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A French Bookshop AND a Witch in the Woods!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Grimsley Village, Laura Carson, Sale, Streets of Paris

Wow! Can you believe we’re at “episode” NINE of Design Team Member Laura Carson’s The Streets of Paris series?

Note: You can easily look back at the previous posts in this series; the last one was the upstairs Maison de la Mode — The House of Fashion, shown at left.

AND in addition to a bookstore display window being announced today, Laura also made a new mini Halloween project! Woohoo, it’s getting close to Halloween! More info on the Halloween is below, but let’s start with the bookstore: Librairie Ancienne & Moderne – Old & Modern Bookstore

The new products and techniques shown today can be used on all sort of projects (whether building a bookstore display window or not)!


As Laura’s block of fancy shops is already getting pretty full, she created the appearance of a bookstore upstairs (above the cafe) but it’s really only an exterior window and a hanging sign (plus a sandwich board advertising the shop — and a case of books — on the sidewalk below).


Laura created 2 new collage sheets today (one with awnings and signage for this bookshop, and the other for the witchy project shown below).

See everything Laura used in her supply list. Come back after enjoying her new video tutorial (and lots more info & photos) for new items, and a Giveaway drawn from Laura’s other new project!

New Items!

Hooray for the Witch in the Woods Giveaway!

Yes, another cool project by Laura today! Witch in the Woods is Laura’s first Halloween project this season! Here’s a bit from her blog post to get us started (psst… scroll down for a second photo, too):

This would make a great addition to Grimsley Village or as a standalone project.

In the woods, the witch has set up shop and in the center is a bubbling cauldron filled with ick green boiling goo.

Next to the cauldron are the witches spell and potion books, bottles full of magical ingredients a broom and her familiar (black cat)…

To go along with this project I have a new collage sheet plus a video tutorial where I walk you through how I constructed the witchy scene.

I love how Laura used paper clay and silicone molds to make 3D bats to add details to the cauldron.

And today’s Giveaway is: EVERYTHING in Laura’s Witch in the Woods supply list! Note: both the Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet and Forsaken Cemetery Set Download are listed in the supply list… the winner will get to choose which of those options they’d like to receive.

Come back after enjoying her second video tutorial (again: with lots more info & photos)! (Does she sleep?)

To enter the Witch in the Woods 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, August 31, 2018).

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 Nature Study Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Carol Feiner! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Psst: a note for recent winners. Now don’t fret! Between the transition to the new site software (and running 2 sites concurrently) the Giveaway packages have been a bit delayed, but they are still coming!

Posted by Leslie, August 30th, 2018

75 responses to “A French Bookshop AND a Witch in the Woods!”

  1. Nadine says:

    Love, love, love both projects!

  2. Jean Marmo says:

    So very creative! My sister has a tiny cottage in the woods and the basement is filled with books! I could combine these two!

  3. Emily Ann N. says:

    Happy to see Halloween things highlighted!

  4. Pauline M. says:

    Omg. I love everything HALLOWEEN!!! I would love to have this in my collection. It is so great. Looks spooky. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

  5. Donna Kottcamp says:

    Just love all the Haloweeny items. Poe and Hitchcock were always my favorites!

  6. Kim R says:

    Laura’s creativity is over the moon! Awesome!
    Love the Witch in the Woods!

  7. Chris P. says:

    I just love this store front I have loads of books for this!! 😄

  8. Pamela S. says:

    Wow! LOVE the Witch in the Woods (love everything on here)! So much detail it’s Spooktacular. Thank you for offering such an awesome Giveaway.

  9. Rhonda S says:

    Both of these are really good. I cannot pick just one.

  10. Nancy O says:

    Looking forward to seeing what other scenes Laura adds to Grimsley Village this year.

  11. Angie M says:

    I love everything witchy! I really want to try the molds. This is a fantastic giveaway!

  12. Noreen says:

    Halloween is the most fun holiday to craft for! I love both the Witch in the Woods and the wonderful French Bookshop. So creative and detailed.

  13. Jamie Taylor says:

    Love these projects! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I would love to make the Witch in the Woods scene!

  14. jo says:

    I LOVE this little witch cauldron! So cute – i would love to make this for my miniature house!

  15. Laura B says:

    I love it. It would make a perfect addition to the witchy workroom diorama I’m working on.

  16. Pauline p. says:

    I love to decorate for Halloween..
    The give away is great!

  17. LeAnn Aagard says:

    The detail on both of these is amazing. Love love love!

  18. Debora says:

    Great items and fun stuff!

  19. Amy says:

    Halloween! Yeah!

  20. Anne W says:

    I just love that French bookstore. The Witch in the Woods is cool too. I would certainly try my best with it!

  21. Peggy Manning says:

    WOW!!! Don’t know where to start. Both kits are fabulous. Best you have had in several months. Could do so much with all of it. Just make me the winner and I’ll send pictures of finished wonders. PeginOKC.

  22. Chris K. says:

    Halloween is just made for miniatures. Or should that be the other way around?

  23. Nancy Sherman says:

    Love the miniature Halloween scenes,these are really great!

  24. Jennie Ingram says:

    Oh how I love all the witchy goodness!

  25. Carla says:

    Love the, both! Can’t believe the creativity I see here every week!

  26. Helene Huber says:

    Laura’s work is amazing! Thanks for another great give-away!

  27. Dianna says:

    Laura is very creative and talented. I watched her video on how she created her witch in the woods. I love how she made her cauldron. I would love to win to create my own miniature Halloween scene using her techniques.

  28. Kee Ostler says:

    I’m constantly awed and amazed by her imagination! I love Halloween and would be thrilled to attempt this project if I won. Thank you for the chance

  29. Leah Strong says:

    This project is So much fun! I love Halloween! ☺️

  30. Ina Good says:

    I love the witch I the woods especially the cauldron!

  31. Sandie says:

    Love, love, love the Witch in the Woods. So creative.

  32. love everything about this especially the book shop

  33. Laura Callies says:

    It is the bestest time of the crafting year! Both of these are amazing. I love all the details and versatility.

  34. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    This makes me 1. Want to go to Paris and 2. Want fall to hurry up and get here! I love these!

  35. kathy sokol says:

    Bwahaha! All it needs is a sign: The Witch Is In

  36. Ann F. says:

    I adore miniature books! So much fun!

  37. Sue Young says:

    Another fab project from Laura, the woman who never sleeps!!!

  38. Marilyn Ray says:

    Witch in the woods? That would be me. I love this little project.

  39. Celia says:

    Very cool! I am working on Halloween pumpkin diaroma. .would be fetching inside….

  40. Kathy Toews says:

    The attention to detail is amazing!

  41. Judith Kirchner says:

    I really love the finish on the cauldron and the green goo! Halloween crafts are my favorite.

  42. Karen Mallory says:

    Yes, it would make a great addition to Grimsley Village! I definitely need to make this for my village!! Love Laura’s stuff!!!

  43. Laura N says:

    Halloween AND books! I’m in heaven. Even better when both are in projects by Laura Carson.

  44. Sylvia Parisotto says:

    Wonderful! So excited for Halloween crafts!🧙‍♀️

  45. Jen R says:

    I love this giveaway so much!!

  46. Love the Halloween diaroma, witch in the woods, awesome!

  47. Love the Halloween diaroma. Book shop is awesome!

  48. Jackie says:

    I’m so happy to see Halloween highlighted. I love the witch in the woods.

  49. Barb A says:

    YIPPEE!! It’s time for Halloween projects. Always love Laura’s creations.

  50. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Laura is such an amazing artist! My favorites are her Halloween creations though. I would love the chance to recreate her scene.

  51. Bonnie B says:

    I love Halloween and this is great!

  52. Chris Hoffman says:

    Awesome ideas & great inspiration 4 a hlwn swap I’m planning 2 participate in. Thanks. Chris

  53. Catharine says:

    Hooray witches and candy are back! I’ll fill the little caldron with m&m’s and even share with my grand babies while we work on our Halloween scene!

  54. Jeanine says:

    Love the new collage sheet used in the Halloween scene! The owl is fabulous & the cauldron is a great large size!

  55. Diana bittaker says:

    Love all of the witchy items- especially the cauldron!

  56. Kat Cashwell says:

    Oh I love the witches cauldron!!!!🎃🎃

  57. Gwen Kirchner says:

    I am so excited for Halloween! And witches, yep I’m all in.

  58. Lisa C. says:

    I LOVE this!!!!!!

  59. Judy Goodwin says:

    I like both projects but right now I’m thinking Witch in the Woods.

  60. Nancy E says:

    I love both projects created by Laura. She’s just so creative!

  61. Janet Turner says:

    I think that both projects are great! I would love to do something with the Witch in the Woods theme for Halloween.

  62. It’s nearing the witching time of year and I would just love to make either project…what talent!

  63. Roe says:

    Halloween and Witches. You can’t go wwrong

  64. Another triumph from Laura. I would love to win this one

  65. Congrats Carol! Great projects. Thanks for another great give away.

  66. Lee Maynard says:

    That came out beautifully

  67. Sharon Phillips says:

    I have two favorite things in miniature. Shabby and Halloween. Needless to save I LOVE THIS!

  68. Joy says:

    Wow, spooooky and cute. I love it!

  69. tamera newger says:

    Stunning!! Halloween is my most favorite ever !
    This is an amazing project-very well done.

  70. Marykay chisum says:

    Amazing projects as usual!

  71. BarbMac Vt says:

    You are driving me batty with all of Laura’s amazing Streets of Paris shops! Then you throw in a cool Halloween treat as the icing on the cake! Loving all of her awesome projects and can’t wait to see even more! TFS!
    Congratulations to Carol Feiner on winning the last giveaway! 🤞✨🤞✨🤞

  72. Lorna sommer says:

    Love all things French themed and all things Halloween! These projects are wonderful! !

  73. Mary Mac says:

    Love the Witch in the Woods. So much fun to recreate.

  74. Karen S says:

    I LOVE, Halloween, pumpkins, bats, cats and witches…am I evil ?

  75. Randi says:

    This is one of my favorites!! Love anything to do with Halloween