Here is just a quick post to show how miniature making can stretch beyond being just a hobby. These are the latest United States Postage stamps!
"Baker Teresa Layman created each of the houses featured on the stamps over a period of two weeks. They were constructed out of gingerbread, royal icing, and various candies, including sugary fruit slices for shingles, peppermint sticks for support beams, and round, candy-coated chocolate for doorknobs and holly berries. To keep the houses from sagging in high humidity, Layman watched the weather forecast to know when to bake and decorate.
The four Gingerbread Houses stamps will be released on November 6, 2013. Look for them online and in a Post Office near you." (USPS website)"
From what I have read in a NAME Yahoo group, Teresa is a miniaturist and appears to be a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME)
"Renowned gingerbread house architect Teresa Layman built the actual gingerbread houses under the direction of stamp art director Derry Noyes. Stamp artist Sally Anderson-Bruce photographed the houses."
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KUDOS TO HER!
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