Miniaturist of the Month – Stacy Thibeault
Real Good Toys is pleased to welcome our January Miniaturist of the Month, Stacy Thibeault of Topsham, Maine. Stacy has been a stay at home mom for the past 14 years, enjoying Maine life with her husband, son and their three cats. When she is not working on miniatures, she loves to read and be outside enjoying the woods.
Stacy’s love of miniatures began when she was around 8 years old. She tells us she was thrilled when her Dad used to ask her to help paint ceramic figures that he created in a class he was taking. That’s all it took for Stacy to become hooked. She says, “To this day I have ornaments we did together and an entire miniature Christmas village”. Stacy also remembers summers on Sebago Lake in Maine and visiting Crickets Corner Shoppe in Raymond, ME. Although Stacy proudly states that she was a tomboy as a child, she absolutely loved visiting the dollhouse store. She remembers her Dad would bring home miniatures for her and she says, “…being the packrat that I am, I still have some of those things. Who knew they would be in my very own miniature houses”. Stacy has been seriously involved in crafting since she was 18. As it is for many people, a life changing event can often launch you in a different direction, and that is just what happened to Stacy. With her Dad passing away suddenly in 2010, Stacy found herself overcome with the feeling that she just had to build a dollhouse. So off she went to the nearest dollhouse store with one thing on her mind. She came home with a Real Good Toys Victorian Cottage Jr. dollhouse kit. She tells us, “Got home, dumped it out, read the instructions, and an addiction was born”! Since then, Stacy has built many dollhouses and has started making her own miniatures. She says it makes her feel close to her Dad. Her words of wisdom for new miniaturists…Home Depot! She has great luck finding mini lumber and sample size paint containers that are just right for your dollhouse.
Stacy has been an avid fan of the annual Real Good Toys Facebook Build Along, and her favorite dollhouse build so far has been our 2012 Puzzle Dollhouse Kit. She took the Puzzle Dollhouse kit and recreated her real life house inside and out! The finished product has a prominent home in her living room, so everyone gets to see it every day. As Stacy bounces back from a year of physical restrictions, she is looking forward to building the Real Good Toys Newbury Dollhouse kit that she has stashed away. And after that, maybe the Beachside Bungalow…or the Victoria’s Farmhouse…or who knows which dollhouse build lies ahead for her.
Thank you Stacy, for letting us get to know you. Your energy and love of miniatures is inspiring.
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