Thursday, February 7, 2013

Romantic Notions and Scandinavian Pink

Don't you love it when odds and ends that have sat in your garage for literally years finally find their purpose?  Let's face it, when you frequent garage sales and thrift stores as often as I do, you are bound to come home with things now and then that sit around until you can't remember what drew you to them in the first place.  I try to periodically sift through my "stash" in the garage and donate the things that have been sitting untouched the longest.  And by donate, I mean sending them back to the thrift store that they originally came from!  It doesn't make sense, I know...but if you're a treasure hunter/repurposer/creative type, I am sure you understand.  Here are a couple of things that have been sitting in our garage for a very very long time that I am glad I didn't send back to the thrift store.

A metal candle holder and the base of an old broken lamp recently received a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and then were waxed.  I added the pretty white plates with epoxy and topped them off with glass domes.  In search for something pretty to display in them, I recently found a couple of special teacup sets that were just perfect.  The paint color I used was a combination of Old White and Scandinavian Pink. 

I used the same paint color combo here on this desktop organizer turned notions display.

I added scrapbook paper to the little drawers just for fun.
I rarely pass up these wooden desktop organizers.  They can be a little tedious to paint and wax by hand but there are so many uses for them that I think the effort is worth it.  I had fun finding things to display in this one.
As much as I love Annie Sloan's Antoinette, I think I am equally smitten with this Scandinavian Pink/Old White mix.  To give you an idea of how little Scandinavian Pink you need to add to Old White to create this soft, pretty ballet slipper tone, here is a look back at a couple of other pieces I have painted with just one small sample pot of Scandinavian Pink.  And I still have a good amount of paint left in that sample pot!
Before I sign off today, I want to show you my new lamp!  I am always on the hunt for cute lamps, but for some reason or another I rarely ever find ones that float my boat and fit into my budget.  So, I was thrilled when I came across this one last week!
It's just perfect on my desk in my little studio space!  Can you guess what sold me?  The bow, of course!  It's just the kind of romantic detail that I can't resist!
Speaking of romance, are you ready for Valentine's Day?  I am looking forward to some craft time with my little boys this weekend.  We have big plans for some special Valentine projects for the fun school parties next week!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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