Fun and Centerpieces at the Sacramento Houseparty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1″ scale centerpiece.

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1/4″ scale centerpiece.

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

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

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Dressed like tool bags.

Getting into the DIY-er spirit.

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Rosie the Riveter gals.

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

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A prize from the Sacramento Houseparty.

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Photos from the MiniCals “Making Lingerie” Workshop

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

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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

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Margaret Crossland and Betty Jang make lingerie pieces.

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Lynne Hoffman hanging out and making her mini lavender.

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Lingerie by Rhona Lee.

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Diane Piziali makes lingerie pieces.

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Juanita Landa cuts out the lingerie pieces.

MiniCals 2016 NAME Day

On October 1, 2016, The MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass hosted a “Backwoods Bunks” NAME Day. The event was held in Morgan Hill, CA. A light breakfast, lunch, gifts galore, shoebox sales, project exhibits, silent auction and lots of FUN was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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Judy Pick’s version looks great!

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Questions anyone?

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Some of the MiniCal members at NAME Day 2016.

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Lisa Panken is smiling….she’s got it!

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This is Beth Newick’s layout. By golly, she’s got it, too!

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1/4″ Scale Christmas Box


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Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures Show

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October 8-9, 2016
Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures
41st Annual Show & Sale

Sales Floor & Show Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
One Day Workshops: Friday, October 7th, 2016
Free Tools & Techniques Seminar: Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

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!

Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA
More info


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Photos from the 2016 NAME Seattle National Convention

The 2016 NAME National Convention was held in Seattle, Washington, July 18-24. Many N2 members took part in the events and camaraderie.

Thanks to Karen Tomajan, Nancy Wantiez, Laurie Parker, and Carol Kubrican for sharing photos from the convention.

To view more photos, please click here.

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Exhibit created by Angelika Oeckl and shown at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Exhibit created by Angelika Oeckl and shown at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Jeff Packard in costume. Photo by Laurie Parker.

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Centerpiece. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Centerpiece. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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A photo of Charlotte Atcher’s workshop sample at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Suzanne, Margo, Karen and Carolyn – San Francisco Bay Area

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Exhibits from the Seattle National Convention

The exhibit room at the 2016 NAME National Convention in Seattle showcased some of the talent of NAME Members. Here are a few of the displays:

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NAME Member, Angelika Oeckl displayed her “Angelique Antique,” a 1″ scale antique shop.

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NAME Member, Debby Basaraba created Baba’s General Store for Fairies. She used a combination of miniatures and altered art.

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NAME Member, Pamela Teal displayed “Nature’s Wonderland” which included lighted shell lanterns.

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NAME Member, Cindy Diamond created this piece entitled, “Which Door?”.

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NAME Member, Pat Perry displayed her “Mad Hatter Tea Party” scene in 1/4″ scale.


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Photos from MiniCals Workshop: 1/4 scale ski lodge

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, MiniCals hosted a 1/4 scale ski lodge workshop, Part 1 of 2, at M & L Precision in Morgan Hill, CA. For Part 1 participants built, electrified, and chose their interior wall treatments.

M & L Precision, courtesy of Karen and Mark Laisure, is ideal for hosting the MiniCal workshops. The atmosphere for the MiniCals workshops is so conducive to working on miniatures that inevitably miniaturists come just to finish other projects, socialize and share. Lunch time drawings are always exciting. The small drawing gifts are wonderful artisan quality items donated by generous individuals. Mini table sales throughout the day are always welcome.

The Ski Lodge – Part 2 will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the same location. Participants will furnish their projects with laser cut pieces.

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Diane Phillips and Lynn Miller…”I think this goes here…”

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Beth Newick and Judy Pick working on their ski lodges.

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Gerry Silberstein working on her ski lodge.

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Marge Milani

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Meg Milani working on her ski lodge.

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Dale Burgei (grandson) and Carol Walls working on their ski lodges.

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Pat Iannucci and Sue Sterling working on their ski lodges.

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Lisa Panken working on assembling her ski lodge

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Betty Jang, Liz Gerat Carpenter and Nancy Wantiez socializing.


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Mini Cals Spring Fling Flea Market Pictures

A day of mini enjoyment was had by shoppers and sellers alike at the annual Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market on Saturday, March 19, in Morgan Hill, CA. There were miniature treasures available in all scales – some items were new; some re-newed, and some just needed a little imagination…

Many thanks to the organizers and helpers who made this day a fun event for all who attended!

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View of the flea market sales floor.

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Seller Debbie Heard always has wonderful items!

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Kathleen Cordova (left) and her good friend, DJ (right) at her mom’s (Mary Scholl’s) miniature estate sales table.

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A treasure waiting to be reimagined.

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Yummy pot luck choices!

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Mini Cals Helper Ann Villalobos passed out the Easter egg candies and raffle tickets. Thanks, Ann!

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Seller Carol Walls at her table, “Are we having fun yet?”

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Goodies to be had (sorting required).

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Shoppers filled trays with mini treasures.

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Two character dolls (not real buyers) at Debbie Heard’s table.

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Every good sale has a few House of Miniatures kits.

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A light breakfast.

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Quarter scale furniture offered by HanaMini.

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1″ scale Southwest style room box refurbished by Rhona Lee.

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Detail of Rhona Lee’s Southwest room box.

 

MiniCal's 2016 Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop

Photos from MiniCal’s Shabby Chic Workshop

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, MiniCals hosted a shabby chic garden shelf on a door workshop at M & L Precision Machinery, Inc., Morgan Hill, CA.

Starting with a stock Houseworks six panel interior door, participants assembled shelves, painted, applied decals, decoupaged, and then aged the door with chalk paints. Using simple card stock, various sized planter pots, including faux galvanized French botanical buckets were cut, shaped and then colored with stock acrylic paints to resemble aged and moss covered terra cotta pots. Instructions were provided for simple flowers, placards and a laser cut wreath. A small plastic display case was provided to showcase each finished project.

Karen Tomajan showing her shabby chic project.

Karen Tomajan showing her shabby chic project.

Suzanne Harrington-Cole displays her partially finished project.

Suzanne Harrington-Cole displays her partially finished project.

Fun and sharing were the theme for the day with the added excitement of Deb Laue of Dragonfly on hand, who provided a surprise gift for each participant, as well as optional coordinating accessories for purchase.

Thank you, MiniCals, especially Karen Laisure and Ruth Heisch, for coordinating, setting up and hosting this very popular event!

Upcoming Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market
On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, MiniCals will be hosting their annual Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market open to the public. It will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA and will start at 10 a.m. For more information contact: Ruth Heisch.

Click on the photos below to enlarge.