(5/25/99) It is with a great deal of sadness that I must announce my retirement from making miniatures. I was diagnosed with a very rare disease behind my eyes in 1993. It has been slowly taking my sight. It will continue to take my sight. I have been through all the specialist's, ( medical as well as herbal), and there clearly is no treatment or cure. So I have been learning to live with it.. My sight has been deteriorating slowly for all these years. Making miniatures is very hard on my eyes. I am learning to avoid things that cause stress to my eyes. It is now time to stop doing something that I love dearly. I have worked very hard for the last 10 years on building this business. It is like a baby I have raised and must let go .
Very few people have known about my condition. Up until about the last month, I have been able to use strong magnifiers to build my miniatures. I am never one to be pitied, or draw attention to myself. I also didn't want anyone questioning my working ability. In the last month, my condition has worsened to the point of needing to come forth with my situation. In selling wholesale, I have had several shops and dealers that have been selling my line, they depend on me to get the product to them, In a timely manner and the best that I can do. I can no longer promise this, as I can not depend on my eyes.
To those of you that have supported us from the very beginning, Tim and I thank you very much. We have made some lifelong friendships. It is a wonderful community to be a part of. We wish you good health and much happiness in your lives and business's.
Tim and Cherri Varisco-Mercer note from Mel 10/26/02
Cherri is doing ok, but it is getting worse slowly. Pray for her . Thanks Mel