Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Minius Addicticatus- The Symptoms

Yes, another two post day here. I realize that some people can be casual miniaturists and I applaud them for it. However, I suffer from "Minius Addicticatus" which is a not so rare condition joyfully suffered by many in the "mini hobby".

Symptoms include:

The inability to NOT pick up some little piece of scrap found lying on the ground because it looks just like a mini________ (Fill in the blank).

The obsessive need to snap pictures of other people's chimneys, retaining walls, gardens, front door, etc. because it would fit in perfectly on some mystery "future project".

While on vacation, you see every exotic building as a future project.

You have more than three simultaneous, yet unrelated, projects going at once.

Your family re-heats leftovers or orders pizza more than three times in a week because you are locked up in your work room and "can't be disturbed". "I'm right in the middle of shingling....!"

You have skipped paying a bill or eaten Top Ramen for a month because the "Mini Show" is coming up and you need the extra cash.

Minis are built into your monthly budget.

You have more bottles of various glues than bottles of vitamins.

The only things being washed in your kitchen are your brushes.

You shirk at the idea of having to drive a friend to the airport but you revel in driving a hundred miles to the nearest miniatures shop.

You are horrified by having to pay $12.99 for an appetizer in a restaurant but are thrilled to get an artisan made Fimo "Nachos with Platter" for only $29.99.

You stash money away from your spouse specifically for minis.

You burn your invoice from before your spouse comes home.

Your  real life sofa is clawed up by cats and sagging in the middle and you refuse to replace it but you have 3 or more mini sofas in your stash that have yet to have a home.

You don't have time to clean your real house but your dollhouse is perfectly dusted. Always.

And last, but not least, you spend way too much time writing these kinds of things in a mini blog!


  1. Well, one side of my two-basin kitchen sink is the "mini" side and the other is the "real life" side. :D Haaaa! I can completely relate to all of the above.

  2. Hahaha, so very true! Since i started making minis I started looking at things in a different way. Who would have ever thought I'd start hoarding all sorts of things that can be used for miniatures :) And the funniest part is that now my boyfriend has already gotten used to this and whenever he sees something he thinks I could use, he asks "Do you want to have this for your miniatures" and when I snatch it up immediately, his only response is "I thought so."
    I guess it doesn't only affect us, but our families also :)

    1. Yes, this disease affects everyone around us. Just like when they become used to asking whether you are talking about "real life" or minis when discussing things like gardening, decor, etc.

  3. Ha! Well if it's a disease then I got it and I'm loving every minute of it. The way I see it, it keeps me busy and out of trouble, and all the antiques I love but my husband can't stand I get to have all to myself!
    I got it and it's getting worse!
    Big hug my mini-suffering friend

    1. That's the best thing about minis! You can create, and enjoy, your very own world within the world. Fortunately for me, my husband shares my tastes as far as antiques and such. And while not a miniaturist himself, he does enjoy them immensely and takes every opportunity to show off my work to friends and co-workers which is really cool. Thankfully, there is no cure for this lovely condition!

  4. Hello,
    My name is Grandmommy and I have Minius Addicticatus.