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A Tiny Produce Stand (and Carmen Miranda?)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Newsletters, Teri Calia

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 lists for both projects on the new site: Kristin’s Fruity Friends and Teri’s 24 Carrot Farms Produce Stand.

Miz Bella is caring for a sick kid and I’m like a whirling dervish, getting all the Halloween goodies ready to post (or to ship), so it’s a short intro — but that doesn’t mean short on eye candy! But before the miniature produce (!) a couple quick reminders:

FIRST, I cannot believe it’s already September!… Only 3 days (!) until Laura Carson’s annual Halloween event, and this year is a Haunted Village!! See Laura’s site for a free collage sheet offer starting now!

NEXT, a new FREE gift, inspired by all the tiny fruit & veg in todays artwork! Check down in the Giveaway section of this newsletter for more info.

LAST, are you participating in the Sugar Skulls Swap? If so, you’ve got about 10 days left to finish your artwork and mail them to Caroline. More info.

Kristin Batsel and Teri Calia both started with the same miniature peaches, carrots, oranges, grapes and apples (all 1:12 Dollhouse Scale) but look at how different are the results! Once Kristin told me she wanted to make Carmen Miranda, I also found her some mini bananas & pineapples. Her little peg dolls are too cute! And that little bunny she made is a heart-stealer.

Here’s a link to see all of Kristin’s supply list. And read more about her Fruity Friends on her blog.

Next, to Teri’s 24 Carrot Farms Produce Stand! (See the wide photo below.) This is just a fabulous little scene… all starting with this Wood Photo Box with Slide Lid. Teri used the main part of the box as the back of her produce stand, then used the lid as the floor (turned sideways so it extends out on the right side, beyond the width of the box… perfect as a little ledge to sit that white table with baskets). And she used a new basket with a handle that’s the perfect size to mix with the baskets that come with that table. The woodgrain-patterned paper from the new Heritage 6×6 Paper Pad was a perfect small scale for the floor and the back of the produce stand.

Teri designed 2 new collage sheets, too:
24 Carrot Farms Stand Accessories Collage Sheet (with signage, shopping bags, an awning and tiny boxes to make your own dollhouse scale produce stand)
Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet

And that last collage sheet is perfect for adding labels to the new Set of Unlabelled Jars, Bottles & Tins (and to the mini wood crates, like the 2 tall crates Teri used as shelves in the back of her produce stand).

Here’s a link to see all of Teri’s supply list. (Ans see more new supplies from Teri’s project below.) Read more about her 24 Carrot Farms Produce Stand on her blog.



Hooray for the Tiny Produce Giveaway!

So many items to choose from… I picked these (in the photo at right, left to right starting with the top row):
Miniature Wooden Crates
Mini Wooden Barrel
Homegrown 6×6 Paper Pad
24 Carrot Farms Stand Accessories Collage Sheet
Mini Black Wrought Iron Fence (did you recognize it? painted white in Teri’s produce stand)
Red Apples – Set of 12
Pumpkin Pods
Miniature Bale of Hay
Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet

AND, a new FREE gift! I’ve made a new mini gift sheet: a mix of vintage fruit & vegetable labels (most from my own stash… and different designs than those in Teri’s new collage sheet)! The Fruit Crate Labels Gift Sheet is FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! If you place an all-digital order, I’ll send you the Fruit Crate Labels Gift Sheet as a pdf file.

To enter the Tiny Produce 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, September 4, 2015)! AND tell me what you’d make with the Giveaway goodies (and/or what other kinds of tiny produce you’d like to see).

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 Mad Scientist Giveaway? That would be Sheila Rodriguez! (She commented: “I’m doing a vignette in a metal & glass shadowbox from Hobby Lobby, and these “parts” would be perfect!“)

PLUS, there was a second prize for most creative comment (2nd set of all 3 new keys in the Giveaway)… which goes to Russell Stone (And he commented: “Late at night when most are asleep, into my lab (Art Studio) I do creep. A drop of glue, a layer of paint, some apothecary labels are out on the table. I mix, I pour and soon you will see a creepy cabinet will come to be. Halloween night fast approaches.. oh that reminded me to add some roaches. Yes, creepy bugs are all part of the scene, after all it is HALLOWEEN.“)

Posted by Leslie, September 3rd, 2015

53 responses to “A Tiny Produce Stand (and Carmen Miranda?)”

  1. Mindy Winchester says:

    Just in time for autumn! Great ideas!

  2. Holly says:

    This giveaway would be perfect for making s surprise gift for my daughter’s birthday! Her little critters (she plays with toy mice but never human dolls) would love to have a fruit stand to accompany their little house!

  3. Roxanne says:

    oh this is so adorable for fall! I would like to see apples and maybe cornstalks. We are originally from upstate NY…lots of pumpkin patches and apple orchards…and of course lil’ farm stands near the fields. Many had stores with outdoor cafe’s and Chiminea’s burning to keep warm while sipping hot cider and apple pie! 🙂 This sweet project reminds me of those days…not many here in Florida! 🙂

  4. Connie says:

    I’d recreate my weekly spot at the farmer’s market. I’d have to add some jars of honey and a cooler for lamb. 🙂

  5. I love miniatures I would make a diorama with them thanks for the chance

  6. 2amscrapper says:

    I just love these products. I would make a kitchen scene with them in my shadow box house that I’m designing.

  7. What a fabulous miniature giveaway. The Fruit Stand is wonderful. I can picture an autumn setting with fall trees, falling leaves, and cornstalks in the background. I would also included watermelon, honey and jam jars, and of course sweet corn.

  8. Jen R says:

    Oh we have wonderful farms out here and fabulous Fall Festivals. I see these goodies going into a sweet little farm shop!

  9. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’d do my best to recreate this project and put it in my kitchen windowso that I could admire it while I work.

  10. Karen says:

    I could go fruity with this project. Bring Fall ON!

  11. Barb J says:

    I have home sweet home paper and combined with the paper in this giveaway plus all the fruits and straw and all the other little goodies I can make the project. up til now I didn’t have enough to fill it up and decorate it but with all this, I will be able to complete it!

  12. Amy says:

    I would love to make a tiny fruit stand/market. Nestle it all in a small wooden box. Then hang it on my kitchen wall. I love dioramas. I get lost in them.

  13. Joan says:

    September in New England means country fairs. I see a scene, with animals, a tractor, and blue ribbons. Love to see some corn and tomatoes.

  14. Emily N. says:

    Love the little people! I would like to see tiny pears. They would be so cute.

  15. Mary Helene says:

    Would make the cutest fall shadow box. Would add a tiny scarecrow to it that I have had for awhile.

  16. Mary S. says:

    My grandfather had a general store- would like to recreate his huge piece of furniture that was the counter/storage, and have baskets of fruit, jars, etc. Find me some veggies! Corn, green peppers, and stuff

  17. Dawn says:

    Love this giveaway. I would include these goodies to expand my autumn village.

  18. Oh wow, these miniatures are awesome!Thank you for the chance to win.

  19. Karen Mallory says:

    Love your giveaways! Tiny things are always fun to work with. Maybe I would make a scene from the State Fair booth exhibitions!

  20. Margery McInerny says:

    I am making a crones cottage. She definitely needs a veg & fruit stand outside her door. Her organic garden is just steps away from her door.

  21. cg says:

    I see a cigar box autumn vignette with the fence across the front, and apple tree with gorgeous fall leaves and some hanging apples, as well as some in the basket! A small pumpkin patch using flower soft and a small wagon filled with veggies!

  22. Christine V says:

    The peaches are delectable! It’s peach picking time in Colorado – yummy!!! I’d love to see lots of berries made available. I have this idea of making a miniture reproduction of a Della Robbia ring of fruit!

  23. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love these projects! I would make a fruit stand shadow box. Fruit is one of my favorite things and these are absolutely wonderful.

  24. Charlene says:

    How wonderful for fall… I’d make a vegetable stand for all the fairies that are putting up veggies for winter. Tiny canned spiced peaches sound lovely.

  25. Lori D. says:

    I adore this giveaway! I would make a roadside produce stand that’s completely decorated for autumn. I love everything miniature. This would be a fun project! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  26. Karen C. says:

    This giveaway is too cute. I would love to see some tiny lettuce heads, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers as additional produce.

  27. Traci says:

    What cute projects. Carmen is adorable and love the fruit stand idea. I would love to try both these projects-too cute. >^..^<

  28. Marcie Van Deren says:

    Since Dollhouse miniatures are my hobby, a market stall in 1:12 scale would be just the perfect project for this fall! lots of fruits and veggies, apple cider jugs, and jelly and jams!

  29. Kathleen says:

    Since it is always Halloween at my house, it would have to be a creepy little produce stand. Some of the items would be touched up to have that just particular spot of rot on them. The crates would have tiny spider webs, and there would be that general feeling of decay and neglect. Of course, somehow a witch or two, along with a mummy, would have to be added as shoppers….can I interest anyone in a bruised, rotting peach? (heh heh…)

  30. Paula Miller says:

    I’m so happy to see all of the new miniatures you’ve added to your inventory. I have just the project for this new giveaway. I would be a very happy camper to win these!

  31. Mary Pendergrass says:

    I love the little fruit stands. So very clever. Reminds me of a doll house a friend had when I was young. The kitchen was the best room in the house because of all the tiny fruits and veggies, pots, pans and baskets. I loved playing with that doll house.

  32. LeAnn says:

    I would use the pumpkins in a Halloween scene.

  33. Marilyn H says:

    How about grapes, grapefruite, watermelon, cantalope, tomatoes, and beans, just to name a few!

  34. Diana B says:

    I would use the products in a witchy scene I am making

  35. Jennie says:

    How about some tiny plants of various shapes? Like some potted herbs or house plants. I’d love some plants to add into the tiny Potions cupboard I’m working on now. 🙂

  36. marcia says:

    I found two 18″ high cabinets at the back of a liquor/sundry store and I think this theme would fit one really well. If I can get the Teddy Bears off of it without breaking them.

  37. Carmen says:

    The first project that comes to my mind for the tiny produce is a harvest festival diorama… or, how about making a Carmen (what a name) Miranda doll using all the fruits for her headpiece? That would be really enchanting… love everything!

  38. Diana Bittaker says:

    Just in time for fall and roadside fruit stands! Love all of the little baskets, crates and barrels! Would love to make it look like my favorite local market !

  39. Kay W says:

    So adorable! I’m not sure what else to add.

  40. colette says:

    this would be perfect for my gypsy traveling shop project. i was looking and looking for the tiny fruits

  41. Ginette P. says:

    I’d like to see something similar for jewelry selling shop.

  42. Tammy says:

    I am originally from a small rural farming community, so I’m used to see farmers with their roadside stands with breads, jams, jellies, pickled cucumbers and beets. Fresh tomatoes and sweet corn as well as green beans are always in great supply. I’d love to make my own stand with these kinds of things This would be a perfect tribute to my grandparents.

  43. Nancy S says:

    Just too cute for words. Reminds me of the stand near my grandmother growing up. I’d love to recreate a similar scene. One for myself and one for my sister in remembrance of Nana.

  44. enrica p says:

    obviously tiny hats|

  45. Marybeth i says:

    I am starting on a mini home altered art project

  46. Nancy Penir says:

    Couldn’t help myself, ordering it all! What a magical produce stand. So many lovely details.

  47. Linda Marie says:

    Brings me back to a simpler time!!

  48. Pat Covington says:

    This would be fun to recreate the stands we have in southern Illinois. It looks just like the one down the street!

  49. Sunny says:

    This is really cute!

  50. Winnie says:

    I would love to make a little fall fruit stand.

  51. Sylvia L. says:

    What a sweet project. I would like to see watermelons, corn, & strawberries.

  52. Ann says:

    I’d love to create a Grandma’s canning kitchen shadowbox starting with the goodies in this giveaway kit and adding an old fashioned cast iron stove and hutch for all the little jars! Some miniature pies would be a perfect addition for the warming oven, and perhaps little loaves of freshly baked bread? Perfect for a fall-themed project!

  53. Sandra says:

    I am doing a secret Halloween swap and the pumpkins and apples would be ideal for making a handmade gift for that. I think corn or wheat sheaves would be a great addition to an autumn shadowbox scene.