Wow! My work was mentioned in an article in the New York Times last week: "A Hobby Best Kept Small" by author J. Courtney Sullivan. In recent years Sullivan has rediscovered her childhood love of dollhouse miniatures and her article gives a fond and humorous look at the hobby.
In fact Sullivan has fallen SO under the sway of the hobby (we all know how that goes) that she included it in her latest novel, Maine:
"When I started writing my second novel, I decided that one of the characters would have a passion for dollhouses, which allowed me to do hours of guilt-free 'research' online and at the Manhattan Dollhouse boutique inside F. A. O. Schwarz. I wrote entire chapters about dollhouse exhibitions and created an ill-fated love affair between two characters that began with a dollhouse."
Well, Ms. Sullivan, welcome back to the hobby. Of course you realize that soon miniatures are going to take over your entire life as you find yourself buying things just to take them apart and use the bits, or asking waitresses for extra jelly just to get the little plastic tubs (great sinks), or reminding surgeons as they put you under that you want to keep that leftover tubing when they're done because it'll make such a great gaa...
On the upside, merely owning a dollhouse won't seem embarrassing at all by comparison (to your family). And thank you for mentioning TreeFeathers Miniatures in your article!