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The Collector’s Room Box

Filed under Art Projects, Collector's Room Kit, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Shadowbox/Room Box
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I LOVE what Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made with the NEW Small Frame Shadowbox! That shadowbox is actually a set: a heavy chipboard shadowbox made to fit the back of a shabby chic white wooden picture frame (both parts are included). It’s pretty tiny (the inside shadowbox is approx. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 2″ deep). And the shadowbox kind of extends this month’s theme into a mini 3D form.

I wanted to create a space filled with bits that might have been collected on adventures, an assortment of oddities. A sort of kooky gentleman’s library, or study.

Every gentleman’s library needs books. These new shelves are filled with them! Well… not really… they’re simply facades cut from the Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet.

Another ‘must have’ in a real gentleman’s study is a stag head and the Mini Deer Head Trophy is perfect!

There are A LOT of amazing little oddities in my collectors room. All of the products used are listed below but some of my very favourites that deserve and extra shout out: Miniature Flying Bats, Pewter Candlesticks, Ceramic Gargoyle Bead and perhaps my favourite little bauble of all the wee Ceramic Red Devil Bead.

That wee American Crow ain’t so bad either!

[Aside: I love that this gentleman’s study includes Tiddledy Winks!]

Here’s the full list of supplies if you want to create your own collectors room, or if you just see something you might fancy.

And be sure to visit Nichola’s blog post for more photos! And scroll down on this post to enter the Giveaway and win lots of the goodies Nichola used!


Hooray for The Collector’s Room Box Giveaway!

Oh my… so many cute little items are in Nichola’s supply list… i almost didn’t know when to stop! All of these items from her supplies are included in today’s Giveaway:

– Amber Resin Potions Bottle
– Antique Bronze Bird Skull Pendant
– Bronze Binoculars Charm
– Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
– Small Ceramic Skull Bead
– Ceramic Red Devil Bead
– Kitchen Wall Shelf Unit – Chipboard (New and just fits in the new shadowbox!)
– Miniature Flying Bats
– Set of Metal Ginger Jars
– Window Card Cabinets Collage Sheet (for those faux books)
– Small Frame Shadowbox (New!)

Just click on this supply list link to see photos of everything (including this spiffy subset in the Giveaway).

To enter The Collector’s Room Box 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, MONDAY, May 8, 2017)!

AND tell me: What will you make with your Small Frame Shadowbox? Will you use some of the other Giveaway items in the same project (or in another)?

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 Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Make Your Own Game Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathlene Ford-Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 7th, 2017

60 responses to “The Collector’s Room Box”

  1. I love these pieces I would make a shadow box with them If. I win. Thank you

  2. Catharine says:

    I’m going to start collecting all my tiny odds and ends and put them in a collection. Weeeeeeee

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    What a fun collection of goodies! I would try a shadow box!

  4. Jo says:

    Love the miniature shadow box- really want to make something like thus!

  5. Claire says:

    I would make a hunting lodge at Christmas. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  6. Kimberly says:

    Mine will feature a collection of books and bottles and a few minis of my own, like charms and tiny figures saved from childhood

  7. Barb J says:

    I would definitely make a shadow box. It would be perfect for my Halloween setting!

  8. Susan says:

    That deer head is simply awesome as well as the gnome. I love the little miniatures!

  9. M. C. Sparks says:

    I want to make a collectors room!

  10. Gail says:

    Every Sunday is a wonderful surprize as you give us such amazing projects.Thank you again.

  11. Nichola never ceases to amaze me!!!! I want to win and make this exact little treasure!!!

  12. Emily N. says:

    Love this little shadowbox. I’d make a 3d scene with layers of pictures at different depths.

  13. LizD says:

    Love the deer Head. I would do a hunter’s room with different animals. My son in law would love it.

  14. Marilyn Ray says:

    I’m thinking that an alchemist’s library would be sweet

  15. I love this collection and want to live in it. I want this kind of fun.

  16. Barb macaskill says:

    I am seeing a little scene in the woods, at night, with gnomes, trolls and wee people coming together to have a game night! Chess, darts, hide and seek and poker are a few of the games they are playing! Oh what fun they will have!
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  17. Dianna says:

    I would love to receive this collection of fun little odds and ends to add to my other wonderful little miniatures that I have been buying from you over the past months. My head is just swarming with ideas that I could not list, not to mention to bore you. I’m looking forward to win these items from you! I fell like a kid again in a candy store.

  18. Vera Collier says:

    This reminds me so much of my husband’s den. Our kids call it the museum! I would use Nichola’s piece as inspiration to create a shawdow box for him.

  19. Angie G says:

    This little shadow box is right up my ally! I love everything about it. I really like the red devil, reminds me of a twilight zone episode. I gear everything I make with a creepy vibe because I’m Halloween obsessed, so I would make something like a witches herb shop or evil scientist lab. Love all the little details.

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    LOVE that shadowbox! It looks like a really fun project! I’d create a very fun Halloween scene in it! I have a couple of vintage pumpkins that were cupcake toppers I think, and I’d start with those and build a scene!

  21. Dona Mandell says:

    Being a “collector”, it looks like a wonderful opportunity to pull together many miscellaneous items for an interesting “collection box” – I have boxes full from which to chose the items!

  22. LeAnn says:

    I would make my own collection room with found objects.

  23. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Potions tucked in with books. Perfect.

  24. Nadine says:

    This shadow box is perfect for all kinds of little miniature scenes!

  25. Rebecca says:

    Thank You so much for these awesome giveaways! I would make a mystical, magical fairy library!

  26. Lou Anne says:

    I’d make a collector’s room with books and minis I’ve collected.

  27. Leslie Hanson says:

    Great giveaway! A mystic healer’s room would be fun, but since I think about Halloween year round it would probably end up being a spooky room!

  28. Randi says:

    I would make a shadow box and I love that the shelves fit so nicely inside. There would be books and bottles and I don’t know what else would migrate in there but I want to find out.

  29. Kitty T says:

    I love this Shadow box! I think i will try something similar But wth a gothic, Halloween theme. Too cute!!

  30. Manuel D. Martin says:

    Looks a lot like my house! It would fun to make a miniature of our living room, or the den. My wife and I have talked about making a schoolhouse for years. This meant get it going.

  31. Jen R says:

    I love this project. Reminds me of a curiosity cabinet which is what I would make with these goodies!

  32. Maxine kincora says:

    This looks like my house!

  33. Susan M L says:

    I like to make miniature room scenes, and would like to use all the things in the giveaway and add some of my own collectables to come up with a scene similar to the one Nichola has made.

  34. Lynn Fox says:

    I would just love to make a miniature room scene similar to this one. Shadow boxes are dear to my heart. My grandmother had one hanging in our living room when I was a little girl. I don’t know what happened to it, but I’d love to make one in her memory!

  35. Libby JONES says:

    I lover her room! I think I would do something similar but instead of men’s “trophies” I would do a vintage toy collection. I have sooo many!

  36. Mary Mac says:

    Love the idea of a gothic theme shadow box.

  37. Lorrie Koenig says:

    A very creative use of all the mini goodies! If I won, I would do a Halloween shadowbox. A lot of the bits and bobs would translate in to a great spooky vignette. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  38. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love this project – would make halloweeen themed project!!! 🦇

  39. Carol Jones says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love miniatures & have been wanting to make this type of shadow box for a long time! Beautiful stuff.

  40. Cathy Sweeney says:

    This shadow box has given me so many ideas for some of the little things I have collected on my travels. Would love to add some of these little things to it also.

  41. Traci says:

    Love the shadow box would make one like it. The little miniatures are so cute. >^..^<

  42. Megan Warren says:

    I would make a cabinet of curiosities with this kit. I love the idea of a miniature one. Great kit!

  43. I’m actually featuring this blog post in my blog post. It’s THAT cool. Go to

  44. Carla says:

    Love the shadow box. Thinking I would use it for maybe a valentine or st Patrick day scene, or Halloween or Christmas,

  45. Karen Mallory says:

    I love shadow boxes! I would make a Halloween one!!

  46. Roe says:

    I would like to make a witches spell room shdowbox.

  47. Thalia Kottke says:

    The best one yet–I love collecting! I totally need to make a miniature of my art studio room.

  48. Nancy E says:

    I just love shadow boxes! This is amazing. I’d like to make a fairy themed one…

  49. Michelle Gajdacs says:

    I love what she has done. I may do something along the same lines, with my little potion bottle collection.

  50. K Toews says:

    I love the saying ‘mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all. That would be my theme.

  51. P Gwyn says:

    I really like the collector’s room. Looks like a true anthropologist lives there. So much you can do with the theme.

  52. Peggy Dolan says:

    When I was a little girl my mother had two little frame shadow boxes hanging in the kitchen. They weren’t really detailed but I was completely intrigued with them. One was a little kitchen with table and chairs and I remember tiny dishes. The other was a garden or something like that. This newsletter made me remember them and how I loved them as a child. I would make something like those. More detailed I guess bc there is so much available now. I always absolutely love Nichola’s wonderful work. I would love to win this thanks for the chance 🙂

  53. Barb A says:

    Would make something Halloween themed. Love small things.

  54. Peter says:

    To me this collection of goodies is just “screaming” out to be made into a piece for Halloween, my favorite holiday!

  55. Amy says:

    Possibilities are endless…..

  56. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I’d make a steampunk fairy’s study for my mother in law, who adores steampunk. 😀

  57. Ann Bunker says:

    Had so much fun with the Halloween House I made a couple of years ago. This would be a great addition to my collection!

  58. Cheryl Lee says:

    I would use the frame, shelf, books and bottles/jars to create a little project in memory of my Mom, who I just lost. She loved to read, and read to all us kids when we were little and to this day I am an avid reader. So this lovely little project would be in honor of Mom.

  59. Sandra Bolliger says:

    I would love to win this. Yes I would make a shadowbox, but it would be more of a creepy/Halloween type. I love love the creepy genre.

  60. Carol Slowik says:

    I love Nichola’s idea. I would add a gent and a leather chair!