"I just want to create beautiful things, even if nobody cares" -Anonymous

Friday, December 30, 2011

And the lucky winner is.....

I was going to announce it tomorrow, but why wait?!!!

Emcdonald10 <emcdonald10@yahoo.com> (unregistered) wrote:
I am a follower of Annie Sloan's blog and I would love to win the giveaway!!! I'm dying to try her paint!

Congratulations Elizabeth! She said she never wins anything, which makes it even sweeter.

Your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is on it's way!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Just added!

If you can swing it, you can bring it! Workshop

Sunday, August 7th
Anaheim Hills

Have a piece of furniture you would like guidance with? If you can unload it and load it back up, you can bring it(or several smaller pieces)! We will have supplies here(bring your favorite paint brush if you prefer) and feel confident knowing you will have a helping hand on your special project! This class will be held in a large warehouse so there will be plenty of room!

Includes one can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in your color choice!


Thank you!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Upcoming Annie Sloan workshops!

Girl's Night Out Painting Party
Friday, July 29th
5:30 - 8:30
Truly Tattered
Hands on introduction to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Learn 3 techniques, including:

Two Color
Clouded Stipple

Bring a small project of your own to paint in the color of your choice!

$ 125.00

All supplies provided
Light refreshments

Wear your paint clothes and be ready...this is the paint you've been waiting for!
Registration Required. Please visit the Workshop page at http://www.roundthecoop.com/workshops.html
The Annie Sloan Techniques
Saturday, August 20th
Anaheim Hills
Hands on introduction to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
You will be taught 6 Chalk Paint techniques, including:

Two Color
Lime wash
Clouded Stipple
 Mixed Paint & Wax

 All supplies provided

Includes lunch

Wear your paint clothes and be ready...this is the paint you've been waiting for!
Registration required. Please visit the Workshop page at http://www.roundthecoop.com/workshops.html
Thank You! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Workshop marathon...

Man, I had a busy weekend! Friday night, Truly Tattered hosted a "Girl's Night Out" Annie Sloan Chalk Paint party. We had a great time and the shop worked out perfectly!

Then on Saturday morning, I woke up early to prepare for a five hour workshop covering all 6 techniques using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This time I had an official photographer and a workshop buddy, Anne Skougard of House of Anne. What a help she was, and I was so grateful when she sent me pictures! Thanks again Anne!

I had a great group! They couldn't believe the things they created! They were very impressed by the paint, and especially the difference the wax made. I think they all left with a new found confidence in their abilities!

Here I am experimenting with a large syringe to distribute the paint. Ummm..I don't mean to toot my own horn, but "toot toot". Am I a genius or what?! No dripping, and you can control the dose. It's also perfect for measuring paint "recipes". Now you can get perfect measurements when you want to duplicate a custom color! I think I will have these for sale on my website from now on!

Here's a close up of the newfangled syringe technique!

All in all, it was a great two days. We now have some new painters out there in the world. Congrats ladies!

Now, anybody want to help me clean up?

The beginning of the California wine country tour!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Whew! We did it...

Well, I did it. My very first time as a vendor at The Grove flea market at Irvine Valley College, well, at any flea market actually. WHOA! What an experience. I feel like I have a hAnGoVeR. Loading up the day before, waking up at 3:00 a.m., pulling into the parking lot at 5:00 a.m. and setting up by 6:30. I looked at the temperature gauge at 4:30 and it was already 70 degrees. We were in for it! Did I mention I was driving this?

This is what it looks like during the day, not in the dead of night with only mirrors to rely on while backing up! Not to mention I had to maneuver this bad boy down the aisle of where our stall was located while other vendors were setting up. Did you know that an "EZ up" tent is not easy? Good thing we were surrounded by experienced vendors to help us(you just know they were snickering inside, "newbies"). Anyhoo, we finally got the "Not EZ up" situated and we were ready to bring in the goods! Kim and Patti from Truly Tattered brought along their treasures and we were open for business!

Here's a picture of the stall:

Right out of the gate we were busy! I had no idea what to expect because it was a holiday weekend and it was H-O-T! See my cute little Provence desk(from a previous post) tucked in the back there? SOLD. Up front to the left, another desk painted in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey. SOLD. I wish I would have taken a before picture! Here's a before and after of the chair next to it:

A beautiful Goodwill find that had a STINKY fabric covered seat and worn wood arms. I painted it with Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and sealed it with clear and brown wax, re-upholstered the seat and gave it a new life.

Of course I had to bring my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint display along:

TONS of questions about this AHHHmazing product and sold some of course!

Here I am sporting my new Coop apron made by Shabby Cowgirl. I could have sold 20 of these! Thanks Barbara!

Kim, Patti, and I had a great day and I sold almost everything I took! We will be returning in September for another round. Not too bad for my first rodeo!

"The Grove" flea market is held the first Sunday of every month from 7-3. We won't be there in August as both Kim and I will be out of town. I will be hitting the European Flea markets for 2 weeks in July. Oooooh, just wait until you see what I'll have available in September! See you then...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Desk makeover....

So...if you recall, I previously posted a picture of a lonley diiiiirty desk that was hiding in the warehouse of the building I work out of. Here's a picture to refresh your memory:

Well, I've given her an Oprah style makeover...

Here she is sporting Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with Old White highlights. We applied clear and dark wax to complete the look. Then we piled on some vintage accessories. Work it girl! You look fabulous.

And since they don't make Botox for furniture, YET. We say embrace those wrinkles and imperfections!

She's so much more confident now, and I must say, even a little sassy! My job here is done.

Giveaway winner!

The winner of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and treasure box Giveaway is...Connie from Nebraska! I just discovered she has a really cute blog called She Dreams Big, check it out!

Congrats Connie!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and an adorable treasure box Giveaway!

You know you want it. 

Annie Sloan Mini-Stockist Debbie Cooper of  'Round the Coop along, with Kim Kostka and Patti Olson of Truly Tattered, are offering up the above twosome! One pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color of your choice, along with this an adorable little treasure box(painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint of course!).  

If you have not heard of this spectacular paint(WHAT?!! Say it isn't so!), you can click here for more deets. Bottom line is, it's the BEST paint for painting furniture. No more sanding, no more priming, no more removing old wax or varnish, just start painting! It sticks to wood, metal, plastic, stone, bricks, concrete, glass, tile, and walls(did I forget anything?).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here letting me know what color you would choose and what you would paint if you win. Then you must also go over to Truly Tattered and do the same. You can increase your chances by also becoming a follower on both sites!

This Giveaway wull end June 27th at 5:00 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday morning. Good luck to all! 


Vintage Retreat...

Bring your friends out to Camano Island on June 25th for the Summer Retreat Vintage Market with 20+ vendors! Anne Skougard from House of Anne along with Kellyanne and Kim from The Bella Bungalow will be demo'ing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Don't miss it if you're in the area!

Friday, June 17, 2011

"The Shed", Part two...

If you read my previous post about "The Shed" that had been so innocently sitting there full of treasures in the parking lot of my building, you know how I excited I was to keep digging further! Earlier this week I dove into it again. Whoa, you should have seen it! Nothing was stopping me, not the dress I was wearing that day nor high heeled boots I had on that had me precariously maneuvering my my footing!

After I pulled out some more goodies, I sat there in the parking lot, taking all in. My dirty hands, my now dirty dress, and my filthy once shiny boots, all there with me sitting Indian style on the asphalt.

So let's go....

Antique sleigh bells. The sound is unbelievable!

More old bells. All of these bells belonged to my Aunt "Sis". She had been blind since birth and loved the sounds of bells. She collected them over her lifetime. She was also an amazing pianist and organist!

Cowbells. LOVE the "Come and Get it" one!

Owl bells and a super cool Owl hook.

Vintage earrings, scarf, pocket watch and tie pins. Not sure who the pocket watch would have belonged to!

I'm into anything old and metal!

Vintage office supplies.

Vintage paper.

Love this old case that holds slides, of which there are TONS of.

Old projector that was still in the original packaging with the tag attached. I don't think it was ever used!

 I thought I might find something unbelievable inside of this, it was a bust...nothing. But the trunk by itself is amazing! No?

I'm thinking there might even be a Part III for "The Shed". Not too sure, but I'm gonna keep digging!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Store window...

Yeah! The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint window display is up at Truly Tattered! What a lot of work that process is. I had no idea. Kim and Patti, the owners of this store, do this almost monthly, WOW!

Here is what it looks like...

How super adorable is it?!

I went back on my way home after dinner to take a picture at night(ya know, just to make sure it's still super adorable)...

Confirmed. It may be even MORE super adorable at night!

And because we can't get over how super adorable it is, here's a close up...

Now, if you haven't been to this store, WHAT?! Say it isn't so. You must visit. It is so dang cute. Here's a picture of the inside...

Super ador...well, ya know.

Please come check out the new display for yourself and say "Hi" to Kim and Patti for me! Meanwhile, we are planning two Girl's Night Out painting parties. One coming up this Thursday June 16th and again July 8th. Then on Saturday July 9th we are having a special Advanced Techniques Workshop. These classes will be taught along with Anne Skougard of House of Anne(she's a master!). You don't want to miss out! Go to http://www.roundthecoop.com/ to sign up.

Before posting this, I had just come in from going through "The Shed" again(previous post). Ooooo, even more goodies! I'll post Part II in a few days!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Right under my nose...

I decided to take a look around the building I work in. I knew there was some interesting things laying around I that could convert into something! There are pallets everywhere(love pallet wood!), and then I stumbled across this one:

I had never seen one like this before! Perfect size for a coffee table! Don't think I'm not gonna slap some paint on it and add some legs or casters. I'm so all over this.

Next, I was pointed to a desk that has been sitting there oh so lonely, collecting dust in the corner of the warehouse.

Consider it already painted.

Then I made my way to the side of the building to a storage shed. Sure, it looks innocent enough. Just wait until you see what's inside...

I didn't even make it two feet inside and I was salivating. It's going to take me days to go through this shed! I guess I should tell you that the building I work in is owned by my family, I wasn't breaking and entering.

Here's what I found first...

How cool are these?! I don't know what stereo cameras are, but I'm gonna find out!

A collection of old bells. LOVE the desk ones!

Film and film reels, along with some old newspapers.

Ooh La La. The 1948 US Olympic Water Polo Team. My Uncle is on the bottom left.

My beautiful Aunt, which most of these things belonged to.

I plan to dig further into the shed soon. I'm dying to see what's still in there! I'll have a part two to this post.

Oh, did I mention I still have THIS to go through?