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Grand Prize Winner: Here Be Dragons!

There's a massive hole in the roof and there are no signs of life. human signs, that is.

In Rebecca Reckin's piece "Hic Sunt Dracones" (Latin for "Here be Dragons" ) a creature named Thistle is curled up and sleeping soundly inside a cottage, which is in utter disrepair, surrounded by his hoard consisting of gold, gems and other sparkly treasures.

It appears that the cottage has been in disrepair for some time and the original owners are no where to be found. Bones are strewn about (including those from the family bird in an empty cage!) and a collar with a bell belonging to the family cow is still attached to a wall outside. Rusted keys remain in a dusty basket near the door.

Outside, the garden is overgrown and bright green moss appears in every nook and cranny. The floorboards look like they creek.

Rebecca Reckin (IG @MelodyofMiniatures) is the grand prize winner of this year's HBS/ annual Creatin' Contest in recognition of her work. This is the first time this homemaker, blogger and miniaturist from Auckland, New Zealand, has entered the contest and only the second international winner. She loves fantasy builds and was inspired to create the piece by Hobbiton, the town where they filmed the Lord of the Rings films which is located near her home.

Winners of the latest Creatin' Contest were recently announced and we're excited to be hosting Rebecca and other talented miniaturists on a special Meet the Miniaturist:Winners Edition on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 4pm ET. This special Zoominar is sponsored by HBS/

Since 1975, HBS/ has been supplying quality dollhouse products to retailers and miniatures enthusiasts across the United States and around the world. The annual Creatin' Contest , started just a few years after the company was formed, has since engaged, motivated and inspired miniaturists to use a simple unfinished kit and a lively imagination to create award-winning tiny treasures!

Register and join us for this live event on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 4pm ET here: We’ve extending participation for this event and everyone who registers will be able to join this Zoom. You can always catch program replays on our YouTube channel By registering for this event, you agree to have your email address added to our distribution for future updates. You can opt out at any time, but hope you won’t!

To celebrate the event, HBS/ is offering Meet the Miniaturist viewers with a special offer! Use promo code MTM40 and receive 40% off your highest priced item on any one order placed between Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:00am ET and Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the Zoom!


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