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Miniature Victorian Conservatory!

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Flowers, Laura Carson, Miniatures, Shannon Cooper
Update! A newer post about Shannon’s Pixie Pause Room is here. And/or you can see her supply list on the new site. And here’s a newer post about Laura’s Victorian Conservatory and the supply list.

Design Team Member Laura Carson has created the most marvelous, miniature Victorian Conservatory.

Laura had been wanting to create a Victorian conservatory and she and Leslie put their heads together, coming up with the amazing Conservatory 1:12 Scale (that is very easy to put together)! The conservatory is a nice large space (10″ wide x 9″ deep) with double doors for the front and back. The roof can lift off to work inside (or see inside better) — plus there’s a ledge around the top of the “room” that you could hang plants from.

The many windows on the side walls are lovely (and have an early 20th c Arts and Crafts feel). The solid wall areas under the windows (on all 4 sides) give a space for extra embellishments, too! (Like the Green Man masks around the sides of Laura’s Conservatory.)

If you choose, there is also with a separate Platform with Steps that you can set the Conservatory on.

(If you want to give yourself a (slightly smaller) challenge, there is also a Small Conservatory. This smaller one is 7″ wide; not quite reduced enough for 1:24 scale, but sized for using with the 9x9x1 platform (so you’ll have an inch of platform on either side to put plants, etc.)

Laura’s Victorian Conservatory is filled with lovely plants, a beautiful Large Wall Fountain and a nature-inspired chandelier; and she created a new Conservatory Garden Decor Collage Sheet and a companion Digital Download Set. The Digital Set includes all the images in the collage sheet, plus 5 borders.

You might be looking at this project and thinking “there is no way I could do this”, but you are wrong! The entire structure comes as an easy to assemble kit — yeah for kits! All that is required for assembly is that you glue the die-cut pieces together using the tongue and groves cut into the chipboard; then paint, use decorative paper and Collage Sheet or Digital Images to give the piece its architectural details.

Also worth noting is the pretty and ornate 3-Tier Stand with lots of filigree scrollwork. It is 5″ tall x 4″ wide (but only 2″ deep): an oval shape, which gives extra room for potted plants (or hats?) on the sides, but still shallow enough for a room box)

Visit Artfully Musing and you’ll find a instructions on how Laura assembled and decorated her Victorian Conservatory, a tutorial on how to cast your own mold from a found object (like the Green Man masks around the sides of her Conservatory); and info on all the items inside!

AND… wait, there’s more! If the Small Conservatory still seems too large, there’s a new Mini Greenhouse with Stand! So cute! And you can use the greenhouse separate from the stand if you’d like (the greenhouse portion is 3-1/2″ tall, so would be a smaller item to decorate than the “small” conservatory).

That most-diligent Design Team Member, Shannon Cooper, was so gracious to make a fun sample from this greenhouse (in the very short time I gave her… bad me!)

Here’s a bit from Shannon’s witty post:

“Occasionally, the younger pixies get into a bit more trouble than usual. They might forget to polish the beetles like they were told, or flit too fast through the dandelions and spoil the newly painted ladybirds. They might have even tied one too many knots in the hair of a sleeping child, and that calls for a time out! That is when they get sent off to spend a minute or two in the Pixie Pause Room, where they are supposed to think about what they did (or didn’t do) but most likely it is a place to complain about being cooped up unnecessarily for a frightfully long time.”

Posted by Leslie, June 5th, 2016

82 responses to “Miniature Victorian Conservatory!”

  1. Jen R says:

    Sillies, I can think of SOOOO many things to make with these goodies..Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  2. Barb A says:

    I’d use most of them in a fairy garden.

  3. Connie L. says:

    Those tiny frogs need a fancy house to live in!

  4. Barbara Rossman says:

    Actually, all of these embellishments can be used on all projects. I like making miniature scenes in Altoid boxes. Thanks for taking my entry. Fingers are crossed!

  5. Ina M Good says:

    fairy garden conservatory of course perfect!

  6. Holly says:

    Wow–what an amazing collection! I would definitely try to make a greenhouse with this, although I have a bunch of tiny birds I could put in it too and make it a jungly sort of birdhouse!

  7. Kari Gluski says:

    I loved the story about the fairies’ time out….

  8. Ritva says:

    OOh, yes, a fairy pavillion/sommer house!

  9. Winnie says:

    Your killing me! How can I not want all of the new goodies! I think I would make a bird cage out of the conservatory.

  10. kathy beekman says:

    this conservatory is the coolest thing ever!

  11. Margaret says:

    I had just stopped by Alpha Stamps this morning to see what I might want on payday if I have a little money to play with and I saw those fantastic little conservatories!!! BIG big BIG sighs!!! I had a feeling they would be on this blog today :)If I were fortunate enough to win this giveaway I would definitely do something along the lines of the Pixie Pause room. LOL! Mine would more than likely be a Good Folk Time Out Room because sometimes they are naughty.;) This is such a wonderful collection of neat stuff. I have wanted to do something like this for so long now.:)

  12. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I would like to create a garden reading room and lending library. I can see creating many small books for any garden wanderer to enjoy.

  13. Jo says:

    The conservatory is SO cute! I would love to make a little witch’s garden with these pieces!

  14. Peg Crescenzo says:

    What wonderful items to design something fabulous! I want to make a conservatory to go with the house I made from a kit I bought here to make as a house warming present for my daughter.

  15. Well, well, well…I’ll use the Corinthian Columns to set up my wee garden of Eden on the patio. I’ll sip Margaritas and slip into the sunset.

  16. Lynn Fox says:

    What a delightful creation! There are so many ways to go, for me it’s a toss up between a fairy garden or a witchy garden! I think fairy would Win! Yes, indeed!

  17. carmen g says:

    Ordering the Conservatory now…so I guess I’ll just have to create a SECOND one to give to my mother, or else she’ll take the one I’m ordering today. Sigh. 😉 But I WOULD make it in the same vein as Laura’s, although I’m probably going to put the plant from Little Shop of Horrors in the corner of mine. The impulse is too strong to fight.

  18. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love this project! I’d make a miniature garden with the conservatory as the centerpiece.

  19. Verna J says:

    This is too cute! Laura has outdone herself and Shannon is very funny about her pixies!! I would build a lovely display very much as shown. Pretty perfect! Once I get going it’s always different, but the inspiration is powerful! Thank you!

  20. Wow, The only thing I would add to the scene is a LOT LOT more plants, some flowering vines, like Clematis, rose bushes, and other colorful flowers. Maybe I would also add a bird ( I can make Blue Macaws) and some furniture.

  21. barb macaskill says:

    Those darn goblins have gotten into the conservatory and done so much damage that the fairies are hiding out in the greenhouse! Thank goodness they keep it well stocked or they would have to chance going out to get supplies!
    What a time it will be getting the Conservatory back to rights! It may take them weeks or even months to get it together again but being Fairies they know that it will be back and better than ever! TFS!
    Congratulations to Diana Bittaker! Enjoy your goodies!

  22. Lynn Greenberg says:

    “Lions and tigers and,” Oops, I mean frogs and snails and hold off on the puppy dog tails.
    Would love to create a mini world for little creatures and fairies.

  23. karenk says:

    I never win, but still delighted with the work Laura et al do for you and the sweet little products!

  24. Maggie M says:

    Mischevious fairies and Pixies in the conservatory, for sure. I also love the tri-level stand. This fabulous collection has my mind spinning with ideas. Thanks for offering this fabulous giveaway. Keeping my eyes and fingers crossed!

  25. Angie G says:

    I love everything about this little Conservatory. My mind always goes dark, Halloween is my favorite time all year long so I would have to turn it into a haunted conservatory, like seen in so many haunted house movies, dilapidated and creepy…or something like Harry Potterish with Mandrakes and man eating plants ect. The Fairies could either be mischievous or captured. Lots of spooky possibilities.

  26. KIM says:

    I always dreamed of owning a beautiful greenhouse .
    If I am lucky enough to win even a miniature greenhouse .
    My dream will come true.
    Thanks ,Alpha Stamps.

  27. Denise Bryant says:

    Love all these sweet minis! I’d make a shadowbox with them!

  28. Cherie says:

    This giveaway lends itself to many themes and possibilities! Choosing which one will be the fun part!

  29. Jean Marmo says:

    I would make a conservatory for my twin sister! She has a green thumb and a green house filled with wonderful plants and flowers! She would love this!

  30. Karen says:

    I love the little greenhouse on a stand. It would be a wonderful Christmas tree ornament with a couple of tiny handmade fairies flitting about. (and a ladybug or two also!) I really love this giveaway and so appreciate the opportunity to win.

  31. Kimberly Barcello says:

    Ooooo! I’ve been wanting to make a tiny rock garden community in a cement planter, but could not find elements that weren’t tacky or cheap looking. These element are great, and I can further make it my own!

  32. Francine perri says:

    Omg I love this I would try to make a greenhouse out of this lovely item

  33. angelic says:

    Fairy house with lots of butterflies! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  34. Barb Striethorst says:

    Oh – a small conservatory for the mini condo!!

  35. Lou Anne says:

    I love the conservatory and the pixie room. I’d have to combine everything into a magical conservatory!

  36. Amy says:

    wow, I love this tiny conservatory. and that fountain! perfect.

  37. Marlene Daniels says:

    My Fairy garden needs a greenhouse, how lucky would I be to win this!! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  38. Joanne Root says:

    What wonderful kits these conservatories are. I’d make a summer gardening shop with these pieces.

  39. Diane D says:

    WOW, absolutely beautiful. Definitey would create the conservatory and have to add the birdhouse with it. I have the perfect place to show it off too, in my sunroom overlooking my garden. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing Give-Away.

  40. I have a miniature junk shop started and these would be great to add in and in front of it… 🙂

  41. Karen Mallory says:

    I love all these minis. I would make a fairy greenhouse! Little frogs hiding among the flowers!

  42. Jennifer J says:

    I would like to make a pixie fairy garden. These projects are so stinkin cute! I really want some of those tiny frogs too.

  43. Julianne Hix says:

    I’d create an Autumn/Halloween book store with LOTS of Fall foliage, bales of staw, a fully stocked cornucopia, a scarecrow, flying witches, gargoyles, a mummy and surprise filled coffins. Good luck to all!

  44. Karen Wood says:

    Aaaaa!!! I love them! I want to add that to my fairy house’s garden!!! I love all the things that are made and featured for the giveaways but I only try to win the ones that I would add to my fairy house. I haven’t even gotten to start it yet because I’m constantly forced to lose so much sleep because of druggie neighbors. I had to buy some security cameras and am documenting what they do so I can get rid of them.

  45. M. C. Sparks says:

    Gonna have to combine all that and some extra to make a steampunk conservatory

  46. Karen says:

    Create a quiet getaway to read and have a cuppa tea

  47. A place for my imagination to take hold…

  48. Susan says:

    This would be perfect for my fairie village!

  49. Marilyn H says:

    I see froggies!! I have to have them (I’m nuts about frogs).

    I’d have to make a mini conservatory out of everything. I’m on that kick right now. Laura’s big conservatory is AWESOME and I have that down on my wish list to buy on my next order.

  50. Carla says:

    The co servatory and greenhouse are amazing. Would love to do a greenhouse full of exotic plants!

  51. I would make a conservatory, but maybe with more scientific experiments, like some genetics work. I would need gnomes to help with tending the plants.

  52. DianeD says:

    A French conservatory for sure. Lots of ferns and a table and chairs set for tea inside!

  53. Kat Cashwell says:

    These are great!! Love all the miniature pieces! It’s though but I would have to do something halloweenish! But something from Alice in wonderland would be adorable! Thanks for all the wonderful creations!!

  54. Kim Lucak says:

    Love all the pieces, a mini conservatory, so sweet! Since we cannot have our own conservatory it would be great to create in miniature 🙂

  55. Paula Miller says:

    Loving all of your miniature pieces and projects! This conservatory is fabulous…I’ve been thinking about a Halloween project with all sorts of ghoulish plants.

  56. Mary Mac says:

    A beautiful mini greenhouse would be perfect with all of these miniatures.

  57. Laura says:

    If I one this, I would have to buy all the other things and make a big addition to my current shop diorama. It’s so addicting to have new pieces to play with.

  58. Cheryl Lee says:

    OMG! I LOVE this! The possibilities are endless with what to do with this fabulous giveaway! And I could find a use for each and every item! Am loving that Pixie Greenhouse so much!

  59. Jennie says:

    Oooh, I’d make a tiny fairy tea party in the mini conservatory!

  60. Nelda says:

    Oh, it would be so much fun to make the mini green house into a fairy and mushroom haven. I can see little tables holding mini plants and frogs. How much fun would this be!!!

  61. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    I could so definitely think of a project for all these lovelies! I’m picturing a furnished greenhouse with flowers, and room for a tea table. A ladder extends down to the garden below. Adorable!

  62. Traci says:

    Love Laura’s conservatory. I would make one full of flowers, birds and butterflies. >^..^<

  63. Laural says:

    decision made…making both of the items shown on the blog!! I am in Love!!

  64. Kate says:

    I would create a magical conservatory for my legacy dollhouse! Thank you for the opportunity to win! Fingers crossed!!

  65. Sandra Manring says:

    I make miniature flower arrangements so the green house would be perfect to put them in.

  66. Lana says:

    I have a real greenhouse, but if I don’t win this, I simply have to buy it…I NEED a mini greenhouse!!!

  67. I love all the ideas from your site! They spark my imagination in so many ways! My favorites are with the butterflies. I like to add them to a lot of my projects.

  68. Sandra says:

    Love all the mini flowers etc…..l’m thinking of a mini fairy garden

  69. sheila AR says:

    I can definitely use all the wonderful treasures in this giveaway. Love all the conservatories and greenhouses!! Laura’s details captivate me into a hypnosis once more, and Shannon makes me laugh! Undecided whether to make a Rapunzel-like figure living in the tree house/greenhouse or have a festive event happening there…

  70. I love this – I would like to make a greenhouse or a music room. 🙂

  71. Jan K says:

    I would make a captured fairy house! It’s all so beautiful.

  72. marykay chisum says:

    Fairies, frogs and butterflies, OH MY! What a great garden setting!!how magical!

  73. Nancy S says:

    Oh, my just so darling! I think a garden tea party would be just wonderful!

  74. Leanna Alverson says:

    I think the fairy summer house is a great idea! This is a wonderful giveaway!

  75. Love, love, the fairy house. As a miniaturist this would be an awesome addition. Love the goodies, and the frog is the frosting on the cake!!!

  76. cathy smith says:

    I would love this! I would do a whole garden devoted to flower pots and little houses. Sort of an English Garden folly.

  77. Michelle says:

    So many lovely things. I would make a witches herb/potion shop.

  78. April Dudko says:

    A winter fairy garden, with tiny lights, a tiny Christmas tree and plenty of places to sit!

  79. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the little greenhouse, I think I have some pixies that need a time-out around my house.

  80. Evelyn Reyes says:

    My goodness this is just so beautiful, would absolutely love to win it– it certainly would make my day.

  81. Megan Warren says:

    I love this creation, my mother’s birthday is coming up and this would be a great gift for her once it’s completed. She’s not crafty, but I am and she’d love it.

  82. Carol Slowik says:

    Pixies have to have fun too! I would make them a treehouse. I would use the round wooden pieces for steps and lots of flowers and greenery! Love it!