Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Terry Unold- M2 Regional Coordinator Goes Above and Beyond!

Dedham MA, November 16, 2014. Terry Unnold, M-2 regional coordinator (and member of the Fitch House Miniature Club, CT) had a very busy day at the NAME table with a treasure hunt in a dollhouse for children (every child received a "prize" goody bag with mini items), a raffle to benefit NAME for a beautiful Christmas wreath with a holiday scene inside, items for sale, and information about joining NAME. Two other members of the Fitch House Club attended the show and both were lucky door prize winners! Another club member, artist Josephine Meyer, joined the many other dealers from near and far. It was a fun and festive show!

Thank you Terry, for being a great ambassador for NAME!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 9 - "12 Days of Christmas Auction"

If you have missed out on viewing items from the "12 Days of Christmas" NAME estate auction, today is Day 9 .
Below you will see teaser photographs of miniatures on the auction block. to bid or to register to become a bidder.

Karen  Gibbs, polymer clay sleeping, holiday bear.

Judy Gufko Gingerbread House

Mary McGrath Robin and baby

Pam and Pete Boorum Table
NAME Convention Souvenir

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 5 and 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Auction

Head over to for the NAME "12 Days of Christmas" Estate auction.
Day 5 miniatures are posted and here are teasers for Day 6....

Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 2 and Day 3 Sneak Peek of Holiday Auction Items

Sneak peek at one of the miniatures for Day 2 and Day 3 of the "12 Days of Christmas" NAME Estate auction .
Welsh Cupboard ..... beautiful! Signed, numbered and dated.

1/2" scale

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Natasha" miniature offered on NAME Holiday Auction Website

I wanted to take a moment and explain to you, one of the exquisite miniature furniture pieces to be placed on the NAME "Twelve Days of Christmas" auction website. Having such a piece being offered in this fashion is rare.
This is a one inch scale pieces- a collector's dream - signed and dated 1982. Only 5 years after she arrived in the United States.

Being offered will be a Chinoiserie style , once inch scale Natasha Beshenkovsky table , she is better known just as " Natasha".
The table is beautiful and and of course, one of a kind. 
 Chinoiserie is French for "Chinese-esque," and represents an Oriental style which emerged in France in the middle of the 18th 

If you are not familiar who Natasha is, I have copied the following from her website ( to give you a glimpse of who she is in our miniature world. 
You may see the piece to be placed on the auction block by visiting the NAME blog page or NAME Facebook page.
I also have placed in the message a definition of what "chinoiserie" style is.
There will be a very fortunate miniaturist among us who will hopefully be owning this treasure!
Natasha Beshenkovsky, a graduate of Moscow Art School and Moscow Film Institute, worked as a director of 3-D animation, set designer, and still-life painter before coming to the United States in 1977. She soon became widely known among miniature collectors for her scale reproductions of decorated antique furniture and art objects. Considered by many to be one of the leading artists in the field of scale miniatures, her work is included in museum and private collections around the world. Starting in late 1990 she began to experiment with “three-dimensional paintings” – painterly miniature installations contained in a framed lightbox and creating miniature sculpture in her own unique style resembling origami.
“My work with three-dimensional paintings explores the way we relate to paintings, the magic space behind the frame.It appeals to the most naive, childlike in our relationship with art. My pieces remind of what art of painting used to be when it was prized for skill, craftsmanship, and the ability to create illusion. The goal is to concentrate the attention of the viewer, to invite contemplation and to show the beauty."
"Natasha reveals the magic of everyday life through the medium of miniatures" - Jane Freedman "the art of Natasha Beshenkovsky"
"These sensitive pieces reawaken the finest artistry of the past"  - Le Magazine de Maison de Poupee"
"One name is all that needed to identify some well-known figures. In the miniatures world such one-name celebrity is Natasha" - Miniature Collector
"Natasha's work takes your breath away: whether you are looking at a miniature painting... or her latest creation, three-dimensional still-lives... Natasha Beshenkovsky is a phenomenon" - Dolls House Nederland
"The essence of refinement" - Town and Country
"Natasha understands the power that miniatures have  on the heart, the magic of seeing with fresh  perspective: “We don’t spend time looking closely at things. Smallness makes us attentive.” ...The world frozen in time, every facet captured in detail – this is the Art of miniatures, the meditative quality of appreciating the vast sea through a single drop of water..." - Emily Wolverton,  The Mini Time Machine Museum 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2014 "Twelve Days of Christmas " auction begins December 1st!

NAME's annual " Twelve Days of Christmas" Estate Auction begins on Monday, December 1st. The pictures shown here are of the first item to be placed on Day One of this event.
A total of 78 special miniatures will be on the auction block.
Day 2, two items will be added to the auction, Day 3, three items will be added on to the auction and so on and so on.
On December 14 all bidding of this Christmas auction will close.
All items will be under the category of " Twelve Days of Christmas".
You do not need to be a member of NAME to participate in the NAME auctions, just visit our website: to become a registered bidder, please click on the auction tab for instruction on registering.
Wait till you see what is inside this beautiful box!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NAME House renovation almost complete!

These photographs show work that is presently happening and over the past two days.
1. Painting is Complete
2. Front Door is fixed and has never worked like this before!!!!
3. New front door light fixture is in place and working.
4. Carpet is being installed and will be completed by 11 am tomorrow. Stairs have yet to be installed which happens tomorrow morning.
5. I am arriving in Carmel early tomorrow morning.
6. Assembling of new office furniture begins
7. Clean up begins before we begin the move back upstairs.
8. Movers help in moving back upstairs tomorrow.
9. Unpacking begins tomorrow and on Monday.
10. Kim and Barb happy!
11. Babette - very happy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NAME invites you to join other miniaturists in the Terrace Room for their annual NAME gathering from 7:30 – 9:30 Thursday evening November 6th. Goodies, roundtables, demonstrations and lots of fun for all Philadelphia Miniaturia attendees! You do not need to be a NAME member to attend, and it’s all free!

Monday, October 20, 2014

ME Challenge Entry

NAME Member , Thuy Means has completed her ME Challenge piece and would like to share her creation with you. Those who attended the St. Louis "Gala"  received a souvenir box containing a Mary Englebreit inspired table and two chairs. Gala attendees have been invited to participate in a challenge using their souvenir Gala items. 
There is a December deadline for those who will be participating in the challenge- Thuy's project is a collection of ME-related items acquired during St Louis or items she have accumulated over my 5 yr membership in NAME. What creativity ! I am sending these photos on to Mary to see.

Friday, October 17, 2014

NAME Newbie Chartered Club News

Are you new to NAME? Looking for a group of other “Newbies” like you? Looking for a club but can’t find one in your area. Not sure how to get started on a project? Join the “Newbies of NAME” club.  We are newly chartered club of NAME.  Founders are Babette Overman and Kim Ash.  The Team Members also include Alician Pearce, Gwen Campbell, and Lindsay Pastore.  
  This club has been formed to bring the new members of NAME together to help our new members get started,learn techniques, meet each other, learn where to find information about miniatures of all kinds, and to learn about NAME.
This is a fun new club that will help you your two years as a NAME member. You can post pictures of your projects, ask questions, find tips, share ideas, learn to look at an item you find in your home and create a miniature out of it, think out side the box, learn about different genres of miniatures, and meet other Newbies by joining the club.
Join the club by visiting our website at    Also, visit out blog page at , Join the clubs Pinterest page at page , and join the clubs Facebook group at .
You will receive a monthly virtual newsletters, have access to Youtube how to video’s, participate in virtual workshops for members of all ages (including the youth members), receive project ideas, help you get involved in NAME events, and share in all the fun. We hope to plan a “Newbie” event next year. 
We are also looking for Mentors for our Newbies.  Are you willing to share your ideas, your knowledge, your love of NAME, and minis.  Please apply to be a Mentor on our website as well.  We will contact you when we have the Mentor program established. 

  National Dollhouse Month is in October and we have some fun things planned and hope you join us! We have a fun Autumn chair project available now for Newbies.  We also have several drawings and upcoming contest planned.  If you have questions please email us at

Here is a printie for you Newbies!