Today it's the 18th of December and the unicorn/narwhal give-away has come to an end!
It has been really wonderful to read what inspired you lot. Going through each and every's comment, all so different from the other, most responses were sort of personal (children, family history or childhood memories) and trying to make a selection in that... ? I'd come to realize it's not easy to pick a winner. It feels the force that drives us, although so varied, is just as big for every one of us.
I would like to mention just a few though. Cockerina came up with a real unicorn. Have you all seen her link? Who could ever dream of that?! It made me laugh out loud :D Some i could relate to as they are a big force in myself as well. Anneke mentioned nature's ability to create miniatures that leaves us in awe. And Josje mentioned the visual world around us that, if one's sensitive enough, can really touch you and have an effect on you.
But like I said, maybe those forces are too specific, too personal? You could say the same bout people that inspire, but there was one that really stood out for me. And that was Edward Lutyens, mentioned by Simon.
As an architect in England at the early 20th Century he developed his own original style. He was also known for his childlike imaginative spirit, and he kept that all his live, even at a very old age. I think, reading all your comments, most miniaturists can relate?
Like Simon mentioned, he has accomplished the build of one of the most amazing dolls houses, that of Queen Mary. Over a period of three years they commissioned over 1,500 of the finest artists and craftsmen to make the most stunning miniatures.
Forgive me if I'm drifting here, it just gets me so enthusiastic :) Now... as for the winners;
Simon! For sharing Edward Lutyens and his amazing achievement, with us. You wanted # 4, 5 or 6.
The first I pulled was Josje, HUH? She wanted #6. I talk bout picking you for your comment but didn't. And now you pop up...
Second was -no joke! Again? this is weird!? - Cokerina, #1. I know, i said 2 winners, but this is fun! Im writing as I'm drawing :) What weird thing will happen next?
Third was Heather. You wanted #1 or 2, so you'll get #2.
Then I pulled someone who wanted a number already given, so for the last...
Finally Lotte, #1 or #3. As #1 is already given you'll get #3.
That leaves #4 and 5. One for Simon and one for keeps.
Sorry for those who missed out, but thank you all for participating! Congrats to all who won. Please contact me so you can receive your petit gift.