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A Deconstructed Garden by Nichola Battilana (+ Garden Theme SALE!)

Filed under Back in Stock, Butterfly Garden Kit, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

I adore Nichola. I just have to get that out of the way before proceeding. I don’t know what she had in mind (that didn’t happen) but what she made instead is just beautiful.

So I’m just going to let Nichola explain how her Deconstructed Butterfly Garden came to be:

If the past few weeks have taught me anything it’s that things don’t always go to plan. That sometimes, no matter how hard we battle against them, there are things beyond our control.

Life and death don’t care about deadlines. The post office and customs doesn’t care about my little packages. There are things beyond my control and sometimes you just need to find an alternate solution rather than fight and struggle.

Sometimes you have to throw your hands in the air and give in! Sometimes that is the right thing to do to preserve your sanity.

These pieces, made with beautiful papers, glorious collage sheets, and super thick chip board bases should have been a hinged bookish boxy thing-a-ma-doodle. But something went sideways and the monkey wrench flew across the room and instead of one piece, I ended up with a several smaller bits.

I’m okay with that. I mean it’s not what I set out to do, but honestly, some days I’m grateful for any beauty that comes my way. If things aren’t going to plan, and that means a deconstructed butterfly garden… so be it.

Here’s a link to Nichola’s short and sweet supply list. And a link to Nichola’s blog post to see (and read) more about the project. Check below for a chance to win the supplies (with a few extras added, too). AND don’t miss the new goodies and new sale between here and there.

New & Back in Stock Goodies! (kind of a miniatures & garden grouping)

So many new things to mention today, they’re not all covered in the previews below! Click here to see all 21 of them!

Keep reading as there’s a FLASH SALE that includes some of these new items!

The Garden FLASH SALE!

This is a 30% off sale on on ALL Garden-Themed Items! Wow! This group has grown to over 270 options!

You can view everything in that group or view a smaller subset:
paper (single sheets & pads)
beads & charms
collage sheets and digital images
misc collage supplies (from metal dies to chipboard shapes)
– and paper flowers

The sale ends at midnight on MONDAY night, June 24th! Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

A Deconstructed Butterfly Garden Giveaway!

Today’s Giveaway starts with ALL the supplies in Nichola’s project! That’s a little deceptive, as there are only 5 items in the list, but it includes one of the Butterfly Garden 6×6 Paper Pads with all the flowers (and many butterflies) Nichola cut out and made dimensional (and that mauve-y background paper, too). And it includes the Wide Letter Box Book that she used as flat boards.

The Giveaway also includes the 3 collage sheets Nichola used:
Bees Collage Sheet (also part of today’s sale!)
English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet (shown at right, and design by Nichola!)
Antique ATC Pockets & Butterflies Collage Sheet (psst: not only is that one in this month’s kit, it’s also part of today’s sale!)

Bonus! I am also including these goodies from the garden sale that you should be able to use in whatever you decide to make with the above supplies:
Bee Banners – Half Sheet (more bees!)
1 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
Butterfly Garden Ephemera
1 inch Wired Green Rose Leaves
See below or right for pics of those items.

To enter A Deconstructed Butterfly Garden 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 24, 2019 — the last Monday in June… eek).

And what are you going to make?

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 Gypsy Seamstress Art Journal Kit Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Charlene Ottinger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 23rd, 2019

44 responses to “A Deconstructed Garden by Nichola Battilana (+ Garden Theme SALE!)”

  1. Kim Lucak says:

    Sweet!!! The bees knees with butterflies and flowers, like milk and honey 🙂 FUN!!!

  2. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love theses beautiful papers and the garden theme!!!

  3. Ann F. says:

    I love the beautiful butterflies.

  4. Maria B says:

    I think I would make summery cards from the lovely papers. The bee items would be an extra treat.

  5. Jo says:

    Love the butterflies! Summer is here!

  6. Catharine McCammon says:

    Without doubt…the MOST beautiful array of garden happiness. I’ll sit in my patio and play till the last drop of sunlight.

  7. jackie says:

    it is very summery

  8. Kim R says:

    Love the butterflies! The toadstools remindme of my Brownie days

  9. Lu Loy says:

    I’d like to make a shadowbox scene to illustrate a lovely book I just finished reading.

  10. Laura callies says:

    A place where bees and mushrooms rule the world.

  11. Jean marmo says:

    Love the butterflies!! I would make something for my mom to enjoy.

  12. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I love the whole summer theme, butterflies, flowers, mushrooms, bees…..

  13. M. C. Sparks says:

    Ooo! The deconstructed garden is cool! Wanna try on of those!

  14. Nancy AT says:

    Another exquisite creation by Nicola that is inspiring! It makes me want to make something forest and fairy-like.

  15. oh ya anything bees gets me each time. Luv your giveaways

  16. Cathryn Galicia says:

    Wow! Beautiful piece(s) of art!

  17. Judy Adamcyk says:

    Butterflies are beautiful…great transformation.

  18. Carol Slowik says:

    Love Nicola’s art! I would probably expand on her first panel with the bees. Maybe a beekeeper’s paradise!

  19. Carolyn says:

    Nichola always does beautiful work, but to preserve her sanity in such a specatular way is a thing to behold! Love the garden theme and the wonderful sheets! Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Traci says:

    Nichola is so funny-love her descriptions and her projects are fantastic. Beautiful-love them all but especially the bee panel. >^..^<

  21. Anne S. says:

    Bees and butterflies for summer! Love it

  22. Celia says:

    No matter how it came to bee, it is beautiful!

  23. So gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to make a garden diorama and this would be perfect!

  24. Laural says:

    Oh my Oh my Oh my she’s blown me away again! Loving this

  25. Susan ML says:

    Beautiful dimensional artwork, Nichola! I would use the goodies in a garden journal and any leftovers (like the pretty paper roses) would be used in miniature shadow box scenes.

  26. Chris Wybranska says:

    Great papers

  27. Daylan says:

    Lovely! I will make something Alice and/or fairy-ish.

  28. Carla M says:

    Love the garden theme and all the flowers!

  29. Gabrielle Schmidt says:

    Butterflies, Butterflies everywhere!! Love Butterflies!! They are my favorite! I make lots of Butterfly themed items, and share them with lots of other Butterfly nuts.

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    Nichola is the queen of fussy cutting! I love her pieces. I would make some garden scene in a larger box.

  31. Love this theme. Would love to make a garden scene Especially that little adorable table

  32. Bridget Haig says:

    OMG!! So many of my favorite things, butter, Bees and Mushrooms how fun.

  33. Nadine says:

    It turned out great!

  34. Judy Goodwin says:

    BE-A-U-TI-FUL!! Lovely butterflies and there is just something about a bee skep.

  35. Janet Turner says:

    Oh, Nichola, it may not have been what you planned but it’s glorious. I’ve been spending so much time in my garden that it would be wonderful to work with flowers inside.

  36. GAYE MILLER says:

    So gorgeous and creative! Would love to win this giveaway.

  37. BarbMac Vt says:

    Nichola’s deconstructed Butterfly Garden is absolutely breathtaking and I would LOVE to win the goodies to create my own! My 7 year old granddaughter calls all butterflies Butterfly Joseph after my neighbor’s 7 year old son, Joseph, who left us many years before we were ready to let him go. That was on May 14, 2003. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and smile! He was an amazing young man.
    His mom, Kathy and I were just saying today that we wonder what amazing things he would be doing if he was still with us. He is loved as much today as he was when he left us!
    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! Whatever I make with this prize, if I win, will be a tribute to our amazing Butterfly Joseph! TFS!

  38. Kathy S. says:

    Including the mushrooms… how fun!

  39. Nancy E says:

    What a beautiful piece. Nichola never ceases to amaze me with her incredible talent and imagination. Thanks so much for the eye candy!

  40. Angie M says:


  41. Cheri says:

    Such a lovely butterfly garden

  42. Laurie B says:

    A beautiful piece of art! Great giveaway too 🙂

  43. Kathy Toews says:

    Love the garden stuff!

  44. I love the enchantment of fairies, butterflies & mushrooms. Makes me think of hiking in the woods, fog wisping through the trees. It would be fun to create a shadow box or terrarium scene.