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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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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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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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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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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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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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 MiniCals Porch Workshops

Early this year, the MiniCals club hosted 3 workshops entitled, “The Back Porch.” Participants met at M&L Precision in Morgan Hill, CA, to create 1″ scale scenes.

Two of the finished porch projects are shown below.

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Carlene Brown created this porch scene with handpainted leaf designs on the shutters and stairs.

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Liz Driver finished her back porch to include a place to enjoy a refreshing drink.

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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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Margaret Gordus: “Christmas Roombox from Folsom Fiesta Workshop

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Margaret started this 1″ scale roombox at the Folsom Fiesta Workshop. The quilt on the wall was created by her work supervisor, who is not a miniaturist.


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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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Projects from the True2Scale Succulents Workshop

On January 27, True2Scale hosted a 1″ scale Succulents and Accessories Workshop in Petaluma, CA. Participants made container gardens with tiny succulents. The next workshop will take place in June, and focus on the Succulent Potting Bench.

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Ana painted succulents in cheerful colors.

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Karen Tomajan’s containers are being filled with succulents.

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Suzanne Harrington-Cole blended soft colors together on her succulents in a muffin tin.

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Participants created succulents in container gardens at the True2Scale workshop.


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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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Finished projects from the January DT&M Pocket Party Class

On January 24, Dollhouses, Trains and More shop in Novato, CA, hosted their first in the 2018 series of Pocket Party Classes. Participants created scenes on re-purposed railroad cars.

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Karen decided to have a party.

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Aimee showed her new love of baseball.

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Donita decide to go out and play.

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Shirleigh’s love of music came to life in her Graveyard Jug Band.

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Maria got back to work.

Dollhouses, Trains and More will be hosting classes in February and March under the direction of Maria, the Mini Dept. Manager. The theme will be “tea.” For more info, visit the DT&M blog.


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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.

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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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Trish Billard: Tools and Supplies Toolbox

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Trish Billard created this tool tote in a workshop.

Trish Billard exhibited the “Tools and Supplies” toolbox at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures. Trish created the toolbox in a workshop hosted by Suzanne-Harrington Cole, in Vallejo, CA. Everyone in the workshop finished the toolbox differently. Trish’s toolbox was painted in trompe l’oeil style, a painting technique used to give the illusion of 3D.


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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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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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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


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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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2017 Good Sam Academy Classes

Classes to be held Monday, October 9, 2017.

The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures offers classes taught by miniaturists that are leaders in their selected fields and have been teaching their skills to miniaturists for several years. Classes take place immediately after the 2017 Good Sam Show, in Morgan Hill, California.

Download the Registration Form Registration deadline is September 1, 2017.

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Good Sam Academy Workshop: Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs

Lit Tissue Box with Jim Larson, Jim Larson Designs

  • Scale: 1:24th (1/2-inch scale), finished tissue box is approx 9 by 9 by 12 inches
  • Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome
  • Cost: $229
  • Class Duration: 6 hours, 1 Day Class, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

Jim Larson Designs presents a delightful and practical miniature that is sure to enhance any collection. This lighted, charming half inch tissue box features a tissue rising from its chimney, masquerading as a puff of smoke.

It is of basic construction for students of varied skill levels and to be decorated to the builder’s personal taste. Shingles, windows and door make it a treasure to display anywhere in the home.

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

Classic Country Dough Table with Ken Byers, Shaker Works West

  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)Skill Level: Some experience to skilled.
  • Cost: $195.00
  • Class Duration: 9:00am to 6:00 pm, Monday, October 9
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

We will be building from scratch an exact 1/12th scale copy of one of the most often ordered piece in my line. This is a most unusual piece yet one that almost everyone recognizes as having been in grandma’s kitchen or back porch. Also sometimes known as a Houser table, this table was a very popular kitchen fixture until the advent of commercial bakeries. This is a copy of a beautifully functional antique that will bring smiles to your heart. Its natural pine finish and real metal bins add to the fantasy. Even the drawer handles are specially cast, made to the original specs. The bins are aged and dented tin and the bread boards are scarred from decades of use.

Many of the primary wood elements are pre-cut and all assembly is straight forward under your experienced instructor’s supervision. All parts are included and the student will leave the class with a treasured finished product. The student should be familiar with using the basic tools of miniature building. No power tools will be used.

Students will learn creative assembling secrets and the basis of the renowned Shaker Works West finishing process as well as many other tricks of the trade.

More information about the classes.


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Coming Up: Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop 2017

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“The Getaway” Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop

The 24th Annual Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop will be held August 5, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Tahoe Miniacs.

The theme is “The Getaway”. Commune with nature and get away from you daily routine. A romantic hideaway!

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

Register early. Limited enrollment.

Contact Mary Ann Van Buskirk for more info: 530-541-0891.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
Multipurpose Room at the Sierra House Elementary School
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Visit the website.


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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.

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.

Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop in a Lantern by Juanita Landa

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.

Workshop: Under Dome Art

Pocket Party February 2017 Class

When: Saturday, February 18th from 10 AM – 1 PM.
Where: Dollhouses, Trains and More; Novato, CA
Cost: $25.00

Two Under Glass Dome projects will be made during class.

The first will be the mini Under Glass Dome project shown below. Participants will be provided with everything needed to make this for a 1″ scale dollhouse.

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The second Under Glass Dome project display will be up to each student’s imagination to fill. This glass dome is 3 1/4″ tall at the center, and 2 1/2″ tall on the outside. The glass dome base diameter is 1 3/4″. The glass dome sits on a wood base. Students are encouraged to bring the item(s) which will be placed in the dome.

Participants are asked to bring tweezers and magnification glasses. All other supplies will be provided.

Class space is limited. Reservations required. NO Drop-ins.
To reserve a space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415)883-0388 Ex.106 or
send an email. More info is available on Dollhouses, Trains and More website.

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.

Sample lingerie pieces

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

Margaret Crossland and Betty Jang

Margaret Crossland and Betty Jang make lingerie pieces.

Lynne Hoffman

Lynne Hoffman hanging out and making her mini lavender.

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Lingerie by Rhona Lee.

Diane Piziali

Diane Piziali makes lingerie pieces.

Juanita Landa

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.

Reminder: Dollhouse Tool Box Workshop

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Tool box workshop sample

During this workshop, participants will spend the day decorating the outside and small window display of the pre-built tool box.

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Interior of the tool box

February 4, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin Street, Vallejo, CA

Cost: $60.00. Morning coffee with rolls and lunch are included.

Space is limited, so please reserve early. Contact either:

Suzanne Harrington-Cole 707-647-1928
or  Karen Tomajan 925-825-7345


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.

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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Dollhouse Tool Box Workshop

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Tool box workshop sample

During this workshop, participants will spend the day decorating the outside and small window display of the pre-built tool box.

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Interior of the tool box

February 4, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin Street, Vallejo, CA

Cost: $60.00. Morning coffee with rolls and lunch are included.

Space is limited, so please reserve early. Contact either:

Suzanne Harrington-Cole 707-647-1928
or  Karen Tomajan 925-825-7345

Sacramento Houseparty Roundtable Info

Roundtables and Mega Roundtables

You’re invited to apply to teach a Roundtable or a Mega Roundtable Workshop. Workshops are a “make & take” project which, under your supervision, can be completed in 2 hours or less. Roundtable Workshops  cost no more than $5.00.  Mega Roundtable Workshops cost no more than $10.00.

For examples of previous roundtable and mega roundtable kits, see issues of the Miniature Gazette.

Download a roundtable application form

Download a mega roundtable application form

Application postmark deadline: December 1, 2016.

More information about the Sacramento Houseparty.

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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2016 Good Sam workshop: Mallard Duck Family with Beth Freeman-Kane

Reminder: Sign up for Good Sam Workshops

Registration is open for workshops at the Good Sam Show. The workshops will take place on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose, CA.

View the classes and download the registration form.

Good Sam workshop: Sewing Box with Monkey Wrench Quilt Pattern on Lid by Pam and Pete Boorum

2016 Good Sam workshop: Sewing Box with Monkey Wrench Quilt Pattern on Lid by Pam and Pete Boorum

2016 Good Sam workshop: Garden Potting Shed with Carlene Brown and Veggie Maclean.

2016 Good Sam workshop: Garden Potting Shed with Carlene Brown and Veggie Maclean.

2016 Good Sam workshop: Russian Punchneedle Schooner Rug with Sallie Evans , Strawberry Creek Designs.

2016 Good Sam workshop: Russian Punchneedle Schooner Rug with Sallie Evans , Strawberry Creek Designs.

2016 Good Sam workshop: Art of Petit Point in Miniature with Natalia Frank, Natalia's Fine Needlework

2016 Good Sam workshop: Art of Petit Point in Miniature with Natalia Frank, Natalia’s Fine Needlework

2016 Good Sam workshop: Mallard Duck Family with Beth Freeman-Kane

2016 Good Sam workshop: Mallard Duck Family with Beth Freeman-Kane

2016 Good Sam workshop: Cabinet with Luci and Dick Hanson, Cascade Miniatures, suggested finishing

2016 Good Sam workshop: Cabinet with Luci and Dick Hanson, Cascade Miniatures, suggested finishing

2016 Good Sam workshop: Everything Old is New Again! with Karen Laisure

2016 Good Sam workshop: Everything Old is New Again! with Karen Laisure

Millinery Delight with Silvia Leiner, Cinderella, and Deb Laue, Dragonfly International

2016 Good Sam workshop: Millinery Delight with Silvia Leiner, Cinderella, and Deb Laue, Dragonfly International

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2016 Good Sam workshop: Apple Harvest Baking Vignette with Jasmin Schwarz, Bitty Bits and Bobs

2016 Good Sam workshop: Elegant Sofa with Diane Zammito, VegasAIRS

2016 Good Sam workshop: Elegant Sofa with Diane Zammito, VegasAIRS


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Workshops and Dealers Announced for Sacramento Houseparty

The workshops and dealers for the Sacramento Houseparty have been announced. Sign-ups for workshops will be accepted after registration.

You may register by downloading the registration form and sending it to the NAME Office with your payment.

Pre-Registered Workshops

View the pre-registered workshops.


Registered Workshops

View the registered workshops.


Dealer List

View the list of dealers attending.


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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

To view more photos, please click here.


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2016 NAME Day Events

NAME Day 2016 Project

NAME Day is BACK!

Put October 1, 2016 on your calendar! This year’s event is “Going Bunkers” and features a bunk bed in several scales. Here are several different examples, created by JP Sligh:

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, kits are available to order (click on “NAME Day Cutters List”).

Quarter Connection is also hosting an online event for quarter scale miniaturists (see below).

Events in the N2 Region

Benicia, CA
October 1, 2016

A variety of scales will be offered.
Contact Suzanne Harrington-Cole for more info.

Fresno, CA
October 1, 2016, 9 am – 3 or 4 pm

Participants will meet at HobbyTown (Blackstone and Barstow) at 9 am. Kits will be ordered ahead of time so anyone can contact Barbara about the scale they desire. Sweet rolls for breakfast, make the kit, break for lunch, back to work, then an afternoon treat.
Contact Barbara for more info.

Morgan Hill, CA
October 1, 2016

The MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass will be hosting a “Backwoods Bunks” NAME day event. We are also offering an optional twin bed kit if that is preferred. Please join us for light breakfast, lunch, gifts galore, shoebox sales, project exhibits, silent auction and lots of FUN! Email Ruth Heisch or call 408-386-4515.

Sacramento, CA
October 29, 2016, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Potluck lunch (bring enough to serve 10 people), drawing for prizes, gifts given throughout the day, NAME grab bags and lots of fun. Cost: $15.00 plus the cost of the kit; 1″ is $15.00, 1/2 ” is  $10.00, 1/4 ” is $8.00 and 1/144 th is $6.00. Arden-Demick Library,  891 Watt Ave., Sacramento. Email Pattie Hong or call 530-432-3271.

Hawaii
October 8, 9 am – 5 pm
Naomi Losch is hosting a NAME Day at her home for everyone located around the islands. Kailua, Oahu. Email Naomi or call (808) 261-9038.

Online Event

Quarter Connection
October 15th and 16th. Registration opens June 15th.
Cost will be $15 plus $5 shipping (anywhere in the world). All proceeds from the NAME Day weekend will go to NAME. More info


General information about the NAME Day project is available on the NAME website.


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DHTM Miniature Class Announcement

August 20, 2016, 10 am – 1 pm
Dollhouse Miniature Pocket Party Class at Dollhouses, Trains & More,  Novato, CA
The theme is Let’s Go Grocery Shopping! Remember to bring along your crafting tools including: scissors, tweezers, polymer clay tools, patience, and magnification glasses if needed. All items necessary to complete projects will be supplied. Cost of the class is $25.00. 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 Maria.
Dollhouses, Trains & More, 300 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA 94949
More info


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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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Making Camellias with Lynn Miller

 

Camellias made by the Mini Attics club.

Camellias made by the Mini Attics club.

Camellias in a bowl

Camellias in a bowl

The Mini Attics Club enjoyed a camellia workshop taught by Lynn Miller. Club members created camellias floating in bowls and camellias on branches/bushes.

Doll Exhibition and Workshops

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July 23 – Sept 25, 2016
Gallery Exhibition: Journeys Through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories
Doll exhibition, workshops and more at the Petaluma Arts Center. Curated by Geri Olson and Sherri Morgan. The dolls, from 6 inches to 4 feet high, are created from a wide range of media, including metal, porcelain, polymer, wire, paper, cloth, wood and combinations of innovative materials. Some were several years in the making.

dolls by Toby Froud

Artwork and photo: Toby Froud

Opening artists reception July 23, 5 pm. 

Exhibit events include:

  • “Three Muses: Elinor Peace Bailey, Barbara Willis, Anne Klocko” from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 13, followed by an indoor and outdoor trunk show.
  • Curator tour with Sherri Morgan and Geri Olson at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.
  • Stephanie Blythe, “The Dolls of NIADA (National Institute of American Doll Artists)” at noon Aug. 27.
  • Performance with Sha Sha Higby at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at St. John Episcopal Church, 40 Fifth St., Petaluma.

Workshops include:

  • Toby Froud Rod Puppet Workshop, July 23 – 24, 2016, 9am-5pm
  • Fabric Doll Workshop with Christine Shively, August 20 – 21, 2016, 9am – 4:30pm
  • The Sculptural Character with Kate Church, September 23 – 25, 2016, 9am-5pm.

Fabric Doll Workshop with Christine Shively.

Fabric Doll Workshop with Christine Shively.

Gallery hours: Thurs-Mon, 11am-5pm; closed Tues, Wed and holidays.

Admission to the Petaluma Arts Center is $5 general; $4 senior, student, teacher, military.

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street
Petaluma, CA, 94952

find out more

Event info and  workshop listing.

An article about the exhibition written by The Press Democrat.


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True2Scale Workshop Announced

1/4 Scale Kids’ Clubhouse

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True2Scale Workshop: 1/4 Scale Kids’ Clubhouse

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Interior of the clubhouse

In this workshop, we’ll recreate the bygone days when kids spent their summers playing pirates, cowboys and Indians; practicing with a slingshot, and playing checkers. As we reminisce about our childhood summers, we’ll assemble a 1/4 scale clubhouse, learn aging techniques for the exterior and interior, create “overgrown” landscaping, and have fun with local miniaturists. You’ll take home a completed structure and extra aging products. Cost: $80. Includes everything shown and lunch.

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm
Petaluma, CA 

Email Carol for more info or sign up online.


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