Taste of My Week, A Camera Trail…

Last night, out with friends, I noticed my girlfriend had over 2500 images on her Iphone.  Think about that,  2500 pictures!   Every day we have customers pulling out their phones or Ipads,   showing us a project they completed using our products

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a photo of our customers recent island re-do using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, and Toner

or photos of inspiration

I want my kitchen cabinets to look like this…

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and the classic

I want to paint this …

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Often, they can’t find the photo they want to show us – they swipe, and swipe, and swipe through all these tiny images – a rewind into their past

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That’s how I felt this weekend, loading up my camera SD card – it was a pictorial rewind of my week

We got our display of new bath bombs set up

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I rolled this piece out to the floor

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Cottage Paint Awesome Ash over APC Gunpowder, crackled. Top, sanded, stained.

Created some accessories…

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I really liked the color of this metal container – it was black to start with and I drybrushed several greens and neutrals over it – might have to try that on something bigger…

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A green glossy ceramic pot (I changed the finish to a white and grey glazed crackle)  in need of a fresh plant that I didn’t have (nor want, because anything alive won’t last around me)…  how do you stage it?   I found that this container fit it just right –  it’s priced separately…

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Rolled this one out to the floor as well  – I used Caromal Colours Reclaim Offwhite, brushed on in thin layers, and then glazed it.  I started with Caromal’s Black Brown Glaze and a custom mix of a green glaze – didn’t like that, so I added in Molasses glaze and some Toner and got rid of the green glaze – that was better, but still not quite right, so I waxed it with a little APC Dark Wax and a little APC Clear Wax mixed with black pigment.   Waxing over Reclaim is much more subtle – think of it like polishing a piece of furniture that’s already been sealed –

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The inside was backed with our lovely aged Botanical papers (coming to our online shopping cart soon!)

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The insides of the upper and lower cabinets and drawers were stained to bring them back to life, but the sides of the drawers got a splash of color – actually   I used three of our new Cottage Paint colors   – Groovy Green, Killer Khaki and Trendy Truffle (coming to our online shopping cart soon!), and stenciled randomly, using black and white stencil creme

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I freshened up  the original hardware using Reclaim Mocha, a darkened bronze, and black licorice glaze

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I always find a way to add a touch of Swarovski (coming soon to our online store)

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We hung a few hearts

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and when I take that picture, I find myself taking another, of the piece it sits on  – I  just love this hardware….

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Ate WAY too many of these this week.  They were tasteless yet addicting…

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I took another round of store photos, to send to our ad agent –

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We run an ad in a magazine mailer every couple months, and I like to change out a few of the photos, to keep it fresh and engaging.  Sometimes a close up works,

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but I  like the pictures that are on overload-

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I stenciled these tall lamps that arrived –

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unboxed a few others

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I love this one…

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Put these out

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I finally priced a number of pieces that I finished recently.  I hate this part and wish it was easier for me.   It depends on the quality of the piece, the condition, the size, the depth of the finish- how many layers,  how detailed , the techniques applied…

and if its one of my favorites, then it’s even harder to put a number to.  Like this one – I want to keep but have no where to put it….

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I took pictures of some grey paints that we have, for one of my customers  from afar.  She emailed me with questions, and it was easier for me to shoot her back visuals –

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I painted this oak door panel with Cottage Paint Killer Khaki and Bold Black.  The top half I glazed with Black Glaze, the bottom was the black crackled over the khaki.  For a shimmer I added APC wax with Brass Mica (coming soon to our online store).

I loved the bottom combination and wanted to try it on something bigger…

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So i dug out this chest, actually acquired when I was back at my first store, over two years ago!   I’ll keep track of the progress…

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Saturday morning started with a 9am Creating Art with Botanical Papers Workshop.  We start with a glass framed piece of art, and using our paints and finishes, create a new work of art 🙂

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Out of hundreds of aged papers, two of our peeps chose the same one!  I love how they turned out…

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Finally painting the phone booth I acquired from an estate sale last summer… Originally red, we’re taking it blue

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in honor of WHO?       I had no clue who Dr. Who was, but several suggested, after seeing the phone booth, that if we painted it  blue they would buy it…

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Lastly,  these decorative resin/stone finals got dressed up with some new variegated leaf that I was trying out –

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Aren’t they pretty?  The plan is to hang them from pretty ribbons…

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My goal this week – taxes.

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Enjoy your week!

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