The Sweetest Thing & My First ASCP

No, I’m not referring to the U2 tune, but to my first ASCP project!  Wouldn’t she look perfect in a little girl’s bedroom?

This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I visited my local distributor of ASCP, the Little Black Chair, to pick it up last week.  I was so excited to try it.

Yep, what they say is true.  It goes on easily and smoothly without having to sand or prime. You can use it directly over old wax, paint, or varnish.  ASCP is water-based, eco-friendly and highly concentrated to produce extensive covering power (taken right from the can itself).  So I tested it.  I used 2 coats of Antoinette, I did not sand, and it covered beautifully.

The dark bronze hardware didn’t quite fit the new Antoinette color, so I used Kryon’s Dual paint and primer in white satin.  A couple of coats of spray paint later and the drawer pulls finished the sweet look of this soft pink dresser.

Sorry about the sideways pictures.  I can’t get the edit feature in WordPress to work today.  I think this is reminding me that I need to start using photo editing software…AND invest in a DSLR camera.

Here’s what she looked like before.  I bought this dresser 14 years ago for $25.00 at an ARC thrift store.

I’m not quite finished with her.  I still need to distress and use ASCP soft wax in clear, but I couldn’t wait to share my first ASCP project with you!

Have a great weekend!  -Angela

Sharing here:

Wednesday:

Piece Of Work Wednesday @ Primitive And Proper

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}

Chalk Paint Linky Party @ Shades Of Amber

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Restore Interiors – Restored It Wednesday

Thursday:
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change

http://www.lizmarieblog.com/

My Repurposed Life – Thursday Catch as Catch Can

Friday:

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Aloha Friday @ http://jedandivy.blogspot.com

Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

2805 – Potpourri Friday

Redoux Interiors – Friday Redouxs

Shabby Art Boutique – Shabbilicious Friday Link Party

Stuff and Nonsense – Fridays Unfolded

Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday @ Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Thistlewood Farms

Saturday:

Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter

Sat. Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Check Me Out Saturday @ A Vision To Remember

 Rustic Restorations Weekends @ Homespun Happenings

Strut Your Stuff Saturdays @ http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/

Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanne Bee The Blog

Sincerely Paula’s No Rules Weekend Blog Party

A Country Wedding

My niece is newly engaged and starting to plan her wedding.  Remember the awesome gifts Grandma B and I purchased over the weekend?  She’s getting married in an old barn in Southern Illinois in less than 10 months!  If I’m focused, I can get 10 projects done before July…maybe?!?!

Here’s a picture of the barn they’ve chosen.  A friend of the groom’s family is loaning them the site at no cost.  Woohoo!

Outside entrance

Inside

My first project for the wedding is a vintage swag for decoration and picture backdrop.  I’ve purchased 3 flat sheets, 2 curtains and 1 small piece of burlap from local thrift stores, totally $14.00.  Here are the fabrics I’m using so far (I’ll need to add some pink or green camouflage per the Bride’s request).

 

                                                                                                                            

Here are a few wedding swags I’m using for inspiration:

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Ri&Pi via Pinterest and Etsy

I love all this lace and natural colors.

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Intimate Weddings via Pinterest

Floral and country vintage…..love.

Emma's Vintage Flower Garden Anthropologie Inspired Fabric Garland Banner Wedding Shabby Chic Wall Hanging

My Sparrow’s Nest via Etsy and Pinterest

Wedding Garland, Wedding Decoration, Wedding Banner, Rustic Wedding Decor, Fabric Garland, Shabby Cottage Chic, Bridal Shower Decor

AWorkofHeartSA via Etsy

Aren’t they darling?  You can visit my Country Wedding board on Pinterest here for more inspiration and ideas.

Thanks, Angela

I’m Not A Crafter

OK, so I’m not a crafter.  I have some craftiness in me, thanks to my mother, but I am not a gifted crafter.  I say this, because I’m warning you before you continue reading this post.

I recently spent some time crafting……and I think things went fairly well.  I’ve been wanting to make these floating ghosts for over 2 years.  I originally saw them on Martha Stewart, but they seemed a little too complicated for me at the time.   Well, I have a little more time on my hands currently AND I saw this awesome tutorial on how to do it.  I was visiting one of my favorite blogs, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and saw this feature from Love and Laundry that made me feel more confident that I could pull it off.  You can also check out Martha Stewart’s tutorial.

I used almost the exact same process as Shatzi at Love and Laundry.  The supplies needed include cheesecloth, cornstarch, water, parchment/wax paper, large vase, a balloon, and black felt and a glue gun for the eyes.  Combine 2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water and microwave in a glass container for approximately 2 minutes (be sure to microwave in 30 second increments or it’ll get too thick too fast- I made this mistake).

Ghost #1′s homemade liquid starch ended up a bit thick, but it got the job done.  Ghost #2′s batch of liquid starch was less thick and easier to work with.

Good consistency above, cooked to long consistency below.  I’ve since seen a couple more floating ghost tutorials and they’ve used a much more liquid mix and the finished products looked similar.

I had help from Little Miss E & Little Miss M on Ghost #2.  They wanted Ghost #2′s head to be larger, so we inserted a larger balloon.  You can also use a styrofoam ball, but using a balloon makes removing the floating ghost easier.  Just pop the balloon and your good!

Soak the cheesecloth in the homemade liquid cornstarch.  Be sure to cover the entire piece(s) of cheesecloth.  You’ll want all of it to be stiff after it dries.

Remember the wax paper (I only had parchment paper and it worked well) or you’ll have hardened cornstarch to clean up on your table surface.  The drying process takes about 24 hours, so the kitchen table might not be the best idea for this craft….oops!

Here’s Ghost #1.  Ghost #1 initially got a Sharpie marker for eyes, but they weren’t dramatic enough, so I cut out black felt and got to hot-glueing them on.

SPOOKY!

Here’s Ghost #2.

They didn’t turn out exactly like Love and Laundry’s, but I’m happy with them.

We host our neighborhood’s Halloween party every year and I think these will make a great addition to my home’s spooky decor.  Little Miss E & Little Miss M are in love.

I’m thinking that next year, I’ll make some in a smaller version, like these from Country Living:

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I also made this quick little wreath from a styrofoam plate, orange and black mesh and black fringe wire (all things that were lying around the house/craft room).

I cut out the inside of the plate so it looked like this:

I simply cut strips of the mesh and black wire and tied them individually to the plate “ring”.  The styrofoam plate tears easily, so be gentle when tying on the mesh.

Easy Peasy!

Our Halloween front door decor:  homemade Halloween wreath with Do Not Enter tape compliments of Little Miss E.

I think I fulfilled my crafts for the month of October.  I couldn’t help but be inspired by visiting all of my wonderful crafty blogger friends out there.

I’m sticking to my painting projects for a while!

Thanks, Angela

The Paris Street Market Colorado Style

Grandma B and I went to the last Paris Street Market of the season on Saturday.  So much fun!  It’s a great market to find unique vintage items and antiques, painted furniture, and local artisan goodies.  You can visit the website here and peruse pictures of the wonderful vendors.

They had to close down a little early due to snow, yes snow!  It was a cold day out there, but we stayed warm with hot coffee and we had a lot of fun.

We were on the lookout for fun vintage fabrics, lovely painted furniture, antiques, creative crafts, repurposed and upcycled ideas, and a gift for my newly engaged niece.  We purchased this cross and a napkin holder made out of horseshoes.  Aren’t they cute?  I’m sure my niece and her fiance will love them and I’m thinking we could also hang the cross at the wedding.  They are planning a country wedding in an old barn in the summer.  I can’t wait to start planning the decor.

Grandma B

I couldn’t help but snap a pic of this black metal bench made from an old headboard and stained boards.

We both thought these pumpkins were super cute.  Burlap for the hair and a coil for the mouth.

I wish I would’ve taken more pictures for you guys, but my hands were literally freezing!

Until next year Paris Street Market……..I’m hoping we’ll have our own booth next time around!

Thanks for visiting, Angela

ASCP & Snow

It’s here!  It’s here!  I  woke up to our first snow fall of the season!  It was 80 degrees earlier this week and my girls were wearing shorts, typical Colorado weather.  The first snow fall is a very exciting time around our house, it means that ski season is upon us (and sledding too) and since Little Miss M will be skiing for the first time this winter, she is especially stoked.  Here are a couple of pictures of our backyard with the first dusting of snow.

But what is more exciting than the first snowfall of the season, I ask you?!?  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  It is actually in my house, for the first time!  I’ve been waiting a couple of years to buy ASCP.  I sold my first official piece of furniture last week (yeah!) and wanted to use the “seed” money to do a couple of upgrades to Mrs. White Twig & Tea.

First on the list was to drop the wordpress.com from my url.  Now my followers and visitors can use both http://mrswhitetwigandtea.wordpress.com and http://mrswhitetwigandtea.com urls to access my blog.  Yeah!

Second was to purchase the famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  There is only one ASCP supplier near me and it’s this awesome shop called the Little Black Chair.  I would’ve ordered online, but I’m so glad I was able to visit the Little Black Chair.  It’s an incredibly wonderful shop with a huge selection of beautiful furniture painted with ASCP using many different techniques.  The staff took time to help me decide on colors and discuss the application of ASCP wax and the importance of using the wax brush.

The first color I chose was Antoinette.  It’s a gorgeous light rosy pink and perfect for the dresser and mirror that I’m planning to paint for a little girls room.

After much discussion with the staff at the Little Black Chair, I also bought Old White.  I have quite a few pieces in line for this white.

Then came the wax.  I chose clear wax specifically for the pink dresser and a little coffee table.  I really wanted the dark wax too, but baby steps, baby steps.

After reading tutorials and blogs galore on ASCP, I decided it was worth it to also purchase the wax brush.

I love, love the Little Black Chair logo and how they used the “h” to spell chair.   You can visit the Little Black Chair’s blog here and find information on their ASCP workshops here.

My Mom is in town for the weekend and we’re off to the Paris Street Market!  I’m excited to find some vintage antique treasures and to see some fellow Coloradans creations.

Have a great weekend!  -Angela

Introducing Grandma B

Today I’m introducing Grandma B (AKA My Mom)!!!!!  The most crafty person I’ve ever known, not to mention the best Mom ever, the most supportive and kind person I know, and quilter and seamstress extraordinaire.  She’s not afraid to try anything craft related (I wish she had been here for the ghost project I’m sharing tomorrow).  Most importantly, this time of year, the best handmade/homemade costume designer!

Halloween was always an exciting time in our household when I was growing up, my Mom made all 3 of us amazing Halloween costumes every single year and now she’s making them for her grandchildren.  This year Little Miss M chose to be a unicorn.  Grandma B got right to it.  Little Miss M is pretty low maintenance and def. not a flashy kinda girl, she chose a costume made from a sweatshirt and matching sweatpants.  It’s so perfect for Little Miss M, I can’t even tell you!

The unicorn head is removable and made out of fleece to keep her head warm on Halloween night.  You never know what the temperature is gonna be like on Halloween night in Colorado.  We’ve had years when it’s been snowing and years when it’s 60 degrees.  You can’t take chances on being cold on Halloween night, you’d miss out on too much candy and fun!

Check out the four hooves made from felt and elastic.

Grandma B used a white and gold sparkly boa for the mane and tail.  The alicorn (the horn) is made of white silk fabric and stuffing.

She wouldn’t take it off for the first 2 hours after opening the box.  Can’t wait to take this one trick-or-treating.

Grandma B’s Handmades will be joining Mrs. White Twig & Tea on Etsy soon.  I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s getting close.

Thanks so much Mom!  You ROCK and I love you!