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

Friday, November 27, 2015


It’s Christmas time in Victorian England, and Mr. Brimble’s Toy Shoppe is filled with things to delight both young and old.  The village children wait in anticipation to see what new toys will fill the windows.  Check out the mini wood dimensional nutcrackers on the sandwich board.
You can see inside the store through the door, and it looks like Mr. Brimble has already put up the Christmas tree.
I used transparency film printed with a windowpane custom-sized to fit the bay windows.  You’ll find it to download at the bottom of this post.
Things are looking so cheerful at the shoppe.  Notice the lovely lighted lamps above the bay windows.   So many wonderful toys fill the windows.  Looks like Mr. Brimble is pulling out all the stops for this holiday season!
Per usual, to decorate the store, I mixed collage sheet images with 3D objects.
There are also fun items like a puppet theatre and a dollhouse that opens.  And every shop needs a cat!
And there is Mr. Bimble at the wrapping table ready to wrap your purchases in festive holiday paper.

This sheet set features vintage children and works well with the Victorian Toy Shop collage sheets.  The images are 1:12 scale.
This sheet set contains Victorian women and works well with the Victorian Toy Shop collage sheets.  The images are 1:12 scale.
This collage sheet features vintage children and toys. The images are 1:12 Scale.
Vintage Toys #1 Collage Sheet
This sheet is packed with toys.  The images are 1:12 scale.

This sheet is packed with toys.  The images are 1:12 scale.

This sheet is packed with toys and games.  The images are 1:12 scale.
Toy Shoppe Collage Sheet Set - 2 Sheet Set
This is a 2 sheet set that contains architectural details for a vintage toy shop.  The scale is 1:12.

Feel free to download and use the Mini Wrapping Paper Collage Sheet below. The papers on this sheet are great for wrapping the narrow matchboxes, woodblocks, and wooden hat boxes to create mini presents.


papercraftgoddess said...

(Open mouthed...no words...can't stop staring...thinking just when I thought Laura couldn't blow me away anymore...)

ike said...

OMGoodness - this is just super AWESOME !!!! I have just picked my jaw up where it clanged to the ground at the sight of this stunning creation. AMAZING !!! :-D

IKE xxx

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Kerstin F. said...

Wow, this is really fantastic, love the many vintage details, amazing and stunning and many, many thanks for your detailed Tutorial. IT's always a pleasure to visit your blog!!!

smokeysmom said...

OMG Laura! This "Toy Shop" is so amazing! I have said it a hundred times before: You never cease to amaze me with your artistic talent. I wish I had the skills to create this shoppe, but it looks way too difficult for me. Although I do appreciate your tutorial. Girl, you are so TALENTED! Best holiday wishes.

Tristan Robin said...

Oh, I want to go shopping here! I could spend hours! What a beautiful, fun, fanciful, intriguing and romantic scene you've created. It is so clever the way you put things together ... you must have one heckuva village created in your house by now!

Helen said...

Wow!!! I just don't know how you keep coming up with awesome project after awesome project! I am in awe of your creativity! Thank you so much for not only showing the finished product, but for the tutorial as well. This Victorian Toy Shoppe is just AMAZING! I know I will keep going back to look at it again and again.

elizabeth s said...

It looks exactly like an old-fashion Victorian Christmas Card or a scene from the story "A Christmas Carol".
So much heart and soul has gone into this project and I feel once again inspired by what you have done! Totally Awesome !!! :D

johala said...

Hello Laura!
Simply.....FANTASTIC !!!!! LOVELY !!!!! WONDERFUL !!!!
Hugs and kisses

dyeandpigment said...

Your creativity has sent me spinning again. WOW!!

Lucy said...

I cannot believe this. Your Halloween village was so intricate, so detailed I didn't think there was any way you could come up with something like this in time for Christmas. It is truly inspiring. I just love looking at all the delightful details.

Terri said...

Oh my Laura! This is the most amazing project you have done! Wow! All the detail and lovely vintage feel really make it original. Thank you for sharing with us how to do it!

Chark said...

Amazing! Can't say this enough!

orchid said...

I love this so much! It is just amazing. Just Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I am already planning to make my own version. I could not find the window download. Did I miss it? Just Wow, Wow, Wow!!!