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Larger Conservatory Book & New Goodies for a Mini Garden

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Mini Conservatory Kit, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

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 list items from Rhonda’s project that are still available on the new site.

Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas has made a wonderfully overgrown Abandoned Mansion using the new Large Conservatory Accordion Book and Large Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet.

Like the Mini Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet, this new collage sheet has stained glass windows, doors & statues: this time sized for the Large Conservatory Accordion Book. Plus this sheet includes extra sundials and garden wall sculptures of Bacchus (perfect to peek out from behind a wall of ivy).

From Rhonda’s blog post:

It amazes me how many beautiful, old, abandoned homes there are. My dream would be to find one, preferably haunted, with lots of land, and make it my own. Until then, I can imagine with this new larger version of the Conservatory Accordion Book from Alpha Stamps. I incorporated many of the images from the Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet, (and a mini version of it is — printed on acetate transparency — is included in this month’s Mini Conservatory Kit).

Imagine being an “urban explorer” and coming upon this Abandoned Mansion, with its gorgeous stained class and statues. The creeping ivy, the gorgeous flowers, and the unknown behind a door that once welcomed so many.

Beside the photos above, there’s another photo down in the Giveaway section, where you can enter to win items from in Rhonda’s supply list! And be sure to visit Rhonda blog for more photos and tips.

Ending TOMORROW: Kitchen Miniatures Sale and FREE Gift Kit!

Everything in the Miniatures for Kitchen & Sewing section is on sale at 25% off — the sale ends MONDAY night, June 18th. That includes the new bowl & plate sets and silverware announced Thursday and a ton of little props for making a cafe scene (see Laura Carson’s cafe for tons of eye candy)!

90 items (!), from cups & bowls to scissors & sewing machines! Go check out the sale!

And there’s a new FREE Gift with ALL Orders!

Laura has graciously created a mini version of her new Cafe Bottle Labels Half Sheet! Wine, beer, soda & liquor labels, all in 1:12 scale. ALL ORDERS now through Monday, June 18th will get one of the new Cafe Bottle Labels Gift Kits FREE! That’s a mini collage sheet PLUS one of the bottles shown at left (that the labels fit), randomly chosen. (Those are Miniature Wine Bottles, Miniature Gin Bottle and Resin Olive Oil Bottle).

Hooray for the Abandoned Mansion Windows Giveaway!

I love how Rhonda used the stained glass windows in the Large Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet in that section of her Abandoned Mansion at left. Other windows in her project were printed on acetate transparency so you can see through them, but this one (just printed on cardstock) still looks like a vintage stained glass window).

Ok… on to this Giveaway! I picked out the following items from Rhonda’s Supply List:
Large Conservatory Accordion BookNew
Large Conservatory Parts Collage SheetNew
Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet (printed on clear transparency)
Miniature Creeping Vine Garland
Mini Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet (See the curvy header above the double doors in that first photo of Rhonda’s project above? That’s from this collage sheet.)

Bonus: One of the Cafe Bottle Labels Gift Kits!

Bonus #2: A sheet of the New Tranquility Stillness Scrapbook Paper! (I think it would be a good shabby/distressed option for an abandoned mansion or room.)

To enter the Abandoned Mansion Windows 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, Monday Night, June 18, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail (or panel) from Rhonda’s project?

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 Black Cat Cafe Bar Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Barb MacAskill! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 17th, 2018

51 responses to “Larger Conservatory Book & New Goodies for a Mini Garden”

  1. Stephanie Gargiulo says:

    My favorite detail is how erie she made it 🙂

  2. Ina Good says:

    I love the conservatory chipboard window and the moss and vines climbing on it with the details of little roses 🌹 I

  3. Ann F. says:

    I love love love the stained glass windows!

  4. Marykay chisum says:

    Love the little statue InThe niche!
    I think it would make a fabulous haunted cemetery garden!

  5. Dorris says:

    I really like the little “shrubs” that are visually in scale with the window wall. When working with tiny things scale is so important.

  6. vicki Simpson says:

    I love the idea of coming upon an abandoned mansion and exploring to my heart’s content. You’ve made it eerily enticing.

  7. Laura callies says:

    The double doors with the blue windows. It leads to such mysterious places.

  8. Barb A says:

    Love this project. From the creeping vine to the perfect roses…..and the stained glass is incredible.

  9. Judith K says:

    I love the creeping vine. A great idea for a haunted house. And I absolutely love the stained glass. Thank you for more great ideas.

  10. Debra Young says:

    Another must have, along with the smaller one. May purchase several of each. So many ideas going through my head.

  11. Leanne S says:

    My favorite is the panel where the windows are broken — a pane fallen out here, a broken window there…

  12. Carolyn M Bowlby says:

    There’s just something about this giveaway that makes my heart happy. So many details cause my crafty fingers to itch. I would love to get my hands on these goodies.

  13. Jen R says:

    I just love the stained glass windows in this one

  14. M. C. Sparks says:

    Love the trailing vines

  15. Claire says:

    Love everything about this, especially the stained glass windows!

  16. Dennis L says:

    The stained glass windows and vines climbing and clinging to the walls are my favorite.

  17. Jen says:

    Such a gorgeous project! It’s hard to pick a favorite part but I love the little 3d rose detail

  18. Pauline says:

    Stained glass windows.

  19. Kim R says:

    Wow! Love Rhondas stain glass fav part!

  20. Susan M L says:

    I like the missing glass panes and the vines climbing through them

  21. Nadine says:

    Definitely the stain glass windows!

  22. Chris K. says:

    I like the stained glass windows.

  23. Lynn Fox says:

    I would have to make the stained glass window! What an eerie piece! Terrific! Thank you! Brilliant idea!

  24. Rebecca R. says:

    I love the stained glass windows! Beautiful!

  25. Jackie says:

    I love the statue in the niche. It is so compelling.

  26. Celia says:

    The stained glass windows. Want to do fold out castle and these would be perfect!

  27. Sandie says:

    My favorite part is the stained glass windows and statue. Just love all the detail.

  28. Nancy O says:

    I love how textured the walls look by just using the papers in the Wandering Ivy pad.

  29. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful project! I love the creeping vines all over making it look abandoned! I think I will have to make the big book!

  30. Janet Turner says:

    love the stained glass. It would be fun to work on an indoor garden when it’s too hot outside!

  31. Angie G says:

    This is so pretty. I love everything about the stained glass and the creeping vine. My favorite panel is the one with the yellow stained glass, really beautiful.

  32. I love this. Would def make something haunted

  33. Kim Lucak says:

    Love the abandoned garden, the stained glass is beautiful!!! A church stained glass window would be of interest as well!!! So many possibilities 🙂

  34. Marilyn says:

    I especially love the “stained glass” part of the book – so realistic!

  35. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I like the panel with the statue niche. The stained glass is gorgeous.

  36. Carla says:

    Such a great project! I love the stained glass!

  37. kathy sokol says:

    It’s so romantic, I would love to stumble upon a beautiful ruin like this. My favorites are the tiny trailing vine and the transparency stained glass windows. Thanks!

  38. Jean Marmo says:

    What a gorgeous and creative project! Love that stained glass window!!

  39. Nancy E says:

    I really love the windows. What a great project!

  40. Debbie S. says:

    Congrats Barb! Rhonda did a great job. I liked all of the things mentioned. I will pick 2 that were not. I liked the textured look of the paper on the plain arched window; I was surprised to see it was just paper. And the little bunny on the back side. I didn’t see it the first few times, but ahh, the last one jumped out at me. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  41. Andrea Pretlow says:

    I like the back, all overgrown and secret.

  42. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the creepy plants & vines!!! The stain glass windows are awesome !!

  43. Kari Gluski says:

    I love the winding vines and roses. It reminds me of Sleeping Beauty’s castle….

  44. Jo says:

    This is so beautiful – i would love to make a garden like this for my miniature witch’s house!

  45. Mary Mac says:

    Just love the stain glass detail.

  46. Winding vines, roses,, stained glass windows, couldn’t be better!

  47. Rhonda S says:

    I love all of it. It’s so pretty.

  48. Sylvia L says:

    It’s all gorgeous-melancholy & poignant. I love the realistic stained glass windows the best, and the statuary next. Really a beautiful piece of work.

  49. Laural says:

    I love this idea especially the door

  50. Susan says:

    Haunted house with a stained glass window!

  51. Kathy Toews says:

    I love the creeping vine