A long time ago in the once fun land of Ebay, I was invited to join an Ebay miniature forum by someone I would have the opportunity to watch as she created and grew a most wonderful marketplace for selling miniatures, known as CDHM.org.
Her name is Marlene Buffington (aka 'Tink'), a lady with a big heart who helped many miniaturists become the well-known (and/or published) artists they are today. A lady who helped promote so many of us and our minis. A lady who helped us by teaching us how to market and sell our miniatures.
A lady who I admire very much. A lady with whom I 'locked horns' on a few occasions :) . A lady whom I love for the person she is.
Well, that lady, Marlene Buffington, now needs our help. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and has no health insurance that will cover all her treatments and other medical expenses.
Her daughter, Erica, has formed a special group on Facebook, the Marlene Buffington's Cancer Treatment Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/groups/505286266234145/ . The Fundraiser is also an upcoming auction of miniature items donated by many artists. Whether or not you have been or are a CDHM.org member but make and/or collect miniatures, and have a Facebook Account, please consider joining the group. Just click the "Join" button and wait for one of the group's Admin to ok your request.
Donations, in whatever form (money, minis, prayers) for Marlene are very much appreciated.
A sister miniaturist needs help! Marlene Buffington, founder of CDHM.org, has been a leader in the promotion of miniaturists for over a decade. Hundreds of us have benefited from her tireless efforts and her unending generosity. Well, now she needs our help to win her battle with Cancer. Please give if you can. And keep her and her family in your prayers.
Please help if you can. Just click on the link. Marlene is a very special lady.
I must be really out of the loop regarding recent changes Blogger has made. Don't see, nor can I find, the "Follow this blog" gadget which used to be on the right-hand side of this blog. I refuse to 'spam' peoples' inbox with an email whenever I post something in here. Why Blogger eliminated that is beyond me. Either they did do that or my blog is totally messed up.
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Ok, so I'm one of the World's worst bloggers. I
either forget I have a blog, or I have a real bad case of writer's
block. Actually it's a combination of both.
My writing is either funky or technical. It's the in between style of writing which
ends up taking forever to write and that's when I encounter writer's
block at every turn. Like now and has been for a couple of months.
That said, I leave my readers in suspense wondering at the fate of my pen...errrrr... blog.
I'm a unicorn (from Latin unus 'one' and cornu
'horn'), and am called a 'mythological creature'. Though the modern
popular image of me is sometimes that of a horse differing only in the
horn on its forehead, my traditional body also has a billy-goat beard, a
lion's tail, and cloven hooves. Marianna Mayer observed in The Unicorn and the Lakethat,
"The unicorn is the only fabulous beast that does not seem to have been
conceived out of human fears. In even the earliest references he (I'm a 'she'!) is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. (S)He could be captured only by unfair means, and his (her) single horn was said to neutralize poison."
Contrary to popular belief, you
won't find unicorns in Greek mythology, but rather in accounts of
natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced
unicorns were real (of course we are!). They found us in
India, a distant and fabulous realm for we unicorns. The earliest
description is from Ctesias who described us as wild asses (I prefer the horse description, thank you!), fleet of foot (definitely!), having a horn a cubit and a half in length (some are two cubits) and
colored white, red and black. Aristotle mentions two one-horned
animals, the oryx and the so-called "Indian ass". Strabo says that in
the Caucasus there were one-horned horses with stag-like heads (much nicer description).
Cosmas Indicopleustes, a merchant
of Alexandria, who lived in the 6th century and made a voyage to India,
states, from report, that "it is impossible to take this ferocious
beast alive; and that all its strength lies in its horn. When it finds
itself pursued and in danger of capture, it throws itself from a
precipice, and turns so aptly in falling, that it receives all the shock
upon the horn, and so escapes safe and sound." (very true!)
Medieval knowledge of we unicorns
stemmed from biblical and ancient sources, and we were variously
represented as a kind of wild ass, goat, or horse.
The predecessor of the medieval bestiary, compiled in Late Antiquity and known as Physiologus,
popularized an elaborate allegory in which a unicorn, trapped by a
maiden representing the Virgin Mary, stood for the Incarnation. We
unicorns also figured in courtly terms: for some 13th century French
authors, the lover is attracted to his lady as the unicorn is to the
virgin. We also acquired more orthodox secular meanings such as
being emblematic of chaste love and faithful marriage.
Back in time, we unicorns, or
rather our horns, were coveted by royals who feared poisoning and many
times would only drink from goblets made of "unicorn horn". Thus,
sadly, hunting we unicorns became a popular 'sport'. One traditional
method of hunting unicorns involved entrapment by a virgin. In one of
his notebooks Leonardo da Vinci wrote: "The unicorn, through its
intemperance and not knowing how to control itself, for the love it
bears to fair maidens forgets its ferocity and wildness; and laying
aside all fear it will go up to a seated damsel and go to sleep in her
lap, and thus the hunters take it." (stupid males! - those were the times I was grateful to be a female). Hunts
for an actual animal as the basis of the unicorn myth, accepting the
conception of writers in Antiquity that it really existed (of course we do!) somewhere at the edge of the known earth, have added a further layer of mythologizing about we unicorns.
Do we unicorns really exist? If you believe, yes, we do!
started Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer in late 2006, and as of
April 2013, she has just completed her 258th dollhouse! Her
daughter was interning at a hospital in New Jersey on the pediatric
and she suggested that the kids might like playing with a dollhouse
having their chemo. Ann and her daughter
donated the first house and the kids
loved it so Ann decided to keep going. She
built dollhouses and her daughter gave them to the doctors to give as
from them to the kids as they started or finished their chemo.
Since then, Ann has been donating 90% of the
houses to kids with cancer and the rest to fund raisers benefiting children with
serious health issues. Many other organizations have asked for help so Ann
has built a few dollhouses that have special meaning, such as for Juvenile
Diabetes (her daughter has been a type 1 diabetic for 10 years so it is a cause
dear to her), and Autism (her granddaughter is severely autistic). She may have donated outside of the kids with
cancer but all her dollhouses are still for kids with serious health problems.
Ann gets some very generous help from many people and places. Penelope, who owns The Magical Dollhouse
Company, has a page on her website for
people to donate dollhouses at a discounted price. Greenleaf Dollhouses pays for the shipping of
those houses to Ann so the customer does not get charged for that. HBS/Miniatures.com has recently set up to help
Ann by allowing people to buy gift certificates on their website. HBS holds them until Ann needs something,
then she orders and it is paid by those gift certificates. If there are no donations, Ann personally
buys the houses, furniture etc. Her mom died in 2008 and she loved DFKBC, so the little bit of money her mom was able to
leave to Ann is mainly for the kids and their houses.
In Ann's words, "I love doing this and hope I never have to stop. I just finished the 207th dollhouse and am
starting on the next. All the houses are
donated to children through Pediatric Oncology Wards, Ronald McDonald House,
Bereavement Centers, fund raisers and at Christmas to the "Suffern
PBA/DARE Annual Holiday Toy Drive"
WOW! 258 dollhouses, all built by Ann and given by her to a good cause.
Please consider donating to Ann's project. You can
contact her via email at Dollhouse4kids@aol.com or visit her Facebook page and leave her a message through there.
Or, via The Magical DollhouseCompany,
Do you have some unwanted/stored/handmade miniatures you can send to
Ann? Contact her first by email or
via her Facebook page, and make sure those items are suitable for young
children. She can use everything...furniture, carpeting,
flooring, wallpaper, paint, animals, dolls, plants, accessories, etc.
Haake is an avid miniature collector and
builder.He specializes in handmade
furniture in1:12 and 1:6 scales, and
also builds 1:24 scale barns and log cabins.
is always trying to better himself in the craft, and strives to make miniature
lovers happy with his wonderful creations.
All of Ray's items are made by hand,
from scratch, one piece at a time using his own 'patterns'. The only power tool he uses while building
anything is a dremel with which to sand his miniatures. With an xacto knife, he hand cuts every piece
out of sheetwood or assorted scraps of different woods.
Julie Campbell, a self-taughtdollartist Her forte is hand sculpting beautiful
OOAK (one of a kind) 1:12 scale miniature dolls which are inspired by history
and fairytales, real life and legends.
sculpting medium is polymer clay.Each
character is hand sculpted and painted with great attention to detail, then
clothed in appropriate costumes which are all designed and hand sewn by
her.Each art dollis unique . Although she will sometimes
repeat a particular character, no two dolls are ever the same .
Each character is sculpted from polymer clay in 12th scale and one of a
kind.The dolls clothes are hand sewn
from my own designs. I always choose natural fabrics, silks and cottons which
hang beautifully on miniature dolls. Period dolls are dressed in historically
accurate costumes. The dolls wear hand sculpted shoes, many with leather
uppersand cotton shoelaces.
Every doll is totally unique and takes hours of work to complete.
creations will bring life and charm to your miniature world .
Julie's words, "I am constantly learning and improving my skills and
delighting in every step of the journey. When not making dolls, I love life, my
family, my pets , chocolate , whiskey and books..... often all at the same
On 1/10/2013, fellow Miniaturist and Doll
Artist, Colleen McNeal Finlayson Burson, passed away due to complications from the
flu. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Colleen did go to the hospital but lost the battle.