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Zombie Sellout

Zombie Sellout

vctdecvctdec.open I’m jumping right in with the most exciting news first! While we were rebuilding our vintage camper (and taking that long break while JohnnyV was in the hospital and recuperating), Vintage Camper Trailers magazine was an inspiration to us. It’s chock full of beautiful vintage campers, and we love it. I emailed Paul (the owner/editor of the mag), to share our story, and he was interested in sharing it with his readers, so….drumroll, please…The Aquatomic Lounge is featured in Issue 22 (Nov/Dec 2015). Woot! If you love vintage trailers, you NEED to subscribe (I’m not getting paid to say that), or at least find VCT on Facebook to see how awesome these folks are! *Odd side note…John and I have this “thing” with the number 14 appearing all over in our lives. Guess what page the article starts on? 14!! Too cool!

bookpromoEXInspired by photos that I took in mom’s garden when we visited Wisconsin this past summer, I gathered other photos I’d saved of her garden over the years, sketched some of them out, simplified them, added borders, put it all together, and published it (HA! If it were only that quick and simple), so my first coloring book is now available in my etsy shop (link opens the coloring book page in a new window)! Did you know that coloring gives you the same benefits that meditation does? Cool stuff!

We took an uber-brief trip to Senoia, Georgia in November, and I spent a little bit of time in the woods taking photos – which I STILL have to edit – but I will share some here in my next post. I shot everything shroomfrom mushrooms-as-big-as-your-head, to colorful mushrooms, to teensy mushrooms, to yes, another visit to TWD store and seeing where they were currently shooting the show in Senoia. It’s so cool to take pics of the area and then later see the same areas in the show!

While we were visiting Senoia, my sis-in-law and I “slumber partied” listening to Il Volo and Michael Buble’ while drinking a “few” glasses of vino, laughing, and me crafting up some gorgeous beaded Christmas Spiders. Each is named and numbered, and includes the Legend of the Christmas Spider, and how they are connected to tinsel!
(EDIT: Our Christmas Spiders are SOLD OUT.)

More shop news:
– We recently shipped our 100th package from our etsy store! THANK YOU, loyal supporters!! And even crazier? It’s been such a busy season already, we are almost to our 150th etsy sale!

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dec2015Ever since Thanksgiving, I’ve been busy packaging bowls, spiders, zombies (almost sold OUT in ONE afternoon), and other goodies until late into the night. I am so tickled that you enjoy my kooky art, and it makes me happy to know that my “children” are traveling all over the country! Orders in the last 2 days are going to Canada (via a pit stop in NY), AL, GA, FL, TX, CA, OH, MI…and there may be a couple I’ve missed!

zombiesOh, WAIT, I didn’t tell you about the zombies!! I got a BUNCH of teensy zombies, washed them, primed them, painted them (oh, so realistic), and made little scenes into zombie ornaments (see below). I had 16 of them in my etsy, and someone must have shared them in a blog or something, because BAM, in one afternoon, I’m suddenly left with only three TWO in the shop! It looks like more zombie painting is in my future…

…because nothing says “Happy Holidays” like Zombie Balls! 😀

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I better get back to packaging shipments. Who knows? Maybe one of these zombie ornaments is shambling to YOUR house!
Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn
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Camper Done, Lights Installed

Camper Done, Lights Installed

Light in the camper, and light at the end of the tunnel!
As of today, July 25th, 2015, the rebuild of the 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, now known as The Aquatomic Lounge, is DONE (except for testing the propane)! Now, the decorating fun begins, but that won’t take long at all, as I’ve been planning, plotting, and dreaming this “look” for almost TWO years!

There’s so much progress to show you! Curtains, backsplash, outlets, signs, table, counter, atomic symbols, and lights — so let’s get to the pictures! First, some silliness. The aliens are glow-in-the-dark “earrings” I put together for our rock guard because the guard corners are forehead height for John and I. I figured these would help us avoid stitches when walking around the camp site. I hung them up yesterday while we were working, and sure enough, John immediately endorsed them! He came around the front of the corner, saw an alien in his face and ducked, avoiding bonking his head on the corner. Success! The second photo shows the beaded trim with flamingo drops that I put together for the tiny back berth windows. They are too high and small to need curtains, but I still wanted to embellish them somehow. “Embellishment” is my middle name!

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Next: the table and curtains! Look at that sexy Formica! *wolf whistles* It looks fantastically nebula-like! JohnnyV and I took a break to have a celebratory first meal at the table, even though we have no cushions yet (don’t get me started on the upholstery saga)! Check out the neat little USB fan in the middle pic – another JohnnyV “cool find”. In combo with the ceiling fan, we evidently had a bit of air circulation, because when we shut the tiny fan off, we noticed the temp rise.

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The power is hooked up and working, so, here are lights, and the curtains. All of the lights in the camper are LED, which means that we can be “off-grid” and still have lights for over a MONTH. Energy-efficient. The storage bins fit so nicely up on the shelf – I only brought George and Jane out so far – I still need to bring Astro and the Atomic Fishies (sounds like a good name for a band).

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Today was backsplash install day. We installed the SmartTile pretty quickly (more info on this tile in the “Camper Resources” post – link in the sidebar). It is a little finicky to work with because it is so thin, so you REALLY have to pay attention to what you are doing. Such an interesting look, it is super light, and no messy grout, so all around, it was a great choice for this camper.

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I love the contrast of the vermillion and ruby red against the aqua! This is all coming together quite nicely! Once the tile was up, we were able to hook up those outlets. The under cabinet light sure shows off the color! If you look closely on the right side of the backsplash, you can see the cool nightlight that JohnnyV got me for Christmas last year. It’s aqua, it’s 60’s, it’s a lava lamp! Perfect for the camper!

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Three exterior shots: the guard for the screen door and the Lend-A-Hand folding hand rail were installed yesterday, and we now also have a nifty outdoor courtesy step light. We really needed the screen guard so Lola doesn’t push her way through – she can get just a wee bit rambunctious when she wants to play.

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There’s been a lot of work I’ve done in the studio for the camper besides the rock guard “earrings” and the curtains! A wide variety of tasks like cutting the vinyl lettering to label our First Aid kits, and handpainting the “Spy vs. Spy” sign I painted for the head. All the little details are what make a look come together. Did we NEED the Spy vs. Spy sign? No, but it adds one more 60’s bit of flair so that when you step into the camper, you feel transported to another time!

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Speaking of little touches, we put up the atomic symbols on the front cabinet today. Quite subtle, you almost can’t see them, but they catch the light and then you see the symbol of the atomic age at each end of the cabinet. I was so tickled to see the shiny reflection in our varnished wall. The finish on the wood is beautiful.

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It’s almost time to take the plastic protection off the step and take her on her maiden voyage! Hmmm…need to think about a christening of this vessel! I don’t want to smash a bottle on her nose, so maybe a water balloon?? 🙂

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hand painted sunflower wedding giftAnd lastly, one photo of a special hand-painted piece I just finished. The mother of the bride from last weekend’s wedding commissioned a commemorative bowl for the newlyweds, telling me to just keep my eyes and ears open at the wedding for a moment to capture in paint. The bride told me a lovely story about one of the sunflowers, so I painted them on the piece. I just got word that they loved it! *smiles*

So, there’s light at the end of the rebuild tunnel, there’s light in the camper, and there’s a special kind of light that comes from sharing stories and sharing love…I hope YOUR weekend is filled with light and love!
Eclectic Dawn

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