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About erinezavala

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  • Gender
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    Washington DC
  • Interests
    MINIATURES! Books, art, cooking, baking, hand quilting, gardening ... and nursing. I am currently going back to school to get my nursing degree at 43 ...

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    Erin Zavala
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  1. I love this!!!! And welcome to the 40+ club! Turning 40 was a pinnacle in my life - I stopped caring *so much* about what other people thought of me. I am a people pleaser extraordinaire, so I still struggle with this, but turning 40 DEFINITELY helped send me down a better path!!!
  2. I am so inspired by this - I’m struggling right now because of some mental health issues and the effects of the psychotropic drugs I have to take. The drugs just rob me of quick recall, so I have had to take a break (probably through the Fall semester) so that I can stabilize. Thank you for giving me hope that I *can* do this!!!!
  3. I looooove creepy and odd things; especially minis!!! I also love country style and modern and Victorian and Art Deco and eclectic/bohemian … basically; I LOVE IT ALL!!
  4. Oh, the military life!! It has it’s perks, and it’s problems, but I’ve been very blessed and lucky for my husband to have good, continual work throughout all of these economic ups and downs!!! His career also afforded me the ability to stay at home with the kids, which is a privilege I don’t take lightly. I’m so glad you didn’t mind my long introduction post - it’s good to know that brevity is not *always* wanted or warranted!!! ❤️
  5. Thank you! I don’t blame my Dad for dropping the house (I had to leave it behind - so it was more my own fault than his!) and you’re right; I have TONS of memories of my first house to reminisce about. Thank you, also, for complimenting my writing! I have kept a daily journal since I was 14 (30 years now!) and have always loved writing almost anything! I never thought to turn it into a career … I think I might have a touch of something called “Pretender Syndrome” (I don’t think is a diagnosable disorder, just a name for a way of thinking about oneself) when it comes to things like writing or art … but THAT is such a vast topic I will just touch on it here. My paternal grandparents met on Broadway in Oklahoma!, Dad was a child actor who played Beanie Harper on a Soap Opera called Love of Life and an opera singer, Great-grandparents were entertainers and <mostly B & C> movie actors; my Great Grandpa Emory has over 250 movie credits and a lot more TV credits to his name. My Great Grandmother, Effie, who performed with Emory on the Chautauqua and Vaudeville circuits and did some movie and TV work, was also a very talented painter and artist. It seemed as if every member on my Dad’s side of the family had some amazing, breathtaking talent, but for some reason I was always very overtaken by the feeling that anything I did or made wasn’t good enough. I don’t blame my family; they were (and are!) gregarious and amazing, humor-filled and intelligent. The feeling just came as a part of my own genetic makeup, and even with therapy and such I really haven’t been able to shutter it, just to mute it a bit. And so, with my writing as with all of my creative ventures, I’ve just kept it private and close to my bosom. Maybe some day I’ll take that leap … turning 40 for me was a life-changing event and I have stopped caring more and more what other people think about me as I get older (as long as I’m kind and generous and a good human being). It’s such a freeing place to be, and I want to continue to explore down this (semi) new-found path of “putting things out there”!!!!! If anyone has read *this far*, BLESS YOU. Told ya I was chatty 😂😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️
  6. Thank you!!! I was BESIDE MYSELF when I got the notification that someone had a complete kit and was willing to sell it to me. What a gift! And thank you for liking my loooong post, I tend to be a very chatty person and I have NEVER had a mini-friendship in real life, probably because I started so young and then moved around so much as a military spouse. So I am just tickled and very grateful this forum exists and is so active — online mini friends are the best!!
  7. Oh my goodness!!! I aspire to do just that, but time just seems to slip away from me! I made tons of things when I was younger, but I had two of my children later in life <geriatric pregnancies, hahaha> and verrrry spaced out (there’s almost 17 years between my first and last!!), so I’ve been focused on them for the last 20 or so years. Now, with Covid, the two littler ones have been home with me for almost a year and a half, while I’ve been enrolled in college trying to get nursing prerequisites out of the way (I really want to be a nurse). The littlest, Juniper, LOVES making miniatures and watching mini-YouTube how-tos like Bentley House Miniatures with me (if you YouTube I highly recommend!!). She makes her own playscale dolls like Monster High buildings and rooms with cardboard and tons of craft materials we have laying about. My 14 year old, Joanna, loves to paint tiny scale game pieces (Star Wars exclusively for the moment) and has become quite talented at that endeavor, so at least I maybe have passed that “mini gene” down to them!!!
  8. I am so happy to be here! I’ve lurked for FAR too many years, but have been so busy with the kids I haven’t been able to really work on minis, or even just to contribute to forums!!! I still have 2 at home (Joanna, 14 and Juniper, 6) and one (Mason, 24) living in Norfolk, Virginia. North Potomac is such beautiful country, and it’s somewhere we might settle when my husband retires 😌
  9. Hello! My name is Erin Zavala, I am 44 years old, and I have loved miniatures since I was about 6 years old, maybe younger. There’s just something so magical and captivating about anything small. I currently live in Washington DC, where my husband is stationed as an active duty military member. Originally from Los Angeles, I was incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to shop at stores like Dollhouse Lady Miniatures in Arcadia, Mott’s Miniature Museum in Anaheim, Angel’s Attic in Santa Monica, Larrianne’s Small Wonders (then in Camarillo), and later, at the Carole & Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures gift shop (both locations). When I was in Kindergarten my friend Amanda had the most amazing dollhouse - her Mom was an interior designer and had kitbashed a beautiful Farmhouse for her. It really was beautiful and filled with so many mini treasures I just wanted to sit and look at it and rearrange the pieces over and over again. This obsession with my friend’s dollhouse led to my Grandparents getting me a Holly Hobbie Homespun Honey & Spice dollhouse, and completely furnishing it from top to bottom. It was my most treasured possession. At around age 8 (in the early 1980’s) I started a nearly lifelong subscription to Nutshell News and Miniatures Showcase (which didn’t last very long, unfortunately). I started seriously saving my money for the exquisite (and often very, very expensive) miniatures I saw in NN and at the Museum and shops. I could only afford small, accessory pieces from artists like Ron Benson, Todd Kreuger, Betsy Niederer, The Doll’s Cobbler, Harry Smith, Mosaic Press, Barbara Raheb, Pete Aquisto and Victor Franco, amongst others, but the accessories … these teeny tiny daily items rendered so perfectly, so artistically simply took (and still takes) my breath away. I started trying my hand at realistic renderings of furniture and accessories when I was older, with kits, kit-bashed and my own designs from scratch. My dollhouse held a continuous rotation of every kind of miniature I could populate it with, and into my teens and twenties I continued to hunt down treasures and make things for it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take it with me when I got married. My husband was and still is Active Duty in the Navy, and we move around too much for me to pack up the house and all of it’s tiny pieces every 2-4 years (if anyone else here is either in the military or a military spouse they will understand why military movers would absolutely destroy it, and most likely a lot of my collection would be “lost” forever), so I left it at my parents with their blessing. Well … one day my Papa went to move it, and he dropped it. It splintered into pieces beyond repair, and that was that. Thank goodness I had, over the years, brought all of my miniature furniture and accessories to “live” with us. Cataloged, wrapped up safely and stored in numbered bins, they had waited to reunite with their home, and now it was gone. I have looked for my childhood dollhouse for the last decade +. I have had yet to see one come up at auction, on eBay or Etsy or on the mini-boards; but just yesterday, through kismet, a wonderful lady found an old post of mine on here and told me she had found a kit, still in box, in her Grandmother’s attic. This part is hers to tell, but she has agreed to sell it to me!! I haven’t felt elation like this since we entered the pandemic years, and I am so insanely happy I feel as if I could split in two!!! Since this has already become an encyclopedia of giant proportions I’ll just say that today, in 2021, I collect fine artisan, up and coming artisan, eBay, Etsy, handmade, homemade (by me) and factory made pieces almost exclusively through the internet. My latest purchase was a beautiful Marcia Backstrom doll, dressed by Marcia and absolutely perfect down to the feathers in her hat. I love how kind, sharing, compassionate, empathetic, creative and passionate the miniature world is … it’s always been this safe, creative and quiet place to be when I’m feeling crazy in the world. If you’ve read this far, thank you so much! I tend to go on and on about miniatures, and I’ve never had anyone to really talk to about them! I have lurked here for forever, and was a member of the Tiny Talk and Small Talk miniature forums when our phone lines still plugged us into the internet!!! I’m attached a photo of my minis I made in my early teens (hence Mr. Pink Bear getting deconstructed and given a strong tea bath; he needed a little makeover, hahahaha). Also attached is a picture of me in the 1980’s as a child with my Holly Hobbie house. Much ❤️, everyone, and happy mini-ing!!!!
  10. I’m so sorry about your Father’s passing. I was so stoked to see this reply in my email inbox I neglected to really read through the entire comment. I am more than happy and would be more than honored to purchase the kit from you. I have been looking for a replacement for my own for decades!! I JUST found one on EBay, but it’s already finished and we are a military family stationed in Washington, DC. I was actually contemplating talking to my husband about driving to Louisiana to get it, but I would MUCH rather have the kit to build up myself. This is like a prayer answered (that’s kind of a privileged and trite statement and I acknowledge that - I would rather have hungry tummies fed and safety for all - but it’s like a tiny miracle *to me* ❤️❤️❤️). There’s a picture of me in the 1980’s with my original house. My grandparents bought it at a garage sale and completed it for me (my Grandma made all of the curtains, bedspreads, pillows, cross stitched and crochet accessories).
  11. What?!? Are you serious?!? YES!!!!!!! Please!!
  12. Ok - I saved it as a PDF file but it’s too big to upload to the forum, even when compressed. Hopefully this link will work - please let me know if it does OR doesn’t work and if you’re able to save/print it. If there’s a problem I’ll figure out a way to get it to you! As for my miniature journey - I am both a collector and a crafter/builder. In the 1980’s I spent *all*of my childhood money on minis ... I lived in Los Angeles and had access to a lot of amazing mini stores and museums. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s I continued to purchase what grabbed my fancy (and what I could afford!!), and then I became a military wife and moved away. Now all of my shopping is done online, and I make a lot of the things I need or want. What about you? I’m dying to know where you found the HH dollhouse ... it’s SO hard to find!!! I would absolutely LOVE it if you shared progress photos here as you go along ... I can live vicariously through you LINK TO HOLLY HOBBY DOLLHOUSE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:20de8c07-9f2c-4035-b544-37f920353a46
  13. I have a copy of the instructions!!! I’ve been looking for this house for almost 20 years, since my Dad dropped it moving it . I did, however, keep the intruction manual in my files. Let me dig it out and turn it into a PDF.
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