One of my dollhouses
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My name is Melissa (Missy) Boling. Miniature petitpoint is my biggest passion now, and I am also learning a great deal about woodworking and other media, but I have been interested in dollhouses since my mother and I made my first one out of cardboard boxes from the grocery store when I was only 6 or 7 years old. I became "serious" about dollhouses a few years later when my little sister and I began building houses, again out of cardboard, for our Barbies. Even at that age, we were highly conscious of detail and made houses, furniture, travel trailers, and accessories. My first "real wood" furniture was made in junior high after I learned to use a jig saw in shop class. My first needlework skills were learned from my grandmother as soon as I was old enough to handle a needle and thread or a crochet hook. I learned to knit (full size) from my sister about 20 years ago. Over the past few years, it seems that everything I make is getting smaller and smaller! I crochet with threads almost as fine as a human hair and knit with 0.5mm knitting needles and thread finer than sewing thread. So far, I have worked on silk gauze with counts as high as 72 stitches per inch, though I work more often on 48 count. My current projects include two one-inch scale dollhouses. The first is a replica of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" television set from the early sixties. The second is a replica of a 1920's Craftsman style house formerly owned by my great aunt and uncle. It will be furnished as much as possible as it was in the 40's through the 60's. I visited their home in Milwaukee every summer as a child, and the creation of this dollhouse is a labor of love in their memory. In the planning stage are my aunt and uncle's lakeside cabin and a cozy white-frame farmhouse, including yard and gardens, set in 1940's Westchester County, New York. I am a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA). I live with three cats - Bing, Schatzi, and Maria - and one dog, a golden retriever named Rosie.
Bing on back porch of dollhouse
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