This post was languishing in my drafts folder for some time (along with a few others) so I decided I may as well finish it up and post it before the contests are over! Without further adieu, here’s the deets on the spring fun:

Greenleaf’s Sixth Annual Spring Fling Contest

GL 2012 Spring Fling Kit 150x150 Spring 2012 Dollhouse Building Contests & EventsGreenleaf’s new shell kit for this contest has a simple, but unique looking design. It reminds me of a small tin cabin in the woods. The big surprise to me is how affordable it is, starting at a discounted price of $18.95 with free shipping (don’t forget to use the coupon code). The price and the smaller size makes it much more accessible to so many more miniaturists to join in on the fun. They also have very affordable addons for even more inspiration and fun.

As usual, Greenleaf is offering rather sweet prizes, including getting to name the kit!

  • First Place: $500 gift card from the Greenleaf Company Store plus you rename this dollhouse
  • Second Place: $250 gift card from the Greenleaf Company Store
  • Third Place: $125 gift card from the Greenleaf Company Store
  • Luck of the Draw: A random entry will win a $50 gift card from the Greenleaf Company Store
Deadline is September 3, 2012. Do check out their contest page for more information.

The Dolls’ House Emporium Creative Competition 2012

dhe creative competition2012 150x150 Spring 2012 Dollhouse Building Contests & EventsLast year DHE had their first Creative Competition and I am super happy that they’re continuing it again this year (until infinity too, I hope!). And this year, the base model is the Corner Shop (see links below to purchase), which they say doesn’t have to be turned into a shop, but just looking at it really makes me want to! However, I do think it has the right lines for a rather swanky modern pad too, dontcha think? It also has addons that you can purchase as well. And lucky for the US folks, DHE had expanded with a warehouse in the US, so that makes it a bit more affordable for us.

A single floor base kit costs $96 with free shipping. It costs $165 for both floors. Purchase here:

  • First Floor Shop (UK, US)
  • Second Floor Shop (UK, US)
  • First and Second Floor (UK, US)

Here are the tid bits on the prizes:

  • 1st Prize: A Dolls House Emporium kit of your choice worth up to $867
  • 2nd Prize: $467 of Dolls House Emporium Vouchers
  • 3rd Prize: $267 of Dolls House Emporium Vouchers

Deadline is August 31st, 2012. See the contest page for more details. 19th Annual Creatin’ Contest

hbs creatin contest 2012 150x150 Spring 2012 Dollhouse Building Contests & EventsAnd of course, there is Hobby Builder’s Supply, known well to us mini-nerds as who has been running these contests the longest with the biggest payout of them all. This year’s kit makes me so super excited because it is all about modern with the MiniTown Loft Shell Kit at a very affordable $29.99. I was given a tantalizing hint about  this kit as it was being developed (*wink*wink*), but had no clue  it was for the contest itself. Very exciting! I can’t wait what everyone comes up with here!

  • Grand Prize: $1,000.00 HBS/ GIFT CERTIFICATE
  • First Place: $500.00 HBS/ GIFT CERTIFICATE
  • Second Place: $300.00 HBS/ GIFT CERTIFICATE
  • Third Place: $200.00 HBS/ GIFT CERTIFICATE

Deadline is December 17st, 2012. See the contest page for more details.

Real Good Toys 2nd Annual Build-Along Project 2012

rgt build along 2012 150x150 Spring 2012 Dollhouse Building Contests & EventsReal Good Toys is also having an event, their second annual build-along with a brand new and very interesting kit, the Puzzle Dollhouse Kit at a cost of $28.95. It’s a very unique kit as you can build it however you like. There are no floor plans to follow, it’s entirely up to you! And much like last year, there is no prize for entering other than the fun of participating along with the RGT community and other awesome miniaturists. The event ends on June 1st, 2012. See event page for details.

Minismodernas Modern Scene Competition

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Minismodernas is one of our official international retailers and they’re having a nifty scene competition to celebrate their 1 year anniversary! Here the info with the important parts bolded:

Doesn’t time fly! Next 10 of June is the first anniversary of Minismodernas. We are very grateful to everybody for be with us in this adventure. Thanks for your constant support, for a so good and warm reception.

We know that it’s difficult to start and more if we start in a new world, little by little creating love for a new style, but with your help all is easiest, although we have still a long way.

And we would like to celebrate with you: you are invited to participate in a scene competition, modern scenes, of course, in any style: shabby, minimal, urban chic… just as scenes of home or works: hairdresser’s, offices… but always in contemporary style.

The photos must be posted in the Minismodernas Facebook or sent to and will be published in the blog and in facebook. To received the works from 15th of April to 1st of June. We’ll decide on 10th of June.

The jury is unconnected with Minismodernas: Pablo Leal (artisan and responsible of Amatheria), Juanjo Fuentes (creator of Juanjo Fuentes Ediciones) and Jordi Guajardo (photographer). The scene chosen receive a 100 EU gift voucher (70% furniture and 30% accessories) to spend on (free shipment to anywhere), besides, all the contestant will have a mini detail.

This is my kind of contest… just strait up modern scenes! I imagine the competition will be fierce. Please support them!

Am I Missing Anything? And an Update..

If you know of other companies or retail shops running contests, please let me know and I’ll be sure to include it here for everyone. If you plan on joining any of these contests and have a blog or a flickr tracking it, feel free to post it in the comments! I’d love to follow your progress because…

I won’t be participating in any of these contests. icon sad Spring 2012 Dollhouse Building Contests & Events I need to live vicariously through you!

Though the various submission dates seem so far away, time simply does not permit for me. There is too much life stuff going on (new job, apartment hunting, impending move, a bazillion weddings to attend, and a nasty back injury) that I can’t jump into a new project in good conscience. But based on how affordable and interesting the kits are, I may end up buying one or two for future use… Or not, because I am sitting on top of 5 different kits/builds in various states of progress. I should finish one before taking on another one.

Hmmm… I think this is a good rule for me and I should follow it. Otherwise, in a few years, you’d probably see me on an episode of Hoarders in a sea of dollhouses!

Miniature Hinamatsuri Doll Set by Re-Ment

Boy do I feel like an idiot. I thought I had posted this already. I spotted these photos as I was backing up a bunch of images when it occurred to me that I never blogged about them. DOH!

I meant to post this on March 3rd, for Girl’s Day, a Japanese celebration called Hinamatsuri.

hinamatsuri rement2 Miniature Hinamatsuri Doll Set by Re Ment

Isn’t that just wonderful? A national holiday devoted to displaying and celebrating these gorgeous dolls and its history. As a kiddie, I’ve seen these dolls displayed in museums and have always wanted one (or two, or three, or a whole army of them).

It’s nice that I finally have a set to call my own (miniatures do have its perks).

The set seems to be in 1:6? or even 1:10? Well, they’re dolls, so I guess I can say they’re very large dolls for 1:12.

hinamatsuri rement1 Miniature Hinamatsuri Doll Set by Re Ment

I purchased this Re-Ment set via Amazon a while back. I don’t quite remember how much I paid for them, but I think it was less than $15 with free shipping. Unfortunately, the thing with Re-Ment is that they only make a limited amount of most of their sets and after the batches are sold out, that’s it. This set was the second version of the Hina dolls and I snatched it up pretty quickly. While it’s no longer available on Amazon (can’t seem to find it), they’re still available on Ebay if you’re interested.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Re-Ment keeps coming out with new Hinamatsuri sets every few years. They’re pretty dang popular (and awesome).

If you’re wondering how much the legit, handmade 1:1 scale dolls (irony?) actually cost, a quick search on Amazon confirms that it costs several limbs and your first born child. I think I’m just going to be satisfied with the mini versions. icon razz Miniature Hinamatsuri Doll Set by Re Ment

In other news, I’ve been neck deep in tax stuff (trying to sort out all the sales and inventory is a pain in the butt!), so I guess I’ll see you after April 15th if I survive…

Making it Snazzy!

by Ann on March 12, 2012 | 9 Comments

Green Vikaesque Kit Assembled

After some user feedback and working on 3 different prototypes, I’ve settled on a more refined and easier to assemble version of the VIKAesque wood kit. In addition to an upgraded design, the whole thing is now cut entirely from Baltic Birch plywood (previous version was a hybrid of bamboo and birch) so there should be a greater level of consistency when painting or staining the material.

With the changes, the listing on Etsy has been updated with new eye candy and I’ve even posted up the kit assemblyy instructions for the VIKAesque too. It only took a year since it was first released, I know!

So with the updates out of the way, here’s just a quick tip on what you can do to snazz up the Vikaesque wood kit in one easy step. Just color it in with markers!

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This idea was from the fabulous Fran on how she finished her kit by using a brown marker to simulate wood stains. So using only a green permanent marker (in honor of St. Paddy’s Day coming up!) I simply painted or “stained” the wood green.

03 vikaesque color green Making it Snazzy!

Oh boy does it look purdy! And even better, there was no mess, no need for paint brushes, and it took me less than 30 seconds for each piece to color green. I was thinking about coloring all the pieces green, but decided against it after a quick dry fit. It just looks so much more interesting when the pieces are different colors.

04 vikaesque kit assembled Making it Snazzy!

I like that the birch looks like it’s almost glittering after the marker treatment!

So that’s it, that’s all it takes to make the kit unique and fit whatever color scheme you’re going for!

(P.S. I *heart* Fran for the idea!)

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And just for fun: here’s the snapshot of my cheapo mini photo studio. Taking product photos are a pain in the butt, but after a few months from it, I find that I do miss it! I hope this sentiment keeps up.. I have a lot of pictures to take.. icon wink Making it Snazzy!

 Credits: Plants, clock, trash bin by FranMadeMinis, Sandwich by Snowfern Clover,

Betwixt & Between

by Ann on February 9, 2012 | 17 Comments

Betwixt & Between: A Little Break From Miniatures

Oh boy, it’s been a while. Do you miss me? I sure miss everyone! I know my last few posts lacked any substance and I tried to get back into the rhythm for the holidays, but eventually decided to just take a break from miniatures and this blog for a bit. Hope you didn’t mind. icon wink Betwixt & Between

I’ve been telling friends that I’ll be back “soon” for months, but finally, here I am! Yes, I’m alive! I’m blogging! RAWR! It feels weird posting again – like that feeling when you revisit an old neighborhood you moved away from for several years. But I’m back in this neck of the woods for good. You can’t get rid of me.

I have quite a bit of images and content backed up for months, but I don’t want to be dedicating whole posts about the holidays months late, so I’m cramming everything in here.

Some pictures are late, some are quick updates, and some are sneak peeks of what’s to come.

03 xmas gift lara Betwixt & Between

During the holidays, I was sent a sweet little package from Lara as a thank you for winning and receiving one of my giveaways. Seriously, the miniatures community is full of awesome people like Lara. She didn’t have to, I never expected anything, but she did anyway. THANK YOU LARA!

00 elfdoll kai Betwixt & Between

Also during the holidays, my ElfDoll TinyDoll Kai came in the mail. I waited a good 6 months for her. Unfortunately, they messed up my order and that soured me to the doll itself. Other than the initial unboxing, she went right back in the box and sat there since. I have been mulling over whether or not to sell her (hence the lack of a name), but looking over the images now, there’s a possibility I make keep her. We’ll see.

01 charlemagne arrives Betwixt & Between

A few days later, Charlemagne arrives! So cute! *head explodes*

Charlemagne is a FairyLand PukiPuki Lily. I had decided that “Lily” will be a boy and named him Charlemagne before he even arrived (I waited about 8 months for him!). This decision came from the fact that the Lily facemold looks great as a boy in the Caramel Mushroom Full Package (which I puchased), but unfortunately, Charlie came with too much blush on. It’s just a small complaint and nothing I can’t handle, so he’s definitely a keeper!

But you know what this means? Dakota now has a partner in crime! I feel really bad for Petunia…

04 hello shawn dollhouse Betwixt & Between

Why hello there! Speaking of the devil, it’s Dakota.. in a dry fit Hello.Shawn! This was an exciting day for me. More to come about the H.S house.

And if you’re wondering about the H.S for the I Am a Giant thing… no, I didn’t have time to work on it, let alone finish it. *glum*

05 working on nyne Betwixt & Between

Remember the Nyne House from (what feels like) ages ago? Well, something is happening to it. To be honest, it’s not much, but it’s something!

06 RC bookcases Betwixt & Between

And lastly the RC Bookcases are back and I’m getting ready for a little sale…

So that’s what happened betwixt and between October until now. There are some other undocumented projects and tutorials being worked on. Hoping to blog more soon!

October 2011 Etsy Treasury Round Up

by Ann on November 7, 2011 | 4 Comments

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This is a few days late, but I have a good excuse. I’m not going to tell you, other than it’s a good one! *wink*

Well, October has been a busy month on the treasury circuit. I was featured in 41 public treasuries. That certainly beat out my personal best (the total escapes me right now, but it was in the low 20s). And if I removed the totals for all the cardstock deer treasury features, I still come out on top of my old record, so it that’s something. Anywho, go check them out!

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Mr. Antlers Giveaway Winners

October 25, 2011

I decided to give away the rest of the goodies since I can’t sell them for some reason. So you read that right, there is more than 1 winner! Congrats to you three! Lara (Blog entry) Melissa J. (from Facebook) Mike Geoffrey E.  (from Facebook) I’ve sent the proper emails, but in case it don’t go […]

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Made it into a McDonald’s Commercial!

October 18, 2011

This was created by ElementProductions for McDonald’s. Go watch it here. It’s a silly commercial, but I like it! I see a few custom pieces I made as some reseller stuff and some from the lovely minimodernistas as well. Wooohooo! P.S. Here’s your chance to win free mini stuff, ends soon.

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On Counterfeits & Miniatures

October 17, 2011

I’ve had a few friendly notes from the folks at Cardboard Safari in my public spaces about the cardstock deer head that you may have caught wind of. Here’s a comment on my facebook page: And some comments on my blog:  (FYI, he did apologize for this) And here’s the conversation via Etsy: Why am […]

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Mr. Antlers: Mini Cardstock Deer Head Kit Giveaway!

October 6, 2011

So I just wrapped up my secret facebook giveaway recently, so now it’s time for a blog giveaway! Giveaway Details: This giveaway is opened worldwide and I will cover shipping costs. To be eligible for the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. Anyone who comments is automatically entered (unless […]

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As Seen on the Etsy Blog & September 2011 Treasury Round Up

October 4, 2011

Did you see the latest Etsy blog post on dollhouse miniatures? It announced Emily Henderson’s I Am A Giant challenge to the Etsy community and used the image of my Modern End Table Set in Black Acrylic as the header image! Not only that, but other products of mine were also featured on the bottom as well… […]

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