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152 | NAILS MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2017 } { my other life Michelle Ridgway wanted a dollhouse ever since she was a young child, but she never got one as a girl. That's why when her daughter was old enough, she bought a pre-made dollhouse and painted, decorated, and furnished it. "I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it," she says. "Like doing a set of nails, I find it very therapeutic and satisfying." Her passion for this hobby didn't end there: Now she is building a dollhouse herself from a kit. "For years I didn't have the room to do another one, until recently," she says. "I'm amazed at what you can actually buy for a dollhouse — basically anything you can buy for a real house, you can buy in miniature, and the detail and work that has gone into making them is just something else." Ridgway decorates her dollhouse with supplies from dollhouse specialists, where she gets details such as 1.12"-scale wallpaper. "I order mainly online and hope to go to a miniature exhibition later this year," she says. "I know I will probably hyperventilate with excitement because I just want everything!" Ridgway says her greatest challenge is managing her own impatience to finish the dollhouse. It's caused her to make a few errors, such as installing the door upside down and having to remove the glued-on doorframe without damaging it. "The cost is also a challenge — it is not a cheap hobby," Ridgway adds. The dollhouse is a long way from being finished: Ridgway has plans to add brick fascia and tile the roof with real miniature slate. With so many additions planned, the hobby will likely keep her busy for a long time. "I've told my daughter she needs to move out so I can build a street in her bedroom," she jokes. Miniature Life NAILS (ISSN 0896-193x) (USPS 001-426) is published monthly, by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 90503-1640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, California 90503-9998 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Nails, P.O. Box 3180 Northbrook, IL 60065-3180. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes to take effect. Subscription Prices - United States $20 per year; Canada $57 per year; Foreign $87 per year. Single copy price - $5; Big Book - $40. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your first issue. Bobit Business Media reserves the right to refuse non-qualified subscriptions. Please address Editorial and Advertising correspondence to the Executive Offices at 3520 Challenger Street Torrance, California 90503-1640 or online at The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. Subscribers: If the Post Office alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within 2 years. Michelle Ridgway, nail tech In her other life: dollhouse creator "I'm amazed at what you can actually buy for a dollhouse — basically anything you can buy for a real house, you can buy in miniature."

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