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    Too Early for Easter? Plus new AND on SALE minis!

    Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Shannon Cooper

    Reminder: The Design Team Call is still open! Note: you can apply as a paper crafter, collage artist, rubber stamper or miniaturist! Short story: deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Looking forward to seeing your artwork!

    OK… maybe not everything new (or back in stock) today is about Easter. But there ARE many rabbits!

    Before I show you the new cast metal miniatures (which are adorable!) I thought I’d revisit Design Team Member Shannon Cooper’s sweet A Hutch of Vintage Toys (shown at right, which was right before Christmas but that was such a whirlwind you may or may not have taken a peek).

    Shannon did such a great job painting the metal minis that are the starting point of many of those toys (Mr. & Mrs. Rabbit — hey, they’d be perfect for Easter, too! — and that gnome on the top shelf… and Mother Goose and the Kewpie Doll on the right side of bottom 2 shelves).

    Shannon just used acrylic paint on the figurines (after washing them with dish soap). If you’d like more info on her Hutch of Vintage Toys, see this blog post.

    Now, moving on to some new cast metal minis… and did I mention they’re on sale?! More info on the FLASH SALE after the eye candy.

    New Miniatures!

    Back in Stock

    Back in Stock

    Back in Stock

    Cast Metal Miniatures ON SALE!

    The whole section is on SALE at 30% off, including all those metal minis shown above!

    Over 40 options… and check out the 4 highlights below, too.

    The sale ends at midnight on Friday night, January 25th.

    Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!


    I was trying to find an example of painting some of the metal minis more easily (like spray-painting them a solid color) and I remembered this wonderful Alice/Halloween mash-up by Teri Calia!

    See the black sugar bowl on the table? (It has a lid and 2 handles.) That started as a cast metal mini, which was spray-painted black (then I think Teri added some dry-brushed acrylic highlights).

    She painted a set of cups & saucers in bright colors to make her stack of teacups just to the left of that sugar bowl (those are plastic teacups with some tiny metal spoons added).

    Also a spray-painted combo is a chair, with small plastic bones glued on as “arms” (and a skull at top) before the whole thing was painted black (see “before” at right). (Psst… that specific chair has sold out but this black chair is the same size.)

    More info on Teri’s project is on this post. Note that many items have since sold out as this was awhile ago, but… this leads me to:

    The Alice’s Tea/Metal Minis Giveaway!

    Some of Teri’s supply list is still available on the new site, and these items from that list are included in today’s Giveaway:
    – A Cast Cheshire Cat Figurine and a Metal Alice in Wonderland Figurine (see the photos below… these are on a shelf above the table that isn’t visible in the photo above); a bit hard to see as they are both painted purple against black flourishes…
    Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf (so you have the wall shelf, too!)
    Halloween Clock Faces Collage Sheet (for the big orange, smiling clock image on the back of the shelf!)
    Simple Cups & Saucers Set – Set of 12 (like her wacky stack of colorful cups)

    PLUS a couple more things Teri used are still on the CLEARANCE site and are also in the Giveaway package:
    – A Polka Dot Resin Teapot (repainted black with orange dots and bow)
    – A 1-1/2 Inch Mushroom (Teri painted one as a seat at the table)

    To enter the Alice’s Tea/Metal Minis 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, January 25, 2019).

    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 Random.org).

    Hey, who won the MORE BEES are Back Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Maria B! Congrats! Check your email for info.

    Posted by Leslie, January 24th, 2019

    51 responses to “Too Early for Easter? Plus new AND on SALE minis!”

    1. Anne W says:

      I love all things Alice themed!

    2. Erin Gardner says:

      The little tea cups are adorable.

    3. Cynthia Neff says:

      Can’t wait to purchase the Alice items! Love all your mixed media supplies!!!!

    4. Nadine says:

      Love all the metal miniatures, so many possibilities!

    5. Ann F. says:

      The toy shelf is absolutely adorable!!!

    6. Debora L. says:

      Who can resist a good tea party! Love it all!

    7. Never too early for an Easter tea party Love the duck and the teapot

    8. Denise Bryant says:

      Love the Halloween in Wonderland creation! Awesome details!

    9. Gabrielle Schmidt says:

      I love metal minis! I have used them for years. I even painted over 50 cats,of various sizes for a kids workshop project that I taught a couple of years ago. It was a pet shop. I have used them in lots of different ways and in lots of projects. They are so detailed!

    10. Marykay says:

      I love the non traditional colors.

    11. Cat Insley says:

      I LOVE the Alice minis. Save some for me!

    12. Kathy Toews says:

      One cannot have too many toys!

    13. Dianna says:

      Love all the Metal Minis! What a fabulous giveaway! The possibilities of many ideas to create.

    14. Aggie Stiefer says:

      Love the minis!

    15. Barbara A says:

      Great giveaway! Love starting with an item and bashing it into something different.

    16. Brian Hughes says:

      love love love the minis

    17. Jo says:

      love the Halloween minis and metal minis! The Halloween scene is awesome!

    18. Pauline martin says:

      I love Alice.

    19. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

      I love all your Alice stuff!!!!

    20. Terry Unnold says:

      Perfect timing for me. I just started refurbishing a Halloween Dollhouse for an October auction!
      Great inspiration here and lots of project ideas for my volunteer crew to follow up on.

    21. Kathy S. says:

      Never too early for rabbits!

    22. Love the Alice theme! The metal critters are a hoot!

    23. Traci says:

      So cute-love all the cute minis but Alice’s table and chair are fantastic-love it!!

    24. Angie M says:

      Halloween themed Alice is the bomb!

    25. Lynn Fox says:

      Love tea parties with my granddaughter! What fun!

    26. Kat Cashwell says:

      Love the Alice in Wonderland theme! Two of my favorite things a tea party and the Cheshire cat!

    27. Chris K. says:

      I’m an Alice fan from way back.

    28. Karen Mallory says:

      Love. love Alice!! Teri’s Halloween scene is darling!! Love that little toy hutch too!!

    29. Carla says:

      Alice AND Halloween? Can’t get any better than that!

    30. Gail S. says:

      Love that Cheshire Cat !!!

    31. Laural says:

      Great job, shannon and terry. I love all these

    32. Evleta Gruber says:

      I so love all the Alice themed items, the Cheshire Cat is awesome too and then add Halloween and it is just AMAZING!!

    33. Kathe Deck says:

      it’s never too early to craft a holiday piece – everything here is so much fun!

    34. Lea Cook says:

      Just adorable!

    35. Jaimi B says:

      The metal minis are wonderful! What a great giveaway!

    36. Kimberly says:

      Metal minis!!!!! 😄

    37. Carrie Monnier says:

      Love it! So whimsical!

    38. Crystal Brown says:

      Alice in Wonderland is my favorite Disney character! Would love to have a chance at these crafty,dessert,goodies goodness!

    39. Jean Marmo says:

      Oh my goodness! Such cuteness! Love this!

    40. Pamela says:

      How wonderful! They’ve inspired me!

    41. Ina Good says:

      Oh my!How I like be anything Along very and the Cheshire Cat!!! You

    42. Catharine McCammon says:

      A tiny tea party with my grandbaby is in order! We’ll paint and eat treats!

    43. Laurie B says:

      Halloween and Alice. Two of my favorite things

    44. Janet Turner says:

      What a great giveaway. I love all things Alice!

    45. Love my Alice in Wonderland. Fingers crossed on this one.

    46. Nan says:

      Love the possibilities of Alice and the little display shelf!

    47. Sylvia L says:

      Love the little minis! Lots of ideas for things to do with them,

    48. Jeanine says:

      I’ve been working on a few Alice projects, still in progress! I would love to have more minis to work with! Hope I win as I don’t have the Cheshire Cat for some reason.

    49. ricki walker says:

      Oh my! You just can can’t go wrong with Alice! So fun!

    50. BarbMac Vt says:

      My love for all of these awesome metal minis is not so mini! They are totally adorable and I need them in my life, craft oasis and creations sooner than later!
      Cool Alice giveaway too! TFS!

    51. Nancy E says:

      I just love all the minis!