Monday, July 6, 2015

The Bird House #‎HBSCreatinContest2015‬

I'm one of the 16 bloggers participating in HBS Miniatures' Blogger Project for the 22nd annual Creatin' Contest. Denise's City Cottage Kit is the limited edition kit for the contest this year. I actually bought two kits for my idea for the contest before I was contacted to join the project. I thought I might need three for my idea, so I jumped at the chnace to join the project, blog my progress and not enter my free kit into the contest.
After I dry fit the kit I realized, wow this is way bigger than I imagined. I must have glossed over the dimensions (20”W x 11 3/4”H x 20 1/4”D) when I thought I needed three to make my house inspired by Alberto Rubio's Bird Houses. Three of the houses joined together is going to be too monsterous, so now I'm trying to reasses my original plan. I may try to take my first two houses and create my original idea, and use the free kit to come up with something else. Back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Build your mini dream house with Arckit

Forget LEGO, the ARCKIT is an amazing system of architectural pieces to design any house you can imagine. They offer 4 kits in 1:48 scale ranging from $70-$400 US. They are available worldwide with free shipping, and Barnes & Noble in the US just started stocking them in-store this month. I have a sneaky suspicion Santa will be bringing one of these for my "kids". Now, if only they came in 1:12, a girl can always dream.

Check out all of the kits at

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Anyone have a REAC Eames Management side chair to sell/trade with Paris?

(I'm alive! More posts and explanation soon.)

Paris of PRD Miniatures is looking to sell or trade to acquire the REAC Eames Management side chair. If you have one you are willing to part with, you can contact Paris here:

Monday, May 11, 2015

What are you working on?

I love to see what other people are working on. Here is a dollhouse Melissa has been working on that she built from scratch. The size is 3/4 scale, she wanted to utilize all of the vintage plastic dollhouse items she has been collecting.

Here is some information from Melissa on her dollhouse:

The kitchen stools are made from door pulls. The island she built from scratch. The dining room table she made. End tables, fireplace, fire pit, plants and pictures she made (pictures are taken from good quality art books or magazines). Melissa also built the credenza by the front door.

The carpets are made from plastic placemats (you can sometimes get them on sale at TJ Maxx or even at Walmart). The living room floor is made from the cheapest (and easiest to cut) peel and stick tiles you can get at any hardware store). She decided on the wood floor (dollhouse store) but used double sided tape to put down. She has had a difficult time with the store bought floors... as they always seem to warp on her, but so far, so good.

Melissa is working on the second floor which will have the master bedroom and bath and possibly a deck on top too.

Melissa sent me these photos last September, so she's probably close to finished by now. I'm eons behind in posts, but I'm trying to spend more time catching up. More to come on Chicago International, HBS contest and my newest furniture designs. I'm also working on a video tutorial and updating the where to buy dollhouses page. Sadly several of the houses listed are no longer available, but I do have more new miniaturists to add to the where to buy mini pages.

Monday, May 4, 2015

PRD MCM Roombox and Egg Chair on ebay

2 days left on the PRD Miniatures on ebay. Paris is selling the prototype for the workshop he taught at Chicago International. The Furnished Mid century Modern Roombox is listed here:

There is also a 1:12 scale vintage Modern egg chair listed here: and a 1:12 scale LC2 Petit loveseat by Le Corbusier

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Winner Time! Shapeways Mini House Contest Winners Announced

Earlier this year Shapeways hosted a 3D Printed Miniature House Contest to demonstrate how 3D printing is the perfect tool for creating unique pieces for your miniature house or display. The challenge was to show off what you've made or purchased with Shapeways and enter for a chance to win printing credit. Contestants submitted a picture of their miniature house or roombox display decked out with 3D printed furniture and decor items, and described which items were 3D printed and how they were finished. Please check out all of the entries and descriptions posted here. There were so many amazing entires the judges had their work cut out deciding. The final votes came down to a difference of 1 point for third place. It was really close! Without further ado the winners are...

Gold $125 credit: Otterine
Silver $75 credit: Alice Miniatures
Bronze $50 credit: Paper Doll Miniatures

Huge thanks to everyone who entered!! You made it really difficult to pick only three top prizes. The fourth prize is a luck of the draw prize. One lucky winner was randomly selected from all entries after the top three prizes had been awarded and will receive $25 of Shapeways 3D printing credit.

Anna-Maria Sviatko (thanks for sending your email already)
Doris Nathanson
Jim Wilkins‎
Judi Palenski‎
Kamalesh Bhambare
Marion Russek
Mod Pod Miniatures
Muriel Watson‎
Phillip Michael Nuveen
Studio 3D Printed Objects

From the above eligible entrants the Shamrock prize goes to... Mod Pod Miniatures. All contestants, please send me the email you use on Shapeways so we can send you your coupon code for 10% off your next order. Email me at modernminifan at (Shapeways will post their official announcement tomorrow and will send out credits/coupons then).

Update: the video isn't working properly (it has audio) for the Shamrock prize drawing. I'll find another way to load it and upload that later tonight or tomorrow. Sorry about that.