Saturday, December 1, 2012

~ The Empty Nest winter window~Chalk Paint™~German Glass Glitter~Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint~Antique sheet music~an Apprentice~ and More~ think the post title is long...wait until you read this post!
Get ready for lot's of photos

As much as I loved my Autumn window display.

I LOVE, LOVE my Winter window!!!!!!!
I wanted to reproduce the feel of quiet serenity after a snowfall.
The antique window greenhouse that my dear friend and blogger Connie, of Hartwood Roses, was emptied of it's pumpkins and gourds and now is is sporting a coat of snow, a lovely lit tree and snowy tree boughs...and of course a can of Chalk Paint™ in White!
The minute I spotted the tiny deer with his head tilted upward as if to gaze at something wonderful, I knew I had to give him something magical to look at.
My oldest son Billy made me this gorgeous antique sheet music wreath.
I showed him once and he just ran with it.
The real German glass glitter really helps to stabilize the delicateness of the paper tips.

As you enter The Empty Nest, you are greeted by white lights...snowy branches and TONS of German  glass glitter!

One of my favorite handmade ornaments that I am offering this year are the tree in the snow glass balls.
I just want to climb in, lay down and make a snow angel

My little Romantic Homes Magazine Winter Forest trees are proving to be very big sellers.
I'm on my third batch, so if you are thinking of bringing one home...don't wait too long!

Annie Sloan had mentioned that she loved seeing her Chalk Paint™ being used to create lovely holiday ornaments, so I thought I would give it a go.
This one was created using Old White and imported French gilding wax..hope Annie approves!

Restyled wooden curtain rings, Antoinette Chalk Paint™,antique sheet music and German glass glitter, with a pretty bow...PERFECT!

Love how this ribbon matches the wreath on this vintage holiday card in  the ring.
Again, Primer Red Chalk Paint™ and German glass you notice a recurring theme here???? 

My sweet fellow Chalk Paint™ Stockist, Bri
 in Lynchburg, Va, has shared
a fun technique using Alcohol Ink.
I simply rubbed the ink on the glass with felt pads and added some finger swipes of French gilding waxes.
I love the look of these glass vintage inspired.
You can find these inks in the scrapbooking/mixed media section of your local craft store.

I am also addicted to sheet music wreaths.
I love the idea of preserving these little pieces of musical history. They remind me that their was once a time when every American town had a small music shop with an assortment of the current hits in sheet music. Now it is all digital and downloads.

And did I mention that I enjoy my glass glitter????
Glittered crowns anyone???

Dear Janet...Germany called...they want their Glass Glitter back!

On the workshop front, I hosted a picture frame class. I called it "Picture This".
Here is my lovely group of ladies that I lovingly call my Lake Anna Ladies as they all drive up to Warrenton together to take workshops with me. See the tall pretty blonde on the right? They told me that on the ride to Warrenton, she swore up and down that she was NOT going to way, no how!
Well after she hunted down some beachy napkins, she decoupaged her little heart out.
She really got into it and did a beautiful job as did all the ladies.
We played with decoupage, Craqueleur , gilding waxes and dark wax.
Everyone went home with a masterpiece!

Love playing with fun techniques and Chalk Paint™ new favorite is using brown paper bag as a sanding tool between layers...buttery smooth, even over a rustic finish.
This sample board was done using Primer Red and Florence with clear and dark wax. A glaze of King Gold imported French gilding wax was brushed over the entire piece
So elegant! is the 'Apprentice' part of the post.
I have brought my oldest son Billy into the shop to assist me. 
Turns out he is a natural at painting and picking out colors.
This is the very first piece he ever painted with Annie's paints.
This old chair was given to me and it was in desperate need of a facelift.

Billy taped it off as we were going to use the chair as a Before and After example.
He decided on Paris Grey and doing 2 coats, only used about 1/4 of a cup of paint.
We painted right over the cracked leather seat.

Using a stencil and stencil creme from Royal Design Studio, Billy stenciled a lovely Fleur de Lis on the seat and seat back.

He took to waxing like a duck to water.

Here is the seat painted and waxed..soft and pliable.

Big Frog Tape removal and reveal...

I think he did a wonderful job.

He was on a roll....I picked up this sturdy vintage Heywood-Wakefield table at a local auction.
Billy suggested we paint it Old White and embellish the legs with handpainted rings of Provence and Versailles.

No taping off....As Annie says, handpainted unevenness is much more interesting.
Full reveal will be coming soon....I can say that it turned out so great. 
Very cottage inspired.

The Empty Nest is also very busy preparing for the arrival of Miss Mustard Seed, aka Marian Parsons.

Marian is visiting us on Saturday,December 15th from 12-2pm for an 'Inspired You' book signing. If you are anywhere within 50 miles, make a note to stop by and visit. Refreshments and fun will be offered.
Copies of 
Inspired You
will be available for purchase and signing.

Billy has really enjoyed playing with Marians paints.
He picked her Flo Blue for this well built accent table.

I call this my Ralph Lauren corner. Tricycle Red (many thanks Holly!)..Flo Blue and the plaid seat Ralph Lauren.

Here is a cottage dresser I have had in the shop since July and it had failed to speak to me...until last week.
In honor of Miss Mustard Seed's visit this month, I picked Kitchen Scale, which is a rich vintage farmhouse color. Billy mixed up the milk paint and started the painting, my very helpful and talented shop assistant Cheryl finished it and I clear & dark waxed it and distressed. The tops were painted in Chalk Paint™ Graphite and dark wax.
A little furniture bling on the two drawers and we called it a day on this piece.
So it went from ..."I don't know what to do with it" to "I love it".

I am planning an Annie Sloan WORKBOOK Workshop for January.
We will break open the paint cans and mix colors, try our hand at sketching and just have some creative fun!
I think Annie would love coming to a party like that...Annie, you are officially invited!
Well...that's it for now.
Until next kind and stay creative.

PS.....don't forget, you are all invited to my 
Holiday Open House 
here at 
The Empty Nest
92 Main Street
Suite 102
Warrenton, Va
Dec. 8th, Saturday
 Painting and sheet music ornament demo's will be offered along with festive refreshments.
Hope to see all of you!



Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your window and the shop look wonderful, Janet! Like a winter wonderland! How nice you've got your son helping out. He looks like he's got all the techniques down pat! Love all your ornaments, especially the little tree with the snow.

Cheryl said...

So that is what Billy looks like without his hat. You always have the best photos Janet. And, love that German glass glitter!

mar said...

Love everything you do...Have a wonderful Holiday!!!!

Lake Anna Nancy said...

Great post, Janet! Everything is beautiful. You didn't mention the date for your Open House in your Blog Post...maybe I'll find it elsewhere on the site. Thanks for making our Christmas a little merrier with all your joyful creations!

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

Your son is a 'chip off the old block'...he's doing beautiful work! I absolutely love your Christmas window, incredible, it! Yes, the post is long but chalk full of goodness.
Debbie :)

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness your shop is so beautiful. Billy so handsome, looking more like his dad. He will attract the young lady shoppers Janet.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I loved this post a lot.... You are doing great Janet!! Well done! xoxo

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NanaDiana said...

Janet- The window looks wonderful and I can see you have a fine, fine assistant! He does a good job. This is a wonderful post full of lovely things- xo Diana

Claire said...

Hey Janet, your shop window is delightful, after a stinking, hot week here, it's so nice to see a snowy (cold) scene......
How wonderful to have such a talented shop assistant and all your GGG creations look so pretty.
The ladies from your recent workshop sure look like they had a lot of fun. I imagine there was a lot of laughter and chatting as well as painting.
Love the furniture makeovers too.

CLaire x

Amy W. said...

What a beautiful blog post you gave to all of us!
Admire,Love, and Adore your front store window! I could just live in it!!!

Frances Tyrrell said...

What a glittering wonderland you have made of the shop window, a treat for every passerby.
How fantastic to have such expert help in-house, as it were, creativity going together with vision and a steady hand. And, it seems, having fun at it too.
Where does one get that German glass glitter? The effects are beautiful.
Happy Advent!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I think the glitter tips of the sheet music wreath just MAKE it! I love it!

Anne said...

Everything is just beautiful Janet. Blessings for a wonderful holiday season.

Aprons and More said...

Beautiful!! I still wished I lived closer.... :)

Katy :)

Amy Chalmers said...

I loved seeing Billy in the photos going at it! Looking very festive and busy over there!! Say hi to Marian for me~

michele said...

love the paper wreath!

hope you'll have a moment to stop by, and i'm hosting a giveaway as well today:

peace to you.


House Crazy in Michigan! said...

That green dresser is scrumptious! LOVE it. Like also how Billy painted the top of the handkerchief drawers Graphite. I swore it was natural wood!

Small House / Big Sky Donna
White Oak Studio Design Hand-Painted Furniture Transformations

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Your whole store looks beautiful! I especially love that Kitchen scale dresser :)

Sue said...

How wonderfully pretty! There are no shops like this anywhere near here, Janet! Wish you were much closer- I do take a lot of road trips! LOL. Hope you have a successful open house. :-) Sue

Kristine said...

Your shop is lovely! I found your website because I was looking for information about Knapp Farm and their super milk. I have two young children, one of whom is autistic. I was wondering how to buy the milk, but with my son, I can't just spontaneously visit someplace because I never know how hw will act or how the people we visit will receive him. So, how nice that your nephew owns it and kept the name of the farmer he became close to after working with him while he was young. If you have a chance, please email me any information about how to visit. Thank you so much!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your winter wonderland window display and your shop is awesome.

Sandy said...

Oh Janet! I wish you lived near me. I love your store. I have never tried Annie Sloan paint before. The nearest place that stocks it is 50 miles away. I guess I could order some online? I love the chair in your Ralph Lauren corner. What era is that from? I found a pair of very similar chairs on the side of the road in my neighborhood. I plan to make them them over this year.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Looks like a shop I could spend the afternoon browsing....hope you do well! Dianntha

Unknown said...

Oh my Janet, your shop is amazing!!! Everything is absolutely gorgeous and I'm blown away by everything that you offer there! Congratulations my friend, I am so thrilled for you!!!

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