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.


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.

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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Juanita Landa

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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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Barbara Adams


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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

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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.


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 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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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.

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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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

workshop photo

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


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.

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.