Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hat's off to HBS / Miniatures.com Creatin' Contest



Mini*Aesthetics posted this already, but I just got my copy in the mail yesterday. I have to admit, its kinda cool to see your work in a magazine catalogue. Looking at the competition, I'm thrilled to have won a First Time Entrant Award. This was the first contest I entered, so I'm not familiar with the usual prize values, but I'm blown away that HBS/Miniatures.com shelled out $3,600 in prize money for the top awards. I blogged about the big winners here, but you can see even more detailed pictures of all the entrants on Miniatures.com at these links:
Creatin Contest Winners »
First Time Entrant Awards »
Honorable Mentions »
All other 70 Entrants »

First Time Entrant | "Atomic Bungalow" | Cyd Raduchel, Carmel, IN
I love the roof Mad for Mod from My Mini Mod Pod built, and this house is simply shagadelic. I love it!


First Time Entrant | "The Red Horse Tack Shop" | Charlan Owens, Camden, NC
How cool is the red siding? I love the glass corner entrance and the window frames. Yay solar!


Honorable Mention | "Friends of the Sea Rescue, Rehab & Release" | MaryEllen Markowitz & Grandsons Zachary & Jayden | Boynton Beach, FL
This was my favorite of the Honorable Mentions. Inside is a scuba diver in one of the aquarium tanks. The water in this is fantastic.


"Greystone Villa" | Connie Campbell | Knoxville, TN
I was surprised that Connie didn't win anything. I ADORE this house inspired by Wes Christensen's Mini House 1. You really must visit her website to see the progress and all of the gorgeous interior photos www.nanasminis.com/greystone-villa.html. (She has quite an amazing collection of houses to boot).

Below are more of the 70 non-prize winning entrants that I really enjoyed.


"Golf & Gulp" | Debi Woods | Crysler, ON Canada.
Mini Golf for a mini contest, clever. I love the wheels on hole 2. I would definitely have a burger here.


"Museum of Miniatures" | Claudia Heckart | Allyn, WA
A house in a house in a house. Too cute.


"Revolution Avenue, Thorny Coast, Maine" | Kelly Erickson | Wilmington, DE
This kit was already long, but Kelly add two more structures to it. It's so long it can't even fit in one picture. LOVE IT!



"Jedi Knight Academy" | Yvonne Sinclair | Cool, CA

With all of this Star Wars talk, I had to share this one. And Yvonne is from Cool, how cool.


"The Elversonville Inn and Auction House" | Susan Elverson | Perkiomenville, PA
Holy smokes! 6 stories!?!?! That is a ton of work. I think this dollhouse is taller than me.



(All images above from www.miniatures.com. Visit their website for more close ups and more pictures on all of the 84 contest entries.)


I love the Black and White house that Manor Minis and More built out of the Fascination Station kit, but Sandra didn't finish until January, so she missed the contest. Her house is so cool, I had to share. I love the ELF Miniatures kitchen, and Amazing Miniatures desk. I love the fabric on the couch and chair by Kris Compas.

Sandra, how many cats are in your house?!?

20 comments:

  1. I agree...I'm surprised that the Greystone Villa was not a finalist. that tack shop would make a super cool modern house too. I love the front entry!

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    1. Yeah, that front entry is great on the tack shop. It would be an awesome modern house. :D

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  2. Well, I am blushing! Thanks for including me. If I had only started a month sooner...

    And I have to agree, the Greystone Villa is super! All the modern takes on this kit were just incredible this year (including yours!).

    And for the record, there are eleven cats in the mini house. AND eight cats in my real life house. :-)

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    1. You are most welcome, Sandra! I loved what you did with your house, had to share. That's a lot of cats! :D

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  3. I wonder if any of them will sell them??? They are fantastic and well done! Melissa

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    1. The Atomic Bungalow is for sale on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Midcentury-Modern-Dollhouse-/140719354558?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c386f2be

      So tempting if I lived in Indiana.

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    2. Hey Melissa, I know I'm planning to sell mine after I get it up to snuff. I just don't have the space for it. I'm guessing others will sell too. I'd keep an eye on ebay for sure. But I'm guessing that due to the size they will be local pick up only as Mad for Mod's Atomic Bungalow is.

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  4. Congrats again on your win in the Creatin' Contest.

    Thank you, thank you. You cannot imagine how flattered I am to receive a shout-out from you! I've read your comments and you'll be getting an email from me soon.

    This post, like the I'm A Giant roll call is superb! It's official, your blog is the showcase of what's being created (or challenged to be created) in the modern miniature hobby world. Keep it up.

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    1. Aww thanks! I was impressed at how fast you got your post up. I didn't have my catalogue yet and was worried I didn't get a copy, but then it showed up. Phew!

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  5. These houses are so unique! I don't often see contemporary style dollhouses, esp ones that are so finely done. Thanks for sharing. I love them all - especially the one with the swimming pool. :)

    All best,
    Jackie

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    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by. Yeah that swimming pool is really cool. Modern and contemporary styles are definitely a smaller subset of the miniatures community, but I think we are growing. I was surprised at how many contemporary and modern houses were built in this contest. Very inspiring. :D

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  6. It was cool to see your house in their catalog. I was quite the braggat about it "I know the lady who made this one..."--ha ha! I am so impressed with the great builds from this kit. I would love to have a few of them to try out some mini scenes.

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    1. Thanks man, brag away. :P There is some serious talent out there. I know what you mean, I could have a lot of fun with some of these. :D

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  7. Does the grand prize winner, Michelle Miller have a website?

    She lives in Howell, MI... about 15 minutes from where I live 0_0

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    1. The downside of the challenge is there is no info on websites or contact info for anyone. I'm guessing someone on the HBS/ Miniatures.com Forums might know here, so you could post there.

      Or you could contact Ann, who runs "Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer". That is the organization that Michelle donates her houses to. Ann is on facebook here:
      https://www.facebook.com/DollhouseMiniatures/posts/10150640807317243

      Good luck tracking her down. :D

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  8. CONGRATS, again! Excellent job, and extremely well-deserved. And thanks for compiling all of these other entries -- amazing work from everyone!

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    1. Thanks C! What can I say, I love to compile. I just love staring at everyone's incredible work.
      :D

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  9. Wow! What a creative post. I enjoyed every single photo you've shared with us and I am impressed with the ideas of making this modern mini houses. Thanks.

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