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Ten steps to a Great Workout

Pat Cranford reveals her plan for sneaking minis to safety. Reprinted from American Miniaturist, Jan/Feb 2003.

We’ve all done it, and it’s a necessary hazard of the hobby: Sneaking Minis Into The House. But, it’s a great workout, and builds character.

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    Reconnoitre the premises. Where is the “enemy”? You know, those darling non-miniaturists who think you should finish the projects you already have. (They just don’t get it).

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    Make sure all doors are unlocked along your proposed route to “safety”. Remove all obstacles – you need a clear shot. Think speed.

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    Wrestle the new miniature QUIETLY out of the car. (What do they put in those bags that make them so noisy?) Stay alert. Keep one eye toward the front door and the other toward the back door that you are trying to make a run for.

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    Feel the rush of adrenalin that comes at the mere thought of being found out. Use it. Let it propel you forward.

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    If the new mini happens to be a dollhouse, then you get a double workout.

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    Careful now, don’t trip over the nosey dog who thinks you’ve got a special treat for him. The commotion will

alert the enemy and you’ll be trapped.

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    Once you’re in, don’t relax. The worst is yet to come, especially if y9our craft room is down a flight of stairs as mine is – right next to you-know-who’s home office. The ost perilous place to be found with mini in hand is in this stairwell. There’s no escape. There’s no place to stash anything that’s too large to go under the shirt, into a pocket or mixed into a load of dirty laundry. (Yuck! What we have to go through!) That’s why it’s so important to make sure the coast is clear for the trip down the stairwell. No sooner do I get close to the bottom of the stairs, when I hear the familiar squeak of his chair as he stands up. Oh m’gosh….

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    Quick, make a mad dash back up the stairs. Clutch mini close to your heart. Though blood pressure pounds in your temples, stay focused. Breathe deeply.

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    Whew! Close call! You’ve cleared the stairs and the path to safety. Finally, you’ve arrived unnoticed, but you’re still not home free.

  • 10.

    Take some of that highly regarded, much talked about dryer lint and ever so gently, hold it over your new found treasure and lightly blow on the lint just so you get a nice, light, delicate dusting over all exposed surfaces. It gives it that “been here forever” kind of looks even if you-know-who happens to work up the courage to enter your craft room, everything will look like its been there forever. No new stuff here. Nope.

Have a Great Summer!!! See you in the Fall!!!

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