Last week, Romaine Eyler, Nancy Chalmers and Mary Myers sat around a cozy table working carefully on dime-sized pieces of furniture. The women are members of the Friday Conundrums, a Westminster club affiliated with the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

Myers said the group travels to attend workshops and sales at miniature conventions throughout the year, but the 2017 NAME national convention will be special to the group because it will be held not far away, in Alexandria, Va.


"We go every year, but this one will be held in our region," said Eyler, Friday Conundrums president. "We want to do something different and unique there, so we're planning to have a cotton candy machine and a popcorn machine and that's not in our budget."

The club will sponsor a miniatures and crafts yard sale on Saturday, April 25, at the Church of the Ascension in Westminster to raise money. The sale will include dollhouse miniature dealers from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as well as vendors selling holiday items and collectibles.

"The sale is a fundraiser to give us extra money for the convention," Myers said. "It's really about camaraderie … getting together, traveling to a convention, it's just like a family reunion."

Eyler said the 10-member club evolved from a group of friends who were interested in all things miniature.

"Anything you can get in real life you can get in miniature," Eyler said.

The group gets together to work on one another's miniature projects and also creates miniature displays for educational and charitable activities, such as the Carroll County Literacy Council.

"We work in three scales," said Chalmers, the club's state representative. "We work in 1 inch to a foot, a half inch to a foot and a fourth-inch to a foot. For example, every half inch of a miniature will equal a foot [of the full-size object it represents]. You have to use your artistic discretion when deciding on scale."

The club sometimes works from kits but often creates miniatures themselves with paper, wire, and found materials.

"We do a lot of turning stuff into something else," Eyler said. "I've recycled Bob Evans butter tins into tiny pails."

The club members agreed that working in miniature requires a lot of research about the time periods their pieces represent.

"We're always educating ourselves and learning new terminology," Myers said. "It's very good for your mind."



If you go

What: Miniatures and Crafts Yard Sale

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25

Where: Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court St., Westminster

Cost: Free

More information: Vendor tables are available for $20 each