Reminder: Dollhouse Tool Box Workshop

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Tool box workshop sample

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

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Interior of the tool box

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

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

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

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


This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

MiniCals 2016 NAME Day

On October 1, 2016, The MiniCals and Through the Looking Glass hosted a “Backwoods Bunks” NAME Day. The event was held in Morgan Hill, CA. A light breakfast, lunch, gifts galore, shoebox sales, project exhibits, silent auction and lots of FUN was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Rhona Lee for the photos.

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Judy Pick’s version looks great!

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Questions anyone?

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Some of the MiniCal members at NAME Day 2016.

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Lisa Panken is smiling….she’s got it!

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This is Beth Newick’s layout. By golly, she’s got it, too!

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1/4″ Scale Christmas Box


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Dollhouse Tool Box Workshop

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Tool box workshop sample

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

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Interior of the tool box

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

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

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

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

Sacramento Houseparty Roundtable Info

Roundtables and Mega Roundtables

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

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

Download a roundtable application form

Download a mega roundtable application form

Application postmark deadline: December 1, 2016.

More information about the Sacramento Houseparty.

Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures Show

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October 8-9, 2016
Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures
41st Annual Show & Sale

Sales Floor & Show Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
One Day Workshops: Friday, October 7th, 2016
Free Tools & Techniques Seminar: Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Show Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (62+) $5 , Children (5-12) $3, Children under 5 free (no strollers please)

Free Door Prizes! A special children’s drawing each day!

Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA
More info


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

Reminder: Sign up for Good Sam Workshops

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

View the classes and download the registration form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Workshops and Dealers Announced for Sacramento Houseparty

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

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

Pre-Registered Workshops

View the pre-registered workshops.


Registered Workshops

View the registered workshops.


Dealer List

View the list of dealers attending.


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Photos from the 2016 NAME Seattle National Convention

The 2016 NAME National Convention was held in Seattle, Washington, July 18-24. Many N2 members took part in the events and camaraderie.

Thanks to Karen Tomajan, Nancy Wantiez, Laurie Parker, and Carol Kubrican for sharing photos from the convention.

To view more photos, please click here.

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Exhibit created by Angelika Oeckl and shown at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Exhibit created by Angelika Oeckl and shown at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Jeff Packard in costume. Photo by Laurie Parker.

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Centerpiece. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Centerpiece. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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A photo of Charlotte Atcher’s workshop sample at the 2016 Seattle Convention. Photo by Nancy Wantiez.

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Suzanne, Margo, Karen and Carolyn – San Francisco Bay Area

To view more photos, please click here.


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2016 NAME Day Events

NAME Day 2016 Project

NAME Day is BACK!

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

To participate in NAME Day, contact one of the N2 region members who are hosting an event (below). If you are unable to attend a local event, kits are available to order (click on “NAME Day Cutters List”).

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

Events in the N2 Region

Benicia, CA
October 1, 2016

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

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

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

Morgan Hill, CA
October 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

Online Event

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


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


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DHTM Miniature Class Announcement

August 20, 2016, 10 am – 1 pm
Dollhouse Miniature Pocket Party Class at Dollhouses, Trains & More,  Novato, CA
The theme is Let’s Go Grocery Shopping! Remember to bring along your crafting tools including: scissors, tweezers, polymer clay tools, patience, and magnification glasses if needed. All items necessary to complete projects will be supplied. Cost of the class is $25.00. You must reserve a space to attend. NO Drop-ins.To reserve your space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415)883-0388 Ex.106 or email Maria.
Dollhouses, Trains & More, 300 Entrada Drive, Novato, CA 94949
More info


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Karen Tomajan: Shabby Chic Garden Shelf

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

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Karen Tomajan’s shabby chic garden shelf

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Making Camellias with Lynn Miller

 

Camellias made by the Mini Attics club.

Camellias made by the Mini Attics club.

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Camellias in a bowl

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

Doll Exhibition and Workshops

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

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Artwork and photo: Toby Froud

Opening artists reception July 23, 5 pm. 

Exhibit events include:

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

Workshops include:

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

Fabric Doll Workshop with Christine Shively.

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

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

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street
Petaluma, CA, 94952

find out more

Event info and  workshop listing.

An article about the exhibition written by The Press Democrat.


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True2Scale Workshop Announced

1/4 Scale Kids’ Clubhouse

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True2Scale Workshop: 1/4 Scale Kids’ Clubhouse

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Interior of the clubhouse

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

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

Email Carol for more info or sign up online.


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Miniature Class Announcement

July 15 & 16, 2016, 10 am – 1 pm
Dollhouse Miniature Pocket Party Class at Dollhouses, Trains & More,  Novato, CA
The theme is Summer Fun. Bring tools. Cost of the class is $25.00. You must reserve a space to attend. NO Drop-ins.To reserve your space, please call the Miniature Dept. at (415)883-0388 Ex.106 or email Maria.
Dollhouses, Trains & More, 300 Estrada Drive, Novato, CA 94949
More info


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Marge Milani: Shabby Chic Garden Shelf

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

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


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Photos from MiniCals Workshop: 1/4 scale ski lodge

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, MiniCals hosted a 1/4 scale ski lodge workshop, Part 1 of 2, at M & L Precision in Morgan Hill, CA. For Part 1 participants built, electrified, and chose their interior wall treatments.

M & L Precision, courtesy of Karen and Mark Laisure, is ideal for hosting the MiniCal workshops. The atmosphere for the MiniCals workshops is so conducive to working on miniatures that inevitably miniaturists come just to finish other projects, socialize and share. Lunch time drawings are always exciting. The small drawing gifts are wonderful artisan quality items donated by generous individuals. Mini table sales throughout the day are always welcome.

The Ski Lodge – Part 2 will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the same location. Participants will furnish their projects with laser cut pieces.

Click on the photos to view them larger.

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Diane Phillips and Lynn Miller…”I think this goes here…”

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Beth Newick and Judy Pick working on their ski lodges.

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Gerry Silberstein working on her ski lodge.

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Marge Milani

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Meg Milani working on her ski lodge.

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Dale Burgei (grandson) and Carol Walls working on their ski lodges.

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Pat Iannucci and Sue Sterling working on their ski lodges.

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Lisa Panken working on assembling her ski lodge

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Betty Jang, Liz Gerat Carpenter and Nancy Wantiez socializing.


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Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop

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Summer at Tahoe project

August 6, 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm
23rd Summer at Tahoe State Day Workshop
South Lake Tahoe, CA

A door to welcome the pixie that lives in your home and helps with everything – especially miniatures.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, included roombox, materials, food, gifts, laughter and fun!

Entire workshop is limited enrollment and is subject to cancellation if not filled. So register early! Payment arrangements OK!

Registrants will receive the workshop materials and display materials, door prizes, gifts, raffle prizes, breakfast snacks and lunch, complete with beverages. The fee for the whole day of workshop will be $65.00.

Contact Mary Ann Van Buskirk. Space is limited.

More info and registration

Sacramento Houseparty: Apply to be an Instructor or Dealer

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

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

Houseparty information:

March 24-26, 2017
Sacramento, CA

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

Karen Tomajan: MiniCals Shabby Chic Project

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

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Karen Tomajan’s shabby chic garden shelf project.

 

Barbara Adams: MiniCal’s Shabby Chic Project

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

Hippy-hoppity, Springtime is here!

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Barbara Adams created this Springtime vignette.

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

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

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Karen Tomajan’s shelf with mirror.

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

New Pics: MiniCals 1/4 Scale Ski Lodge Workshop

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

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1/4 scale ski lodge workshop by the MiniCals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on the photos to enlarge.

MiniCal's 2016 Shabby Chic Shelf Workshop

Photos from MiniCal’s Shabby Chic Workshop

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, MiniCals hosted a shabby chic garden shelf on a door workshop at M & L Precision Machinery, Inc., Morgan Hill, CA.

Starting with a stock Houseworks six panel interior door, participants assembled shelves, painted, applied decals, decoupaged, and then aged the door with chalk paints. Using simple card stock, various sized planter pots, including faux galvanized French botanical buckets were cut, shaped and then colored with stock acrylic paints to resemble aged and moss covered terra cotta pots. Instructions were provided for simple flowers, placards and a laser cut wreath. A small plastic display case was provided to showcase each finished project.

Karen Tomajan showing her shabby chic project.

Karen Tomajan showing her shabby chic project.

Suzanne Harrington-Cole displays her partially finished project.

Suzanne Harrington-Cole displays her partially finished project.

Fun and sharing were the theme for the day with the added excitement of Deb Laue of Dragonfly on hand, who provided a surprise gift for each participant, as well as optional coordinating accessories for purchase.

Thank you, MiniCals, especially Karen Laisure and Ruth Heisch, for coordinating, setting up and hosting this very popular event!

Upcoming Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market
On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, MiniCals will be hosting their annual Spring Fling Potluck and Flea Market open to the public. It will be held at M & L Precision, 18665 Madrone Parkway, Morgan Hill, CA and will start at 10 a.m. For more information contact: Ruth Heisch.

Click on the photos below to enlarge.

MiniCals Feb 2016 Workshop

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

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

Mini Cals Feb. 2016 Workshop

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

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“Shabby Chic” magazine picture of basic design