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A Tale of Underwater Love, Miniatures Sale & New Free Gift

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Summer/Beach

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 list items from Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

A new sale! EVERYTHING in the 1:12 Scale Can & Bottle Blanks section is on sale for 25% off!

The sale ends Monday night, July 10th!

That includes bottles Teri Calia used in her Pocket Grimoire last Sunday! Like the White Resin Condiment Bottle, Amber Resin Potions Bottle and Miniature Tequila Bottle shown at left.

And the sale also includes a new quart bottle announced today (photo & info below)!

See them all

Oh! I love the beautiful sepia and turquoise palette (and the whole shrine!) that Design Team Member Nichola Battilana made with the Arched Shrine Shadowbox!

From the story on Nichola’s blog post:

Once upon a time a gentleman dove deep, deep, deep under the sea.

Where he met his true love.

Her frock covered all of her mermaiden parts so he did not know if she she had a swishy fishy tale beneath her skirts. And she refused to show him. She was a lady after all!

They married under the sea horse arch with glittery shells and baubles…

I’m going to jump in here and explain a few things Nichola used AND NOTE: everything in Nichola’s supply list is included in today’s Giveaway!

Orange Petals & Wood Planks Scrapbook Paper (you may not have guessed that the back side with the whitewashed planks is the paper on the inside of the shrine)
Mini Steampunk Seahorse – Set of 2 (they look so beautiful colored light turquoise and covered in crystal glitter!)
Seashells in Plastic Tin (also looking lovely and jewel-like with tons of glitter added… see the close-up on bottom right)

And, of course, the Arched Shrine Shadowbox and Stairstep Shrine Base that are the structure for the shrine.

Read more of Nichola’s story of love under the sea, and see more lovely photos. Don’t forget to return to see the new items, new FREE gift, and enter the Giveaway!


Iridescent Star Ice Mix
FREE Gift Kit!

New FREE gift — through Monday night, July 10th!

With Nichola’s lovely shrine, it only seems fitting to have some sparkly, iridescent beads, micro beads & sequins mixed into this gift! And contained in a corked glass bottle, with a bit of turquoise blue baker’s twine to tie a bow!

For ALL orders:
– a Mini Inkwell Bottle,
turquoise blue baker’s twine (a custom item, not available on the site), and
– a mix of sparkly things, including 5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins and 1mm Micro Beads – Clear AB!

Hooray for the Tale of the Merpeople Giveaway!

Yep, I’ve already mentioned that ALL 10 ITEMS in Nichola’s supply list are in the Giveaway! (See some highlights up by the photos of Nichola’s artwork, or click here to see photos of her entire supply list.)

Plus, I’m adding a few more items:
Mini Aluminum Beer CansNew
Vintage Beer & Soda Labels Collage Sheet (so you’ll have some alternate labels to put on those cans)
White Resin Quart BottleNew
Vintage Pantry Labels Half Sheet (for some label options for that quart bottle, and for the next item…)
3/8 Inch Wooden Cube BlocksNew
– Sparrows Compass Brass Link (Back in Stock!)

To enter the Tale of the Merpeople 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, July 7, 2017)!

And tell me: A tale of underwater love? Another scene with mermaids in your shrine?

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 Matchbox Cabinet Kit Giveaway? Leanna Alverson! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, July 6th, 2017

46 responses to “A Tale of Underwater Love, Miniatures Sale & New Free Gift”

  1. Claire says:

    I would make something similar to what Nichola did. It’s fabulous!

  2. Rebecca says:

    I would make a magical underwater mermaid palace!

  3. Jo says:

    Love the mermaid tale! I would make a Hallowern mermaid I think.

  4. I love anything mermaid.Oh the things I would make!

  5. Teddee Grace says:

    Just love this one! So imaginative and clever. I can use many of these items in an already created vignette I’ve made in a large shell dish.

  6. Susan says:

    Love the color blue and the ocean is where I go every time I have the chance. This is pretty!

  7. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is awesome!! It’s like the couple reunited after their untimely deaths! so cool

  8. Sharon says:

    What beautiful color & texture! I’ve been dreaming up ideas for a shadowbox or shrine to showcase a mermaid-inspired Lover’s Eye Token I made in a class with Theresa Martin, and this has been such an inspiration.

  9. I would do something very similar. Its so pretty.

  10. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Jules Verne meets long lost love and they live happily ever after under the sea. Love the seahorses.

  11. Margaret D says:

    I would love to make an entire little shrine-town. I love Nicholas work always and these little cupboard shrine are so cute. And they are very pocketbook friendly too. Love the current mermaid theme!

  12. chris v says:

    Love the sparkliness! This would go great in the beach dollhouse I want to build! Especially LOVE the seahorses!

  13. Cherry Koontz says:

    What a fun project to see today – it is raining cats and dogs outside as I sit here! Hmmm, cats and dogs? That gives me an idea!

  14. Catharine McCammon says:

    Living by the ocean, I am always plucking bits of driftwood and tiny shells. PLUS, I pluck the mermaid tears formed from polished glass shards. All of these doodads and more will find a home in my seashore altar! Thank you

  15. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I’s like to try making a shrine for a whole family of merfolk. Wondering about the pets though….

  16. Bobbie Kangas says:

    An underwater beauty and the beast, although the beast is a handsome seahorse. Lots of ideas.

  17. Jen R says:

    Love the colors. Would be underwater love for me!

  18. Jean marmo says:

    Such a lovely tail. I would go Little Mermaid for my new granddaughter.

  19. K Toews says:

    I think the mermaid would be the centerpiece at dinner.

  20. Joanna Carson says:

    Mermaid under the sea garden party!

  21. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, this is a wonderful shrine from Nichola! Just love the diver and victorian lady with the shell hat. It would be another tale of underwater love!! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize.

  22. Traci says:

    Such a cute idea from Nichola she has such great ideas. I always enjoy her creations. >^..^<

  23. Laura says:

    I love the underwater theme, but I think I would make something more Halloween themed or maybe a Bast or Sekhmet shrine. Now that I think of it, a steampunk kitty goddess shrine sounds really fun.

  24. Barb macaskill says:

    I am still going with my trapped mermaid scene! Maybe there is a space alien from an underwater space station that is part of her capture team, or is he there to rescue her? Only giving me the chance to create this scene will provide the answers to these questions! TFS!

  25. Michelle G says:

    I think I might make the seahorses the stars of the shrine

  26. Marilyn Ray says:

    Love the scene. But maybe instead of people, I’d make a shrine of beautiful flowing jellyfish

  27. Jennifer J says:

    This story made me giggle! I would love a steam punk mermaid theme.

  28. Lou Anne says:

    The tale of underwater love is fabulous! I’d go with that idea.

  29. Emily N. says:

    I’d make some sort of underwater scene maybe with a mermaid.

  30. Lindy says:

    Definitely a mermaid playground! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing

  31. Barb A says:

    Would definitely do something Halloween themed.

  32. Randi says:

    Still want a steampunk mermaid, but will add the cool diver.

  33. Karen Mallory says:

    I love mermaids!! A mermaid palace would be fun to make!

  34. Jennie Ingram says:

    Definitely a Merfolk scene of some sort. Maybe the darker version seen in the HP movies?

  35. Jackie P Neal says:

    Truly a magical summer time creation by Nichola!!I just love everything about this- Bravo!!
    Jackie xx

  36. Mary Mac says:

    Love the underwater love scene but perhaps use Seahorse and octopus

  37. Retta B says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The colors are so cool!

  38. LeAnn says:

    Underwater love. This is beautiful!

  39. Carla says:

    Love the underwater theme! Maybe some underwater love?

  40. Kimberly says:

    Underwater love works for me!

  41. Kitty T says:

    Definately go with something fishy, the inspiration is too good! Maybe the underwater gentleman chose his suit to marry a lady of KNOWN mermaidness. 😉

  42. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d make a scene with a mermaid!

  43. Kim Lucak says:

    I love the underwater love story!!

  44. Luanne Shoup says:

    Mermaids and seahorses! what fun!

  45. Laural says:

    Love this shrine..everything about it!

  46. Thalia Kottke says:

    OH I love the diver and his lady, I’d love to make a pair of my own.