Macro Monday

by Jennifer Paire April. 15, 2019 125 views

This is the pathway to my librarian friend's tiny house, one of several miniature wonderlands she created.

This is the pathway to my librarian friend's tiny house, one of several miniature wonderlands she created.

On Monday mornings, I am lucky enough to be able to help at the library in my daughter's elementary school. The media specialist, Jennifer Rice, is a friend and I have long admired the miniatures topping her book shelves. I had no idea she made these with her own two hands - no instructions or sets. Just pure creative power.

Ms. Rice's miniature escapes are not from a set or kit. I would expect to find this in a wooded hollow.

Ms. Rice's miniature escapes are not from a set or kit. I would expect to find this in a wooded hollow.

Ms. Rice says she lives in a small house, which is why she chose to build one as her first mini installment.

"I think these speak to your imagination, and that's what these do for me," says Ms. Rice. "Books do the same thing. They speak to imagination."

Students love the minis, too, and relocate the chickens away from their coop on a regular basis.

Students love the minis, too, and relocate the chickens away from their coop on a regular basis.

Rice got her inspiration for minis years ago. She took her daughter, who is now in college, on her first Disney trip to Disneyland and the two took a canal boat ride through Storybook Land. Known for small scale depictions of many familiar stories, the countryside and homes and princess houses gave Rice the itch.

"I love to look at little things and I wonder what it would be like to live there and be a part of that. It sparks my imagination."

Rice's miniatures fit in containers that are no bigger than her bookshelves.

Rice's miniatures fit in containers that are no bigger than her bookshelves.

Ms. Rice would love to have a retro camper for herself, complete with lights and critters. And so, she created her own.

"There's a whole miniature world out there if you didn't know."

In 2016, Ms. Rice was recognized as Media Specialist of the Year in our school district - one of many accolades she has earned. We are so luck to have her.

In 2016, Ms. Rice was recognized as Media Specialist of the Year in our school district - one of many accolades she has earned. We are so luck to have her.

My main job is to shelve books which means I walk past these many times. This ukulele gets my attention over and over.

My main job is to shelve books which means I walk past these many times. This ukulele gets my attention over and over.

I was lucky enough to capture the mini lights.

I was lucky enough to capture the mini lights.

One student I spoke with was not aware that the library miniatures were made by Ms. Rice. She was wowed! Among the other delights: a beach house surrounded by a sparkling ocean.

This turtle just off the shore of Ms. Rice's beach house is secured with epoxy, which looks like water. The colorful sand creates a foamy, ocean-like feel.

This turtle just off the shore of Ms. Rice's beach house is secured with epoxy, which looks like water. The colorful sand creates a foamy, ocean-like feel.

Students touching the sand at Rice's beach house enjoy a tactile sensation that is relaxing.

Students often cover the turtle up as they swim between bookshelves.

Students often cover the turtle up as they swim between bookshelves.

This gnome wonderland is adorable at first glance, but there is so much to miss if you don't look close.

This gnome wonderland is adorable at first glance, but there is so much to miss if you don't look close.

If I were a miniature, this is a trail I would have to explore.

If I were a miniature, this is a trail I would have to explore.

"No matter which side you are on, there is something to see," says Rice.

"I don't want these to have just one kind of texture," Rice says.

"I don't want these to have just one kind of texture," Rice says.

When inspired to make a new escape, Ms. Rice says she starts with the basics.

"I like to find my house first and then my container."

On this Monday, Rice was surrounded by shoes for a shoe drive and props for an upcoming book fair but she still took the time to show me her Christmas book store.

On this Monday, Rice was surrounded by shoes for a shoe drive and props for an upcoming book fair but she still took the time to show me her Christmas book store.

As you can see, my big challenge with macro is focus.

As you can see, my big challenge with macro is focus.

I find myself wanting to dive right into the white fluffy stuff. How about you?

I find myself wanting to dive right into the white fluffy stuff. How about you?

Merry Macro Monday!

Merry Macro Monday!

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Olga Helys 8 months ago

#11 is my fav!
CUTE

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Jennifer Paire Replied to Olga Helys 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Olga!!!

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