Sunday, August 10, 2014

Layers of Patina Advanced Technique Workshop at Camas Antiques

 
I have had such a blast lately playing around with the Artisan Enhancements products!
Last month I had the opportunity to go to a special training for Chalk Paint® stockists where I gained loads of information about the whole Artisan line. 
 
 
A few of the products such as Crackle Tex and Pearl Plaster, I had already been using on some of my furniture makeovers, but the others were fairly new to me and the ideas I gathered at the training really broadened my painting horizons!    
 
 
 These eco-friendly, low VOC artistic mediums were designed to work in harmony with Chalk Paint® and the finishes people are creating with them are incredibly inspiring!
 
 
I could hardly wait to share this wonderful line of products, which we now carry at Camas Antiques with my painting friends!  I have put together a fun advanced technique workshop to introduce the following products and some ideas for using them: 
 
Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone
Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex
Artisan Enhancements Scumble
Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat
Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel
 
In this workshop we will create a beautiful work of art on a 16x20 stretched canvas, all the while learning several unique products and techniques that while fantastic on their own, are just stunning when applied in layers.  The cost is $90 and includes all materials as well as light refreshments. This workshop is designed for those who have previously taken the Introduction to Chalk Paint® workshop and are ready to take their paint finishes to a new level!

  Layers of Patina Advanced Technique Workshop Dates:
 
Monday, August 18th 7pm-10pm
Monday, September 22nd 7pm-10pm
 
 
Preregistration is required as seating is limited.  You can either register by email and I will send you a Paypal invoice, or you stop by Camas Antiques and register in the store!
 
If neither of these dates work for you but you would love to attend this workshop, would you do me a favor and let me know! I would also love to hear what techniques you are interested in learning for future workshops!
 
 
If you don't live in my area but are interested in the Artisan Enhancements products, please visit their website to find a retailer near you!
 
Best Wishes and Happy Painting!
Amanda 
onegirlinpink@gmail.com
 



Friday, August 8, 2014

When Pickin' Friends Know What You Love!

 
Last night I gave my little booth at Camas Antiques a much needed overhaul.  Many of my dealer friends were there working away in their own booths and chit chatting with one another!  Truth be told, often times there is more chit chatting than working!  But we're having fun and getting things done, so it's all good!  One sweet friend stopped by my booth to say hello and mentioned that she had found an adorable pink baby scale that reminded her of me.  Moments later I spotted said scale out of the corner of my eye, sitting  near the back door of the shop!
 

It was love at first sight!  This friend knows me all too well!
 

 

She sold it to me for the price she paid for it...super generous friend that she is!
 
 
And so, I have a fun new accessory in my pink kitchen!  It looks perfect on the island but will display beautifully on top of the cupboards too!  I had the best lighting for photos on the breakfast nook table today, so I set up my little photo shoot there.
 
 
I just couldn't wait to share my new pink treasure with you!
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
Sharing with:
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Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If This Typewriter Could Speak...


My dear grandma just dropped off this wonderful old typewriter at my house last week.  Ironically, I already had the same Underwood model on display in my studio.  I had no idea that my grandma had one sitting out in her storage unit.  And up until a recent phone conversation, she had no idea I would have any interest in an old typewriter!

 
First she told me to do whatever I like with it.  She admitted that she was just happy to find it a home.  And then she told me that it had belonged to my Great Grandfather!
 
 
He used it everyday.  It sat on his desk in his office.  He was the Chief of Police in a small farming community.  I wish I had a photo of him in his uniform to share!

 
I suppose it's fortunate that this typewriter can't speak, given it's history.  I am however so pleased to have it, knowing that it belonged to my great grandfather...my great grandfather whom when I walked into the room used to say, "Why, bless my buttons!  It's Little Red Riding Hood!  She's come to see Grandma!"
 

As I am much too practical a person to have two typewriters sitting around the house, the Underwood that I purchased a couple of years ago from an estate sale is now headed to my booth at Camas Antiques.

 
Coincidentally, my paternal grandfather's first job was as a door-to-door salesman for the Underwood Typewriter Company!
 
 
Handsome guy, don't you think?
 
 
Thank you for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tips for Drying Roses

 
I love using dried roses in my Fall crafts and décor.
 
 
The actual process of drying them is a lot of fun too.  I have found that certain varieties of roses dry a little better than others.
 
 
I have the best luck with my Bonica rose...it grows in clusters of small pink blossoms.  I pick the buds that have not yet fully opened.
 
 
Picking them early in the morning is best, and after a couple of sunny, dry days so that there is no moisture trapped between the petals.
 
 
I like to bundle my perfect little pink buds into pretty bouquets and hang them where I can enjoy them as they dry.  Finding a dry spot, out of direct sunlight is important.  Within a couple of weeks, I have sweet little dark burgundy rose buds that will last and last!
 
How about you?  Do you dry roses from your garden?  Do you dry any other varieties of flowers?
 
Thank you for your sweet visit today!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Floral Memories and Wrapped up Paint Projects

 
If you follow me on Facebook, you might recognize these photos I shared not long ago of the bundles of roses I hung to dry on our breakfast nook chandelier.
 
 
My Eden roses don't last long outside because I run out and cut them just when they hit this stage of partially open.  Of course I enjoy them in vases around the house, but this is also the ideal stage in which to dry them.
 
 
Dried roses are especially fun to use in Fall décor!
 
 
Just before my parents left their beautiful property and headed South for a new adventure last week (that might be a post for another day!), I had my last chance to enjoy some flowers from mom's garden.  I cut as many blooms as I could and hung them to dry under a patio umbrella I had set up in our garage (I wish I had taken a photo...it was quite a sight.  I am sure any neighbors who peeked in when the garage door was open thought I was quite eccentric!)
 
 
Some of the flowers dried beautifully, others are marginal.  This bunch of peonies and wisteria are my favorite and I really wish I would have cut more of them!  They will definitely be on my wish list for our garden in the future.  I had no idea they would turn out this lovely!
 
 
I will treasure this piece of my mom's beautiful garden...a wonderful keepsake.
 
 
For those of you who visited me at the Chalk Paint® demo at Camas Antiques last Saturday, here is the completed suitcase that I was working on for the demonstration!  Actually, the chair was another piece that I had started during a demo at a previous event.  I guess this week was one for wrapping up unfinished projects!
 
 
I painted the chair in Old Ochre and finished it off with Clear Wax.  The pad I covered with a piece of drop cloth and a crocheted doily found at an estate sale this last weekend.  I love the monochromatic look here with the mix of texture and details.
 
 
I am headed to the shop tonight with these pretty treasures and a few more!  Now that I've wrapped up those projects that were sitting around taking up space in the garage...I can go out hunting for more!
 
Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Simple, Stately Buffet Makeover

 
You all know I love a dainty piece of furniture and like to make a fuss over the delicate details with my little brushes and a myriad of paint techniques.  This stately buffet practically begged me not to overdo it's makeover.  Sometimes a piece this large needs to be softened, and simplified...and so I pushed aside any ideas of painting out the accents, and decided to really tone things down this time around. 
 
 
I started with two coats of French Linen, with rough, uneven brush strokes to create a rustic effect.

 
When the second coat of paint had completely dried, I applied a wash in Pure White.
 
 
After some light distressing in areas where natural distressing would occur over time, I applied a coat of Annie Sloan's clear wax.
 
 
This lovely buffet along with the gorgeous lamps you see here are available now in my booth at Camas Antiques.
 
 
One of my very favorite pink roses called Ballerina, is a hybrid shrub rose.  I look forward to it's clusters of sweet pink blooms every year!
 
 
In case you've been wondering how in the world I managed to get that mirror to hang so perfectly in the hedge for this photo...I'll let you in on my secret!
 
 
I had a willing and able (and goofy) photo shoot assistant (Thank you, honey!)
...and a few photo editing tricks up my sleeve!
 
Thank you for your kind visit!
 
Have a fabulous day!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Girly Dresser Makeover and Piles of Roses

 
Finding beautiful, quality furniture pieces to paint has been a little more difficult for me these days than it used to be.  I don't get out to shop the sales and thrift stores as much as I used to.  So, when I get a call from a friend who has a piece of furniture for sale, I am pretty excited...and when said friend says I can have the cute piece in exchange for a few days of pet sitting...even better!
 
 
(A favorite Instagram shot of our little house guest)
 
Just look at that sweet face!  And now take a look at this sweet dresser!  Did I get a great deal or what?  Thanks a bunch Mrs. G.!

 
I have been long overdo for a girly pink furniture makeover!  This dresser seemed a good candidate for a soft, feminine look!

 
I chose Antoinette for the exterior of the dresser.  Two coats covered it well and I painted it on thickly and unevenly for a rustic look that would later be accentuated with a paint wash. 
 
 
I purchased this gorgeous Do it Yourself Chic applique at The Purple Pear!  I applied it to the drawer front with an epoxy and allowed it to dry completely before painting the drawer.  Old White and Pure White were mixed to create the off-white color for the drawer fronts.
 
 
I used the same paint colors and techniques on the hardware, and then distressed them back to show off the pretty details.  They were then clear waxed for durability.
 
 
I had fun painting out the details in this beautiful applique.  Many colors were used here...are you ready for the line-up?  Louis Blue, Antoinette, Cream, Old Violet, Paloma and Versailles, followed by a wash in a French Linen/Pure White mix! 
 

 
The French Linen wash was also applied to the entire dresser.  It softens the look and gives it a nice aged patina.  I used only clear wax to finish off this piece as the wash provided an aged look similar to what I would normally achieve with dark wax.
 

 
My Eden roses are out of control right now!  I just can't get enough of these beautiful blooms!  I look forward to them all year long!  It was fun having piles of them to use for a little photo shoot.  Of course I don't let them go to waste.  All of the blossoms you see here are now hanging in little bundles to dry for Fall crafting.
 
 
I am excited to unveil this pretty, completed piece to it's former owner when she picks up her precious pooch this afternoon...and then it's off to Camas Antiques to beautify my booth and wait for the right customer to come along and whisk it away!
 
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings!
 
Amanda

 
 
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Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow