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.

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 TBD.

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).

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 TBD.


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.


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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.


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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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Sign up for the 2018 Summer at Tahoe Workshop

summerattahoe2018-9742_thumbThe 25th Annual Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop will be held August 11, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Tahoe Miniacs.

The theme is “My Gazebo”. An airy gazebo complete with plants and furnishings.

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

Register early. Limited enrollment.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Multipurpose Room at the Sierra House Elementary School
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Visit the website for more information.


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CANCELLED: Miniature Mania (formerly CHAMPs) Dollhouse Miniatures Show & Sale

July 21-22, 2018, 11 – 4 pm
This show has been cancelled. Please visit the show website for more info.

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 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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Flea Market at Peg’s Dollhouse

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

Dealers welcome! Please bring a table.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2271 Mel Brook Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-823-3478

Peg Pucket

Peg Pucket will be hosting her annual miniatures sale.


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The Weekend: MiniCals Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market

April 14, 2018, 10 am-2 pm
Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market
Your $6 prepaid or $8 at the door and a food dish will get you one table to sell whatever you like; or just come to shop, enjoy other miniaturists and eat yummy foods. Drinks and door prizes.

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

Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.


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This Weekend: Cooper’s Miniatures & Dollhouse Flea Market

IMG_5408April 7, 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. This is a fundraiser for American Cancer Society Benicia-Vallejo Relay For Life, Team Friends and Family Jr. Sponsored by Cooper’s Doll House Studio and the American Cancer Society.

IMG_5128Great 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.

Food 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. Friends & Family Jr. team will have a table selling miniatures. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society team.

For more info: coopers.dollhousestudio@yahoo.comIMG_4221


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Upcoming Mini Events

Don’t miss these miniature events happening in the N2 Region this Spring!

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

April 7, 2018; 10-3pm
Cooper’s Miniatures & Dollhouse Flea Market
Benicia Senior Center 187 East L St., Benicia, CA
Admission is $3 per person; 12 and under FREE. Great Buys! Vintage, artisan, like new, hard to find, and unusual miniatures. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. If you would like a booth to sell minis, contact Cindy Cooper. More info.

April 14, 2018
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. More info or contact Ruth Heisch

May 6, 2018
Elegant Dollhouse Annual Parking Lot Sale
The parking lot at this Sacramento dollhouse store 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. Rain or shine. Register to sell. Free to sellers and shoppers.
More info

May 18-20, 2018
NAME Houseparty in Louisville, KY 
“Jockeys and Juleps” All scales
More info

May 19, 2018, 10am-4pm
Flea Market at Peg’s Dollhouse
2271 Mel Brook Way, Santa Rosa, CA
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. For more info, call Peg: 707-823-3478.

May 19, 2018, 10 am
MiniCals Laundry Day Workshop
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Construct a wooden folding clothes drying rack, an ironing board and fill a clothes basket. $25 Contact Ruth Heisch


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Elegant Dollhouse Parking Lot Sale & Flea Market

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 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


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Cancelled: MiniCals Flower Making Workshop

MiniCals has cancelled the Flower Making Workshop that was scheduled for June 23, 2018.

Please join MiniCals for their Spring Fling:
April 14, 2018
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. Contact Ruth Heisch.

The next MiniCals workshop:
May 19, 2018, 10 am
MiniCals Laundry Day Workshop
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Construct a wooden folding clothes drying rack, an ironing board and fill a clothes basket. $25 Contact Ruth Heisch.


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Cooper’s Miniatures and Dollhouse Flea Market

IMG_5128April 7, 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
This is a fundraiser for American Cancer Society Benicia-Vallejo Relay For Life, Team Friends and Family Jr. Sponsored by Cooper’s Doll House Studio and the American Cancer Society.


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. Friends & Family Jr. team will have a table selling miniatures. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society team.


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

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Make Your Plans for NAME Day 2018

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 U.S. and internationally. Participation in an event may occur in clubs, locally, statewide, regionally, or online.

NAME Day will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018. 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 3: Desk and Chair” to go with the armoire and bunk bed from the previous NAME Day events. The armoire and bunk bed kits will also be available this year. Plans for the desk and chair 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.

More info is available on the NAME website.

Deadlines

April 1, 2018 – List Event
Are you organizing an event for NAME Day? Let Luci Hanson 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 Luci.

August 15, 2018 – 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, 2018 – Cutters Ship Kits
Date when the cutters can ship the kits. International shipping dates may be earlier.

October 6, 2018 – 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.


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Feb. and March Pocket Party Classes at DT&M

Saturday, February 17th and March 17th, 2018; 10am-1pm
Dollhouses Trains & More, 300 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA

Dollhouses, Trains & More will host a 2-part class for February and March 2018. Create the tea space you’ve always dreamed about — or maybe that tea room of your wildest imagination. It’s your choice. Bring: scissors, tweezers, patience and magnification glasses if needed. Please bring items that you would like to place on the exterior and interior walls of the building structure and/or landscaping features you would like to include.

Cost for each class is $25.00. To reserve your space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415) 883-0388 Ex.106 or email Maria.
More info and inspiration

 

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Participants will be using this structure for their tea inspired settings.

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The 2018 Pocket Party Classes are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month through November.


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True2Scale 1″ Succulents Workshop

1″ Scale Succulents and Garden Decor Workshop
Jan. 27, 2018; 10am – 2pm
The Creamery, Petaluma, CA

Participants will learn faux painting and image transfer techniques to create succulents in old, re-purposed pots and pans. Students will make realistic looking succulents; weather wood; transfer artwork; create “china”, “aluminum”, and “graniteware”; and work with paper to make a 3D garden star.All of the accessories shown are included (the potting bench structure is not included). Items to be created in the workshop: wood crate with succulents, cooking pot with succulent garden, small pan with succulent garden, coffee pot with succulents, tea kettle with succulents, muffin tin with succulents, canisters, garden gloves, “mini” teacup house, “china” dishes, pot with soil and scoop, 3D hanging star.

Cost $65 (includes lunch). Your space will be reserved after payment has been received. We accept PayPal, personal checks, and money orders. If you register and will be unable to attend the workshop, a workshop kit will be mailed to you.

Sign up online or contact Carol for more info.

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Participants will create these succulents and decorations.

photo of succulents and potting bench

 


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2018 Pocket Party Classes at DT&M

Dollhouses, Trains & More will once again host the Pocket Party Classes in 2018. The classes are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted.

The first Pocket Party Class is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 10AM to 1PM. This class draws its inspiration from the tiny figures used in the Train Department.  While researching on the internet, Maria Creasey discovered a whole world using these tiny figures. She used the search term, “tiny people world” and there they were. WOW!
She also suggests checking out  “The Surreal Miniature World of Kirill Makrov,”
“Tiny World Terrariums” and of course Pinterest for Mini People.

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Inspiration for the first Pocket Party class.

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The cost of the first Pocket Party Class is $25.00. Please bring your own tweezers and magnification glasses. All other supplies will be provided.

Class space is limited. You must reserve a space to attend. NO Drop-ins. To reserve your space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415) 883-0388 Ex.106 or email.


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Register to Attend the MiniCals Annual Spring Fling

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MiniCals Flea Market

April 14, 2018
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. For more info, contact Ruth Heisch.


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Free Online Mini Classes and Club

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the Mini Cyber Club.


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MiniCals Workshop: Back Porch

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MiniCals workshop, The Back Porch

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

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

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

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

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


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Mini Cyber Club Activities for November

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

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

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

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


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Announcing 2 New Mini Shows in Lodi Wine Country

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

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

2 shows at once happening less than 2 miles apart:

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

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

Nearby Hotels with discounted rates:

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

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

For dealer contract and information, contact Leslie Flint.

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

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


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Registration for Louisville All-Scales Houseparty

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Registration opens Oct. 27, 2017 for Jockeys and Juleps All-Scales Houseparty. The event will be held May 18-20, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Workshops, theme luncheons, and the dealer list is available on the NAME website.

Download a houseparty registration form.

This Weekend is the 2017 Good Sam Show

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

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

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

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

SHOW EVENTS

Friday, October 6th

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

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

Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 7th Only

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

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

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

Sunday, October 8th Only

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

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

After the Show, Monday, October 9th

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

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

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


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

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Smithsonian Museum to Offer Miniatures Exhibit

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

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

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

More info about the restoration process and the exhibition.


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Mini Cyber Club logo

NAME’s Online Mini Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

photo of class 3

Children’s Workshops at Good Sam Show

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

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

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

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

List of pre-registered workshops and registration form.

For more information, please contact Lynne Hoffman.

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

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

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


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

 

2017 CHAMPS Show – This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

2017 Good Sam Show

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

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

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

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

SHOW EVENTS

Friday, October 6th

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

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

Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 7th Only

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

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

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

Sunday, October 8th Only

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

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

After the Show, Monday, October 9th

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

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

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


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