Miniaturist of the Month – Stacy Thibeault

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Stacy with her dollhouse

Stacy with her dollhouse

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.

Real Good Toys Victorian Cottage Jr. dollhouse kit.

Real Good Toys Victorian Cottage Jr. dollhouse kit.

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.  

Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month?  Do you know someone who would be a good candidate?  It’s really easy. Just email your information, with a picture or two attached, to [email protected]

I’m looking forward to letting your talents shine!!sunshine

 

Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project Finished Dollhouse Photos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Jodi & Jen hosted the Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project on Facebook again this year and it was a huge success.  The project featured the Puzzle Dollhouse kit, which consisted of 70+ pieces of various size rectangles and triangles.  Each participant ordered their Puzzle Dollhouse kit and then had to “think outside the blocks” to create their own, one-of-a-kind miniature dollhouse or building.  At first, I think many people were puzzled by the concept and believe it or not, it’s harder than you think to create the walls, roofs and room dividers yourself.  Especially when you are used to opening a Real Good Toys dollhouse kit and everything is pre-cut for you!  Once you started playing with your puzzle pieces, it really sparked our imaginations and that of everybody who shared the fun with us.  We had such creativity in our midst – we are proud to call all our Build-Along participants our friends.  It’s such a wonderful experience to be able to share our ideas and problems with everybody and get instant feedback on what may work, or not.  Each year, I know I learn something new, that inevitably helps me with my next project.  A heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who participated in the 2012 Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project featuring the Puzzle Dollhouse kit.  Be sure to check out all the Build-Along Photos!

We’re already thinking about next year’s project!  We think it might simply be a dollhouse shell – with pre-cut parts.  Put your thinking caps on and stay tuned for more information!

Mini wishes – The J-TEAM

Join Jen & Jodi for the 2nd Annual Real Good Toys Facebook Build-Along Project

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Did you enjoy putting puzzles together or playing with blocks when you were a kid?  Real Good Toys is ready to return to that carefree time in our lives with our NEW 2012 Facebook Build-Along Project.

The NEW Puzzle Dollhouse Kit consists of 70 pieces and offers various sizes of rectangles and triangles in 1/4” and 3/8” thick MDF (medium density fiberboard).  The (2) floor panels measure (1/4”) 12 13/16” by 8 31/32”.  These pieces can be arranged to create many different styles of dollhouses as well as varying roof designs. 

This project can be as simple or as detailed as you choose.  Each kit will have a parts list and a sample block layout page to get you started.  We’re positive, once you start playing with these puzzle pieces, you will really start to think outside … the blocks!

Jodi & I are both planning to use 2 kits because “the more blocks…the more fun!”  We hope you’ll consider joining us on this new mini adventure.  We’re positive you’ll learn some new techniques and make new friends along the way.  Check out all the details and see many sample pictures by clicking here!

Mini wishes – Jennifer