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Bathtubs & Birds? And Shipping Sale!

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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 Bella’s project that are still available on the new site.

What? A Shipping Sale? As this is a holiday weekend here in the US: $2.95 shipping for orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Monday night, February 19th! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100!

Birds Collage Sheets 50% off!

Before we get to the pretty artwork, new FREE gift and new supplies: a new sale!

I just put ALL Birds Collage Sheets on sale at 50% off! There’s a bit of a birds theme today, inspired by the new artwork.

A little early Spring pick-me-up: Birds! From colorful to odd to sweet!

The sale will continue through Monday night, February 19th. Go check them out!

Sophronia Tries Forest Bathing by Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)

This is an easy project — and pretty (blingy and pretty is not often successful!) — and (of course, from Bella): it has a witty backstory.

Forest Bathing, or “shinrin-yoku” has many benefits to one’s health including lowered blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and stress hormones. Sophronia is taking it to the next level by actually bathing in the forest because in my world of make believe, that’s how its done.

The base of the project is a 4×6 Shadowbox lined with Romantique Parisian Scrapbook Paper. I took Gold Stitched Leaf Ribbon and glued them onto the branches so that it looks like the birds are sitting on a “gold” branch.

My favorite part of the box is the “bubble” bath! I used the Tiny Flat Back Pearls and glued them where I thought bubbles would be in the bathtub, overflowing onto the mossy forest floor.

Here’s a link to Bella’s supply list. Note: see the Giveaway below for a chance to win everything in the supply list! And see more photos (and story) on Bella’s blog post.


New A Little Birdie/Happy Accident FREE Gift Kit

An accidental Happy Accident? Lucky for you, we have 2 extra packages of the 4 sheets in the Happy Accident Scrapbook Paper Set. And one of those is nicely designed with miniature prints on the back (four 6×6 images on one 12×12 sheet)… so I’ve cut all of them into 6″ x 6″ squares and you’ll get FOUR mini sheets (mixed up which sheets… but they’re lovely, heavy paper so they’re all beautiful)!

A couple of the mini prints include bird ephemera, so I added a few birds (and a cage and a branch):
Wood Bird Cages (I’m including one from this mixed set, a random pick)
– A set of Small Brass Swallow Charms (on clearance sale!)
Brass Branch with 6 Leaves
Blue Resin Sparrow (now sold out except in this kit)

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, February 15 ‒ 19 (2018) will receive one of these A Little Birdie/Happy Accident Gift Kits FREE!


Hooray for the Forest Bathing Giveaway

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Bella’s Sophronia Tries Forest Bathing Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a couple of the TEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
3mm Rhinestone Chain – Green & Blue Mix (looks great surrounded the Taj Mahal window)
Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal
Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls (bubbles!)

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Bella’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

Bonus #1: NEW Tim Holtz Botanical Die Cuts
I bet more than one of these would be fun to use in the background (or front and center) of a project using the shadowbox and lid.

Bonus #2: One of the A Little Birdie/Happy Accident FREE Gift Kits!

To enter the Forest Bathing 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 Night, February 16, 2018).

AND tell me: What will you make from these supplies?

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

Hey, who won the Snarky Valentine Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Jennifer J! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, February 15th, 2018

55 responses to “Bathtubs & Birds? And Shipping Sale!”

  1. Debra Young says:

    Cute project. Love the bubbles. May have to put in my secret garden ongoing project.

  2. Barbara says:

    Oh, I love this project! Hope Sophronia’s forest is warmer than Colorado! I think that these delightful “ingredients” would be simply perfect for a “welcome spring” shadow box!

  3. Deanne says:

    Secret garden bath!!!!

  4. Stefanie Smith says:

    Oh wow this is cute 🙂 I love the Taj Mahal window!!I have been missing my mojo for too long, but this could surely tempt it back – I would make a little Victorian orangery scene with lovely butterflies everywhere!

  5. Maria B says:

    The pearl bubbles are so clever! Not sure what I would make.

  6. Amy says:

    I adore this, bathtub and birds! love it.

  7. Cherry says:

    Maybe I will try a forest bath myself – this one looks wonderful!

  8. Kimberly says:

    Wow! That’s pretty. I love the way she did the cascading bubbles. I’d like to try that out.

  9. Margaret D says:

    What a sweet shadow box!! I am liking that Taj Mahal cover more and more lol and those bubbles are brilliant! I would definitely make a forest room with this. With a pond maybe and make good use of Tim H botanicals. They are beautiful! Beautiful art Bella !

  10. Sarah Lynch says:

    I love birds and the whole springtime feel of this project! And yes one could make lots of pretty things from these supplies. I’d probably make a forest scene with plenty of birds, butterflies and some fairies!

  11. Laural says:

    The forest of Jersey..or any forest, fantasy theme I can conjure

  12. Emily Dale says:

    I’d make a journal with the Tim Holtz botanicals.

  13. I think Marie Antoinette would be cute taking a bath.

  14. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Taking a forest bath up where I live would turn you from Saphronia to Frozen Charlotte

  15. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the birds and would do a spring day scene with all the fun birds!!

  16. Nadine says:

    Another beautiful project!

  17. KAREN YOUNG says:

    Love the bubbles. I would use the items in a mini scene in a altered canvas.

  18. wilczek lori says:

    I am already so tired of winter. I would like to use the birds and make a secret spring garden scene to look at and dream of better days to come. lol

  19. Rebecca R. says:

    I would make an outdoor fairy bathing garden!

  20. Barb macaskill says:

    Totally adorable! I would make a Fairy washing scene using these goodies and lots and lots of Spring flowers to get my mind off the cold! TFS!

  21. Katie West says:

    I have a friend whose health issues keep her housebound,but her Bohemian spirit still soars and I think she’d love the idea of a forest bath, or a picnic with ravens.

  22. love the bubbles would try to make something similar to that picture

  23. Janet Turner says:

    I love the bird theme. The bubbles are adorable. I wold never have thought to use the pearls that way. Thank you for the great ideas!

  24. Lana says:

    You younger artists are so creative. I would of never of thought of using the pearls as bubbles. I learn so much.

  25. Maureen Morton says:

    this project relaxes me by just looking at it….imagining……ah! I am so anxious to play with Tim’s new botanicals. I’d pair them with lots of stamping, textures and other embellishments for a collection of handmade notecards. You rock!

  26. Barb A says:

    I love shadow boxes, so many possibilities and they don’t take up much space. Would do some sort of outdoor scene, just not sure what.

  27. Nancy E says:

    Love the bubbles!

  28. Anne W says:

    Put a bird on it! I love those bubbles in the tub. I would make a fairy bath too!

  29. spring time in the forest. I’d make a diorama.

  30. Ann F. says:

    Too much fun. Some of these goodies will work great with my Altered Boxes.

  31. Leanna Alverson says:

    fairy laundry day!

  32. Jaimi Bailey says:

    Just gorgeous! My mother loves birds, so I am loving all of this for a gift to create for Mother’s Day.

  33. Karen Mallory says:

    A wonderful giveaway! Lots of fun stuff. I would make some kind of scene in the box. A nice welcome spring scene!

  34. Kathy orth says:

    I would love this one for a ledge above my garden tub. It is whimsical and a great feminine theme which woul also be great as a gift.

  35. K Toews says:

    I would create a Salome dance scene!

  36. Verna says:

    Of course I would go right along with the bathtub and birds as is. I imagine myself sitting there! Yum. Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Anne Squire says:

    As yet another tropical cyclone decides to come so far south as Middle Earth, the idea of having a cool forest to retreat to would inspire more projects: wearing a rhinestone necklace, wielding the branches to keep the butterflies away from my cocktail (there is some beverage included, surely!). Of course, a Dresden Tiara wouldn’t go amiss either – food for several projects indeed.

  38. Jennifer Krantz says:

    Spring is in the air!
    I would do a scene of bathing in the spring air to wash the winter away

  39. Jean marmo says:

    How creative and fun. I think I would also try this lovely bathtub

  40. Judy Goodwin says:


  41. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats to Jennifer! Love the relaxing scene so much, I would try to do a similar one. Love the bubbles and the bling! I grew up camping and playing house in the woods behind our house in a special spot…I can see the bathtub now…

  42. LeAnn says:

    A woodland fairy theme.

  43. Jen R says:

    Probably several things there is so much!

  44. Denise Bryant says:

    Lots of pretty details! Love the bubbles!
    I’d make a pretty bath scene to put on a shelf above my bathtub!

  45. Jo says:

    I’d make a pretty spring scene!

  46. Laura callies says:

    I would make a fairy fhabitat with a secret view

  47. Roe says:

    Would love to do something Springy with butterflies and maybe birds

  48. Kathy Sokol says:

    Oh yes, please. I know just how Sophronia feels–returning now from a week of tromping thru the mountain forests of British Columbia. A traveler’s account of forest bathing?

  49. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I’d make a little bathing shrine for my guest bathroom. 🙂

  50. Carol Slowik says:

    I would definitely do a bird theme. I love anything and all birds!

  51. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to do a Forrest theme bathtub.

  52. Anne says:

    I would make a fabulous Mother’s Day card.

  53. Stephanie Hoffman says:

    I love the bathing kit example. Spring bathing in a newly green glade, sounds like perfection during this long winter. The example is perfection, plus a kitty watching the activities.

  54. LeMarie says:

    I would really love to make a shadow box similar to Bella’s for my daughter. We both love home spa baths and she lives 3000 miles from me. This would be a lasting remenberancebfor her

  55. Sylvia L says:

    Something Spring or Easter-themed,I think.