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Chandeliers & Candelabras

Filed under Beauty & the Beast Kit, Grimsley Village, Halloween, Laura Carson, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures

What can I say: Chandeliers & Candelabras! This all started with that adorably tiny NEW Rustic Chandelier at right. It’s made of 2 laser-cut chipboard pieces that “scissor” together. Note the 4 cross pieces to make little platforms on the arms. (To sit a candle? a tiny bead? an LED light if you’ve got a really tiny one?)

There are also TWO Candelabras below in the “new” section. So I picked out 2 projects by Laura Carson that used candelabras AND I put all of the supplies from both of Laura’s projects PLUS a bunch of extras (candles, candelabras, chandeliers) in a new SALE collection (including the new Rustic Chandelier)!

 
Dracula’s Hearse with Blood Cocktail Mini Bar in Coffin

Wow… Laura is so imaginative! Not only a red and black hearse for Dracula (and his bride), but that traveling mini bar (in a suede-lined coffin)!


 

There’s a photo of the lid of the coffin at left, with a cool coat of arms that’s a combo of a collage sheet image (see the next paragraph) with a chipboard crest.

Laura made a Dracula Collage Sheet with all kinds of vampire goodies. Included are Dracula, his bride, faithful raven butler (Belvedere) and wolf driver (Farnsworth). In addition are lots of bits and bobs to deck out a coffin blood bar and a set of curtains that are sized to fit the funeral coach.

I’ll let Laura introduce her story:

Dracula and his new bride are on their way to Grimsley Village to spend their honeymoon at the Buzzard Bed and Breakfast.

There is no mistaking Dracula’s hearse as it flies by using bat wing power, sporting a red “D” on the windows and Dracula’s insignia curtain clips.

With a shortage of young maidens in the area, they make a short stop for refreshments. Dracula and his bride prefer to fly when traveling which leaves the coffin free to transport necessities, in this case a collapsible blood bar stocked with anything a blood sucking creature would want; there’s bottled Dracula’s Reserve, Chateau Vlad, Dracula’s Kiss, Type O and Type AB. On tap is Blood and Hair of the Dog Beer, the latter being Farnsworth’s favorite.

Ha! See lots more photos and a video tutorial on Laura’s blog post. Here’s her full Supply List.

 
New and Back-in-Stock

Such cute goodies today! Note that chandelier on top of the coffin in the wide photos of Laura’s artwork above? That exact chandelier is no longer available but the Gold 3-Arm Candelabra below would make a good substitute sizewise (you could even paint it silver if you’re trying to follow Laura’s colors). I also added that candelabra to today’s sale collection!

Another item from the chandelier theme today is shown below: Antique Bronze Candelabra Charm. Remember Lora Mahaffey’s Morticia’s Dresser? Two of those candelabra charms were sitting on the dresser (with a skull on the top of each charm). Those charms are ALSO in the sale collection!

Finally: with all those blood bar bottles and drinks, I added some new miniature resin bottles! (See the second row below.)

 
Beauty & the Beast Triptych

Long ago we had a Beauty and the Beast Kit. And when that kit was announced Laura made this beautiful Beauty & the Beast Triptych using the Taj Mahal Folding Card and the standing structure for a double-sided tritych (yes, there’s a whole ‘nuther scene on the back).

There’s a wee silver candelabra charm on the table (along with a silver teapot). Laura collaged a big bunch of collage sheet images to make here scene (from Beauty and The Beast themselves to the title surrounded by pink roses and the plants in urns behind them).

The clock that’s behind the couch is made from a chipboard shape plus Dresden and metal filigree. (Very pretty!)

More photos and details on building up the layers is in Laura’s blog post. Here’s her full Supply List.

 
NEW: Chandeliers & Candelabras SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from both of Laura’s projects above!

Plus I added 3 more extras to the sale that weren’t already mentioned above (see the first row below).

Use coupon CANDLES when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, May 24th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Chandeliers & Candelabras Posted by Leslie, May 22nd, 2022

A Fairy Laundry or an Herb-Drying Shed? New SALE & FREE GIFT

Filed under Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

I was inspired by TWO Miniature Room Boxes by Nichola Battilana (and you know with artwork by Nichola, there will be fairies involved!) — eye candy and more details below (plus the supplies from BOTH are included in todays sale)!

But first: New and back-in-stock items are immediately below AND a FREE GIFT with all orders placed today (May 19, 2022): Dried Lavender Buds! Whether you’d like to recreate a fairy laundry or a rustic shed, some lavender would fit right in!

 

The Wandry Room uses the Corner Room Box and is just like a boring laundry room… only for fairy wands and wings!

Inside! I am smitten. I can’t hardly believe I made it with my own stubby hands. There’s a lot going on in there. Including a bottled magic, soap, baking soda, wand and wing starch, bars of soap, buckets, and a wandry machine for getting tough wand stains.”

That Corner Room Box! Such a simple little corner of a room, but you’ll find so many uses for it! Laser cut from heavy chipboard, so nice and sturdy. Add some shelves… maybe some counter furniture for a little store? And it can be assembled so that the corner is on the right side instead of the left.

The Wandry Room Supply List

I’m also smitten with Nichola’s The Wortcunner’s Shed, which uses the Frame Front Room Box (cut from sturdy thick chipboard, so that windows can be cut into the piece wherever you please — see the sale below for the windows Nichola added).

“A wortcunner is sort of an old fashioned word describing someone who works with herbs. The term would generally be applied to wise women, though some modern witches who use herbs magically use the term too.

“In every little room or house I create there is always something that I am most proud of. It may not be the fanciest or best part… but it’s something I love. In this piece it’s the little wood stove. The pipe reaches up through the ceiling and out to a mossy roof.

The Wortcunner’s Shed Supply List

Note: there are lots more photos of both of Nichola’s projects (but they were created ages ago so the links on her posts are to our old site). For the inspiration and more of Nichola’s text: The Wandry Room and The Wortcunner’s Shed.

 
NEW: A Fairy Laundry or an Herb-Drying Shed SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from BOTH art projects by Nichola! Note: I snuck in quite a few substitutions, like lichen on that “mossy roof.”

Use coupon FAIRY-LAUNDRY when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, May 21st at midnight PST. Over 30 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on A Fairy Laundry or an Herb-Drying Shed? New SALE & FREE GIFT Posted by Leslie, May 19th, 2022

Out in the Garden Art & Sale Plus New Kitchen Miniatures

Filed under Back in Stock, Fairy Garden, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

It must be May cuz it’s blazing hot this week! Yes, spring flowers and all that but summer is just creeping earlier here in California.

BUT: we got a couple things back in stock this week that reminded me of this beautiful (and flower filled) Out in the Garden project by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper. Note: the supply list from Shannon’s artwork is included in today’s sale (more info on the sale and photos of a few more of the supplies (and a BIG overview photo of the whole scene) are below)!

 
New Campaign Stool!

Such a useful new little stool! Based on a design from 19th century French campaign furniture.

Shown in a Mini Book Nook at left (that book nook seems to be lurking all over the place in this newsletter… more on that below with some tables & chairs and a teeny tiny breakfast scene)!

 
Half-Scale and Larger Kitchen Miniatures

Aw… how cute is that photo at left! I couldn’t resist trying out one of the new Half Scale Bowls and White Yogurt Drink Bottles (pretending to be a half-scale quart of milk) for size with a Half Scale White Chair and Half Scale Cafe Table.

Those tables and chairs were shown with the Mini Book Nook a coupla weeks ago when the Mini Book Nook Kit was announced (repeated at right).

 
NEW: Out in the Garden SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from Shannon’s Out in the Garden artwork!

Use coupon MAY-FLOWERS when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, May 17th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Out in the Garden Art & Sale Plus New Kitchen Miniatures Posted by Leslie, May 15th, 2022

New French Lavender Papers & Room Box, Art by Rhonda Thomas!

Filed under Art Projects, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

Lots of yummy new (floral) things and artwork today! (And a new room box and lots of other trims, too!)

And a FREE Gift! Whether you’re a mom or not (today is Mother’s Day in the U.S.), there’s a free gift with ALL physical orders (sorry, but I can’t mail this pretty mixed set of beads out with digital orders).

Nothing special to do! A set of the beads at left will automatically be included in all orders placed today! They are a custom mix of matte and iridescent glass beads chosen to match today’s artwork. Who knows what you’ll make with them… they could be toppers for tiny perfume bottles or used to fill a mini glass bottle.

Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas has made a beautiful Lavender Fields Forever French Bathroom using the new 8×10 Room Box Curved Facade and Vintage Lavender 12×12 Paper Pack!

Rhonda also used a big bunch of other new (and old) items, like the three new sheets of rice paper that coordinate with the paper pack.

I’ll let Rhonda explain a bit about her project:

I was shown these gorgeous Vintage Lavender 12×12 Papers and my imagination just went nuts. It was even more intense when I saw the matching Rice Papers (full supply link list below). I suddenly saw my dream bathroom that my husband and I have already planned out, and decided to make a miniature with an 8×10 Room Box With Curved Façade. The room would focus on the view of the lavender fields out of a huge old window.

The wallpaper, floor tile, ceiling, molding, sink tile, window seat, sides and back all came from the Vintage Lavender Paper Pack.

The 5 Inch Tall Double Windowpane Windows remind me of the tall apartments you see around France. I’d love to sit there and enjoy the view all day and night. The bathroom naturally, would have a Window Seat with a comfy cushion. This one just happens to be upholstered with the Versailles Stripes Rice Paper.

[Note: Rhonda includes a mini tutorial on making the cushion — and also on attaching that upside-down candelabra to the ceiling as a chandelier (!).]

Beautiful work, Rhonda! A few more supplies are shown below; see everything Rhonda used to make her Lavender Fields Forever in the Supply List. And see more photos on Rhonda’s blog post.

Be sure to come back as there’s a sale on all Rhonda’s supplies!

 
More New Goodies in Rhonda’s Artwork!

Wow! Lots of pretty new things today! Click here to see all of them.

 
NEW: Lavender Fields SALE

This is a custom collection that includes ALL of the supplies from Rhonda’s Lavender Fields Forever artwork (which also includes ALL of today’s new items)!

Use coupon LAVENDER when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, May 10th at midnight PST. Over 30 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on New French Lavender Papers & Room Box, Art by Rhonda Thomas! Posted by Leslie, May 8th, 2022

Metal Miniatures, A Pocket Grimoire & Related Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Guest Designers, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Teri Calia

Oh, lots of art inspiration today! That Metal Letter Opener or Dagger below is back in stock (and used by Teri Calia in her Pocket Grimoire at right). There’s art using more of the back-in-stock metal miniatures sprinkled throughout this newsletter. Note: the supply list from Teri’s artwork is included in today’s sale (more info on the sale and photos of a few more of the supplies are below)!

 
More Metal Minis and A Tiny Dollhouse!

That cute dollhouse at right was painted by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers) and shown next to a 7/8″ tall Miniature Book (covered with an image from the Little Library Collage Sheet) so you get an idea of how tiny it is. Plus the whole dollhouse fits inside a Mini Glass Dome!

 
Even More Metal Minis and A Santa Mug!

Such a rosy-cheeked Santa! Just needs a bit of paint to make him feel jolly. 1:12 scale (3/8″ tall).

You can see how cute (and how tiny) he is over on the far right of that photo (at right) from Guest Designer Connie Littell’s Cookie Houses and Hot Cocoa Bar! More info in the blog and/or see the supply list.

 
More Back in Stock Items

A few more well-loved miniature items (not cast metal).

Oh, and that Lion Head Wall Fountain at right is shown “plain” and in Formal Garden artwork by Laura Carson! (More info on the fountain page.)

 
NEW: Pocket Grimoire SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from Teri’s art project and ALL TEN of the Cast Metal Miniatures that are back in stock today! (9 of those are highlighted above; one more is at right.)

Use coupon DAGGER when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, May 7th at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Metal Miniatures, A Pocket Grimoire & Related Sale! Posted by Leslie, May 5th, 2022

Mini Book Nook Kit & A Floral Sale for May Day!

Filed under Mini Book Nook Kit

Mini Book Nook Kit

Ooh, a new chipboard book nook in a miniature size! 4-1/2″ tall so can be used for 1:24 (half scale) items. And designed with 2 small holes in the top for securing the battery pack from the 6v Warm White Fairy Lights; and a wider hole on the top of the back for inserting the lights themselves. (YES! the LED fairy lights are included in the kit, too!)

The new Brickwork & Signage Collage Sheet has images sized for the sides of the Mini Book Nook. Plus some extra signage (sized to replace “The Open Book” sign on the storefront image, or use them with the related A Tiny Bookstore Collage Sheet to make a miniature cafe and/or bookstore). (Yep: both new collage sheets are in the kit, too!)

Of course, you could just skip the brick wall collage sheet images altogether and use the lovely florals in the Mini Floral Wallpaper Paper Set to wallpaper your book nook. Or maybe just add a strip of bricks at the top of the walls (or only use the signage from the collage sheets). (That paper set has a huge variety of prints: 20 different designs!)

Go see the new kit for more info and photos on all 5 kit items.

 
New: Beyond items in the kit!

Oh, that Lattice Ceiling Insert is so cute! (And so useful!) It fits in the top of the Mini Book Nook (to hold mini lights in place or to hang tiny plants from). And those new half scale tables and chairs! they fit perfectly inside the Mini Book Nook (for a place to sit and enjoy your miniature bookstore). More new things than are shown below so click here to see them all.

 
NEW: Spring Flowers Collage Sheet SALE

Inspired by all the floral papers in the new kit! ALL the Flower & Leaf Collage Sheets are on sale!

Use coupon MAY-DAY when checking out to get an additional 30% off!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, May 3rd at midnight PST.

See the entire sale collection here! Over 70 options!

  
Comments Off on Mini Book Nook Kit & A Floral Sale for May Day! Posted by Leslie, May 1st, 2022

TWO Sewing-Themed Room Boxes & Related Sale!

Filed under Collage Sheets, Fabric/Sewing, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper

Maybe a craft room (a quilting room, a knitting room)… lots of ideas (and inspiration below in TWO projects by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper), but first: FIVE items are back in stock that inspired me to revisit those fun projects. ALL are included in todays sale (and note that sale on ALL Sewing & Cooking Collage Sheets, too)!

 

The first of Shannon’s projects is The Mini Quilter’s Nook!

For the past couple of months, I have been been assembling a miniature craft room inside an 8″ x 6″ x 5″ deep room box. It is a pretty small space but there are so many things going on inside. It started with a Treadle Sewing Machine, then a Sewing Room Thread Cabinet, along with a Library Table that worked out great as a place to store bolts of fabric, and finally half of a Chipboard Steamer Trunk for a bookcase…

Personally, I love the bolts of fabric Shannon made (you can spy a couple with a cat lounging on them in the wide photo below… and more are stashed under that “cutting table”).

And (of course!), I also love the Sewing Room Thread Cabinet (that Shannon is holding open in the photo at far right). She did such a good job decorating it (and distressing it… the cat must have been scratching at it). Plus that orange-y “leather” box of thread on the bottom shelf is made from the 1 inch Faux Book Box!

More info (and more photos!) in Shannon’s blog and/or see her supply list. You won’t believe some of the photos like the teeny, tiny knitting sample Shannon made (see the red knitting in the basket in the lower left corner of the wide photo directly below?!) Or the tiny embroidery in that basket at right?

Note: there are photos of 6 (more) items in Shannons’s supplies highlighted down in the sale section (and 3 substitutes I added to the sale, too)!

 
Next up is The Doll Maker’s Room!

I sooo love Shannon’s tiny, filled-to-the-brim sewing scene! Here’s a bit from her blog post:

Sometimes the smallest of things spark the greatest happiness. Whether it comes in the smile of a newborn baby, a kitty jumping in your lap for a snuggle, or an espresso macaron, finding joy in your everyday life is essential. Lots of times it is just there waiting for you to see it.

Joy presented itself to me via Alpha Stamps in the form of a 1:12 scale Vintage Sewing Table, which is nearly as nice as a warm kitty in your lap. The Vintage Sewing Table led to (surprise!) a Vintage Sewing Machine, then a 4 x 4 inch square room box to put the table, followed by a shelf… well, when it was all said and done, I had the makings of a little sewing room and I couldn’t have been happier.

I tweaked the idea of a sewing room into a little doll maker’s space early on, mostly after assembling the Tiny Spice Rack into a ribbon holder. Don’t ask how that translated into “doll maker’s studio” because I couldn’t tell you. It just sort of happened.

The 1:12 Wall-Mount Mail Holders Set (swoon!) were turned into bitty bins for fabric, patterns, button cards, and even a silly rabbit. I really love those holders! After assembling them, I slathered modeling paste over the surface with my finger, left them to dry, then painted the holders with white acrylic paint. They were sanded a bit, given a blotchy floral paint job, and finally aged with a smidgeon of watered down brown acrylic paint. They are pretty cute in a very rustic sort of way. It works here, I guess. I mimicked the paint job on the spice rack for cohesion.

I love how this project turned out! You can see more photos and read more on her blog post. Plus here’s Shannon’s supply list.

 
NEW: Sewing Room Box SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from BOTH art projects AND some bonus items (see the first row below). All 3 of those items in the top row are substitutes for items in Shannon’s The Mini Quilter’s Nook artwork (actually, all 6 of the preview items below are in that project). And remember all those back-in-stock items above (and ALL of the Sewing & Cooking Themed Collage Sheets) are also on sale!

Use coupon SEWING when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection (and that even includes some clearance items)!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, April 26th at midnight PST. Over 50 items! (And that doesn’t even count the collage sheets!)

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on TWO Sewing-Themed Room Boxes & Related Sale! Posted by Leslie, April 24th, 2022

Moroccan-Inspired Artwork & Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Kristin Batsel, Moroccan Doorways Kit

Before the pretty artwork, 3 items are back in stock (all 3 have been unavailable for quite awhile… that embossed brick paper for over a year)! Really nice thick paper for walls or floors, and imported from Spain.

 
The first of TWO Moroccan-Themed projects is by Bella (Kimberly Ayers). Wow! I love all the color and textures in her Moroccan Nights project! That photo at right shows the inside when the piece is open (and note the depth from the niche on the right side, behind the Moonshine Frame). There’s also a niche behind the scene on the front cover!

Per the work-in-progress photos below, you can see how Bella hinged the main house pieces. For the front cover she built her own frame using curtains, a valance (at bottom) and a dome on top. (See how the niches are offset in the side-view photo? The niche on the front cover is lower than the niche on the inside.)

Clever work, Bella!

You read more about the project and see more photos on her blog post. Plus here’s Bella’s supply list. And all of the items in both supplies lists are included in today’s sale (more info below)!

 
Next up is a project by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel and I gotta say: I cannot believe it’s been 2 years since Kristin created this Covid-19 Journal.

Here’s a bit from Kristin’s blog post:

Like most of the world, I have been sheltering in place for the last 34 days (yes, I’m keeping count). Crafting has been great entertainment, and one might even say, therapy. Making this Covid-19 Journal certainly was that for me.

I cut up a lot of newspaper in the making of this book; the background paper for all the pages was created by gluing articles about the virus to the covers (made from a House Shaped ATC Frame Set), and each of the pages, which are thin cardboard cut to size. I gave each page a thin layer of acrylic paint, a little ink, and some paint details. The type fades into the background, but if you look closely, you can still see lots of what it says. Anyway, enough chatter, let’s look at photos.

The front cover. Hopefully this conveys the feeling of being stuck inside. I started out with just the “metal” bars, but then added the red arch to make it seem more restrictive. Even that didn’t seem enough, so I added the “call again” emergency tape. Part of the beauty of having tons of collage sheets is finding something that just works. That emergency tape is actually a small cigar band image from the Mini Cigar Box Trims Collage Sheet. Like all of the type throughout the book, with the exception of the snarky captions, the “COVID-19” title and the “shelter-in-place” type were also cut from the paper.

The expression on this face is everything. All she needed was a mask, which I drew with colored pencils on a piece of typing paper, then cut out and glued down. My light table came in handy to show the shape of her face and and enable me to make the mask fit properly.

Nice job on drawing that mask, Kristin! There are other little props through the book that Kristin added (like her favorite treats). Plus see the wide photo below for a turban that was transformed into a bath towel:

As someone who really doesn’t mind spending a lot of time at home (when it’s by choice!), I did note that other than not having the option of going out, some things hadn’t really changed. I did, however, quit using a hairdryer and wearing makeup and jewelry, and we do seem to go through the alcohol faster than usual.

Nice work integrating all the tile patterns from the Moroccan Tiles Collage Sheet as backgrounds for the text snippets, too.

You can see more photos and read more on her blog post. Plus here’s Kristin’s supply list.

 
NEW: Moroccan Nights SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from BOTH art projects AND some bonus items (see the first row below). All 3 of those are substitutes for items in Bella’s artwork (actually, all 6 of the preview items below are in Bella’s project). One more bonus item that’s not shown: Small Moroccan Panel!

Use coupon MOROCCAN when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection (and that even includes some clearance items)!

The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, April 23rd at midnight PST. Over 30 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Moroccan-Inspired Artwork & Sale! Posted by Leslie, April 21st, 2022

Three Gothic Dressers & New Resin Bottles

Filed under Betsy Skagen, Halloween, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana

Ha! A better title might be: 3 not-girly dressers with new resin bottles that are very girly!

THREE interpretations of the Gothic Dresser are shown below, each in a Halloween theme (though a dressing table for Merlin or a fancy witch seem timeless).

They may not be as pretty and pink as these new resin bottles, but they all use lots of bottles and jars (and hand mirrors and beads and…) on top and in ther drawers of the dresser.

The supply lists for ALL THREE projects have been added to a new collection and put on sale! Plus all the new resin bottles, too! More info below.

Note: we moved to a new Web site in 2018, so use the supply list links here on this post rather than the links on the Design Team Member’s posts.


Let’s start with A Grotty Goblin Dresser by Nichola Battilana!

“There’s a nice little collection of spooky things on top of that dresser. Just the sorts of items that goblins find useful. And there’s plenty of space in those drawers for storing rotten eggs.

“The ‘mirror’ was made by applying a layer of tinfoil on the base, then adding large flakes of mica around the edge. A bit of staining and then a layer of Diamond Glaze to finish it off. There’s a few wobbles and bubbles in there, but one of the very best things about making goblin items is that they don’t have to be perfect. In fact, I do believe goblins prefer things that are imperfect!”

Check out Nichola’s post for more photos and tips, and see all the goodies she used in her Supply List. (And… nice nail polish, Nichola!)
 

 
Next up is another fabulous project using the same furniture: Morticia’s Dresser by Lora Mahaffey. I love how it’s both clean and pretty (and creepy).

“Here’s a little dresser I imagine someone like Morticia Adams would have. It’s a little cluttered, a bit Gothic, elegant and feminine without being frou-frou. And a little bit on the creepy side.

“Lots of skulls happening… both large and small. Maybe Morticia is a connoisseur collecting interesting skulls from fascinating places. She must have a sense of humor to put a crown on the big one at the top of her mirror.”

See everything Lora used to create Morticia’s Dresser in her Supply List. And be sure to visit Lora’s blog for lots more info and photos (like the skull drawer handles I don’t have space to show). (And tips on things like making custom box feet and using wire to attach skulls to candelabra.)
 

Last up in our trio of Gothic Dressers is a completely different project, by Betsy Skagen: Miniature Merlin’s Room. Betsy made a whole room for Merlin (and be sure to check out her blog post, for a tutorial on how she made that textured stone wall, distressing a mirror, and getting those burn marks on the wallpaper — Merlin must have been practicing magic).

Betsy’s version of the dresser is more masculine (see the closeup in bottom right of the large photo below). There are dragons on the sides, and maps (or at least rolled parchment) in the drawers.

See everything Betsy used to create her Miniature Merlin’s Room in her Supply List.


 

 
NEW: Gothic Dresser SALE

This is a custom collection that includes the supplies from ALL THREE art projects AND ALL of today’s new bottles!

Use coupon DRESSER when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends TUESDAY NIGHT, April 19th at midnight PST. Over 60 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

  
Comments Off on Three Gothic Dressers & New Resin Bottles Posted by Leslie, April 17th, 2022

Decorating with Skulls

Filed under Halloween, Miniatures, Teri Calia

Such a simple thing and sooo useful! Yes, those little flat-back resin skulls are back!

See two fab projects by Teri Calia below (using them as decor/texture on furniture, then painting them to match the whole piece of furniture).

There’s also a before-and-after photo below of a similar technique by Teri for using Dresden as texture (any color will do!) then painting to unite the whole piece.

The supply lists for both projects have been added to a new collection and put on sale! Plus some extras that I picked out that would fit right in with the spooky scenes! More info below.


Packing for a Trip to Transylvania: Wow! Feeling like a Halloween project?! This should give you lots of inspiration.

Teri started by gluing TWO of the Corner Room Boxes together (to make an “L” shaped room — trust me… or check out her blog… so many cool things to show from her project that I can’t fit all the photos in!) Luckily the walls that form the corner can be configured on the left or right side of the platform. Plus Teri shows how she filled in some gaps then papered over the whole thing so you can’t tell it’s two room boxes underneath.

Note: we moved Web sites since Teri’s post, so come back here for links or to see her supply list.

I love how she recolored all the furniture (those pieces started out stained in various wood tones). See the wide photo below for a preview.

Teri also used all 3 sizes of tiny suitcases and a Chipboard Steamer Trunk for her packing scene.


There’s another view of this wonderful project! I already mentioned the Steamer Trunk (but not the Red Suede Paper and Antique Brass Mini Oval Drop Handles on those bottom drawers).

Note: There’s a new Upholstered Armchair today that can substitute for the armchair Teri used (and included in the sale, too)!

I also added the 1:12 Shelves – Set of 2 to the sale as a sub for that shelf on the wall (where I spy another set of the resin skulls).

Here’s a bit by Teri about her project:

When I build a miniature scene in a room box, I like to add the pieces I plan to use slowly and move them around until I find just the right balance… I usually glue everything down, but, this time I decided to use Museum Wax to fix the pieces in place so I could redecorate later if I want to.

By the way, I created a collage sheet with drawers for the Steamer Trunk but I ended up using them inside out because they clashed with my black and white damask exterior paper, lol.

Nice work, Teri! See everything Teri used in the Supply List. And see more photos on Teri’s blog post.


I know! A whole ‘nuther project by Teri!

Rose Ella’s Reading Room or a Witch’s Grimoire is a whole scene inside a Large Faux Book Box! Note: the wooden corner bookcase Teri used is sold out BUT the 1:12 Corner Cabinet fits perfectly inside the book (so it’s been added to the sale collection)! You can leave the doors off of the cabinet to let the items on the shelves show more.


Scroll down just a bit and you can see that before-and-after photo I mentioned (for using Dresden as texture then recoloring to match the furniture).

Beside a tons of little props on those shelves, I’ve added a few substitutes to the sale for this project:
Mini Gargoyles (!)
Set of Gold Oval Frames (new today too!)
Mini Glass Domes – Bronze – 25mm Tall
White Plastic Cups & Saucers

See everything Teri used in Rose Ella’s Reading Room in the Supply List. And see more photos and on Teri’s second blog post.


 

 
NEW: Decorating with Skulls SALE

This is a custom collection that includes ALL of the supplies from BOTH of Teri’s art projects, extras I’ve already mentioned (a few shown below) AND ALL of today’s new or back-in-stock items!

Use coupon RESIN-SKULLS when checking out to get an additional 20% off on EVERYTHING in this collection!

The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT, April 16th at midnight PST. Over 40 items!

See the entire sale collection here!

  
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