With upward of 200 entries, the 12th Annual Creatin' Contest was just as difficult
to judge as it is every year. This year, we had entries representing every continent
and time period; there were a fair share of Asian and Egyptian entries, as well
as several castles and Harry Potter-inspired projects. This year's entries showed
a trend toward decorating the exterior of the box and overall better photography.
Good job! A great big "thank you" to all who entered, and we urge everyone to join
the fun with the 2006 contest.
Grand Prize: $1000 Gift Certificate
Anna Harkey, Shelby, NC
Anna said this project was based on her work in Central and South America while
she was an archaeology student. She made almost everything from scratch, including
all the dolls, which are modeled after herself and her co-workers...she is the one
with the clipboard!
Anna says the Mayan hieroglyphics are accurate, and she even used them to depict
her biographical information, as well as the chronology of the project. Every part
of the Grand Room Box kit was used to create this project, including the cardboard
box it came in (to help build the levels).
Our judges all agreed the craftsmanship and originality were super, and we congratulate
Anna on her prize-winning project!
First Place: $500 Gift Certificate
Under Hill & Dale
Cathy Lincoln, Shaker Heights, OH
Although there were several "hobbit" entries, this one caught our judges' attention
because of its whimsy, as well as the superior craftsmanship. (Sending in great
photos did not hurt any, either.)
Cathy says she laid each brick individually, and then she added paint to each one
to create an authentic look. She collected stones from nearby Lake Erie for the
chimney. Cathy spent a great deal of effort on the gardens and attempted to "fool
the eye" by experimenting with scale. Because of all the mortar, this project is
very heavy --- we say it's worth its weight in gold!
Second Place: $300 Gift Certificate
The Dress Museum
Marilyn Kellum, Orange, TX
The workmanship on Marilyn's project is awesome. By using two room boxes, she created
a large museum to house historical fashion dolls.
Marilyn's original intention with her project was to spark a love of history in
her granddaughter, and she says, "I was pleasantly surprised to find that her interest
level was very high throughout the effort."
Marilyn used many full-size everday items in her project, including a candleholder
(for a cupola) and cake decorating columns.
Third Place: $200 Gift Certificate
Zoaunne "Zee" LeRoy, Olympia, WA
This retired actress's flair for drama shows in her work on this Asian-inspired
room box. Zee says the story behind her project is that her mother was fascinated
with everything Asian, even going so far as to bring home a 15" high dining table.
Her mother insisted that the family sit on the floor, on a scratchy grass mat around
the black lacquered table. Zee collected miniatures while working in regional theatres
across the U.S.
We applaud her originality and attention to detail that makes this project a winner.