Helpful Definitions

Below are helpful words with their definitions, that could, should or would pertain to anything one might make, sell, or purchase. Since this is a miniature blog, I have based the list below on miniatures. I am not a scholar of the English language, each definition was provided via an English dictionary, each certainly could be up for interpretation by you the reader.

Handmade | han(d)ˈmād | adjective made by hand, not by machine.

Finished | ˈfiniSHt | adjective having been given a particular decorative surface as the final stage in its manufacture or decoration.

Original | əˈrijənl | adjective created directly and personally by a particular artist; not a copy or imitation.

Copy | ˈkäpē | noun a thing made to be SIMILAR or identical to another: the problem is telling which is the original document and which the copy.

Imitation | ˌiməˈtāSH(ə)n | noun 1 the action of using someone or something as a model.

Made | mād | adjective made or formed in a particular place or by a particular process. 

Make | māk |  form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create. 

Businesswoman | ˈbiznəsˌwo͝omən | noun a woman who works in business or commerce.

Artisan | ˈärdəzən | noun a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.

Blog | bläɡ | noun a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Patent noun | ˈpatnt a government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.

Trademark | ˈtrādˌmärk | noun a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

Watermark | ˈwôdərˌmärk, ˈwädərˌmärk | noun a faint design made in some paper during manufacture that is visible when held against the light and typically identifies the maker.

Copyright | ˈkäpēˌrīt | noun the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same: adjective protected by copyright: permission to reproduce photographs and other copyright material.

Permission | pərˈmiSHən | noun consent; authorization an official document giving authorization: permissions to reproduce copyright material.

Seek | sēk | verb  attempt to find.

Treaty | ˈtrēdē | noun (plural treaties) a formally concluded and ratified agreement between countries.

Fail | fāl | verb  neglect to do something.

Oversight | ˈōvərˌsīt | noun an unintentional failure to notice.

Communicate | kəˈmyo͞onəˌkāt | verb [no object] 1 share or exchange information.

Threaten | ˈTHretn | verb [reporting verb] state one’s intention to take hostile action against someone in retribution for something done or not done.

Cyberbullying | ˌsībərˈbo͝olēiNG | noun the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Forgive | fərˈɡiv | verb stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.

Closure | ˈklōZHər | noun  a sense of resolution or conclusion.

Language barriers can often present challenges, the use of translation services are a helpful resource and are readily available for use, as I mentioned in my previous post, I/Tiny Dwelling communicates with individuals around the world often times with the translation service provided by Etsy, its a wonderful feature for anyone wishing to communicate via Etsy.

Ultimately, the best way to resolve a concern is to communicate with one another stating facts and truths.







A Lovely Message

Simply wanting to share a lovely message I received from an individual via the Etsy messaging system. A very simple messaging system offered by Etsy for individuals to use who might find themselves having a question or concern, this is a very logical way for someone to communicate with an Etsy shop owner.

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I often receive messages from individuals living around the globe, requesting the miniatures I create. The message above is an example of how an individual used the Etsy messaging system correctly, this individual sent her message to me from Italy.

Amazing how someone located so far from where my shop operates here in the United States can communicate with me so easily, thank you Etsy for providing this service to those who choose to use it.

I am thankful for the opportunity to have amazing customers both here in the United States and Internationally, now in over 14 countries! I enjoy creating miniatures for my customers and those customers are so gracious with their reviews of Tiny Dwelling. Using the word create, however can be misleading, no one individual, unless you’re God has created anything 100% themselves. If you know the Tiny Dwelling shop and how I conduct business, you also know, I would never claim or take credit for any work I have not created, in fact, I do just the opposite and list those items with words “Not Created by Tiny Dwelling OR Artisan Made. By doing this, I am not misrepresenting anything I offer within the shop, simply the truth and the facts. One can’t go wrong with the truth and the facts.

With that being said, I am happy to report, I have another Tiny Dwelling supporter in Italy! I look forward to reading her review after she receives her REALLY BIG box of miniatures!

I certainly hope she doesn’t mind I shared her lovely message with my blog readers. I would never divulge anyones personal information without their permission, doing so would certainly be very non professional business practice, Tiny Dwelling will always have upmost respect for all individuals.



I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and you’re off to a great 2018!

When I first started this blog, it was to share the process of building my first miniature house, I refer to the house as the French Chateau. Sadly, a house that is still under construction, no MORE…

With this new year, I WILL FINISH the French Chateau… That is my 2018 Resolution!




Tiny Dwelling Room Box Subscription

ANNOUNCING and now available in the Tiny Dwelling Etsy Shop, a Room Box Subscription.

Over the past several months, I have been creating a few Room Boxes for the Tiny Dwelling Etsy shop, and now its seems only fitting to begin a Room Box Subscription.

As many of you know, I recently participated in the Philadelphia Miniatura miniature show, I thought this would be a wonderful time to debut the Room Box Subscription, I am happy to report the debut was a success and is now available in the Tiny Dwelling Etsy shop. For details see the listing link below, if you have any questions, simply contact me via the shops messaging system, I’m happy to help.


This is an exciting opportunity to receive four (4) Room Boxes, allowing you to customize each with choice of Wallpaper and Flooring options.

Exciting times for Tiny Dwelling!

Philadelphia Miniatura 2017

Tiny Dwelling went to Philadelphia Miniatura and has returned.

This past June, I was contacted via the Tiny Dwelling Etsy shop and invited to participate in the 2017 Philadelphia Miniatura show, held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  This show has rich miniature history from its inception, now continuing its legacy through her daughter Kim Sher and granddaughter Sarah, not to mention many of their helpers to make the show come together.

My show preparation began shortly after being invited, five months of creating, pondering my table set up and more, all this why continuing to operate the Etsy shop, OH MY,  I have been BUSY BUSY BUSY! Now I have returned from the show and will attempt to take you on a journey of my experience though photographs and a small caption with each.


An early arrival to the Nashville International Airport, thank you to my husband for driving me, thank you honey! These were two of a total of five boxes that made the trip to the show. Miniature friends from a neighboring town, were also participating in the show and drove, they were nice enough to bring the other boxes with them, thank you, you know who your are!



Looks like TSA was curious to see what was in the boxes, upon opening, they quickly discovered no hazards inside these boxes, only miniatures, which can be VERY HAZARDOUS to some! Perhaps the miniature world gained a few more followers after they had a look inside the boxes! HAPPY to report NO DAMAGE at ALL! Thank you Southwest Baggage Handlers or in my case BIG Box Handlers!



An empty showroom awaiting the arrival of vendors to make their magic happen with their table displays… What I didn’t expect was a non traditional guest to my booth area,  a BAT! Yes, a Bat had made its way inside the building and decided to “hang out” right over my show space!!! Honestly, I didn’t mind, I was tired and needed a rest. The Bat removal delayed me approximately 45 minutes, and as it turned out, that was the only 45 minutes during the entire show I had “downtime”! Should I say Thank you Mr. Bat!

Moving along…..


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I began unpacking and setting up at 10:00am, maybe a bit earlier and I finished just shy of the Preview starting at 6:00! Luckily, I made a trip to a local grocery store the day I arrived and purchased food to have breakfast and lunch each day. Needless to say this day my lunch was eaten at 6:00 o’clock and it also served as my dinner! A missed meal here and there isn’t going to hurt me AT ALL, if you know what I mean!

I might add, the grocery store I went to was THE ABSOLUTE MOST AMAZING grocery store I have EVER been to, in my life, Wegmans in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, LOVED IT!!!!





Luckily, I was permitted to expand along the wall across from my tables, I think the stacked stone made a nice backdrop, Mr. Bat thought the same, as this was the area where he decided to take his nap!



I placed two Room Boxes at the end of the table, allowing customers easy viewing looking look down into each through their Plexiglass tops.


The next day,  I decided to relocate the Room Boxes across the way, to provide a different vantage point for viewing.




I also, debuted a Room Box Subscription by Tiny Dwelling, a Quarterly Subscription, allowing for choice of multiple designs elements. Above are a few examples of what one would receive with a Quarterly Subscription, see the Rom Box Subscription listing within the Tiny Dwelling Shop on Etsy or use the link below to learn more:



The above photo was a beautiful miniature piece that was created by the late Bluette Meloney, I seriously considered purchasing the piece, as a treat for my hard work since the onset of Tiny Dwelling, unfortunately, someone else purchased the piece before I realized it! I never did get to see who purchased the piece, I would have liked to have asked them what plans they had for it. With a little bit of research, I learned Ms. Maloney was well known in the world of miniatures, I will now begin to watch for her pieces moving forward, or perhaps I might attempted to create a similar Tiny Dwelling version of Ms. Meloney’s Le Petit Lapin, French for The Little Rabbit.


All in all, my experience with Philadelphia Miniature was a good one,

I enjoyed meeting those Tiny Dwelling Etsy customers who traveled to the show, to those  discovering Tiny Dwelling for the first time. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, support, feedback, ideas and so much more, I appreciate them all. I would like to give an extra thank you to the two sisters (not Nuns) who had a booth behind me and provided me dollars bills for change, because I forgot to go to the bank before the show! To the sweet Betsy from Denver who frequented the Tiny Dwelling tables often throughout the show, to the sweet Samantha who dreams of opening her own dollhouse miniature store, and so many more people that created great memories for me of my first experience at Philadelphia Miniatura….


Philadelphia Miniatura

Several months ago, I was contacted by the show promoter of Philadelphia Miniatura, in hopes Tiny Dwelling would consider participating in this years 2017 show…..

I am pleased to make the announcement, TINY DWELLING is GOING to Philadelphia Miniatura!  Thank you Sarah for the invitation, much appreciated.

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For additional show information, please see link below:


OH MY, I must get BUSY!!!



This September 2017, will mark the 300th issue Special Issue for the UK based DOLLSHOUSE WORLD miniature magazine, YEAH for DOLLSHOUSE WORLD!

I’m also VERY HAPPY to share that Tiny Dwelling is featured in the Miniature Showcase, thank you Maria Fitzgerald and Richard Jennings, I am most appreciative.

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When I received the issue, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Tiny Dwelling was sharing the Miniature Showcase feature with Looking Glass Miniature!

Since starting my journey into this wonderful world of miniatures, I have discovered many talented artisans, Jennifer Osmond Hatt is one of those. Jennifer creates what I consider to be the best miniature books in the industry, with real pages inside! I discovered Jennifer’s work via her Etsy shop, Looking Glass Miniature (see link below), I was amazed at Jennifer’s work and contacted her. Excited to learn we would both be traveling to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in our first miniature show in 2016. Jennifer is a calming soul, when I first met her, I felt as if I had know her for a long time. If your in the market for miniatures books and other lovely paper items, LOOK NO FURTHER, than Looking Glass Miniatures!





So thrilled to share the feature with Jennifer, if your reading this, HI Jenn!






August FREE GIFT Month

Hello Everyone!

I do hope you are enjoying your SUMMER…

This month, is FREE GIFT MONTH!

For every Jacominis order placed in August, YOU will receive a FREE GIFT, maybe TWO!


Visit the Jacominis website at

Change the Language Option to English, unless you know Dutch, then go shopping!

When selecting an item, simply place your items in the ADD TO WISHLIST.

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When your finished shopping SELECT My Wishlist, located at the top of the page.

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Review your Wishlist.

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Complete the Wishlist Information and SEND Wishlist.

Tiny Dwelling will then contact you to process order, collect payment and your Wishlist items and FREE GIFTS will be on their way!

You can also Sign Up for the Jacominis Newsletter while your on the website!


Exciting news forthcoming, stay tuned!

To The Bookstore I will GO!

Hello Everyone!

The title of todays post “To The Bookstore I Will GO”?

What in the world?

Did I discover another miniature “how to” book? Remember, I started this Blog after discovering a miniature “how to” book!

Several months ago, I was contacted via Tiny Dwelling by a Children’s Book author!

The author was inquiring about a miniature dressing table I had created and at that time was listed for sale within the shop. The author explained to me, she had a series of children’s books featuring mice, with a current book in progress about a mouse named Katie Mouse. Katie Mouse was getting married and this bride was in need of a dressing table!

I was thrilled the dressing table was just what Katie Mouse needed, Katie Mouse sure has a nice human friend looking out for her on her wedding day! The author requested to purchase the dressing table and asked permission to feature the dressing table within the book!

I was so honored children’s author Anne L. Watson contacted me several months ago, because today, I am happy to say the book is available for online readers and pre-order for paperback. The book will be on the shelves of booksellers nationwide starting in July!



A special THANK YOU to the Author Anne L. Watson, for contacting me and featuring the miniature dressing table within the book. I do hope Katie Mouse looked into the mirror and smiled at what she saw!


To The Book Store I Will GO in JULY!



Dress Shop “Open”

Do you say The Dress Shop OR Le Robe Magasin?

Although I reside in America, I thought having the Shop name in French would better suit the overall look of the room box.  So…. with that being said, my research began to discover the perfect blend of French words to use as the Shop name.

Many to choose from:

Women Dress Shop, Ladies Haberdashery, Seamstress, Boutique, and others, none of which when translated into French, seemed OOO LA LA enough! Then I came up with LE ROBE MAGASIN. Oddly enough, Le Robe Magasin means The (LE) Dress (ROBE) Shop (MAGASIN) PERFECT!

Come In, take a look, LE ROBE MAGASIN is OPEN (see the sign on the door)!




For additional details, see the link below to the listing:

  • Note I will likely struggle with the French language when I finally do make my first trip!