Cheryl van Heerden

I have always loved making things. Sewing, crochet, knitting, felting, scrapbooking, and embroidery projects have filled my leisure time for many years. Discovering and becoming active with new projects encountered at craft shops and fairs, fresh challenges that require different skills, give me great inspiration and joy. Collections of things, especially little things, found in antique shops, op shops, galas – the list is long, the collections many – never fail to fuel my passion.

I have also always had an admiration for the skills needed to produce beauty from wood, metal and clay, but these are not the kind of interests one can pursue sitting in the lounge at the end of a day.

It took a trip to Windsor Castle and the intrigue of seeing Queen Mary’s dolls house, plus a corner cabinet at home filled with a collection of glasses no one ever looked at much, to give me a new direction. Putting two and two together, I came up with the idea of creating a miniature dining room on just one shelf in the cabinet. The passion blossomed, encouraged also by my daughters’ enthusiasm, and now the glasses have gone and the cabinet has an enchanting furnished room on every shelf. And new projects abound.

I’m hoping to share what I have learned to inspire in other people the love and interest in creating and recreating miniature worlds to get lost in.
Who knows I might even build a wooden house one day.