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    Easter Basket Kit & Spring Shipping Sale!

    Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale

    What? 1/2 off shipping! YES! Now through Friday night (March 24, 2017) shipping will only cost $2.95 for orders over $50! Plus shipping is always free on orders over $100! (Both prices for orders only in the USA.)

    Continuing from Thursday: Carnival Iridescent Glass FREE Bead Mix! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through MONDAY night, March 20th, 2017 (or until the kits are gone)! Beautiful beads including Czech glass leaves and flowers! Lots of blues, purples, greens… see the wide photo below!

    A BIG SALE: Inspired by all the bling in Laura’s artwork (also from Thursday): ALL Misc Beads and Flower/Leaves Beads are 50% off! Tons of pretty things: glass Czech beads! Over 150 items! The sale ends MONDAY night, March 20th at midnight PST (March 20, 2017). See below for a few highlights!


     

    I know… I’m bad. Here I am talking about Easter Baskets and Spring, but first: look at the beautiful starry night sky Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has created in The Seraglio or Thinking about Mary Stewart! I love the glaze painted over the harlequin diamond patterned paper (and Lora gives tips in her blog post, so be sure to check it out).

    There might be one or two of you out there who made the leap after you read the above title. Mary, Lady Stewart, was once (and still is in my opinion) the queen of the romantic suspense novel.

    She wrote many, many books including the famous Merlin series and some children’s books as well, but my favorites were always the lyrical tales of mystery and suspense she wove around an adventurous woman who found herself in peculiar circumstances who never ran for the hills unless that was where the trouble was.

    Curious and lively, smart and humble, she was well bred and polite, but never a snob. Those books were always good reads and I still pick them up from time to time and feel as if I’m with an old friend.

    One of them called, “The Gabriel Hounds” was set quite a bit in an old, nearly empty palace that contained within it’s walls a seraglio, or harem. That novel and the seraglio was the inspiration for this piece.
     

    Ok… really this time: A NEW Easter Basket Kit!!

    Isn’t this adorable! An exclusive kit with tiny, 1:12 scale items to make a miniature Easter basket! Many are handmade and there are a limited number of these kits.

    Note: the kit includes instructions on wrapping the silk ribbons to make the pretty basket handle (and the pink & blue silk ribbons are included, too).

    Some of the items are available separately (like the Chocolate Bunny and Tiny Yellow Duckling shown below) but many like the tiny bag of candies, chocolate birdnest, wicker basket, colored eggs and bunny sucker are only in the kit.

    More info on the kit page.
     


    Hooray for The Seraglio plus a Spring Frame Giveaway!

    I know… I just skated over the fabulous new resin frames shown above. And look how pretty and vintage one looks with a bit of gold paint? So, that Papillon Blanc Oval Frame is included in today’s Giveaway! (Note: just a white one… you’ll need to add your own paint and/or embellishments.)

    And I’m also including these items from Lora’s The Seraglio supply list:
    - Taj Mahal Triptych
    6×6 Quatrefoil Texture Sheet
    Vaguely Valentine Collage Sheet (yes, that star-struck girl is from this collage sheet; note that Lora beefed up the colors of her dress with some Copic markers)
    Midnight Masquerade Romantic Rendezvous Scrapbook Paper

     
    To enter The Seraglio plus a Spring Frame 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, March 20, 2017)!

    AND tell me: What inspires you most today? An Easter Basket? The Seraglio? The new resin frames?

    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). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

    Hey, who won the Girls Just Want To Have Fun Giveaway? That would be Randi! Congrats! Check your email for info.

      
    Posted by Leslie, March 19th, 2017


    43 Responses to “Easter Basket Kit & Spring Shipping Sale!”

    1. Nancy Olsen Says:

      I love the detailed simplicity of The Seraglio and would enjoy making art that reminds me to dream.

    2. Wilhelmina Margalis Says:

      Love this like something out of an Edmund Dulac book!

    3. Jean Marmo Says:

      Loving the new resin frames! The Seraglio is just amazing. So pretty!

    4. Peg D Says:

      Lora I love Mary Stewart too! My first were her Merlin books and they probably led me down that genre path as much as Tolkien did! I read the Gabriel Hounds too (and many others) and now I wish I had a copy lol! Off to Amazon to hunt! The Seraglio! Hands down! Wouldn’t I love to win this one!!! Thanks for the opportunity and the trip down book-memory lane lol!.a

    5. Jennifer J Says:

      I need that tiny basket and especially the little duck. These projects are great and getting emails from alpha stamps is often the highlight of my day!

    6. Carolyn Bowlby Says:

      The Easter Basket is darling, but that Seraglio really catches my eye. Anything that reminds me of favorite books is a winner. Love the inspiration.

    7. Carla Says:

      The Easter basket is precious. Love an Easter parade!

    8. Anne Says:

      The Easter basket is fabulous. Can wait to work on one.

    9. Barbj Says:

      I adore the tiny Easter basket.

      🎂

    10. francine perri Says:

      Love al of these items The chocolate bunnies inspired me they look so real they would look great in a dollhouse. Thank you

    11. Arminta Says:

      The Seraglio is my favorite.

    12. Denise Bryant Says:

      Love the Easter basket kit… it’s adorable! Looks fun to put it together!

    13. Barb A Says:

      Love the Seraglio.

    14. Marilyn Ray Says:

      The frames are exactly what I want

    15. Jo Says:

      love the dreamy quality to this piece! I would love to make Easter pictures with the frames!

    16. Jen R Says:

      I love the Easter basket

    17. Emily Ann Says:

      Love the resin frames!

    18. Barb macaskill Says:

      Congratulations Rand! I am totally in love with the sweet (pun intended) Easter bbket! The adorable chocolate bunny, bag of Cindy, darling little ducky, marshmallow bunny pop and nest of eggs all have me oooohing and awwwwing! This basket would be a perfect piece to add to my granddaughter’s 1:12 scale doll house!
      The Spring frame no other goodies the giveaway are pretty awesome in their win right! Fingers crossed. Macaskillbarbara@yahoo.com
      Have a great week and I hope to hear from you soon!

    19. Nadine Says:

      Love the Easter basket!

    20. Kee Ostler Says:

      The Sereglio inspires me… As do the colors is this project. After all, who doesn’t like to day (or evening) dream?

    21. Abbee Says:

      The Seraglio, very impressive and serene.

    22. Catharine Says:

      I’ll work on the patio under the full moon and catch the stars. Beautiful********

    23. Karen Mallory Says:

      Wonderful art work. What inspires me most is the colors. So bright and mysterious!

    24. Kat Cashwell Says:

      Love the adorable Easter basket!!

    25. Pattie Walters Says:

      All I do is dream; the whole day through…

    26. Mary Mac Says:

      I would love to work with the beautiful resin frames.

    27. Megan Warren Says:

      The pressed sea glass leaves in the bead sale section

    28. Jennie Ingram Says:

      Oooh, the quatrefoil sheet!

    29. Kim Lucak Says:

      The Easter basket is adorable….Easter is my favorite holiday after Christmas!!! Ooh and the resin frames are beautiful!

    30. Kimberly Says:

      I want to put together a teeny tiny Easter basket!

    31. Cynthia Penney Says:

      The Seragilo reminds me of Maxwell Parrish paintings. Would be a great addition to my Art Deco half doll collection. Wonderful.

    32. orianna abels Says:

      The adorable Easter basket.

    33. Nancy E Says:

      I love the mini frames and Easter minatures!

    34. Marykay chisum Says:

      The whimsy and beautiful colors inspire me most.

    35. Jen C Says:

      The Seraglio is definitely the most inspiring to me–I love it and it is so different from what I usually go for! The Easter basket is a super cute runner up though, I feel tempted to sample the peeps and bunny just in case they taste as good as they look! LOL (very few calories, too!)

    36. Kathlene Ford-Walters Says:

      The Seraglio is definitely very serene, but I just love the Easter basket. Too cute.

    37. K Toews Says:

      THe basket is cute and all, but I LOVE the Taj Mahal Triptych. I will have to order that anyway. Maybe several times.

    38. cat Says:

      It’s inspiring to see the different scenes that your artists have created with the Taj Mahal Triptych and Quatrefoil texture sheet! The Seraglio is so lovely! Thanks!

    39. Maura Says:

      I am most inspired by The Seraglio. It is gorgeous, and a nice tribute to Mary Stewart. I’m also a big fan of Stewart’s books.

    40. Diane Smith Says:

      Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!

    41. Jackie P Neal Says:

      Absolutely loving the tiny Easter basket- just too adorable!!

    42. Leah Fein Says:

      The frames are inspiring lots of ideas

    43. Carol Slowik Says:

      The frames would have to be my favorite!