Miniaturist of the Month – Shelly Temperley
Meet Real Good Toys Miniaturist of the Month, Shelly Temperley. She lives in Newport, Michigan and is a retired eye surgeon. While a surgeon, she loved to perform microsurgery and she tells us she has always had an interest in all things small and beautiful. When Shelly was in college, she discovered miniatures and built a Victorian dollhouse kit based on a home in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Shelly also enjoys cooking, baking and riding bicycles. Cleo, Shelly’s recently adopted puppy, is her workshop assistant. Cleo had her leg amputated due to an accident, but nevertheless, she loves to hunt around for things left on the floor of the workshop and then hide them. Shelly also lives with her 84 year old father. She said he enjoys watching her build her treasures. Since Shelly has taken over the workshop that was originally built for him, her father says, “I’ll never be able to use any of my own tools again!”
About three years ago, Shellys interest in miniatures was renewed with the building of the Real Good Toys Victoria’s Farmhouse. Shortly after that initial build, we heard from Shelly just about every week,sometimes more often. She would place orders for extra materials from whatever kit she was building at the time. Even though she never gave us many details, we knew this gal was doing some major customization or had some big project in the works. Now Shelly is one of our “regulars”, and it is a pleasure to finally find out what she has been working on.
Shelly has been creating a village that she calls Placid Hill. It consists of 12 structures that include a lighthouse, general store, ice cream shop, barn, gazebo, bakery, flower shop, church, sewing shop, firehouse and two cabins. 11 of her 12 structures are Real Good Toys products. Shelly especially enjoys miniature landscaping and has added ponds, parks and a lake to her village.
Although Shelly calls herself an amateur miniaturist, I think she is underestimating her talents. Her favorite projects have been the bakery, which she calls “The Loving Spoonful Café and Bakery”, and the sewing shop she created in honor of her sister that she calls, “Nancy’s Notions and Knits”. Shelly says, “All the buildings have some connection to family and extended family and represent their pastimes and personalities. Each person and animal in our family is represented by a doll and we enjoy posing them in various activities to surprise one another.”
A big thank you to Shelly for sharing her creations and her love of all things small.