Tutorial: Make a Book Scene

Debbie Young brings us this “Little Book Scene”.

The project is pretty much made out of a book, and some balsa wood, so it is easy to do with what you have around the house. It turned out to be so much fun to make, Debbie thought you might enjoy making one as well. So, for all the members (current and potential) that visit NAME’s Create site…please enjoy this free tutorial.

Debbie used an old Winnie the Pooh book, but this would be great with any book…think Harry Potter or A Christmas Carol or Sherlock Holmes… …anything you would like to curl up with and read. 

Click here for the instructions to make your own!


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Join the “Something Out of Nothing” Challenge

By Cat Wingler and Debbie Young

What do you do when you need something but you can’t find it? Or you can find it but you can’t afford it? What is your favorite solution? Why, we make something out of nothing, …or actually, we make something out of something else.

The Challenge….

The challenge for January is to make a miniature something out of nothing (something not a miniature, lol), something you might have laying around the house.  You may use any thing that is not a kit,  or is not already a miniature item. For instance, we all remember that using a plastic take-out jelly container and a grommet makes a dandy kitchen sink. But, did you know a tuna can and a ping pong ball can make a Baby Ben Clock display case? We’ve included the directions to do that as the January project. I used mine to display the mini New Years Eve hats.

Get a prize…

Show NAME your favorite new “something out of nothing” idea. Take a picture of your new miniature item, add a short paragraph about what you used and how you did it, and send it to Debbie Young,  yngathrt@gv.net. Make sure to include your name and mailing address. You’ll get a prize for sharing and we’ll put them in a Gallery in February on the Create site. 

Visit NAME’s new website, create.miniatures.org to download the instructions for making the clock and to find more info about the January challenge.


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Check Out These November Mini Events

Wednesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Round TUIT Roundtable Work Sessions (Zoom)
Debbie Young hosts a weekly online meeting on Wednesdays to work on Roundtables – not just hers, but any and all Roundtables you have acquired over the years. Share the Roundtables you have recently completed, pick up assembly tips and visit while you work.
More info

October 16-18; November 13-15; December 4-6, 2020
Wine Country Show – Limited Preview
Lodi, CA
Debbie Heard is accepting reservations to attend a monthly “preview show.” Individuals or a very small group of people may contact Debbie to reserve a time.
More info

November 7, 2020; 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME MaKitz (Zoom session)
Pamela Ridgley of SDK Miniatures will host an informal online session. You may ask advice about the London Flower Cart (MaKitz), or just visit for a bit.
More info

November 8 & December 6, 2020
Trellis with Planter Box (Zoom workshop)
Deb Laue from The Itty Bitties miniature club will provide instruction online for creating a 1:12 (1″ scale) trellis box with a climbing rose. Cost: $65 plus $5 postage. Registration: deb@dragonflyintl.com
More info

November 14, 2020; 9am Pacific
NAME Lunch and Learn (Zoom session)
Amanda Kelly will introduce online viewers to the world of 3D printing.
More info

November 14, 2020; 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME Lunch and Learn (Zoom session)
Kristie Norman and Cindy McDaniel will host an informal Zoom session. You may ask for advice about your Olde Cottage (MaKitz), furnishings, or just visit for a bit.
More info

November 21 -or- November 28, 2020; 9:30 am Pacific
Gingerbread Kaffeeklatsch and Build Day (Zoom session)
Participants will be working on their choice of a micro or 1:48 gingerbread kit from True2Scale – regardless of when it was purchased. This is a free session hosted by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale). Registrants will choose which date they prefer to participate (first come basis).
More info and registration

November 21, 2020
Christmas Magical Snow Cake (Zoom workshop)
Betinha Murta will be teaching how to work with cold porcelain and make silicone molds to create a 1″ scale cake with a Christmas design. All parts included in the kit. Cost $125.
More info

November 28, 2020
Making 1″ Scale Christmas Cookies from Molds (Zoom workshop)
Ruth Stewart will be teaching how to use molds and decorate Christmas cookies. Participants will receive 6 Christmas molds with the class kit. Cost $145.
More info

Find the latest information about miniature events happening in the NAME N2 Region on the calendar page of the N2 website.


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Trish Billard: Cottage at the End of the Lane

Trish exhibited these quarter scale houses at the NAME Sacramento Houseparty. Her description of the project:

“These three houses replicate the illustrations in “The Cottage at the End of the Lane, ” children’s dollhouse story by Elaine Mills. Debbie Young designed and built the kits and taught them as a series of classes. I bought the kits and altered them to even more closely resemble the houses in the story. All three houses have working lights powered from a battery pack hidden within the house. I made all the dolls. The crowded house alone has seventeen of them! Also made most of the animals.”

cottage at the end of the lane

Trish Billard created these houses from Debbie Young’s kits based on the books, “A Cottage at the End of the Lane.”

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