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A Beautiful French Shop by a New Guest Designer

Filed under French Vintage/Belle Epoque, Giveaways, Guest Designers, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale

First, stay safe all you southerners (and about a third of my Design Team (!)) who are running hither and yon trying to keep out of Irma’s path. And before i turn this intro over to Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kim Ayers), a quick note: some cute Halloween things have just been added.

Ok… last thing before the beautiful eye candy: the Halloween Charms Sale AND Halloween-themed FREE gift with all orders (both annnounced on Thursday), are both ending Monday night (September 11, 2017). More info and a photo of the gift kit are on Thursday’s blog post.

Guest Designer Jennifer Osmond Hatt

We are beyond thrilled to have Jennifer Osmand Hatt as a Guest Designer for Alpha Stamps this month. Jennifer creates miniatures that are absolutely magical! They’re so realistic you feel like you could just walk right into them and then start poking around.

“Since I was a small child, miniatures have always fascinated me. Because of this I tend to see the world through a miniature lens and love working as a Miniature Artist working in 1/12, 1/6 and 1/24 scale. I thank the Lord for my Gift of loving miniatures and having the privilege of being able to do what I love. My background is in Purchasing, Merchandising, Managing and I am a trained floral designer. Many of my creations have been shown on TV and In major store windows in the US as well as in various magazines.

“I strive for attention to detail, authenticity and realism in all my displays, and love vintage and antiqued items. Paper is my favorite medium; I am in awe of how many ways paper can be manipulated and distressed to give a vintage feel to any piece. Etsy allows me to work from home and still be around for my children but also to have a creative outlet.

“Creative inspiration is very important, to be able then to translate that to an artistic piece is a fascinating process. When you are working at your best you are lost into the piece you’re designing, it gives you an amazing sense of freedom and fulfillment.”

Jennifer created a French Antiques Shadowbox (using the Large Frame Shadowbox as the base) that immediately draws you in and you find yourself wishing for items in the shop to decorate your home with! [Note: that shadowbox is approx. 7-5/8″ tall x 9-5/8″ wide x 4″ deep, so the House Shrine with Doors – Large would be a similar size to substitute, as the main “room” in that shrine is 8″ tall x 10″ wide x 4″ deep. The Open Front Room Box would also work well, as the inside space is 10″ tall x 10″ wide x 4″ deep.]

“The Wrought Iron Gates in this photo are so beautiful and I love the old world look that they have. (They are sturdy and stand up well on their own.) A perfect find for someone shopping in my Miniature Vintage Shop! [Note: see the Giveaway below for a photo.] Vintage architectural prints are displayed on the walls and the miniature resin planters have been painted with acrylic paint to look as though they are zinc.”

I love how Jennifer cut the 3-Panel Hutch in half to fit on top of of the 3 Drawer Unfinished Wooden Side Table to make an entirely new piece of furniture. Jennifer includes a mini tutorial, too.

Wouldn’t you love to have some of those books and prints that are on the table and in the hutch for yourself in full size? Guess what? You can have those prints and books because Jennifer created a Vintage Prints and Architectural Drawings Collage Sheet! I know, they’re not full size that you could decorate your home with but they’re the next best thing.

“These doors are one of my favorite things about this display. I used the Old Doors Collage Sheet to make them. I resized them to fit my needs for this display and added Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set components to give the door a more realistic look.”

The doors turned out gorgeous and look realistic, don’t you think? (See the wide photo below.) Plus Jennifer again includes photos showing how she made the “wrought iron” door inserts in her blog post.

“The topiaries in this picture were designed by using the following materials: Antiqued Large Victorian Planter, Antiqued Medium Victorian Planter, Leafy Green Underbrush, Styrofoam Balls, Sandtastic Brown Coloured Sand, foam, and acrylic paint.”

If you head on over to Jennifer’s blog you can find out exactly how she created the miniature topiaries, as well as many more pictures and details on her French Antiques Shadowbox. And here’s a link for her Supply List.



Hooray for the French Antiques Shadowbox Giveaway!

I picked out some supplies used in Jennifer’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
– Large Frame Shadowbox
– Old Doors Collage Sheet
– Vintage Prints & Architectural Drawings Collage Sheet – New!
– Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set
– Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
– 5/8 Inch Mini Resin Planters
– Tall Wooden Fruit Crate with Decal
– Tiny Number Plates White

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Jennifer’s artwork, including all of the Giveaway items listed above!

To enter the French Antiques Shadowbox 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 Night, September 11, 2017).

AND tell me: What will you make with all of these goodies? OR: What is your favorite technique from Jennifer’s blog post?

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 Strange Kidlets Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Tara K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, September 10th, 2017

50 responses to “A Beautiful French Shop by a New Guest Designer”

  1. Barb macaskill says:

    Oooo! I have been planning an old time pub project for a while now and that is exactly what I would make with these goodies! Maybe winning this will get me out of bed and on the road to recovery after battling pneumonia and heart problems for the last three months!
    macaskillbarbara (@) yahoo dot com. Is my email with the () and spaces removed of course. Thought I would give it to you just in case I get lucky this week! 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 TFS M

  2. kathleen doyle says:

    What a gorgeous store. I must admit I would be using everything for a more haunted theme. What a giveaway, hope it comes my way!!!!!

  3. Susan Nesbit says:

    This French shop is absolutely wonderful! I want to step inside and shop!

  4. Debra Young says:

    Beautiful. Would make something similar. Add one more project to my very long list.

  5. Vera Collier says:

    Love this shadow box. The topiaries are clever but I really liked how she did the vintage doors.

  6. Francine perri says:

    I love everything French I would love to win this. I love the cabinet she made
    I would love to try that thanks

  7. Amy says:

    I am in awe! What talent. Amazing.

  8. Jo says:

    This is so beautiful – it looks real, not a miniature! I love the little cupboard and the wrought iron doors!

  9. Angela Bowling says:

    This would make a good full size display in a real antique shop. I think I would do the same thing so that I could display in on my mantle. So cute!

  10. Winnie says:

    Wonderful little shop! I love it! I would make something similar.

  11. Claire says:

    I love the zinc painting technique!

  12. Susan says:

    Jennifer captured the French vintage look perfectly.

  13. Jen R says:

    I love how she made that hutch look so realistic! I love the entire project! I would use these goodies in my dollhouse.

  14. Jean Marmo says:

    Delightful! Love the painting technique! My sister would adore something like this!

  15. Love those old books! I’m thinking of a burlesque theme… little more dramatic color too.

  16. Louise Kush says:

    I have got to win the lottery so I can find the time to make my version of almost every single idea you send!!!!!!! I have been collecting tiny items for a miniature ladies’ emporium for years-wallpaper samples, tiny bottles, feathers, fashion ladies -but seeing this room makes me want to do this more than ever!!! I see the wrought iron gates as an entrance to the back area where the ladies would have a private changing room, and the hutch/table is perfect for perfume and hats! NOW, I want to do this right now!

  17. Cheryl Lee says:

    Welcome Jennifer! This is such a pretty little shop. I’d also do something similar. Love the wrought iron gates! Congrats to Tara!

  18. KIM says:

    I would make a showdown box for my granddaughter

  19. Carla says:

    Love the French antique shop, but I would make it a haunted shop or a chemist lab/haunted basement!

  20. This would be a wonderful way to give my clients an incentive to make their own “Mini Wonders” Specially because anything vintage is so trendy. This is beautiful. Thanks for the visual idea. I’m excited!!!

  21. Carolyn Martinez says:

    This shop reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans. I’m from Louisiana and I miss it so much, I would create a shop selling souvenirs, Mardi Gras masks and architectural salvage. Fun.

  22. Rebecca says:

    This is so adorable! I would make a french-inspired fairy shadow box! Love this one! Thank You!

  23. Bonnie Schulte says:

    What wonderful items to play with. I would love to make an old book store/antique shop. Those collages sheets are to die for!!!

  24. Gina st clair says:

    This is a wonderful window to my happy place. What would I make.? a book store. with a surprise in every corner

  25. With would make a ladies French perfume and hate boutique!!!

  26. I would make a ladies French perfume and hat boutique!!

  27. Karen says:

    What a wonderful creation! Love it but I think I would be using the giveaway in a Halloween themed scene. Really goth and maybe a bit steam-punk too.

  28. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    I would make a haunted Marie Antoinette and use the little crates to be the head catcher!

  29. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is beautiful! Love the French doors!

  30. Jessica says:

    The technique of cutting and combining the furniture!

  31. Traci says:

    WOW!! What more is there to say. Such a beautiful shadowbox. I love everything about it. >^..^<

  32. Karen Mallory says:

    This is such a gorgeous piece! I love how she made the doors with the wrought iron inserts!! Fabulous!

  33. Margaret says:

    I love tiny worlds:) I would love to make a room like this. I am leaning toward the holidays right now and it would be fun to make a Halloween or a Christmas room. I need a bottomless wallet or something lol!

  34. Nancy E says:

    I’m in love with this shadow box. Want to make one of my own. I love how “real” it all looks!

  35. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m carried away to France. This is so charming.

  36. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The distressed rabbit brads are so cute. I love the technique and will use it in the future.

  37. Using the map collage sheet to may the wall hangings.

  38. Kee Ostler says:

    Such a lovely project! If I was lucky enough to win, I would incorporate it into my witches boutique. 🙂

  39. Mary Mac says:

    Beautiful antique store would be so much fun to make.

  40. LeAnn says:

    I love the distress paint technique. Beautiful work Jennifer.

  41. K Toews says:

    I love the gates and the wooden panels.

  42. I love how she made that hutch look so real! I love this project! I would use these pretty things in my dollhouse.

  43. barbj says:

    Love the project and would have a hard time not copying her style.

  44. Leanna Alverson says:

    I LOVE this hutch!! I would make a desk/cabinet in an old world style study – antique maps & watches & a magnifying glass, etc. I would love to win this this giveaway!

  45. Carol Slowik says:

    Amazing how just a little paint can transform anything! My fave.

  46. Michelle says:

    I love this! Such talent! I could see the Iron gates being the entrance to an old garden.

  47. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    I seriously love this. I’ve always loved miniatures and wanted to make them. I’m inspired and especially love the doors with the wrought (Sp?) iron insets. I would love to make some of those, and maybe have them open on to a balcony like in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

  48. Karen says:

    Welcome Jennifer. The miniatures hobby has been my love for 30+ years I’d love to invite the French Antiques Shadowbox into my world

  49. Dennis L says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Reminds me of some of the antique shops in Carmel Valley, CA. I like the doors with the wrought iron flourishes. Beautiful work, Jennifer! My wife wants you for her best friend!

  50. Mindy Winchester says:

    With a bit more distressing,this scene would translate beautifully in my haunted attic plans!