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The Captured Mermaid & Holiday Shipping Sale!

Filed under Art Projects, Lora Mahaffey, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Shadowbox/Room Box, Tutorials

Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday night, July 4th!

A new sale! EVERYTHING in the Decorative Metal section is on sale for 25% off!

The sale ends TUESDAY night, July 4th!

I love, love, love the shrine that Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey made for her Mermaid Kit artwork!

But before I quote from Lora’s (always witty) blog: the new Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox! Designed to fit the Arched Shrine Shadowbox (but such a pretty piece, I’m sure you’ll find other projects for it, too). And it looks smashing painted black as part of the Victorian “cage” for The Captured Mermaid.

From Lora’s blog post:

She was found tangled in a fisherman’s net, her arm badly broken. That day there happened to be a journalist at the harbor photographing the boats when the fisherman came in with his odd catch. Before anyone could say ‘Fish and Chips’ she was whisked away to London, her arm repaired with the most advanced technology of the Victorian era, placed in a large, specially made tank and hauled to the British Museum where she was the talk of the nation as folks came in droves to see her.

Intrigued now, aren’t you? But before you run off and read more about the mermaid’s plight, stay here a bit to see some new items:

Mermaid Paper Doll Kit
Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Stairstep Shrine Base
Mini Steampunk Seahorse – Set of 2
Spanish Crowns Collage Sheet
Seashells in Plastic Tin
Seashell Sequin Mix

Here’s a link to Lora’s supply list.

Read more of Lora’s story for her mermaid, and see lots more photos (including her tutorial).


 Highlights of Decorative Metal Sale Items!   View the Sale Section

Tim Holtz Ornate Plates Set

18mm Fancy Bronze Nail Heads

Pink Flamingo Brads

Square Bronze Upholstery Studs or Miniature Bases

Posted by Leslie, June 29th, 2017

48 responses to “The Captured Mermaid & Holiday Shipping Sale!”

  1. Michelle B. says:

    Lora’s work is inspiring! I totally love her use of a story line.
    When artwork begins with a story it has a wonderful direction – this
    is what she does so well!

  2. Claire says:

    That looks perfect for a sideshow creature of some kind. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Randi says:

    The gates and the rusty gears are brilliant! What a great shrine for a steampunk mermaid.

  4. I love all of this I would def make a shrine with these items
    Thank you

  5. I would make Los Muertosa Mermaid shrine.

  6. Heather Cook says:

    I love this idea – it has two things I love – steampunk and mermaids!

  7. K Toews says:

    I love the gate. Could it contain a merman?

  8. Barb A says:

    Love the shrine…think I would go in a different direction and make a Halloween setting with a skeleton or graveyard scene inside….maybe a mermaid skeleton….

  9. Jean Marmo says:

    I am in awe of this clever and creative tale! I would make something similar!

  10. Jennifer J says:

    I feel so sorry for the captured mermaid! But I love the artwork. The little shell purse is adorable too. Thanks!

  11. Jan K says:

    Love this kit! I would make another captured mermaid. The shrine is incredible and many possibilities!

  12. Michelle G says:

    Love this! Not sure what I would make, but love steampunk, and mermaids..maybe add an octopus I have that has been waiting for a new home.

  13. Barbj says:

    by all means a CAPTURED mermaid for me! and the jewels will make her beautiful!

  14. Cathy Sweeney says:

    So unique! Love all mermaid items!

  15. Marilyn Ray says:

    I’ve been thinking about a mermaid skeleton using dollar store smelliest. I think that would go great in this setting

  16. Marilyn Ray says:

    That should say skeletons ***

  17. Lou Anne says:

    I’d love to use the shrine to make a captured mermaid.

  18. geri says:

    Under the Sea….
    Under the Sea…
    What a gorgeous shrine – just love it and want one
    Thanks for inspiring us Lora

  19. Lina says:

    The Mermaid Escapes!

  20. Sandy Fisher says:

    Oh WOW WOW WOW!!!
    I’m preparing to put on a shower for my new daughter in law to be trying to think of some “theme” and this is so beautiful and perfect for she will be transitioning from a free young beauty to a beautiful bride.
    I love her and I think she’ll love this too so I’ve got to get busy FAST!
    Thank you so much for such a beautiful feminine idea!

  21. Kathy Sokol says:

    Oh yes, MY mermaid is in love with a human (a mad scientist-type), and he built her a tank she can occupy when she visits.

  22. Kim R says:

    I love both mermaids + steampunk, so I would have to make a captured steamed up mermaid!

  23. Laura callies says:

    I adore this kit! I would use it to make a freakshow capturing some of my favorite performers.

  24. Nadine says:

    Maybe some kind of time machine!

  25. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    OMG, the steampunk mermaid is just out of this world. What a delightful idea. I’m thinking she’s been sprung from her cage though.

  26. Verna says:

    This mermaid is exquisite! Such a fun piece of art. I love those doors staying open! I think I would maybe keep the same idea here. Thank you for the ideas and give aways.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the captured mermaid idea. I also like the steampunk mermaid idea. Guess I will have to get two sets to make both!

  28. Laura says:

    That would make a fabulous Dia De Los Muertos or ancestor shrine! I would probably work the steampunk and mermaid elements into either one.

  29. LeAnn says:

    I think all of those pieces would make a fabulous time machine.

  30. Jen R says:

    Although I love mermaids, I’m already in a Halloween mood, so perhaps this would contain a ghost or two! BOO

  31. Carla says:

    I would make a secret garden

  32. Cheryl Lee says:

    Congrats to Bonnie! I’m with Carla, my first thought on seeing that shrine screamed English country garden with scenes from English gardens on the walls and maybe a garden bench and some flowers and roses in there, my mind is spinning with ideas for this!!!! Thanks for the chance!

  33. Jo says:

    I love all the mermaid art you have been showcasing! The shrine is a wonderful piece to work with – would love to try something for Halloween with it!

  34. Mary Mac says:

    Love the nautical idea with mermaids and dolphins.


    I just love that captured mermaid,and her shrine. I need to make one of these.It is just so pretty.

  36. Angie G says:

    I’m in love with this shrine, sooo pretty. With my love of Halloween I would put something gothic and macabre behind those gates.

  37. Barb macaskill says:

    I would do a Mermaid Fairy Shrine if I won this! She has been captured by a Kraken and he is keeping her locked in the shrine. In order to escape she has to figure out how the gears go together. Once she figures it out without the kraken knowing about it she will be able to escape and get back home to her family! She has been waiting years for the chance to get out and she thinks she is really close because the sea horses 🐴 🐴 🐴 Have been helping her whenever the kraken goes to sleep or hunting for food!
    Thanks for the chance to create this scene!


    I fell in love with mermaids at a very young age. Everything mermaid is apparent in my home. I love the idea of your story line and love the mermaid shrine…I think I’m in love all over again!!! Thanks for the great and inspiring ideas you share!!!

  39. Emily Ann says:

    Definitely make the mermaid in a cage.

  40. Elizabeth Harvey says:

    If a mermaid were captured….how might it escape?? A fairy riding a dragon…..and steampunked? Let me ponder this awhile. LOVE Alpha Stamps because it gives my imagination a “leg up”….on a unicorn?! XooO0xX

  41. Roe says:

    I would make a freak show attraction somehow making a two headed mermaid

  42. Lori Haney says:

    Loved the mermaid tale (tail)!
    Yes, I would love to own a captured mermaid but only if she was happy in her environment…perhaps a companion merman?

  43. Margaret D says:

    Wow I love that shrine!!! Not sure exactly what I would do but steampunk is definitely at the top of the list. Love the mermaid and her lovely new arm 🙂

  44. Nancy E says:

    I’d love to try making one. This is just enchanting!

  45. Kitty T says:

    I love Lora’s mermaid, but i think I might go with something a little more darker… sinister? Halloween does approacheth!!….

  46. I think I’d have captured fairies or gnomes although I love her mermaid!

  47. Carol Slowik says:

    Not a “Captured Mermaid” but one that has been set free!!!!

  48. Mindy W says:

    Lovely colors…. but I would have to make mine a bit darker and do a Fiji Mermaid….