Monday, March 16, 2020

CoVid-19 closures and how I am coping creatively...Hint, Iron Orchid Designs and Chalk Paint

Hello friends. Here in Virginia, USA 
we are experiencing school, business and event closures with more to come, as this virus spreads.
These are definitely uncertain times and I am trying to do my part to keep it contained, by staying home as much as I can. I absolutely believe that practicing Social Distancing is a must to keep from spreading this virus.
In keeping with CDC guidelines, Fox Den Antiques Mall, where my two shops are located, will be closed for at least this week. So sorry for any inconvenience the closure might cause.
I agree with their decision and hope we can reopen soon.
I will keep you informed.
It's all about flattening the curve my friends!
So what am I doing to occupy my time??
Why getting creative of course!
A few years back, when I closed The Empty Nest, 
I brought home three of these reproduction Mora clocks.
I FINALLY painted one!
This is how she came from the manufacturer. A sort of grey/green...ok, but not quite right for my cottage floral home decor.
I painted her in layers of different colors.
Napoleonic Blue-Duck Egg Blue-Louis Blue
As I painted, I made a definite effort to create lots of texture, which I would need later.
In this photo, you can see the layers of paint and the texture, which I accentuated using a dry brushing of Old White paint.
Gives the piece a lovely patina.
My favorite way to distress and reveal the underlying paint colors is to use a straight-edge razor in a holder. Quick and effective.
I chose the 'Flora Parisiansis' rub-on transfer from the Iron Orchid Designs line of transfers I carry in my new IOD shop.
I decided which part of the transfer to use and saved the rest for another project.
That is a bonus with this product.
Here she is in all her restyled glory!
I love how I can mold the design up and over rounded parts and over edges.
Once I transferred the pattern on to the surface, I used a fine sanding block to give the image a more vintage and aged look.
After I painted the piece, I gave it a quick application of water-based Annie Sloan indoor/outdoor matte varnish.
Then I applied the transfer and after that, applied another thin application of varnish over the whole piece.
I used a little Annie Sloan brown wax in strategic places, to mimic the appearance of age. 
Because I had varnished first, I was able to control the dark wax and keep it from looking 'dirty'.

I love how I can create a 'wrap-around' effect with the transfers.
Now you see how anyone, no matter their artistic ability, can create something of beauty.
Iron Orchid Designs and I can help you.

 Until next kind, stay creative and wash your hands!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Iron Orchid Designs table restyle...Let there be ROSES!!

 Happy Wednesday friends!! 
As I continue to put together my new IOD shop in the Fox Den Antiques Mall, I wanted to be sure to use the products on a few pieces that will inspire customers.

I purchased this wood/metal side table from my fellow shop owner, Carol.
I thought it would be perfect for a transfer.

 Here is the before photo
 Here is the After!
 I created a custom red paint color. Annie Sloan Burgundy/Barcelona Orange and English Yellow. I painted the whole piece...wood and the metal.  

The transfers have a printed grid on the clear backing, which helps with placement.
 I chose the floral IOD transfer called 'Wallflower'. It has gorgeous colors and a sweet variety of flowers and greenery. It is one of my favorite designs.
The transfer was super easy to apply ...just position and start rubbing with the burnishing tool.
 My custom red mix looks great with this transfer.
 Looking good so far.
Miss Carmen photo bomb!
 I love how I am able to use the whole transfer at once, or pick and choose which parts of a design I want to use. I had some leftover after this project for another one later.
 I also used some IOD stamps to create pretty French farmhouse style curtains for my shop.
I used the cute sheep from the IOD Farm animal stamp and IOD ink.
The ticking stripe is Annie Sloan Burgundy.
 Love how easy this was.
So many great designs to pick from.
Come by the shop and check them out!
355 W. Shirley Ave.
Fox Den Antiques Mall
Warrenton, Va

Until next kind and stay creative!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Iron Orchid Designs and Habitat Restore...perfect match in creating a painted floorcloth

Hello friends....Happy Saturday!
My very first shipment of Iron Orchid Designs products arrived at my home Friday and I couldn't be more excited.
I got right to work with some creative ideas for the new shop space at the Fox Den Antiques Mall, right next to our Merci Belle Mère shop.
My goal is to have displays in the shop using these products, so my customers can get an idea of how to use them. 
I was at my local Habitat Restore and spotted some large rubber floor mats for $5 each.
They had some nice weight to them, which would make them lay flat on my floor.
I immediately thought 
 Here She is!!
 Close up

 IOD Cubano Stamp
 The stamps are large, so it didn't take very long to cover the mat.

I really love how she turned out. I used a variety of IOD stamps...Cubano Tile and assorted florals and wreaths. So easy anyone can do it!.
 I also created a pretty Spring drawstring laundry bag using more Iron Orchid Designs stamps and Annie Sloan paint.

This is such a fun and creative way to customize your seasonal home decor and it is so economical. These stamps can be used over and over again in many different ways.
I hope enjoyed seeing what I have been creating with my new shop products.
As soon as I get everything unboxed and priced, everything will be headed to my new shop.
Stay tuned!!

Until next kind and stay creative.