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The HBS Creatin' Contest 2019

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The 26th Annual HBS Creatin' Contest hosted by Hobby Builders Supply and is in full swing.  When I was approached by HBS to share with my readers about the contest, that wasn't tough, because I was already following a few bloggers and Instagramers as they tackled their kits.

The 2019 contest kit, The Serendipity Shed, could be anything, from she-shed, man cave, store, cafe, apartment, or even made larger if you added a few shed kits together to expand your vision. If you head over to you can check out their version, the Japanese Potting Shed, so fear not if you would love to try the kit but don't know where to start!  There is even a handy tip and item sheet put together by Fran Casselman to make purchasing the items easy and quick.

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I gave it serious consideration this year because the build is relatively small, but ultimately I had too many projects on the go!  Had I decided to do the kit, I would have made it into a miniature store.  Not a tiny store, but rather one that sold 1:12 scale miniatures. I've been tempted by smaller scales, and a miniatures store would let me have had the best of both worlds!

What really makes me happy about this contest is that it gets people motivated to make miniatures and keep this hobby vibrant.  You see miniaturists supporting each others projects and helping solve problems, give suggestions and words of encouragement on all content platforms.

In the Blog-o-sphere, you can follow:

On Instagram you can follow the following accounts:

  • @thecraftymillenial
  • @ktunacreations
  • @otterine
  • @mymanysides
  • @miniaturemercantile
  • @aprilwpottery
  • @thedesignerdollhouse
  • @makerofminis
  • @myminiatureabodes
  • @papermoonminiatures
  • @linchens_little_cottage
  • @nevermindthefurthermore
  • @jessminiart
  • @samisminiatures
  • @houstonsminis

Or you can follow the Instagram hashtags (#):

  • #creatincontest
  • #creatincontest2019
  • #serendipityshed

If you are feeling up to the challenge, you have until December 16th, 2019 to complete and submit your build's pictures to HBS along with your entry form, click here for contest details.  Like this past year, grand prize is a $1,000 HBS/ gift certificate. Gift certificates will be awarded ($500, $300, $200 for first place, second and third), plus up to $1,000 in gift certificates divided among the top first-time entrants, and all entrants receive a thank you prize.

One cannot end without mention of Sheila's Grand Prize winning entry for the 25th Creatin' Contest, The Wicked Queen's Retirement Cottage.  Thank you Sheila for letting me share this picture of your amazing build!

Please let me know if you are participating in the build I somehow forgot you, as I'm happy to add you to the list.

Good luck to all the participants.

Images courtesy of  This post received support from Hobby Builders Supply and