Free Online Mini Classes and Club

The Mini Cyber Club is an online club that is conducting workshops, seminars, and other activities via their website and video meeting rooms.

Membership in the Mini Cyber Club is free, and is open to NAME members who want to be part of a dollhouse miniatures club, and Non-NAME member guests to get an idea of what NAME is all about.

Check out the calendar on the N-2 website for a schedule of online and N-2 Region events.

Here is a sampling of the upcoming online events:
November 11 Free seminar on LEDs
November 18 Free seminar on soldering
November 18 Meet the MCC Team and “share your ideas”
December 4 – 9 MCC Auction to fund programs and shipping expenses. Also to help NAME.

Find out more about the Mini Cyber Club.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

 

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MiniCals Workshop: Back Porch

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MiniCals workshop, The Back Porch

Join the MiniCals club in making a 1″ scale back porch. The workshop will meet 3 times to finish the porch and create accessories:

  • January 13, 2018, 10 am
    MiniCals Workshop: Part 1 of Back Porch Project

    Construct and solder a slatted metal/wood table and chair for the outdoor garden of the porch. Cost $25.
  • February 10, 2018, 10 am
    MiniCals Workshop: Part 2 of Back Porch Project
    Construct the main body of the porch, stairs, windows, etc. Cost $45.
  • March 10, 2018, 10 am
    MiniCals Workshop: Part 3 of Back Porch Project
    Make many accessories for the garden such as containers, vines, plants, succulents and flowers. Cost $30.

The workshops will take place at M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, California.

Bring a basic tool box and a sack lunch. A beverage will be provided. Register early. Some classes may be limited. No kits available. For more information and to register, contact Ruth Heisch.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

 

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Mini Cyber Club Activities for November

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Use this box to add items of your choice to create a holiday scene. A photo of the finished piece will be displayed online and in the Gazette.

The Mini Cyber Club is for NAME members who want to be part of a Dollhouse Miniatures Club, and Non-NAME member guests to get an idea of what NAME is all about. All activities take place online. Finally, a club for NAME members who are not able to attend a club in their area! The Mini Cyber Club does not have annual membership fees.

This month, the club is hosting a holiday ornament contest or a trash to treasures contest. The event takes place online Nov. 1-28, 2017.

For more information and to make reservations, visit the Mini Cyber Club website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

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Announcing 2 New Mini Shows in Lodi Wine Country

Miniature Shows & Sale in Lodi Wine Country (formerly the Stockton Miniature Show)
JUNE 30th, 2018

The former Stockton Miniature Show has had to change locations due to the hall closing.  The event has moved to the Lodi wine country.

2 shows at once happening less than 2 miles apart:

  • 1st show-hours 9am-3pm
    Location: Lodi Moose Lodge, 3824 Woodbridge Road E. Acampo, CA 95220
  • 2nd show-hours 11am-7pm
    Location: Elks Lodge, 19071 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge, CA 95258

One paid admission for both shows: adults $7.00; children under 12 are free.

Nearby Hotels with discounted rates:

  • Holiday Inn & Suites (2.5 Miles from shows) 209-210-0150
  • Hampton Inn & suites (2.5 miles from shows) 209-369-2700
  • Best Western I-5 Inn & Suites (8 miles from shows) 209-367-3000

Ask for Lodi Miniature Show rates. Book by 5/1/2018 to secure the room rate. The rate is available June 29th and/or June 30th.

For dealer contract and information, contact Leslie Flint.

Bring your “real estate” and sell it on Real Estate Row $20.00 (free for vendors).

For more information, visit miniaturesonthewaterfront.com, or contact Leslie Flint or Debbie Heard.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

This Weekend is the 2017 Good Sam Show

October 7th and 8th, 2017
Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Show Location
Doubletree Hotel San Jose (1/2 Mile from San Jose International Airport)
2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA
(408) 453-4000 or make reservations online.

Show Admission
Adults $7, Seniors (62+) $5, Children (5-12) $3, Children under 5 free (no strollers please). Free Door Prizes. A special children’s drawing each day. The show is a benefit for the PlaneTree Health Library.

For more show information, visit the Good Sam Show website.

SHOW EVENTS

Friday, October 6th

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Good Sam Friday Workshop: Rhine River Market Stall with Luci Hanson, Cascade Miniatures

Friday Workshops
Join us for exciting workshops on Friday, October 6th, featuring prominent teachers from all over the country. Friday Workshops are held at the hotel.   Workshop registration is now open. View the workshops.

Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th

Special Event
Now you can be a doll in your own miniature room. Holodeck 3D Studios will scan and print you in 3D. 1:12 custom scaled. Dress in your favorite outfit to match your room.

Sales Tables
Shop with 100 dealers featuring artisans from all over the country and several international dealers, including a number of IGMA Artisans and Fellows! You’ll find everything you need to finish that special miniature project including dollhouses, room boxes, unique furniture, beautiful dolls, food that looks good enough to eat, holiday items and much more. See the dealer list.

Exhibits
Unique and one-of-a-kind exhibits on display outside the sales floor. First-time and long-time exhibitors are strongly encouraged to bring their room boxes, structures and unusual containers to share in 2017.

Free Fun for Kids! 
Children can make a miniature project of their very own at our free Children’s Workshops Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 3 pm. They can try building, landscaping, or soar with their imagination before going over to the Children’s Sales Table where we have priced miniature items for a child’s budget.

Dealer Donation Drawings
Tickets will be on sale for the Dealer Donation Drawings to be held Sunday at 3:15 pm.  You do not need to be present to win.

Saturday, October 7th Only

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 2 pm There will be wonderful miniatures to bid on. Bid early, bid often.

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Good Sam Children’s Workshop: Cookies For Santa by Cade Deverell

Pre-Registered Children’s Workshops
We have special classes for children at the show on Saturday. Children must be pre-registered for these classes. Workshop registration is now open. View the Children’s workshops.

Sunday, October 8th Only

Tools and Techniques
Sunday, October 8th from 9:30 am to 10:50 am we will have a FREE “Tools and Techniques” seminar for all. It is held at the show venue and will cover a number of power and hand tools, as well as information on roofing, flooring, wall treatments, basic landscaping, and other aspects of making miniatures. Please join us.

Dealer Donation Drawings
Our spectacular dealers donate items to a special Dealer Donation Drawing.  Tickets may be purchased at the show and winners will be drawn Sunday at 3:15pm.  You do not need to be present to win.

After the Show, Monday, October 9th

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Good Sam Academy Workshop: Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

Good Sam Academy of Miniatures
The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers multi-day classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years.  Classes will take place immediately after the 2017 Good Sam Show. Academy registration is now open. View the Academy class listing.

For more show information, visit the Good Sam Show website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Please help! Volunteers are needed for the Good Sam Show

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library. This year, the show is short-handed and is in need of people to watch the exhibits and help with the white elephant sales table.

All volunteers receive free show admission. If you can commit for as little as an hour – especially for the exhibits – it would be tremendously helpful.

Please contact Linda Lee, Volunteer Chair, for available times. Since the show is one week away (Oct. 7-8, 2017), Linda needs to hear from you by Wed., Oct. 4.

More info about the Good Sam Show.

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Smithsonian Museum to Offer Miniatures Exhibit

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Ariel O’Connor, an objects conservator for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, looks into the “Three Room Dwelling” Nutshell crime diorama. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)

The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. is refurbishing dollhouse death scenes that were used for forensic science.

The exhibition, “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” will be on display from Oct. 20 to Jan. 28, 2018. Visitors will be given flashlights and magnifying glasses to inspect the 19 dioramas.

More info about the restoration process and the exhibition.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

 

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NAME’s Online Mini Club

There are many NAME members who do not have access to a club nearby or cannot travel to share their love of miniatures. For that reason, the Mini Cyber Club was created. It’s an online club with is own website and a chatroom. A full team of organizers laid out a plan to include lots of activities like any other club.

The club’s digital doors are open to NAME members and guests. The guests have a 90-day grace period to join NAME and participate in the NAME sponsored activities like NAME Day, houseparties, conventions, Hallmark contests, etc.

Free seminars and workshops are planned for the club (like any other club) and quarterly live meetings will help the members get to know each other. The team that manages the club is made up of seasoned veterans of NAME. For a list of the team members, visit the club website.

You may join the website and Yahoo group here. Fill in the form and submit it. In a day or so, you will be invited to join the group and be given a link. Be sure to use that link right away so the the invitation does not expire.

So far, the club has had an auction, two free seminars (one on making mods and one on using the molds to make the parts) with more to come. See the current activities.

Some of the activities planned for Fall and Early Winter 2017:

  • Sept. 1-24, 2017 Fall theme free project
  • Oct. 21, 2017 NAME Day on the web, including a live demo on how to assemble the NAME Day kit
  • Oct. 28, 2017 Seminar on working with clay (optional project to follow)
  • Nov. 1-10, 2017 1/4″ workshop, “A room for the holidays”
  • Nov. 18, 2017 Meet the pros in the chat room for Q and A
  • Dec. 9-10, 2017 Holiday party with optional gift exchange

Visit as a guest or become a member of the online club.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

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Children’s Workshops at Good Sam Show

The Good Sam Show is offering free workshops for little children and pre-registered workshops for children ages 9 to 14.

The free children’s workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 7-8, 2017) from noon until 3 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. These workshops are for children under age eight.

Good Sam is offering three special workshops for children over the age of eight. The children’s pre-registered workshops will be Sat, Oct 7th, 2017. Registration is open. Class space is limited so be sure to sign up soon. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017.

  • Class #1 – Lazy Susan Potted Flowers
  • Class #2 – Witch’s Den
  • Class #3 – Cookies For Santa

List of pre-registered workshops and registration form.

For more information, please contact Lynne Hoffman.

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Class #1 – Lazy Susan Potted Flowers. Teacher: Juanita Landa

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Class #2 – Witch’s Den. Teacher: VG MacLean

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Class #3 – Cookies For Santa. Teacher: Cade Deverell


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

 

2017 CHAMPS Show – This Weekend

The 2017 CHAMPS Show will be at the same time and location as previous shows:

September 8- 9, 2017
Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-4

El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Admission: $6.00 Adult; $8.00 Two Day Pass; $3.00 Child 5-12
No Strollers or Pets.

100% of the proceeds from the raffles and the auction will go to Childrens Hospital Oakland.

NEW WORKSHOPS
Two workshops will be offered on Sunday. More info and sign up are available on the CHAMPS Show website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

photo of Good Sam Workshop: Artist Paint Box with Valerie Casson, France

2017 Good Sam Show

October 7th and 8th, 2017
Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Show Location
Doubletree Hotel San Jose (1/2 Mile from San Jose International Airport)
2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA
(408) 453-4000 or make reservations online.

Show Admission
Adults $7, Seniors (62+) $5, Children (5-12) $3, Children under 5 free (no strollers please). Free Door Prizes. A special children’s drawing each day. The show is a benefit for the PlaneTree Health Library.

For more show information, visit the Good Sam Show website.

SHOW EVENTS

Friday, October 6th

workshop photo

Good Sam Friday Workshop: Rhine River Market Stall with Luci Hanson, Cascade Miniatures

Friday Workshops
Join us for exciting workshops on Friday, October 6th, featuring prominent teachers from all over the country. Friday Workshops are held at the hotel.   Workshop registration is now open. View the workshops.

Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th

Special Event
Now you can be a doll in your own miniature room. Holodeck 3D Studios will scan and print you in 3D. 1:12 custom scaled. Dress in your favorite outfit to match your room.

Sales Tables
Shop with 100 dealers featuring artisans from all over the country and several international dealers, including a number of IGMA Artisans and Fellows! You’ll find everything you need to finish that special miniature project including dollhouses, room boxes, unique furniture, beautiful dolls, food that looks good enough to eat, holiday items and much more. See the dealer list.

Exhibits
Unique and one-of-a-kind exhibits on display outside the sales floor. First-time and long-time exhibitors are strongly encouraged to bring their room boxes, structures and unusual containers to share in 2017.

Free Fun for Kids! 
Children can make a miniature project of their very own at our free Children’s Workshops Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 3 pm. They can try building, landscaping, or soar with their imagination before going over to the Children’s Sales Table where we have priced miniature items for a child’s budget.

Dealer Donation Drawings
Tickets will be on sale for the Dealer Donation Drawings to be held Sunday at 3:15 pm.  You do not need to be present to win.

Saturday, October 7th Only

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 2 pm There will be wonderful miniatures to bid on. Bid early, bid often.

workshop photo

Good Sam Children’s Workshop: Cookies For Santa by Cade Deverell

Pre-Registered Children’s Workshops
We have special classes for children at the show on Saturday. Children must be pre-registered for these classes. Workshop registration is now open. View the Children’s workshops.

Sunday, October 8th Only

Tools and Techniques
Sunday, October 8th from 9:30 am to 10:50 am we will have a FREE “Tools and Techniques” seminar for all. It is held at the show venue and will cover a number of power and hand tools, as well as information on roofing, flooring, wall treatments, basic landscaping, and other aspects of making miniatures. Please join us.

Dealer Donation Drawings
Our spectacular dealers donate items to a special Dealer Donation Drawing.  Tickets may be purchased at the show and winners will be drawn Sunday at 3:15pm.  You do not need to be present to win.

After the Show, Monday, October 9th

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Good Sam Academy Workshop: Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

Good Sam Academy of Miniatures
The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers multi-day classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years.  Classes will take place immediately after the 2017 Good Sam Show. Academy registration is now open. View the Academy class listing.

For more show information, visit the Good Sam Show website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

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2017 Good Sam Academy Classes

Classes to be held Monday, October 9, 2017.

The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years. Classes take place immediately after the 2017 Good Sam Show, in Morgan Hill, California.

Download the Registration Form Registration deadline is September 1, 2017.

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Good Sam Academy Workshop: Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs

Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs

  • Scale: 1:24th (1/2-inch scale), finished tissue box is approx 9 by 9 by 12 inches
  • Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome
  • Cost: $229
  • Class Duration: 6 hours, 1 Day Class, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

Jim Larson Designs presents a delightful and practical miniature that is sure to enhance any collection. This lighted, charming half inch tissue box features a tissue rising from its chimney, masquerading as a puff of smoke.

It is of basic construction for students of varied skill levels and to be decorated to the builder’s personal taste. Shingles, windows and door make it a treasure to display anywhere in the home.

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Good Sam Academy Workshop: Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)Skill Level: Some experience to skilled.
  • Cost: $195.00
  • Class Duration: 9:00am to 6:00 pm, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

We will be building from scratch an exact 1/12th scale copy of one of the most often ordered piece in my line. This is a most unusual piece yet one that almost everyone recognizes as having been in grandma’s kitchen or back porch. Also sometimes known as a Houser table, this table was a very popular kitchen fixture until the advent of commercial bakeries. This is a copy of a beautifully functional antique that will bring smiles to your heart. Its natural pine finish and real metal bins add to the fantasy. Even the drawer handles are specially cast, made to the original specs. The bins are aged and dented tin and the bread boards are scarred from decades of use.

Many of the primary wood elements are pre-cut and all assembly is straight forward under your experienced instructor’s supervision. All parts are included and the student will leave the class with a treasured finished product. The student should be familiar with using the basic tools of miniature building. No power tools will be used.

Students will learn creative assembling secrets and the basis of the renowned Shaker Works West finishing process as well as many other tricks of the trade.

More information about the classes.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Last Call for NAME Day with MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass

This is the last opportunity to sign up for NAME Day with MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass.

Morgan Hill, CA
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10 am
MiniCals & Through the Looking Glass will host a one inch scale event at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill. The armoire for the backwoods bunks is a storage space for outdoor and sports fun. Lots of accessories for an armoire to accompany the bunk beds or stand alone. Gifts, auction, exhibits, shoebox sales, food and fun! Bring a tool kit and jig. Cost $45. Contact Ruth Heisch.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Miniatures Exhibit in Winters, CA

The Itty Bittie Miniature Club has installed an exhibit of miniatures at the Community Library in Winters, California. The exhibit will be available for viewing until August 30, 2017. Winters is located west of Davis and north of Vacaville on I-505. If you can make it, please leave a comment at the front desk.

Community Library
708 Railroad Avenue
Winters, CA 95694
530-795-4955 email

Miniature Masterworks Show

Nell Corkin, Co-Chair of Miniature Masterworks, has provided the following information about the upcoming show. For more information/questions, please contact Nell.

Miniature Masterworks ShowMiniature Masterworks will be a miniature show unlike any other! You don’t have to be a member of IGMA to attend, and we hope our friends from NAME will join us.

Miniature Masterworks
Preview and Sale September 15
Show and Sale September 16 & 17
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Kansas City, MO

This one time only, special event juried show will be held inside the beautiful National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, which has one of the best collections of fine scale miniatures anywhere. Participating artists will be giving talks about their works on display in the museum on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 60 artists from around the world will be participating, including some who have never done a show before, some who seldom or never do shows, and some who are coming out of retirement just for this show. See the list of artists.

A highlight of the show will be The Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement, sponsored by the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. It will honor miniatures artists whose work exceeds the current standards of fine-scale miniature making. All artists participating in Miniature Masterworks may enter one piece. Prizes will be awarded for first place ($15,000), second place ($10,000) and third place ($5,000). All pieces entered must be for sale, and all will be on display at the show all weekend.

This is the first time awards of this kind have been offered at a miniatures show in the United States. Don’t miss this chance to see some truly incredible works of miniature art!

A wide variety of wonderful miniatures, in every price range, will be available for sale all weekend.

Following the show on Sunday, September 17, there will be an open house from 6-10 PM  at the home and studio of Bill Robertson, which is near the museum. All are welcome. Bill’s shop is just as amazing as his work! Details and a map will be available at the show.

For more information about any aspect of the show, travel information for Kansas City, or to buy preview tickets, visit the Miniature Masterworks page.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

2017 CHAMPS Show; Sept. 8-9

The 2017 CHAMPS Show will be at the same time and location as previous shows:

September 8- 9, 2017 (the weekend AFTER Labor Day)
Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-4
Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 10.

El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Admission: $6.00 Adult; $8.00 Two Day Pass; $3.00 Child 5-12
No Strollers or Pets.

 

NEW! Workshops
Dana Burton of MiniatureArt will teach a Mini Doll Workshop on Sept. 10, 2017. More info and signup. Jil Weisz will teach a Halloween hutch and vanity workshop. More info.

NEW! Contest
A tree house contest will take place during the show. Register to take part in the contest.

Auction and Raffles
100% of the proceeds from the raffles and the auction will go to Childrens Hospital Oakland.

Visit the CHAMPS Show website for more info.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

2017 N2 Region NAME Day Events

This year’s NAME Day event is “BEDROOM – PART II: The Armoire.” Plans for the armoire are provided in various scales in the NAME Gazette. Some kit cutters will produce kits for 1/144” scale. This armoire has been designed to coordinate with the bunk beds from 2016. The bunk bed kits will also be available this year. In 2018, the final piece for this room will be available.

Please see below for various event dates.

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Kit-bashed armoire by JP Sligh.

To participate in NAME Day, contact one of the N2 region members who are hosting an event (below). If you are unable to attend a local event, kits are available to order (click on “2017 NAME Day Cutters”).

Online events are also happening (see below).

Events in the N2 Region

Morgan Hill, CA
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10 am
MiniCals & Through the Looking Glass will host a one inch scale event at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill. Lots of accessories for an armoire to accompany the bunk beds or stand alone. Breakfast and lunch, snacks and beverage. Silent auction, shoebox sales and exhibits. Bring a tool kit and jig. Cost $45. Contact Ruth Heisch

Fresno, CA
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 9 am
Participants may choose from 1″, 1/2″, or 1/4″ scales. Kits will be ordered ahead of time so anyone can contact Barbara about the scale they desire. Meeting at HobbyTown (Blackstone and Barstow). Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant. Then back to work until a dessert break in the middle of the afternoon. New registrants should contact Barbara as soon as possible. Contact Barbara Fairbanks

Sacramento, CA
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm
By Small Design will host an all scales event. Potluck, gifts and raffle. Meeting at Sierra Arden Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave., Sacramento (2 min. from the Elegant Dollhouse Store). $15.00 plus the cost of the kit. Spaces are filling up fast with only a very few places available. Contact Pattie Hong

Hawaii
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9 am – 5 pm
Naomi Losch is hosting a NAME Day at her home for everyone located around the islands. She is located in Kailua, Oahu. Naomi will order kits in each person’s choice of scale. Brown bag lunch, snacks and door prizes. The money collected for the door prizes will be donated to NAME. Contact Naomi Losch

Benicia, CA
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 am – 3 pm

Attendees will have their choice of scale: 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch and/or 1 inch. The choice of scale is due upon signup. Lunch, light refreshments, and coffee is included. Space is limited (as of 7/10/17, there is room for an additional 2-4 people). Contact Karen Tomajan

Online Events

MiniCyberClub.com
October 21, 2017,  9am – 11am PT, 10AM – 12pm MT, 11AM – 1pm CT Time, 12pm – 2pm ET.
Live workshop instructions for NAME Members Only. Assembly time and then party time. Live assembly instructions, virtual champagne brunch, actual exhibits, actual door prize, games, challenges, auction. Register online.

Quarter Connection
October 14th and 15th. Registration has closed. Payment is due July 31.
Quarter inch scale. Auctions, swaps, and more. All proceeds from the NAME Day weekend will go to NAME. More info


More information about the NAME Day project is available on the NAME website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Call for Fairy Houses!

The Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, CA, is looking for people who would like to display their fairy house creations and talk to people about their hobby.

On the second Saturday of each month, the Kiwanis Club opens the Koobs Nature Area (a 5 acre nature preserve in Carmichael) to the public with hands-on activities for families. Each month is a different theme. On August 12, 2017, the theme will be fairy houses.

For more information and to display your fairy house creation(s) on August 12, please contact Jenny Hawley. Visit the Koobs Nature Area on Facebook.

Fairy House Inspiration

Pixie Gypsy Caravan by artist Nichola Battilana of Pixie Hill.

Pixie Gypsy Caravan inspiration by artist Nichola Battilana of blog.pixiehill.com.

Suitcase Fairy Garden by empressofdirt.

Suitcase Fairy Garden inspiration by empressofdirt via eBay.com.

 

Coming Up: Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop 2017

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“The Getaway” Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop

The 24th Annual Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop will be held August 5, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Tahoe Miniacs.

The theme is “The Getaway”. Commune with nature and get away from you daily routine. A romantic hideaway!

Cost: $65. Includes: project, breakfast, lunch, gifts and more.

Register early. Limited enrollment.

Contact Mary Ann Van Buskirk for more info: 530-541-0891.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
Multipurpose Room at the Sierra House Elementary School
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Visit the website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

This Weekend: Sale at Peg’s Dollhouse

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2271 Mel Brook Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-823-3478

Peggy Pucket, long time Good Sam Show dealer, invites miniaturists to come and browse her large inventory of miniatures. All inventory will be on sale. Come early for the best selection.

Dealers welcome! Please bring a table.

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Peg Pucket will be hosting her annual miniatures sale.


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Sale at Peg’s Dollhouse

Peggy Pucket, long time Good Sam Show dealer, invites miniaturists to come and browse her large inventory of miniatures. All inventory will be on sale. Come early for the best selection.

Dealers welcome! Please bring a table.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2271 Mel Brook Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-823-3478

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Peg Pucket will be hosting her annual miniatures sale.

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Stockton Miniatures Show and Sale

Next Weekend: 6th Annual Stockton Miniature Show

Don’t miss the 6th Annual Stockton Miniatures Show and Sale presented by Miniatures on the Waterfront.

When: Saturday June 03, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Location: Stockton Scottish Rite Hall, 33 East Alpine Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204

Dealers and dollhouse enthusiasts will be selling: dollhouses, furniture, accessories, electrical and lighting. Raffle. Find everything you need to start or finish that special miniature project. Admission: $6.00 at the door; $3.00 children 12 and under.

Lucy Hanson will be doing a FREE LED lighting seminar.

For accommodations, call the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. 877-957-2378 or 209-323-3057).  Other hotel options are available.

For more information, email Leslie Flint or visit the Miniatures on the Waterfront website.

Elegant Dollhouse Sale This Weekend

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8 am-2 pm
Elegant Dollhouse Annual Parking Lot Sale & Flea Market

Rain or shine. Free to sellers and shoppers alike! The parking lot will be filled with up to 100 dealers selling: dollhouses, kits, room boxes, furniture, accessories, books, collectibles, antiques, one-of-a-kind pieces, dolls and more. Register to sell, or just come to shop!

Elegant Dollhouse, 1120 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA
More info and registration

Smallsea Collection Online Auction

The Smallsea Collection auction will be an online auction hosted by Alderfer Auctions in association with Eileen Rhoads. It will run from July 8 to July 22.

The Smallsea Museum Collection was amassed over the last 25 years. It includes dollhouse shops and town structures, furniture, accessories, dollhouse dolls, and other 1:12 scale miniatures created by hundreds of international artists both from the present and years gone by.

The auction will include:

  • 1,000 pieces of furniture and accessories including items for shops, a church, a newspaper, funeral parlor, and many more
  • 40 custom buildings- many featured over the last 20 years in major dollhouse and miniature magazines, websites, and newspapers
  • 500 dollhouse dolls- many custom made for Smallsea
  • 25+ automobiles and trucks, custom-made horse-drawn wagons and coaches, peddler carts, and specialty street-vendor displays
  • Smallsea Circus, Summer Fair and Town Hall Christmas amusement and concession stalls, market vendor stalls and carts, an ice skating rink, skate shop and Christmas Emporium and market stall.

Photos, auction info and registration is available online.

Smallsea Museum Auction

A New Miniature Film

Joanne Martin, President of the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis, is the subject of a new film, “Joanne Martin: A Life in Miniature”. The film is in the final stages of development before being submitted to film festivals in the latter half of 2017 and 2018.

The film is being directed by Joanne’s niece, Stephanie Lewis. Stephanie hopes that the film will be a catalyst to excite interest in the world of miniature-making. It’s also a special film about a special woman. Here is the trailer.

 


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Full Class: 1″ Scale Shop

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MiniCal’s June workshop

The MiniCal’s June workshop is a wonderful little shop with a back porch. Participants will complete the exterior, porch and lighting during the class.

Designed and taught by MiniCal’s member, Karen Laisure.

SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL.


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Raggedy Ann Trunk Workshop

Workshop: Raggedy Ann Trunk

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1″ scale Raggedy Ann in a trunk. Workshop by Deb Laue.

Workshop date: May 20, 2017

Location: M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Pkwy, Morgan Hill, CA

MiniCals have been so thrilled to have so many great folks enjoying our workshops. Our original intent was to be able to save some of the monies to hire guest teachers or subsidize classes for you. Our club voted to do just that for our May workshop as a “thank you ” to our supporters and any Newbies who would like to attend our Morgan Hill class on Saturday, May 20.

Join Deb Laue in the wonderful world of Raggedy Ann as we assemble a tiny doll in a 1-3/4” high trunk. Dress a porcelain doll in special printed fabric that is scaled just right for the doll then create a trunk decorated just for her. Top it off with a special hat.

The MiniCals is offering this class for $40, a great price for our mini friends.

Please signup before May 1, 2017. Email Ruth Heisch.

Third Annual Race to Benefit NAME

Rev Up Your Engines…All For the Love of NAME!

It’s the 2017 “Soapbox Derby”!

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Soapbox derby car assembled kit

For a $25 donation, you will receive a “Soapbox Racer” kit in your choice of sizes (display box not included). You will be getting these early this year, so you will have time to build, glue, sand, construct, paint, stain, bling…whatever you would like to do. Then, you may post your lovelies on the NAME Facebook page, or on the NAME website, or both. Share your talent with everyone!

There will be great prizes again this year, and we will again have a prize for the person whose racer finishes dead last. So don’t say I can’t play because I always lose, because as a loser, you could be a winner!

The winners will be drawn on Sunday, May 28, 2017, which just happens to coincide with the running of the Indianapolis 500, a different race but a race none the less.

If you have questions please contact Kim Wood. Remember, there is nothing wrong with buying an entire fleet or stable of racers; this just ups your odds of winning.

Download the order form.

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One entrant’s design of their soapbox derby car.

Visit the Miniature Gazette Online Archive


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Read the Miniature Gazette online. Issues from the past two years are available to logged in NAME members. Issues older than two years are available to everyone.
Visit the archive >


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Annual Parking Lot Sale at Elegant Dollhouse

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8 am-2 pm
Elegant Dollhouse Annual Parking Lot Sale & Flea Market

Rain or shine. Free to sellers and shoppers alike! The parking lot will be filled with up to 100 dealers selling: dollhouses, kits, room boxes, furniture, accessories, books, collectibles, antiques, one-of-a-kind pieces, dolls and more. Register to sell, or just come to shop!

Elegant Dollhouse, 1120 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA
More info and registration

MiniCals Workshop: Needlepoint Pillow

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Hong will be showing participants how to stitch this needlepoint pillow in their choice of colors.


Join the MiniCals as Hong McKinsey will teach a 1″ scale needlepoint rabbit pillow workshop. Everyone is invited. Cost $25. Contact Ruth Heisch for more information.

Date: April 29, 2017
Location: M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Pkwy, Morgan Hill, CA

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Workshop participants will receive the pattern to create this pillow at home.

Make Your Plans for NAME Day 2017

The purpose of NAME Day is to unite and involve all NAME members by doing the same project on the same day at different locations throughout the US and internationally. Participation in an event may occur in clubs, locally, statewide, regionally, or online.

NAME Day will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Expanded events (or areas with conflicting dates) should occur as close to this date as is reasonably possible.

Project: All events will center on the same project – “BEDROOM – PART II: The Armoire”. Plans for the armoire will be provided in 1”, 1⁄2” and 1⁄4” scale as soon as they are available. Some cutters will produce kits for 1/144” scale. This armoire has been designed to coordinate with the bunk beds from 2016. The bunk bed kits will also be available this year. In 2018, the final piece for this room will be available.

More info is available on the NAME website.

Deadlines

April 1, 2017 – List Event
Are you organizing an event for NAME Day? Let Ruth Heisch know the details so that your event can be listed in the Gazette, on the NAME website, and on the N2 Region’s website. Email Ruth.

August 15, 2017 – Order Kits
Official deadline for ordering from the cutters. However cutters may opt to accept orders later. Watch the listings in the Gazette for individual deadlines.

August 31, 2017 – Cutters Ship Kits
Date when the cutters can ship the kits. International shipping dates may be earlier.

October 7, 2017 – NAME Day
Some groups may set a later date to accommodate other considerations.

 

More information about NAME Day in the N2 Region will be posted as it becomes available.

Fun and Centerpieces at the Sacramento Houseparty

Mealtimes at the Sacramento Houseparty were a chance to view the different centerpieces, win prizes, and spend time with fellow miniaturists.

On Saturday evening, some of the houseparty guests chose to dress for dinner in the spirit of the theme, “ABC’s of Miniatures.”

The centerpieces at the NAME Sacramento Houseparty were created by Vegie MacLean and Liz Driver. Each table contained centerpieces in both 1″ and 1/4″ scales.

Thank you to Trish Billard, Suzanne Harrington-Cole, and Nancy Wantiez for the photos.

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1″ and 1/4″ scale textile-theme centerpieces at the Sacramento Houseparty.

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1″ and 1/4″ scale garden-theme centerpieces.

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1″ scale centerpiece.

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1/4″ scale centerpiece.

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DIY’ers are dressed for the theme, “ABC’s of Miniatures.”

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Barbara Thornton-Hill, Dan Stewart, and Bruce Steinke dressed for the theme.

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Dressed like tool bags.

Getting into the DIY-er spirit.

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Rosie the Riveter gals.

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“Tool Time” at the Sacramento Houseparty with Barbara Thornton-Hill and Luci Hanson.

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A prize from the Sacramento Houseparty.

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Visit the Hospitality Room at the Sacramento Houseparty

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Our “Mini Learning Center” Hospitality Room will be open to Registrants of the Sacramento Houseparty.

2017 Sacramento HousepartyWant to know what a wonderfully fun hospitality room looks and feels like? Then, come on down. We look forward to welcoming you and providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere where you can just sit back, relax and visit with old friends and new. Maybe you would like  to learn one of the various techniques we’ll be demonstrating? Each day, we will feature another exciting demo. We want to offer each guest the opportunity to roll up her/his sleeves, sit down and join in on the fun. Scattered throughout the room, you’ll find make-it and take-it stations set up with different projects for your amusement. Or, if you don’t have much time, just peek-in and check out our how-to storyboards, watch a video, or browse through our helpful book collection. We encourage one and all to stop by and enhance your mini making abilities!

Hospitality Room hours will be posted at the houseparty.

Nominate N2 Members for the Hall of Fame Awards

Please help NAME to recognize people who give their time and energy to support our region. There are six categories for nominations (explained here).

Due dates:
March 15 – Regional Ambassador
June 15 – Hall of Fame

More information about the awards and previous award winners >

Sign up for the 2017 Summer at Tahoe Workshop

The 24th Annual Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop will be held August 5, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Tahoe Miniacs.

The theme is “The Getaway”. Commune with nature and get away from you daily routine. A romantic hideaway!

Cost: $65. Includes: project, breakfast, lunch, gifts and more.

Register early. Limited enrollment.

Contact Mary Ann Van Buskirk for more info: 530-541-0891.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
Multipurpose Room at the Sierra House Elementary School
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Visit the website.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Public Day at the Sacramento Houseparty

Not registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty? You may still visit the Sales Room with vendors from around the country. Many wonderful exhibits will still be there for you to see, and a small Make ’n Take activity will be in the lobby outside of the salesroom.

Sacramento Houseparty Public Day 
Sunday, March 26, 2017; 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento
2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA

Join us on the lower level in the California Ballroom.

Parking: $4.00/day. Park to the left of the main part of the hotel and enter through the side door on the lower level.

Free admission to the Exhibit room and Sales room.

No strollers please.

Contact Barbara Thornton-Hill for more information.

March 18: MiniCals Flea Market

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2016 MiniCals Flea Market 

The MiniCals Flea Market and Potluck is coming up on March 18. Clean out your stash to make room for new minis that will be be available at the Sacramento Houseparty.

March 18, 2017, 10 am – 2pm
Sales tables are available. Bring a dish to pass. Door prizes. Prepaid tickets $6. Tickets at the door $8.
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

CHAMPS Show: Workshops and New Website

The 2017 CHAMPS Show will be at the same time and location as previous shows:

September 8- 9, 2017 (the weekend AFTER Labor Day)
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Workshop: “Making A Mini doll with Dana Burton”
Join Dana Burton of Miniature Art for her live class!

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Workshop: “Halloween Hutch or Vanity” with Jil Weisz

Workshops will be held Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10am to 4pm

More info about the workshops and signup

Auction
A sealed bid auction of wonderful room boxes are being donated by Joan Kunzel, a member of MiniDreamers. All proceeds from the auction and show will go to Childrens Hospital Oakland.

Visit the new CHAMPS Show website.

Terezinha Justino is taking over the CHAMPS Show. Diane Walter will be working with Terezinha during the transition year.


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A Free Project, Giveaway, and a Discount

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Alcohol inks create interesting patterns on mini dishes.

Free Project
A new mini project has been posted on the NAME Special Events page. Jane Sanem has provided instructions for creating interesting patterns and effects on miniature dishes using alcohol inks.

Read the tutorial here. The instructions are based on NAME Region A1 Regional Coordinator, Barbara Anderson’s workshop.

Giveaway items

Jane Sanem is offering a giveaway.

Giveaway
Jane is having a giveaway. If you would like to take part in the drawing, email Jane, and put “Alcohol Ink” in the subject line. The deadline to enter your name in the drawing is March 20th, 2017.

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Supplies needed for the project.

Discount on Miniatures and Craft Supplies
Looking for dishes to use alcohol inks on? Factory Direct Craft is offering a 15% discount on all purchases. They offer white porcelain platers, bowls, teapots, etc. The 15% discount is good through May 21, 2017. Enter MINIATURES as the coupon code to receive the discount.


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

Workshop: Under Dome Art

Pocket Party February 2017 Class

When: Saturday, February 18th from 10 AM – 1 PM.
Where: Dollhouses, Trains and More; Novato, CA
Cost: $25.00

Two Under Glass Dome projects will be made during class.

The first will be the mini Under Glass Dome project shown below. Participants will be provided with everything needed to make this for a 1″ scale dollhouse.

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The second Under Glass Dome project display will be up to each student’s imagination to fill. This glass dome is 3 1/4″ tall at the center, and 2 1/2″ tall on the outside. The glass dome base diameter is 1 3/4″. The glass dome sits on a wood base. Students are encouraged to bring the item(s) which will be placed in the dome.

Participants are asked to bring tweezers and magnification glasses. All other supplies will be provided.

Class space is limited. Reservations required. NO Drop-ins.
To reserve a space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415)883-0388 Ex.106 or
send an email. More info is available on Dollhouses, Trains and More website.

Theme Luncheons at the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento HousepartySaturday, March 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

TLS1 – The Antique Dolls’ Houses and Miniature Structures of Moritz Gottschalk by Lew Kummerow $130.50 Moritz Gottschalk was one of the more prolific of the early toy makers, and his business was one of the most long lasting companies. He created nu- merous small structures including dolls’ houses, stables, kitchens, shops and other unusual items that were representative of the changing periods from the late 1800’s to WWII. Today his antique pieces can be seen in museums and are also part of many private collections. Each attendee will receive a miniature of one of Gottschalk’s rarer pieces.

TLS2 – Powering Your Miniatures with LED by Luci Hanson $80.50 Now that LED has been around a while many are ready to learn about what can be done with it and how they can apply it to their homes, rooms and displays. Join Luci as she shares how to mix LED lighting with the olds style lighting. Learn about the latest innovations and supplies that are availa- ble to use in miniature displays and dollhouses. Learn how to convert some of your old lamps and lighting to LED lighting. Luci will also share with you how to adapt some of the old style components with LED lighting. You will receive a 9-volt power system, a 3-volt power system, a 12-volt power system and lights to go with each system as a gift for attending.

TLS3 – ABC’s of Small Scale Food by Janet Smith $85.50 Come hear about the ABC’s of making small scale foods. We’ll discuss different clays, paints, glues, tools, materials, etc. Go home with a quarter scale replica of a luncheon based on the actual luncheon for the day as well as a printed booklet with all the information covered during the luncheon. You will receive a quarter scale luncheon based on the actual luncheon menu that you will be served.

TLS4 – Capturing Your Miniatures Using Photography & 3D Scanning by Ruth & Dan Stewart $114.50 Explore your world of capturing miniatures with us. Learn about ways to improve your photographs and explore new methods of capturing or creating your miniatures in 3D. Questions are encouraged so bring your list! You will have a choice of a 1” or 1⁄4” 3D special made item you won’t want to miss!

To attend the Theme Luncheons, participants must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty. More info and houseparty registration.

Download the Theme Luncheon Registration form.

Photos from the MiniCals “Making Lingerie” Workshop

The MiniCals club hosted a workshop on January 21, 2017. Ruth Heisch taught participants how to make a corset, panties & bra, nightie, bloomers or pantaloons, petticoats, and decorating with silk roses. In addition to making the lingerie, students received a mannequin, a vintage corset box, a glue applicator and a rose maker.

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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Sample lingerie pieces at the MiniCals 2017 “Making Lingerie” Workshop with Ruth Heisch.

Margaret Crossland and Betty Jang

Margaret Crossland and Betty Jang make lingerie pieces.

Lynne Hoffman

Lynne Hoffman hanging out and making her mini lavender.

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Lingerie by Rhona Lee.

Diane Piziali

Diane Piziali makes lingerie pieces.

Juanita Landa

Juanita Landa cuts out the lingerie pieces.