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Something tiny to observe right now -- a visit to this unique, and open-to-the-public museum

DAVID F. ASHTON - Everything is miniature, in these tiny houses currently on display at the Portland Puppet Museum in Sellwood. The Holiday offerings at the Portland Puppet Museum this season have two themes: "Mad about Miniatures", and "Nuts about Nutcrackers".

"This is our fifth Christmas and we love nutcrackers, and guests will see our collection of about 400 of them – of all kinds; from the traditional soldiers to different characters," grinned museum co-curator Steve Overton, as he and Marty Richmond were setting up these displays.

"All of our decorating invokes that spirit of Christmas from the north, with a Scandinavian feel to it. The miniature houses on display are epic hand-made creations, made to be in photos and videos – each of them taking about 2,500 hours to build," Overton told THE BEE.

Unlike dollhouse "kits", every piece of these miniatures was crafted by hand, including the wood-plank flooring and the ceiling beams, he observed. "These houses are decorated with jewelry from the 30s and 40s; and the little miniatures are from all over the world including Germany, France, and Egypt, making them spectacular in every detail!"

If this sounds like something that might add to your Christmas spirit, the nonprofit "Portland Puppet Museum" is open Thursdays through Sundays through New Year's, and with live puppet shows every weekend through the end of the year. They're in Sellwood at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. Online: www.puppetmuseum.com

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