Friday, March 25, 2011

Back in Stock and Sandy's Creations

I wanted to let you know that I have several blonde antique German doll heads back in stock! The blondes are much more rare and tend to run out faster. Available HERE in ex-small, small, medium and large! And as always, I offer an optional cutting fee so they are ready for your project.


I'm also delighted to share these amazing butterfly girls created by the talented Sandy Camarda! She made them to give as gifts, and I think they are just so adorable. Thanks for letting me share Sandy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Teeny Tiny Eyelets!

Retro Cafe Art Gallery now carries the TINY 1/16" eyelets from Coffee Break Design. Available in silver, brass, and copper, these micro-eyelets are especially nice for jewelry projects! We also carry the 1/16" setter. See them all HERE!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Journal Pages by Bianca

I have more fantastic journal pages by Bianca Mandity to share with you! In the above page, Bianca incorporated the Wing stencil and the Large Onomotoholes stencil.

This has to be one of my most favorite pages with one of my most favorite stencils. The lady is the Bus stencil and I'm not sure why, but I love her. Bianca also used the Small Bulge stencil and the Numbering with Block stencil.

Monday, March 14, 2011

No Prep Metal Paint

Retro Cafe Art Gallery now carries No Prep Metal Paint by Decoart for use with our Nichos and Rusty Tin! (or other metal embellishments and containers such as Altoid tins!)

"Non-toxic, one-step, weatherproof paint that adheres to most metal surfaces, No-Prep Metal Paint can be used without a primer coat or varnish. It is the ideal paint for indoor or outdoor metal surfaces. No-Prep Metal Paint is uniquely formulated for extra strong adhesion and durability on metal."

Painting surfaces: Tin - Galvanized Metal - Aluminum - Brass - Wrought Iron - Chrome - Rusty Tin - And More!
Like regualr paint, you can mix colors to achieve your desired shade! No prep metal paint is a one-step process.

Get your paint here!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Studio Redo March 2011

My studio was a mess. I'm sure you can relate. It was time to do something about it!

I brought this "new" table into my studio. It belonged to the late and amazing Mike Meador, and it's my honor to be using it. It's a beautiful, heavy wood. I'm hoping some of Mike's creative brilliance comes my way.

It's much bigger than my other table and I decided to move it in front of the window so I can let in fresh air when I'm working with resin etc. Also, I will no longer have to stare at a wall.

I was worried the room would look smaller, but I actually have more more space! Especially working table space. I'm sure it won't stay this clean for long, but for now I'm enjoying it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bloomington Handmade Market!

In the next few weeks I'll be busy making jewelry for this awesome show on April 2nd. It's a fantastic event that you should not miss. Lots of crafty goodness available for purchase and it's FREE to the public. The postcard art was created by the talented Sally Harless of Sadly Harmless. I absolutely love octopi!

New Stencils

I created a few new stencils! "Hello Deer" was created per the request of the famous Maryjo Mcgraw! I'm sending a Coffee Break Design trunk show to the North Idaho Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival and she thought some deer, bears, and moose (not meese) would be a hit! So there you have it. After seeing the below creations by Bianca Mandity, I'm convinced they were a good idea! You can buy your deer here.

As Bianca has shown us above, you can use just the antlers on an image. Love. Or below, you can also use the punch out deer that comes with the stencil in your art. The above sample also uses the Night Sky stencil and Large Optical stencil.

Gotta love that doe too.


The above stencil I created for Cassandra's wonderful Marie event, to put in the goodie bags. While her wonderful event is over, you can still have your cake and stencil it too (sorry, couldn't resist). Here.

I leave you with another fantastic sample by Bianca using the Cake stencil and Night Sky stencil. If you are like me, you really want some cake now :).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fabric Page

I wanted to share this amazing fabric page by Bianca Mandity! Bianca used several Coffee Break Design products including the House Trinket Charms, Wings Stencil, and the Onomotoholes Stencil.

Audrey's Sachets

Check out the amazing sachets and article by the talented Audrey Hernandez! You can find this project in the Somerset Holidays and Celebrations magazine. I'm honored that Retro Cafe Art Gallery was credited in this wonderful publication. Audrey used several Fabric Sheets in this project including Vintage Postage, Eggs and other Curiosities, Beautiful Birds 3, and Empty Nest. You will love our fabric sheets!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Coffee Break Design at the Indianapolis Heirloom Show!

Today was day 1 of Heirloom! Boy am I exhausted, but also had such a blast and met lots of wonderful people!

I had tons of stuff, even more than I could put out on display. Now you see what I've been working on for the past few weeks. THIS is why I've been so quiet!

Me.

I have such wonderful friends. Bianca (below) and Joanie helped me the entire day and were so awesome talking to the customers and selling! I could not have done it without them. As you can see, we had some laughs too.

Here is Joanie telling me not to take her picture. But I LOVE this picture and had to share. Joanie was AMAZING the entire day, not only with the customers, but she also took care of Bianca and I. She fed us Peeps and brought us big bottles of water, each with our initial on top. You can tell she is a mom, and a great one at that.

These are the CBD name tags I made for us!

Round 2 is tomorrow. If you missed the show (or just want more) don't forget you can buy the Coffee Break Design products and many other wonderful goodies in my shop! I will be back to packing and shipping orders on Monday.