Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Awesome New England Visit! Part 2 + Giveaways!!!

Hello again this week! In my last post, I showed the sites and goings on of my time down the #PaperTrail in New England, but this post is all about the two stores I visited with Eileen and Amy while in Westbrook, Connecticut. (By the way, check out their blogs for great recaps of the trip as well.) The stores we visited were Paper Craft Clubhouse and Beautiful Impressions, and here is the interesting thing...THERE IS ONLY ONE BUILDING BETWEEN THEM!!! That is right...they are on the same block (Right on the main square.), the same street, and in the same town! How cool is that?!? They play very nice with each other in case you are wondering, because I sure was and of course I asked! You can literally get all your crafty shopping done in one outing between these two stores! They are very well stocked! The folks in Connecticut are so lucky!
Sorry for the glare, but this is the cute cute scrapbook store Paper Craft Clubhouse, where we visited first!
This store, whose owner is Tracie Larson, was large and spacious and so well stocked up! It was a scrapbooker's delight, and definitely housed tons of mixed media goodness too! I love the way it is set up.
Lots of Tim goodies!
Wendy, Dyan, Dina, Stamper's Anonymous, and Ranger goodies were all along this wall.
Sizzix dies were scattered throughout the store as well.
There were lots and lots of rows of loot. You could pick up Maya Road, Graphic 45, Prima, and the list goes on and on!
The large classroom could hold over 30 students...WOW!!!! There was even a die punch area! Very impressive!
Doesn't the trailer look grand outside of the window?!!

Then it was time to move the trailer up a bit and visit the unique and beautiful dollhouse style Beautiful Impressions stamp store. 
Can you believe that this is a stamp store? WOW!!! I could live here! The architectural delights were enough to invite me in! I was in vintage house heaven here!
The owner Terri Wyzykowski, was delightful and such a great hostess.
Each room in the store may be small, but it packed a big punch! There were so many stamps, and from companies I've never heard of. There was definitely a mixed media vibe throughout the store, which of course I loved! There was a little bit of everything, and what she doesn't have, she will order!
I loved all the B Line Stamps!
There were nooks everywhere where you could find great books and magazines! Of course, I bought a few!
 
 
 
 
The samples throughout the store were fabulous! Many were made by Terrie Lightfoot, a fellow All Things Tim Yahoo  member, whom I met at the store!
The paper room.
The paper room also housed an Art Bar where Amy and Eileen demoed. Don't you just love the fireplace behind the samples? LOVE!!!
WOW!!! The chandeliers throughout were gorgeous, but this one in the paper room with it's ceiling medallion was gorgeous!
The crown molding was amazing!!!!
There was a classroom space for eight downstairs as well, filled with items to use and play with.
The gorgeous banister of the stairway led upstairs to more teaching space that Terry also rents out as office space to those that need it. I got to eat fabulous pizza upstairs as well! DELISH I tell ya!
What a day!!! We were exhausted, but the sites, buys, and especially the demo visitors were wonderful! Thank you ladies for visiting us! Thank you store owners for hostessing us! AND...Thank you Eileen Hull and Amy Bowerman for inviting me on the New England  #PaperTrai!!!

You all know how I love to give things away to you! So, comment on this post, and I'll pick several winners who will score some loot that I managed to pick up along the trail and at The Collins Show! Check back on April 15...lol...to see if you've won!!!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


65 comments:

  1. Wow, two amazing stores for sure, thanks for the great photos. Lucky folks who live there for sure.... Though I expect it could be dangerous for the wallet.....

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  2. Oh wow- this is amazing - I want to live in the Shop :-) The house is a vintage-dream!!!!What a great Day- thanks vor sharing the impressions with us!!!! Hugs Dagmar

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  3. Oh my goodness this is so cool. I am amazed at all the goodies. We ont have tuff like this where I am. LOVE Beautiful Impressions. What a unique store having rooms as essential racks. I souls love to see something like that. Great experience.

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  4. Two amazing stores! So much cool eye candy to look at. Looks like you packed a lot into your road trip.

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  5. WOW...Anita..Amazing stores you will remember this trip forever...the both are packed with wonderful goodies & the classrooms looked fabulous...Lots of fun was had I'm sure...Thanks for sharing x x x Hugs May x x

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  6. WOW! What fabulous stores! It would be heaven to live near one of them!!! Your trip looks like so much fun. Thanks for "taking us along"!!!

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  7. I know these stores...I go there when I can ..... only problem is I have to drive up to an hour to get to them but it is usually worth the trip. I did visit with Amy and Eileen at Papercraft Clubhouse when they were there and it was fun!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  8. Looks amazing Anita.....love to see all those goodies and it's great to see and touch them in a craft store and these two are well stocked. Sounds as though you have had a fab time.

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  9. Thank you for taking us along on your amazing trip! What a great pair of stores!

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  10. Thanks for taking me on this shopping spree. I live in the mid west and love anything historical like this. What a fun trip Anita. TFS.

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  11. You got great pics Anita! I miss you #papertrail buddy! Thanks for all of your help- it was a blast and we have to do it again OK?

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    1. We are so glad you are returning June 6th and 7th. Beautiful Impressions is creatively awaiting your arrival. Anita is the perfect team photographer. Thanks Anita! Terri / Beautiful Impressions

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  12. Thanks so much for the mention Anita! It was so much fun meeting you, Amy & Eileen! Gorgeous pics of BI! Hope you guys can all come back soon. Maybe teach a class or two?

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  14. I have so enjoyed your trip. Thanks for the two part post. I think my wallet would have had some serous damage had I gone any where near those places. Wow, 30 peeps in a class, that is impressive. Our biggest store could hold 25 before they closed. Sad that it has gone.

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  15. Wow! Amazing stores with so many fantastic things. And the classroom looks fabulous. A cottage is charming. Thank you for sharing. Greetings Asia :)

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  16. Wow! What an awesome store! How wonderful to see B Line stamps there!

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  17. Nice! Those stores are amazing. Thanks for the fun tour!

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  18. OMG, you'd never get me out of these stores. I got excited and frustrated just looking. It's been many years since I was in the states but I still remember how much stuff there was in the stores compared to what I was used to. Don't think your trailer is big enough!! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing all your new purchases in action.....

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  19. What a great experience!!! Very jealous! Can't wait to see your projects

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  20. Wow, what beautiful stores! Beautiful Impressions is really cool and I think I went there years ago...or maybe not. What a great trip and displays can really make or break a store. And create a whole bunch of temptations! lol Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I am so jealous!!! What a great trip you had!

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  22. We used to have a great privately owned scrapbooking store here in Apex, and I loved going there. The owner was sweet and helpful, great supplies, great classes...and a coffee bar with comfy chairs where you could curl up and chat or read an art magazine. It was heaven! But the economy couldn't support it, so it had to close. Those folks in Westbrook don't know how lucky they are to have not one, but two, awesome LSS right on main street. I loved the guided tour. Saw some great stamps that I've never seen before, either....I'm so glad you had so much fun!

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  23. Honestly....i'm blown away and i'm just back from a craft fair! Can't believe all the goodies at one place. I'm glad if i can get my hands at a few of them. Seeing all of this at one place...it's heaven!! (:o)

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  24. Golly Anita, I would be bankrupt in no time if I visited both of those fabulous shops! Thanks for sharing the great photos, although I am a tad envious...... Anne xx

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  25. I hope the people in Westbrook, CT realize how lucky they are to have 2...count'em...2 crafty stores in their town!! Thanks for taking us along on you Paper Trail adventure!!

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  26. Just amazing to have stores like these, the Stamp House looked wonderful, so much beautiful character, am such a sucker for this type of house, now I have house envy instead of stamp envy.........lol Thank you for sharing your great trip. Annette x

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  27. What a great trip, and fantastic stores, would love to be able to shop at a similar store near my place but no such luck. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Jasmine

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  28. I wish I could visit stores like these. Amazing!

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  29. О, Анита! Какая великолепная поездка! Какие шикарные впечатления! Я вот сижу, смотрю и сама вдохновляюсь! И не думала, что бываю вот такие огромные магазины, в которых просто сумасшедший выбор товаров! У на в Днепропетровске магазинчики маленькие и выбор там скудненький, и цены очень высокие... А у вас-такая красота! Поздравляю тебя с таким чудесным путешествием!

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  30. What an exciting trip! Love those stores! Shop till you drop heaven! Really cool architecture in the stamp house. Wow, thanks for sharing.

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  31. I need to move to Westbrook CT!!!! How wonderful it must be for the crafters & scrapbookers who live in the area, they are such amazing stores. And the Stamp House is a beautiful building too. Lucky, lucky people! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos Anita.

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  32. Oh Anita, CT is very lucky indeed! I love that they are on the same street! Both shops look fabulously full of goodies. I am green as they both have so much to offer with space (first one) and old time beauty and charm (second one). Lots of inky stuff in both! Safe travels, look foward to your next stop!

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  33. Fantastic photos sharing the fun of the trip - thank you... Have to say I'm a bit envious of Connecticut crafters!! Thanks so much for sharing these and another generous giveaway chance.
    Alison xx

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  34. I am so jealous! Here in Phoenix, we have TWO SHOPS TOTAL!!! It has one of the owners telling me that she thinks stamping in dying out! If I lived in Conn. I would be broke with two such wonderful shops right by each other. I love your blog, Miss Maven, and enjoy keeping up with you and your dirty hands all the time. Thanks for posting. Darlyne W

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  35. Wow! What fabulous stores. They looked positively fabulous. How wonderful to see your visit through your pictures.

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  36. Thanks for sharing your AWESOME adventure Anita! Loved it!

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  37. I wish we had stores like that down here. Looks as if y'all had a grand ol' time.

    Marilyn

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  38. Wow Anita, thanks for taking us on a tour of the two stores. What amazing finds you must have found!! They were both packed to the brim too, nice!!!

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  39. Wow - you've been busy! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win goodies!

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  40. It's be great fun following your journey. Sounds like you had a blast even though it was exhausting. I am seriously jealous. It started with the trailer...as I've always wanted one. Wow! Those stores are amazing and I've decided I'm moving there. Were I live there are no stores anything like those. We have a ACMoore (oh yeah!) about 45 miles away and that's it. Just might have talked my daughter into a road trip.

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  41. What a treat for you to visit those two wonderful stores! Thank you for the pictures- I am seriously planning a trip to both stores when I visit my daughter who lives nearby! I have shopped in Westport,but haven't found these stores, so thanks for this blog post!

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  42. Thanks for sharing your trip. I sure enjoyed it and feel like I was there too.

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  43. Looks like an awesome trip!

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  44. Wow! It's been so long since I've been in a store like that. Both look wonderful. It brings back some wonderful memories.

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  45. Wow, what amazing stores!! I would go broke for wanting everything!! Thanks for all of the awesome pics!!

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  46. What an exciting trip. Thanks for sharing the pix. I get butterflies looking at them. The vintage trailer is soooo cute too!-Karen Seidlitz

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  47. This is one amazing store! We don't have those here in Holland. Well not that I know of. I can only imagine how much fun you've had on your trip! Hugs, Sandra

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  48. Oh to have two such amazing shops within a short car ride never mind almost door to door. Where I live shops of any size selling paper crafting are rare. I think I feel like relocating - but then I would never be home.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  49. It was like being there with you...soooo drooling right now!! Not just for all the supplies, but also at the beautiful ceiling medallion, the banister, the crown molding. Plus those suitcases with supplies in front of that fireplace. Just awesome! I love old architecture and I love scrapbooking supplies. What a wonderful time you must have had!

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  50. WOW Anita-Thanks for sharing your travels. I live on Long Island not too far away from these shops and your pics make me want to hop in and take a drive immediately to them both. I get tired of the big box stores we are subject to here. Glad to see that you had such fun along the way. Tracy P. sprty_grrl03@yahoo.com

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  51. Well I know where I'd be going if I ever make it to New England!!! The first store is so well stocked, but the vintage charm of that beautiful building and architecture get my vote. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us Anita.
    Hugs Lynn

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  52. Amazing stores! Here in Italy is very difficult find this! Wonderful reportage! BArbarayaya

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  53. Wow, these are breathtaking photos - just fantastic stores. Lucky you :) Thanks for sharing.

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  54. You take the BEST pics! So fun seeing the stores through your eyes.

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  55. What a fabulous trip Anita! The stores look amazing! Sue C x

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  56. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! Great looking stores, fun stuff.

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  57. Spoilt for choice! There must be lots of happy crafters living in New England! I love the blue house - I too would move in Anita. Love all the period features. What an amazing trip. Hugs Helen x

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  58. Wow I would love to live near a stores like these! I can but dream! It would be great to win some bits to console me. Alison

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  59. Great meeting you at the clubhouse, it was fun.

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  60. I am one of those great CT people who get to live near these two fabulous stores and I shop in them all the time!!! A paper crafters dream!

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  61. Seriously? OMG! You're such a tease!! Lol. It was like make believe land looking at your pictures. I was thinking, "No way...this is all a dream. I'm gonna wake up any second!" Between the camper, the adorable stripmall store front and that vintage victorian artsy fartsty awesome house with the banister I would hate to leave, I realigned my jaw with the floor.
    Can't say how fun that was to travel on this vicarious trip and now I'm wondering why in the hell did I build a house in the middle of nowhere in Missouri.... *sigh.
    Thank you SO much for sharing all the fun. You're such an inspiration.
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  62. Beautiful stores, I could get in real budget trouble at both of these

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  63. That caravan is sooo cute. Really suits the places you've been, it looks like I've walked onto a movie set from days gone by. These two stores are amazing and so different. I adore the stair bannister and the cornice. What an inspirational place to create in. Your photos are so good, thank you so much for taking the time to share with us

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  64. Both stores had a marvelous selection, but I'm in love with the charm of the second stores vintage setting. Your camper looks like it belonged there. Blessings, my friend!

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