Sunday, March 29, 2015

HBS 21st Annual Creatin' Contest winners

If you haven't seen all of the entries to the 21st Annual Creatin' Contest, head over to HBS to see all of the photos from last year's contest.

First-Time Entrant Winner, Karen Hritz' "Beach Retreat" was my absolute favorite. Below are the top winners and just few of my favorites. There were a lot of cool cafes, shops and cabins; check them all out at

Top Winners

Grand Prize Winner - Kelly Morin
Blackthorn Bog Dragon Hatchery

First Place Winner - Joyce Anderson
The Gypsy Vardo

Second Place Winner - Margo Givens
Big Pine Island

Third Place Winner - MaryEllen Markowitz

First-Time Entrants Winners

Alisha Fusco
The Elven Bowyer

Jodi Anderson
Old Country Chapel

Honorable Mentions

Diana Drews
Flatland Aviation

Joan C. Emden - The Shed ASC
(Artist's Silkscreen Cooperative)

Sarah Hale
Steampunk Caravan

Kathleen Hoyer-Dartt
Last shop on the left

Roxanne Mulder - Les Fleucs
Collette's French Flower Shoppe

First-Time Entrants

Rebecca Baker
A Time for Peace

Lynne Hall
The Yellow Seahorse Gallery

Jen Furman

Repeat Entrants

Henry Atwood
Woodland Sublime

Michelle Canada
Booklover Cottage

Sherrie Kanik
Meadowlark Cottage

Elaina Marugg
Old Mr. Yorsen’s

Sherry Pittman
Vintage Water Mill

This is what the kit looked like.
"The Starting Point Garage Kit"

All photos from HBS 21st Annual Creatin' Contest page.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tick Tock, order 3D printed miniatures today to be able to enter the contest by April 10

Order in the next few days to meet the shipping cut off to get your 3D printed models in time to enter the contest!
Shapeways 3D printed Miniature Houses Contest Contest ends April 10, 2015

3D printing is the perfect tool for creating unique pieces for your miniature house or display. Show off what you've made with Shapeways and enter for a chance to win printing credit. Submit a picture of your miniature house or roombox display decked out with furniture and decor items 3D printed by Shapeways - either your own original designs or the many miniatures for sale on Shapeways. In the description be sure to tell us which items are 3D printed and how you finished them.

All participants will receive a code for 10% off an order with Shapeways after the contest has ended. Contest ends April 10, 2015.

Judging based on the following criteria:
Creativity: How do you create an inviting, original, miniature environment incorporating 3D printing?
Craftsmanship and quality: How well is the display put together and your vision realized?
Detail: What surprising, original details do you include that delight viewers?

How to Enter:
1. Start with any miniature space
Use a dollhouse, storage box, build a foam core structure, anything you can come up to make a miniature room.

2. Design or order your 3D model
Design your own models or shop other designers’ miniatures from the Shapeways marketplace - some suggestions are on contest page or check out the miniature future listings at

3. Decorate your room
Use your 3D printed furniture and decor and other materials as needed.

4. Submit one picture of your miniature scene
Photograph your scene and post it to Shapeways Facebook Wall. In the description tell us which items are 3D printed and how you finished them and include the hashtags #shapeways and #3Dminihouse. All entries due by 11:59pm PST on April 10, 2015. You can submit multiple photos for different scenes. (If you don't a have Facebook account send me a link to your blog post with your entry or email me photos and I'll submit them for you, modernminifan (@)

Judges Panel:
Carol Mitcheson, Miniature Maker and Collector,
Kacie Hultgren, Designer, &
Megan Hornbecker (me), Designer and Modern Miniatures Fanatic, and

Meet our mini house contest judges – read all about us on the Shapeways' blog post "Mini houses, maximum inspiration".

Check out the contest page for more details, links to tutorials to get you started, inspirational 3D models, terms & conditions and all that stuff.

Shapeways' Designer Spotlight on Megan of Modern Mini Houses
Plus, check out my SketchUp tutorial here to get started designing.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Le Bureau Parisien by Phillip Nuveen

Phillip Nuveen sent me these photos of his latest project "Le Bureau Parisien". Click on the image to see the larger photos. Phillip also revamped his website. Check out all of his work and miniatures at and also his etsy store