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A Floral Folly, Guest Designer Marilyn Hughes & Paper Flower Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, The Garden Kit
Update! A newer post about Lora’s artwork is here.

Ooh! We have a special treat today! Not only some new chipboard collage items (and a beautiful folly by Lora Mahaffey), but also artwork by Guest Designer Marilyn Hughes! So much to show that there’s a separate blog post all about Marilyn’s artwork!

And there’s something that unites both art projects: Mulberry Paper Flowers! Yes! In honor of both projects, ALL Paper Flowers & Leaves are on sale! now through Monday night, March 28th 2016!

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has been inspired by The Garden Kit to create a lovely piece of architecture, The Old Folly. As with many things that Lora has made, things are not always as one thinks they appear to be; so you must take a closer look…

Out in the countryside far away from the noise of the village, nestled in it’s own copse of woods is a very large, very grand house. She’s a beautiful, if a bit shabby house and is well loved by the family that lives there. There is no gardener, but the flowers and lawns are cared for as best the family can.

In the copse of woods (the 21st century children of the house have named Follywood) lies, you guessed it, an Old Folly, a tumbledown and overgrown roof; but still beautiful with its quaint Pineapple Finial.

The Old Folly has long remained empty, covered in its climbing vine of roses and ferns, yet when the children come upon it to play, it always feels as if someone has just left.

Once in a while late at night, one child will wake the others and they silently watch the light that gently shines from the wood. It’s friendly, gauzy warmth embraces them until they begin to feel quite drowsy and stumble back to their beds. Morning brings sunshine and adventure and the magic moment of the night before is dismissed for a pirate theater and frog catching in the pond.

If they’d followed the friendly light into the wood they might have seen that the light was shining through the shingles of the roof. Looks like someone has a comfy little hiding place where they stash their books and read into the night. Perhaps a child of another sort likes The Old Folly for the same reason the others do? Maybe the big old house is home to more than meets the eye!

The Old Folly Supply List

Such a clever girl, that Miz Lora! Creating a secret hiding place under the roof, and also hinging the door to the Folly. The new Fortune Teller Booth that Lora used to make the Folly does not come with a door; but if you head on over to Lora’s blog, she will tell you exactly how she hinged the door!


Hooray for the An Album or a Floral Folly Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Lora’s The Old Folly AND Marilyn’s Coming Up Roses supply lists to make this flower-filled Giveaway (psst! those are links to the supply lists, with photos and links to all of the goodies used):
– Fortune Teller Booth
– Mansard Roof for Fortune Teller Booth
– Album with Arched Door
– Ivy ATC Frame
– Fern Garland
– Bacchus #2 Collage Sheet
– Blush Charmed Scrapbook Paper
– Frolic Adorn Scrapbook Paper
– 1 Inch Curly Paper Roses – Pale Pink

To enter the An Album or a Floral Folly 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, March 25, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make? Something with the Album with Arched Door? Or a project with the new Fortune Teller Booth? Is there a way to merge both?

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 Peter Rabbit’s Favorite Garden Giveaway? That would be Evelyn Reyes! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, March 24th, 2016

64 responses to “A Floral Folly, Guest Designer Marilyn Hughes & Paper Flower Sale!”

  1. Ina M Good says:

    I love the booth thats for me a floral one at that!!!or a fairy or gypsy one oh my!!

  2. barb macaskill says:

    Oh oH oh oh oh!! What an awesome little hideaway! I love it!! The Fortune Teller Booth and Mansard roof MUST be mine ASAP!! I just love the idea of building a secret hideaway for the trolls or gnomes that live near my fairy village!!! Absolutely magical!!! Hoping the Fairies sprinkle me with lucky dust for this awesome assortment of goodies!

  3. Nadine says:

    I love all the new items! I think a romantic scene with a miniature couple would be lovely.

  4. Traci says:

    I would love to make a fortune teller booth. I love to Old Folly idea too but have aways wanted to make a fortune teller booth. Love all the new items out. >^..^<

  5. Kathy Bumb says:

    I would make a folly, or at least attempt to create one with tons and tons of flowers, garlands and mini fairy items.

  6. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would do the fortune teller booth to go with all my Halloween projects!! this is adorable! thanks for such wonderful ideas!

  7. Susan Devillier says:

    I love this. Definitely a fortune teller booth!

  8. judy golden says:

    So pretty, I would love to make a fairy garden, lots of flowers~

  9. Lou Anne says:

    I think this is beautiful. I’d love to make a flowering fortune teller booth. Why not? Fortune tellers like flowers too.

  10. Holly says:

    I’d love to make a gazebo-type structure with the booth, cover it with flowers and set it in the windowsill to remind me that spring is just around the corner.

  11. cathy smith says:

    Fortune teller’s booth…for sure!

  12. Amy says:

    sweet, it is going to take some time for me to make up my mind on this one.

  13. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this I would try to make a garden with all the beautiful items!!! Thank you

  14. Maggie M says:

    I would use the Fortune Teller booth to create a dreamy folly like Laura’s…adding a few fairies of course:) Great giveaway, as always.

  15. Jen R says:

    I would love to make a mini garden scene inside with climbing vines and a little table and chair, maybe with a tiny book waiting to be finished!

  16. Barbara A. says:

    The fortune teller booth reminds me of a tower, so would do Rapunzel for my granddaughter since she just played the lead in her school play!

  17. marykay chisum says:

    I’m thinking Halloween already! Let’s have a gypsy fortune telling booth and maybe a confession stand for “coffin candy”!!

  18. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Beautiful! I would like to make one along the lines of a gazebo, but I would have it totally overrun with flowers. Maybe place it on one of the platforms you sell and have flowers run amok there too, which a garden bench sitting outside. Ooohhh the possibilities!

  19. Kristie says:

    Absolutely love this project. I would make a gazebo with a small water fountain inside with lots of flowers.

  20. Karen Wood says:

    I love it and would make it be part of the half timbered fairy house I’m making for a special little fairy.

  21. Wouldn’t this be a fun Kissing Booth for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary? How about a wishing well?

  22. Alma Casiano says:

    I think I’d be more then likely to make the fortune tellers booth but with the arched doors album …don’t know for sure, maybe a spell book of sorts would be neat ! I’m sure it would turn out great with all these neat things to work with…

  23. Sandy says:

    Oh, the possibilities! My head is full of ideas, what would I do?

  24. Jackie Barth says:

    So many possibilities – I love it! I probably would make a lovely spring folly.

  25. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’ve been wanting my own little place in the woods. I would have some books on hand and a comfy chair for reading. This is a lovely Giveaway.

  26. sheila AR says:

    Wow!! What a great giveaway with 2 projects in one! I’m still wanting to make a spring album with the Arched Door setup and then would love a Forgotten Folly along the lines of Teri’s Forgotten Garden a couple of weeks ago…love that eerie side too!

  27. Jean marmo says:

    Such amazing projects. I think I would have my sister use her creative talents to help make something special for my mom. She needs a bit of spring giving that they are getting snow today.

  28. Barb Striethorst says:

    A great little hideaway in the back of the garden!!

  29. M. C. Sparks says:

    I wanna make a floral gazebo. Or maybe Halloween themed!

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the giveaway! Now that you said it I think I would have to make something using both the album and booth! Don’t know what but something! LOL

  31. Margaret Dolan says:

    I don’t know!!!! I love them both from the bottom of my heart. I loved the album from the last giveaway but that booth!!!!! I guess the fortune tellers booth is what I would pick. I have been wanting to make a little garden spot and this would be perfect. It would feed my need for little houses ! So the fortune tellers booth…yep
    And I don’t see why they can’t be merged. I would find a way to do it. I would love to make a freestanding album with a little house attached on one of the covers.

  32. Evelyn Reyes says:

    I can only imagine how wonderful this kit woulk look with Peter’s Rabbit favorite garden that I just won!!! Wooo Hoooo!

  33. Helen says:

    The folly is gorgeous! I think I will have a hard time choosing between a folly or a fortune teller’s booth. I am so inspired by fairy art right now, so maybe a secret fairy folly would be fun to do. I would love to use the album to make something magical for my granddaughters. Love it

  34. carol says:

    I think i would make the folly part of a secret garden or fairy house. Or a fortune telling booth to put with my gypsy wagons . I can’t decide .

  35. Michelle says:

    The folly is absolutely stunning! I would add this to my fairy garden as it would fit perfectly!

  36. angelic says:

    Since Easter is around the corner, I would make an Easter bunny house.

  37. Ritva says:

    A floral pavillion, of course!

  38. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I dwoluld make a wedding arbor with lots of flowers. After June is just around the corner.

  39. Mary Helene says:

    Love the fortune teller idea.

  40. Laural says:

    I would make an old fashioned ice cream window with all sorts of balloons from the top, something you would find at the vintage Coney Island

  41. Jennifer J says:

    Love this project and the giveaway. I would enjoy making a garden spot

  42. Peggy Joyce says:

    No weddings in my family this year but we are expecting a new baby in May, so how cute would this be as a baby house in May splendor!

  43. Ginette says:

    I know a girl who would love to read the palm of you hand.

  44. Eve Watters says:

    I’d love to make a beautifully decorated little house for my own personal guardian angel to visit me in. We could our advisory counseling sessions in there, covered in flowers!

  45. Winnie says:

    Very nice giveaway! I would combine and make a folly for fairies. All fairies need a folly!

  46. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I like the idea of a book that has a doorway into a magical hidden room.

  47. Brenda Moehlig says:

    Haha there are bats in my belfry. I will add this to my haunted house collection and cemetery. Hehe

  48. carmen g says:

    Love this! I’d make a follywood to go beside my tea cottage!!!

  49. Gigi Jordan says:

    Great giveaway–I would love to create a flowered covered guard house for a mysterious mansion.

  50. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the Folly idea!

  51. Barbara Ferrell says:

    I would love to make the fortune tellers booth and a mini album about fortune tellers out of the arched door book. I have some beautiful papers to go with them.thanks for the chance to win.

  52. Ann Pierce says:

    I love arches wherever they are so I would definitely start with one to open into a magical world!

  53. Leah Fein says:

    I don’t know how I’d combine them but I’d like to try!

  54. Leanne S says:

    Can’t I make both? Although honestly, I would lean toward the folly… hmm, yes, the thoughts are bubbling about it!

  55. Denise Bryant says:

    I want to make something with the Fortune Teller Booth! It reminds me of the one at Disneyland, so something fun and Disney themed!

  56. For my grand daughter who lives far, far away; a little place for us to play. “Old Folly” is its name; all around grape vines like veins. Birds on top and flowers galore and, oh my, so much more! Filled with all your favorite things, you and gramma will play and sing. It’s our little secret, me and May, I call it “Gramma’s Hideaway”.

  57. Jo says:

    I would make a fortune teller both for little fairies. So cute!

  58. cathrine bolin says:

    In the midst of a beautiful fairy garden one would find the faries wedding chapel, that was made by human kin-folk using this give-a-ways provisions!:)

  59. Kim Lucak says:

    Lovely, a sweet gazebo 🙂

  60. KIM says:

    Don’t know what I’d make?
    Thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  61. I love these items I would love to make a fortune teller booth thank you. Liked and shared

  62. Jill O says:

    An indoor fairy house for the public library to go with the fairy garden in the Children’s Room.

  63. Carla says:

    A reading hide away with lots of flowers