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The House of Poe by Laura Carson

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Edgar Allan Poe, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Halloween, Laura Carson, Newsletters

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

Wow. Before I hand off this intro to Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), I just have to say: Wow. Design Team Member Laura Carson has outdone herself (and if you follow this newsletter you know that is no mean feat).

Laura Carson told me that she really didn’t create anything big this year for Halloween. Really? I thought the Coffin Apothecary was a pretty big undertaking. (Of course, pun intended.) Well, have yourself a look at The House of Poe — it’s so tiny you may need a microscope to see it! (Note: that’s only about half of the scene inside the house shown at right… and she also decorate the outside of the house.)

It seems, dear Readers that Laura told a story on me and by the time I am through trying to point out everything I’m sure that I will be quite mad and finally be forced to room with Baby Jane. As always with Laura’s fantabulous creations — where does one start?!

The House of Poe is Laura’s ode to Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Macabre. Within the larger piece are smaller items that could be stand alone pieces or part of a larger project. Being the generous artist that she is, Laura will show you how to not only make the house, but also how to make a clock from a matchbox, a table & desk from a Blank Altoid Tin, a bookcase coffin, a working hourglass and other bits and bobs.

I am not going to tell you how Laura made things because that would be a ginormous blog post (and it would spoil Laura’s fun.) However, if I may help focus your glazed-over eyeballs onto a few things it may be easier for you to get acclimated to the wonderment of The House of Poe.

The main part of the house is created from the Paper Mache House Accordion Shrine. Oooohh, isn’t that black, ornate, window beautiful? Most perfect for keeping out nosey neighbors who keep hearing the pitter-patter of a dead man’s heart, trying to find out where the sound is coming from. The window is cut from the New and On Sale! Arched Window Die Set. They almost look like they’re metal, don’t they? Those legs on the amazing table made from a Blank Altoid Tin really aren’t “legs.” Well, they’re not legs until you put them together a la Laura style, and they’re made out of Resin Gables (see the little close-up photo at right). So clever!

Oh and see the small, round table with the ornate top? The top is actually one of the New! Santos Doll Halos. The package comes with 6 different halos so you could make all sorts of fun stuff with them. I just love the Antique Bronze Talon Pendant that is holding an Eyeball Bead. To give the eyeball a blood shot appearance, Laura painted veins on the eye with acrylic paint. Oh no! I told you how Laura made something. Well buttuh my butt, and call me a biscuit.

My favorite part of the whole piece, aside from the fact that it is an amazing ode to Poe, is the coffin bookcase! Laura simply reduced her template from the previous Coffin Apothecary project to create the the bookcase. (Which naturally, Laura provides for you!) The book case is filled with books and other creepy decor. The books are just a facade made from the New! Antique Leather Book Spines Collage Sheet. What a handy sheet, especially if you don’ have the time to make Tiny Books.

Don’t bother with a quoth from the Raven if you’d like to look at Laura’s supply list, and remember to carry your cranium as you head on over to her blog to see the tutorial and more pictures of her awesome Ode to Poe.

Oh, how could I forget? There’s a new FREE Gift Kit! Leslie pulled together a little (but covetable) set of an ornate pendant frame and 3 tiny keys that’s inspired by Laura’s artwork! Click on the photo at right for more info.


Hooray! A Griffins & Book Spines & Bats (oh, my) Giveaway!

Pretty much everything in this Giveaway is drawn from the (amazing) supply list from Laura’s House of Poe (note: that’s a link to the supply list with links and photos).

First, we have the NEW items:
– Antique Leather Book Spines Collage Sheet
– Brass Winged Griffins
– Silver Swirly Connector Charm
– Santos Doll Halos

Then a few (!) more items also from Laura’s supplies:
– Antique Bronze Talon Pendant
– Antique Silver Flying Bat Charm
– Bronze Bat Pendant
– Eyeball Beads – 18mm
– German Expressionist Horror Collage Sheet
– Lion Head Handle
– Little Library Collage Sheet
– Little Potions Collage Sheet
– Mini Inkwell Bottles
– Poe Cameos Collage Sheet
– Poe’s Words Collage Sheet
– Resin Skull Beads
– Tiny Round Bottles
– Victorian Bats Collage Sheet
– White Turquoise Skull Bead
– Witchy Little Labels & Ephemera Collage Sheet

And these additional NEW items that I thought worked well with the theme:
Bronze Closed Book Charm
Death Note Book Charm

To enter the Griffins & Book Spines & Bats Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, October 3, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Poe Tombstones Giveaway? That would be Beverly M.! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, October 2nd, 2014

133 responses to “The House of Poe by Laura Carson”

  1. Holly Day says:

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing collection of stuff! I love the idea using the altoid tin in the Poe scene for a desk–never thought of that!

  2. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVELOVELVOE the House of Poe!!! Congratulations Beverly!!! Great prize package! Fingers crossed!

  3. sheila AR says:

    This is soooo incredible…love the details in the Poe house…when can we visit?? WOW, Laura!!!!! This giveaway is one of my faves with all of its goodies, can think of so many ways to use them….yes please!!!!!

  4. LOVE! Such an exciting giveaway! ::fingers crossed::

  5. Kay H. says:

    I love this giveaway. Poe and books what could be better?

  6. Stacy Blow says:

    What macabre fun! and just in time for my favorate time of the year!!!

  7. Lori Gesing says:

    Poe and his quotes, wonderful!

  8. Traci says:

    Laura is incredible I was so disappointed when she announced she was not doing her fab major halloween project this year. But I must say she always manages to out do herself with each and every creative idea. I have not been dissapointed at all as even w/o a major project all the little ones are are just as good. Thanks so much Laura you ROCK!

  9. Christy says:

    Oh, Horrors d’oeuvre! Love Poe’s digs! A perfectly ghastly delight for eyes! It’s positively raven-ous!

  10. Laura says:

    Amazing, I love it all!!!

  11. MaggieM says:

    Since I follow Laura’s blog, I had the opportunity to view her Poe masterpiece yesterday and I swear I didn’t close my mouth once! So amazing! She’s a master at creating miniatures-I just love her creativity:) Oh, please enter me to win this fabulous giveaway…what about those Fortune Teller hands?? They are just perfect on Laura’s Poe clock?!

  12. Ritva says:

    This is exciting!

  13. Deb R says:

    This is great piece Love POE and this is the time of year to really think about how to use him in many spooky ways

  14. Regina Salvador says:

    Keep the spooky stuff coming!

  15. Russell says:

    I heart EAP 🙂

  16. Karen says:

    Absolutely stunning. Laura once again has shown how creative she is.

  17. Lori Wilczek says:

    More Poe! I love it. Great giveaway.

  18. Kim S. says:

    OMG what a wonderful piece. You are amazing Laura.

  19. coco says:

    What a fantastic giveaway!!! And Laura’s work is so stunning..! Finger crossed.

  20. Jennie says:


  21. Carmen Willis says:

    What a beautiful mind Laura has. Each art project is more amazing then the last one. Great job Laura! Great giveaway too!

  22. Kathryn says:

    Oooo creepy! I like it!!

  23. Carmen J says:

    This is way too cool!

  24. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Loving all the details!

  25. April says:

    Loving anything Poe. My favorite guy!

  26. Susan L. says:

    “Thrilled me–filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before.”

  27. jenna says:

    I need this house to live in!

  28. Orlie Severson says:

    This give away would be great with my Halloween Scene. Thank you for the chance to win. I love all your goodies.

  29. Linda Wildenstein says:

    Laura’s work is always fun but this is outstanding. Love it.

  30. manuel martin says:

    What can I say, I love your mind!!
    You put so much detail, without going
    nuts on stuff (which means you don’t need to get a second job to do it). keep up the good work!

  31. angelic says:

    Laura’s work is inspirational always provides great ideas on how to paper craft or alter items. Thanks.

  32. Brigitte B. says:

    Tiny book spines, glass bottles, AND Poe?! Sign me up!

  33. Paulanne says:

    Please pick me as I have a love affair with Edgar

  34. Jennifer J says:

    WOW! so glad I clicked over to the blog to see all the incredible details.

  35. yvette leblanc says:


  36. Matxalen says:

    Fantastic giveaway!

  37. Beverly S says:

    Laura’s work is always amazing, and what a fabulous give-away!

  38. kdj says:

    What a beautiful project! Loving all the goodies!

  39. Mary Mac says:

    Just love all the fantastic embellishments with this fun giveaway.

  40. Pat Shaw says:

    Absolutely amazing work from Laura once again!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Sandy says:

    So much to look at in this giveaway!

  42. enrica p says:

    wow, so many wonderful things in this one!

  43. Jen R says:

    Oh Laura, what a wonderful piece! So clever.

  44. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Another Poe fan here, admiring the creativity!

  45. Sheila Rodriguez says:

    We love these Halloween goodies…EVERMORE!

  46. Paula Miller says:

    I’m in love with this one!

  47. Kathy W says:

    Wow! Words fail me.

  48. Arlene Wheeler says:


  49. Mary Jochems says:

    Love it!

  50. Jo says:

    Oh Halloween!!! Oh My!!!!

  51. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    LET IT R.I.P.\

  52. M. C. Sparks says:

    The gothic stuff is great!

  53. Denise Bryant says:

    wow… look at all the details in that awesome project! Love it!

  54. Lorraine Lopez says:

    Halloween my favorite holiday, great stuff to play and create with, love everyone’s take on Edgar Allen Poe… or not, I’ll be enjoying stuff from Alpha Stamps!

  55. Kay says:

    Where does laura think up all this stuff???? It’s incredible! I’d love…love..LOVE to win this!

  56. Darlene says:

    Another grat giveaway! Thx

  57. Diana Kelly says:

    Beautiful dedication to Poe. He is one of my favorites. Thank you for a chance to get this great giveaway.

  58. Rosemary Woodruff says:

    wow…how great is this?…..I would like it…yes I would.

  59. Aja Martinez says:

    This looks cool!

  60. Karen says:

    What a wonderful collection to create with – I would love to be selected

  61. Emily N says:

    I love anything creepy like Poe!

  62. Gail Gill says:

    Laura outdoes herself with this bit of genius. There is so much detail here my mind cannot even comprehend. Still, I’d love to win and try it 🙂

  63. Beverly M. says:

    I love EAP! This is great!

  64. Sue Young says:

    Laura has done it again!!! I had the pleasure of meeting Laura in person a few years ago….and I just have to say that not only is she UBER talented,but is so nice and so pretty as well!
    Keep it up,Laura….you always make sure I spend WAY too much money!!!

  65. Lana says:

    WOW..this is awesome!!!! pick me, please!!!!

  66. Kathy M says:

    This is such an amazing giveaway!!!! I’d love to be the winner of this. Laura is so talented!

  67. LeAnn says:

    Amazing! Laura is a creative genius. She has inspired me to create my own miniature work of art. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway.

  68. Amanda Miller says:

    WOW the coffin bookshelf is amazing! Love all of it

  69. PLEASE! PICK ME! I love Poe!

  70. Carol DuBois says:

    Love this House of Poe. It is another win for Laura.

    I would love to have this kit.

  71. Karen Mallory says:

    Laura’s creations are just so fantastic!!!

  72. melody says:

    I love the new ‘books’ collage sheet (reminds me of my ‘library’!)

  73. Ginger says:

    Another great giveaway!! Thanks for your generosity!

  74. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Oh, Poe is me. Drooling for this great Giveaway.

  75. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, fabulousness! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  76. LoriSW says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for such an awesome give away!

  77. Shelby says:

    Wow!!! And Wow again. 🙂 GREAT giveaway.

  78. Kathy says:

    This may be the best giveaway yet.

  79. Noreen says:

    This time of year everything you show is fun, and certainly Laura’s House of Poe is delightful! (in a creepy sort of way, of course.)

  80. Dena Cottrell says:

    Lovely Poe giveaways!

  81. Alice H says:

    Laura’s work is amazing and all of your cool elements so fun.

  82. Kathy Bumb says:

    Fantastic Halloween giveaway – Love the tutorials that Laura Carson has.

  83. Pam Weiler says:

    Love Poe and Halloween. Thank you for another great giveaway.

  84. Becky Brewer says:

    A girl can dream! I would love to win this.

  85. Ginger Benedict says:

    I love this project. Laura is so talented and I’m thrilled she gives keeps on sharing her great talents.

  86. Jackie says:

    Those mini griffins are the bomb!

  87. max locherer says:

    love this — so hope I win…..

  88. Kate Jones says:

    Would love to win this Halloweenie gift.

  89. Cathy smith says:

    This would be a challenge – but what fun!

  90. Laura Lomax says:

    Halloween is my favorite!

  91. Nancy S says:

    So many interesting pieces. What fun!

  92. Deb Ettinger says:

    I love Halloween!

  93. Sokat says:

    So many awesome things that open the dorr of possibilities. Thanks for the chance

  94. susan higgins says:

    Love the poe the giveaway….

  95. Patti Flasch says:

    Laura is amazing! She always inspires me when I begin my holiday crafting. Thank you for continuing to feature her and your other designers.

  96. I really, really need this.I put a spell on you oooh that I win.

  97. Lori says:

    Love this! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous giveaway. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  98. Dorothy says:

    A very inspiring kit !

  99. marybeth says:

    I love the quotes from Poe – what a brilliant man….

  100. kim says:

    Great giveaway
    Thanks Alpha Stamps

  101. Jo says:

    This is so awesome!!!!!

  102. Karen Crowder says:

    I’d like to take the House of Poe home with me!

  103. Janet Turner says:

    what a beautiful bunch of stuff! I would love to play with all of it.

  104. Maria says:

    You might just inspire me to read Poe!

  105. Susan says:

    Laura”s House of Poe is nothing short of “Poe-fact”!!!!

  106. Diana says:

    I LOVE THIS! I have too many spooky ideas! 😉

  107. Phoebe Diamond says:

    The Santos doll halo is just wonderful. I hope I am lucky enough to be picked this time.

  108. Diana Bittaker says:

    Can’t get enough of Poe!

  109. Amazing as always (I am seriously running out of adjectives to describe Laura’s talent)

  110. Nelda Johnson says:

    Oh wow! This is so wonderful. I especially love the little book collage and the book charm. Amazing!

  111. Edith says:

    what a great assemblage and generous giveaway

  112. Ohhh wow what a Great Gift….Love it

  113. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to win this lovely giveaway-how can you top Poe and books? The book charms are darling

  114. Sylvia L. says:

    All the tiny details are just amazing…

  115. Beverly B. says:

    Fantastic project. Love the spiders as weights for the clock.

  116. Char- Deerborn says:

    I love everything that I have seen made by Laura. She is so generous to explain how she make her items. Thanks for the chance to win many of the items needed to recreate her “House of Poe”.

  117. Yay, more halloween!

  118. Joan says:

    Great giveaway!

  119. Kathleen Cole says:

    What is it about miniatures that fascinate me? And to make it Halloween/Poe miniatures….WOW! Love the whole thing!

  120. Carol Slowik says:

    Laura Carson you are awesome! Chilling and Thrilling!

  121. Lorna E. says:

    Another stunning project from Laura!

  122. Sandy says:

    Halloween just gets better with this kit.

  123. Roxanne says:

    OH MY GOSH! This is the best lil’stash ever! Love those collage sheets w-lil books in em’. Jeeez would sure love to win this! I subscribe to Laura’s blog and just love her creative mind! Such surprises in every project! Just love them! Thanks for the chance! Heck, I love just drooling over the newsletters. 🙂

  124. Birgit says:

    Laura’s creation is just wonderful — and thanks for the chance to win these goodies. 🙂

    Happy crafting,

  125. Angie says:

    Love all the ideas!

  126. Christine CV says:

    WOW! I think this may just be one of the best give-a-ways EVER. Being a huge fan of books, libraries, paper…my little heart is just pounding!

  127. Denise Humenik says:

    Love, love, love it!!! thanks again for the opportunity

  128. Verna Stapleton says:

    Ms Carson is amazing. Thanks for another chance at goodies.