Mansions in miniature, a tour of homes for dolls, But these aren't just kids' toys. These are prized possessions of dedicated collectors. Ray Winter makes dreams come true for little girls. Of course, many of those girls are in their 20s, 30s, even beyond.
Ray takes infinite patience and puts together thousands of tiny pieces, and builds truly collectible doll houses. When I visited Ray, he had just put the final touches on a nine room plantation home, his biggest one so far - 58 inches wide, three feet high, two feet deep, 54 light bulbs, and even the outlets on the wall really work. It took him 5 1/2 months to build it!
Ray takes the long hours in stride. "I imagine you have to have a lot of patience. It just doesn't bother me. I don't even think about it." There are nine doll houses scattered around Ray's house, not too shabby for a fellow who didn't even think he was going to like this hobby when he took it up as therapy after an accident a dozen years ago.