Each year, the Show brings together more than 100 U.S. and international artisans and dealers, including a number of I.G.M.A. Artisans and Fellows. They offer collectors unique, well-crafted 1-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/4-inch scale miniatures from around the world.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Halloween and Fall Season!

Do enjoy the Halloween-themed postings shown below. The Good Sam Blog is taking a break, and will return on Saturday, November 28.

Witch Hat & Shoes and Pirate Hat & Boots from The Dolls Cobbler. 
Web: http://www.dollscobbler.com.
To see more work by Sylvia Rountree, The Dolls Cobbler, go >here<:

Dealer Barbara Sabia: Stained Glass

Barbara Sabia handcrafts gorgeous stained glass windows, doors, ceiling panels, floor-standing screens, and more. Her daughter Karen Renee makes fabulous exotic birds and other items. Email: minis@barbarasabia.com. Web: http://www.barbarasabia.com

Handcrafted door featuring stained glass spider on web by Barbara Sabia.

To see more work by Barbara Sabia, go >here<. To see work by Karen Renee, go here.

Dealer Bridget McCarty Miniature Pets

Bridget McCarty creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition 1:12 scale animals and birds. She also makes imaginative scenes, dolls, and fanciful characters that are sure to delight. Email: aliceinteacup@yahoo.com. Web: http://www.BridgetMcCarty.com

One-of-a-kind Halloween Market Stall, complete with black cat.

To see more work by Bridget McCarty, go >here<.

Dealer Bluette Meloney: Structures & Furniture with Faux Finishes

Bluette Meloney is best known for her distinctive 1:12 scale structures and hand-painted collectible furniture. An IGMA Artisan, she uses realistic decorative faux finishes and Trompe L'Oeil (fool the eye) painting techniques. Shown here are a few pieces with a Halloween theme. Email: jack.meloney@gmail.com. Web: http://www.bluettemeloney.com

To see more of Bluette Meloney's work, go >here<.

Dealer Sylvia Mobley: Figures, Animals & Collectibles

An IGMA Fellow, Sylvia Mobley creates porcelain figures, wild animals, domestic cats and dogs, and a line of resin figures. Her diminutive Christmas Village and Haunted Village are designed as decorations for a 1:12 scale setting. Individual pieces are available separately or as a display. Email: smobley377@gmail.com.   Web: http://www.sylviamobley.com

Young Witch trying out her powers.
Resin cast mouse (white, grey or brown) available in assorted poses. From Sylvia's line of Resin Creatures made using her original sculptures. Body 1/4 to 3/8 inch long. Pumpkin by Pat Richmond of Twinheart. pat@twinheart.comhttp://www.twinheart.com
Tiny Haunted Village, shown lighted. 
Tiny Haunted Village, shown lighted at night.
To see more of Sylvia Mobley's work, go >here<.

Dealer Alan Hamer: Metalwork

Alan Hamer works in iron, copper and brass--sometimes silver. An IGMA Fellow, he makes a wide range of 1:12 scale children's toys, including pedal cars with working steering and pedals. He also designs gates, wind drags, brass beds, fireplace tools, household accessories, and more. Email: scalemetal@msn.com.  Web: http://www.alanhamerminiatures.com

Patina'd Witch Wind Drag. 
Raised Copper Witch's Cauldron. 

To see more of Alan Hamer's metalwork, go >here<.

Dealer Stewart Dollhouse Creations: Kits, Holiday Decor, Quarter-Scale

In celebration of Halloween, Ruth Stewart has created some delightful cakes and cupcakes. She offers a wide variety of kits and desserts for all the major Holidays. Ruth also makes molds, doilies, rugs, and more. She works in both 1:12 scale and 1:48 scale. Email: ruth@stewartdollhousecreations.com. Web: http://stewartdollhousecreations.com

Pumpkin Cake with slices, 1:48 scale.
3-tier Halloween Spider Cake, 1:12 scale.
3-tier Halloween Cake House, 1:12 scale.
Mixed set of Halloween Cupcakes, 1:12 scale. 

To see more work by Stewart Dollhouse Creations, go >here<.

Exhibit: The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree in 1:12 scale by Tom and Linda Lee, Fremont, CA. "The exhibit is based on a story by Ray Bradbury entitled 'The Halloween Tree' (1972)," Linda Lee tells us. "Originally shown at the 1989 Good Sam Show, it has been restored and slightly reworked for the 2014 Show."

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Good Sam Show is this weekend!

Come and join us for the 40th Annual Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures. We take great pride in our selection of talented artisans. Everyone is good! You can easily spend a whole day shopping for exquisitely crafted miniatures from 1:12 scale down to 1:144 scale.

The show includes a popular White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, and Drawing for Dealer Donations. Prior to the opening of the show on Sunday, there is a well-attended free Tools & Techniques program. There will be free children's classes, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

For registration information on the Friday Workshops and Monday Academy Classes, visit http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.netDon't miss us on Facebook: 

Our next Blog post will be on October 24.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

2015 Show Ad in Miniaturas magazine, Spain

Special thanks to our good friend Madelva Fernandez, Miniaturas magazine-Spain, for the fabulous full-page ad publicizing this year's show. Designed by her, it appears in Issue #206, July-August 2015. We appreciate Madelva's generous gift and for sharing information about the Good Sam Show with the miniature community in Spain. An article on this year's show will be published early in 2016.

For subscription information to this very beautiful Spanish language miniature magazine, go to: http://www.miniaturasrevista.com or contact Madelva Fernandez, email: miniat@arrakis.es.

Dealers "The Guys from Texas": Structures

The talented Guys from Texas are Jon Fish and Larry Osborn. They make some of the finest structures in the country and work in 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scales. Their superb cutting is such that everything fits perfectly. They are experts at finishing interiors and exteriors in a most exquisite manner. Email: theguysfromtexas@satx.rr.com. Web: http://www.picturetrail.com/theguysfromtexas

"Pop-Up Advent Calendar" to be previewed at this year's Good Sam Show. Quarter-scale scene, 26" wide x 11" tall when fully opened. See slideshow on Picturetrail.
Wigilia-A Polish Christmas.
Cypress and Fog, 1-inch scale.
Tick-Tock Diner, quarter-scale.
"Momma's Kitchen-complete set." Three rooms in canisters.

Dealer Josephine "Jo" Meyer: Paintings, Furniture & Accessories

IGMA Artisan Josephine "Jo" Meyer enjoys recreating the work of the Old Masters, the impressionists, and abstract art in miniature. She works in 1:12 and smaller scale. Jo also paints delightful whimsical animal paintings and hand paints furniture and accessories. Email: JoArt@att.net.  Web: http://www.joart.com

Corot inspired painted cabinet manufactured by Vilia Miniatures, Italy.
Landscape painting on Fire Screen and Ladies Changing Screen.
Painted cabinet with Hunting Scene.
Whimsical Cat with Pearl Earring and Van Gogh Terrier.
Cubism: Two Women Holding Flowers, after Fernand L├ęger.

To see more work by Josephine Meyer, go >here<.

Dealer Sylvia Rountree, The Dolls Cobbler - Shoemaker

IGMA Fellow Sylvia Rountree is a shoemaker. She handcrafts innovative 1:12 scale footwear and more for women, men and children. Her line includes colorful ballet slippers, Halloween and Christmas themed footwear, and kids' rain gear. She also makes a fine selection of carpetbags and leather luggage. In addition, she carries exquisite ladies' hats, handbags and parasols. Web: http://www.DollsCobbler.com

Handmade leather shoes and boots. Hats, handbags and parasols by Carol Olsen (an exclusive with The Dolls Cobbler).
One-of-a-kind carpetbag. 1:12 scale figure by IGMA Fellow Sylvia Mobley, http://www.sylviamobley.com.
Steampunk shoes, boots and accessories. Top hats by Nancy Wantiez.
Fabulous selection of men's footwear and hats.
Handcrafted leather luggage on cart. 

See more of Sylvia Rountree's footwear and accessories >here<.

Dealer Sarah "Sallie" Anne Evans: Handcrafted Rugs & More

IGMA Fellow Sallie Anne Evans specializes in handcrafted rugs and other fine needlework items. Selling as Strawberry Creek Designs, she makes 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scale rugs. Sallie Anne is offering a Friday workshop to make a Russian Punchneedle Schooner Rug in 1:12 scale.
Email: saevans@sonic.net.

Handcrafted rugs by Sallie Anne Evans are available for purchase on the table of Mark Murphy/Mary Grady O'Brien.

Selection of handcrafted rugs.
Petit-point Pin Cushion and Throw Pillow.
Hooked rug made using a Russian Punchneedle. 1:12 scale
Three handcrafted braided rugs.
Friday Workshop to make a miniature hooked rug using a Russian punchneedle. 1:12 scale.

For registration information and to see all Workshop and Academy offerings, visit our website: http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.net 

To see more work by Sallie Anne Evans, go >here<.

Dealer Craig Roberts: Hand-turned Pottery & Friday Workshop

IGMA Artisan Craig Roberts makes miniature pots, potter's wheels, kilns, potter studios, and more. He works in 1-inch and 1/2-inch scale. Much of his work incorporates a great sense of whimsy and fantasy. A popular instructor, Craig is offering a Friday Workshop at this year's show. Email: thehairypotter@live.com. Web: http://www.hairypotterspottery.com

Craig utilizes porcelain, stoneware, redware, and raku in his miniature artwork.
Realistic potter's kick wheel in 1-inch and 1/2-inch scale.
Oct. 9 Friday Workshop to "Build a Believable Pottery Kiln - Filled with Handmade Pots." Students will construct a one-inch scale potter's kiln and make it look quite real by adding a variety of details.

For registration information and to see all Workshop and Academy offerings, visit our website: http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.net 

To see more work by Craig Roberts, go >here<.

Upcoming Good Sam Silent Auction: Some available scenes.

Again this year, the Silent Auction is offering an interesting selection of donated miniatures. Held on Saturday, October 10, the auction opens at 10 am and closes at 2 pm. Shown here are four shops from the Estate of Mary Scholl. These items where donated in the memory of Mary Scholl, deceased, by her daughter Kathleen.

The English "Inchcombe Model Village" shop is filled with exquisite porcelain village buildings. It is reminiscent of the famous miniature Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village in the Cotswolds, U.K.
Very detailed "Lions Head" pub, complete with bartender, waitress and customer.
"The Market Stall" features a delightful selection of children's toys, souvenirs from Mary Scholl's travels in England.
This scene with Halloween puppets was inspired by children's books.