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Boutique Exquisite by Laura Carson (and New Miniatures)

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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 lists for 3 projects on the new site: Counter, Glass Cabinet and Folding Screen — or the entire project (note: there are newer folding screen and fretwork inserts and a shop counter).

A couple quick notes before getting to the amazing artwork by Laura Carson (and related new miniatures):
– FIRST, the Mini Eyeballs Gift Sheet announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! (It’s a tiny little taste of all the eyeballs on the bigger (New!) Eyeballs Collage Sheet… this tiny version has eyes sized for 10mm and 13mm cabochons). AND if you spend $20 or more on an order, we’ll also include a set of the New 10mm Clear Glass Cabs, as shown in the photo.
NEXT, it’s that time of year… Laura Carson is gearing up for her annual Halloween event, and this year is a Haunted Village!!

The Design Team Member who never sleeps, Laura Carson, is bringing you the most beautilicious Boutique Exquisite (with a Video Tutorial)!

To quote worker Elf Chris when he saw the Boutique video, “Wow. Just wow wowowowowow.” Wow. Yes indeed!

Have you ever wanted to own a sweet little shabby chic boutique filled will lovely goodies? Now you can! In my boutique I’ve created all kinds of furniture from a chipboard kit, matchboxes, a plant stand, glass & paper, hat boxes, doll house furniture and a folding screen. I’ve filled the pieces with hats made from bottle caps, perfume bottles, purses, jewelry and other bits and bobs.

Starting off with the Perfume Counter — how fabulous is that Vintage Cash Register that Laura antiqued?! The counter is 2-5/8″ tall x 5-1/4″ long, with open shelves on one side and unfinished wood before Laura worked her magic on it.

Sorry, I won’t be going into HOW Laura did anything — there’s too much candy to spank your eyeballs with to cover in this issue to do that! The mirror stand is made from a hand mirror and a piece of filigree (and I’d hazard a few colors of Gilder’s Paste). And another piece of filigree (held up by two new bead caps) makes a perfect little display for tiny perfume bottles.

Counter Supply List


The Glass Cabinet…is my WOW wowowowow that I can’t get enough of staring at; and as Laura tells you it is also her favorite piece as well.

I think my favorite piece is the glass cabinet. It’s made using an image from the (New!) Boutique Exquisite Collage Sheet, a piece of chipboard in the back, Glass Slides and Box Feet that serve as brackets.

You won’t believe how simple it is to make and what a wow factor it gives your shop. I put many of the prettiest things on the glass shelves; the White Mantle Clock, Mini Ivory Jardiniere and the Antique Queen Mask.

Glass Cabintet Supply List (Note: that list also includes the ottoman and the wonderful items on the ottoman, shown below, next to the folding screen photo.)

The amazing and beautiful Folding Screen (see photo below) is so easy to put together! You’ll be thinking up ideas for more uses just so you can make more of them after you’ve created your first one. Even if you don’t make screens, how pretty are the base of the screens that are actually Lace Laser-Cut Chipboard Tags?

More goodies in the folding screen photo (and related hats & hat boxes, etc) are the adorable Bronze Clothes Hangers, Mini Brass Coat Hooks, and the Junque Gypsy 6×6 Paper Pad (back in stock)!

Folding Screen Supply List

Also worth noting are the stunning labels on the assorted perfume bottles (and tiny hand mirrors and compacts) used throughout the boutique, that Laura created from the (New!) Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet (another of the many collage sheets Laura created and used in the project).

Visit Laura at Artfully Musing to view the video tutorial and see more photos to find out how she made everything.


Hooray for the Boutique Exquisite Giveaway!

Wow! There were so many options I didn’t know where to start (and there are even more items in the Giveaway than those in the image)!

I started with ALL 6 of Laura’s new Collage Sheets:
Boutique Exquisite
Dress Forms
Fabulous Hats & More
Mini Perfume Labels
Narrow Matchbox Drawer Fronts
Matchbox Drawer Fronts

Then moved on to these pretty little embellishments:
– A set of 8mm Faceted Clear Glass Cube Beads
– A Pink Resin Perfume Bottle
– A foot of Miniature Acrylic Crystal Garland
– A Bronze Umbrella Charm
Antique Bazaar Scrapbook Paper – Limited
Antique Bazaar Scrapbook Paper – Collectors
– A set of 15mm Antique Bronze Filigree Bead Caps

To enter the Boutique Exquisite Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, August 17, 2015. AND tell me which part of Laura’s project (or tutorial) do you find most inspiring (that you’d like to try or maybe create your own variation of).

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 So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Eyeballs & Cabochons Giveaway? That would be Ritva! (And she replied to my question “Tell me what you would make with all of those eyeballs?!”: Poison bottle labels – an eye in the middle, exciting!) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, August 16th, 2015

74 responses to “Boutique Exquisite by Laura Carson (and New Miniatures)”

  1. Tammy says:

    I love to make my own variation of Laura Carson’s Boutique Exquisite. I have always been a “girly” girl. You just can”t have enough beautiful perfume bottles, clothes & other accessories! And I am really loving the folding screen!Lots of beautiful things!

  2. I love this set – would love to win. No, nothing for Christmas yet. 🙂

  3. Kathy Bumb says:

    Yes I have already started a little bit of my Christmas preparations as most of my gifts are handmade, and I have to start early. Love this beautiful giveaway and love Laura Carson’s tutorials. Look forward to them.

  4. Pat says:

    Another fabulous project from Laura. Would love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

  5. marykay chisum says:

    When I grow up (creatively) I want to be Laura Carson! Her work as inspired me to push my creative limits and have WAY MORE FUN doing it! I pour over her tutorials and photos. She is amazing!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Wow, the boutique is just wonderful. I think my make and take group needs to make this their next project.

  7. KIM says:

    Yes, on both Christmas presents and pocket letters.
    I ribbon.
    Laura’s dress has given me a new idea for ribbons,thanks.
    Also thanks, Alpha Stamps for the chance to win.

  8. phoebe diamond says:

    Oh yes, I’ve started now. I ordered three of the three story house shrines and am planning something for my nieces and nephew.

  9. Jennifer J says:

    No to christmas presents and pocket letter swap. I love the idea of the pocket letters though! Also I am just in awe of this project of Laura’s!! It is so pretty, and cute and wonderful and and and…. Thanks for a chance to win. 🙂

  10. Jo says:

    I love the folding screen! So pretty!

  11. Michelle B. says:

    Laura’s outstanding project is true inspiration!!! I look forward to
    each of her creations. 🙂 For my personal project I would make
    folding screens as backdrops for paper dolls. They could be
    boutique style as Laura has showed us, or garden settings with
    flowers and vines. A travel setting could be fun, too, with stacks
    of luggage and hat boxes! Delectable!!!

  12. Kathleen says:

    My favorite part of Laura’s projects is the drawers with the fabric and the cash register on top. What would I make? My mother loves fairies, and she has been very sick and in the hospital for several months now. She is due to go home soon, and I would love to make her a fairy dressing room and boutique – I can make the tiny clothes, and I would love the tiny perfume bottles and fabrics….I would give everything a “fairy” touch just for my mom!

  13. Julie Benge says:

    I love the tiny perfume bottles. I collect tiny perfume bottles in real life. None so tiny as these. Love it!

  14. Jean marmo says:

    Wow- another amazing project from Laura! Wish I had a creative mind like hers. I love how she used the ribbon and would try that.

  15. Dawn Alice Rogers says:

    Wow! I love her creativity! The most eye-opening thing for me is her use of bead caps. Wonderful.

  16. Emily N says:

    I love all the girly stuff and especially the Boutique Exquisite.

  17. Dawn says:

    This is fabulous. I would love to create another version of the glass curio cabinet. What an inspiring creation! Thank you so much Laura!

  18. Sunita Gupta says:

    I wish I was this creative. The use of the laser cut chipboard tags is so clever. I love the little hat box, too.

  19. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the mini perfume bottles and the cash register! Awesome details in Laura’s fun project!

  20. Jen R says:

    Love the whole thing! What to make? Can’t decide. Too many possibilities’

  21. Nancy Sherman says:

    I love the folding screen,so many ways to use it! Very beautiful and inspiring,such detailed work!

  22. OH MY!! What an gorgeous and inspiring giveaway. I would use all three, the perfume counter, folding screen, and glass cabinet in a miniature room box. It would be a dressing room scene, in a glamorous department store in a large city. I can imagine all kinds of beautiful items in the department store room box, including a chandelier with actual lighting. I am so excited about this giveaway.

  23. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    what glorious things in this …the glass cabinet…and the cash register….must have things…

  24. Holly says:

    I’d love to try to make a folding screen–would be really pretty to put something like that in my daughter’s dollhouse!

  25. Gail Gill says:

    I really love the perfume counter, that would be so fun to decorate. And the folding screen is just wonderful

  26. Jeanne Kelly says:

    These are the cutest projects ever. I live the screen with the ribbon dress hanging from it – so couture!

  27. Lori D. says:

    I love all of Laura’s projects! I enjoy making miniature dressing table trays of perfumes. She has inspired me to go even further with making dressing areas and even a mini perfumery. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  28. Karen says:

    This is a fabulous giveaway – especially the dress form and folding screen. Lots of froufrou’s in the collection.

  29. Carol DuBois says:

    I love, love, love the screen, but my favorite is the shelves with the perfumes, etc…

    I would love to add these items to the parfumerie one of your designers did a few years ago with all the perfume bead bottles.

    Awesome as always. Does Laura ever sleep?

  30. Kim Lucak says:

    Love it!!! Adorable 🙂

  31. barbara macaskill says:

    There are so many fantabulous elements to these creations that I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now!!! I absolutely love the Perfume counter and think that I would love to get my hands on one of the bases to decorate and I would add at least one of the dress forms and mini coat hooks, hangers, both of the awesome perfume bottles and lots of other little goodies to it! I think I would go with an Evil Fairy theme to offset all of my sweet Fairy creations!! There is evil in all worlds so I need to balance things out in my fairy world that I am creating!!
    In a perfect world I would be able to spend as much money in your shop every month as I spend on prescriptions!!! If that was the case I would probably be your single most shopper since I have to pay over $600-$1000 per month on meds after deductibles are met.
    Right now I am trying to save up for quite a few things that I NEED desperately from your shop!!
    Fingers crossed that I might see my name as the winner of this smack yo’ mama amazing giveaway!!

  32. Denise Humenik says:

    Love it all! When I saw the “dressing screen” made of the laser-cut tags I immediately imagined making something like that to add to my mermaids!
    Thanks again for the opportunity.

  33. love everything but that dress is awesome thank you

  34. Mary Helene says:

    Just love using ribbon to make the dresses.

  35. Luanne says:

    Love the ribbon idea for the dress, I can do that on a card!

  36. Sandy says:

    I just love all the new miniatures, am making a mini room to house them all.

  37. Kristie says:

    Love, love, love the little perfume bottles. I would make more bottles to create a shop of my own!

  38. Melody says:

    I have never been much of a miniature person but seeing this definitely has inspired me! This is so awesome. It just blows me away! Because this is all new to me, I think I would have to start with something easy and work my way up. This has definitely opened up a new world for me!!!

  39. Lana Adams says:

    The perfume labels are divine! Love everything about this giveaway…hope you chose me.

  40. Megan Warren says:

    I love the screen, great possibilities for making special cards for people to be able to display.

  41. Debb Head says:

    I love the tiny perfume bottles. Would love to make a store with them and all of the other beautiful things

  42. Jackie Barth says:

    Oh, I WANT this!! I am a miniaturist, and this would be such fun!

  43. Ginette P. says:

    Gorgeous work from Laura I think I would like try it all.

  44. Karen Mallory says:

    I totally love all of Laura’s work and would try and make it all!!! She is so out of the box!!

  45. Helen P says:

    I LOVE everything Laura Carson makes! I wish I had such talented imaginative skills. I cannot possibly pick a favorite, so I want it all! lol. I am in the middle of a project that the folding screen would be a perfect element for. I also swoon over the cash register counter. I would love to win! Thank you Alpha Stamps for such a beautiful giveaway.

  46. Lynn D. says:

    Now that we have a granddaughter, we can do some of these girly projects for her. Exciting things lie ahead…love the miniatures.

  47. Thalia Kottke says:

    All those delicious miniatures, it is impossible to pick the best. But, the tiny cash register is so adorable.

  48. M. C. Sparks says:

    The most inspiring thing for me is the cash register console. Would love to do a version

  49. Halloween in my favorite holiday and the one (which is actually several) project I’d love to try to make would be any of Laura’s Halloween items. Her imagination is amazing!!

  50. Terry McM says:

    I LOVE the matchbox drawer fronts. Her cabinet with the drawers / fronts is wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

  51. Diana says:

    OMG I would say all!!!! My most favorite is the little cabinet I could see this also making a cute witches cabinet with all kinds of potion bottles I would love this for my guest bathroom which I have down with the graphic45 a ladies diary this would look so awesome in there I love everything Laura makes she is truly a great artist

  52. carolyn says:

    I love the tiny accessories, especially the perfume bottles. This display shows off everything so well. Thank you!

  53. Barb J says:

    I love the screen room divider. That would be a great addition to my shadow box for Halloween! All of your ideas are wonderful.

  54. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love the perfume counter but I’d like to make the cabinet with the glass drawers. These are such fabulous ideas!

  55. Tammy Lemon says:

    I love the lace laser chipboard pieces. I LOve this line so cute

  56. Lina says:

    I love, love, love the Glass Cabinet!

  57. Traci says:

    I am always amazed by Laura she is so talented with such a creative imagination. I love the cabinet and the counter. But I would have to make the matchbox drawers I love those in the different sizes. >^..^<

  58. Sokat says:

    Like many others, I am really taken by the screen and think it would make a beautiful addition to my Victorian Christmas decorations. Either individually with a Victorian girl as an ornament or as a screen for my tea light candles.

  59. Barbara Thompson says:

    I think this is my favorite project from Laura. Am definitely doing the cabinet.

  60. Lisa Mills says:

    I love the glass cabinet. I would like to do that.

  61. Patti benoit says:

    I am blown away!!! Just when I think she can’t make something more beautiful than her last masterpiece, she does. Her glass cabinet was inspired. I’d like to get a peek inside her head,

  62. Dena Cottrell says:

    Oh I really hope I win! I’m enchanted by all her items (as usual). I love the boutique counter with the cash register and the ottoman the most. Thank you for your generosity with your giveaways!

  63. Peggy D says:

    I love it all! Especially that glass cabinet! I would love to make that. Actually I would love to make the whole thing and use it as a faery boutique in the shrine house I am ordering from Gina’s tomorrow! Win or not I will be making this. Those papers are wonderful too. And the cash register! Too much wonderfulness!

  64. Roxanne says:

    Ahhhh! I love Laura’s projects! I’ve been a subscriber to her blog for quite awhile now! I would like to try a full boutique myself…I’ve been collecting items and making bustier’s and dress’s to put in my lil’ shoppe. 🙂 This gives me even more inspiration! Thanks!

  65. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I want to visit this boutique. So very neat and amazing.

  66. Nancy S says:

    I’m in love with the glass cabinet and the screen. I’d like to try my hand at creating both of them. I have a dear friend who love’s dress forms so it would be a great B’day gift!

  67. LeAnn says:

    I love it all, but the folding screen is my favorite. Thanks Laura for all of the inspiring ideas.

  68. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Just one thing that’s the most inspiring?! I could spend hours looking at this and not see everything. I love the lacy ATCs made into the dressing screen and the ribbon dress is fabulous. Does it come in my size?

  69. Beautiful pieces. Scale of items would be helpful. Those of us who do miniatures are always interested in that. I am sorry to say I do only quarter scale now and all the beautiful things are generally too large. Marilyn

  70. kimberly says:

    Mini love….always such lovelies!

  71. marcia says:

    the folded items in the counter enchant me!

  72. Pat Houck says:

    I love everything but I think my favorite is the cabinet with the glass shelves.

  73. Carol Slowik says:

    Way too hard to choose, I love it all! You rock Laura!

  74. Sylvia L. says:

    Laura’s Boutique is exquisite. I would like to learn to cover boxes with paper or fabric as Laura did with the mini hatboxes.