Thursday, November 3, 2011

So Much News...So Little Time!

     Hello Friends....
So happy to see you here and you have checked in at a exciting time for me.
I know it seems like I have AWOL for a while, at least it feels that way to me.
Well I have a very good reason for 
my absence...more of that a little later
Don't go scolling down...
don't you want to be surprised???

First things first
Remember these two dressers I showed you last time.
Two really nice Craig's List finds.

This first dresser is a real heavy and masculine looking specimen.
Please excuse the garage setting, but like I said this thing is HEAVY!
It has a very dark reddish stain and was looking very old.
Time to breath some life into this guy.

And if you read my blog, you already recognize this pretty dresser as the one I took a hit for.
Nice details, but she was very mousy and dull.

 First the big guy....
Here he is with two coats of Annie Sloan Linen, a little distressing and some clear and dark wax.
PS....LOVE the new ASCP colors!!

The top drawer had a pull broken off, so I removed the other one
and replaced them with two very big and chunky
crystal knobs.
The crystal adds sparkle and beauty, 
while the large size keeps them from looking too feminine.
I wanted this dresser to appeal to women and men.
Mr. Secret Agent approved.

I decided to sand down the top and restain ..
again to  keep this piece's unisex appeal.

The very top slat is actually the front to a secret drawer.
However, if you ask me, the keyhole sort of gives it away.
But still cool

 I love the chunkiness of these knobs!

Very cool decorative pulls.

Now on to the second dresser....
I gave her 2 coats of Annie's Old Ochre, some distressing and clear wax.

Old Ochre is a lovely neutral tone that goes beautifully in any setting.
I painted over the metal pulls and added decorative knobs to the top two drawers.

Cool knobs.....right?
Hobby Lobby has the BEST selection of knobs and the prices can't be beat.

Again I left the top alone. 
I am really loving the combo of the painted wood and the stained tops on these dressers.
I don't worry about minor marks or stains.
I feel they add to the charm of the piece.
I don't want my pieces to look new
A little history suits me just fine.
My photo styling tip:
When in doubt, put a plant on it!

I am very happy with how these two dressers turned out.
They will be up for adoption at my Fox Den Space.
My hope is that someone falls in love with them.

 Now for some glittery fun!
I have spent the last few days and nights knee deep in 
Mod Podge
vintage sheet music
vintage tinsel

The Fox Den is having a Holiday Open House on Dec 3rd
I want my spaces to really shine!

What do you think?
He's cute...right?

Finally getting to use my stash of vintage sheet music.
Nothing sparkles like German glass glitter
and vintage tinsel.

I couldn't resist
I had to do it
I had to make some sheet music wreaths...I know, I'm sorry
You are probably sick of them
gorgeous wreaths have inspired me.
Now on to my exciting career news...

The sunrise this morning says it all
It's a new dawning for me and 
The Empty Nest
I have been adopted (in a business kinda way) by 

I can't wait to meet Annie!
This creative and innovative lady
I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as one of 
Annie Sloan's
I have been dreaming of this for quite a while
and as you can tell from my blog

 So this slogan will become a fixture on my blog and in my life.
I feel so honored to be chosen.
Annie doesn't let just anyone sell her products
or represent her style and techniques.
There were visits
thorough (but fun) training
I will be writing about my training very soon (Hi Patty and Karen!)
and I'm so thrilled that they 

I can't wait to spread the word about these brilliant paints.

My idea of home decor

So what does this mean you say?
Well very soon
I will stocking my Fox Den space with
 Annie's paint
and very soon 
workshops on how to get the ASCP look for you home or decor business.
Look for more info on that in the weeks to come.
Thank you Annie Sloan!
More thanks to some other cool ladies (you know who you are) will be coming in future posts!

As a parting thought I would love to share my favorite 
Maple tree
I planted this tree 11 years ago and now I can see the beautiful colors while lying in my bed 
in the morning.
The Fall colors are electrifying.
Just like this tree, I hope to keep growing artistically
Until next kind and stay creative

sharing my good news here:


Gretel said...

OF COURSE they like you!! How could they not - you've probably already got half your blog followers chalk painting every stick of old furniture in their house! ;) Your shop spaces are going to look gorgeous - I am so pleased and happy for you.

Bobby - #4 said...

Very proud of you and I wish you much success to come!!!

To celebrate your new connection with England, I am attending the Broadway show, "Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles! tonight.

I will be thinking of you!

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I am so excited for you Janet! I knew they would love you, we all do girl. xox You have show us what we can do to make our old furniture beautiful again!

Hartwood Roses said...

This morning's sunrise WAS beautiful, wasn't it.

Congratulations on your new career move!!

Anonymous said...

You have worked very hard to create fabulous painted furniture and completely deserve to represent Annie. Wish I lived a bit closer so I could come visit your shop in make a purchase... boo hoo me.


MamaMonki said...

Congratulations! Very exciting news!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Well congratulations to you! They are so lucky to have someone like you who is so enthusiastic about their products representing them. And I LOVE what you did with that dresser. It's gorgeous and so inspiring!

Amy W. said...

I'm a hearing that old 70's-80's song "Celebrate Good Times!!"
This is Super Great News of this Wonderful Advancement in your Artistic Career!!
Congrats....and know I'm so happy for you!!! :)

Wanda..... said...

YOU are shockingly electrifying already, Janet and sure put the chalk paint to good use. The dressers look great and I love the snowman!
Happy for the exciting additions to your Fox Den!

Amber and Brad said...

Janet - Welcome to the Chalk Paint family! We are so excited to have you on board! You are in great hands with Patty, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we are happy to help too. Looking forward to meeting you in the future.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Congratulations, Janet! That is very exciting news.

The dresser makeovers are both wonderful, as usual. Lucky Fox Den shoppers; they get your creations and a source for ASCP, too! Yet another reason for me to plan a day trip to Warrenton!

Kelly Ann said...

Yippee Skippie....woot woot for you...

Annette said...

Oh Janet, I'm so happy and excited for you!!! I think I live only about 2 hours away. I might be paying you a visit...

shellyandrade said...

Great pieces and congratulations on becoming a stockist! I'm heading to Haven too! See ya there!

Katie said...

Congratulations on becoming an ASCP stockist! Love the inspiration from your blog.

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

Congrats and I look forward to being one of your first students :-) and customers

Jackie (Magillie) said...

So exciting!! Congrats!! I will be sure to sign up for your class--I want to use this lovely technique on a pair of rockers! Woot woot--congrats again girl! You deserve it! xo - j

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

The dresser look awesome! Congrats on the CP stockist gig! :)

jojo said...

Congratulations!! Love the dressers, I think the Ochre may be my new favourite.

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations Janet! I can see why Annie would want you to represent her, your use of her paint always turns a sad and abandoned piece into something to be proud of! I look forward to seeing more of your talents displayed. Awesome work!

Aprons and More said...

Way to go!!! This is so exciting!Congratulations! Can't wait to see what happens next!

Katy :)

NecieBean said...

Welcome to the ASCP world! Don' t know how many of us you have met but you will find a whole new slew of friends and great people. We have followed you for a while and love your blog. And all of your creations!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Congratulations, that's great news!

Those clockface knobs are fabulous.

Jeannie-JB said...

Congratulations! I love ASCP. Really want to buy more colors.

The DIY Show Off said...

You've been busy! The dressers are both gorgeous! Congratulations on the Annie Sloan news! That's so exciting! I'm probably the last person on earth who hasn't tried it yet. One of these days I'll get some! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Anonymous said...

Your loyal Fox Den visitor's know how talented you are, CONGRATULATIONS!! I cannot wait until the Holiday Open House!!! Donna

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We have a growth spurt that brought a lot of talent and energy to our seat happy.

Oliviajbgu said...

Congratulations! Very exciting news!