The NAME Portland Houseparty has been rescheduled

Rhonda Keef, NAME President, via Facebook:

The message below is intended for those Members registered to attend the Portland Houseparty.

By now you are aware that last evening the President closed the borders to anyone traveling into the US from Europe making it impossible for some of our attendees to travel having a direct impact on our Houseparty. It is growing more and more difficult to travel as more flights are being cancelled daily and we do not know what further changes to anticipate over the next two weeks. This morning, the Governor of Oregon placed a ban on gatherings of more than 250 throughout the state which would eliminate any public day activities for the Houseparty.

The CDC has issued a statement asking anyone over the age of 60 not to travel. We all know that is the majority of our members.

I have been in contact with the hotel. We have two options. The first is to cancel entirely which is not what most attending want to happen. The second is to reschedule. We are choosing to reschedule the “Come Fly with Me” Houseparty to April 9-11, 2021.

By Monday, all room reservations for the 2019 Houseparty will be cancelled by the Sheraton. If you are still planning to travel and want to keep your reservation, you will need to contact the hotel in order to keep a reservation with them. You will also need to contact any airline you ware traveling with directly regarding any refunds or vouchers.

The Board of Trustees is asking you to stay with us through this process and agree to postpone your plans to next April. If you are registered, you will be receiving a letter from the office with more information and any necessary forms. Please be on the lookout for the letter and form via email. Tomorrow we will begin the process of working with the dealers, instructors and theme luncheon presenters to reschedule so Kim will not be able to let you now the status of any workshops or luncheons for a couple of weeks. Again, it will be several days before we know the status on the workshops and theme luncheons.

We have been looking forward to this convention for so long and I am extremely saddened that we are unable to proceed next month. NAME doesn’t want to put the health of any of our members at risk. We know that everyone has put so much effort into preparation for the Houseparty and we are asking your cooperation in transitioning to a new date.

We are all in this together and are working diligently and as quickly as we can.


Rhonda Keef
National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts

The original Facebook post may be viewed here.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Registration Opens for Sleepy Hollow Houseparty

The Legend of Sleep Hollow logo

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the theme for the 2017 NAME Small Scale Regional Housparty. The event will be held Sept. 21-24, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Registration opens April 14, 2017.

Download the registration forms.

View workshops, theme luncheons and more.

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.


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


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



1″ scale centerpiece.


1/4″ scale centerpiece.


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


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


Dressed like tool bags.

Getting into the DIY-er spirit.

Sacramento HP

Rosie the Riveter gals.

Sacramento Houseparty

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


A prize from the Sacramento Houseparty.


Visit the Hospitality Room at the Sacramento Houseparty


Our “Mini Learning Center” Hospitality Room will be open to Registrants of the Sacramento Houseparty.

2017 Sacramento HousepartyWant to know what a wonderfully fun hospitality room looks and feels like? Then, come on down. We look forward to welcoming you and providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere where you can just sit back, relax and visit with old friends and new. Maybe you would like  to learn one of the various techniques we’ll be demonstrating? Each day, we will feature another exciting demo. We want to offer each guest the opportunity to roll up her/his sleeves, sit down and join in on the fun. Scattered throughout the room, you’ll find make-it and take-it stations set up with different projects for your amusement. Or, if you don’t have much time, just peek-in and check out our how-to storyboards, watch a video, or browse through our helpful book collection. We encourage one and all to stop by and enhance your mini making abilities!

Hospitality Room hours will be posted at the houseparty.

Theme Luncheons at the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento HousepartySaturday, March 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

TLS1 – The Antique Dolls’ Houses and Miniature Structures of Moritz Gottschalk by Lew Kummerow $130.50 Moritz Gottschalk was one of the more prolific of the early toy makers, and his business was one of the most long lasting companies. He created nu- merous small structures including dolls’ houses, stables, kitchens, shops and other unusual items that were representative of the changing periods from the late 1800’s to WWII. Today his antique pieces can be seen in museums and are also part of many private collections. Each attendee will receive a miniature of one of Gottschalk’s rarer pieces.

TLS2 – Powering Your Miniatures with LED by Luci Hanson $80.50 Now that LED has been around a while many are ready to learn about what can be done with it and how they can apply it to their homes, rooms and displays. Join Luci as she shares how to mix LED lighting with the olds style lighting. Learn about the latest innovations and supplies that are availa- ble to use in miniature displays and dollhouses. Learn how to convert some of your old lamps and lighting to LED lighting. Luci will also share with you how to adapt some of the old style components with LED lighting. You will receive a 9-volt power system, a 3-volt power system, a 12-volt power system and lights to go with each system as a gift for attending.

TLS3 – ABC’s of Small Scale Food by Janet Smith $85.50 Come hear about the ABC’s of making small scale foods. We’ll discuss different clays, paints, glues, tools, materials, etc. Go home with a quarter scale replica of a luncheon based on the actual luncheon for the day as well as a printed booklet with all the information covered during the luncheon. You will receive a quarter scale luncheon based on the actual luncheon menu that you will be served.

TLS4 – Capturing Your Miniatures Using Photography & 3D Scanning by Ruth & Dan Stewart $114.50 Explore your world of capturing miniatures with us. Learn about ways to improve your photographs and explore new methods of capturing or creating your miniatures in 3D. Questions are encouraged so bring your list! You will have a choice of a 1” or 1⁄4” 3D special made item you won’t want to miss!

To attend the Theme Luncheons, participants must be registered for the NAME Sacramento Houseparty. More info and houseparty registration.

Download the Theme Luncheon Registration form.

Sign Up for a Workshop Tour During the Sacramento Houseparty

2017 Sacramento Houseparty

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

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

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

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

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

Download the tour registration form.

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

Theme Dinner, “Tool Time” at the Sacramento Houseparty

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

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

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

What is included?:

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

Questions? contact Janet Smith (575) 532-5432

Download the Theme Dinner Registration form.

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

Reminder: Swap Deadline for Sacramento is Approaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

JoAnn Jacot
673 Joette Dr. Gardnerville, NV 89460

Sacramento Houseparty is Accepting Donations

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

Door Prizes

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

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

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

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

Download the form.

Mail this completed form to:

Ruth Heisch
7197 Wooded Lake Dr. San Jose CA 95120

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

Houseparty Helpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tote Bag favors

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

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

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

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

Download the form.

Carol Carton 13184 Hoot Owl Rd.., Nevada City, CA 95959

More info about the Sacramento Houseparty is available here.

Don’t Forget Your Tools!

A Basic List for the Sacramento Houseparty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1920’s Fashion Show Printable Project

fashion show printable project

This Fashion Show Printable Project is brought to you by the NAME Greenville HouseParty Steering Committee. It was created in the spirit of the glamorous Roaring Twenties.

Download the instructions

Download the pdf printable artwork

It’s almost time to register for the Greenville Small Scales Houseparty. The theme is, “Gals, Gangsters, and Gatsby.” The registration form for the September houseparty in Greenville, South Carolina, may be found in the Gazette. Registration opens April 20, 2016.

Sacramento Houseparty: Apply to be an Instructor or Dealer

Sacramento Housparty 2017Application postmark deadline: May 4, 2016.

Apply to teach a pre-convention and/or registered workshop, present a theme luncheon, or be a dealer in the sales room. Log into the NAME website and download an application form (click on “Convention & Houseparty Applications”) or contact Barbara Lundberg or Leanne Kirsch.

Houseparty information:

March 24-26, 2017
Sacramento, CA

The theme is “ABCs of Miniatures” with emphasis on tools and techniques in the workshops and activities. This will be primarily a 1″ and 1⁄4″ Houseparty but 1⁄2″ and 1/144″ will be juried for workshops, dealers and roundtables just as every other scale. Souvenirs, doorprizes, tables and swaps will be only in 1″ and 1⁄4″ and you will have to declare a scale when you register. This is a new concept and we hope you will all enjoy it.