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

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...