Thursday, July 28, 2011

N.A.M.E. National Convention 2011

Last weekend, Mr. True2Scale and I attended our first N.A.M.E. National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. We had a fun time getting to know fellow miniaturists, eating great food, and shopping for items for my soon-to-arrive Tuscan house. And...a visit to Cleveland isn't complete without touring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After all, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the meat dress!

This year's convention theme was With a Song in My Heart. The souvenirs given to the attendees reflect the musical theme.

The 1:12 scale souvenirs were a dress worn by Deborah Kerr in The King and I, made by JoAnn Roberts; an adjustable music stand by Tom Walden; and blue suede shoes by Sylvia Rountree. The steering committee made a gift to complement each souvenir, including a wooden wall hook for the dress; sheet music and a storage box; and a framed, gold record of Blue Suede Shoes.

A portion of my table at Mini Mart.
The convention provided me with my first opportunity to sell my mini kits at a show. I sold as part of the Mini Mart, a 2-hour Thursday night frenzy that left Husband and me breathless and exhausted! Thank goodness for the help of a kind friend who assisted with writing receipts.

On Friday, I took a class from Shannon Moore and learned to make a corner chair. It's a beautiful piece that I some day hope to finish and post a picture. I REALLY do want to finish that chair!

I spent part of the weekend enjoying the exhibits. I was especially fond of the design and construction of the Three Gables display, a home for three different shops. Here are some of the creative exhibits at the NAME National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio (the photos taken with my phone do not do them justice!):

Three Gables created by Sue Ann Ketchum,
designed by Greenfield Creations; 1:12 scale

Holiday House at Christmas by Karen Marsh;
1:48 scale

The Greenhouse at Christmas by Karen Marsh;
1:48 scale

Part of a large exhibit, The Shops at Maxwell Square by Terri Maxwell;
1:12 scale greenhouse and florist shop.

Interior of the greenhouse.

Working fountain surrounded by shops.

Hunny House by Karen Marsh; 1:48 scale


  1. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! Jeannette

  2. Oh I do love the dress made by JoAnn Roberts. It’s absolutely cute!!
    I look forward to your little chair Carol. Thank you for sharing with us. :o)