Monday, April 16, 2012

~ Me and Annie Sloan Part 2 ~

Happy Monday friends!

Well I know Spring is really here because my Eastern Bluebird boxes are full of the most beautiful Provence colored eggs ever!

This is what they look like..gorgeous!

For those of you not familiar with these lovely birds, this is a photo I took last winter.
The males are the birds in the forefront of the picture and the most colorful.
They are delightful little birds to have around.
We now have three bird boxes filled with a total of 14 eggs.
Now if we can keep the nasty House sparrows from invading and taking over, we will be good.
After the Leesburg,Va. Workshop ended, I flew to Boston the next morning.
If you missed my Virginia-Boston flight story, you can read about it here.

One of the best parts of Boston, aside from being asked to teach my own workshop class, was meeting some pretty terrific bloggers.
I have been fans of these blogs for a few years now.
Far left is Lisa Rickert of Jolie Design. Lisa is the woman who had the brilliant vision and determination to bring Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ to North America and beyond.
Thank you...thank you Lisa!!!!
Next is Jami from Freckled Laundry..Amy from Maison Decor, Patty from Classic Wall Finishes, Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect and of course the insanely funny and talented Karen of Classic Wall Finishes.
Loved seeing them all together.
We really appreciate our loyal Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ bloggers.
Thank you all for helping to spread the word about this magical paint.

Annie and the Executive Assistant and best right hand gal you will ever meet..Teryl.
Teryl traveled with Annie and David during the whole tour and kept everything running smoothly.
I adore these two women!
Just look at those smiles.

Annie Sloan and my good friend and my original stockist, Patty Seaman of Classic Wall Finishes

Poor Shaunna...I had a grip on her and she was not going anywhere until I got a photo.
She is just as down home and authentic as she appears on her blog, 

I loved finally meeting two of my favorite bloggers.
Jami of Freckled Laundry and Amy from Maison Decor.
Amy is in the process of opening her first brick and mortar shop filled with all things French.
She is writing a blog series of posts about the whole adventure..a very exciting and fun read.
You can check it out here.

It was so much fun seeing Shaunna and Annie meet for the first time.
Annie is a big fan of Shaunna's blog and has been known to use the term 
'perfectly imperfect' 
in her presentations about color and technique.

Here is my Stockist and good friend Celeste from Creative Catfish Studios with Annie.
Notice how every photo of Annie is genuine smile...never forced. 
Never an "I wish this was over"type of smile. 
Annie loved meeting and getting to know all who approached her.
She is just that kind of Lady.

Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan
I brought along a hardcover edition of Annie's 'Creating the French Look' for her to autograph.
I found it at an antiques shop a while back and quickly made it mine.

I loved how Annie made each autograph unique to the person.
No Mary from Annie stuff

Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan
Hey Amy...look what is in Annie's book!
I believe you will be selling these chic bed crowns in your new French shop.

The after party at Sally Barker's whimsical shop, Counting Sheep Antiques, was simply 
Thats Sally hugging her very handsome grandson along with more gorgeous stockists.
Just look at the quaint!
I was in love at first sight and had the strongest desire to go home and look for a place of my own.

Snapped a shot of Amy of Maison Decor deep in conversation with Annie.
Hey Amy...might you be talking about her upcoming French/Belgium fabric line???
I wonder!

Yum...too bad I was flying and not driving home.
Some of these beauties would have come home with me.

Loved this vignette of Marie Antoinette inspired treasures along with Annie's
 'Creating the French Look' book.
This book is a big seller in my shop.

I have a soft spot for mixed media art...loved this sweet piece.
Sally is a master of this art form.

And have I mentioned how delicious the food was???
The display looked as good as the food tasted.

Well friends...that was my whirlwind long weekend with Annie and you better believe I enjoyed every second of it!

I will leave you with one more photo
We had the most beautiful crescent moon the other morning..I grabbed my little point and shoot
and tried to save it fore the day.
Have I told you that I have a soft spot in my heart for the moon...especially a crescent moon.
They just make me smile.

Until next kind and stay creative.



Kelly Ann said...

Love your little birdies...and you are still wearing that same smile....

Nancy @ Sea Rose Cottage said...

Janet, It was great seeing you in Boston! I wish I could have been in Leesburg as well. What a great finish to an amazing tour!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So good to see more shots from the tour. I am so excited for Amy opening a shop.

Lady Butterbug said...

Love this post...all the pics are terrific!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love the entrance to that shop. It's one of those lock-up-the-brakes-and-jump-out-to-shop frontages!

Hartwood Roses said...

It's been two weeks, and I can still hear the excitement in you when you talk about this! I'm thrilled you had the opportunity to rub elbows with all of these lovely women. I love that shop, too.

Lady Courtney said...

What fun!!! I think you will be on this "high" for a while! :) donna

Shaunna said...

It was wonderful to meet you in Boston! And what fun pics--you said some very sweet things about me, my dear. I appreciate you so very much!

Anonymous said...

You've had a busy and fun time lately flitting about the country by plane. What fun! I love a bright crescent moon too and think they are more romantic than a full moon... plus, my dogs sleep at night during a crescent moon and they go out and prowl the backyard during a full moon.

Glad you are having so much fun with the Annie Sloan painting!

Gretel said...

I am exhausted! Where do you get your energy from - what fantastic photos - I am still trying to track down a copy of the magazine, I WILL get one for!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Thanks for bringing us along with your photos! It looks like you all had a blast. Love those birds, we don't have those in the south!

Beth said...

Amy Chalmers and Annie Sloan?? So great to see so many wonderful creatives connect!

NanaDiana said...

Janet- What a magical day all the way around. And I, of course, LOVE Amy and have been following her for a long time. Would you believe there are a couple of these blogs that I don't know? Headed over to visit them now. Have a beautiful week. xo Diana

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Bluebirds are one of my all-time favorite birds! We have had them in the past, but the dang sparrows and finches have invaded their house. I totally enjoyed your beautiful photos!

Annette said...

I've enjoyed reading about your fabulous adventure and seeing the great photos. You made some wonderful memories!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

I've never seen bluebird eggs -- how beautiful! I love the color. We have some visit our feeders in the winter, but that's the only time we see them. Glad to hear you had such a great time!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Ah honey your so beautiful. I love this post so I am coming back later today and rereading. I felt like I had to read it too fast this morning. lol
Great trip!
Love those beautiful blue bird eggs. I found eggs yesterday but from a buzzard. hahaha
Love ya

Chris said...

love the bluebird pic-I have tons of them around my place. Just discovered Annie Sloan paint-great stuff

Caroline (Piorra Maison) said...

Hey Janet,
It was a blast meeting you in Boston. Love your post. I had such a great time with everyone. you are all wonderful people and I am glad my life has taken on this new path. Me too many things have changed in the last year. :)))
A la prochaine,

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

HI Janet! What a delight to read this post and get to see all those fun photos~had me reliving the moments big time!! I was so bummed I never got a pic of me and Annie at the barn dinner, but there you go~you took a pic of exactly what you thought...we were talking about fabrics!! I look like I am a little more than intense...ha! THat day was a life changer for me. Thanks doll!