In true multi-verse fashion “let’s try this one last time.
Hey there, I’m Mariana, a nendoroid and doll collecting, miniature making, dollhouse building, manga reading, ridiculously social awkward momma. For those of you that know this is probably the 3rd… maybe 5th time I’ve restarted this entire blog. Yep it’s taken almost eight years, me struggling at home figuring out the whole mom thing, then being a working mom, buying a “fixer-upper” house that was WAY more fixer and a lot less upper, going back to work part-time, making my way through what was dubbed the YouTube apocolypse, and then came the 2020 pandemic along with an entire school year of distant learning with my tiny human. I basically stopped doing EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that was for me.
An ya know what it felt horrible, I just found myself lost and staring at my tiny studio room dreaming up ideas, and gathering supplies only for them to just sit there. With my 38th birthday around the corner I decided that I was going to make these last two trips around the sun of my thirties go out with a bang. So in September of 2021 I decided to just get back into what brings me joy, creating and sharing my ups and downs, misphapes and victories with well you. See I’m a firm believer that just because we become parents doesn’t mean that has to be the end all be all. I’m not just my tiny humans mom, I’m an artist I have this giant creative soul and when I don’t create things I’m misreable. In the end that’s not only a bad thing for myself but even more so my family as well. Here we are back at a the statrt to a new trail that I might have taken the wrong way when there was a fork in the road, but now I’ve found my way again to being creative making art.
A little Mariana history
I’m the mother to an amazing and incredibly smart tiny human and the partner to an amazing and hard working man. Fun fact I was born in England and technically I have dual citizenship. I grew up in small town outside the base my dad was stationed at in New Mexico. Never really fit in there so took off for fashion school the moment the wind blew me in the direction of California and I’ve rarely looked back. I took an extremely long route to college and was in and out of fashion design programs for 11 years, only to get towards the end of it all and realize that the fashion industry wasn’t a place for me.
When I had my tiny human I found myself lost and longing for something, and that’s when I realized I hadn’t been very creative for the first time in my life, basically I need some more me time. Which lead to me starting this blog and attempting to “rediscover my creative soul” yes… yes I can be extremely dramatic.
What’s going on here?
After many trial and error of floating in the art world I connected with what I truly wanted to do creatively. So Creation Odyssey, turned into an adventure into the miniature world. Guys if you can’t tell I love ALL the tiny things! In 2016 I discovered nendoroids and was introduced into dollhouse miniatures (you guessed it I did not have a dollhouse as a child), so all of these tiny things just left me in absolute awe.
At the end 2017 my boss who lets just say gave me a very bitter sweet experience of what it was like to work for a small retail business, let me go…. two days after Christmas. Before I left though we had started getting in all of these DIY dollhouse kits from a company called Robotime Online. I wanted to make a tiny studio which of course we didn’t sell, and suddenly I found myself on ebay and before I knew it I went from one kit to about 20 in a matter of months and yes there are still some kits that I have yet to finish.
That wasn’t enough though because all the tiny stuff that came with the kit just wasn’t what I was looking for, to put in my kits. So then came the polymer clay, and the resin. An of course I had to find dolls to with my dollhouses… which I never did but what I did discover is the amazing world of adult doll collecting. Diy dollhouses were now too small for my dolls so last year I happened upon 1/12 dollhouses. Long story short I am fully obsessed with anything and everything tiny and for my dolls. So from collecting, to making, to sewing I dabble in any and everything as long as its for the dolls I collect.
If you want to join me for all of my extremely disorganized creative projects, my attempts at being balanced in my mom life, or if you just love all the tiny things then stick around. I think you’re going to like it here.