Posted by: marymarthatours | October 28, 2011

Miniatures at Mayowood

For many years, the Sue’s Day Girls miniature club of Rochester, Minnesota, has decorated the second floor linen cupboards at Mayowood Mansion for its annual Christmas tours. Mayowood was the home of three generations of members of the Mayo family of doctors. The house was built in 1911 by Dr. Charlie Mayo, who with his father, William Worrall Mayo, and brother, William James Mayo, was a founder of the Mayo Clinic.



Mayowood in the summertime                 (photo by Jonathunder)

Dr. Charlie designed the Italianate-style mansion and included some innovative construction elements, such as the poured concrete walls with air space between for insulation. Inside, the home is an eclectic mix of the antiques and collectibles accumulated through the years by Dr. Charlie and his wife Edith and then by their son, Dr. Chuck, and his wife Alice. Donated by the Mayo family to the Olmsted County Historical Society in 1965, the house is now open for tours.



Each November, the house is turned into a holiday fantasy, with many of the rooms decorated by local businesses, individuals, and clubs. And that’s where my miniature club, the Sue’s Day Girls, comes in. We are the perfect group to do something fun with the entire wall of linen cupboards that line the bedroom hallway on the second floor. For three weeks in November, the monogrammed sheets, towels and table linens are removed to the top shelves to make room for a “Celebration of Small Things”.




The two linen cupboards with their 2011 miniatures display


As we do every year, each of us brought her newest creations and some favorite older ones. We have projects in a variety of scales, including the standard 1”=1’; half scale, 1”=2’; quarter scale, 1”=4’; and sometimes even smaller. This year three of us included samples of the needlepoint and cross-stitch rugs that we’ve finished.


Preview of “Chair Affair” miniature chairs


As a teaser, we included some of the miniature chairs that we and a number of friends are creating for the annual Rochester Boys and Girls Club “Chair Affair” Auction that will be held on Feb. 25, 2012. Twenty chairs were donated to us by Mary Huffer of MJMiniatures and are being turned into mini works of art by some of Rochester’s talented mini-crafters.

We had a grand time getting our linen closet displays just right, and then we adjourned for the traditional lunch out.



The Sue’s Day Girls — Jo, Sue, Barb, Barb, and Mary

(by Mary)




Photo credits:
Mayowood in summer, copyright by Jonathunder and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 license.
All other photos by Mary Wallace

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