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|Zombie Pin Ups Photo Charm Bracelet|
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Daily Posts & Extra EntriesStop by each day for Daily Giveaway Posts. Summer is right around the corner and we will be celebrating the Summer Vacation with some of our favorite vacation photos. Each day you will find one right here from Laughing Vixen Lounge and below from that day's Featured Shop. We will also be sharing some of the best Summer Vacation Movies to enjoy this season along with Road Trip themed Fear Fridays each week. You can earn yourself EXTRA ENTRIES each day by visiting these posts.
Billy Goat Tavern ~ Chicago, Illinois ~ August 1, 2014
Last summer my sister Lisa and I meet up with Chandra from Junkmill (today's featured shop below) in Chicago. One of our stops was the Billy Goat Tavern which is the restaurant that inspired the famous Saturday Night Live skit "Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger" with John Belushi and Dan Aykroid. And yes, that is how it is inside!
Below ~ Our tiny little room at the historic Drake Hotel. Seriously, this room was bigger than my whole apartment. It had an amazing view of Lake Michigan and Michigan Ave.
Featured Shop ~ Junkmill and Junkmill Relics
Junkmill and Junkmill Relics are run by Chandra from Rockford, Michigan. Junkmill is filled with amazing digital artwork for all your crafting needs and Junkmill Relics is full of vintage goodies.
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How did you choose your shop name?
"JUNK is what I work with and MILL is what I do. When I’m mixing elements in Photoshop to create the collage images, I imagine a little clockwork-style mill grinding away in the back of my brain with gears and whistles and smokestacks, so when I stumbled across the term, it just stuck. It’s actually a mining term for a huge drill bit designed to tear through junk, concrete and metal."
|Absinthe Digital Collage Sheet|
Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"After hunting high and low for cool, creepy collage sheets and coming up empty-handed, I started collecting my own images and putting together sheets for myself and my collage artist friends. When I discovered Etsy, I thought I’d list a few of the sheets “just to see,” and Junkmill was born. It turns out that my friends and I weren’t the only ones looking for dark and moody collage images. I offer a range of subject material, but the Gothic, spooky and creepy themes that started Junkmill continue to be some of the most popular."
“Junkmill Relics came about when I decided to list some of my excess vintage ephemera and turn a few of my collage sheets into stickers … and because I have an addiction to thrift shopping and antiquing it’s since evolved to include kitschy, fun vintage items as well.”
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What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"I tend to follow my own interests and whims when designing collage sheets or curating vintage items. I always work from the premise that if I think an image or object is interesting, unique or inspiring, it’s likely others will too. I’m always drawn to the macabre and kitsch, but I find inspiration everywhere – from Victorian books and turn-of-the-century lithographs to my collections of antique medical ephemera and vintage gumball machine toys. As my significant other (aka “the guy who drives all the shop orders to the post office”) explains when his friends ask, “She sells a lot of junk, but it’s good junk.”
|Matchbox Medley II Digital Collage Sheet|
What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
“I’m always adding new items to the shops … What shows up all depends on what inspires me!”
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Behind the scenes - Chandra working on new digital collage sheets for Junkmill and trimming labels for Junkmill Relics.
You'll have a chance to win your choice of 5 Digital Collage Sheets and a Custom Assortment of Reproduction Vintage Labels from Junkmill and Junkmill[Relics]. Enter now on the MAIN GIVEAWAY POST.
Since Summer is right around the corner I asked each shop to share a favorite Vacation Photo with us.
''This is my brother and I standing under a huge Asian gong with my dad ready to ring the bejezzus out of it. I think we were at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. I don’t much remember the trip, but I love our expressions…. My dad looking so mischievous while my brother and I do our best Children of the Corn impressions in our rockin’ 80s outfits."
Visit Junkmill and Junkmill[Relics] and use coupon code VIXEN20 at checkout for 20% off your order.
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