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A Faux Florida Vacation

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beach Cabana Kit, Kristin Batsel, Miniatures, Summer/Beach

Such a sweet, vintage seaside house! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel has made a clever and cute project… beside the bathing beauties gazing out for the tiny window on the front of the house, read on as that whole front hinges down to display a Florida beach vacation inside!

Here’s some of the intro text from Kristin’s blog post:

Oh, coronavirus. We are still sheltering at home. As of today, it’s been 121 days since our lives were normal. Since we most likely won’t be traveling any time soon, I used this month’s kit to make a little faux Florida vacation home. It’s the next best thing to actually traveling somewhere other than my own backyard. And look, some of my friends are already there!

The front is hinged at the bottom, using green paper. On the outside, it may look like there’s not much to this little house, but when you open it up, it’s a true tropical vacation. [Scroll down to see the party!] The beaches are crowded, people are splashing in the waves, and some lucky guy even caught some fish for dinner. Bonus: no social distancing required.

Nothing like a comfy chair and a good book (plus a bucket full of cold beverages!) to make my faux vacation the perfect place to relax.

Nice job, Kristin! So clever to hinge the house front/cover on the bottom edge! And to use the straight pin/flag pole to hole the cover in place when closed.

Here’s the supply list and Kristin’s blog post. You can enter the drawing for ALL of Kristin’s supplies in the Giveaway section below! (But don’t miss the new goodies and details on the Flash Sale between here and there!)

What is new today?

How cute is that beach chair? There are actually two new tiny chairs today — the other is shown down in the Giveaway section! And just in time: both the ice cubes (in Kristin’s artwork) and the Iridescent Water Bubble Microbead Mix are back in stock!

NEW Flash Sale: ALL Beach & Mermaid Collage Sheets!

40% off on EVERYTHING in this big group: Over 60 items! Psst: That includes the collage sheets in Kristin’s artwork, too (like that first sheet shown below)!

The sale ends MONDAY night, July 13th at midnight PST. See the entire sale collection here!

Faux Florida Vacation Giveaway!

Yes, I said it! EVERYTHING in Kristin’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

I’m only highlighting a few of the FIFTEEN spiffy items in the supply list/Giveaway:
Florida & Flamingo Postcards Collage Sheet (beside all the fun & colorful images Kristin picked out for her Cabana, she also cut out a couple flamingos that are on the front of the cabana (in the first photo above)
Coastal Summer Brights 12×12 Paper Set (those big bold flowers!)
Set of Miniature Books

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork, which are also all included in the Giveaway!

Note: As there is a July Kit included in the Giveaway, any items that are part of the kit (and also listed separately in the supply list) will only be included once.

Bonus: I’m also including 2 items that you could substitute or add:
New Half Scale White Lawn Chair
Mini Beer Cans

To enter the Faux Florida Vacation 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, July 13, 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 donít 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

Who won the Fishnet Medley Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Sandra Locklin! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, July 12th, 2020

50 responses to “A Faux Florida Vacation”

  1. jackie says:


  2. Victoria Smythe says:

    I am constantly pleased, amazed and impressed by your creations. Thanks for the inspiration

  3. Judy Adamcyk says:

    love the tiny chairs

  4. Donna Kottcamp says:

    This would be perfect to show my Father-in-law how much we missed our Spring break with them in Florida this year. He adores flamingoes.

  5. Barbara M Griggs says:

    Adorable! Love the Adirondack chair and all the flamingos! It is fun to create these imaginary scenes when we can’t just hop on a plane and fly somewhere.

  6. Ann F. says:

    That is so clever!! You guys constantly amaze me. So creative.

  7. Debora L. says:

    Super cute idea!

  8. Rhonda says:

    I always liked that retro Florida look

  9. Sue says:

    Florida! My second home. Love everything Florida.

  10. KathyS says:

    A faux Alaska vacation might be nice too— with flamingoes added?

  11. Kat Cashwell says:

    Summer in Florida!! Love this! 🏖☀️🏖

  12. Gabrielle Schmidt says:

    I would love to go on vacation, even a mini one!

  13. Cherry Nowell says:

    Ooooo! Yes I need a vacation too!!

  14. Denise Bryant says:

    Fun ideas! We could all use an escape to the beach!

  15. Linda Strickland says:

    I just love minis

  16. Charlotte says:

    I love the beach and this one is great!

  17. Nadine says:

    More great ideas!

  18. Monica Gabehart says:

    What a cool faux Florida vacation! Love the surprise of the house opening up and then setting the scene with 3 dimensional objects – so cool!

  19. Jo says:

    This is so adorable – gives me so many ideas!

  20. Karen Ann says:

    Not sure I’d choose Florida but yes a Vacation sounds wonderful AWAY from Covid

  21. Lu Loy says:

    I love those collage sheets!

  22. Lynne Hoffman says:

    Crafting is a great escape. This would be such a fun staycation 😊

  23. francine perri says:

    How adorable I love those cabanas. Would love to make one

  24. Teddee Grace says:

    So many cute things in this collection!

  25. Kathy Toews says:

    Those beach/summer papers are so wonderful. Bright and cheerful, just what we need.

  26. Gloria Bieber says:

    I LOVE this little Florida scene! Wish I could be there at the beach!

  27. Sue O says:

    Another cute possibility for my seaside powder room!

  28. Kee O says:

    What wonderful inspiration! A vacation sounds dreamy right now, especially a mini one! 💕

  29. Heather Cook says:

    This is adorable!

  30. Live in Florida
    Great for gift giving!

  31. Cindy Mras says:

    I grew up in Florida and live here still. I should win:) 🙂

  32. Dianna says:

    Signed, sealed and delivered! Oh yes, a faux Florida vacation! Love the idea of the hinged front. No social distancing on this beach travel!

  33. Sandra Locklin says:

    Could I be so lucky to win another beach stuff.
    Love it. Like I have said I grew up in Florida on the gulf and now I live in the desert.

  34. Celia says:

    The chair with the umbrella is amazing.
    Love it!

  35. Jen R says:

    So cute. Wishing i were at the beach!

  36. Janet Turner says:

    I love the beach theme. Adorable!

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    Love the little beach house!!!

  38. Deb Revier says:

    Oh so darn cute

  39. Louise Kush says:

    Nothing like an Art Deco Florida home!
    I am creating Florida on my deck right now and this would be an incredible addition to my decor!

  40. Diane says:

    Adorable as always

  41. Anne S says:

    Very cute! Love the paper vacation.

  42. Ana says:

    Hello! Missed my Florida vacation this year due to the pandemic. Please include me in the drawing.

  43. Sharon Phillips says:

    This is just way to cute!

  44. Marnita says:

    So sweet – “Take Me Home”!!!!

  45. Laurie Boehmer says:

    This is so pretty. I love the vintage vacation and beautiful flower paper

  46. Nancy E says:

    I wanna vacation in this spot!

  47. Bridget Haig says:

    Lovely little project giveaway, it reminds me of my childhood tubing down a spring, the ladies in the big dress and the water skiers at Cypress Gardens

  48. Carol Slowik says:

    This has got to be the cutest project ever! Love this Kristen!

  49. Sherry says:

    Ah, the beach, how I miss you! This little scene is so perfect for summertime. I adore it!

  50. Erin Shoemate says:

    I love this! A vacation is what the whole world needs right now!