Miniaturist of the Month – Dena Buehring
Say hello to Dena Buehring, Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month. Dena lives in Tucson, AZ and works as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA firm. Dena says it seems like miniatures have always been part of her life. In the early 1990’s, she built her first big dollhouse and Dena now has five dollhouses, two wall houses and several room boxes in her collection.
As with most people that work with dollhouses and miniatures, Dena finds it relaxing. She says she is always on the lookout for miniatures for her dollhouses and she has even planned trips around miniature shows, so she can find the next best thing for her projects. In the past, Dena has built dollhouses for friends that were physically incapable of building the dollhouse themselves, and has taught dollhouse building classes while working part-time for The Doll House, then in Tucson. She also has built a dollhouse along with her grandson and she built him a Real Good Toys RR29 Ruff ‘n Rustic All American Barn for his last birthday.
Dena’s work load is heaviest in tax season, so she usually works on her miniatures in the summer, beginning right after April 15th. In the winter months, after Thanksgiving, Dena moves from her miniatures to genealogical research. She loves to trace her ancestry and compile as much information as she can. Another love of hers is reading. She said she reads all the time. Dena is a Real Good Toys Facebook fan and we have seen some amazing work from her on our page. The most recent is one of the Build Along projects that she finally was able to finish. She calls it her French House. It is actually a French Bakery and Dena is going to experiment with making Fimo bread and pastries to fill the bakery next summer. We can’t wait to see what she does with the interior finishing of her bakery.
On a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, Dena purchased the dollhouse she calls her Scottish House. She was able to bring home the dollhouse kit and some special miniatures packed right in her suitcase. Dena is one of those miniaturists that needs to be doing something crafty all the time and is always thinking about what she can make in miniature. She likes to do unusual, fun projects like her Pirates of the Caribbean miniature scene. This diorama was created in an old phone box. Dena says, “I find I miss being creative if I don’t have something to work on – sometimes I just like to do furniture kits or make books or little boxes for kits. I have a MINI problem.”
The large green dollhouse was Dena’s first dollhouse. She built the dollhouse in the early 1990’s and although it has some similarities to an early Real Good Toys dollhouse, Dena is unsure of the manufacturer. She purchased it from The Doll House before she started working there. Dena has made several of the miniatures from scratch and has spent years working on this dollhouse. She has had fun adding her personal touches to the dollhouse and still adds to it when she finds something special. She says this is her favorite dollhouse because it turned out so beautiful. Dena says, ” I would like to live there and sit on the porch swing in the summertime.”
Thanks for sharing with us Dena. We admire your attention to detail and your ability to tackle any type of miniature project. We can’t wait to see more!
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