Cool Stuff I got at NAME

I admit, my main draws to the NAME National convention were 1) to take classes; and 2) to shop in the sales room. 🙂 I didn’t realize there would be so much more. There were the roundtable kits (two days of them), the auction, the souveniers, the gift exchanges… everywhere I went, people were handing me more stuff! (Not that I minded). Below are some of the things I snagged in the sales room. Wonderful artisans attended. (click pictures for larger versions)

An overview of everything I bought, incluing some auction items. I kept pretty good track of who made what–hope I didn’t forget anyone.

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Stained glass fireplace screen (The Kummerows)
Hand-painted birdhouse (Karen Markland)
Painted pot (Craig Roberts, The Hairy Potter)

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From left to right
Back row:
Music cabinet (w/ veneer front) (Shannon Moore)
Ladderback chairs (Smaller than Life–I bought these at the NAME charity auction)
Yarn winder (Pam Boorum, Smaller than Life)

Next row:
Shaker spice box (Pam Boorum)
Stool (Pam Boorum)
1/4″ dry sink (Scarlett Frayser)
Tiny toaster (Debbie Young)

Front row:
Quarter inch gumball machine (Claire’s Creations)
Quarter inch wicker sofa (Claire’s Creations)
Quarter inch iron corner rack (Pierre Luigi, bought at Suzanne & Andrew’s Mnis)
Leatherbound “spell” books and candles (Marilyn Crockett)

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Front row:
Knife block and knives, cutting board (Smaller than Life)
Tavern sign (Laura Craine)

Back row:
Aged gas pump, battery charger, battery (Ed Mabe)
Half-inch scale word table (Michelle Gill)
Keyhole saw (Pete Boorum)
Shaker box (Pam Boorum)

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Back row:
Aged half-inch hutch (Michelle Gill)
Windsor chair (William S Clinger)
Inlay box (Smaller than Life)

Shaker box (Smaller than Life)
Hydrangeas, Roses in vase (Laura Craine)

Some closeups of the items:

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Leatherbound books and candles

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Aged half-inch worktable and hutch (Michele Gill)
One-inch scale keyhole saw (Smaller Than Life)

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Music chest (Shannon Moore)

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Yarn winder (Smaller Than Life)

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Quarter-inch scale toaster (Debbie Young)
on quarter-inch dry sink (Scarlett Frayser)

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Shaker spice box (Smaller Than Life)
Shaker inlay box (Smaller Than Life)

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Gas pump, battery charger, battery (Ed Mabe)

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Close-up of knife block and knives (Smaller Than Life). Perfect workmanship.

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Souvenirs and Aquisto Silver:

The little shop in the back row is a 1/2-inch scale shallow display box “shop” by Ron and April Gill I bought at the charity auction. The inside lights up! I might do a flower shop.

Painting is one of the souvenirs, painted by Gilbert Mena

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Souvenirs given out at the meals: Glass bowls (Phil Grenyer) and sculpture (Joseph Addotta) (behind the stag is an antique poker chip)
Silver Tankard (I bought this) (Acquisto Silver)

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Acquisto Silver:
The vase is a piece Pete Acquisto made for the lunch talk he gave at one of the special lunches. Everyone attending got one. My picture isn’t very good, but the vase is gorgeous!

And you know, this isn’t everything. I bought a bunch of kits in all scales, more quarter inch accessories, a few other pieces of furniture. That doesn’t even count the four pieces of furniture I made in class or the entire goodie bag full o’ stuff! (which I’ve only briefly gone through).

On another post, I’ll show off what I made. I learned so much!

Through the Windows

While I’m in Tucson, here’s a post of pics I’ve taken through the windows of The Big House. These rooms aren’t complete yet, but this is the fun of minis. (Click pics for larger versions)

Entrance Hall

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Music Room

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Kitchen (sitting room side)

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Upstairs Hall

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Utilities Room

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Third Floor Hall

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Kitchen (kitchen side–more visible if you click for larger version)

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Entrance Hall (looking toward music room)

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The Big House–Foundation

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The Big House’s Foundation needed to be completely redone. It has a nice 3″ base to give it a solid porch and foundation. Originally I had glued latticework to it, per instructions, but it was out of scale and old, wood was dirty, and needed an overhaul. I pulled off everything and started again. Brick sides I left in place but grouted the spaces.

Next I created brick posts in the corners and at supports. I used loose brick corners and loose bricks plus mini mortar.

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It was a real mess under that house, but I vacuumed it out and cleaned it up. Was a bit afraid what I’d find under there…

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Next, latticework needed to be redone. I built three frames out of 1/4″ x 1/16″ strips, then crisscrossed 1/8″ x 1/32″ strips. I think I cleaned out the Hobby Bench of their basswood that day.

Frames in progress.

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Finished frames waiting to be painted.

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Lattice frames painted and glued in place.

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Next, I re-floored the porch with commercially available flooring I stained.

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Posts set in place where they’ll eventually be glued.

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I’m now working on the railings. I’m doing a top railing, plus will add some brackets to that (I think), and working on the bottom railing as well. Pics when those are done.

I’m interrupting my progress to go to the NAME convention in Tucson! Yip!!!