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Boutique Buildings & a Miniatures Sale

Filed under Laura Carson, Miniatures, Shadowbox/Room Box, Streets of Paris, Tutorials

Remember Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Perfumes & Purses & Shoes from a few week’s ago? That was the third post of a series.

Today’s project is the fourth of many that will roll out over the next few months… all leading to building a group of miniature Parisian shops: The Streets of Paris. There will be a chocolate shop, a cafe, clothing boutique, flower shop, bookstore & pharmacy. I can’t wait to see all the details! More info here.

So, on to today’s project: Building the Structure to House the Shops.

And the new products and techniques can be used on all sort of projects (whether making miniature buildings or not)!


2-Story Room Box French Quarter Open RoofOooh! Love that stucco texture Laura painted on her buildings! Lucky for you: Laura shares all in her tutorial video!

There are 2 new roofs today, both sized to fit on the 2-Story Room Box French Quarter. Laura uses one with open panels in the center of her shops (mini mall?) and two of the shorter roofs on either end.

From her blog post:
I wanted the height and style of each structure to vary which I accomplished by using the new French Quarter Short Roof on each side of the structure and the new French Quarter Open Roof in the middle.

And as it’s Laura, everything is finished “just so”: the Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips works out quite well as roof trim (and burnished with Copper Gilders Paste).

And the printed “tiles” from Laura’s Architectural Trims Set look great either peaking out just a bit around the edges of the 2 solid roofs, or more visible through the center open roof (note: the top of the room box is normally solid, but Laura cut a hole for a future elevator (!)).

Laura used one of the Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts as a fancy door (bottom center) and she is giving away her design for the colorful faux stained glass piece above it on her blog post!

See everything Laura used (inside and out… I haven’t even mentioned the “wallpaper” on the inside rooms!) in her supply list. And come back after enjoying her tutorial video for new items, a new sale, new FREE gift, and a related Giveaway!

New Sale and New FREE Gift

Everything in the 1:12 Scale Building Materials section is on sale! The sale ends MONDAY night, April 30th 2018 (goodbye, April). That includes both of the new miniature hardware being announced today!

Over 90 items! Go check out the sale!

And there’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders!
I don’t know… it was one of those “one thing led to another” things… I was looking for 1:12 scale foliage or other things that could be used with buildings (and I did find some, above). Then I happened on the mushrooms! Not at all related to a French boutique, but soooo cute! So ALL ORDERS now through Monday, April 30th will get one of the new Tiny Group of Red Resin Mushrooms FREE!

Plus, if you spend $50 or more, you’ll also receive one of the 2 Inch Gnomes FREE. They’re just perfect together!

Hooray for the Eclectic Giveaway!

I didn’t know where to start… Laura’s boutique is a bit large to be mailing you buildings. And unknown if you can make use of a digital set of images. So i picked out a mix of things that caught my eye (most from Laura’s supply list):

Small Gold Dresden Shrines or Arched Windows Back in Stock
– Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips
Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts
Remnants Scrapbook Paper – Bloomsbury
12×12 Clear Plastic for Windows
Set of 4 Bushy Plants New
Tiny Group of Red Resin Mushrooms New
2 Inch Gnome

To enter the Eclectic 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, April 27, 2018).

AND tell me: With such a mixed group of goodies… what catches your eye first? Have you already thought up a project to use some of these in?

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 Many Happy Hours Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Blair! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, April 26th, 2018

47 responses to “Boutique Buildings & a Miniatures Sale”

  1. Kim R says:

    As soon as I saw Lauras rad building, made me think of Repunzle! So I would make a fairytale building.

  2. K Toews says:

    The Dresden Window for sure!

  3. Barb A says:

    Love the fret work insert and the trim strips. Would be using them first.

  4. Nadine says:

    I definitely want to make the street of shops!

  5. DEBBIE MALONE says:

    Love it all, but the trim is beautiful. trim makes a building’s exterior.

  6. Ann F. says:

    I love the detail on the fretwork.

  7. Rebecca R. says:

    I would use the little gnomes and mushrooms in my fairy garden first! Thank You!

  8. I keep going back to that Dresden arched window. I LOVE it! And I do love that scalloped trim! So many perfect goodies for crafting. Thanks for a chance to win,

  9. Emily Ann N. says:

    I like the Dresden windows! Love the gold.

  10. Michelle G. says:

    I love the fretwork! It was the first thing that caught my eye. Such beautiful work.

  11. Rhonda Sihocky says:

    I always wanted to add stain glass to many of my projects.

  12. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the fretwork screen inserts and the ceiling tiles! These shops are awesome!

  13. Anne says:

    The scalloped gingerbread trim is amazing.

  14. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the Dresden window and stained glass idea!!!

  15. The Dresden window is the bomb! Awesome, love it!

  16. Catharine McCammon says:

    Of course this will house the supplies my garden creatures need for their environments. I’ll bring it under the awning on misty mornings!

  17. Kathleen Hartman says:

    Love everything about this blog/newsletter. So many amazing projects & ideas.

  18. Debra J says:

    I love the gingerbread trim. It will be great for the tops of the circus train boxcars my friend and I are working on. I also love the fretwork, have to find something for that. I think we could use the plants and mushrooms to decorate the interior of a couple of cars to make them more colorful ;O)

  19. Tricia Patton says:

    The trim catches my eye–it is so intricate and fancy.

  20. Daphne says:

    I love Laura’s projects! The folding screen fretwork seems so versatile and I’d love to use it in a mixed media project.

  21. Marykay Chisum says:

    If love to make an entire village street scene

  22. Arminta says:

    The Dresden window is awesome; maybe to be used in an altered book.

  23. Marilyn Ray says:

    I love the stucco and brick. I plan on incorporating it into my next project

  24. kathleen doyle says:

    The trim will be awesome for my castle as trim work for my throne room.

  25. Laural says:

    The window The window The window

  26. Sue Cotter says:

    Laura’s Streets of Paris project, with all the tutorials is going to be a great help when I’m making my reproduction of Van Gogh’s Yellow house in Arles. I’m excited to learn of this blog!

  27. Maggie Minnich says:

    For me, I think I’d want to work on a beautiful stained-glass window to go inside one of the adorable buildings! Ooo la la. LOL

  28. Anne W says:

    The ceiling tile images and the dresden window are so cool. My imagination is running wild!

  29. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Gnomes need a ghome!

  30. Sandie says:

    OMG! I love everything and want it and need it. I have some beautiful Parisian paper I have been just waiting to use.

  31. Jen R says:

    So many possibilities! I love the fretwork and ceiling tiles. They would be the first used.

  32. Karen Wood says:

    The Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips and everything else would be perfect for my fairy house I’m about to build.

  33. Megan Warren says:

    The folding screen, it’s so versatile. I could use it on an ATC or on a building or creating something completely based on that piece.

  34. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful things! Love Laura’s Paris streets. I am liking the fretwork. So many things to use it for in miniature work!

  35. Judy Goodwin says:

    I like the arched windows and the fretwork but, then, I love Dresden anything.

  36. Dona says:

    Love the trims and have many ideas for new projects – hope to win!!

  37. Jo says:

    Love the house so much!! I am so ready to start a new project like this!

  38. Jean marmo says:

    Such pretty. Live that scalloped ginger board trim.

  39. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Blair! Love the trim and fret work, but everything is great. Laura did an awesome job. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  40. Celia says:

    Dresden window….so beautiful….

  41. Mary Mac says:

    The gnomes and mushrooms catch my eye first.

  42. Honey Staufer says:

    So many goodies. I’m thinking a fairy house.

  43. Carol Slowik says:

    Lots of fun stuff! Laura is just amazingly talented!

  44. Angela C says:

    I love the gingerbread trim and fretwork inserts for the dollhouse I am slowly working on.

  45. Gail Alexander says:

    All of it!
    Love the Building, but probably most attraced to the fretwork inserts and the shrubbery

  46. Bridget says:

    I sure wouldn’t mind some of that plastic for windows. I have a couple of projects that I could use it for.

  47. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that beautiful window!