
USB-powered "vacuum" for crumbs and pencil shavings
Mini toolbox for scissors, paper punch, etc.
Mini hanging message chalkboards
Mini games (e.g., chess, pool, card decks).
Let's not forget Valentine's Day!
Remember mini things can be fantastic stress relief valves, according to psychology. But when life gets you down, just remember, in the grand scheme of things, most things we stress over aren't that big, anyway. It really is, as Richard Carlson writes, all small stuff.
Are you someone who creates DIY miniature dollhouses? Or someone who likes to surround yourself with cute tiny things?
Happy Valentine's Day!
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