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New Camping Art & Miniatures; Save an EXTRA 10% on EVERYTHING!

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Giveaways, Miniatures, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Tutorials

Save an EXTRA 10% off the ENTIRE SITE! That’s 10% above current sale prices! Even if the item is already marked down as a clearance item or is one of the new items below!

Use Promo Code: IS-IT-APRIL when checking out. Yes, I am having problems keeping track of time (too?)!

No minimum purchase required (excludes gift certificates/cards, shipping, taxes). May not be combined with another discount code.

The coupon discount ends at midnight (PST) TUESDAY NIGHT, April 21, 2020!

A Camper’s Tale by Rhonda Thomas!

This project by Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas is so sweet! It’s a heartfelt tribute to a beloved grandmother (and memories of camping) and it’s beautiful!

Here’s an intro from Rhonda’s blog post:

I was so happy to come along this Nature Study book that belonged to my G-ma Betty. I had an idea for a project using this new Little Niche Shrine – Percolator, which instantly makes me think of camping and coffee. Both of which remind me of my grandmother as we all went camping during my childhood and I drink my coffee exactly the same way as she did. I was looking for a nature book, and when I came across this one, ideas just started to percolate through my mind.

As you can see, it turned into a detailed piece of hard work, but I included many of the goodies that I wanted to, and got to use G-ma’s hankie and a piece of fabric from her chair cushion, so it turned into a dedication of sorts to her. She was truly amazing.

During this time of lock-down in my home (due to the Corona Virus), one thing I am really thankful for is the large amount of outdoor spaces that we have. We have a couple of patios in back, one in front, and a hill that leads to our little woods with my husband’s recent fire-pit project, and delivery of hammocks for all. I couldn’t imagine going through this pandemic in cold weather. I find myself in my hammock often, with a pillow and blanket, watching the leaves thicken daily and listen to nothing but the many birds that sound so happy.

As I made this little scene, I thought of an independent gal, escaping to the woods for some “Me Time” R&R. A magical night sky full of stars, fresh coffee, and nothing but time to ponder and relax.

The large percolator “tent” was my grandmother’s hankie. There are lots of my favorite ferns, a Spyglass Telescope to look closer into the Milky Way, an ax to have plenty of wood for the fire, my Hiking Boots left at the opening to my tent, and a warm sleeping bag (my grandmother’s fabric) to cozy into for sweet dreams. And we can’t forget that important Miniature Thermos.

Lucky for us, Rhonda includes instructions on how she whittled those little niches into the book (for the owls, the percolator/tent, and the coffee pot). Thanks, Rhonda!

You can see more photos and read more on her blog post. Plus here’s Rhonda’s supply list.

New & Back in Stock Items!

Wow! Even more minis with a camping/rustic cooking theme (than were mentioned above in Rhonda’s project) — and some timely back in stock items, too! Eleven items, so more than are shown below; click here to see them all.

Percolator Shrine Giveaway!

After another pretty photo of Rhonda’s artwork (trying to show the depth of the little niches she cut in the book pages): I’m including all 3 of those items from Rhonda’s project in the photos below (that 2nd row, showing 3 product photos). That includes the cute new Miniature Thermos (and the Creepy Tree – 8 Inch and Retro White Coffee Pot & Cups)!

Plus a couple items already mentioned above are in the Giveaway:
– the new Little Niche Shrine – Percolator
Galaxy 12×12 Collection Kit (also new and a great big set of background papers for dark or colorful starry nights)

To enter the Percolator Shrine Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY Night, April 20, 2020).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

The winner of the Spring Escape Garden Giveaway from the last newsletter is Janet Turner! Please check your email for more information.

Posted by Leslie, April 19th, 2020

39 responses to “New Camping Art & Miniatures; Save an EXTRA 10% on EVERYTHING!”

  1. Lauren says:

    WOW! I love the idea of making a scene in a book. Love all the tiny details!

  2. Nadine says:

    More great ideas!

  3. I’ve done book folding but this is awesome idea as well

  4. Connie says:

    This is absolutely darling! Great job, Rhonda!

  5. KathyS says:

    This is brilliant. And even a niche tutorial—appreciate that.

  6. LeAnn Aagard says:

    This is adorable. I love the tree!

  7. Ann F. says:

    How cute is that?

  8. Kim R says:

    Lovin the coffee pot + the tiny thermos! 2 sugar and cream please

  9. Judy Adamcyk says:

    love the little thermos.

  10. Denise Humenik says:

    brings back memories! CHEERS to awesome grandmas!!

  11. Carla Burruss says:

    This is an amazing project. I am always amazed at the talent that miniaturists have.

  12. Helen says:

    I inherited my love of coffee from my dad. I can still remember the sound of our old percolator from when I was a child. And every day, my dad took a thermos of coffee with him to work. Thank you for the sweet memories. I would make this in honor of my dad and our shared love of coffee.

  13. Dianna says:

    Very clever idea to put memories into the middle of the book! Hopefully everyone can go camping soon to make new memories.

  14. Barbara Griggs says:

    Very inspiring project, love the creative use of sentimental objects from the past; and I too am fueled every day by my coffee.

  15. Jen says:

    Awesome Rhonda! So cute and clever.

  16. ricki walker says:

    Oh, coffee! I’m in! I love this!

  17. jackie says:

    It is so nice to see something so personal. It gives me so many ideas.

  18. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is adorable!!!

  19. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I just love the way she used items linked to someone special in her life. I think for me…that percolator might become a tea pot for all the tea shared with my amazing grandmother and aunts over the years. I think perhaps the niche might become a window with special fabric curtains….ooh the wheels are turning.

  20. Kathy Toews says:

    When we would camp, my dad made his coffee in an old coffee can hanging over the fire by a piece of baling wire. Great memories!

  21. Daylan says:

    This is darling. I think I will also turn it into an Alice display — or something fairy tale related.

  22. How adorable! I love the coffee pot. I love all of the details

  23. Jacqui Bird says:

    OMGosh. Too cute. You never fail to come up great products! Thank you!

  24. Carol Slowik says:

    Been admiring Rhonda”s art work at Alpha Stamps for years. This is definitely a favorite!! Loving the miniatures in this one!!

  25. Laural Svoboda says:

    What a beautiful commemorative piece..priceless

  26. Susan Nesbit says:

    My sweet daughter-in-law (and my son!)love to camp and she is also very artistic. This would be a perfect birthday gift for her.
    …so pretty!

  27. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome colors and details on Rhonda’s project! Love that tree and the coffee pot!

  28. Karen Mallory says:

    What a fun project! I love the minis. All the Alpha Stamps artists are so imaginative!

  29. Charlene Ottinger says:

    What a cute Thermos! Love the campsite subject and all the details. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Erin says:

    What a fun idea

  31. Gretchen says:

    The tree is so useful for so many scenes and the minutes are terrific.

  32. Dorothy Peterson says:

    Would be fun to build something like this with the tiny thermos in the scene.

  33. Jean Marmo says:

    Such a wonderful project! Love the coffee pot!

  34. Rhonda says:

    A theme book is so cute. I love the coffee pot.

  35. Justine says:

    I love the Camping tribute and all the little bits used in it’s creation. It really pulls you in.

  36. Kathleen Higham says:

    I love the night sky and the tree

  37. Karen Ann says:

    I LOVE coffee and that red plaid thermos brings back so many memories. I’m ready for a scene.

  38. Pauline Martini says:

    I collect all kinds of tea pots and this kit would look so good with them. Love love love it♥️

  39. Charlene Ottinger says:

    The details are so charming and would love to win.