Thursday, September 6, 2012

Painting is Keeping Me Sane!

 I had a blast talking to shoppers about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at the Vintage Street Faire! As busy as things are with three kiddos to care for and keep up with, I am so thankful to have a creative outlet, and sharing my passion for ASCP with others re-energizes me!
 As a part of my "demonstration display," I had a pair of ornate Victorian style gold frames, left one as my "before" and painted the other in French Linen, Old White and Antoinette, adding a lot of dark wax for lucious patina.
"Happily Ever After, Annie Sloan!"
The following Monday night, I taught my first Chalk Paint workshop in the window at Camas Antiques.  We had such a fun evening!  I am really looking forward to the next class!  We have two workshops scheduled for September, so if you live in the area and would like to join us, please call Camas Antiques at 360-834-4062 to reserve your seat.
You would think that maybe after all of this, I would need a little break from painting, but no!  I was on such a chalk paint high, I went home and got to work on a few pieces for the shop.  It's definitely harder to find time to paint these days, so my projects have been on a much smaller scale but I find it so necessary to find the time to keeps me somewhat sane!

This sweet little table has been sitting in our garage for some time now, awaiting it's transformation but until just a few days ago, it hadn't really spoken to me.  I just love how it turned out.
I am a little obsessed with the combination of Antoinette and Old White these days...but I think that is pretty obvious, if you have read my last few posts.
I will do my best to branch out and try some different colors this weekend, but don't you love the feminine, romantic feel of the pink and white combined with the dark wax?  I do!
My passion for frames coincides with my passion for paint.  ASCP works magic on tired old 1980's Victorian frames.  A beautiful frame has so many possibilities in home decor.
Annie's dark wax takes a frame from "freshly painted" to "elegant, time-worn French Chic." 
I can't get enough of it!
I will leave you with a recent photo of my space at Camas Antiques.  Thank you for your sweet visit.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Painting!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing this post with these fun link parties:
Restored it Wednesday at Restore Interiors
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Party at Shades of Amber
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp
Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse
Link Party at Redoux Interiors
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday at The Pickett Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Paint Projects at Primitive and Proper
Potpourri Friday at 2805


Kim -today's creative blog said...

I would love to take a class. I'm in the area!
Can you let me know dates and time?
Thanks so much. Kim
Today's Creative blog

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ooh-la-la! Love what you did with the table; gorgeous! Would love to browse your booth! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend, Amanda.


Honey at 2805 said...

Your work and space are charming! I admire that you are able to keep up with so many things with those three adorable children.

Anne said...

Beautiful transformations! Yes it is wonderful to have a creative outlet!Have a great weekend!

Mary @ A Happy Wife In NOLA said...

Inspirational! I have been using ASCP for about two months now. I can't get enough of it! You are right, it definitely keeps my sane and calm :) Wished I lived near so I could take one of your classes!

Anne said...

Hi Amanda. I would love to be in your class! Your talent is always a inspiration to me. Your space looks amazing. Maybe I will get to visit sometime.
Hugs, Anne

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Haven't tryed the Annie Sloan paint yet, only homemade but would really like to try it soon. Love your work!

chateau chic said...

Amanda, You do such a lovely job with your painting projects! Love the little drop leaf table and frames you transformed. Wish I could come shop in your space!
Mary Alice

Darlene said...

I love your booth space. I would be in heaven if I came across a space like this at an antique mall. Nice. take care, Darlene

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh if only I could join this class. SImply beautiful projects. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Amanda, I love the pieces that you have painted, their gorgeous. Sounds like your having a lot of fun with it!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

pink*cherub*moon said...

I lolve the Antoinette! I'm a pink freak. so it's perfect for me! Amazing how the wax brings out the details so beautifully! Your pieces look wonderful and I love your booth! SO pretty! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

Unknown said...

What's on your walls in your space? Is it wallpaper? Valerie

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Oh, it is all so pretty! You space is stunning. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that drop leaf table is just so sweet! beautiful job! painting keeps me sane, too. ;)

Donna Wilkes said...

Very creative article - I enjoyed all of it. I thought the painting class was an excellent idea. Great job on those beautiful pieces.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your projects are beautiful and your class looks like it would be fun. I can feel your excitement and that makes for a great teacher! I live about an hour out of Portland (toward the coast). I wonder how long it would take me to get to Camas antiques? I have been wanting to try to Annie Sloan chalk paint. I recently tried the Maison Blanche.

Honey at 2805 said...

Dropping back by to say thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Sweet table. I am on a roll using Scand Pink then old white. Love it too have you tried it?

Sherry said...

Your space looks awesome! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

At The Picket Fence said...

You are one busy girl!! Your space is seriously awesome and I'm just so thrilled that you are having so many incredible opportunities to show off your talent. :-) Thanks for also sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!