Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures
Largest Miniature Show West of the Mississippi - Benefiting Plane Tree Health Library

The 2017 Good Sam Show - Friday Pre-Registered Workshops

Workshops to be held Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose      Registration Form

We are pleased and excited to offer the following workshops:

  • Class #1 - Gingerbread Themed Sideboard with Carlene Brown, Something Special Miniatures
  • Class #2 - Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop with Dorothy Hansen, Dorothy's Doo-Dads
  • Class #3 - Potions OR Treats Filled Wall Shelf with Ginger Landon Siegel
  • Class #4 - Blue OR Pink Victorian Pocket Watch with Ginger Landon Siegel
  • Class #5 - Rose and Anemone Arrangement on a Patio Table with Jeannie Lindquist
  • Class #6 - Rhine River Market Stall with Luci Hanson, Cascade Miniatures
  • Class #7 - Artist Paint Box with Valerie Casson, France
  • Class #8 - Tiramisu Cakes with Ruth Stewart, Stewart Dollhouse Creations
  • Class #9 - Learning to Photograph your Miniatures with Dan Stewart, Stewart Dollhouse Creations
  • Class #10 - The Crafter’s Corner with VG Maclean

Click on any picture below for larger pictures. Use the button above to download the registration form. Plan to bring a basic tool kit unless the instructor has specified tools and supplies in the workshop description. Registration deadlines vary, so register as soon as you know which class you want to take. A few instructors will take walk-ins if they have sufficient supplies, but it cannot be guaranteed. Please pay attention to skill level required, and the sack lunch recommendation for the longer classes.


Class #1 - Gingerbread Themed Sideboard with Carlene Brown
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $125
  • Class Duration: Full day: 9am to 3pm (Sack lunch recommended.)
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017

Who doesn't like Gingerbread? Just in time for Christmas, come spend the day constructing this Gingerbread Themed Sideboard with all of the accessories pictured! Students should be able to finish construction of the sideboard and spend the remainder of the time making the kits provided and arranging all of the accessories.

All parts are precut from basswood and easy to assemble. Each sideboard is 7 ½ inches tall, 7 inches wide and 2 inches deep. In additiona to the counter, there are two upper shelves, a solid lower shelf and three "decorative" drawers. The side panels and "drawers" are covered in gingerbread wallpaper. Learn how to "antique wash" the sideboard and "ink" the edges of the walpaper to give it an aged look.

The accessories include items that are already made: dolly, gingerbread house, wreath, cross-stitch pillows, basket, gingerbread cookies in boxes, signs and watering can. Additionally, there are kits to make canisters, mini Christmas trees, tray, cookies in a can and a kit to make a second watering can.

Tools to bring, items in bold a MUST: Aleene's "Fast Grab Tacky Glue". Gluing jig of some type, can be made from Legos if you don't have a jig. Cutting mat or flat surface to work upon, rulers (6 inch and 12 inch), pencil, scissors, X-acto knife, tweezers, paint brushes (medium and small), emory board and small piece of sandpaper. Bottles of both white and red paint (2 ounce acrylic Creamcoat, Americana, Folk Art, etc.)


Class #2 - Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop with Dorothy Hansen
  • Scale: 1/4" scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $125
  • Class Duration: All day, 9am to 5pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017, may be able to accept walk-ins

Turn the sewing machine shaped picture frame into a 1/4” scale sewing shop. Includes, walls for room, wallpaper, flooring, kits to make sales counter, notions display, fabric display, three display shelves, quilt rack, wall shelf with quilt hanger, books, bolts of fabric, rolls of batting. Basket, tiny table, shopping bag and signs. Includes lots of assorted fabrics to fill the shelves as well as lots of quilts to fill the walls. Learn tricks with paper and working with fabrics in small scale. 6-1/2” wide x 6-1/2” tall x 3-1/4” deep.

Everything in photos is included. Most students will almost finish. Room will be finished, fixtures made, arrangement and finishing touches may need to be done later.

Bring a basic tool box to class.


Class #3 - Potions OR Treats Filled Wall Shelf with Ginger Landon Siegel
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $50
  • Class Duration: 8am - 12 pm
  • Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017.

Attendees will create EITHER  the Potions OR Treats filled cupboard.   You will learn glazing, shaping and layering techniques to stuff your cupboards with more than enough for Mrs. Claus, your sorcerer, wizard or witch to compete their desired task.  The decorative pieces for the Treats cupboard will be trimmed with snow glitter to add to the effect.  Gray flocking and wispy strands will add to the effect of the potions cupboard.   Students will be given a large assortment of designs, trims and accents pieces to fill their choice of cupboard.  Completed pieces are 2 1/2” x 4 1/2”.  

Tools and Supplies Needed:  Fine point small blade scissors, Fine point tweezer, Tacky glue, cutting mat, magnifiers.

Everything is included with this workshop.   Most students will finish all the cutting and placement of pieces.


Class #4 - Blue OR Pink Victorian Pocket Watch with Ginger Landon Siegel with Ginger Landon Siegel
  • Scale: Life size pocket watch, micro-mini houses
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $40
  • Class Duration: 1pm - 5 pm
  • Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017.

As our collections grow and space becomes limited, it’s fun to find ways to enjoy our miniatures in new and expressive ways.  These  little Victorian houses fit perfectly inside an antique looking pocket watch.  Students will choose either the Pink OR  Blue Victorian House to make in class.  The finished piece can be worn or displayed in a dome.  As a piece of jewelry, it’s a great way to introduce someone to our world of miniatures.  Students will learn dimensional cutting and layering techniques to create the houses which are then embellished with greenery, wood, floral bits and laces.

Tools:  Fine tip Tweezers, fine tip scissors, Xacto knife, cutting mat, tacky glue in glue syringe or bottle, magnifiers, portable light source.


Class #5 - Rose and Anemone Arrangement on a Patio Table with Jeannie Lindquist
  • Scale: 1:12th (1" scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $135
  • Class Duration: 9am to 4pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017

Jeannie is dedicated to reproduce flowers and leaves in 1:12 scale to represent the full-sized flowers with the utmost detail with the shapes of flower and leaf pieces and colorings. Flower and leaf pieces for the workshop are colored on both sides of the paper and then laser cut so scissors will not needed for this step. Students will add colorful highlight painting to the roses. Roses and anemones will be shaped and assembled using special tips Jeannie has discovered. These will be arranged in a dark blue, spatterware coffee pot.

Students will also assemble a patio table learning weatherizing and aging techniques. All supplies for making the roses, anemones, coffee pot with lid, two coffee cups, unassembled patio table and plastic display box (for the arrangement only) are included in the workshop fee. Students of all skills are welcome. Some beginning miniature enthusiasts may not finish during the workshop, but will have instructions and hints to finish later.  Additional unassembled patio pieces, bench and chairs and blue stemmed goblets can be purchased separately.

Tools to bring: Mini-making tools including small needle nose pliers, medium and small scissors, single edge razor blade, small round #0 or #3/0 paint brush, flat 1/4" paint brush, small embossing tools, tweezers, cutting mat or heavy, dense-pressed cardboard, magic tape, Aleene's Turbo tacky glue or equal, pencil, paper, ruler, and clear, flat plastic (top of clear plastic food container). Good magnifier with good light and extension cord is highly recommended.


Class #6 - Rhine River Market Stall with Luci Hanson, Cascade Miniatures
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced (Familiar with measuring, gluing, painting)
  • Cost: $97
  • Class Duration: 8am to 4pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017

The Gift Wrapping Stall
Just in time for the holidays.

The Rhine, Seine and Danube Rivers of Europe are teaming with market stalls during the holidays. It is a wonderful way to greet the shopping season and friends too.

After making purchases of gift items at each of the stalls, what is more convenient than taking them to be gift wrapped at one of the stalls. You will wallpaper, paint and assemble the building, add the exterior wood shingle strips, decorations and signs. There will be a work table, a cash register, wrapping paper rolls, boxes for packaging, ribbon rack, a packaging display and even a trash bin for the back. It all sits on its own faux stone base.

Add the included LED lighting and you are in the gift wrapping business on a famous river.

Tools required: Thick Tacky glue, Masking tape, scissors, x-acto, glue jig, small clamps


Class #7 - Artist Paint Box with Valerie Casson, France
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $60
  • Class Duration: 8:30am to 12:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 8, 2017

An authentic artist paint box, finished in brown or blue with a choice of decorative labels for the inside lid, finished on the outside with brass fittings. For the inside you will make brushes, tubes of paint, ruler, pencil, eraser, cloths, sponge, and small mixing dishes.

Tools required: Small paint brushes, hook end tweezers, pliers with serrated edge if you have them, small sharp scissors, tacky glue.


Class #8 - Tiramisu Cakes with Ruth Stewart, Stewart Dollhouse Creations
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $55
  • Class Duration: 8:00am to noon - 4 hours
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017, may be able to accept walk-ins

Come and learn the art of making lady fingers using an easy to use silicone mold! You will get a box of goodies and tools to complete your cake. One glass cake plate will come with class for your completed master cake and more will be available. By the time you're done you will have the knowledge to make dozens of Tiramisu cakes!

An entire cake kit in a box will include all the tools and makings to go home and make more cakes! You also get the Lady Fingers mold.

Tools required: Tweezers and X-Acto blade.


Class #9 - Learning to Photograph your Miniatures with Dan Stewart, Stewart Dollhouse Creations
  • Scale: All scales
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $65
  • Class Duration: 1:00pm to 5:00pm - 4 hours
  • Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017, may be able to accept walk-ins

A big part of the joy of creating miniatures is sharing your creations with others. In this class you will learn about taking the best photos you can with whatever equipment you have; from using your cell phone for mini photography, all the way to high end DSLRs. We’ll discuss tripods, lighting, photo composition, and printers.

We will also cover getting your photos out into the world on social media for everyone to see and appreciate. All skill levels are welcome, and feel free to bring your own camera and/or miniatures along to practice with and ask questions about.

Tools required: Nothing needed.


Class #10 - The Crafter’s Corner with VG Maclean
  • Scale: 1:12th (1-inch scale)
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $138
  • Class Duration: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Full day class.
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

The project is designed to be used as a receptacle for a changing display for Holiday and seasonal decorating. A simple starter decorating kit will be given to each student, mostly items used in “crafting” or setting up the room. Additional holiday or seasonal decorating kits will be available for purchase priced from $10 to $45. Students will be encouraged to share the ideas they’d like to develop on their own throughout the year.

The Corner room box and two large pieces of furniture will be assembled prior to class because of time constraints but all finish work and the less time consuming construction will be done by the students Most students will be able to complete this project by the end of the day Friday. A few kits, fun accessories for the display, may need to be completed later.

Tools required: Students should bring a standard miniature class tool kit. plus Crafter’s Pick glue for kits and Fast Grab Tacky Glue for floor assembly. Paint, stain and consumable supplies other than glue will be provided. I will send an itemized tool list to each registered student. Please be sure I have a current e-mail address and/or telephone number.