My name is Tina MacDonald, and I have been a committed miniaturist (or a miniaturist that should be committed) for more than 45 years. I was introduced to miniatures on my honeymoon. My brand-new husband patiently waited for me to explore the very first miniatures store I had ever seen. Much to my surprise, when we returned home, my husband had purchased a dollhouse for me. That was the start of a life-long fascination with miniatures. In the early 2000's, I started a mini shop on EBay. Life took over, and I closed the shop amid a series of family illnesses.
Many years later, when I actually knew something about miniatures, I started occasionally selling things I had made at our local club's annual Show and Sale. That's the Miniature Enthusiasts of Edmonton (http://www.miniature-enthusiasts-of-edmonton.com
) for which I am now the workshop coordinator.
More disasters! A basement flood resulted in a complete rebuild of my workshop. In the process of putting everything away, I found myself going through drawers and boxes that hadn't seen the light of day in years! I found all of my stock from my original EBay store. I decided to start again, only this time on Etsy, adding all the new products I have made over the years for sale at the Show and Sale..
Over the years I had many names for my minis: "The Petite Press" (for my stock of printies), "Lathey Bones" (once I took up the lathe to make turnings). or "Tina's Treasures" for other stuff I made for sale. My new shop trades under the name "Mini Minutia", where minutia is defined as the small, precise, or trivial details of something - the niceties, the finer points, or particulars. The new name thus allows me to sell anything I darn well want.
I even got interviewed by a local TV station about my minis... you can watch it at My Life in Miniatures
. I was also interviewed for a local paper. You can read the article here
. And last but not least, a CBC video about me and my miniatures
Welcome to my website!