Tuesday, February 04, 2014

They're here, they're here!!!!

Yup my  Heather's prize arrived.

Paint cans in their own winter wear. only in Canada eh?!




We got 12, yup, a dozen cans of ASCP, a can of each dark and clear wax and Annie 's workbook.





So many yummy colours. Thanks Annie Sloan Unfolded.


It all started Here

Friday, January 17, 2014

What are gleanings?

I love the name of my blog but it is not self- explanatory.
My new in-my-mind-only blog will have a menu explaining the term Gleanings and  have examples.

The new blog may be a while so I'll start here.

Gleanings

pl n
1. (Agriculture) the useful remnants of a crop that can be gathered from the field after harvesting

This is the meaning I grew up with living on a farm. Collecting the missed cobs of corn into sacks for chicken feed after the large harvesters had chopped acres and acres into silage.
Cutting the small broccoli shoots that sprout after the main head was removed.


This sort of thing is now done on farms in an organized way to yield tons and tons of food that would other wise not be harvested.

I obviously take a more creative use of the term!

Yesterday had a spur of the moment gleaning opportunity. There are still piles of broken branches from the recent ice storm sitting curb side.  Spot and I stopped at a pile of curly willow branches and  gleaned  an armful of lovely twigs.
I'm not taking a photo cuz they are outside on top of ice and now covered in fluffy snow.
They look exactly like these

And we plan on using them to decorate the urn at the front door in the spring.  I wonder if they will sprout leaves?

Blog posts need photos right?  So here is the urn still decked out in red before Christmas and all the ice and snow.



Thursday, December 19, 2013

We made it happen

Do you believe in manifesting your future? Vision boards? Asking the universe for your hearts wishes?
I know it all sounds sort of hoey hockus-pockus but I have experienced it enough in my life to recognize it when it happens.
Where is this going you ask?
Once  I knew we wouldn't get enough votes to win first prize I knew we would win the draw for Canada to get $500US for Annie Sloan products. Heather felt the same way. So when David read the list of winners names to me at work on Dec 13 I thought he was joking. But it really happened.

We won!

Cool eh?
So I've been making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty......
sorry too much Christmas radio.

Making a list of colours I want.

I've had great fun playing with this Paint mixer

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The rest of the reasons.....

The contest is over. We got lots of votes, 178 to be exact. Not enough to win but we had great fun.
So in no particular order here is the rest of the count down.......
8.
I have chairs to paint, I'm afraid to count how many. The latest is a cute vintage stool.
I found a similar one done with a Union Jack. http://relovedrubbish.blogspot.ca/2012/09/chalk-painted-union-jack-chair-on-wheels.html
There are also folding chairs and Windsor back chairs. And I have my eye on these six. I bought them as well as four others yesterday.


7.
I have frames,many frames. Small ones, huge ones
6.
I want to try to make some art with the paints.
5.
I love colour. simple. To sit and mix colours would be heaven. I have a book to alter for that purpose.
4.
I have Christmas gifts to finish. A lingerie chest will be painted with ASCP Graphite and silver foil for accents.
3.
I want to sell furniture. That way I can continue to buy it too. Maybe a pop-up store is in my future!
2.
My daughter would be able to give me an awesome gift.
1.
I will paint her some dining room furniture, maybe she will take some of my chairs!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

reason number ...9

 get to do silly and creative stuff like this






 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
no brass was polished making this strip and only one cracker broken.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Top ten reasons to vote for me...

Number 10


Vote

Vote daily please

To give David something to do when I work evenings. Left on his own it is all about the Legos.
Surfing Kijiji, ebay, and craigslist, not to mention flyers, online ads, cross border shopping leads to this.......




Monday, November 25, 2013

Santa, all I want for a Christmas.......is to win.....

This contest.


Please please vote for this Entry. My beautiful daughter Heather and her son Lynkin. He is the sweetest thing in my life. People always told me how special grandchildren are and I thought sure. But man o man I get it now. Pure utter sweet joy is what he brings to my life.

I have promised to paint her some furniture.
How is someone supposed to choose a paint colour. It took my 50 years to Choose a favourite colour. Yup, drum room please, pea soup green. No wonder my first can of ASCP was Antibes Green. I love working with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I love her commitment to small entrepreneurs.



I want them all.   Thank you.

Painting in progress

I read the instructions on the can, in the book and started.
I used two light coats and had this brilliant green. Then applied the clear wax, using a stencil brush with bristles about 1/2" in diameter.
You can see how it gets toned down when the dark wax is applied. Lots of "wax on, wax off".
He it is all painted and waxed. Love how the colour turned out. But not sure if there is too much dark wax.