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Time Keeper, Butterflies & Miniatures! Artwork by Lora Mahaffey!

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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 Lora’s project that are still available on the new site.

A reminder before getting to the beautiful artwork by Lora Mahaffey (and New Miniatures!), the Half Price Sale on Circus Rubber Stamps and Circus Collage Sheets (and FREE collage sheet offer) continues through Friday, May 15th — that’s TOMORROW! The circus goodies are on sale because of the May Kit Theme: Run Away and Join the Circus. Note: the Tim Holtz stamp sets are on sale for 20% off — still a great deal!

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has had her head in the clouds, floating over far-away locales, finally landing in her hot air balloon as The Lepidopterist Explorer!

How sweet are all of those butterflies carrying the trunk via the hot air balloon that Laura designed from the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers? (See the wide photo below for more of this big project.) The trunk is made from the Chipboard Steamer Trunk covered with paper from the Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pad, Faux Suede Paper (for the straps on the steamer trunk), and Tiny Faux Ring Handles are used on the outside of the trunk.

When everything is opened up, and The Lepidopterist Explorer is at work observing her butterfly friends she has everything she needs handy within reach. Binoculars, a nice Pot of Tea, and a Hurricane Lamp to write by once it starts to get dark. Then it is time to plan out her next area to explore!

I love all that lime green, to contrast with the tans & browns in the Time Keeper Scrapbook Papers. The green comes from a mix of Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper and the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad.

Time Keeper 6x6 Paper Pad*And… finally(!) the Time Keeper 6×6 Paper Pads have arrived! Whew! Didn’t know if they’d ever finish their journal to this continent.

Here’s a bit more info from Lora:

I made the butterfly net from tulle and copper wire, the camp stool, bed roll and pillow are from an old flour sack towel.(Clever!)

Nearly all the butterflies (there are 64 of them!) are from the Forever Green 6×6 Paper Pad (and the, sadly, sold out Butterfly Specifics Scrapbook Paper).

Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm - Roman NumeralsYou’ll want to explore The Lepidopterist Explorer Supply List before you trek on over to Lora’s blog. She has more photos and she talks about how she put the balloon together AND how she made the butterflies look like they’re floating!

Then come back and see the new goodies below AND the Giveaway Leslie pulled together, with a mix of butterflies, new miniatures, and papers from Lora’s supplies! (And one of those new items would be perfect in Lora’s trunk: the Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals — and one is in today’s Giveaway, too!)



Hooray for the Time Keeper Butterflies Giveaway!

I’ve included these goodies from Lora’s The Lepidopterist Explorer (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this longish list):
– Chipboard Steamer Trunk
– Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Cogs & Gears
– Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Marchant
– Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Portfolio
– Time Keeper Scrapbook Paper – Tinker
– Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper
– Bronze Binoculars Charm
– Tiny Faux Ring Handles
– Small Compasses
– 3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
– Miniature Hurricane Lamp
– Little Library Collage Sheet

And a couple more miniature or butterfly things:
Tiny 3D Bronze Sewing Machine New
Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals New
Resin Butterflies
Butterflies Collage Sheet
Just Wings Collage Sheet
Bronze Hot Air Balloon Charm
Bronze Passport Charm

To enter the Time Keeper Butterflies 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, May 15, 2015)! AND tell me which of the Dollhouse Miniatures you find most useful (could be from the new ones above or any in that section).

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 Blushing Bees & Bottles Giveaway? That would be Marilyn H! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, May 14th, 2015

109 responses to “Time Keeper, Butterflies & Miniatures! Artwork by Lora Mahaffey!”

  1. Corinne Marie says:

    Really lovely kit! Butterflies are the best!
    PS I love the little birds!! So sweet!

  2. Roxanne says:

    Yikes! that’s a toughie! I think they’re all great…I am loving all these mini goodies! I think the mini table w/ baskets would be fun. I imagine filling those lil baskets with mini fruit veggies and breads and having the table filled with yummy mini goodness too! Awww sure would love to win some day. 🙂

  3. Darlene says:

    Again. A fab giveawy

  4. Ina Good says:

    love butterflies and old steamer trunks!!Mine got lost in moving dangit! or left behind.My favorite miniature is the sewing machine besides my love for sewing it brings back memories of my mom as a seamstress and grandpa was a tailor.

  5. Sokat says:

    I am attracted to the mini gum all machine with visions of a candy store and all of the goodies lined up on shelves.

  6. Nancy Lorenz says:

    I am so glad to read about all these awesome miniatures! Never knew so many existed! I absolutely love several of the cute little miniatures but my most favorite is the little white table and baskets! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  7. M.E. says:

    Lora’s Lepidopterist Explorer is both artistic and imaginative! Truly lovely work – so inspirational! Love the dollhouse miniatures – the little hurricane lamp is a wonderful addition to the scene. Anytime I can include a tiny tea set in a miniature scene makes it seem even homier and cozier to me. What a comforting thing to have, even when one finds herself so far away from home! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and a chance to win.

  8. Sunny says:

    What a great way to celebrate this coming Summer – an expedition to view butterflies! I love it!

  9. kim says:

    I adore the mini accessories! The small gumball machine is soooo cool! I like the minis for tucking into any project, altered tins and boxes are my current fav. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!~kim

  10. Lorna E. says:

    You have so many great miniatures it’s hard to choose the most useful, but I think I have to go with the Tim Holtz salvaged dolls, they’d fit well with a project I have in mind. I also love the miniature glass jar with lid and glass domes.

  11. Kim Lucak says:

    Love butterflies!!! Always so many creative ideas 🙂

  12. The miniatures are all darling, but sewing as much as I do, I love the sewing machine charms best. They can be added to a mini art quilt, a handmade card, or shadowbox to name just a few.

  13. Alice Zinn says:

    Lots of your new miniatures are very usable in many ways, but I particularly think that your new rustic handles will be very useful for many things!

  14. Amy says:

    the little steamer trunk pulls just blow me away. with out them it wouldn’t work.

  15. Jen R says:

    The small table with baskets gets my vote. Could use in a dollhouse or a shop vignette. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  16. Kristie says:

    As a miniaturist as well as a scrapbooker, this kit is fabulous. I can think of dozens of ways to use these miniatures. Vignette scenes in pictures frame sis on of my favorites. Making a small sewing scene, or a teaparty would. Be 2 options. The steam trunk would be awesome to use as a small vignette with lots of goodies hanging out the drawers etc…

  17. Karen says:

    I KNOW that I would start with the Steamer Trunk. I had one that I wallpapered and painted when I was in high school and would love to have a miniature one to decorate. I also love all the goodies having to do with time, especially the papers. Hope I am lucky!

  18. gloria stafford says:

    Wow! Yet a new and intriguing selection of goodies!

  19. Michelle says:

    The timekeeper giveaway is awesome. The most useful miniature I’m seeing is the Roman numeral clock. It has an authenticity that I buy into 100%. (Whereas, say, the gumball machine is cute, but when I look at it, I know it doesn’t dispense real gum.) I love all of the clocks and gears.

  20. Jen C says:

    Wow, super cute giveaway! This one gives me zillions of ideas! Most useful-definitely for me the crates. Love it!

  21. Jennie says:

    I love the white table with baskets and the ceramic urn, because I’d totally distress them and turn them into the beginnings of a witches table, with the urn becoming a mortar & pestle!

  22. Luanne says:

    My girlfriends is looking for Mini crates for her dollhouse. It would be fun to surprise her also, with the bubblegum machine!

  23. Dana Desmond says:

    I really love the white table with baskets. I would love to have one full size to match my doll house.

  24. Robn says:

    I love the teapot and teacups!

  25. Gigi Jordan says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway! I love the little white table and tiny lawn chairs. They are so cute!

  26. Brigitte B. says:

    Definitely the tiny glass jar. It’s begging to be filled with glitter, sprinkles, microbeads, moss for a teeny tiny terrarium, doll eyes or hands for a creepy halloween theme or scented oil for some fragrance. It could also be used for the base of a lamp or vase for a tiny bouquet. Too many possibilities!

  27. Jennifer J says:

    I really love the tiny glass jars. But for the new ones. (or ones I haven’t seen before) I love the tiny drawer pulls and the pocket watch. Just too cute!

  28. Bonnie says:

    Just came to the giveaway at the end of the post, and already have the mini rustic door handles and the mini glass candy jar in my cart.. haha… So I guess I would find them most useful, for right now.. I am in the beginnings of collecting and making things to do a small fairy garden with my granddaughter.. So, I will be back for more when we start! 🙂 Awesome giveway, love butterflies!

  29. Noreen Johnson says:

    So very cute.

  30. LeAnn says:

    I love all of the miniatures but the ones I would probably use most are the rustic door handles.

  31. Stefanie says:

    I just love this creation!! It is amazing :o). Great giveaway too!

  32. Sheila says:

    The miniature table with baskets is just remarkable – such detail on a tiny piece for a fairy garden kitchen!

  33. barbara macaskill says:

    I am definitely a lepidopterist!! LOVE all things butterflies!! Lora’s creation is absolutely magical!!
    My favorite miniature has to be the tiny glass jar with lid and the tiny glass candy jar. They are so adorable!! I want them all though for my fairy village!

  34. Laura says:

    Designers are incredible.

  35. KIM says:

    The miniature hurricane looks the same as the one my family had when I was growing up.
    It was one of my Mom’s favorite possessions.

  36. Traci says:

    I love the trunk theme the design team has come up with amazing ideas all different. Have to try a few of them out for myself. I love the miniatures too-the little table and baskets are so darn cute I would have to vote for it as a favorite but I love them all-so cute. > ^..^<

  37. Gail Klein says:

    I adore butterflies! When my Mom passed away, hundreds of butterflies flew around us at her burial! I even made a paper butterfly that was buried with her. So now she is my butterfly! I also love the steamer trunk to save all my lovely little keepsakes in!

  38. lynn says:

    wow butterflies are a sure sign of spring I love them
    I would think the hinges would be great on many projects.
    thanks as always for the chance, maybe these butterflies will wing their way to me

  39. Regina Salvador says:

    This is such a beautiful kit!

  40. Karen says:

    I can see that Bronze Clock in my Miniature room box Clock Shop “Time Flies”

  41. teri steele says:

    This project of Lora’s was just adorable. I really love ALL the little mini’s you’ve gotten in, from the glass jar with lid, eggs and beater, to the little white chair. I have been most excited about all the new hardware handles. Got ideas for all of them.

  42. Birgit says:

    I really like the miniature tea set. Thanks for the chance to win such goodies!

    Happy crafting,

  43. Graciela says:

    I am in love with the little birds, so cute, and the little lamp too.
    Beautiful work!!
    Thank you for the chance!!

  44. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love all the new miniatures, especially the little vegetable crates as I am creating an old fashioned farm shadowbox.

  45. Winnie says:

    Love the butterflies! The mini lawn chair is adorable!

  46. Lori D. says:

    I love anything miniature and have to say that I could make use of the tiny glass jars with lids. I see them filled with mini treats! Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

  47. Cherie says:

    I love everything in this giveaway! The tiny charms are my favorite but all of the pieces are calling out to have a shadow box theme created .

  48. Michelle Salazar says:

    You had me at butterflies. . . love this and my favorite is the glass jar with lid. I have a Niece who believes that fairies live at my house (because they do) and thinking the jar with fairy dust would be perfect for her to find.

  49. The steamer trunk ideas keep getting better and better. I love the butterflies and all of the mini items. I have so many creative ideas flowing through my head for this giveaway. Can’t wait until Sunday !!!

  50. Susan S. says:

    Have loved miniatures for years. These are so wonderful – want to win very much.

  51. Noreen says:

    I love little boxes with lots of drawers and cubbies! This is so fun!

  52. Sandy says:

    I like all the mini charms, they just add pizzazz to the miniature world.

  53. Nancy S says:

    I love the small glass jars. I’m always looking for miniatures that can become altered jewelry pieces. I’m all about creating and wearing unusual items.

  54. Tammy says:

    I have to say I think that drawer or door knobs are the most useful miniatures to me. Something that is so simple but something you just can’t do without!

  55. Patricia Molnar says:

    Lora’s designs are so amazing!! I love, love, love the hot air balloon!!The butterflies are so beautiful!! Love this kit!Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!

  56. Lisa R. says:

    Oh how beautiful is this giveaway?!! Love , love Lora’s project!!! Been trying to hopefully win for a few months now ( as everyone) lol but maybe Lady Luck will be with me this week?!!! Beautiful kit!

  57. Dawn says:

    Love the new giveaway. The miniature hinges and drawer pulls add a nice realistic spark.

  58. Kim R says:

    I LOVE the mini lanterns..esp since they light cool is that!

  59. Barb says:

    My favorites are the metal lawn chair and the hurricane lamp…but they are all great! Great giveaway!

  60. love love love the mini tea set with the pink flowers! like the birds, too…..

  61. Beth says:

    I think the sewing machine would be most useful, as my fairies are really in need of some new dresses! 🙂

  62. Gilda says:

    Love Lora’s art. The trunk is one of my favorite things ever. The dollhouse miniatures are wonderful. Favorites are hard to choose. Love the books, wind chimes, and everything else!!

  63. Sieglinde says:

    I can’t pick just one! Okay, if I must pick just one, it would be the tiny door pulls. But for the record, I love all the wee things!

  64. Mary Helene says:

    Love all the great miniatures with this giveaway.

  65. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Wow projects! Wow giveaway! I love the teeny tea set – my favorite. Mahalo for the op to win.

  66. Char-D says:

    My favorite is the Miniature Jack-o-Lantern Pail.

  67. DebR says:

    Lora’s creation makes me want to become a lepidopterist! What a wonderful trunk and love the balloon. All the dollhouse miniatures are wonderful but I do love the miniature birds, nests and eggs best; lots of feathered fun!

  68. Lori Wilczek says:

    Alpha Stamps you amaze me! The creativity never ends. I just love the tiny jars with lids-little apothecary jars.

  69. kimberly says:

    I could make mini sewing room vinettes for my crafty friends with the tiny bronze sewing machines. Also love the glass candy, jar and apothecary… tiny beads inside would look like confections!

  70. Megan Warren says:

    I love this project. I adore the little glass jars of all shapes, there are so many possibilities for those little jars. I’m loving the steamer trunk and how many things you’ve already made with it. Looking forward to the next one.

  71. Ginette says:

    Hop, Hop in the sky with mu beautiful balloon

  72. angelic says:

    I like the mini glass domes, because you can design it to fit any craft project you are working on.

  73. Carmen Willis says:

    These steamer trunks are so adorable, I would choose the mini hardware, Faux ring handles, mini rustic door handles, and the bronze suitcase latch. These items can be used in various projects; however all the dollhouse miniatures are adorable and cute.

  74. Mary Sparks says:

    looove the mini apothecary jar – I could do lots with that, as I love the full size too!

  75. Joan says:

    I just love everything, but the mini furniture and glass jar with lid have great potential in the mini/fairy gardens I create.

  76. Pam Weiler says:

    I really like the miniature watch and candy container. I would use them in a shadow box.

  77. Jean Marmo says:

    Wow – the mini furniture is so cute! Love the apothecary jar too.

  78. Brenda lubrant says:

    I love the new white ceramic white urns.

  79. Janet Turner says:

    Beautiful giveaway! I’ve been doing a lot with butterfly images. Must be Spring.

  80. LOVE IT ! Can think of so much to do with this give away, For me I love the sewing machine accessories and anything having to do with the kitchen ! Love it

  81. Lou Anne H. says:

    The tiny faux ring handles are fabulous and quite useful but I love the little gumball machine.

  82. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous giveaway and I love the glass lamp!

  83. marie garot says:

    Love the miniature door pulls and the black cats come in second

  84. Lana says:

    this beautiful giveaway has my heart aflutter!

  85. Lina says:

    The mini tea pot is the most useful

  86. Diane D. says:

    Love everything about this Give Away! Love It! Love It! Love It!

  87. cathrine bolin says:

    Pretty darn cute!

  88. Helen says:

    The most useful mini is the little red wagon because it can carry lots of items like firewood, luggage, children. Plus it is a ton of fun to ride downhill!

  89. Tammy says:

    love to win

  90. Leah Fein says:

    The most useful? Probably the mini nests with eggs. I’ve used them on three different wreathes

  91. Nelda Johnson says:

    Totally in love with the new patio chairs and will put them in my miniature fairy garden.

  92. Charlene says:

    So very cute. The tiny bottles are my favorites.

  93. Theresa G. says:

    I wanna whine about this one because I LOVE IT!!!! OMGOSH! The nests and eggs are my fave!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

  94. Kay B says:

    Love the steamer trunks!

  95. Jill Whalen says:

    There are two I adore, the gumball machine and the lawn chair, just darling!

  96. Emily N says:

    I love the little lawn chair to pu in miniature gardens.

  97. Elizabeth H. says:

    Love the little truck and books. I would like to make something using the little bench and baskets, maybe a garden scene.

  98. Heather says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I love all these miniatures but I think the glass bottles are my favorites. Imagine seeing these filled with something yummy…such as in a candy store…use tiny beads as candy. Love this!

  99. Beth Williams says:

    This is an absolute delight. I have to have the tiny glass jars and the mini crates-need them for osme Halloween ideas I have.

  100. Barbara says:

    What fun! Love the miniature tea set. Love everything mini!

  101. April Dudko says:

    The tiny glass jars would make great “specimen” holders for a curiosity cabinet I have planned, and the wooden crates I think I’d use in shadowbox to little seed packets in a farmers market scene!

  102. Leanna says:

    I think this is my favorite giveaway yet! I love all of it! If I had to pick the most usable miniature, I think it would be the watch. It could be used for so many things!

  103. Maryellen says:

    I would have to say that the sewing machine would be the perfect item for me as it relates to one of my passion of quilting.

  104. Gail says:

    First time on your site, and it’s AMAZING.
    I love both the glass jars with lids. the jar with the metal lid reminds me of the cookie jar I grew up with. Both will be great in a sweets shop I’m making.
    Love the chipboard trunk too, which is definitely going in my shopping cart!

  105. Faye Scharber says:

    I especially like the glass domes and the miniature glass jars. Love the chipboard steamer trunk–all have so many different possible uses!

  106. Lisa Mills says:

    I just started collecting miniatures. Anyone of them would be perfect for me. There are so many to look at that I can’t make up my mind. Thank You, Lisa

  107. Christy Minnis says:

    I have to say the tiny lawn chair is my favorite! I am planning on making a reliquary with a picture of my mother and great grandmother, and she is sitting in a chair just like that. I’d love to use it in the reliquary.

  108. phoebe diamond says:

    The kitchen knives are in my stash and waiting to be used. So at this point, the bowl with the eggs in it, I need to make a shrine for a friend who cooks.

  109. Sylvia L. says:

    The hot air balloon is so fabulous! I like miniatures that I can use like charms to decorate
    paper treat cones that I make.