Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Create A Shop-Nebraska State Day

"Create a Shop"
21st Annual Nebraska State Day
September 20, 2014
9am to 4pm
Faith Presbyterian Church
8100 Giles Road
LaVista, NE 68127
You do NOT need to be a member of NAME
to participate in this event!

Registration: $70.00 (includes morning coffee, lunch, project, tote bag, souvenir gift, and more). This event is limited to 35 registrants, and the deadline for registration is August 15, 2014. Cancellation/refund no later than September 1, 2014.

Gift Exchange: Make 21 miniatures (all alike) that would go into the Create a Shop (no kits or printies) and if you participate you will take home 21 gifts for your Create a Shop. This is NOT mandatory, but it's a lot of fun. 

Make check payable to: Nebraska State Day
Mail to: Ada Vicars, 13412 Montclaire Drive, Omaha, NE 68144

For further information about Nebraska State Day 2014, please contact:

Edna Bonney: or (402) 426-4624
Lois Andres: or (402) 894-4824

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Winners are....

Our first ticket drawn belongs to:

Mae Karoli- she has chosen the Three Little Pigs Goebel Vignette ( value$600)

Our second ticket drawn belongs to Linda Newman- she is not answering her phones but she will make the second prize selection which holds up

Third ticket drawn Polly Morey from selecting her prize 9 I have spoken with Polly.

Fourth ticket drawn belongs to Ginger Landon Spiegel- not answering either

Fifth ticket belongs to Kristen Piatak- also not answering her phone


Party Beads

Reminder, your party beads need to be picked up!

Kim's Date for the Phantom Ball

Per Kim........So excited about Channing Tatum being my date tonight for the Phantom Ball!

The Phanton Ball cake was just NOT delivered

The cake was just NOT delivered for tonight's ball.....oh, my gosh! The Sifted Sister bakery out did themselves!!!!
We also decided not to wish Claire a happy 40th birthday! Who the heck is Claire!

Oh no! Phantom Ball!

Say it didn't happen to Carolyn!!!!! Carolyn decided to try on her shoes for tonight...would gold shoes would go best with tonight's ball gown?
She only has 4 1/2 hours till the doors open and the music begins for the NAME Phantom Ball....

Phantom Ball is tonight!

Ticket sales for tonight's ball have come to a close. The guest list of those who decided not to attend is grand. I wish I was not being seated at each and every one's tables. Thanks to all who have bought a ticket. I have much to do today in celebrating April Fool's day....I do hope many of you got the connection of today's date and the Phantom Ball  ...... enjoy this photo of me not getting ready for the ball!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A-3 Region member, Victoria Fox donation to NAME Headquarters

Carmel, Indiana artist, Lisa Rupp created this pen-and-ink drawing and presented copies of the print to the Committee Members who served on the 1988 Region A-3 Houseparty, “Back Home Again.”  Lisa Rupp served as Co-Chairman with Carolyn Terrell for the Indianapolis Regional Houseparty.

This copy of the print is from the collection of Janet Sue King, who passed away January 3, 2012.  Janet was a member of NAME for 30 years, was a charter member of Madison Avenue Miniaturists (C-552), served as an Indiana State Rep (1987-1991) and was a Committee Member for the 1988 A-3 Regional and the 2001 Louisville National Convention.  This framed print was donated to the NAME National Headquarters by Victoria Fox, December 5, 2013. The beautiful drawing now hangs in the NAME office staff

area of the NAME house.

From our hearts goes a " Thank You" to Victoria for this wonderful

Monday, March 10, 2014

NAME'S Phantom Ball Information and Pictures

Several people have called Kim at the NAME office and we need to clarify  your ticket orders... in order to be a part of the 5 Grand Prize Drawings, I must have your ticket order in my ( Babette's) possession by 12:00 (midnight) EST on March 31st. Hope this makes sense?  Order form are available on the NAME website (

On April 1st, we are all way too busy NOT getting ready for the ball, I am not wearing a ball gown or fancy dress, I am not wearing sparkly shoes or my diamond ear rings. I canceled my order for Jimmy Choo shoes as I do not plan on wearing them that evening and nor dancing with my hubby.

 I do plan on having a glass of wine that evening at 6:30 pm ( EST) as I await Kim Ash and Cary Yerves using a" random number select  computer program" to pick our Grand Prize winners. I will be enjoying my wine as I call the winners! Now remember, the first number drawn gets to pick the prize he or she wants, then I shall call the owner of the second number drawn and ask he or she-"Of the 4 remaining grand prizes which do you wish to have?" 

The Grand Prizes are: ( pictures of the Luci Hanson vignette case ( $75 value) and the Goebel Storybook Series The Three Little Pigs - value of $600) and the magnificent , Georgia Matuschak's " Mardi Gras" vignette 
( value- Priceless !!!)  may be seen on the NAME blog page
A registration to any NAME convention or Houseparty after St.Louis National Convention and through 2017 National Alexandria Convention might be yours. A $50 gift certificate for NAME merchandise is being offered.

Tickets order deadline - was March 15 to assure your gifts would be mailed on or before  March 15.  If your order arrives after March 15 and before midnight - March 31st- you will NOT be attending the ball and eligible for the drawings. 

Again, questions- email me...  Babette  at
With much gratitude and so glad many of you have so generously decided not to attend the Phantom Ball!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NAME new National Office Sign

   Because of special NAME A-3 regional members, I am happy to announce, as acting A3 - RC  that the very much needed "new  NAME headquarters sign " has been ordered and donated by the A3 region.  A3 is proud to have our national headquarters located within our region and we are honored to be able to take care of this need. If you were not aware, NAME's present sign has deteriorated ( it just happens with age doesn't it).  The Board of Trustees has acknowledged this donation. 
 The sign, located in the front of NAME's house, is often the place for one's official photograph of " I visited the NAME office".

 So Winter- go away - so the beautiful new sign and the installation process can get underway.  Well, there are a few steps yet to be done before this actually happens but it is going to happen!

   Men's Garden Club member, Dan Zerkel and I have also spoken of the plans for the new landscaping around the new sign, new lightening and more.
Thank you to Dan and Roy Moore , the Men's Garden Club for all of your work in keeping the grounds special. My own club has donated funding for special rose bushes to be planted in memory of one of our members. My next personal mission and Dan's too is the establishment of a certified " Butterfly Garden". A lovely addition to the property and the historical district of Carmel.

    As NAME's Fund Raising Liaison, I am ever so grateful to every member who has made a monetary donation to NAME, for those who know me well,I am always saying.. every dollar counts.  I am very well aware of the financial situations of many a household, many a member and that of our organization. We live in a time - when every dollar given must be used wisely and one must take the time to thank those who give, 
What I want to say is.... thank you, thank you.. to every dollar given to NAME and to every member who has given. 

     Kim Ash and I will make sure that the process of a new sign is documented with pictures and I shall post the progress through emails, NAME blog page, Facebook pages,newsletters and in the Gazette.  When many of you come to INDY in 2015 for the National Convention and visit the"House", please, make sure you take your official " I visited the NAME House" in front of the new sign.

   Best wishes to all .... with appreciation and gratitude.
   Babette Overman

Kim and I.

Kirby and I.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Phantom Ball- 5th GRAND PRIZE

The 5th and final GRAND prize for the Phantom Ball is a very rare find. Any miniaturist will find this prize a treasure to own.

This miniature display that will more than delight you.

 The total value of the Phantom Ball - 5 GRAND Prizes is well over $1000. The and prizes include the following:

A registration to a NAME Convention or Houseparty ( after July  of  2014 through July of 2017)

 Luci Hanson display case

 An original Mardi Gras/Phantom Ball vignette by AOH member, Georgia Matuschak

 and a $50 gift certificate for NAME merchandise and then there is this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In 1989, the Goebel company had Robert Olszewski design The Wolf Three Little Pigs story book series. Under a glass dome,you will find The house of bricks ( which is the display piece). Inside the house, you will find dancing, the "Stick Pig",the "Straw Pig" and the "Brick Pig" with the wolf trying to blow the house down outside.

The entire, beautiful display is 5".

VALUE - drum roll.... Two collectible internet sites have given the display values of $599/$600 .

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Phantom Ball Update

Ball gowns are not being selected, matching shoes and accessories are not being sought, you must decide which restaurant you are not going to eat at before not attending the "Phantom Ball" on April 1. I do know that 5 members of NAME will be so surprised when they get the telephone call saying- " Your ticket as drawn"
The fifth and final grand prize will be announced tomorrow with a picture. I can not wait till you see it... Thuy Means has sent me ( Babette- Phantom Ball - Fund Raising NAME Liaison this message and picture of what she will NOT be wearing to the Ball because she is not attending.
Hello Babette.
Here is my Phantom Ball gown. It is made from 600 M&M candy wrappers. Although the candy is advertised as "melts in your mouth", the wrapper is made from plastic. I do hope it has a nice soft lining. I hate anything scratchy against my skin.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

NAME Day 2014 Information

Regions, ready your glues, paints, xacto knives, and imaginations.   It's time to prepare for NAME Day 2014, on the calendar for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, “A Cozy Corner.” 
On the NAME website ( you will find the Guidelines for NAME Day, as well as Guidelines for anyone interested in being a Cutter (read carefully; a form is included for submission).  Please share this information with your region, including any newsletter editors or regional representatives who might not be on email.  Let's spread the news and this year, break a record for participation in NAME, the Club that Can!! website
I have sent out this information to the Clubs list (if they have an email address) from the NAME office, but please share it again, so that we don't miss anyone. 
This is a great opportunity to invite non-NAME members to join this great organization of friends so they can participate with activities in your region.
Going to a show?  We have flyers you can print off for your NAME table or pamphlet table.  The flyer is attached. 
Please notify Ruth Heisch so that she can list NAME Day events in your region. Contact Ruth, Event Coordinator,  A form is attached.
Guidelines, lists, and instructions will be in the Gazette.  Up to the minute lists and information will be available on the NAME web site, and updated regularly as our Event and Cutter lists grow.

Pat Frost
NAME Day 2014 Committee

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rollin' on the River St. Louis National Convention

Hi all,
Will you be "Rollin' on the River"? Don't forget that registration is now open for NAME's 2014 National Convention in St. Louis, MO.
Our theme is reminiscent of days gone by, of the sight of steamboats and barges, of Mark Twain and the Mississippi River, and of the Lewis and Clark expedition and “opening” of the West..
We have wonderful dealers, workshops, and luncheons selected for you. Go to the NAME website ( to view the lists of classes and dealers, as well as special events that you can participate in.
And if you’re looking for some things to do during free time before you get to St. Louis or after the Convention is over (or maybe when you’ve spent most of your money in the sales room?), there are lots of sights to see in the St. Louis area.
If you’re a history buff, the “Arch” is a great way to spend some time. The ride to the top of the arch is certainly interesting, and the view of the St. Louis downtown area and of the river is fantastic and well worth the trip. While you’re waiting for your tour, explore the museum at the base of the arch – it covers the history of the area at the time of settlement and exploration and is informative and well done.
Something for the entire family (or those of us who are kids at heart) is the St. Louis Zoo. Although there’s a fee for parking, admission to the zoo is free. There are some extras at the zoo that cost, but they are well worth the additional charges. And there are other sights to see – these are just some of them.
So, there’s a lot to enjoy at the National, both at the Convention and in the area – hope to see you rollin’ down the river to St. Louis and the Convention. And isn’t there a song that says something about meeting me in St. Louis?? Let’s do it!

Playtime Memories - message/pictures from the fundraiser winner

Message from Sandra Davis Winner of

NAME 2013 Fundraiser “Playtime Memories”

The best things really do come in small packages and when it comes to miniatures I can add that fun, excitement, and creativity are also included.  I was surprised when the UPS delivery man handed me the box and I could only think “What have I ordered?”

I opened the box and found that I had won the miniature treasure and when I saw all the beautifully crafted miniature goodies I became excited.  I immediately set about to design a scene to show off my prize.

 I decided on a play day out of doors with the focus being the puppet show. 
This is a scene that can take us all back to the days of childhood when we were carefree and had the opportunity to play at will without limitations or expectations.

Among other aspects of miniatures I am reminded that no matter how old I am I can go back to the days of fun by combining my imagination and the many wonderful miniature treasures that are available.  Being a miniaturist is a wonderfully rewarding stress relieving hobby.

I extend my thanks and appreciation to all the miniature crafters and everyone who participated in producing this delightful small package

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Louisville Miniature Club Exhibit at Historical Locust Grove Museum

Sat., Feb. 8 to Sat., Feb. 15
Dollhouses on Display
The Louisville Miniature Club, which oversaw the restoration of the Locust Grove dollhouse, will display about dollhouses and other miniature worlds during February at Locust Grove. Stop by the Visitors’ Center during regular operating hours to marvel at the intricacy and skill evident in these charming miniature scenes. No fee, donations accepted.

NAME National Convention Gala

I am honored to be able to announce that at the St. Louis NAME National Convention GALA- our special guest will be Mary Englebreit! She is joining us as we enjoy an evening on the famous Tom Sawyer riverboat departing from the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch. Theme is: " Meet ME in St. Louis".

See all of you in St. Louis, Babette Overman
Gala Chairman

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Birthday Cake - Miniature Polymer Clay Tutorial

"Happy Birthday to You" is sung more often than any other appeared in 1893 and was written by two sisters, Mildred Hill who wrote the music and Patty Smith Hill who wrote the words....actually, their little song originally had nothing to do with birthdays, it was called "Good Morning to You" and was intended for students to sing each morning in school...around 1924 a Texan named Robert Coleman changed it to "Happy Birthday to You."

Birthday Cake - Miniature Polymer Clay Tutorial

"Happy Birthday to You" is sung more often than any other appeared in 1893 and was written by two sisters, Mildred Hill who wrote the music and Patty Smith Hill who wrote the words....actually, their little song originally had nothing to do with birthdays, it was called "Good Morning to You" and was intended for students to sing each morning in school...around 1924 a Texan named Robert Coleman changed it to "Happy Birthday to You."

Monday, February 3, 2014

A NAME member's lovely miniature quilt and more....

 I live in the heart of Kentucky.. and on this cold, icy, snow winter day, I pulled out an oh , so warm vintage quilt ( one my grandma made) to wrap around me as I read. Oh, yes, a big stack of old Nutshell News!
I got to thinking about miniature quilts , my dear, Indiana friend, Carol Hudson ( NAME member too) had just posted a picture of her mini quilt that she just completed. ( pictured here) I then went to my own needlework framed gallery ( oh, yes, I am crazy about needlework too). Many years ago, when I lived in Kansas City, every year Hallmark would have a charity auction of miniature quilts. I was lucky to twice be the highest bidder- wonderful quilting on such a small scale.
Miniatures- such a wonderful world of artisan work in so many walks of life.

a) Carol's Quilt and her words:
Each square is 1/4 inch. It was made using the paper piecing method. Wrap the fabric around a 1/4 inch paper and baste. Stitch them together, take out the basting stitches and it releases the paper. It took me a couple of months, working on and off.

b) Miniature quilts by Bella Fansler will be on display this month at the Great Midwest Quilt Show and Sale in downtown Lebanon. (Michael Snyder photo)

c) From the blog page
My friend Lynette offered a trade – I make a miniature quilt for her, and she will quilt one of my finished tops. How could I say no to that? Her MIL is into miniatures, and has a miniature castle which, I’m assuming, must be quite drafty, and the miniature occupants are in need of a warm quilt. Lynette wants to give her MIL a mini quilt, but doesn't have the mental instability required to piece blocks that finish at 1 inch.

d) Look - a miniature Quilt Show.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Bowl - Mini Style

Thanks to Wikipedia..... one can read the history of the Super Bowl... I do remember the first Super Bowl as I was in High School and I even remember the party I was at.

 The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season, while Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on February 2, 2014, following the 2013 season.
The game was created as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was agreed that the two leagues' champion teams would play in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to officially begin in 1970. After the merger, each league was redesignated as a "conference", and the game was then played between the conference champions. Currently, the National Football Conference (NFC) leads the league with 25 wins to 22 wins for the American Football Conference (AFC). The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for Super Bowl victories with six.

The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some a de facto American national holiday, is called "Super Bowl Sunday". It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year; the four most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history are Super Bowls. In 2011, Super Bowl XLV became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 111 million viewers, surpassing the previous year's Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the number-one spot held for 28 years by the final episode of M*A*S*H. The Super Bowl is also among the most-watched sporting events in the world, almost all audiences being North American, and is second to soccer's UEFA Champions League Final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.

Due to the event's high viewership, commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year, leading to companies regularly developing their most expensive advertisements for this broadcast. As a result, watching and discussing the broadcast's commercials has become a significant aspect of the event. In addition, popular singers and musicians including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Whitney Houston have performed during the event's pre-game and halftime ceremonies.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Phantom Ball" 2 of the Grand Prizes

For those NAME members NOT attending the "Phantom Ball" - your purchased ticket not to attend makes you eligible to be the recipient of one of our 5 Grand Prizes..
I am sharing with you, photographs of 2 of the prize. Your latest issue of the  Miniature Gazette explaining the Grand Prize of a registration to an upcoming Convention or Houseparty - after July of 2014 through July of 2017.

Georgia Matuschak has created and donated this incredible Mardi Gras themed cart, perfect for this Phantom Ball.  Her talents and creativity  is amazing. Her support of NAME is also more than appreciated - she is a treasure to me! Thank you for always being there for me and to NAME!

Luci Hanson, NAME's present 1st Vice President has donated one of her Vignette Showcases- perfect for the small scaled miniaturist among NAME's membership.
The case measures:  7-3/8" in width and is made of solid curly maple.
A 9 volt LED lighting is installed with an On/Of switch- one stage insert.

THANK YOU, Luci for your generosity and someone NOT attending this ball going to be very lucky!

See you "Gazette" or ticker order form or go to our NAME website (