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Sweet as Pie (everything is just so sweet today)!

Filed under Altered Tins, Art Projects, Fabric/Sewing, Nichola Battilana, Tiny Dress Shop Kit

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created a Wee Sewist’s Shrine, which is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen!

I’m going to quote from Nichola’s blog post, and add a few comments of my own.

I’ve used an Altoids tin for the body of the shrine, and the lid is being used as the base. I’ve used an old chess piece as the stand, but an old spool would work well too.

First off: it’s amazing how simple the items are that Nichola whipped up into this frothy deliciousness: An Altoids Tin, some spools, a plastic dress form (love the transformation, turning it white), and some buttons. Plus a chipboard roof (with a snip of lace) and scallopy insert; and some paper. That’s about it.

The tiny side table is made by gluing a Flat Round Wooden Bead atop a wooden finial. On top there are a Small Brass Scissors Charm, Tiny Thread Spools and a snip from the Mini Button Cards Half Sheet.

That is inspired! Using that flat wooden bead as a tiny table top!

Here’s a link to see all of Nichola’s supplies, and you can see more photos (and read more about Nichola’s process) on her blog post. There’s a chance to win EVERYTHING Nichola used down in the Giveaway (plus another photo, and me babbling on some more about the wonders)… and between here and there: info on the FREE Gift Kit inspired by Nichola’s artwork!

But first… A New Sale!

Oooh! We’ve just restocked EVERYTHING in the reproduction Vintage Paper Scraps Section — and put them on sale! See the next section for just 8 of the new items… there are now 15 lovely designs to choose from!

The sale ends MONDAY night, June 4th. And scroll down just a bit to see a few snippets from the new prints that could be yours as part of the new FREE GIFT!

NEW FREE Gift Kit!

ALL orders, now through MONDAY night, June 4th (2018) will receive a Mini Vintage Sewing Gift Kit FREE! I picked out a few items inspired by Nichola’s artwork (and I’m showing a little close-up of her table below at right): a mix of spools (mini and small) and that wooden bead Nichola used as a table top, plus some colorful flower stamen. PLUS a few snips from the new Vintage Paper Scraps! Some of the images are larger roses so you may get 1 large flower (or a large butterfly)… or 2 smallish cuts. But all the options are beautiful!

Hooray for the Wee Sewist’s Shrine Giveaway!

Yep, I said it: EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (17 items!)

I’m going to highlight a couple (more) things Nichola used that I didn’t mention above:
3mm Rhinestone Chain – Pink Mix (around the Marie Antoinette portrait at top, which is from the Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet)

– The 2 butterflies are from the Miss Betty Vintage Thread & Sewing Scrapbook Paper
– The paper inside the tin, on the roof, and on the lid of the tin (which is the base of the whole project) are from the Moments in Time 6×6 Paper Pad

Yes, all those things in Nichola’s supply list are in today’s Giveaway!

BONUS: I’m also including a sheet of the Mixed Size Butterflies Dresden Scraps.

To enter the Wee Sewist’s Shrine 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, June 1, 2018).

AND tell me: What would you make with these supplies if you win? More than 1 project? Something different than what Nichola made?

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 Cabinet of Frippery Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Debra Gibson! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, May 31st, 2018

43 responses to “Sweet as Pie (everything is just so sweet today)!”

  1. Marykay chisum says:

    I have the most darling photo of my recently passed cat. I think I could make a nice tribute to her

  2. toewsk says:

    It’s so cute – it would have to be a sewing shrine.

  3. Verna says:

    Thank you Nichola for the lovely inspiration. I think I would make it pretty close to this. I can just imagine Marie’s dress! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Connie says:

    A very dear friend of mine is a gifted seamstress and for whom this would be perfect as a birthday gift for her in October. I’d think I would duplicate the original with a few artistic flourishes of my own. Thanks for the opportunity with this giveaway.

  5. Jen R says:

    I think I might make a Marie garden shrine. With all those lovely butterflies! I would use the rest in a corner of my doll house

  6. Nadine says:

    I would use them for parts in my shops roomboxes.

  7. Traci says:

    So cute. Love seeing themed projects.

  8. Nancy O says:

    I’d recreate the sewing scene in Cinderella complete with mice, birds, and ribbons.

  9. Debbie Stine says:

    Sewing room for fairies and butterflies.

  10. Ina Good says:

    I love this sewing shrine and have been yearning to do something related to sewing

  11. Cheryl Lee says:

    This is so cute! I would make mine quite like this one! Such a sweet idea!! Congrats to Debra!

  12. Sally Lonn says:

    Love anything that has to do with sewing, but what is inspiring to me is the use of the altoid tin..absolutely love how it was taken apart and used,!

  13. Rhonda Sihocky says:

    The Cinderella ides is a really cute one. I might do that!

  14. Diana bittaker says:

    I just love the altoid art- I’ve been making all kinds of scenes with them- this would be such a nice change especially because i enjoy sewing! I need to copy hers!

  15. Corrina Paisley says:

    Oh my gosh, this is too adorable! I am pretty sure I’d be creating something very similar, but a few changes to make it my own, of course. 🙂 And congratulations to Debra for her win! That must have been so exciting for her. 🙂

  16. Pauline says:

    This Altoid tin is so cut I would have to make it like Nichola did!

  17. Gigi Jordan says:

    Nicola’s sewing shrine is so adorable. I would be inspired to try something similar.

  18. Marilyn Ray says:

    I love altoid tin crafts. And I love Halloween. I’d like to make a sewing shrine in the darker theme. A witches dress maker, I think.

  19. Ann F. says:

    I love how the altoid tin was used. I think it would be fun to do a Christmas theme using a tin this way. I really love what Nichola made. Very creative.

  20. Andrea Pretlow says:

    The idea of using the Altoid tin top as the base for the project is brilliant. I thing I’d do a project as close to Nicholas Dress Shop, but I would Definately employ the tins I already have in a similar fashion!

  21. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d totally make a sewing shrine for my newly renovated craft room!

  22. Michelle Gajdacs says:

    I think a fairies sewing room would be fun. shimmery fabrics with butterflies, flowers, glitter, wands, wing repair … many possibilities

  23. Celia says:

    Definitely sewing and quilting shrine. I have been working with Altoids tins for the first time this last week. Yesterday made templates from quilt graphed plastic for tops and inside. This helps with size and picture/paper placement…..

  24. Sandie says:

    Love it. I have dear friend I would give this to, as she is into sewing and quilting.

  25. Anne W says:

    Oh my, this is so cute. I would do a shrine to Parisian hat girls that is based off a wonderful exhibit we had at the St. Louis Art Museum last year.

  26. Karen Mallory says:

    I love this!! As as a seamstress I would definitely need to make this for my sewing room! Love it!

  27. Carla says:

    Love the sewing shrine! Would have to do something very similar!

  28. Laura callies says:

    The mad hatter making hats!

  29. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats to Debra! I love the sewing shrine. Adorable! I would try my hand at something similar. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

  30. Kimberly says:

    I love everything Nichola makes. Since I’m a sewer, I’d do something sewing related too

  31. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness. How sweet. A sewing shrine would be perfect for my mom and sisters.

  32. Janet Turner says:

    i love sewing theme. I have made several button boxes and I think I would make sewng related boxes. Great ideas, as always!

  33. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the big spools & I think I would have to make some cute pin cushions !!

  34. Jo says:

    Love the sewing shrine! So cute – I would make a miniature dress for the mannequin!

  35. Roe says:

    A beautiful French window scene. That is what I would love to make

  36. Randi says:

    Love the idea using the altoid tins. I just started crafting with them myself and love it. I might try a Halloween or a Christmas theme.

  37. Marilyn says:

    Just sweet as could be. I love anything French so it would have to be a peak into a French sewing room.

  38. Mary Mac says:

    A seamstress shop would be fun.

  39. Kim Lucak says:

    Would love to try and make a little dress French dress shop with a dress to go along with the dress form!!!

  40. love this would make something similar to Nicola

  41. I’m a quilter “sew” I’d make it like it is.

  42. Nancy E says:

    What an amazing piece!

  43. Peggy says:

    Honestly when I grow up I want to be Nichola Battilana! I might make much the same type of shadowbox. But those Dresden butterflies make me think garden or a flower arrangement inside the box. Possibly a gazebo… covered in butterflies. I love the Dresden things. So old fashioned and sweet