Wednesday, November 21, 2012

~ Happy Thanksgiving ~


This is what it is all about

Spending the day with friends and family

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Until next time...be kind and stay create...and THANKFUL! 

                                                                

Saturday, November 10, 2012

~ Getting ready for the Holidays ~

Hello friends..happy for your visit again.
I have been very busy getting The Empty Nest ready for the holiday season.
German Glass Glitter has been flying fast and furious to be sure!

My helper Carol and I have been packaging 2oz vials of this glorious, glittery stuff and have lot's on display to help you take your holiday decorating to the next level.
I am offering Gold, Silver and Champagne glitter.
Remember...a little goes a very long way!

My helper Cheryl has been getting her glitter on also!
These glittery lovelies will soon be strung on tinsel and sold as Holiday bunting.
Antique sheet music and decoupaged papers with lots of Diamond Dust for festive sparkle.


I have also been having fun painting, stenciling and gilding these lovely and whimsical Swedish Mora clocks.
Don't they look like they belong in a Disney movie?
This one is painted using Chalk Paint™ decorative paint in Old White and Versailles.

I found the perfect stencil, French Flourish, from Royal Design Studios. 
I also used Melanie Royals wonderful stencil cremes..this one is Bright Gold.
These silky smooth cremes go on so easily and dry super fast.
I sanded the design just enough to keep it from looking too new.
I applied my Annie Sloan Soft Clear wax and then the Dark wax to give the clock some age.
I love it!

This Mora clock is painted in Provence and embellished with 24k gold metallic leaf.
Annie's Soft Clear and Dark wax is the finishing touch.
I am in love with these clocks.
I hope they find a good home this holiday season.

I applied the gold leaf in a time worn sort of way. As if it has been rubbed away with age.
Very elegant.

And how stunning are these Paris apartment clocks???
The Duck Egg color is so great and to pump up the volume just a bit, I added a few swipes of the beautiful King Gold imported French gilding wax that I carry in the shop.
The little gold bead is the jewel in her crown..LOVE her!!
So that is just a tiny peek at some of the wonderful holiday items you will find at 
The Empty Nest.
I will be hosting a Holiday Open House on December 8th...more on that later.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.



                                                               

Thursday, November 8, 2012

~ it's coming...it's coming ~

 Yes...it's finally coming to 
The Empty  Nest

Annie Sloan's wonderful interactive 
WORK
BOOK
I have held this gem of a book in my hands and let me say..
I LOVE IT!!
No more photos, magazine clippings or fabric swatches all over my studio.
Now I will be able to keep all my color and design thoughts and favorites all in one place.
This book is like getting a peek into Annie's private sketch book as it is filled with little doodles, helpful painting tips and such.

The spiral bound pages are paintable...YES, I said PAINTABLE!
That is pure genius.
Now you can keep a record of those custom colors you are creating for your painted pieces and clients.
You will find pockets for your decorating ideas
and color suggestions from the Annie herself.


How cool is this???
This photo shows one of the French decorating styles, Rococo, and how to achieve it with color, fabric and furniture style.
OK....so I got an idea.....
I know many of you may only have a few of Annie's beautiful colors, so I have decided to try to raise a little money for charity by letting you come by 
The Empty Nest
and use my paint to fill in your paint circles as seen in the picture above. There are multiple pages explaining the various French styles and how to achieve them with color.
A $5.00 donation will be collected and forwarded to 
The American Cancer Society
for each 'Play With Paint' visit.
My books have been ordered and I hope to have them possibly by the weekend.
Call or stop by the shop to have one held for you as this creative 
                                                    WORK
                                                    BOOK

 will only be available at your local Chalk Paint™ decorative paint shop..
LIKE ME!
It will not be sold in bookstores or Amazon.
Shopping for the holidays...this will be the perfect gift for a creative loved one and at only $24.95, it's an excellent value.


The Empty Nest
will also be providing you ladies (or gents) with a pre-stamped 
WISHLIST
Postcard for the holidays.
Simply stop by and fill out the card with items you would love to receive for the holidays, address the card to the giver and I will mail it for you.
How easy is that???
Paint..waxes..brushes or maybe a seat in a workshop next year. 
Much more appreciated than a toaster or the clothes that are never the right size...by the way, what's up with that. You can be married to the same guy for 40 years and he STILL does not know your correct size!!!
The Empty Nest 
will have lot's of wonderful Holiday events happening in December, so do come visit and see what we are up to.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.