Welcome Lindsay! I too have always loved minis. I got my first dollhouse (a Greenleaf Pierce) from my husband in the early 90s as a way to keep me from rearranging our real life furniture shortly after we got married. I worked on it during the summers as I was attending college at the time. Then I was so focused for the next decade on my career that I didn't really have time for it. Next came 4 kids and then I REALLY didn't have time for it. Another decade or 2 passed. Now my kids are mostly grown (or at least don't need me as much) and I now find I have free time again. I have collected lots of miniatures (as well as 5 more dollhouses) over the years and even made a few things along the way. I kept packing them away thinking I would work on them when I retired. Well, I have a feeling that with the way my vision has been declining over the years that I had better work on them sooner rather than later!
It's nice to have you in the group!