Archive for September, 2018

dollhouse miniature nativity set

Wooden base, hand-painted plastic figures. SIZE – Just over 1 inch in height (approximately 2.5cm), Just under 1 inch wide (approximately 2.3 cm), Just over 1/2 inch deep (1.3 cm)

I would like to hold a Giveaway for one of my nativity sets.

From what I have read, the usual purpose of a Giveaway is to promote a product or service, so I had better say here and now that I am not trying to promote sales of these nativity sets. This is intended as a bit of fun for readers of this blog and not as an excuse for viral networking.

It also seems usual to ask giveaway entrants to perform tasks. There are no complicated tasks in this giveaway.

If you would like to, and only if you would like to, please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, with a link to a site about miniatures that you like. A site that you would like to share with other people.

Just a link and a few words will do. For example: Phoenix Model Developments and Warwick Miniatures – amazingly detailed 12th and 24th scale cast metal models:

[Incidentally, at the time of typing this, Phoenix are holding a sale  of some of their model toys.]

The comment can be in any language, but I would like the link to be to a dolls’ house or miniatures site that is publicly accessible. For example: a forum, where you need to be a member in order to participate, isn’t accessible to non-members.

Important: you will need to enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form below, just leaving a comment will not automatically enter you in the draw.

The entry form is here:

Giveaway Entry Form For a Miniature Nativity Set

[UPDATE: 22nd October 2018 – the winner is Kate H in Canada.]

In order to be entered into the draw (and prove that you are not a robot) you will need to type either YES or NO in answer to the question: ‘Did you leave a comment?’

The Giveaway is set to run from 12 am, 28th September 2018 to 12 am, 22nd October 2018 (UK time). The winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and, as I said before, you don’t need to leave a comment and a link in order to enter the draw.

The purpose of this giveaway is not to collect comments for this blog so, if you leave one, please don’t worry when you don’t see it appear immediately.

If I receive a reasonable number of links (more than ten) I plan to have a ‘Recommended by Readers’ list somewhere. Maybe as a static page – but I haven’t decided about this yet.

Rafflecopter will ask you for your email address, or to sign in with your Facebook account (if you have one).

I will contact the winner, by email, and arrange for the nativity set to be posted after the draw has taken place.

Neither I, nor Rafflecopter, will pass on your email / Facebook details.

I have never entered a Giveaway myself so, before I wrote this blog post, I did a very small amount of research and found this Youtube video, which explains how the Rafflecopter giveaways are supposed to work.

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Why do I want to make a ‘Recommended by Readers’ list of links to dolls’ house and miniatures sites?

Well, I had been considering repeating the format of a previous blog post, where I had shared my Christmas Holiday Reading List. But when I looked at the referral information provided by WordPress for this year there was (overwhelmingly) :

  • Pinterest (these cushions were top of the Pinterest links list)
  • Papermau (a site with an astonishing number and variety of paper models)
  • A very wide variety of Dolls’ House Miniature Forums where, invariably, you need to be a member in order to see anything at all.

And from this it was clear to me that the idea wouldn’t work so well this time round.

And then I thought… There are lots of websites / blogs about miniatures. There must be many people who have a dolls’ house / miniatures site that they like. Why not ask the people who read this to share their favourite? That would make interesting reading.

And then the idea of a Giveaway was added into the mix.

Anyway, to bring what was intended to be a short blog post to an end: I was going to save the giveaway until December and call it: ‘A Christmas Giveaway’. But then I thought, if I do that then it will have to end at Christmas, or close to Christmas, and the winner won’t receive their nativity set in time for Christmas.

Hence the rather odd sounding ‘End of Year Giveaway’.

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Finally, if you see an advert here, at the end of the blog post, it isn’t mine. WordPress sometimes run advertisements because they need to fund their blogging service. I could pay to have the adverts removed, but I would rather host a Giveaway and pay postage to have a gift delivered.

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