Thursday, 9 April 2015

Raising a little cash :)

For the last couple of years I have been President of our little Playgroup and unless any more little people join our family, these will be my last few months! I wanted to do a little fundraiser on top of our show-bag & crafting efforts at the annual 'Shire on Show' here in Cranbrook, Western Australia.

I took a plain little white mini wardrobe and thought it would be really fun dressed up for a little girl and offered for sale in the form of a silent auction. That way, Mum (or Dad, Grannies etc) could offer me what they would like to pay for it and the highest bid, wins.
Some inspiration...

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My Painter in Residence wardrobe for Annie Sloan ;)
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So I painted her inside and out with Henrietta and a custom mix pale green, and made simple curtains with a stunning ikat print. I added some knobs as hooks and decoration and offered her up for auction!

I had six very generous offers, but the highest bidder and the winner was a lovely lady who only lives in the next town to us. She just happens to have a little bit of an obsession with Chalk Paint too, so we always have lots to talk about :)

Thanks to everyone who was involved, we made a great little profit to buy crafts and toys for our lovely little Playgroup

Monday, 6 April 2015

Farmhouse Platters - Seasonal Creative Worshops, Torbay, Western Australia

I was lucky enough to be asked to run a workshop at the very first Seasonal Creative and long table lunch meet on Sunday 15 March - brainchild of Artists Meleah Farrell and Leanne Fry :)
30 lovely ladies attended different sessions throughout the day, including my Farmhouse Platter workshop where they were able to shape & decorate beautiful hunks of raw wood in Chalk Paint, decorative paint by Annie Sloan.


There were some really beautiful platters produced in a rainbow of colours, ALL so very original and different to anything I would paint - that's the magic of a creative day like this!
An amazing long table lunch was provided, as well as delicious morning and afternoon tea all awash with local produce - such a fantastic day had by all! If you are local to Western Australia, please take a look at the Seasonal Creative FB page (link above) & keep and an eye on future dates :)

Photos courtesy of Meleah Farrell Photography

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Project catch ups :)

Bit of a lack of blog-content of late, it has been such a busy time since Christmas with kids struggling to settle back into the school routine and Mum struggling to get back to masses of paint-work! 

I have been chipping away at projects nice and steadily but somehow posting more info on them beyond my Facebook page & Instagram has proven too difficult! My final two Painter in Residence projects been launched too, so let's get posting and catch up!

This stunning little desk or hall stand was refinished in Provence by Annie Sloan

This beautiful oak buffet with stripped top and detailed carved doors had a line-up of four local buyers and ended up selling to my neighbour :) She is so elegant and understated in Old White by Annie Sloan.

Farmhouse buffet in Duck Egg Blue & Country Grey by Annie Sloan - featuring 25 bottle wine rack chook wire frontage :)

A speedy IKEA hack for a friend in Old White, Emperors Silk & Dark Wax by Annie Sloan

And so, better late than never, my final two Painter in Residence projects for Annie Sloan. Firstly my Drip Chest in Provence, Florence, Greek Blue, Olive & Antibes Green

And lastly, the before shot of my Striped Cupboard which I painted back to life....

I have used a palette of Coco, Antibes Green, Duck Egg and a custom mustard tone. The detail was created by using an artists brush and Greek Blue.

Here I am sporting my new, elegant eyewear, hmm.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Geometric red sideboard - my latest Painter in Residence piece!

It seems like so long ago that I was transforming this dowdy old brown sideboard into this explosion of colour and pattern! I know I was well wrapped up for winter and this week here in Western Australia has been really HOT. Yuk.
It was the easiest pattern to make. After choosing my colour palette, I literally made spoldges of the Chalk Paint on the piece, then used masses of small square pieces of tape in random places to create this pretty effect once they were peeled off.

So the Chalk Paint colours I used were Burgundy, Provence, Arles, Coco & Emperors Silk. I really find that half the battle of a piece that is going to work, is getting the colour combo right in the early stages. See Annie's blog for her take on my latest piece; -

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Farmhouse Platters

I had the idea few months ago to make some large wooden platters. Great hunks of wood, spread with delicious morsels of yummy food to share with friends or an exciting food prep' board :)
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I fancied brightening up the wood like the two examples above, with Chalk Paint, decorative paint by Annie Sloan, lending itself so brilliantly to textured surfaces, I could easily slather it on! Using two generous coats plus wax, creates a stunning splash of colour, beautiful in contrast to the natural tones of the wood.

For those sending me questions regarding the safety of the paint with food items, I found this via
"...Chalk Paint® is a non-toxic, water-based paint that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). There is only one Chalk Paint® but it offers endless possibilities."

These boards have been selling really well at the Artist Collective in Albany, Western Australia that I have been part of for the last few weeks, running until the end of December 2014. Must be our summer on its way!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Annie Sloan Painters in Residence - Dump Desk!

My third piece was given to me by a friend who found it at the dump, we originally thought that we would paint it up for her daughter, but then they found a ready-to-go pink desk so this one slowly rotted away at the back of our wood shed. Here she is in all her glory! 
When we dug her out, my hubby gave her a new top.
My colour palette was in place before my design with this project. Pattern-wise, I love chevron but its been around for too long to simply copy, and too neat for me by all accounts. But using the well-loved pattern as inspiration, I wanted to find a more casual design. 

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 I simply used a ruler as a rough guide to paint my lines. So with a new top and paint job...

Can you pick the Chalk Paint shades?
For Annie's write up on the desk, jump over to her lovely blog... thanks for reading :)

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