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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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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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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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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Moonyeen Moller: Flowers for the Soul

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Moonyeen Moller’s interpretation of a MiniCals class. Doll by Sharon Cariola.


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Barbara Adams: Marilynn’s Sewing Cupboard

Barbara constructed this NAME Day 2017 Armoire Project for the NAME Day workday in Morgan Hill, CA. The event was hosted by MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass clubs on Sept. 30, 2017.

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Barbara’s 1:12 scale armoire is full of sewing notions.


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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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Ruth Heisch: Porch from MiniCals Workshop

Ruth created this 1″ scale project in the MiniCals Back Porch Workshop. The workshop was held in Morgan Hill, CA.

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A back porch created by Ruth Heisch.

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Back Porch by Ruth Heisch.


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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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Photos from the 2018 MiniCal’s Flea Market

Some great buys (and a great potluck lunch!) were to be had at the MiniCal’s flea market on Saturday, April 14. Thanks to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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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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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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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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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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Full Class: 1″ Scale Shop

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MiniCal’s June workshop

The MiniCal’s June workshop is a wonderful little shop with a back porch. Participants will complete the exterior, porch and lighting during the class.

Designed and taught by MiniCal’s member, Karen Laisure.

SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL.


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Raggedy Ann Trunk Workshop

Workshop: Raggedy Ann Trunk

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1″ scale Raggedy Ann in a trunk. Workshop by Deb Laue.

Workshop date: May 20, 2017

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

MiniCals have been so thrilled to have so many great folks enjoying our workshops. Our original intent was to be able to save some of the monies to hire guest teachers or subsidize classes for you. Our club voted to do just that for our May workshop as a “thank you ” to our supporters and any Newbies who would like to attend our Morgan Hill class on Saturday, May 20.

Join Deb Laue in the wonderful world of Raggedy Ann as we assemble a tiny doll in a 1-3/4” high trunk. Dress a porcelain doll in special printed fabric that is scaled just right for the doll then create a trunk decorated just for her. Top it off with a special hat.

The MiniCals is offering this class for $40, a great price for our mini friends.

Please signup before May 1, 2017. Email Ruth Heisch.

MiniCals Workshop: Needlepoint Pillow

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Hong will be showing participants how to stitch this needlepoint pillow in their choice of colors.


Join the MiniCals as Hong McKinsey will teach a 1″ scale needlepoint rabbit pillow workshop. Everyone is invited. Cost $25. Contact Ruth Heisch for more information.

Date: April 29, 2017
Location: M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Pkwy, Morgan Hill, CA

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Workshop participants will receive the pattern to create this pillow at home.

March 18: MiniCals Flea Market

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2016 MiniCals Flea Market 

The MiniCals Flea Market and Potluck is coming up on March 18. Clean out your stash to make room for new minis that will be be available at the Sacramento Houseparty.

March 18, 2017, 10 am – 2pm
Sales tables are available. Bring a dish to pass. Door prizes. Prepaid tickets $6. Tickets at the door $8.
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop in a Lantern by Juanita Landa

Juanita Landa: Shabby Chic Shelf

At a recent gathering of the MiniCals, Juanita Landa showed her shabby chic shelf that was created in a MiniCals 2016 workshop. Juanita displays her shelf inside of a lantern, and calls the piece, “Through the Looking Glass.”

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“Through the Looking Glass” is based on the MiniCals 2016 Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop.  Created by Juanita Landa.

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A Close-up of the interior of the MiniCals 2016 Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop in a Lantern by Juanita Landa.

Rhona Lee: Set of Mini Lingerie

Rhona Lee participated in the MiniCals “Making Lingerie” workshop taught by Ruth Heisch. Rhona made a corset, bra, nightie, pantaloons, petticoat, and decorated the items with silk roses.

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Lingerie by Rhona Lee. Created in the MiniCals “Making Lingerie” Workshop taught by Ruth Heisch.

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Corset by Rhona Lee. 

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Close-up of the corset by Rhona Lee. 

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Corset Front.

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.

Workshop: Cinderella Table and Wall Shelf Set

Cinderella Table and Shelf Set

Workshop date: Feb. 18, 2017

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

Adventure into the land of magical fairy tales with this child’s table and wall shelf set. Deb Laue will show you how to create 1″ scale pieces for the fairy princess in your dollhouse. Set includes a table to decorate with theme miniatures and a peg shelf that will hold a silk princess dress you will make in class.

Cost: $35. Mail a check to: Ruth Heisch, 7197 Wooded Lake Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

QuestionsEmail Ruth Heisch or call 408-997-1004.

Register for a Mini Lingerie Workshop

Workshop date: Jan 21, 2017, 10 am

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

Ruth Heisch will be guiding participants in the making of a corset, panties & bra, nightie, bloomers or pantaloons, petticoats, and decorating with silk roses. Students will receive a torso-only mannequin, a vintage corset box, a glue applicator and a rose maker. Bring a lunch. Snacks and a beverage will be provided.

Cost: $25. Mail a check by Jan. 18, 2017 to: Ruth Heisch, 7197 Wooded Lake Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

Questions: Email Ruth Heisch or call 408-997-1004.

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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Karen Tomajan: Shabby Chic Garden Shelf

Karen finished her Shabby Chic Garden Shelf on a Door project that was part of the MiniCals Spring workshop. She gave this piece as a table gift during the NAME Convention in Seattle.

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Karen Tomajan’s shabby chic garden shelf

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MiniCals Roundtables This Saturday

Join the MiniCals for roundtables. For the first time, Deb Laue will be attending and offering a basket roundtable. $5 Registration.

Saturday, June 18, 2016; 10am
M & L Precision
Morgan Hill, CA

For more info, contact Ruth at Grouchybeartoo@aol.com.


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Karen Sesody: Shabby Chic Atrium

A glass atrium is becoming a home for a shabby chic scene. Karen Sesody is using the shabby chic garden shelf that she created in the MiniCals March workshop with other components to create a charming scene.

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Karen Sesody working on her shabby chic project from the March MiniCals workshop.

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Karen Sesody’s shabby chic project components.

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Trial testing her shabby chic items inside the glass atrium.

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Marge Milani: Shabby Chic Garden Shelf

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we are posting a photo sent by Meg Milani. The project was created by her mother, Marge Milani, in the MiniCals shabby chic garden shelf workshop.

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Marge Milani created this scene in the MiniCals shabby chic garden shelf workshop.


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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.

Click on the photos to view them larger.

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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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Nancy Wantiez: Shabby Chic Shelf Project

Nancy created this piece in the MiniCals shabby chic garden shelf workshop.

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Nancy Wantiez’s shabby chic garden shelf.

Karen Tomajan: MiniCals Shabby Chic Project

Karen created this piece in MiniCal’s shabby chic garden shelf workshop.

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Karen Tomajan’s shabby chic garden shelf project.

 

Barbara Adams: MiniCal’s Shabby Chic Project

Barbara Adams created this Springtime vignette during the MiniCals shabby chic garden shelf workshop in Morgan Hill, CA. Barbara is a NAME State Rep for California—South Bay /Peninsula.

Hippy-hoppity, Springtime is here!

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Barbara Adams created this Springtime vignette.

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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.

 

Suzanne Harrington-Cole & Karen Tomajan: Shabby Chic Shelf Project

Karen and Suzanne attended the MiniCal’s shabby chic garden shelf workshop and were inspired to create these pieces based on the project from the workshop.

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Karen Tomajan’s shelf with mirror.

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Suzanne Harrington-Cole created this shabby chic shelf with mirror.

New Pics: MiniCals 1/4 Scale Ski Lodge Workshop

“These photos are of the April/May 2016 MiniCals ¼” furnished ski lodge workshop. We regret any confusion with our inspiration of Debbie Young’s chalet class of many years ago.” —Ruth Heisch, Workshop Organizer

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1/4 scale ski lodge workshop by the MiniCals.

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Interior of the 1/4 scale ski lodge workshop by the MiniCals.

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Workshop Date: April 23, 2016
MiniCals Workshop: Build a Furnished 1/4 Scale Ski Lodge
A two session workshop. The finish day will be May 21. This class is by special request from many 1/4 inchers, so sign up early as space will be limited.

M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

MiniCals Workshop: Build a Furnished 1/4 Scale Ski Lodge

April 23, 2016
MiniCals Workshop: Build a Furnished 1/4 Scale Ski Lodge
A two session workshop. The finish day will be May 21. This class is by special request from many 1/4 inchers, so sign up early as space will be limited.

M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

MiniCals Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market

March 19, 2016, 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.

M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Drinks and door prizes. Prepaid tickets $6. Tickets at the door $8.
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

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.

MiniCals Feb 2016 Workshop

MiniCals is hosting the “Shabby Chic” workshop. The workshop is based on an exhibit from the 2015 Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures.

MiniCal Workshop: Create a Botanical “Shabby Chic” Door/Shelf/Table
Date: February 27, 2016
Space is limited so you must sign up ahead. Workshop fee $40.00.
Location: M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

Mini Cals Feb. 2016 Workshop

“Shabby Chic” designed & made by Karen Laisure for Brenda Hough

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“Shabby Chic” magazine picture of basic design