Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Solstice Tree Story

The Solstice Tree Story from Clair- NAME member in Virginia

I sent you a photo of animals gathered around a Solstice Tree with roses on it.  Later, I realized that people don't know the story behind the scene, so I'm sharing it briefly here.  Selma Lagerlof, a Swedish author who died in 1940 and earned the Nobel prize for Literature in 1904, told this story, which my mother passed on to us when we were children:  A poor woodcutter's family lived in the woods.  It was Solstice (or Christmas), the time to give gifts to children.  But there was no money for gifts!--what were the parents to do?  Then the mother remembered something special from her childhood.  She told her children to dress warmly, for they were going to take a walk in the woods near midnight.  The kids put on their boots and scarves and best hats and coats and off they went.  Their mother told them to be quiet, very quiet, so as not to disturb the animals.  They walked through the snow a long way, when finally they saw a glade in front of them, and in it, a tall evergreen surrounded by all the animals of the woods, quietly waiting.  Suddenly--at midnight!--the woods lit up as with sunshine.  The snow melted and green grass showed, speckled with meadow flowers.  The tree was bright with roses and their sweet smell pervaded the air.  The animals gave out a great sigh, and were happy, for even as the light faded, the snow returned, and the roses fell from the evergreen, they had been given a promise--that Spring would come again--and so they returned to their burrows and caves and nests reassured, safe, and calm.  So did the children, who had been shown such a wonder.  And that is why it is said "Who were the first to cry Noel?  Animals all as it befell!"         

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Should have bought it!

I should have bought it when I saw it at Philly!
That drives me crazy when I do that to myself!

Monday, November 21, 2011


First, a new NAME DAY work center to share with you! From Becky Scroggins- Ohio.

Last time I posted, I was preparing for my local Art Council's first ever " Auction for the Arts". I am happy to let you know that my auctioneer voice along with some very wonderful residents raised over $3,000 for the Garrard County Arts Council! The Arts are ALIVE in tiny Lancaster, Kentucky.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


"They say if you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true." 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

National Association of Miniaturists Enthusiats - NAME Day

Next week this time, I will be admiring my new work center and  saying' What a fun day we had mining!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Winter Wonderland Workshop

I thought you might like to see pictures of the project, raffle items and the exhibits at last Saturday's " Winter Wonderland Small Scale" workshop held in Evansville, Indiana. What a great day it was!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Roundtable kit from Cleveland Convention

The NAME 2011 National Convention held in Cleveland was a whirlwind of activities. One of my favorite events held is the " Roundtable Kit" sale. $5 kits are created and sold by NAME convention attendees. Kits sold have gone through a selection process and every kit is a unique one.  Many of the kits sold at the event will be available to purchase through a in the near future issue of  NAME's " Miniature Gazette" magazine.

I offered a 1" scale retro record player kit. I want to share with you the completed project done by  NAME's 1st Vice President , Cary Yerves.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NAME 2011 CONVENTION Souvenirs

For months , years, I had to keep the secret of what the souvenirs gifts were to be for this year's NAME convention. As chairman of that committee- this duty is like being Santa Claus. Two weeks before convention, I finally realized I had over 3,000 gifts in my home. I do hope , everyone who attended convention loved the fact that we connected the gifts to music, the main theme of this year's Cleveland convention.
The lovely gown was made by Joanne Roberts from Penn.- it is the gown Anna wore in the " King and I", the NAME music stand really works, swivels, maybe lowered up and down and was made by Florida's wood miniature artist, Tom Walden. The third convention gift was the " Blue Suede Shoes" made by Sylvia Rountree.

The convention steering committee decided to give gifts which accompanied each main gift. With the gown came a wonderful shelf with peg( designed and parts cut by Dan Zerkel of Ohio and the members of the Lexington Blue Grass Miniature Society assembled the shelf), to accompany the music stand, several scores of music was given and Dan again designed , cut and had members of his club in Columbus assemble the sheet music holder. The last item, is the "Elvis Gold Record" plaque. The was designed by me and was produced by Laser Creations. Members of the steering committee than assembled the plaque.

NAME this year has extras of these items and will be offering them to our membership to purchase in an upcoming issue of our magazine, "The Miniature Gazette".

Friday, July 29, 2011

NAME National Convention

Where do I begin .... a wonderful convention.. I have so many stories- I shall add pictures and stories over the next few days.. I begin with photos from the Patron Party which kicked off the convention. I hosted the event which was held at the Cleveland House of Blues. The 31 one of a kind musical instrument pieces raised just shy of $6,000 for NAME.  I was brought to tears.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Golden Books

After 2 years plus of work, the NAME National Convention is just a few days away for me. 3,000 Souvenir gifts, 359 roundtable kits, 200 guitars, 150 Patron Party gifts, table exchange gifts, 500 gifts from me to each attendee that I get to meet and thank for supporting NAME , the planning of the Patron Party for 135 and the One of A kind Auction, the Red Dress Review planning, my A-3 business meeting, agenda,door prizes are packed, my Houseparty 2013 meeting is planned and then my Board meeting notebook is assembled and up to date, am I ready, well, is there room in my car for my luggage for 10 days worth of miniature madness?

Oops , I forgot my theme dinner a presentation to 50 people of my love for Little Golden Books and my gift of a 1/12" scale red pedal car made by me..but I decided to take a day for myself and headed to the Lexington Central Library where there is a showing of original art from Little Golden Books. I was in heaven! I wanted to see it before my NAME presentation and  be ready to come back and attend a special lecture to be given by the author, Leonard Marcus who has frostbitten a book about the Golden Legacy, How Golden Books Won the Children's Hearts....... I can not wait to meet him and share my love for this marvelous books. Tuesday, July 28th- 6 pm, I am there early and in the front row! With by book in hand to be autographed and ready to give him one of my pedal cars.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Life in Kentucky

The days are flying by as I get ready for the NAME national convention to be held this July in Cleveland.
Today was the day that the Overman's competed at the Garrard County Fair..
we were winners... and I had the best ever thing happen. I won the overall Grand Champion ribbon in the flower competition. The judge said, my glad was a perfect flower! I thought so too but never dreamed I would win over a gazillion flower entries.
My miniature entries - 4 entries took 1st place and a 5th entry into the "other doll" category won 2nd place.

We also won first place in Veggie Basket, cucumbers - pickling type and "other" category, mints, seconds in squash, beans, slicing cucumbers.. for having such a rainy year and so far a very short growing season - we are very happy and looking forward to the Kentucky State Fair competition.