Youth Workshops at the 2021 Good Sam Show

The 2021 children’s registered workshops are scheduled to take place at the 2021 Good Sam Show. These have been renamed “youth” workshops due to the vaccination requirement. Youths age 13 and older who are vaccinated, are invited to register for two adorable workshops (see the photos below).

Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

The free kid’s workshop has been cancelled due to vaccination requirements.

The youth registered workshops will be held Oct. 9 and 10, 2021, at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in San Jose, California.

Registration is still open for the workshops.

For more information, visit the Good Sam Show website or email Lynne Hoffman.

HalloweenFun

Class #1 – 1:12 Halloween Fun – Saturday, October 9, 2021

 

ChildsBed

Class #2 – 1:12 Child’s Bed – Sunday, October 10, 2021


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Workshops at the 2021 Good Sam Show

Once again, the Good Sam Show is offering registered workshops for adults and youth. The 2021 free children’s workshops have been cancelled due to vaccination requirements. The Good Sam Academy of Miniatures will return at the 2022 show.

  • Adult registered workshops: Fri, Oct 8th, 2021. More info
  • Youth registered workshops for age 13+; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9th and 10th, 2021. More info
  • Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

For more information, visit the Good Sam Show website.

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Class #1 – Watering Can Cake with Betinha Murta


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Class #1 – 1:12 Halloween Fun – Saturday, October 9, 2021
Class #2 – 1:12 Child’s Bed – Sunday, October 10, 2021

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September Miniature Events

Check out the mini events happening this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

September 3, 2021
NAME Online Houseparty Registration Opens
More info

September 11, 2021; 10am – 3pm
Miniature Flea Market and Sale
Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L Street, Benicia, CA
Vintage, new, and used doll house miniatures and kits. Items for fairy gardens and more. Masks are required. This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Benicia-Vallejo-Napa Valley Relay For Life. Sponsored by Cooper’s Dollhouse Studio. Admission is $3, age 12 and under are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Contact Kim or Cindy Cooper with questions at 707-745-9411 or email

September 12, 2021; 12:00 pm Pacific
NAME Tea Party with Terry
(Zoom)
Join Terry Unnold and your friends from create.miniatures.org for a very special tea party with fun, surprises, and prizes. Terry will show how she paints mini cup and saucer sets. Participants can show off our Red Hat creations (directions will be available ahead of time), and names will be drawn for tea party goodies.
More info

September 18, 2021; 9 am – 2 pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: Red Hat Tea Party in various scales with Ginger Landon-Siegel
Build and paint a lavender stipple painted hutch, drape a table with red hat themed fabric and decorate the 3 hats inside the hutch. Create the dimensional teapots and plates to fill the hutch. Sales for this kit close on September 4, 2021.
More info

September 25, 2021; 10am
MiniCals & Through the Looking Glass host NAME Day
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Pkwy., Morgan Hill, CA
MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass are inviting area NAME members to take part in the 2021 NAME Day project, “Tiki Time.” There will be door prizes, a silent auction, shoebox sales, exhibits, gifts, breakfast and lunch. Cost $45. For more info, contact Ruth Heisch.

September 25, 2021; 11 am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Red Hat Society Dog in Tote, Alice Zinn (Zoom)
Students will be given a pre-made dog to paint and apply faux fur flocking to. They will make a tiny red flocked hat with purple silk ribbon band. A small chew toy slipper is constructed from felt and velvet. Students will construct a tote bag and learn to apply cording. Last Day to order:  September 11, 2021.
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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August Miniature Events

Check out the mini events happening this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

August 14, 2021
9th Annual Miniatures in the Wine Country Show
Two shows about 1 mile apart. 50+ tables of miniatures plus dollhouse and room boxes. $5 admission gets you into both shows.
1st Show: Eagles Hall, 217 E. Lockeford Street Lodi, CA 95240; 10:00am-4:00pm
2nd Show: Deb’s Showroom, 1024 Industrial Way Suite A Lodi, CA 95240; 9:00am-5:00pm
More info

August 14, 2021; 10 am – 2 pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: Summer Garden in a Barrel Workshop
Online via Zoom
Join Pamela Ridgley in creating a 1″, 1/2″, or 1/4″ scale arrangement of a tomato plant with tomatoes and buds, mint and parsley in a barrel.
More info

August 22, 2021; 10 am – 2 pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: 1:!2 Basket of Breads with Carolyn McVicker
Online via Zoom
Students will make various types of breads from baguettes, Italian breads, mountain breads, muffins, parker rolls, knot rolls, roman-wheel bread, croissants and a few others. To receive your kit in time for the class, you must order before August 8, 2021.
More info

August 29, 2021; 9 am – 5pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: 1:12 Pastry Delights with Carl Bronsdon
In this online class, students will learn how to use polymer clay to create a variety of fancy pastries and a strawberry topped cake on a cake stand. This workshop is sold out. Wait list available.
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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July Miniature Events

Check out the mini events happening this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

July 18, 2021; 10 am Pacific
Camp Makamini 1/4″ or 1/2″ Scale “Herb” Plant
Online via Zoom
Join Alician Pearce in creating a 1/4″ or 1/2″ scale “herb” plant. Sales for this kit close on August 18. Orders placed between July 5 and August 18 may not arrive in time for the Zoom session.
More info

July 24 – 31, 2021
NAME’s Camp Makamini
Online
A special, week-long NAME Camp Makamini event on create.miniatures.org. Participants will receive a daily camp newsletter; join in on free activities and a scavenger hunt; and receive prizes for wearing their Camp Makamini t-shirts while attending live Create sessions (see the sessions on the Create Calendar). Camp will finish with a Zoom Campfire Event on July 31st. Camp Makamini is free; t-shirts and workshops are optional.
More info

July 24, 2021; 10 am – 6 pm Pacific
Camp Makamini 1/4″ Scale Cabin Workshop
Online via Zoom
Join Debbie Young in creating a 1/4″ scale cabin (the 1/2″ scale session will be held July 25). Sales for this kit close on July 24. Orders placed between July 10 and July 24 may not arrive in time for the Zoom session.  
More info

July 25, 2021; 10 am – 6 pm Pacific
Camp Makamini 1/2″ Scale Cabin Workshop
Online via Zoom
Join Debbie Young in creating a 1/2″ scale cabin (the 1/4″ scale session will be held July 24). Sales for this kit close on July 25. Orders placed between July 10 and July 25 may not arrive in time for the Zoom session.
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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Hey, Mini Makers… Let’s Go Camping!

Online Event, July 24 -July 31, 2021

There will be a special, week-long NAME Camp Makamini event on create.miniatures.org from July 24th to July 31st. Participants will receive a daily camp newsletter; join in on free activities and a scavenger hunt; and receive prizes for wearing your Camp Makamini t-shirts while attending live Create sessions (see the sessions on the Create Calendar). Camp will finish with a ZOOM Campfire Event on July 31st. 

Camp Makamini is free; t-shirts and workshops are optional! All members and non-members might want to plan to meet online that week to see old friends and make new ones!

More info about Camp Makamini.

The Camp Makamini optional workshop is this cabin in 1/4″ or 1/2″ scale.
Receive a prize for wearing your Camp Makamini t-shirt.

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Join NAME’s Camp Makamini

Online, July 24 -July 31, 2021

Looking for something fun to do this Summer? How about spending some time at summer camp? NAME’s Create Team has a special event planned for you — Camp Makamini! NAME has set aside the last week in July for all things camp-related.

When you were young, Summer was a time filled with fun and adventure, and for many…a trip to summer camp. Camp Makamini is the summer camp of your imagination — it can be a vintage summer camp…or one decorated in glamping style — ready for you and your friends to get together to work on miniatures.

Whatever type of summer camp you imagine…it all starts with a cabin. So, we start our summer camp week off with a cabin workshop. The cabin workshop is available in quarter inch, or in half inch scale. Sorry, but a 1” scale cabin was too big to reasonably produce and ship.

The week continues with arts and crafts, quick minis and s’mores galore! Camp activities will be open to all, whether they sign up for a cabin or not. More information will be available in July, but in order to make sure your cabin arrives before camp starts, you need to sign up now.

More info about Camp Makamini on the Create website.


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Registration is Open for NAME’s July Workshop

In July, NAME’s Create will be taking campers to Camp Makamini. To celebrate a summer of fun, the camp has a cabin workshop, arts and crafts, quick minis and s’mores galore! You must be registered for the workshop if you want the cabin, but other activities at Camp will be open to all. Sign up for the cabin workshop when registration opens on June 15th, 2021 or just stop by the Create site to visit during the month of July!

Workshop info

Join camp counselor, Debbie Young, for the Zoom session to assemble the cabin. Campers will construct their cabin starting with laying a wood floor and add siding, shingles, windows and large open doors to the exterior and open studs, to the interior. The cabin is open on one side for viewing through the screen and the roof also lifts off for easy decorating. The cabin will be fun to personalize with a nostalgic kid’s camp feel or full-blown adult glamping experience.

Camp Makamini Cabin
Saturday, July 24, 2021; 9 am (Pacific)
Registration opens June 15.

Instructor: Debbie Young
Available in Quarter and Half Scales


Register here


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June Miniature Events

Check out these events happening this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

Beginning May 26, 2021 (UPDATED)
Peg Pucket’s Dollhouse Shop Retirement Sale
Santa Rosa, CA
Longtime dollhouse shop owner and miniatures dealer, Peggy Pucket is clearing her miniature inventory and personal miniature collection from her 40+ years in miniatures. Great prices. Many hard to find and out of production pieces. Browse the contents of her vast miniature inventory located in the quaint cottage just behind her main house. Come early for the best selection. Limit of 4 customers at a time. Please wear a mask. Call ahead to make an appointment 707-823-3478.

May 31 – June 6, 2021
NAME Garage Sale

Kits and stuff needed for kits.
More info

June 12, 2021, 10 am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Wedding Cake with Betinha Murta (Zoom)
To receive the kit in time for the class, order before May 28, 2021. Sales for this kit close on June 12. Orders placed May 28 -June 12 may not arrive in time.
More info

June 19, 2021, 11 am Pacific
NAME Gift and Gab with Pete Acquisto (Zoom)
Sales for this Gift & Gab close on June 19th. Your Gift may not arrive prior to the session, especially if ordered after June 9.
More info

June 20, 2021, 10 am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Roses & Calla Lilies Bouquet with Charrita Teague (Zoom)
To receive the kit in time for the class, order before June 6, 2021. Sales for this kit close on July 20. Orders placed after June 6 may not arrive in time.
More info

June 26 & 28, 2021, 10 am-2 pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: The Wedding Night by Fern Vasi (Zoom)
2-day class. To receive the kit in time for the class,  order before June 12, 2021. Sales for this kit close on July 26.  Orders placed after June 12 may not arrive in time.
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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Openings for the MiniCals Attic Workshop

MiniCals is going ahead with the attic workshop on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Morgan Hill, CA. There are a couple of spaces still available. Safety precautions will be in place and social distancing for work and lunch (bring your own lunch). Masks required. Cost $75. For more information contact Ruth.

MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass will host NAME Day’s “Tiki Time“ on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Morgan Hill. Cost TBD.

Inspiration for the attic room workshop.

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May Miniature Events

Check out these events happening this month:

Entire month of May
N.A.M.E.’s Create site is hosting “Kits, Kits and More Kits”

Beginning with the first three weeks of May, there will be opportunities to purchase specials from some of your favorite of kit makers. There will be a new kit maker featured every two days. Check the calendar to see who is selling today and who is coming up later. Some will have an offer for an exclusive kit, some will offer discounts or some free shipping. Be sure to check every single day because the offers will disappear when their time is up. 
More info

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

May 9 – June 13 (Sundays), 2021; 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: Neverwas A Steampunk House on Wheels with Michelle Miller
Online via Zoom
More info

May 26, 2021 (ongoing)
Peg’s Dollhouse Shop Retirement Sale

Santa Rosa, CA
Longtime dollhouse shop owner and miniatures dealer, Peggy Pucket is clearing her miniature inventory and personal miniature collection from her 40+ years in miniatures. Great prices. Many hard to find and out of production pieces. Browse the contents of her vast miniature inventory located in the quaint cottage just behind her main house. Come early for the best selection. Limit of 4 customers at a time. Please wear a mask. Call ahead to make an appointment 707-823-3478.
More info

May 22, 2021; 11am Pacific
NAME Workshop: 1″ Miniature Funny Cake with Bethina Murta
Online via Zoom
To receive your kit in time for the class, you must order before May 7.
More info

May 23-30, 2021
NAME Quick Minis

NAME’s Create site will have Quick Mini kits to go with the Steampunk theme for the Quarter Scale NEVERWAS workshop scheduled for May and June; as well as, kits in other scales and more traditional styles.
More info

May 29, 2021; 10am – 2pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: It’s a Steampunk World with Cat Wingler
Online via Zoom
Dress a 1″ mannequin and make a hat and accessories.
More info

May 29, 2021
NAME Lunch and Learn with Terri Maxwell (Zoom)

Terri is known for her unique, creative approach to completing kits and she will share how she approaches her projects and where her ideas originate.
More info

May 31 – June 6, 2021
NAME Garage Sale (kits and stuff needed for kits)

More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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April Miniature Events

Check out these events happening online this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

April 17, 2021; 9am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Spring Flower Basket in various scales with Pamela Ridgely
Online via Zoom
Order the workshop kit before April 2, 2021. Sales for this kit close on April 17.
More info

April 18, 2021; 10am Pacific
NAME Workshop: 1″ Spring Is Coming Tea Set with Bethina Murta
Online via Zoom
Sales for this kit close on April 17.
More info

April 24 & 25, 2021; 1pm – 5pm Pacific
NAME Workshop: Make a Witch or a Santa, Sculpting in Quarter Scale with Cat Wingler
Online via Zoom
NOTE: This class is full but is taking names for a waiting list and may be offered more than once.
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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March Miniature Events

Check out these events happening online this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

Fridays – every other (ongoing); 10am – 1pm Pacific
NAME UFOers Meeting (Zoom)
Join Debbie Colombo as she hosts a bi-weekly meeting to work on UFO’s. If you don’t have any to work on don’t worry…you can work on any project you would like to…or join us just to chat. This is just a few hours to visit with others while working on miniatures.
More info

March 20, 2021
MiniCals Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch, grouchybeartoo@aol.com for more info and to reserve a space.

March 27-28, 2021; 10am Pacific
NAME Workshop: 1″ Scale Captain Jack Book Nook with Bonnie Helterhoff
Online via Zoom
Order the workshop kit before March 12, 2021. Sales for this kit close on April 27.
More info

April 9-11, 2021 POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 6-8, 2022
NAME All-Scales Houseparty in Portland, OR
More info

Find upcoming events on the calendar page of the NAME N2 website and at create.miniatures.org.


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MiniCals Workshops Postponed

The MiniCals have postponed their workshops until further notice. For more information, please contact Ruth Heisch.


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February Miniature Events

Check out these events happening in the NAME N2 Region and online this month:

Tuesdays (ongoing); 4pm Pacific
Mini Cyber Club (MCC) Hosts Escape from Quarantine Meeting (Zoom)
Join other miniaturists in conversation while working on minis.
More info

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

February 6-13, 2021
Peg’s Dollhouse Shop Downsizing Sale
2271 Melbrook Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Good prices and hard to find items. Call Peg to make an appointment 707-823-3478. Please wear a mask.

February 14, 2021; 11 am Pacific
NAME Lunch and Learn: “I Love My Table Saw” with Pete Boorum
Online via Zoom
Make yourself some lunch or a snack and find a comfortable chair to join Pete Boorum ‘Smaller than Life’ as he describes the features and operation of the Proxxon FET table saw. Topics covered include set up, operation, blade changes, trouble shooting, use of accessories and what different blades are available and where they are used. There will be a question and answer session at the end. More info

February 14, 2021 POSTPONED UNTIL FEB. 12, 2022
35th Annual Miniature Fantasy Show and Sale
Courtyard by Marriot Hotel, 6333 Bristol Pkwy, Culver City, CA
The show has an exhibit room for viewing and a sale room for purchasing. Artists working in miniature come from around the country to display and sell their work. More info

February 20, 2021
MiniCals – Shabby Chic Garden Workshop POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA
Contact Ruth Heisch, grouchybeartoo@aol.com for more info.

February 20, 2021; 10am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Happy Easter Time with Betinha Murta
Online via Zoom
Sign up deadline for this class is January 5.
More info

February 27, 2021; 10am Pacific
NAME Workshop: Oxalis & Spanish Eyes Vine in 1/4 Scale or 1″ Scale with Charrita Teague
Online via Zoom
Your choice of scales. Sign up deadline is February 11.
More info


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Create an Attic Room with the MiniCals

January 16-17, 2021
MiniCals – Attic Room Workshop
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

The MiniCals will be hosting a workshop to create a 1″ scale attic room with a Tudor style exterior. Contact Ruth Heisch, grouchybeartoo@aol.com for more info and to reserve a space.

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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Check Out These November Mini Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Online Event: Gingerbread Kaffeeklatsch and Build Day

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2020
LOCATION: online, via Zoom

Participants will be working on their choice of a micro or 1:48 gingerbread kit from True2Scale – regardless of when it was purchased. This is a free event hosted by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale). More info and registration

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Register for a Zoom Workshop: Trellis with Planter Box

DATES: Sunday, Nov. 8 & Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.
LOCATION: Online via Zoom

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Deb Laue from The Itty Bitties miniature club will provide instruction online for creating a 1:12 (1″ scale) trellis box with a climbing rose.

This is a 2-session class taking place via Zoom. On Sunday, Nov. 8th, participants will assemble the trellis box and the climbing rose bush. On Dec. 6th, the geraniums and all of the filler flowers will be completed.

All the artwork will be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to make the various flowers.

Cost: $65 plus $5 postage. The class price includes all the supplies needed to make the project, including 5 specialty paper punches and the laser cut planter box. The only tools participants need to supply are scissors, tweezers, and tacky or turbo tacky glue.

If you already have punches that you’d like to use, Deb will adjust the class fee by the cost of any punch you don’t need sent to you. The class uses the following punches: Small – Tri leaf, Hydra cluster and Cedar Sprig; Mini punches – the Daisy and Bell Flower or Cherry Blossom.

To sign up for the online workshop, email deb@dragonflyintl.com

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Debra Taylor: Miniature Weaving and Dolls

Debra shared the following description of her projects:
This is weaving fabric on a 4-shaft floor loom that I am using with miniatures. I am using a very fine white silk yarn (60/2) for the warp and commercial (30/2) and my handspun silk yarn for the weft. This is an overshot pattern called ‘Mirrored Minarets’ from A Handweaver’s Pattern Book by Marguerite Davison.”

Miniature weaving by Debra Taylor.
Two dolls (Li’l Sis and Baby Sis) that Debra dressed during an Itty Bitties meeting, facilitated  by Deb Laue.

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Register Now for the NAME Online Workshops, Theme Luncheons

REGISTER HERE: https://miniatures.org/MiniatureEvent

Several of the pre-convention and registered workshop instructors who were scheduled to teach in Indianapolis will be teaching their workshops online during the week of July 19 (this is the week that would have been the NAME National Convention). There is no event registration fee; just the cost of the workshops.

During the Online Event, Roundtable and Mega Roundtable kits will be available for purchase. More information will be available closer to the July 20th date.

HOW TO REGISTER
Participants must register through the NAME website. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS OF NAME. The list of available workshops and their times – as well as registration information – is listed on the NAME website, miniatures.org. Sign up early, as there will be a limited number of spaces available.

Find more information on the NAME website.

Announcing the NAME Online Event, July 20-26, 2020

Several of the pre-convention and registered workshop instructors who were scheduled to teach in Indianapolis will be teaching their workshops online during the week of July 19 (this is the week that would have been the NAME National Convention). There is no event registration fee; just the cost of the workshops.

During the Online Event, Roundtable and Mega Roundtable kits will be available for purchase. More information will be available closer to the July 20th date.

HOW TO REGISTER
Participants must register through the NAME website. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS OF NAME. The list of available workshops and their times – as well as registration information – will be listed on the NAME website, miniatures.org, beginning on Tuesday, June 9th. Sign up early, as there will be a limited number of spaces available.

Find more information on the NAME website.

Photos from the MiniCals Wire Mesh Workshop

On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, Karen Laisure led a workshop in Morgan Hill, California. Over twenty miniaturists participated, using wire mesh to create garden baskets and props. After carefully stretching, bending, folding and gluing the props to jewelry findings and wood, the pieces were simply painted and aged with acrylic paints. It was an easy, laid-back day.

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos. Some of the pieces in the photos were created by artisans, and were used as inspiration for the class.

The MiniCals will be hosting a workshop to create a 1″ scale attic room with a Tudor style exterior on April 25, 2020, in Morgan Hill, California. Contact Ruth Heisch for more info.

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Join MiniCals for an Attic Room Workshop

April 25, 2020
MiniCals – Attic Room Workshop
M&L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA

The MiniCals will be hosting a workshop to create a 1″ scale attic room with a Tudor style exterior. Contact Ruth Heisch, grouchybeartoo@aol.com for more info and to reserve a space.

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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Workshop Reminder: Fun with Wire Mesh

The MiniCals club will be hosting “Fun with Wire Mesh” workshop this Saturday, March 22, 2020, at 10am, in Morgan Hill.

Bring a lunch, wire cutters or wire cutting scissors, and the heavy metal mannequin, if you have one. Spare mannequins will be available.
This is a fun and easy workshop. Cost $15.
For more info, contact Ruth Heisch.

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Seeking Workshop Instructors & Students

The Itty Bitty Miniature Club has started a new workshop program in the Sacramento, CA area. The club is sponsoring full and half day workshops. The goal is to offer 6 – 8 workshops a year.

If you are either a traveling teacher or a local area teacher, and would like to teach a workshop, please contact Deb Laue, deb@dragonflyintl.com.

If you are interested in being put on the mailing list for future workshops, please email Deb Laue, deb@dragonflyintl.com.

The next workshop will occur Jan. 25, 2020. Deb will teach “Intro to Hatmaking.” More info.


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Workshop: Intro to Hatmaking

1985-black-stripeLearn the basics to hat making with Deb Laue (Dragonfly Intl). Receive patterns to create a variety of styles using various materials.

January 25, 2020; 10 am – 4 pm
3155 Bulrush St., Roseville, CA

Bring a sack lunch. A supply list will be mailed out after registration.Cost $35.00.

To sign up, email Deb Laue deb@dragonflyintl.com

For more events, visit the N2 calendar on the website.

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MiniCals Workshop: Elegant Birdcage

 

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The MiniCals will be offering this birdcage workshop in January 2020.


January 18, 2020 – Elegant Birdcage and Table
The MiniCals will be hosting a workshop to create a 1″ scale birdcage and table. A second smaller cage will be available for purchase.

Please bring a tool kit, jig, and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed. Cost $20.

Contact Ruth to register, grouchybeartoo@aol.com

The workshop 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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Children’s Workshops at 2019 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. 12-13, 2019) from noon until 3 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

The children’s pre-registered workshops will be Sat, Oct 12th, 2019. Registration is open. Class space is limited. Register soon.

  • Class #1 – 1:12 Bird Cage
  • Class #2 – 1:12 Tiny Halloween Cart

More info and registration form.

For more information, please contact Lynne Hoffman.

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Come and join Sophia while she teaches you how to assemble and paint a 1:12 birdcage. There will be a 3D printed bird to paint and items to create fun accessories for your bird cage. All materials and tools are included in class. No need to bring anything!

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It’s Halloween! Students in Cade Deverell’s class will use paint, glitter, and lots of imagination to decorate the Halloween cart and several mini pumpkins. They will color fall leaves, fill the cart and arrange all for a festive display. Will it be the centerpiece for your miniature Halloween party or will it sit on the porch of your dollhouse to welcome trick-or-treaters?


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Make Plans for the 2019 Good Sam Show

October 12th and 13th, 2019
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 11th

Good Sam Workshop: Bluebird with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa

Good Sam Workshop: Bluebird with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa

Friday Workshops
Join us for exciting workshops on Friday, October 11th, featuring prominent teachers from the U.S. and Europe. Friday Workshops are held at the hotel. Workshop registration is now open. View the workshops.

Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th

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 2019.

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 12th Only

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be Saturday, October 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be wonderful miniatures to bid on. Bid early, bid often.

Pre-Registered Children’s Workshops
Special classes for children at the show on Saturday. Children must be pre-registered for these classes. Information about the 2019 classes should be posted by early September.

Sunday, October 13th Only

Tools and Techniques
Sunday, October 13th from 9:30 am to 10:50 am there will be 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.

Dealer Donation Drawings
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 14th

Marquetry Dower Chest circa 1850 with Chris Malcomson

Academy of Miniatures Worksnhop: Marquetry Dower Chest circa 1850 with Chris Malcomson.

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 2019 Good Sam Show. View the Academy class listing.

For more show information, visit the Good Sam Show website.


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Pictures from the MiniCals Potting Bench Workshop

On Saturday, April 13th, 2019, MiniCals club hosted an adorable potting bench vignette with everything needed to complete the project. Participants learned to macrame a hanging basket and fern, created a flat of seedlings, and decorated a gardening hat. The potting table included lots of accessories.

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Su Sterling and Darlene Hsles

MiniCals will be hosting a workshop to make lemon treats from polymer clay with Jasmin Schwarz, on May 18, 2019. The workshop is sold out.


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Birdhouse Potting Bench Workshop

Make easy and colorful houseplants with Deb Laue

Saturday June 8, 2019; 10am – 3pm
at the home of Francis Bigler
Roseville, CA

Class includes the potting bench and all of the artwork, plants, pottery, and birdhouses on the bench. Cost $30.00. Add $30 for the 6 plants including flower pots and fillers (as shown in the second photo). Payments may be made by check, cash, or PayPal. Email Deb for questions and registration.

Additional plant making kits and supplies will be for sale at the class. Please bring a sack lunch.

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Potting bench workshop with Deb Laue of Dragonfly International.

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Plants, flowerpots and filler are available for an additional $30.


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Photos from the True2Scale Pie Pickup Workshop

Participants in the pie pickup workshop created 1:48 accessories to go with their food trucks. The workshop, offered by Carol Kubrican (True2Scale), was held on February 2, 2018, in Petaluma, California.

Lisa and Paula Holm treated everyone to homemade pies and ice cream.

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The finished pie pickup by Diane Ruess.

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Diane Ruess, Sharon Mossman, Lisa Holm, Paula Holm

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Karen Tomajan

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Barbara Thorton-Hill, Lisa Holm, Lisa Panken

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Lori Turner-Dolinsek

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Lisa Holm shows her life-size handiwork.


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Photos from the MiniCals Sideboard Workshop

The MiniCals miniature club hosted a workshop taught by Carlene Brown on February 16, 2018. The workshop participants created seasonal sideboards with their choice of graphics.

Carlene has been a dealer at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures and
offers both completed staged and unfinished sideboards and market stalls, along with accessories.

Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos of the participants and completed prototypes.

The MiniCals will be offering more workshops and a flea market this Spring. See the N2 Region calendar for more info.

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Carlene Brown taught the seasonal sideboards workshop.

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Sharon Mossman and Karen Tomajan

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MiniCals Workshop: Lemon Treats with Jasmin Schwarz

 

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May 18, 2019 – 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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Last Chance to Sign Up for MiniCals Workshop

February 16, 2019 –Seasonal Sideboard

Last chance to sign up for the MiniCals workshop with Carlene Brown.

Carlene 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.

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register by contacting Ruth with your paper choice.

The workshop 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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Workshop attendees will have their choice of eight different papers for their hutches.

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MiniCals Workshop: Potting Bench Vignette

april 2019 workshopApril 13, 2019 – 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.

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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MiniCals Workshop with Carlene Brown

February 16, 2019 –Seasonal Sideboard

NOTE: If you are already signed up for this workshop, please confirm your paper choice with Carlene.

MiniCals is happy to report that Carlene Brown is looking forward to teaching her “Seasonal Hutch” workshop on February 16. Now is the time to make your paper choice and join her class.

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.

Please bring a tool kit and a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. You will receive an email if extra supplies are needed.

Register by contacting Ruth with your paper choice.

The workshop 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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Workshop attendees will have their choice of eight different papers for their hutches.

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Through sharing…

The miniature community helps friends affected by the Camp Fire

We’ll remember the images on TV— traffic jams of blackened, steel boxes—remnants of cars that were left behind just moments before being consumed by the fire. We’ll remember the stories of people leaving everything—their homes, businesses, pets—to escape with their lives; and hoping that their loved ones were safe. As shocking as these images and stories were, the personal impact wasn’t felt until I received an email from one of the members of “Our Little Mini Club” in Paradise, California: “Hi. We have lost our home from the fire! All area mostly RED… 6 of us have Lost Our Homes!”

Along with many others, I felt powerless to help our mini friends. But as a community, we could make a difference.

There are 2 words in the NAME mission statement that I believe apply to more than just our experience with miniatures. These two words are, “through sharing.” It is, without a doubt, how we were able to help our friends —through the sharing of time, donations, and talents.

While the fires burned on, miniaturists in the N-2 region (Northern CA and Northern NV) were exchanging emails and phone calls. The miniature community rallied together to collect gift cards, personal notes, etc. The Sacramento and San Jose clubs organized mini play days. Benicia area miniaturists took part in a workshop taught and donated by Carol Kubrican. The Reno, Nevada area miniaturists collected gift cards for the Paradise club members.

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Benicia area miniaturists work on their Friendship Hutches during the workshop taught by Carol Kubrican.

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Suzanne Harrington-Cole shows her painted hutch.

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Karen Tomajan created this Friendship Hutch in the workshop in Benicia, taught by Carol Kubrican.

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Members of the MiniCals Club (San Jose) make reindeer antlers during lunchtime at their fundraising event.

Barbara Thornton-Hill worked quickly to accept donations from generous mini friends and family. All the while, she coordinated contact with area club members and Paradise club members.

The Mini Cyber Club held a benefit auction during their holiday party to raise money for the miniaturists.

christmas-friendship-hutch-frontCarol Kubrican created the “Friendship Hutch Kit” with proceeds donated to the Paradise club members. To help keep the cost of the kit supplies low, the kits included donated/discounted materials from GCLaser, Evan Designs, and Handley House. Concerned miniaturists purchased the kits from as far away as Australia, England, and New Zealand.

Through the sharing of our time, donations and talents, the miniature community was able to collect over $15,000.

The funds are being dispersed directly to the members of “Our Little Mini Club” in Paradise, California who have lost their homes. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated!

This message was received from one of the club members who lost her home:

“Thank you all for your kindness. I can’t begin to tell how much this means to us. This is the second time that I have lost everything. My home went down in the Humboldt fire. We are all looking forward to someday returning to our favorite hobby. Hugs.” — J.S.

Club members are hoping to meet at the end of January.

Do you wish to donate?

Barbara Thornton-Hill is continuing to accept monetary and gift card donations to the club members, as well as greeting cards and well wishes. Barbara may be reached at bathca@gmail.com. Please do not send miniature items at this time.

Donation and event organizers (in alphabetical order):
Luci Hanson, Mini Cyber Club auction organizer
Suzanne Harrington-Cole, Benicia area workshop organizer
Ruth Heisch, MiniCals Club/San Jose area event organizer
Carol Kubrican, Benicia workshop teacher, Friendship Hutch Kit fund raiser
Kay Loudon, Reno area donation organizer
Laura Seibert, Sacramento area event organizer
Barbara Thornton-Hill, donation organizer and Sacramento area event organizer
Karen Tomajan, Benicia area workshop organizer
Nancy Wantiez, Reno area donations organizer
Debbie Zalmana, Reno area donations organizer


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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.

Workshop takes place on January 26, 2019.

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 $35.

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).

Date: Feb. 2, 2019
Location: The Creamery, Petaluma, CA

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 $35.


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.


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.

 

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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Chair option

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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.

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.


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.

 

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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