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.

 


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.

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 >


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.

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.


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.

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.

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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.

Sign Up for a Workshop Tour During the Sacramento Houseparty

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Drive-It-Yourself: Tour of Workspaces & Collections
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:00AM – 5:00PM during the NAME Sacramento Houseparty

This is a “do-it-yourself” opportunity to visit some of NAME members’ workshops and collections. This is an optional tour, and there is no fee. Tour participants must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty. More info and houseparty registration.

NAME members are opening their workspaces and their miniature collections to the attendees of the Sacramento Houseparty. Tour participants may enjoy seeing how other miniaturists make their workspaces more efficient, gather a few storage tips, learn ideas of where and how to set up tools, etc. So, here is your chance!

Several of the homes on the tour are located In the California Gold Country of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills; including: Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn. These cities are about 1.5 hours from Sacramento. If you wish to take a tour closer to the convention hotel, you may visit a couple of homes in the immediate area of Sacramento.

The committee needs to have some idea of how many people are interested in this activity, so please download and fill out the form below.

Download the tour registration form.

Mail or email the form by March 1, 2017 to:
Denise Sanders
604 Matadero Ave Palo Alto, CA 94306

Workshop: Cinderella Table and Wall Shelf Set

Cinderella Table and Shelf Set

Workshop date: Feb. 18, 2017

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

Adventure into the land of magical fairy tales with this child’s table and wall shelf set. Deb Laue will show you how to create 1″ scale pieces for the fairy princess in your dollhouse. Set includes a table to decorate with theme miniatures and a peg shelf that will hold a silk princess dress you will make in class.

Cost: $35. Mail a check to: Ruth Heisch, 7197 Wooded Lake Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

QuestionsEmail Ruth Heisch or call 408-997-1004.

Theme Dinner, “Tool Time” at the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento HousepartyPlease join us for an evening of “Tool Time” with Luci, the Toolperson Hanson and Alberta Thornton-Hill, her loyal assistant and protégé

Friday, March 24, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Fee: $35.00 per registrant (participants must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty). More info and houseparty registration.

Luci and Al (for short) will take you through several safety tips and useful hints for shortcuts in your toolbox, along with a few unusual tools and uses for tools. This is not your everyday beginners lecture on tools so don’t miss this one.

What is included?:

  •  A full plated dinner
  •  A little entertainment & education from Luci & Al
  • Special Gifts
  • A tool exchange at each table (optional) but fun – bring small tools to swap with the other 9 people at your table and you will receive 9 small tools. Also bring one nicer tool and we’ll play pass the tool present as we do with the regular exchange at the Saturday night banquet. If you’re unsure about this activity just read page 3 of this packet, Houseparty Terminology, about the ban- quet table exchanges except this will be tools (you can never have enough emery boards, rulers, etc.) Non-exchange tables will be available too.
  •  Perhaps a Hostess presentation at your table if there is time.

Questions? contact Janet Smith (575) 532-5432

Download the Theme Dinner Registration form.

Participants must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty. More info and houseparty registration.

Invitation to Vendors: Sell at the Stockton Show

Vendors/individuals are invited to sell at the 6th Annual Dollhouse Miniature show and sale presented by Miniatures on the Waterfront.

When: Saturday June 03, 2017, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Scottish Rite Masonic Center located at 33 W. Alpine Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.

Sell your dollhouse(s) on Real Estate Row. Please let Leslie know how many you will be bringing so she will have enough tables for everyone who wants to sell their “Real Estate.” As usual, Real Estate Row is free to contracted vendors, and $20 for those who are not participating as a contracted vendor.

There will be food available for purchase at the show. Free pastries, muffins and coffee will be provided on Saturday morning.

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

Please e-mail Leslie Flint or call 209-406-1206.

For more information, visit the Miniatures on the Waterfront website.

Exhibit Your Miniatures at the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento HousepartyPlease join us in sharing the miniatures you have created at the houseparty. We welcome all scale projects including houses, room boxes, domes, shops or any other setting you may have created in 1”, 1⁄2”, 1⁄4”, or micro-scales. Exhibitors must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty.

Exhibits may not be for sale, nor can they be shown as an example of the exhibitor’s work with the intent to solicit orders. We would like exhibits in place between 10:00 am Friday, March 24th until 4 pm Sunday, March 26th.. Advanced arrangements may be made for early removal on Saturday evening for those leaving immediately following the Sunday Brunch. The room will be locked and volunteer monitors will be present during viewing times. Table covers and electrical power will be provided, but YOU MUST SUPPLY YOUR OWN HEAVY-DUTY EXTENSION CORDS AND ANY SPECIAL LIGHTING, RISERS OR DRAPING IF NEEDED.

Please download  fill out the form below (1 PER EXHIBIT) and mail by January 17, 2017 to:
Lynn Hamel, 14654 Guadalupe Drive, Rancho Murieta, CA 95683

Download the exhibit form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Lynn Hamel or LaVerne Munz.

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See the 2017 Antioch Historical Society Miniatures Exhibit

The Antioch Historical Society with the Delta DooLittles presents the fourth (and final) World of Miniatures Exhibit at the Antioch Historical Society Museum.

Exhibit Location
Antioch Historical Society
1500 W. Fourth Street
Antioch, CA 94509

Exhibit Hours
Open to the public, at no charge, February 1 – 18, 2017. We will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

In Memoriam
This is a very special event for us as it will be our final exhibit and is in memory of a very special miniaturist – Nancy Thomas, our mentor, teacher and friend, who passed away in May of this year.

Interested in exhibiting your miniatures?
Download an application form. Completed forms, with pictures must be received by January 17, 2017. The form may be saved to your computer, filled out using Adobe Acrobat, and saved. Attach the form (along with a picture) in an e-mail to cammini@aol.com, or mail the form to the address below. Exhibit intake is Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30, 2017.

For more info, contact:
Carole Ann Davis, Delta DooLittles
phone 510-501-3957
cammini@aol.com

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Radio by Don Silva


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 Volunteers for the Sacramento Houseparty

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Help to make the Sacramento Houseparty a success! The following volunteers are needed: 

GOLD STAR VOLUNTEERS

The Gold Star volunteer program allows you to earn a Gold Star Pin for volunteering a minimum of two hours during the Houseparty. If you volunteer for multiple jobs, it will be greatly appreciated, but you will be given only one Gold Star Pin. Please consider being a part of the Houseparty Behind the Scenes Workforce by completing and returning this form to be a Gold Star Volunteer. If you prefer a volunteer job that allows for sitting, please check the appropriate line on the form below. First timers are not only welcome, but are encouraged to volunteer, as this is a great way to meet other miniaturists. Remember to check the enclosed Houseparty Schedule to determine your availability. Your volunteer schedule will be included in the packet you receive at Registration; however, if you include your email address, we will confirm your volunteer assignment in advance. Please return your form by January 17, 2017 so that you can be formally acknowledged. However, we will accept forms up to and at registration.

Please download the form here, complete the form and send to:

Barbara Fairbanks 
4698 N. Zediker Sanger, CA 93657-9124


HOST/HOSTESS

You are invited to serve as a host/hostess for “ABCs of Miniatures.” We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who can make others feel welcome. Meals have always been one of the highlights of the NAME Conventions, offering an opportunity to make new friends and get reacquainted with old friends to share our mutual love of miniatures. Meals are fun times packed with good food, favors, prizes, gift exchanges and souvenirs.

We are looking for friendly, outgoing people to act as hosts/hostesses to lead the fun at each table. The job includes:

  1. You must attend all three meal functions.
  2. You must attend a brief meeting at least a half hour prior to each meal for directions.
  3. You will be asked to pick up a bag containing souvenirs and an attendance list.
  4. You will greet each guest at your table, introduce them to each other, and make them feel welcome.
  5. You must have a good time and smile a lot.
  6. After the meal, you personally must return the attendance sheet, and souvenirs & gifts for table mates who did not attend the meal, to the Host/Hostess Chairperson. This is critical for Operations to confirm who the remaining souvenirs and gifts should be shipped to or held for.

All Hosts/Hostesses will receive a Gold Star Volunteer Pin. If you would like to sit with a group of your friends and serve as a Host/Hostess, please return the “Advanced Table Seating” form along with the form below. Be sure that your friends have registered for the same scale as you have. Everyone must sit at a table (1/4” or 1”) that they originally registered for.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, please download the form, complete it, and return by January 17, 2017 to:

Leslie Swager
PO Box 1090, West Point CA 95255-1090

We appreciate your assistance in making our houseparty a success!

Register for a Mini Lingerie Workshop

Workshop date: Jan 21, 2017, 10 am

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

Ruth Heisch will be guiding participants in the making of a corset, panties & bra, nightie, bloomers or pantaloons, petticoats, and decorating with silk roses. Students will receive a torso-only mannequin, a vintage corset box, a glue applicator and a rose maker. Bring a lunch. Snacks and a beverage will be provided.

Cost: $25. Mail a check by Jan. 18, 2017 to: Ruth Heisch, 7197 Wooded Lake Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

Questions: Email Ruth Heisch or call 408-997-1004.

Reminder: Swap Deadline for Sacramento is Approaching

2017 Sacramento HousepartyFor those of you who are new to the idea of a mini swap, it is an activity in which you swap miniatures that you have made for those that others have made. First, you must decide in which scale to participate. You may participate in more than one scale, but only once in each scale. When you are thinking about a swap item please consider our convention theme, “ABCs of Miniatures: Tools & Techniques.”

Bring 21 identical items to the houseparty, labeled with your name, address and e-mail. These should be completed items (no kits or printies please) and should be something that everyone, including you, would be happy to receive. 20 of your swaps will be used in the Mini Swap and the remaining item will become part of a Houseparty Helper. Please pack each item in sealed clear containers or bags (to be able to see that all items are the same) as compactly as possible. We don’t want anything to fall out during the swap.

Swap items will be received during registration hours only. Your swap items will be counted as you turn them in. In the end you will have 20 new items to take home!

When you receive your schedule at the Registration table, please pay careful attention to the times we will be accepting swaps as well as when you should return to claim your filled bag. No swaps will be mailed!!

If you are late turning in your items, you may miss the chance to participate. Please note that you may not turn in swaps for a friend. All participants must turn in their OWN swaps.

Please download the swap form, mail or email your completed form by January 17, 2016, to:

JoAnn Jacot
673 Joette Dr. Gardnerville, NV 89460

Reminder: Dollhouse Tool Box Workshop

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Tool box workshop sample

During this workshop, participants will spend the day decorating the outside and small window display of the pre-built tool box.

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Interior of the tool box

February 4, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin Street, Vallejo, CA

Cost: $60.00. Morning coffee with rolls and lunch are included.

Space is limited, so please reserve early. Contact either:

Suzanne Harrington-Cole 707-647-1928
or  Karen Tomajan 925-825-7345


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.

Sacramento Houseparty is Accepting Donations

2017 Sacramento HousepartyThe NAME Sacramento Houseparty is looking for donations for door prizes, houseparty helpers and tote bag favors. Donations help to make our houseparty an exciting experience for all. Please consider donating your miniatures, tools, materials, etc. for other miniaturists to enjoy.

Door Prizes

Door Prizes are a wonderful part of any Convention, especially if there are enough for everyone to receive one. Isn’t it delightful to hear your number called and realize you’re about to receive an unexpected gift?

With that in mind, we are asking for your help, along with your club members and other mini friends to donate a door prize(s) in 1” and/or 1⁄4” scales

The guidelines are simple:
1. Door Prizes don’t have to be theme related.
2. The value of each Door Prize should be between $10 and $50.
3. Door Prizes should be unwrapped and identified with your name and address.
4. Think of Door Prizes as a gift that you would be proud to give and thrilled to receive.

Please download, complete and return the form below by January 17, 2017 to be recognized in our Souvenir Book. You are welcome to still donate after this date, but it will only be recognized by its winner.)

Download the form.

Mail this completed form to:

Ruth Heisch
7197 Wooded Lake Dr. San Jose CA 95120

If you would like more information about door prizes, contact Ruth.

Houseparty Helpers

Help to make the 2017 N2 Regional Houseparty, “ABCs of Miniatures” a huge success. We are looking for donations to be raffled at the end of the Saturday night banquet. It would be great to have ‘theme’ related items, but any donations in any scale will be most welcome!

Donated helpers are designer and/or handcrafted items valued at $150.00 or more. Items valued less than $150.00 are gladly accepted and will be combined with other donated items to make their combined value reach $150.00 or will be utilized in other fund raising activities.

Companies, clubs, shops or individuals may donate a vignette, room box, dollhouse or a very special piece of furniture or accessories. Cash may also be donated for a shopping spree in the Sales Room.

Houseparty Helper tickets will be sold on all donated items, with the proceeds used to benefit NAME. We hope you will share your talents, creativity and generosity in your donations to make the 2017 Houseparty Helpers a success.

If you wish to participate and be recognized in the Souvenir Book, please return or email the completed form below, along with a picture of your donation, to Ginger Anderson no later than January 17, 2017.

Please download the houseparty helper form, complete the form and send it to:
Ginger Anderson
515 E Carefree Hwy #113 Phoenix, AZ 85085

Tote Bag favors

Tote Bag favors are small, inexpensive, well-crafted gifts donated by clubs or individuals and given to each registrant. We will be filling 250 Tote Bags. We realize that not everyone will be able to donate 250 items, but we would appreciate a minimum of 100 of any one favor. Though this form should be mailed by January 17,2017, You should plan for your favors to arrive at the address below no later than February 20. 2017. This will allow us time to fill the bags.

Please feel free to use your own ideas for favors. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mini Rulers
  • Mini X actos
  • Mini cutting mats
  • Mini Paint bottles
  • Mini Glue jigs
  • Mini cans of stain
  • Mini Xacto blades
  • Plastic boxes out of pill containers
  • Mini Dremel tool
  • Mini Saw blades
  • Mini or real size Tweezers
  • Mini needle nose Pilers
  • Sanding block
  • Mini paper towels
  • Mini work light
  • Tool holder
  • Mini or real size Paint brushes
  • Small project in process
  • Tiny plastic bags
  • Sid sticks, real size
  • Snacks for your workbench-real or mini
  • Boxes of scrap wood – mini
  • Mini strips of wood
  • Mini chopper
  • Mini glue bottles
  • Mini wood bin
  • Mini work apron
  • Mini waxed paper

To receive recognition in the souvenir book and to let us know you intend to participate, please complete and return the form below by January 17, 2017 to:

Download the form.

Carol Carton 13184 Hoot Owl Rd.., Nevada City, CA 95959
530-272-8849

More info about the Sacramento Houseparty is available here.

2015 Hallmark Ornament Contest Third Place Winner: Claudia Heckert of Allyn, WA for her entry “Night Before Christmas”

Enter the NAME 2017 Hallmark Ornament Contest

With the holiday season drawing to a close, it will soon be time to pack up the decorations and ornaments.

STOP!! DON’T PUT THEM AWAY …until you have picked one or two to use as your Hallmark Ornament Contest Entry.

View the contest rules.

Download an entry form.

Contact Luci Hanson with questions.

2015 Hallmark Ornament Contest Second Place winner: Vickie Skidmore of Whittier, CA for her entry...”Captain Jack”

2015 Hallmark Ornament Contest Second Place winner: Vickie Skidmore of Whittier, CA for her entry…”Captain Jack”

2015 Hallmark Ornament Contest First Place Winner: Ruth Mason of Columbus, OH for her entry...”Poppies will put them to sleep”

2015 Hallmark Ornament Contest First Place Winner: Ruth Mason of Columbus, OH for her entry…”Poppies will put them to sleep”

 

Don’t Forget Your Tools!

A Basic List for the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento HousepartyHere is a list of items you may want to include in your basic toolbox. This is only a suggested list, there may be additional items you want to add or some you may not want to include at all. However, these are generally the things an instructor will expect you to have with you. If you need specific tools beyond this list, your instructor should let you know in advance. Your tool box will evolve over time and reflect your personality as you make your miniature creations.

  • X-acto knife with #11 blades
  • Small notebook and pencils
  • 2 pair scissors (paper & fabric)
  • 12” and 6” cork-backed rulers
  • Toothpicks
  • Sandpaper (medium/fine)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Tacky Glue
  • Emery Boards
  • Small cutting mat
  • Paint brushes- various sizes & styles
  • Small spring clamps
  • Fine point tweezers
  • Glue spreader/old hotel keycards
  • You may wish to bring a work light and extension cord as hotel lighting isn’t always the best for Miniaturing.

Below are additional supplies that you may find are helpful to have:

  • Steel wool 0000
  • Wire cutters
  • Pin vise and drill bits
  • Utility knife
  • Super glue
  • Squaring jig or Legos
  • Small T-square or right angle
  • Band-Aids
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wood glue
  • Cement for plastic
  • Plastic “zip” bags
  • 1” foam brush
  • Damp cloth or wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Ball stylus
  • Mouse pad
  • Small screw drivers
  • Container(s) for project
  • Pins, needles, thread
  • Wax paper
  • Small bar clamps
  • Miter box & saw or a chopper
  • Black “Sharpie” marker

BASIC SKILLS
These are considered the basic skills necessary for a productive, enjoyable workshop experience:

  1. Use basic tools confidently
  2. Cut accurately with an X-acto knife
  3. Read rulers and mark lengths accurately
  4. Have knowledge of basic glues and how to apply them
  5. Know how to paint smoothly

When asked to list the skills needed beyond the basic ones, most instructors reply that they would be more than prepared to teach whatever their students do not know how to do. What they would like students to have are some “Opens” – open minds, open hearts, open eyes, open ears and an open —— smile!

Registration Opens for the 2017 NAME National Convention

Welcome to the Circus

The 2017 National Convention will be held in Alexandria, VA, July 27-30, 2017.

The theme is Welcome to the Circus.

Registration opens January 27, 2017. You may mail your registration form between December 30, 2016 – January 27, 2017 for it to be considered 1st day postmarked (no earlier).

Download a registration form.

Visit the NAME website for more convention information.


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.

exterior of Rombeiro home

Visiting the Christmas House in Novato, CA

Christmas village

Photos: marinmommies.com

Edmundo Rombeiro and his family have been putting together this Christmas house to for the past 24 years, and every year it gets bigger.

There are about 140,000 lights as well as countless figurines, dioramas, and decorations adorning the front and side yards, walls, and roof of the Rombeiro house. Apparently they start setting the whole thing up in August.

The Christmas House is located at 34 Devonshire Drive, off of Center Road, in Novato, CA

The house is open nightly from the first Saturday in December through January 6 from 6 to 10 pm, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Donations are accepted.

More information

Free Project: Container Displays

Jane Sanem has created a free project for making containers to display treasures. Visit the N.A.M.E. website for the tutorial.

container displays

Assorted treasures and keepsakes from houseparties displayed in plastic containers. Project and photo by Jane Sanem.


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The Antioch Historical Society with the Delta DooLittles presents The World of Miniatures 2017 Exhibit

Show your Miniatures at the 2017 Antioch Historical Society Exhibit

The Antioch Historical Society with the Delta DooLittles presents the fourth (and final) World of Miniatures Exhibit at the Antioch Historical Society Museum.

You’re invited to show your miniatures in the World of Miniatures –Part IV Exhibit!

Download an application form. Completed forms, with pictures must be received by January 17, 2017. Intake will be on Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30, 2017.

The Holidays are already here, but we hope that you’ll take a minute to remember the awe and joy that you brought to visitors at the 2014 exhibit. The Riverview Room was a palace of imagination, creativity and memories for young and old!

Now you’re invited to share your new treasures with us for the 2017 Exhibit. We know that you’ve been busy these past three years and we can’t wait to see your new creations! We encourage you to ask fellow miniaturists and/or club members to exhibit their pieces in February also.

Nancy Thomas

Nancy Thomas

In Memoriam
This is a very special event for us as it will be our final exhibit and is in memory of a very special miniaturist – Nancy Thomas, our mentor, teacher and friend, who passed away in May of this year.

So, Happy Holidays and Merry Miniaturing! And don’t forget to mail your completed forms, with pictures, to be received by January 17, 2017! We look forward to seeing your creations in the World of Miniatures –Part IV Exhibit!

Exhibit application
Download an application form. Completed forms, with pictures must be received by January 17, 2017. The form may be saved to your computer, filled out using Adobe Acrobat, and saved. Attach the form (along with a picture) in an e-mail to cammini@aol.com, or mail the form to the address below.

Exhibit Intake
Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30, 2017.

Exhibit Location
Antioch Historical Society
1500 W. Fourth Street
Antioch, CA 94509

Exhibit Hours
Open to the public, at no charge, February 1 – 18, 2017. We will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more info, contact
Carole Ann Davis, Delta DooLittles
phone 510-501-3957
cammini@aol.com

Reminder: Deadline for Roundtable Workshop Applications

Roundtables and Mega Roundtables

Application postmark deadline: December 1, 2016.
You’re invited to apply to teach a Roundtable or a Mega Roundtable Workshop at the 2017 NAME Sacramento Houseparty. Workshops are a “make & take” project which, under your supervision, can be completed in 2 hours or less. Roundtable Workshops cost no more than $5.00.  Mega Roundtable Workshops cost no more than $10.00.

For examples of previous roundtable and mega roundtable kits, see issues of the Miniature Gazette.

Download a roundtable application form

Download a mega roundtable application form

More information about the Sacramento Houseparty.


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.

Mini Contest at the 2017 CHAMPs Show

New to the show CHAMPs Show in 2017, a miniature contest.

The 2017 theme is “TREE HOUSES.” Enter today and start building your tree house. All tree houses will be judged by the public. All paid attendees of the CHAMPs Show will be given a voting ticket to cast their votes for their favorite tree house. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd winners with the most votes wins.

Prizes:
1st Place – 1 Electrify Dollhouse 2 story with attic.
2nd Place – CHAMPs Fun Bucks, accepted at all of the dealer tables.
3rd Place – CHAMPs Fun Bucks, accepted at all of the dealer tables.

Contest Rules:

  • Any age accepted.
  • Any scale accepted.
  • Treehouse theme.
  • Contest entrance fee $10.00 (includes 1 free admission). Payment may be made by personal checks or thru Paypal.
  • Your tree house must be delivered on Friday, September 8th, between 10am-6pm or Saturday, September 9th between 9:30am-10am. Judging will take place on September 9, 2017 at 1pm.

If you are interested in entering the tree house contest, contact Terezinha Jusino.

More info about the CHAMPs Show.


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.

Crossroads doll and teddy bear show

Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show

Antique, modern and handcrafted dolls, teddy bears, miniatures, clothes, furniture and accessories will be available at the show and sale.

Nov 5, 2016; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Family Community Church, 478 Piercy Road
San Jose, CA

Admission: Adults $8.00, Children under 12 $4.00. Free parking.

More info


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