I have had a love of miniatures my whole life. I got my first cardboard dollhouse for my third birthday. I can still remember my grandfather walking thru the front door with it. My mom made a lot of the furniture.
Three years later my aunt built me a wooden dollhouse that I still have. I started making my own minis for it using anything I could find. My mom always had lots of odd wooden pieces and fabric scraps saved just for crafts.
I created a cardboard roombox scene for a Girl Scout badge in middle school that I wish I had pictures of.