Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Emmy's Vanity, A Tribute to Girlfriends and a Note From Annie Sloan!

I like to start my mornings here, at the computer, cup of coffee in hand.  My first stop is usually Blogger Comments, where I enjoy reading lovely notes from you sweet friends, old and new!  Yesterday, I nearly threw my coffee across the room when I saw who my newest comment was from...

Annie Sloan!!! 

Can you believe it?  I still can't believe it!  She had read my post, "Ten Projects...One Can of Chalk Paint!"  I wanted to share her comment with you, not to gloat, but because she was clearly directing her words to my readers and the other post commenters as well!

Annie's Comment Read:

"Again thanks so much for this posting- This is one of those postings that makes me think- why didn't I do that! Such a good idea! Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am about to leave for my month long tour of the USA where I will be doing Workshops all over ---Dallas, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington (Leesburg) and Boston! Ticket sales are going incredibly well but there are still places. I will be talking about colour as well as doing workshops! I hope I see some of you there. Don't forget to tell me if you came via this posting - I love the connections we make here!"

Thank you, Annie!  And what a perfect lead into another bit of exciting news...

My name was drawn for one of two tickets given away over the weekend at The Purple Pear for Annie Sloan's workshop in San Francisco!  So yes, I will be seeing you very soon, Annie!  I am beyond excited!  Meeting Annie Sloan and learning techniques and methods from her is a dream come true for me!  When I received word from Phyllis that my name had been drawn, I quickly called my husband, who went to work to find me the best deal on airfare, with the agreement that this would mean he was off the hook for my birthday and Mother's Day gifts this year!  (He tried to work in Christmas as well...but I thought that was going a bit far!) I can't think of anything I would love more than to attend this workshop!  So, I really must say thank you to my sweet husband for the airfare, and thank you, Phyllis for drawing my name for the workshop ticket!

If you're interested in attending one of Annie's workshops March 16-April 2, you can read more and even register at her website here! 

On Saturday I received a call from Camas Antiques to let me know that my hutch topped desk had sold and was on it's way out the door!  As happy as I always am to get that kind of news, it also leaves me in a bit of a panic.  "What's next?  What am I going to makeover now to fill the empty space?"  I wanted to save this little vanity for when the Duck Egg one had sold, because they where somewhat similar in size and style.  However, when I looked around the garage on Saturday afternoon, this was the piece that called out to me...and it stated, very clearly..."Scandinavian Pink and Old White!"  So, I grabbed my paint brush in obedience and went straight to work!

I started by mixing a little bit of the Scandinavian Pink with a lot of Old White.  I have experimented with this mix before, and the color is so soft and lovely.  I especially love the look of it after the dark wax has been applied.  I also did a bit of dry brushed highlights with Old White and gave special attention with a small brush to the carved details at the bottom.

I had spotted this sweet little vanity in a photo on Craigslist advertising an estate sale across town last month.  When I arrived (later than I had intended) at the sale, I thought for sure the piece I had come hoping to buy would be long gone...but it wasn't, it was meant to be mine and I claimed it without hesitation!  Down the hallway from the bedroom where the vanity was sitting, was another room filled with books and a few boxes of old photographs.  I must have spent an hour rummaging through all of those photographs!  Most of them seemed to be of the same family, a mother, father, 3 older daughters and a young son.  Several were of the 3 daughters with one of their girlfriends.  Someone had taken special care to make detailed notes on the backs of many of the photos, which I so enjoyed reading.  I brought home a whole stack of these photos that day, along with the vanity and a few other treasures.

One of my favorite photos, was this one of the four girls and it was titled on the back "Single Bunch," listing their names and ages.  Every photo of this group gave the impression that these were young ladies who really treasured their friendship.  Girlfriends and sisters...out having fun and enjoying life together!  I could imagine myself being a part of their little club.

Please feel free to use these sweet old images in your multimedia art projects. 
I think these girls would be honored to have the memories of their dear friendships live on!  I love sharing them with you and knowing that they are no longer tossed away and forgotten in an old box!

As I was working on the vanity this weekend, I started thinking about those young ladies in the photos and an idea crossed my mind.  Maybe, just maybe this vanity had belonged to one of them at some point in time, only to be passed down along with the box of photos to some distant relative who treasured them and passed them on until there was no one left in the family who was interested in the history and nostalgia of these items.  It's a sad thought, but I know it happens.  Not everyone appreciates the history and significance in old things.  You all know that I do...to such a degree that I just had to include a couple of the photos with the vanity, and a tag explaining why I had done so.  Just in case Emmy had once sat at this vanity and clipped on her pearl earrings, preparing for a night out with her beloved girlfriends.  Wouldn't it be fitting to let a couple of the photos go along with it to the new owner?  I used satin photo corners to temporarily attach the photographs to the insides of the drawers, so that they could be removed for safe keeping when the drawers were filled with other treasures.

The sweet little bench which came with the vanity was painted to match, and I recovered the cushion with a drop cloth, striped with a muted floral flanked by two strips of vintage lace.

All of this talk of young girlfriends is stirring up so many wonderful memories!  And the timing couldn't be more fitting as I plan to travel up North tomorrow morning to visit one of my oldest and dearest girlfriends and meet her first baby, born just last week!  And so, I dedicate this post to you, Kaisa! ...and to girlfriends and sisters everywhere and the special bonds we share and memories we hold dear!

Thank you so very much for your sweet visit today!  Until next time...

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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  1. Amanda, what a great story! It's so good to know where something came from as it adds to the richness of the treasures we buy. Love the pink--it turned out so pretty. Emmy would be happy! And Congratulations on your winning the workshop tickets! You so deserve this getaway but even deserved, it's still an amazing coincidence! Happy painting! Judy

  2. Love this post! So amazing that Annie wrote to you. I actually just signed up for the Boston workshop and can't wait!!! I love her paints and it is going to be a dream come true to meet her and learn from her and the stockists. Love your vanity and the stool! Beautiful. Also love those pictures.

  3. Oh this piece is amazing. It turned into a beautiful color. What a wonderful transformation!

  4. I've been waiting for this post. I am definitely getting the pink chalk paint when I go pick up my order. I have about four pieces that I hope to paint and your work is so lovely that I can't wait to get started.

  5. What a beautiful job you have done , it looks so feminine...And the old pics a truely amazing...I invite you to stop by my blog for a visit...Blessings Lori

  6. What a sweet vanity and love the old pictures. Funny the girls look older than they were. How nice to have Annie herself comment on your blog. Do you know you have word verification on?

  7. Great post. I'll be waiting to read your report back after your trip to San Fran. I struggle on getting the dark wax right when I use it. Just can't get the hang of it.


  8. I am hyperventilating for you! A post from Annie Sloan herself. What a treat! You totally deserve it. Let us know all the details from the class.

  9. Love this post, Amanda. How neat that you have that box of old pictures to weave a story around your vanity - which by the way, looks lovely with the pale pink ASCP. You did a wonderful job on it!

  10. Your vanity is so pretty. I love the coloring. Soft and sweet!
    The photo's are very interesting and I love the SINGLE BUNCH picture the best. Very nice post.

  11. Your vanity is precious and this color was just perfect for it! I just can't see it in another color! Your old pictures are adorable and it is a sweet idea to include a couple along with the vanity. Congrats on the recognition of Annie, and your win on the tickets! It should be a fun trip & we will all want to hear all about it!

    Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! I always appreciate your participation!

  12. Love the painted pieces. I also bought some chalk paint, the graphite black, red, and both waxes. I have used the black on a couple of pieces and really like it. It's not cheap but I sure love the fact of no prep. You did a great job on the furniture. I just joined your blog and hope you will drop by and join me too.

  13. the detail on this piece is amazing in pink!

  14. Wow, Gorgeous work you've done! It's awesome that you got a comment from Annie Sloan! I can't read the blog, on black,and I'm with my grandbaby, so I have to stop and go home and get my glasses, and I'll come back and read some more later! But, I'm happy to have found you and I am your newest follower! Be blessed! Linda

  15. Hi Amanda!
    I really enjoyed seeing all of your projects...makes me itch to get out and get started on furniture...I've kind of taken the winter off...you have some great pieces! Congrats on getting to go to SF to see Annie Sloan...what an exciting trip!
    THANKS for the sweet comments on my kitchen!

  16. It's early Sat. here and this is the first post I've read. What a wonderful way to start my day with such a sweet story. I love old photos too and they are to be treasured by us all. So much of our American history was recorded from old letters. Will they now be recorded from emails? Don't think so.

    The dresser is lovely. It will sell right away. The photos in the drawer are such a wonderful idea and makes it even more special.

  17. I am so happy for you and your opportunity to learn from Annie Sloan at the San Francisco workshop! I had read your "ten projects" post, too and was amazed at your ingenuity. You were very generous in your praise for Annie's amazing product--which leads me to believe that you are getting back what you gave.
    Enjoy the workshop.

  18. What a lovely story. I would like to invite you to enter my Giveaway. I am celebrating my blog's third birthday. See you there :-)

  19. Oh, congrats on your brush (pun intended) with greatness! I would have been thrilled, too. The little pink piece is amazing, and the white detail is like frosting. We"d love to have you link it at WIW, too.

  20. Gorgeous Amanda! I love how you included the photos in the drawer. I've been mixing Scandinavian Pink and white to create a lighter pink. I haven't been brave enough to use the Scandinavian Pink in it's true form but soon!

    How awesome to hear from Annie Sloan herself! I read your post and thought it was a great idea and I'm envious you get to attend a workshop! I'll have to make sure to check your posts to see your creations after you learn some new techniques. Have a splendid day, if you can with this awful weather we're having!

  21. Just a lovely post! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!