Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, August 15, 2015


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, dollhouse 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. 
I’ve also created a simple structure using a few pieces of foam core board and two pieces of basal wood to showcase the boutique.  Paper images and beautiful lace add architecture to the shop.
What’s more, I have made a video tutorial showing you how to create all of the pieces and the shop structure.  With a project like this, it is easy to pick and choose what you want to tackle.  You could just make a piece or two or create your own shop.  
I think my favorite piece is the glass cabinet.  It's made using an image from the 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 mantle clock, jardinière and the mask.
By using a box top, fabric and box feet you can construct an ottoman.  A chipboard tray filled with goodies and a bottle cap hat completes the piece.
By using laser-cut tags, some chipboard and hinges you can create a beautiful folding screen.
I can never get enough of matchbox chests.  I used two different sized mini matchboxes to make the two chests below.
The paper mache round boxes coupled with candlestick holders make great tables. 
The cabinet below is made from a chipboard kit which made it easy to assemble and so fun to decorate.
The piece below is an unfinished dollhouse counter which I stained with Distress Stain.  And check out the cute little cash register!  The mirror stand is made from a hand mirror and a piece of filigree.
This lovely plant stand makes a perfect place to display hats, purses, and perfume.
All the 3D hats in the boutique are from bottle caps.

To go along with the project I have six new collage sheets and 1 new digital image set.
This sheet contains elegant furniture and architecture to adorn your boutique or shop of any theme.
This sheet is loaded will all sorts of beautiful hats, gloves and purses.

This sheet includes 29 pairs of vintage shoes.

This sheet contains lovely labels in three different sizes to adorn small and mini perfume bottles or to use in a decoupage project.

This sheet contains 15 dress form tops with various colors and patterns.  You’ll find a free stand image that you can use to go with the dress forms at the bottom of this post.

These drawer fronts fit the smallest Diamond brand matchbox that measures 1 3/8” x 7/16” x 2/16”.
These drawer fronts fit the narrow matchboxes carried by Alpha Stamps that measure 2 1/4” x 15/16” x 5/16”.

This digital kit includes all of the images on the collage sheet and some unique to the kit.  There are 29 images in total.  In addition to the images on the collage sheet, there is another cabinet and couch with drapes.  There is another sign, final and knob and two sizes of the three unique knobs.
Digital files can be resized, rotated or flipped as needed.  The files are in a .png format.  PNG formatted files have a transparent background making it easy to layer an image over other digital images.  You can open .png files using graphics programs like Photoshop Elements.  Digital collage sheets and digital images can be saved to your computer and printed as many times as you wish.

Below are detailed pictures of each of the pieces.  At the end of the post are the free images available for your personal use.



Drawer front for the matchboxes in the counter.

Dress form stand that fits the dress forms in the collage sheet.


SHCraftsAust said...

Fantastic tutorial, thank you for all the explanations I love watching your videos as you explain everything so well. :) Chris

johala said...

Wahoooooo, too much!
Hugs and kisses

Shannon Cooper said...

Amazing! The perfume counter and register are too sweet! Thanks for being so generous with your tutorials.

Blue Tourmaline said...

This is absolutely amazing!! I love every little detail. Thank you for sharing so much information.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Well, as you know I'm a huge fan of yours - maybe one of the most ardent - but this time you've outdone yourself! You've created a very high benchmark for miniature craftsmanship.

The Boutique Exquisite is one of the most stunning dioramas I've ever seen! I'm totally floored, knocked out, gobsmacked and in awe.

I can't stop scrolling back and forth and pouring over every photo - when I grow up I wanna be Laura Carson!

smokeysmom said...

WOW!! Amazing project and great video! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. I adore this boutique! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome project :)

sheilaAR said...

Oh Laura...you always take my breath away!! This harkens back to that fabulously chic Perfume Shop you made (a couple of years ago??). That totally fascinated me, and I so enjoyed scrutinizing all the tiniest details for long periods of time. My Grandma was always a "fashion plate" in her day, and these types of lovely settings always remind me of her somehow. Thank you sooo much for the details and the tute on this one, I may attempt a small room with Grandma in it!! Blessings to you and the joy you bring. xo sheila

Miss Merricat said...

Laura this is just too much wonderful! It takes me back to my dollhouse building days. I have to do something like this soon! There is nothing I don't love about it and the more I look the more I see. Wonderful tutorial also :) You are so generous to take the time to share this with us :)

Julia O said...

ASTOUNDIMG! Ihave never used that word before, but then, I have never seen anything like this before! It is gorgeous, luscious, incredibly detailed! Congratulations on your creation.

Ms Misantropia said...

Oh wow, such incredible detail! The little girl in me wants to bring out her dolls and play boutique all day long :)

Chark said...

ok, I'm both entranced and exhausted by this project--omgoodness, so much detail and so much work! You rock, as always, Laura, so glad I found your blog on Alpha Stamps.

Kym Decker said...

Laura,I adore this amazing little shop!!! This project is absolutely jaw dropping-glorious-eye candy goodness of everything miniature created with perfection and wonderful craftmanship! I have to order everything and make this---such extraordinary detail! Amazing!!! This is the most fabulous kit I hsve seen on any web site to date!! This will be an awesome winter project!

Kym Decker said...

I have to tell Patti about this--she will go crazy over this project!! Also I want to write a short blog about this project and if it is ok also use your link to share with others!

Carmen Conners said...

My. God. Every time I think that you can't possibly one-up your past project, you go stratospheric!!! Good LORD, woman! What CAN'T you do????? If you ever start doing classes, I swear I'm packing up the family and moving to your neighborhood. What a beautiful...stunning...out of this WORLD...art creation!!!

Anonymous said...

This is really amazing.. SO much detail!! eye candy for days and days!!! Wonderful inspiration!! I would love to see you make a Santa's Toy Shop in the North Pole!!

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