Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Road Trip Fun, Design Team Art, + a GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone! Last week I went on a fantastic road trip from Indiana, to Minnesota, to Iowa, and back again! I had a great time and thought I would share some of my photos with you since much of my trip included two of my favorite things (and likely yours), Art + Antiques!

Many of you have seen me post the wonderful art of Diana Darden, well on my trip I had the pleasure of meeting Diana! She has the most fantastic studio (pictured above) and is very prolific in her work as you can see. Her work is fantastic and she does amazing things with our Coffee Break Design Shrine Kits!
Diana sells her work in several galleries, such as Three Rooms pictured above. Her Male and Female Articulated Art Doll Shrine Kits are so cool! Diana has a Facebook Fan Page where she often posts her work. Go like her page and you won't be sorry!

Maybe it was the lack of sleep, maybe it was the sugar and caffeine, but Diana and I had a blast in the short time I was visiting!

Thanks to Yelp and my iPhone navigation, I was able to hit several antique stores on the road, 10+. My favorite was definitely Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis.

This store is a mixed media artist's dream come true. Bins and bins of treasures, just waiting to be picked!
How often do you seen this? Not often enough in my opinion!

Apothecary anyone?
Now not to worry, I didn't forget about you. While I was away I planned to buy up some things for our weekly Random Wednesday giveaway on Facebook! Several of the included items came from Hunt and Gather and others from the many antique stores I visited. I also added in several other goodies from the shop. I'm a huge fan of mixing antique and modern supplies. So here it is, this week's Random Wednesday Giveaway! And yes, you even get the cigar box! Everything you see below and several things you don't see!
Go leave a comment on the Random Wednesday post on Facebook (the post with the same photo above) for a chance to win! You have until Saturday when a winner is drawn!
Now, how about some eye candy from the awesome Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team!
Gerri Herbst created these beautiful cards using our Bunny Ear Cut-Outs as well as our Roses Roses and Screen Siren Collage Sheets. These sweet cards are sure to make anyone smile!
Linda Cain created this stunning piece using the Medium Circus Theatre Shrine Kit, Steampunk Gears II, Star Cut-Outs, Large Oval Cameo Frame, and several Idea-ology Embellishements. I would love to see the show that would take place in this theatre!
Amy Nieman created this awesome work of art using the 6 Pane ATC Window, Hello Dollie Collage Sheet, and Falling Heart Border Stencil. This wonderfully whimsical piece makes me so happy!

Lynn Stevens created this darling Mini House Shrine using the Mini House Shrine Kit, Small Frozen Charlotte, and a Fleur Brass Crown. Lynn created this for the Mini House Shrine Art Swap happening right now. You still have time to play in the swap! Thanks for the inspiration Lynn!


  1. Looks like you had an amazing time my dear! My fav is that box of doll arms! LOL. Working on my tiny house shrines , they will be in the post this week.take care, gerri


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