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Two Tiny Projects Plus New Halloween Papers

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Update! A newer post about Shannon’s Aunt Tess’s Cupboard is here.

Oooh! That talented Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made TWO tiny wonders for us today! Before we ooo and ahhh, here’s a reminder about the collage sheet sale and FREE kit, both ending tomorrow!

Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night, July 24th:
NEW Mini Cigar Boxes FREE Collage Sheet!

In honor of Laura Carson’s fab new addition to her Steamtown House (that includes some tiny cigar boxes amongst the many items in the study), I designed a new Mini Cigar Boxes Collage Sheet (with cigar boxes to fold together in 2 sizes plus a ton of options for tiny labels).

Free for ALL orders — through Monday night, July 24th! Note: all-digital orders will receive the collage sheet as a pdf file!

You do not need to do anything to receive the new collage sheet. In fact, IF you add it to your order, I’ll assume you’re buying a second copy.

Also continuing from Thursday:
EVERYTHING in the Steampunk Collage Sheets section is on sale for 50% off!

The sale ends TOMORROW night, July 24th!

Note the sale also includes THREE new Collage Sheets by Design Team Member Laura Carson announced on Thursday (the new Steampunk Explorer Collage Sheet is shown at right)!

Over 30 to choose from! See them all

Aw… so darling! Shannon Cooper made a vintage cupboard (with paint appropriately cracked and with the “chicken wire” a little torn) using the Matchbox Cabinet and the new colors of mini resin jars (and a big bunch of other bottles and labels)!

(Psst! Scroll down just a little to the first wide photo to see the bottles on the inside shelves; there’s also a photo of the full cabinet with the door open down in the Giveaway section.)

My cabinet decided it wanted to be old, well-used, and suitable for maybe an aging farmhouse. It was glued together, gessoed, then painted with beige paint. Finally, it was covered with white glue and a coating of white acrylic paint, creating the aged effect. The center of the door was cut out and “chicken wire” was added.

Inside the cupboard is every sort of pantry item you could think of. Even a condiment bottle and cocoa container! Having a few different collage sheets of labels made it really easy to fill the shelves. In about an hour, I had a handful of items after gluing on labels and occasionally painting a lid. There are two jars, one with peach halves and one with pickles, that were made from polymer clay, an even tinier jar, resin, and a scrap of fabric. There was still room to cram in a spice rack (thanks, Leslie!) and a few baby food jars worked perfectly as the spice containers. I love those jars. The lid comes off and you can fill it with (a tiny amount of) whatever you wish! I built a little rack from balsa wood and made concave sections to hold the jars at an angle by wrapping sandpaper around a thin dowel and sanding the wood. So simple.

The chicken wire is actually a piece of tulle netting that was colored with a silver Sharpie. The holes in the chicken wire were accidentally made with a heat gun, but I liked the look and left it.

That Shannon is so inventive! Tulle as chicken wire is perfect, and making a tiny spice rack for “spice jars” from the (incredibly tiny) baby food jars!

Here’s a link to Shannon’s supply list for Aunt Tess’s Cupboard, and stop by her blog to read more and see more photos.

Wait! There’s more! Yes, Shannon was on a roll and created the tiniest wishing well you will ever see! (See the second wide photo below for some close-ups.) I don’t know how she managed to get a wishing well, trees, tiny flowers and mossy rocks into a new Mini Cigar Box – Matchbox that’s only 2-1/4″ tall! (That small photo at left is me holding one of these cigar boxes.) More info about it is also on Shannon’s blog post, and here’s a supply list just for the Tiny Wishing Well.




Hooray for the Vintage Kitchen Cupboard Giveaway!

Here’s a few highlights from Shannon’s supply list. (Yes, all 21 items are included in today’s Giveaway! Note: If an item is listed twice — if it’s in the kit and also listed separately, for example — then you’ll just be getting one of those items.) Starting with some of the tiny bottles in the top shelf:
Baby Food Jars
Orange Marmalade Mini Resin JarNew
White Resin Cocoa Container

Then moving to the bottom shelf:
Amber Resin Potions Bottle
White Oatmeal Box
White Resin Condiment Bottle
Vintage Pantry Labels Half Sheet (some of the varied labels!)
– Oh, and I almost forgot: That tiny red checked print as the shelf paper: Paper Dolls 6×6 Paper Pad

To enter the Vintage Kitchen Cupboard 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, July 24, 2017)!

AND tell me: Requests for tutorial(s) — or at least tips — from Shannon? Personally: I’m interested in how she made that tiny white paper bag (with the rolled-up top… bottom shelf in the cupboard) AND the tiny foliage and rocks at the base of the wishing well. But there are lots of options; just a few ideas: how she made the wishing well itself (and/or the tiny shingled roof), trees around the wishing well, spice rack (top of top shelf of cupboard), tiny peaches inside the jar with the red gingham fabric on top…. I’m sure there’s more.

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 Victorian Study Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Slowik! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, July 23rd, 2017

59 responses to “Two Tiny Projects Plus New Halloween Papers”

  1. Claire says:

    I seriously adore this! Thanks for the inspiration! I’d pretty much make the exact same thing.

  2. How adorable all of this is I would love to know as well how she made the white bag and also the little jar of peaches. Thank you

  3. Diane says:

    That is absolutely darling!

  4. Cherie L Wolcott says:

    I love all things mini! Cupboard is so cute. Happy to have found this site, will now visit often.

  5. Vera Collier says:

    I am working on a log cabin dollhouse kit and want to do something very similar to this project for a kitchen cupboard. I would love to see a tutorial on how to hinge the door and the best way to cut out the center of the door to either add a “glass” window or the wire as in the sample piece.

  6. Catharine McCammon says:

    Of course I’ll be putting up all of my fruit canning samples in my mini cupboard. Storing up for a harsh winter in the marsh. Weeeeeeee! Catharine

  7. Dianna says:

    I would love to win these items to make my own kitchen cupboard. I even have polymer clay to make peaches and pickles. It would be helpful if I knew how Shannon made the jar of peaches and pickles. Also, the tiny white paper bag.

  8. Carla says:

    Looks to me like it belongs in granny’s farm kitchen!

  9. Amy says:

    Wow! Such talented artists!

  10. Lana says:

    I love miniature scenes and this one, with the tiny chicken wire and the labels…well, it just wins a place in my heart.

  11. Laura callies says:

    I love making themed shadow boxes filled with minis that covey a feeling and or tell a story. I am great with potions and such but fall short of having food items in jars look real. I would like to know the secret to getting the correct consistency, say for example, peaches in syrup or jam… those are the type of things i fall short with. Making the sacks and cloth toppers on lods are a bit of a challange too. I see others and they look perfect, but mine feel a bit off.

  12. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d love a tutorial for making the pickles & peaches in the jars!

  13. Traci says:

    So darn cute. I love miniatures and Shannon’s project is awesome. I love the little canning jars with the peaches & the green stuff-would love to make those. >^..^<

  14. Sandra Manring says:

    I lovemaking small vignettes and this would be perfect….

  15. Barb J says:

    I just get such a kick out of the bottles you created. The cabinet with the chicken wire is also very nice! Shannon, you rock!

  16. M. C. Sparks says:

    Love the chicken wire! Something chicken themed!

  17. Janice Wood says:

    Now why didn’t I think of that. Love it :)x

  18. Michelle Curcio says:

    I would like to see some things for the tea room I’m trying to make. Finding tea themed items is very hard.

  19. Lorna E. says:

    Shannon does great tutorials.I’m also interested in how she made the paper bag and the jar of peaches.

  20. Randi says:

    I want to know how she did the door and hinges and the paper bag.

  21. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    These are both wonderful. The wishing well gives me the idea of doing a live plant one for a terrarium. Such cool ideas.

  22. Jo says:

    I would love to know more about making the cupboard and items inside. She does such a marvelous job!

  23. Rebecca says:

    I would Love a tutorial! You guys honestly are so creatively talented and inspiring!

  24. LeAnn says:

    I would like a tutorial on how Shannon painted the cupboard and put it together. So cute!

  25. Cheryl Lee says:

    Absolutely love that little distressed cabinet! Love all things mini anyway! So any new mini tut would be great. I’ve been doing minis for about 20 years, so I have nice craft room full of supplies for miniatures just waiting for some new ideas. Like others said above, you have the BEST people on your design team! And congrats to Carol!

  26. Nadine says:

    Wonderful, I am interested in any mini tutorials!

  27. Janet T says:

    Iwould love to have tutorials on the kitchen supplies. I’ve been collecting vintage kitchen items for my home and the little cabinet would look great on my kitchen hutch.

  28. K Toews says:

    I need a basic gluing tutorial. I get glue everywhere when putting together the chipboard objects.

  29. Lou Anne says:

    The mini cigar boxes and tiny labels are wonderful!

  30. Ina Good says:

    I love it! Would like to know about peaches apricot Jam and jar of preserves!!!The red ones!

  31. Sandra Bolliger says:

    Oh my goodness, this is adorable. I would love to know how to make the paper bag and the jar of peaches. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  32. Jen R says:

    I would love to know how she’s got the labels so perfect.

  33. Jan K says:

    I would love to know any extra types of tools she might use to help make working with miniatures easier!! Sometimes my fingers get in the way. LOL


  34. Karen Mallory says:

    What cute projects. I would like to know what kind of glue she uses to apply her tiny labels to the jars. I have real trouble with that.

  35. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is so cute! Love all the can goods!!! 😺

  36. Jean Marmo says:

    So very cute!! Love the can goods. Reminds me of my grandmother’s house back in the 60s!

  37. Marykay Chisum says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this cupboard! Oh what fun stocking it will be!

  38. Barb A says:

    Shannon makes aging things seem so simple but I have a hard time making them look “just right” would like more in depth directions..

  39. Gretchen says:

    Lovely! I would also like to know how to create the syrupy
    Looking peaches!

  40. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to see a tutorial for gesso.

  41. Carol Slowik says:

    Love the miniatures! Anything Christmas for this girl!!

  42. Kay W says:

    So cute!

  43. Judy Goodwin says:

    The new Halloween papers are super and the cupboard is so like one my grandma had. Love them both.

  44. Winnie says:

    Love this cupboard! I would like to see how she made the bag, peaches and the little shelf for cans!

  45. Judy N. says:

    I love miniatures and the details in this cupboard are great!

  46. Jennifer J says:

    So sweet. I want to make a kitchen/bake shop scene. I adore the tiny wishing well too.

  47. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that wishing well! And the kitchen cupboards.. that little bag is too cute! I’d love to see more details on that project!

  48. Barb macaskill says:

    More amazing boxcupboards! I have been so out of it with pneumonia since Wednesday night that I remember so little! Not sure i evenenter Thursday’s giveaway! LOL! I love today’s makes and would love to win this giveaway! I have been in ICU battling this nasty disease and feel a little better! Home now @ 11:52pm by sheer determination! Off to bed! See y,all soon!

  49. Cee says:

    I’m crazy about itty bitty – love, love, love your offerings! Your designers give m such inspiration – ! and this kitchen cabinet is fantaatic

  50. Cherry Koontz says:

    Love the little cupboard! Medicine cabinet would also be a good idea. Or maybe even scrapbook supplies!

  51. Michelle says:

    Love the cupboard! Love to know how she made the peaches.

  52. So realistic. I am interested in any mini tutorials

  53. Nancy E says:

    I just love this mini cupboard. It would look great in my kitchen!!! I am interested in any tutorials that give instructions on completing minis. I am obsessed with all things mini….

  54. patti Gwyn says:

    I am seeing a miniature witch cabinet with potions. Maybe an apothecary cabinet.
    So cute. Love the colored resin bottles

  55. P Dolan says:

    Those peaches! I have never learned to do resin work and it has always fascinated me. Those peaches look so real! Love the little ‘spice’ jars too and the rack. I did a miniature general store years ago and making the foods and candy in the jars was the most fun. So I love this little cupboard in a big way 🙂

  56. Val says:

    This is so adorable. I would like to know how she did the Peach halves please.

  57. Laural says:

    Mini is my middle name…love this idea!!

  58. Kathy says:

    I love this Vintage Kitchen Cupboard Giveaway!

  59. Roxanne Paf says:

    I would love full tutorials on both cabinet with lil’ jars AND the wishing well!
    Mostly, How the heck when working on such tiny objects do you not get glue globs on everything? tweezers, tiny glue nozzle? And yes, please include how to make tiny apricots and lil’ paper bags! 🙂