How I started
Hi! I'm Kara and I started making miniatures in January 2020.
Before minis, I belly danced for around a decade. That was my thing. I made so many lifelong friends, traveled, learned so much, and had a blast. But then I became a mom in 2016 and had no time for it anymore, or anything else for that matter. Working full time in IT and taking care of my baby (with no family nearby to help) left me unable to even think about doing anything for myself.
A few years into parenthood, I realized I needed something. My daughter wasn't as tiny and helpless anymore, and I found myself with a little more time for me. Strangely, I had no desire to dance anymore. I think belly dance filled a need that I no longer have. Instead, I had this urge to create something tangible with my hands. But what? I had no idea where to start until I happened across Luke Towan's Youtube channel. He creates hyper-realistic scenes for miniature railroads and cars. That led me to watching crafters build DIY kids of little homes and rooms. So I bought a kit to try it out - a little kitchen. Simple enough. I thought it would be a good starting point to see if I liked it or not.
It was a lot of fun! I failed to make the stools and one or two other things as I found them too difficult, but realized that this was a lot of fun and wanted to continue.
Around the same time, I came across other youtube channels of individuals making foods and items out of polymer clay. I also chose to try this out.
This is my first cake, white icing and red strawberries. I thought it was the best thing ever when I made it.
That's really where this began for me. Since then I've acquired tools, techniques, and lots of lessons learned. I feel like each time I make a new items, I learn so much that the next one is massively better. In the below photo, my first attempt at a 1:24 scale Victorian style vanity is on the right, second attempt is on the left.
Then it became this:
All that said, I still feel pretty new and there is a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I am encouraged to continue on this journey. Thanks for reading!