Annual Miniature Show & Sale in Sebastopol

November 2, 2019; 10am – 3 pm
Annual Miniature Show and Sale
Sebastopol Masonic Hall, 373 N Main St., Sebastopol, CA
Admission $2; kids free. Dealer tables available $40. Contact Lori for more info
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Please Help! Volunteers are Needed for the 2019 Good Sam Show

Volunteers are still needed for this weekend’s Good Sam Show; particularly to watch the exhibits. Please consider volunteering for 1 hour or more.

The Good Sam Show is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library.

All volunteers receive free show admission.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, glenlee5@sbcglobal.net, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 12-13, 2019. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Children’s Workshops at 2019 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. 12-13, 2019) from noon until 3 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

The children’s pre-registered workshops will be Sat, Oct 12th, 2019. Registration is open. Class space is limited. Register soon.

  • Class #1 – 1:12 Bird Cage
  • Class #2 – 1:12 Tiny Halloween Cart

More info and registration form.

For more information, please contact Lynne Hoffman.

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Come and join Sophia while she teaches you how to assemble and paint a 1:12 birdcage. There will be a 3D printed bird to paint and items to create fun accessories for your bird cage. All materials and tools are included in class. No need to bring anything!

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It’s Halloween! Students in Cade Deverell’s class will use paint, glitter, and lots of imagination to decorate the Halloween cart and several mini pumpkins. They will color fall leaves, fill the cart and arrange all for a festive display. Will it be the centerpiece for your miniature Halloween party or will it sit on the porch of your dollhouse to welcome trick-or-treaters?


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Please Help! Volunteers are Needed for the 2019 Good Sam Show

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library. The show is in need of people to help with various tasks (watching the exhibits and helping with the white elephant sales table, for example).

All volunteers receive free show admission. Volunteers are usually asked to work 2 hour shifts, but if more people sign up, the time will be decreased.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, glenlee5@sbcglobal.net, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 12-13, 2019. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Store Closing Sale at Dollhouses, Trains and More

After 25 years of business in Novato, California, the retail store Dollhouses, Trains and More will close their doors on October 28, 2019.

All merchandise is 40% off. Displays and cabinets are also for sale.

New Store Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm
Mondays: CLOSED

Dollhouses, Trains & More
300 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA 94949

Phone: 415-883-0388
Visit the website

 

 


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Help Needed in the Box Office, Exhibits, and the White Elephant table sales at Good Sam

The Good Sam committee needs help with the box office, exhibits, and the white elephant table sales. Any help would be appreciated. Because of age and the fact that many people are leaving the Bay Area, some of the regular volunteers are no longer able to assist.

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library.

All volunteers receive free show admission. Volunteers are usually asked to work 2 hour shifts, but if more people sign up, the time will be decreased.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, glenlee5@sbcglobal.net, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 12-13, 2019. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Lodi Miniature Show – Rescheduled

September 14-15, 2019;  9am – 3pm
Lodi Miniature Show
NEW LOCATION: 1024 Industrial Way,  Suite A, Lodi, CA 95240
This show was cancelled, but it is now taking place in a smaller venue. Attendance is limited to 50 people per day. Attendees must register (free admission). To
sign up to attend the show, email your name (or a group of names if you are coming with friends) and the date you would like to attend, the 14th or 15th of September. Your spot will be confirmed. Email Debbie Heard.

Visit the show website for more info.


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2019 N2 Region NAME Day Events

This year’s NAME Day event is ”The Dream Craft Room”, starting with the crafting table. Plans for the craft table have been provided in 1”, ½” and ¼” in the NAME Gazette.  Some cutters will produce kits for 1/144” scale. Cutters have been encouraged to develop accessories to go on or in the storage areas of the crafting table. This will be a two year project, with a storage unit (including a sink) to be the second part of the series in 2020.

Please see below for various event dates.

To participate in NAME Day, you must be a NAME member, or become a member. Please contact one of the N2 region members who are hosting an event (below). If you are unable to attend a local event, you may purchase a kit from Barbara Thornton-Hill or other cutters.

Online events are also happening (see below).

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The 2019 NAME Day project is the crafting table.

Events in the N2 Region

 

Morgan Hill, CA
Saturday, September 28, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm
MiniCals & Through the Looking Glass invite you to a NAME Day “Mini Towne Faire.” The project will include a choice of one of the fair booths shown in the photos; or participants may use the day to catch-up on projects; or bring their own NAME Day kit. Proceeds benefit NAME. Participants will be provided with their choice of a quick and easy fair booth to assemble. Make n’ takes, create it and rate it (a contest to make something from nothing), shoe box sales, door prizes, exhibits, silent auction, lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring past NAME Day projects to share and a tool kit and jig. Cost $30. Location: M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill. Contact Ruth Heisch

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MiniCals will be hosting a workshop for NAME Day that will incorporate a fair booth project.

Fresno, CA
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 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. Contact Barbara Fairbanks

Sacramento, CA
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10 am – 3 pm
By Small Design will host an all scales event. Potluck, gifts and raffle. Bring a dish to serve 5 people. Meeting at Sierra Arden Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave., Sacramento (2 min. from the Elegant Dollhouse Store). Registration for this event is closed.

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A finished sample of the crafting table project.

Online Events

MiniCyberClub.com
October 5, 2018
Live workshop instructions for NAME Members Only. Register online.

Quarter Connection
October 12-13, 2018. Registration has closed. Wait list. 
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.


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Make Plans for the 2019 Good Sam Show

October 12th and 13th, 2019
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 11th

Good Sam Workshop: Bluebird with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa

Good Sam Workshop: Bluebird with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa

Friday Workshops
Join us for exciting workshops on Friday, October 11th, featuring prominent teachers from the U.S. and Europe. Friday Workshops are held at the hotel. Workshop registration is now open. View the workshops.

Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th

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 2019.

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 12th Only

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be wonderful miniatures to bid on. Bid early, bid often.

Pre-Registered Children’s Workshops
Special classes for children at the show on Saturday. Children must be pre-registered for these classes. Information about the 2019 classes should be posted by early September.

Sunday, October 13th Only

Tools and Techniques
Sunday, October 13th from 9:30 am to 10:50 am there will be 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.

Dealer Donation Drawings
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 14th

Marquetry Dower Chest circa 1850 with Chris Malcomson

Academy of Miniatures Worksnhop: Marquetry Dower Chest circa 1850 with Chris Malcomson.

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 2019 Good Sam Show. View the Academy class listing.

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


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Peg’s Dollhouse Downsizing Sale

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.

June 8, 2019; 10 am–3 pm
Peg’s Dollhouse Downsizing Sale
2271 Melbrook Way, Santa Rosa, CA
For Info: Peggy, 707-823-3478

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Peg Pucket will be hosting her annual miniatures sale.


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Save the date for Nevada State Day

The Las Vegas Miniature Club is hosting Nevada State Day, October 23-24, 2020.

The theme is “All Hallows Fantasy”. The projects will incorporate a different and exciting format. Details to come. Save the date!

Email the club to be added to the mailing list.

Birdhouse Potting Bench Workshop

Make easy and colorful houseplants with Deb Laue

Saturday June 8, 2019; 10am – 3pm
at the home of Francis Bigler
Roseville, CA

Class includes the potting bench and all of the artwork, plants, pottery, and birdhouses on the bench. Cost $30.00. Add $30 for the 6 plants including flower pots and fillers (as shown in the second photo). Payments may be made by check, cash, or PayPal. Email Deb for questions and registration.

Additional plant making kits and supplies will be for sale at the class. Please bring a sack lunch.

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Potting bench workshop with Deb Laue of Dragonfly International.

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Plants, flowerpots and filler are available for an additional $30.


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This Weekend: Elegant Dollhouse Annual Parking Lot Sale & Flea Market

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 8 am-2 pm
Elegant Dollhouse Annual Parking Lot Sale & Flea Market
Rain or shine. Free to sellers and shoppers. The parking lot will be filled with dealers selling: dollhouses, kits, room boxes, furniture, accessories, books, collectibles, antiques, one-of-a-kind pieces, dolls and more.

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

 


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Thank You from the Mini Club Members who Lost their Homes in the Camp Fire

Our Little Mini Club Chico/Paradise wishes to thank the “Miniature
World,” who opened their hearts by having fundraisers, workshops and
donations after six members lost their homes in the Camp Fire/Paradise
wildfire on November 8, 2018.

On March 19, 2019, we received gift cards, notes and greeting cards from NAME members and non-members. Words cannot express our gratitude for the support,
generosity and kindness of friends and strangers.

Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered!

Margaret Gordus

Our Little Mini Club Members: Carlene Brown, Liz Driver, Margaret Gordus, Jack Rainey, Joanne Schaefer, and Sarah Skeels.


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Wanted: Dollhouse Restoration Assistance

A SF Bay Area miniature enthusiast is looking for a dollhouse and miniaturist expert to restore a dollhouse that her grandfather made 40 years ago.  It will be a gift for her niece’s 10th birthday in June.

The dollhouse is about 3.5′ x 2′ x 2.5′ and sits on a base (also about  3.5′ x 2′ x 2.5′ ) on wheels with a toy bin the pulls out like a drawer. The roof is hinged to give access to the attic and the front walls are hinged to give indoor access. The inside needs some cleaning and sprucing up. The shingles and siding may need to be replaced. There may also be some light carpentry needed to restore structural integrity.

The house is located in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco, where the owner hopes to accommodate it for the length of the restoration project. When the house is done, it will be going to the outer Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco.

Payment/compensation is negotiable. Please contact Susan Kimberlin.

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Cooper’s Miniatures and Dollhouse Flea Market

IMG_5128March 30, 2018; Saturday 10am – 3pm
Benicia Senior Center
187 East L St., Benicia, CA (same location as previous events)

Admission is $3 per person – 12 and under FREE

Great Buys!
Vintage, artisan, like new, hard to find, and unusual miniatures. Have you been looking for that last piece of furniture to match a popular brand Reminiscence, Sonia Messer, Bespaq, and others? Is the artist in you Looking for the weird and wonderful? Do you like to re-design miniatures into Haunted Houses, Curiosity Shops, Fairy Gardens or Fantasy Scenes? This is the perfect place to find items to tear apart and re-do.

IMG_4221Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Sandwiches from Sprankle’s Deli.

If you have something you would like to donate to them, please bring it.

Interested in selling? If you would like a booth to sell minis, contact Cindy Cooper by March 28th coopers.dollhousestudio@yahoo.com

Cindy is planning this event as a small tribute to Jim.

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Reminder: MiniCals 2019 Spring Fling and Flea Market

March 16, 2019
MiniCals Spring Fling and Flea Market
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Bring a dish to share and treasures to sell. Pre-Registered $6. Pay at the door $8. Admission gets you table space to sell your items. For more info, contact Ruth Heisch.


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Photos from the True2Scale Pie Pickup Workshop

Participants in the pie pickup workshop created 1:48 accessories to go with their food trucks. The workshop, offered by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale), was held on February 2, 2018, in Petaluma, California.

Lisa and Paula Holm treated everyone to homemade pies and ice cream.

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Lisa Holm

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The finished pie pickup by Diane Ruess.

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Cindy Bottasso

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Diane Ruess, Sharon Mossman, Lisa Holm, Paula Holm

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Karen Tomajan

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Barbara Thorton-Hill, Lisa Holm, Lisa Panken

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Lori Turner-Dolinsek

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Lisa Holm shows her life-size handiwork.


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Memorial Service for Jim Cooper (Cooper’s Dollhouse)

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Jim Cooper

A memorial service will be held for Jim Cooper (Cooper’s Dollhouse).

Saturday, February 23rd, 2018; 11 am
Passalacqua Funeral Chapel
901 W 2nd St., Benicia, CA

There will be reception following the service at the Veteran’s Hall on 1st Street.

The full obituary is available here.

Cindy Cooper is still planning on the Flea Market in Benicia on March 30th. This will be a small tribute to Jim.


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Helping Margaret to Replace a Roombox Lost in the Camp Fire

Do you know where to find some of these items?

Margaret Gordus would like to make a replacement roombox for her great-grandaughter. The original roombox was lost in the fire.

Margaret is searching for the following:

  • Names of the artist(s) that make dolls like the ones shown in the photo.
  • Roundtable kits similar to the ones shown in the photo.
  • Book from the Minneapolis houseparty (souvenir?). The book is about trees, signed by the author.
  • A wicker stand similar to the one shown in the photo.

Please send any information to Margaret Gordus.

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Margaret Gordus is searching for pieces similar to the ones shown in this roombox. The roombox was created for her great-granddaughter and it was lost in the fire.

 


 

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MiniCals Workshop: Lemon Treats with Jasmin Schwarz

 

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May 18, 2019 – Lemon Treats from Polymer Clay
Jasmin Schwarz (Bitty Bits and Bobs) will be demonstrating a variety of techniques for polymer clay with a lemon flavor, including the method for building a lemon cane. For us novices, that is the long tube of lemon that looks like lemon slices when thinly sliced.  Students may choose a variety of lemon treats to make for their own Summertime vignette. $35

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register early by contacting Ruth.

Workshops will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.


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Last Chance to Sign Up for MiniCals Workshop

February 16, 2019 –Seasonal Sideboard

Last chance to sign up for the MiniCals workshop with Carlene Brown.

Carlene will give you a choice from 8 “Seasonal Sideboards” (7″x4 1/2″x2 1/2″). The sideboard has an upper shelf with fancy corbels, a lower shelf and 2 decorative drawers. Add some wallpaper, paint, antique wash and inked edges for that shabby chic look! $55.

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register by contacting Ruth with your paper choice.

The workshop will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.

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Workshop attendees will have their choice of eight different papers for their hutches.

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MiniCals Workshop: Potting Bench Vignette

april 2019 workshopApril 13, 2019 – Potting Bench Vignette
Includes everything needed to complete it. Macramé a hanging basket and fern, create a flat of seedlings and decorate a gardening hat. Lots of accessories! Cost TBD.

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register early by contacting Ruth.

Workshops will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.


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MiniCals Workshop with Carlene Brown

February 16, 2019 –Seasonal Sideboard

NOTE: If you are already signed up for this workshop, please confirm your paper choice with Carlene.

MiniCals is happy to report that Carlene Brown is looking forward to teaching her “Seasonal Hutch” workshop on February 16. Now is the time to make your paper choice and join her class.

Carlene Brown will give you a choice from 8 “Seasonal Sideboards” (7″x4 1/2″x2 1/2″). The sideboard has an upper shelf with fancy corbels, a lower shelf and 2 decorative drawers. Add some wallpaper, paint, antique wash and inked edges for that shabby chic look! $55.

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register by contacting Ruth with your paper choice.

The workshop will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.

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Workshop attendees will have their choice of eight different papers for their hutches.

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Through sharing…

The miniature community helps friends affected by the Camp Fire

We’ll remember the images on TV— traffic jams of blackened, steel boxes—remnants of cars that were left behind just moments before being consumed by the fire. We’ll remember the stories of people leaving everything—their homes, businesses, pets—to escape with their lives; and hoping that their loved ones were safe. As shocking as these images and stories were, the personal impact wasn’t felt until I received an email from one of the members of “Our Little Mini Club” in Paradise, California: “Hi. We have lost our home from the fire! All area mostly RED… 6 of us have Lost Our Homes!”

Along with many others, I felt powerless to help our mini friends. But as a community, we could make a difference.

There are 2 words in the NAME mission statement that I believe apply to more than just our experience with miniatures. These two words are, “through sharing.” It is, without a doubt, how we were able to help our friends —through the sharing of time, donations, and talents.

While the fires burned on, miniaturists in the N-2 region (Northern CA and Northern NV) were exchanging emails and phone calls. The miniature community rallied together to collect gift cards, personal notes, etc. The Sacramento and San Jose clubs organized mini play days. Benicia area miniaturists took part in a workshop taught and donated by Carol Kubrican. The Reno, Nevada area miniaturists collected gift cards for the Paradise club members.

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Benicia area miniaturists work on their Friendship Hutches during the workshop taught by Carol Kubrican.

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Suzanne Harrington-Cole shows her painted hutch.

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Karen Tomajan created this Friendship Hutch in the workshop in Benicia, taught by Carol Kubrican.

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Members of the MiniCals Club (San Jose) make reindeer antlers during lunchtime at their fundraising event.

Barbara Thornton-Hill worked quickly to accept donations from generous mini friends and family. All the while, she coordinated contact with area club members and Paradise club members.

The Mini Cyber Club held a benefit auction during their holiday party to raise money for the miniaturists.

christmas-friendship-hutch-frontCarol Kubrican created the “Friendship Hutch Kit” with proceeds donated to the Paradise club members. To help keep the cost of the kit supplies low, the kits included donated/discounted materials from GCLaser, Evan Designs, and Handley House. Concerned miniaturists purchased the kits from as far away as Australia, England, and New Zealand.

Through the sharing of our time, donations and talents, the miniature community was able to collect over $15,000.

The funds are being dispersed directly to the members of “Our Little Mini Club” in Paradise, California who have lost their homes. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated!

This message was received from one of the club members who lost her home:

“Thank you all for your kindness. I can’t begin to tell how much this means to us. This is the second time that I have lost everything. My home went down in the Humboldt fire. We are all looking forward to someday returning to our favorite hobby. Hugs.” — J.S.

Club members are hoping to meet at the end of January.

Do you wish to donate?

Barbara Thornton-Hill is continuing to accept monetary and gift card donations to the club members, as well as greeting cards and well wishes. Barbara may be reached at bathca@gmail.com. Please do not send miniature items at this time.

Donation and event organizers (in alphabetical order):
Luci Hanson, Mini Cyber Club auction organizer
Suzanne Harrington-Cole, Benicia area workshop organizer
Ruth Heisch, MiniCals Club/San Jose area event organizer
Carol Kubrican, Benicia workshop teacher, Friendship Hutch Kit fund raiser
Kay Loudon, Reno area donation organizer
Laura Seibert, Sacramento area event organizer
Barbara Thornton-Hill, donation organizer and Sacramento area event organizer
Karen Tomajan, Benicia area workshop organizer
Nancy Wantiez, Reno area donations organizer
Debbie Zalmana, Reno area donations organizer


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Announcing the MiniCals 2019 Spring Fling and Flea Market

March 16, 2019
MiniCals Spring Fling and Flea Market
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Bring a dish to share and treasures to sell. Pre-Registered $6. Pay at the door $8. Admission gets you table space to sell your items. For more info, contact Ruth Heisch.


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MiniCals Workshop: 1:144 Lighted Farmhouse with Lori Turner

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Lori Turner will be offering a workshop to create this 1:144 scale lighted farmhouse with the MiniCals.

Workshop takes place on January 26, 2019.

Make a lighted 1:144 scale farmhouse for your 1:12 scale dollhouse with the help of Lori Turner (Lori’s Little Things). Participants will build, paint and landscape this very cute addition to a collection. Cost $35.

Bring a basic tool box and a sack lunch. A beverage will be provided. Register early. Some classes may be limited. No kits available.

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

For more information and to register, contact Ruth Heisch.


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Register for NAME’s Online Houseparty

onlinehousepartylogoRegistration for N.A.M.E.’s online houseparty opens Dec. 4, 2018. The first day of registration is Jan. 4, 2019. Forms may be mailed between Dec. 1 – Jan. 4, 2019, to be considered first day. Forms may be downloaded here.

Theme: Around the World in 8 Days
Dates: May 15-19, 2019

Space is limited, so put these dates on your calendar and sign up!

What is an online houseparty? 
It’s a chance to enjoy all of the events that take place at a physical houseparty, but carried out through email, online, through regular mail, chat rooms, and the online houseparty website. There will be a sales room (with lots of specials from lots of your favorite mini dealers), workshops (the kits will be mailed to you), theme luncheons (the gifts will be mailed to you), souvenirs (also mailed), houseparty helpers, roundtable kits, auctions, tours, games/prizes/free tutorials….and more.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful houseparty. You won’t have to pay for travel, food, or a hotel room. Everything will be done from your computer.

Visit the online houseparty website for more information. Participants must be members of N.A.M.E.


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MiniCal's 2016 Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop

Interested in Starting a Mini Club?

If you’re looking for a new club to join, or to start a club in your area, the MiniCals Miniature Club can help. They will sponsor a new club, and work with the members to become established. Contact Ruth Heisch for info.


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Pie Pickup Workshop with Carol Kubrican

1/4 Scale Pie Pickup Workshop – Feb. 2, 2019 

Join in on the fun and create your own pie pickup! Participants will paint a 3D printed truck and stools, work with decals and fabric, and learn some helpful tricks for finishing. All of the accessories shown are included. You may pre-order the kit to create and landscape the base for an additional $8. There will be some painting pre-work. This will be shipped to you at the beginning of January, so that you’ll have a whole month to prepare for our day of fun. The plan is to finish the pie pickups in the workshop, or come very close to it!

Cost $145 (includes lunch, shipping and misc. supplies). The optional base kit is $8. Your space will be reserved after payment has been received (PayPal, personal checks, and money orders).

Date: Feb. 2, 2019
Location: The Creamery, Petaluma, CA

Register here. If you register and are unable to attend the workshop, a workshop kit will be mailed to you.

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All of the accessories are included with the truck.

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Carol Kubrican (True2Scale) will be offering the 1/4 scale pie pickup workshop on Feb. 2, 2019.


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Last Day to Pre-Order Friendship Hutch Kits to Benefit Camp Fire Members

Order the kits by Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

If you are unable to attend the mini events (below), please consider ordering a Friendship Hutch Kit. The proceeds go toward the purchase of gift cards for our mini friends. $50 (hutch and accessories without lighting) $65 (hutch and accessories with LED lighting). All accessories shown in the picture are included in the kit. If you decide to purchase the lighted kit, the battery holder and switch is hidden in the bottom of the cabinet behind the doors. You may wish to order more than one kit; keep one for yourself and give one as a gift! Please email Carol Kubrican by Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to reserve a kit or place an order on the true2scale website (free shipping through Tuesday).

CONSIDER ATTENDING AN N2 REGION EVENT FOR THE CAMP FIRE members

Our miniature community is rallying together to organize events to collect gift cards, personal notes, cards, etc. The events will take place in Benicia, Sacramento, and San Jose. The Reno area miniaturists have collected gift cards for the miniature club members who lost their homes in the Paradise Fire. Please consider taking part in one of the events below, and supporting our members. Not only will you have a day of fun, but you’ll be helping out our extended miniature family who are in need — just before the holidays. If you are unable to attend an event, please consider sending a gift card (more info at the bottom of this message).

Benicia, CA – WORKSHOP

christmas-friendship-hutch-front Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 10 am The Benicia area participants will be working on a 1″ scale Friendship Hutch. The workshop will be taught by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale). Workshop fee: $50 (hutch and accessories without lighting) $65 (hutch and accessories with LED lighting). All accessories shown in the picture are included in the kit. If you decide to purchase the lighted kit, the battery holder and switch is hidden in the bottom of the cabinet behind the doors. You may wish to order more than one kit; keep one for yourself and give one as a gift! All proceeds will go toward purchasing gift cards for our mini friends affected by the fire. A donation box will be available. Please bring your own lunch. Light refreshments in the morning and afternoon will be provided. Limited space. Registration deadline Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to allow for lead time in preparing the kits. Email Karen Tomajan to register. Please join us us in raising money for the Paradise mini community. If you are unable to attend, you are still more than welcome to purchase a kit, or make a donation. LOCATION The Arsenal Benicia, CA Additional Friendship Hutch Kits are available for purchase, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of gift cards for our mini friends. Please email Carol Kubrican by Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to reserve a kit.

Sacramento, CA – PLAY DAY & GET-TOGETHER

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 9am-2 pm Open to all miniaturists who are interested in joining us for a day of togetherness! Please join us for a holiday mini “PLAY DAY” & “Get-together.” Let’s have some fun while helping our extended mini family affected by the Camp Fire in the Paradise area. PLEASE BRING: something to share for a Potluck lunch, a door prize if you’d like to win a door prize, a project to work on OR order the 1 inch scale Friendship Hutch Kit by Carol Kubrican, who is donating this kit at cost, profits to be used to purchase gift cards for the fire relief efforts. Cost of the hutch kit is $50 (without lights) $65 (with LED lighting). Orders must be in by November 27, 2018 so that the kits can be made up. Email Barbara Thornton-Hill to order. ADMISSION COST: one or more gift cards which will be donated to “Our Little Mini Club” to dispense as they see fit among their members who have lost or had damage to their homes from the fires in Butte County/Paradise. St. Matthew Lutheran Church is also collecting items and gift cards for the fire effort. Can’t join us? Please feel free to send a donation to Barbara Thornton-Hill and we will buy gift cards to go with the other donated gift cards. TO REGISTER: Email Barbara Thornton-Hill or Laura Seibert. LOCATION St. Matthew Lutheran Church 5901 Lonetree Blvd. Rocklin, CA

San Jose/Morgan Hill, CA – CATCH-UP ON KITS/POTLUCK

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 10am- 4pm The MiniCals are planning a “catch-up on kits/potluck” for our mini friends in the Chico club. Several friends have lost their homes. Those who have worked relief efforts in Santa Rosa feel gift cards would be best at this time. Therefore, admission to our event will be a door prize for fun, and gift cards for our friends. Whatever cards you can bring will be much appreciated and dispersed among the Chico club ASAP. If you have a personal note/card, we will make sure that they receive those also. LOCATION M & L Precision 18665 Madrone Parkway Morgan Hill, CA Questions? Email Ruth

Can’t attend? Consider sending a gift card.

Gift cards are being collected for the members in need. Please send the gift cards to Barbara Thornton-Hill for distribution to our mini friends. Email Barbara for more info. Please do not send donations of minis or other items at this time.

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Mini Events to Benefit Members Affected by the Camp Fire

Various mini events are being organized in the N2 Region to benefit members who have been affected by the Camp Fires in Butte County/Paradise, California. At least 6 members in our region are known to have lost their homes.

Our miniature community is rallying together to organize events to collect gift cards, personal notes, cards, etc. The events will take place in Benicia, Sacramento, and San Jose. The Reno area miniaturists have collected gift cards for the miniature club members who lost their homes in the Paradise Fire.

Please consider taking part in one of the events below, and supporting our members. Not only will you have a day of fun, but you’ll be helping out our extended miniature family who are in need — just before the holidays.

If you are unable to attend an event, please consider sending a gift card (more info at the bottom of this message).


Benicia, CA – WORKSHOP

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Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 10 am
The Benicia area participants will be working on a 1″ scale Friendship Hutch. The workshop will be taught by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale). Workshop fee: $50 (hutch and accessories without lighting) $65 (hutch and accessories with LED lighting). All accessories shown in the picture are included in the kit. If you decide to purchase the lighted kit, the battery holder and switch is hidden in the bottom of the cabinet behind the doors. You may wish to order more than one kit; keep one for yourself and give one as a gift! All proceeds will go toward purchasing gift cards for our mini friends affected by the fire. A donation box will be available. Please bring your own lunch. Light refreshments in the morning and afternoon will be provided. Limited space. Registration deadline Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to allow for lead time in preparing the kits. Email Karen Tomajan to register.

Please join us us in raising money for the Paradise mini community. If you are unable to attend, you are still more than welcome to purchase a kit, or make a donation.

LOCATION
The Arsenal
Benicia, CA

Additional Friendship Hutch Kits are available for purchase, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of gift cards for our mini friends. Please email Carol Kubrican by Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to reserve a kit.


Sacramento, CA – PLAY DAY & GET-TOGETHER

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 9am-2 pm

Open to all miniaturists who are interested in joining us for a day of togetherness! Please join us for a holiday mini “PLAY DAY” & “Get-together.” Let’s have some fun while helping our extended mini family affected by the Camp Fire in the Paradise area.

PLEASE BRING: something to share for a Potluck lunch, a door prize if you’d like to win a door prize, a project to work on OR order the 1 inch scale Friendship Hutch Kit by Carol Kubrican, who is donating this kit at cost, profits to be used to purchase gift cards for the fire relief efforts. Cost of the hutch kit is $50 (without lights) $65 (with LED lighting). Orders must be in by November 27, 2018 so that the kits can be made up. Email Barbara Thornton-Hill to order.

ADMISSION COST: one or more gift cards which will be donated to “Our Little Mini Club” to dispense as they see fit among their members who have lost or had damage to their homes from the fires in Butte County/Paradise.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is also collecting items and gift cards for the fire effort.

Can’t join us?  Please feel free to send a donation to Barbara Thornton-Hill and we will buy gift cards to go with the other donated gift cards.

TO REGISTER: Email Barbara Thornton-Hill or Laura Seibert.

LOCATION
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
5901 Lonetree Blvd.
Rocklin, CA


San Jose/Morgan Hill, CA – CATCH-UP ON KITS/POTLUCK

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018; 10am- 4pm
The MiniCals are planning a “catch-up on kits/potluck” for our mini friends in the Chico club. Several friends have lost their homes. Those who have worked relief efforts in Santa Rosa feel gift cards would be best at this time. Therefore, admission to our event will be a door prize for fun, and gift cards for our friends. Whatever cards you can bring will be much appreciated and dispersed among the Chico club ASAP. If you have a personal note/card, we will make sure that they receive those also.

LOCATION
M & L Precision
18665 Madrone Parkway
Morgan Hill, CA

Questions? Email Ruth


Can’t attend? Consider sending a gift card.

Gift cards are being collected for the members in need. Please send the gift cards to Barbara Thornton-Hill for distribution to our mini friends. Email Barbara for more info. Please do not send donations of minis or other items at this time.


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N2 Members and the Camp Fire

Our Little Mini Club (A NAME club) has six members living in Paradise, California, who are involved in the Camp Fire. Some of these members have lost their homes.

If you are interested in finding a way to help Members affected by the fire, please email Barbara Thornton-Hill.


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Upcoming Workshops with the MiniCals

The MiniCals Club will be hosting a series of workshops in early 2019, in Morgan Hill, California.

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January 26 – Lighted 1/144 Farmhouse
Make a farmhouse for your dollhouse with the help of Lori Turner (Lori’s Little Things). Build, paint and landscape this very cute addition to your collection. Cost $35.


2019 workshop carlene4February 16 –Seasonal Sideboard
Carlene Brown will give you a choice from 8 “Seasonal Sideboards” (7″x4 1/2″x2 1/2″). The sideboard has an upper shelf with fancy corbels, a lower shelf and 2 decorative drawers. Add some wallpaper, paint, antique wash and inked edges for that shabby chic look! $55. Must register by January 1, 2019 with choice.


april 2019 workshopApril 13 – Potting Bench Vignette
Includes everything needed to complete it. Macramé a hanging basket and fern, create a flat of seedlings and decorate a gardening hat. Lots of accessories! Cost TBD.


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May 18 – Lemon Treats from Polymer Clay
Jasmin Schwarz (Bitty Bits and Bobs) will be demonstrating a variety of techniques for polymer clay with a lemon flavor, including the method for building a lemon cane. For us novices, that is the long tube of lemon that looks like lemon slices when thinly sliced.  Students may choose a variety of lemon treats to make for their own Summertime vignette. $35


Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register early by contacting Ruth.

Workshops will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.


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Photos from the Steampunk Doll Workshop

Students created a steampunk doll during the 2018 Good Sam Academy of Miniatures, held after the Good Sam Show in San Jose, CA. The workshop was taught by Dana Burton, of Miniature Art.

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Margo, a romantic steampunk figure.

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Anne Villalobos & Juanita Landa (Students)

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Jil Weisz (Artisan and Dana Burton’s sister) and Betty Jang (Student)

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Dana Burton (Instructor)

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Pepper Williams (Student)

More information about the Good Sam Academy of Miniatures and the Good Sam Show.


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This Weekend: Mini Show in Sebastopol, CA

November 3, 2018; 10 am-3pm 5th Annual Miniature Show & Sale in Sebastopol Sebastopol Masonic Hall, 373 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA Admission $2. Children free. Dealer tables $40. Contact Lori 707-829-0795 or email Deb.


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Help Needed in the Box Office, Exhibits, and the White Elephant table sales at Good Sam

The Good Sam committee needs help with the box office, exhibits, and the white elephant table sales. Any help would be appreciated. Because of age and the fact that many people are leaving the Bay Area, some of the regular volunteers are no longer able to assist.

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library.

All volunteers receive free show admission. Volunteers are usually asked to work 2 hour shifts, but if more people sign up, the time will be decreased.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, glenlee5@sbcglobal.net, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 13-14, 2018. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Please Help! Volunteers are Needed for the 2018 Good Sam Show

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library. The show is in need of people to help with various tasks (watching the exhibits and helping with the white elephant sales table, for example).

All volunteers receive free show admission. Volunteers are usually asked to work 2 hour shifts, but if more people sign up, the time will be decreased.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, glenlee5@sbcglobal.net, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 13-14, 2018. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Volunteers are Needed for the 2018 Good Sam Show

Good Sam is run completely by volunteers from the mini world and from the Plane Tree Library. The show is in need of people to help with various tasks (watching the exhibits and helping with the white elephant sales table, for example).

All volunteers receive free show admission. Volunteers are usually asked to work 2 hour shifts, but if more people sign up, the time will be decreased.

To sign up, email Linda Lee, or call (510) 659-1154 and leave a message. Please get in touch with Linda right away to confirm a time.

The Good Sam Show is Oct. 13-14, 2018. More info about the Good Sam Show.


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Children’s Workshops at 2018 Good Sam Show

The Good Sam Show is offering free workshops for little children, and pre-registered workshops for children over the age of eight.

The free children’s workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 13-14, 2018) from noon until 3 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

The children’s pre-registered workshops will be Sat, Oct 13th, 2018. Registration is open. Class space is limited so be sure to sign up soon. The registration deadline is September 15, 2018.

  • Class #1 – 1:12 Dog or Cat House
  • Class #2 – 1:12 Wooden Wheelbarrow
  • Class #3 – 1:12 Cotton Candy Machine

More info and registration form.

For more information, please contact Lynne Hoffman.

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Class #1 – 1:12 Dog or Cat House. Teacher: Sophia Stewart

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Class #2 – 1:12 Wooden Wheelbarrow. Teacher: Connie Younker

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Class #3 – 1:12 Cotton Candy Machine. Teacher: Barbara Thornton-Hill


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“The Miniaturist” TV series premiere

About the Show

In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) arrives in Amsterdam to meet her wealthy merchant husband Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell), but is instead met by his sister Marin (Romola Garai). When Johannes appears, he presents her with a wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unraveling the future with unsettling precision.

As Nella begins to uncover its secrets and those of the Brandt household she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the Miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Adapted from Jessie Burton’s internationally best-selling novel, The Miniaturist, a ravishing three-part period thriller.

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Petronella Oortman’s dollhouse is located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is the inspiration for “The Miniaturist.”

About the Miniatures

An excerpt from Masterpiece’s website provides some insight into the miniatures:

“As a wedding gift from her husband, Nella receives a dollhouse replica of her prestigious new home, and commissions items to furnish it from a local miniaturist…who begins sending eerily insightful items far beyond Nella’s requests. In order to create the dollhouse, the production—which, unlike our titular miniaturist, was not in possession of supernatural or otherwise mysterious miniature-making skills—turned to Mulvany & Rogers, designers of one-twelfth scale bespoke miniatures and dollhouses. Working their own magic through historical research and replicating the props from the production, they produced numerous miniature items (the parakeet cage, a stringed lute) themselves, while commissioning other items from more specialized artisans, who created everything from tiny pastries to a hand-carved wooden cradle.”

Read more about the making of The Miniaturist.

The Miniaturist will air Sept. 9-23, 2018; on Masterpiece/PBS. Check your local PBS schedule for airing times. KQED San Francisco schedule

View the trailer below, or click here 


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5th Annual Miniature Show & Sale in Sebastopol

November 3, 2018; 10 am-3pm
5th Annual Miniature Show & Sale in Sebastopol
Sebastopol Masonic Hall, 373 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA
Admission $2. Children free. Dealer tables $40. Contact Lori 707-829-0795 or email Deb.


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Deadline For MiniCals NAME Day Sign Ups

This is the last week to sign up for MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass’s NAME Day.  Kit orders must be turned in on September 1, 2018. Smaller scale kits are available if you would like to join MiniCals and work on a 1/4 or 1/2 scale kit. Please contact Ruth before Saturday, Sept. 1.

Don’t forget any special fabric you may want to work with for the desk kit makeover. Wallpaper can be made from your fabric. MiniCals has lots of papers, trims and wood for your special desk.

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Sample of a finished desk and chair.

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Chair option

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Cooper’s Doll House Flea Market

Saturday, September 8, 2018; 10am – 3pm

Vintage, artisan, like new, hard to find, and unusual miniatures. Miniatures available in all scales. This is the perfect place to find items to tear apart and re-do.

Friends & Family Jr. team will have a table selling miniatures. If you have something you would like to donate to them, please bring it. All proceeds will go to the ACS team.

If you would like a booth to sell minis, there are still a couple of tables available. Contact Coopers at 707-745-9411, or email coopers.dollhousestudio@yahoo.com

Same location as before:
Benicia Senior Center
187 East L St., Benicia, CA
On the corner of East 2nd St. and East L St. Next to Benicia Library.

Admission is $3 per person; 12 and under free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by Cooper’s Doll House Studio and American Cancer Society. Proceeds benefit ACS Friends & Family Jr Relay for Life Team.

Celerity Victorian Antique Shop. This kit is no longer being made. Valued at over $1000. Current Price includes accessories: $575.00

This is a limited edition, 8-room, front opening house with a Victorian doll. $295.


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Online Seminars to Benefit NAME

In the past several months, we have lost some very special miniaturists who had a special place in their hearts for NAME.

To honor the lives and dedication of our departed NAME friends, Luci Hanson will be hosting two live seminars online for a minimum donation to NAME of $5.00 per attendee. The proceeds will go to NAME in memory of Eve Karobolis, Phyllis Tucker and Terry Reasor.

Both seminars will take place on Monday, July 16, 2018.

Seminar 1
10:00 – 10:45 am Pacific time
Subject: Fancy wood floors with veneer
Free veneer sheets for every registrant.

Seminar 2
11:00 – 11:45 am Pacific time
Subject: Making drapes and curtains for any scale (the EZ way)

The seminars will be given live through the website, zoom.us. They will not be recorded.
A camera or microphone is not needed.

TO ATTEND:

  • Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar.
  • To keep the process easy for Kim at the NAME office, please make your minimum $5 donation to Mini Cyber Club PayPal account: minicyberclub@yahoo.com
    Be sure to stipulate that the funds are a donation to NAME. The Mini Cyber Club treasurer will forward the funds to the NAME PayPal account on Tuesday, July 17.
    The final total will be published in the Mini Cyber Club digest next week.

This is a win-win program. Participants will pay tribute to dedicated friends, learn something, and help NAME.

Please contact Luci Hanson with questions.


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This Weekend: Miniatures in the Wine Country Shows

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

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.


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2018 N2 Region NAME Day Events

This year’s NAME Day event is “BEDROOM – PART III: Desk and Chair.” Plans for the armoire are provided in various scales in the July/August 2018 issue of the NAME Gazette. Kits in various scales will be available. The desk and chair have been designed to coordinate with the bedroom furniture from previous NAME Days. This is the final piece for the bedroom.

Please see below for various event dates.

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, you may purchase a kit from Barbara Thornton-Hill (deadline: 9/15/18) or other cutters.

Online events are also happening (see below).

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Events in the N2 Region

Morgan Hill, CA
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 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 trims, papers and accessories for our “Make it your Own” desk. You can also make it to accompany the armoire and bunks.   You may request a 1/4 inch kit and use trims etc., but desk accessories are one inch scale only. 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 4, 2018, 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 by July 1, 2018. Contact Barbara Fairbanks

Sacramento, CA
Saturday, October 6, 2018
By Small Design will host an all scales event. Potluck, gifts and raffle. Bring a dish to serve 5 people. Meeting at Sierra Arden Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave., Sacramento (2 min. from the Elegant Dollhouse Store). $20.00 plus the cost of the kit. 1″ kits are $21.00; 1/2″ kits are $14.00; 1/4 ” kits are $10.00; and 1/144 ” kits are $8.00. Contact Pattie Hong

Hawaii
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 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 6, 2018, 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 drinks are included. Other kits will be available for sale also. Contact Karen Tomajan

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Online Events

MiniCyberClub.com
September 29-30, 2018
Live workshop instructions for NAME Members Only. Register online.

Quarter Connection
October 20-21, 2018. Registration has closed. Wait list. Payment is due July 15. 
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.

Miniature Art Contest

Mini Masterpiece Challenge

Dick Blick art supplies store is sponsoring a “Mini Masterpiece Challenge.” Submit your teeny tiny art for a chance to win a prize pack from Dick Blick. The deadline to enter is June 17, 2018.

More information.


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Miniature Gazette Editor Wanted

NAME is accepting bids to publish “The Miniature Gazette,” currently a 50-page printed magazine. The magazine is the official publication of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. The Gazette Editor is not an employee of NAME. This position is a contracted position. The Gazette Editor works independently to publish the magazine. The actual activities, number of issues per year, pages per issue, required deadlines etc. will be negotiated with the selected editor and included in a contract which will be eligible for renewal on an annual basis.

All software must be current and compatible with the printer’s specs. All software, computer equipment, peripherals, and supplies used in the preparation of the magazine is at the expense of the Gazette Editor and should be considered when bidding for the work. Interested applicants should request specific details from Rhonda Keef.


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.

 

Reminder: MiniCals June Workshop has been Cancelled

The MiniCals flower making workshop that was scheduled for June 23, 2018, has been cancelled. There was a misprint in the Summer issue of the N2 newsletter stating that the workshop would take place.

For more info, please contact Ruth Heisch.


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