Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Louis Gala- Mary Englebreit is now a NAME member

I wanted to share with you photographs from the National NAME Gala held in St. Louis located on the 42nd floor of the MET building at " Kemoll's"- an Italian restaurant ( with an ownerwho went above and beyond in providing us with a magnificent evening of food, service and a view of St. Louis which was spectacular).

The photographs shown are of Mary receiving her membership certificate, pin and card from NAME President ( now past) Cary Yerves and Babette Overman ( Gala Chairman) . Babette asked Past NAME president , Debbie Young to create a very special gift to be presented to Mary. Here you will see pictures of the gift being presented to Mary by Debbie.

Mary and her daughter, Mikala spent time with Cary and Babette at the convention viewing the exhibits and meeting several of dealers in the sales room.

In a future issue of the Miniature Gazette, our national magazine, you will be able to read about the building Debbie selected to recreate for Mary ( it is a historical house in St. Louis and you will see close up pictures of this amazing gift.

If you would like to join NAME as a member , you may do so my going to
www.minatures.org and you will find joining us as a member is as easy as 1-2-3!









Friday, July 11, 2014

See you in St. Louis!!!



Over 400 NAME members will soon be arriving in St. Louis, Missouri for the National NAME convention- July 16 , is the kick off night with the annual " Gala" and then onto 4 days of workshops, theme luncheons, swaps, roundtables, dealer ( shop till we drop), banquet, gifts and so much more.


Friday, July 4, 2014

2014 Hallmark Ornament Contest

2014 Hallmark Ornament Contest

The 3rd annual NAME Hallmark Ornament Contest is on! Please send your picture entries of miniature vignettes created around or using authentic Hallmark ornament contest to Thuy Means, Special Events Chair (thuysgroups@gmail.com).
The deadline for submitting entries is December 1, 2014. This means pictures need to be received by December 1st, not postmarked by December 1st.
The event has been moved to coincide with the holiday season when many Hallmark ornaments are available for purchase, but ornaments from any year can be used, as long as they are authentic Hallmark ornaments and have not been altered (hangers can been removed) or duplicated.
There is no limit to the number of ornaments that can be used in your entry, but judges will be looking for creativity, uniqueness, and pleasing look overall. It is not a contest about who has the most ornaments in their entry!
The creation of the entry should be the handiwork of the applicant. Entries mostly created by someone else will not qualify for the contest.
Entries to the contest should not have been entered or shown at previous NAME venues.
Winners will be announced by December 15th, 2014. Winning entry pictures will be published in NAME�s Miniature Gazette as well as all online NAME venues.
There is an application and release form to fill out that can be found in your May/June 2014 Gazette, page 1-2. For your convenience, we have placed rules of the contest on the NAME Special Events website for you to print out, found here: http://specialevents.name/

What are you waiting for? Challenge yourself and create something fun, whimsical, unique, amazing, inspiring, or personally meaningful.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NAME convention Live Auction- St. Louis

Look what is going with me ( Babette ) to the St. Louis Live NAME auction.. from the estate of Donna Kocmoud.... SMALL SCALE too! Made by Karen Gibbs, Snow White is initialed and dated 84. What a wonderful donation to NAME's estate acquisition program and I am thrilled to know that someone is going to be giving these figurines a wonderful new home.






Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gala - St. Louis News

The St. Louis Gala just keeps getting better and better! Dinner selections are now being made by the attendees and very generous donations are being made to the Gala auction with ME inspired miniatures and more! I am so fortunate to be your hostess for this event and so appreciative of the generosity of our members for helping to make this a grand evening of fun and friendship!
Here are 4 rugs donated and made by Karla Smith that will be auctioned off at the Gala! These miniature rugs were made from one of ME's pattern books, I just love them! Thank you Karla!





Friday, June 13, 2014

St. Louis Gala- Auction Item

Gwen Campbell, past NAME President has been so kind to turn a miniature table and chair set into a " Meet ME in St. Louis" gala auction " I want this" item.
Thank you Gwen, for sharing your incredible artistic talents with us !



Thursday, June 12, 2014

St. Louis Convention Gala Auction Rug!

The 2014 National St. Louis Gala attendees always get in the spirit of the evening and lots of fun is always in store when the Gala auction begins.
This year,miniatures inspired by our gala guest have been created and donated by NAME members. I want to share with you this ME inspired french knot rug which will be on the Gala auction block.
The 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" rug has been made and donated by Cheryl Brady of Kentucky and Tracy Wilson of Indiana. Beautiful work!
Thank you ladies for your generosity and someone is going to be a very lucky owner of this special piece.




Friday, May 23, 2014

NAME GALA

Drum Roll!!!!! Only 2 seats are left for the Gala ! If you want a ticket please call the NAME office Tuesday morning- the gals will accept credit card/paypal. First come, first served. I am thrilled and as each day grows closer to the Gala, the more excited I am getting because of things happening for the Gala... read on...
The picture below is of a small scale house that Suzanne Larson-Tamburo and Andy (of the Suzanne and Andrew's Miniatures) are donating to the Gala auction!!!!! OH, MY GOODNESS !!!!!
The house is called the "Merry Cottage". It is was built from a kit they just "retired". The house will also be fully furnished. However, I'm sure if demand is huge, the kit could be brought back from retirement! LOL The kits alone have a value of over $300 and this house is already complete and furnished. The house name comes from Mary E, of course, but it has a twist by the change in how "Mary" is changed to "Merry". It recalls a favorite verse, "A merry heart doeth good". Suzanne's Mom decoupaged that verse for her years ago and she still has it and loves it!
Anyway, as you can tell, the house is in the style of Mary Engelbreit.. It is typical Mary red with a green roof. Suzanne created the flower border that is embossed and goes around the house. However, it's intended to be reminiscent of the art Mary used on the one inch scale doll house she did years ago. (Which, of course,Suzanne has!)
All of the rooms are named as she would have. There is the "Chair of Bowlies" living room where you can watch "Mary TV". There is "Home is the Heart" Hallway and "Queen of the Kitchen" kitchen. Last is the "Bloom Where you are Planted" bedroom. Suzanne had fun creating and naming the kits - can you tell?
As far as Mary items she plans to have at National....well,she plans to introduce for National a new market stall to my series of quarter scale Market Stalls. It's a little stall called, "Its all about ME!" This is where one can "shop" (if you were tiny) for Mary inspired items.....
Drum Roll!!!!! Only 2 seats are left for the Gala ! If you want a ticket please call the NAME office Tuesday morning- the gals will accept credit card/paypal. First come, first served. I am thrilled and as each day grows closer to the Gala, the more excited I am getting because of things happening for the Gala... read on...
The picture below is of a small scale house that Suzanne Larson-Tamburo and Andy (of the Suzanne and Andrew's Miniatures) are donating to the Gala auction!!!!! OH, MY GOODNESS !!!!!
The house is called the "Merry Cottage". It is was built from a kit they just "retired". The house will also be fully furnished. However, I'm sure if demand is huge, the kit could be brought back from retirement! LOL The kits alone have a value of over $300 and this house is already complete and furnished. The house name comes from Mary E, of course, but it has a twist by the change in how "Mary" is changed to "Merry". It recalls a favorite verse, "A merry heart doeth good". Suzanne's Mom decoupaged that verse for her years ago and she still has it and loves it!
Anyway, as you can tell, the house is in the style of Mary Engelbreit.. It is typical Mary red with a green roof. Suzanne created the flower border that is embossed and goes around the house. However, it's intended to be reminiscent of the art Mary used on the one inch scale doll house she did years ago. (Which, of course,Suzanne has!)
All of the rooms are named as she would have. There is the "Chair of Bowlies" living room where you can watch "Mary TV". There is "Home is the Heart" Hallway and "Queen of the Kitchen" kitchen. Last is the "Bloom Where you are Planted" bedroom. Suzanne had fun creating and naming the kits - can you tell?
As far as Mary items she plans to have at National....well,she plans to introduce for National a new market stall to my series of quarter scale Market Stalls. It's a little stall called, "Its all about ME!" This is where one can "shop" (if you were tiny) for Mary inspired items.....



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bridget McCarty donating to the NAME GALA auction

Sharing time again! The St. Louis National convention "Gala" will be a " Meet ME in St. Louis party for sure! I wanted to begin to share with you news about the gala auction which I began several years ago, the first being held at the Cleveland Convention and raised over $6,000 for NAME.
Every year the pieces are incredible! Donated and created by members of NAME that go above and beyond in supporting NAME. The one and only, Bridget McCarty, whose animal creations ,which we all love and want to own is donating a piece to this year's Gala auction. I can't wait till those attending the Gala get to see her animal creation- inspired by our Gala guest ME!





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Sign

I wanted to share with you a photograph of some of the A3 region members admiring the new NAME sign donated by the members of the A3 Region... these members may be the first to have had their photograph taken by the new sign.
L to R - Terri Reasor, Linda Shepherd, John Shepherd, Jane Justis, Kim Wood and Cindy McDaniel.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

AOH - Braxton Payne Auction Piece

Sharing with you another NAME artisan piece by Braxton Payne. which will be up for bidding this week during the Online Houseparty.
First a bit of a bio about Braxton.
In 1978 he joined the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts and two years later he was asked to become a member of the NAME Board of Directors. He served ten years on the Board, including two years as President and Chairman. In 1989 he was nominated to the NAME Academy of Honor, as his mother had been several years earlier. In 1999 he received the Academy's Mell Prescott award.
But, by far he is most proud of his efforts to show others how to enrich their lives through the simple fun of the hobby of miniaturing. He has taught workshops for small clubs as well as national conventions, and for over fifteen years he conducted an annual all-day seminar, attended by hundreds and modestly called “The World’s Largest Miniature Workshop”, at the Gulf South Miniature and Dollhouse Event in New Orleans. He still enjoys making the occasional custom model for conventions, and continues to create his miniatures for collectors around the world.
This fireplace on the auction block is one of his Williambsurg fireplaces- it is a collectible and his early fireplace pieces are sought after. Note the piece has his signature.
This piece stands 9" in height.



Saturday, April 19, 2014

New "NAME" sign

The new NAME sign has been installed! I am so happy! Now..new landscaping around the sign will be happen once the weather in Carmel assures us that flowers and such will not be harmed by cold temperatures. 

Happy dance!
THANKS to the A-3 Region ( Indiana, Kentucky,Michigan, Ohio and Western West Virginia ) for the generous donation of funding to have a much needed new sign made and installed. 



ONLINE HOUSEPARTY " Auction" item

I want to spark your interest in next week's Online Houseparty "Online" auction. To register as a bidder- head over to the NAME website- ( you must be a NAME member to register)
miniatures.org
Find the auction tab and you will find a complete set of instructions on how to become a registered bidder.
Here is information on one of the collectible pieces being offered. Gotta tell you,I just love working with these donated collectible/atisan auction items. Thanks Janet Smith for letting me work with you the "Online Houseparty Auction"!
Rosemarie Torre handcrafts and embellishes miniature furniture, lighting fixtures, and roombox vignettes. Her work speaks for itself! FABULOUS ARTISAN! This is a signed piece.
Donated by Sue Seiffert.
Rosemarie specializes in hand painted Oriental and Traditional European furniture, crystal chandeliers and wall sconces, plus she offers workshops to make miniature dollhouse rooms.She has been painting dollhouse furniture for over 35 years and resides in the Catskills of New York.
Yes,her work is highly collectible! Recent pieces of her work have sold for hundreds of dollars on the Rhoades auction site.
This beautiful oriental painted table measures 1 3/4" by 1 3 /4"



Friday, April 18, 2014

Kathleen Savage Browning Museum Exhibit Unveiling

Another day of special miniature news ....
Yesterday, I ( Babette Overman) traveled to the Kentucky Gateway Museum located in Maysville,Kentucky- home of the Kathleen Savage Browning Museum to congratulate Kay and to make a special NAME- A3 regional donation to the auction benefiting the museum. Yesterday,Kay Browning ( NAME member) held the unveiling of an incredible miniature work- the inside of the beloved Russell Theater located in Maysville. ( photo below ,thanks to Mark Walton)The theater's exterior exhibit went on display several years ago,now two years later- the second project was unveiled yesterday ( picture below from miniature artisan,Mark Mead's photographs and I also have a photograph of Mark with NAME member,Lori Potts of Canada.
The exterior theater project was the first miniature in the collection where the general public was invited to have a personal hand in constructing. Many of the 11,000 bricks in the fa├žade were purchased and engraved by anyone who wanted to commemorate the memory of someone or honor their lives. Half of the money raised from this activity went to the Russell Theater restoration committee and the other half will be used by the museum for operational expenses. The miniature of the Russell joins two other Maysville miniatures, the Cox Building and the Bethel Baptist Church.The general public has a part in the interior project as a person may purchase a miniature seat in the interior exhibit of the theater.
Artisans from across the United States and Internationally,along with others enjoyed demonstrations from Mark,Lori Ann,Alice Zinn, Laura Settle, Linda Young ( Lady Jane) and Annelle Ferguson ( just to name a few).
A grand celebration continues today. I encourage all miniaturists ,if you are ever able to visit this museum,please do so as the collection is "grand". Congratulations Kay!

The installation of the exhibit will be completed in early May.











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: embonney@huntel.net or (402) 426-4624
Lois Andres: jlalea1@cox.net or (402) 894-4824