10 August 2015


We have had a white and gold, large oval mirror for a number of years, it came from Bob's mum.  It's been in the back of my mind for years to give it some colour.  This was so easy!  It literally only took a few minutes with little drying time.  And I LOVE it!

You can see the original finish, I'm using Annie Sloan's "Antibes" in a thin wash over the top of the original finish.  No prep except to dust it off!

Yes I had a moment!  But I knew I could change it up if this turned out bad :)

On goes the "Dark" wax (Annie Sloan) with my wax brush barely moist with paint thinner, I call this a wax wash.  It is so easy to take this down with a soft cloth and repeat until you get the look that speaks to you!

I rubbed and buffed the wax wash and it was finished.  I'm tickled with the outcome!  The colours and textures bring to mind "Art Nouveau".

6 August 2015


Bob pulled this little lingerie chest out of his stash, he thought it might be useful for me to store my beading and jewelry supplies in.  Perfect!  I was really excited about this little treasure.  Vintage mid-thirties to mid-forties, finely crafted of limed oak veneer with bent cedar constructed drawers.  There are several Canada Cabinets and Furniture labels and a Wilson Furnishings stamp all which I have left.

Character building traits included a few stains on the stop, some small nibbles into the edges of the veneer and several nail holes (?),  A perfect candidate for a chalk painted finish.  I've developed my own technique for this finish, after taking a class using Annie Sloan products at The Attic Door Vintiques in Centralia WA.  I have tried a few other products but have stuck with the Annie Sloan lines.  Minimal prep, minimal drying time - my kind of furniture revival!

To create the "beachy" look I wanted, I used "Cream" for the base, "Provence" for the wash on top of that and a "Dark" wax wash for the final finish.


Other than a quick wipe down for dust there is no other prep!  One coat of  "Cream" done with a moist but not dripping brush.  Go over it with a bit more water until you are happy with the look.  It is worth investing in the brushes both for paint and wax, it takes a lot less time and you will be happier with the results.

The second wash, using the same moist brush technique, in "Provence" has been done on top of the "Cream" wash.  I waited 30 minutes between the first two washes.  For the "Dark" wax wash I dip a wax brush into a bit of paint thinner, tamp most of that out with a soft cloth and pick up some of the wax.  Brush onto the surface and wipe back with a dry soft cloth.  I could have "Clear" waxed over the first two steps and that would have been fine but I wanted a more beach worn look.  The paint thinner creates a bit more texture in the layers, not a crackle exactly but more like fine wrinkles.  As with all of the washes it is easy to repeat the steps until the result is as light, dark or grainy as you want.

A peek at the drawers, which I am in love with!  I nourished the cedar with "Feed-N-Wax" by Howard.  Love that stuff and use it on everything :)

13 July 2015

Just A Note

As you can see I haven't posted here for quite some time.  Almost by accident I have ended up doing most of my posting on Facebook.  Feel free to look me up there.  I am not closing down this blog or taking any of the vintage images off that I have posted over the years.  Please feel free to take and use anything you find here.  I haven't copyrighted my own work or the vintage images, it's up to you to give me credit or not.  I hope your creative journey brings you much joy, as mine does.

3 November 2014


Hello Friends!!
Today the"My Artistic Adventures Challenge Design Team" is Blog Hopping with Gloria Stengel's 
"Craft Hoarders Anonymous" Design Team!!

Challenge #19 For all that You do, Thank You!

Create a "thank you" gift for this challenge. It can be a Thanksgiving hostess gift or a simple thank you card. It can be a "thanks for helping me out of a jam" present, or a "thanks for being you" scrapbook layout. As long as your project says, "THANKS," enter the challenge! We want to see you de-hoard some of your stash and say thanks to someone! (Your project does not have to be Thanksgiving-themed!)

One Talented Participant that Links up their "Thanks" project to the
will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the

Below is my inspiration project.  I am thankful for my online friends, the many connections I have made over the years and all that I have learned in our online art community.  I have received so much more than I have given, it is quite a lesson.

I have enjoyed creating mail art over the last few months and what a perfect way to send a (in real life) "thanks for being you" to some of my online friends.  Heather's  Vintage Autumn digital images work wonderfully with the autumn papers (K & CO) I have in my stash.

This will take you no time at all to whip up, get a production line happening and build up your own stash of "thank you" mail art pieces.  Here I have used 7x10 inch kraft envelopes which I have folded in half, making the envelope 7x5 inches.  Use a bonefolder on your crease, it will be much easier to crease again after the next step. Cut your patterned paper to fit including the envelope flap, cover the envelope with your paper (use a glue stick) and smooth it out.  You can now trim any extra paper from the flap.  I use double sided tape to adhere the sides.  Take a look inside, you now have mini divided storage folder.  A sweet little treasure to send/store bits and bobs.

We will be starting the Hop at the
You can see her Design Teams Inspiration Pieces there and on
their individual blogs.  Here is a list below.

How would you like a SECOND chance to win a 

Hop on over to the 
My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog
to get all the details!!
Thank you for Hopping!!  I am going to be unable to join you but looking forward to catching up.  Have a great time and good luck!

17 August 2014


I'm busily working my way through a pad of K&Co fall themed paper that I bought last year.  Pumpkins, apples, gourds and mums..all just around the corner!

I'm using many of the tips and techniques offered by Roben-Marie Smith in this class and beginning to feel that I am building up a solid base for myself in this new venture.  My vintage photo of a young boy in overalls and holding a rake is the perfect finishing touch, I'm tickled to share him this way.  I have enclosed him in a glassine envelope so that his image can be reused by the recipients.

I used large expandable mailers for the larger two, creating a divided storage file the recipient could use. After doing four, I used those scraps to do a block/quilt look on the 5th one.  That makes me feel clever, reducing the scraps as I go.

Thanks for having a look!