Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Sale at Main Street Shoppes

The Holidays are here!  

We are 19 days away from Christmas.Have you started shopping?  
If you are like me, you are about half way done!  
These days...I consider that pretty darn good.  In the old days....I was WAY BEHIND!

Well if you are struggling to find something different and unique this year, 
stop into Main Street Shoppes this Friday, December 7th from 6-9pm.

The Annual Holiday Sales starts December 7th.  
Discounts from 10-50% in most shoppe spaces.  
Plus some vendors will be there to meet in person along with refreshments.  
Can't beat that...FREE Food, Shopping and meeting new people.  

Main Street Shoppes will be open and extra 3 hours that night. 
That's 3 extra hours of shopping time for you!  
If you can't make it this Friday, no worries! 
The sale runs from December 7th through December 23rd.  
Of course you will miss out on the Free Food, new friends and extended hours,
 but you will still save big!

Here's just a few things you might find there (if they don't sell before you get there)....

What are you waiting for!  Don't delay....things go quickly.  
Now you just have to figure out what shoppe each of these items are in.  
Think of it as a scavenger hunt!

See you this Friday??

Ciao for now, Kellie

Monday, November 19, 2012

Workshop space, shoppe overhaul and a "Frenchy" chest

If you remember from one of my previous posts, in January 2013, we will finally have a space to hold our CeCe Caldwell's Painting Workshops.  
I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  

The owner of Main Street Shoppes, has been more than accommodating in trying to help us make this work.  We still have some work to do, but hopefully by January 12th, this space will look entirely different.  As promised here are some pictures of our space to be.

This is just something I threw together to let everyone shopping the mall know that Workshops are coming.  
We don't "officially" rent the space yet, so I had to keep it to a minimum!

This is what the space looks like currently.  
Soon this 8 x 28 foot space will look a whole lot different.

Until then, I have lots of planning, painting and sewing to do!

Workshop registration and info - HERE


Two weekends ago, we did a complete overhaul on our little space at the mall.  We pulled everything off the pegboard walls and covered them with burlap.  I REALLY like the neutral backdrop this has created as well as removing all those busy little holes.

This past weekend, we restocked ALL colors on our CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint.  We also restocked ALL our sample size paints.  WOW!  That was some work pouring, labeling and pricing all of those.  Previously we had our samples stored in a large picnic basket.  You had to dig to find what you were looking for.  Not anymore.  We now have a dedicated bookshelf!  So much nicer.

This will make shopping more enjoyable for our customers and more enjoyable for Todd and I when we need to take inventory for restocking! 

We also added this beautiful French Provincial lingerie chest.
It didn't start out so pretty!

The top is made of laminate with a wood trim.  Kind of strange. The bottom had been wet at one time so the gold had turned green and the drawers needed a bit of repair, but it was still a solid piece.
I painted it in a base coat of CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate and then color washed over that with Smoky Mountain and Alaskan Tundra Green.  This picture is the closest to showing the true color.  The others look much more gray than what it is in person. 
We will blame the florescent lighting.

You too can learn how to create this look!  

Join us for one of our upcoming 

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! 
I am very thankful for our followers and supporters.  We would not be where we are today without you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ciao for now! Kellie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

If you are like me, you love the look of vintage mercury glass, but can't afford the real thing! 

 I have tried several methods of attempting to recreate this look.  
Some I have hated completely because they looked too faux!  
Others have been OK.  However, I didn't like it enough to spend the time making them.

Well the other day while gazing over some antique ornaments, it hit me!  
I think I will try this method and see how it works.  
I love the results.  What do you think?

Here's how to create your own faux vintage mercury glass ornaments:

  1. Clear glass ornaments
  2. CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint - Vermont Slate
  3. water and a bowl for mixing
  4. Medicine syringe if you have one you aren't using anymore or a small funnel 
  5. Real Silver Leaf (Art Minds Silver Leaf - Michaels)
  6. Adhesive Size (Mona Lisa by Speedball - Michaels)
  7. Sealer (Mona Lisa by Speedbal - Michaels)
  8. make-up sponge, sea sponge, or stencil sponge 
  9. Hair dry for speeding the drying process (I'm impatient)
  1. Sponge on the adhesive size over entire ornament leaving some areas slightly uncovered.  How much you leave is a personal preference.
  2. Dry with hair dryer or let dry naturally for about 30 min.
  3. Once dry, start laying the silver leaf over the ball.  It will stick to the areas that have the adhesive size.  Use ALL scraps.  I rolled mine over the little flakes so that I wouldn't waste any.
  4. Now mix CeCe Caldwell's Vermont Slate 50/50 with water (you could use acrylic if you wanted to)
  5. Add the 50/50 mixed paint inside the ornament with either the syringe (easiest method) or using the funnel pour a small amount inside the ornament.
  6. Roll the ornament around coating the inside.  Pour out any excess. Some of you are asking why I didn't do this BEFORE I added the silver leaf.  I like to see how I am applying the adhesive size.  I found I could see the application better if I did this before I painted the inside of the ornaments.  However, this was MY preference.  You could do this as step 1.
  7. If you find you have some areas that are more open and exposing too much of the dark paint, simply repeat steps 1-3
  8. Rub over the ornament making sure all the silver leaf is completely adhered.  
  9. Now seal your ornaments with the sealer. This will make sure they don't tarnish.  If you want them to tarnish.  You can leave them unsealed.
That's it! Instant faux vintage mercury glass ornaments!

PS-Keep your ornaments upright until the paint is completely dry.

Happy creating! Ciao for now! Kellie
Friday, November 9, 2012

It's official.....

We finally have confirmation on when we will have space to start offering CeCe Caldwell's Painting Workshops. 

I have selected the dates, but that is about all I have completed.  Todd and I are going to the mall this weekend to give our tiny little 10 x 10 space a complete overhaul.  It's been needing this for quite sometime.  While we are there I will shoot a few photos of the space and share that with you next week.  

Until then, if you are interested in a workshop....and I know there are some of you out there because you keep asking is the time to register!

You can find out all the details HERE!

Hope you can join us!  Until then have a wonderful weekend!
Ciao for now! Kellie
Friday, November 2, 2012

It's a LIFE TIME supply!

Today I received two packages in the mail. 
One, I was expecting.  
The other, I was not. 
 So I quickly turned it over to see who it was from.  
My first assumption before doing this, was that my husband had ordered something.  
To my surprise it was from my Aunt in Kansas City.

I began to ponder what was in the package. 

Christmas...still two months away.  

Birthdays are in March.  

Anniversary... that's in March too! 

What on earth was she sending me?  
It's heavy too!

Well the suspense was going to have to wait a bit longer.  
I had just picked up my daughter from school and needed to get her down for her nap.  

As soon as I put her down, I raced back down the stairs 
(kind of like a kid on Christmas old are we?) 

Never mind the fact that is was 2pm, I hadn't eaten all day (didn't have time for breakfast and no time for lunch at work)  and I was starting to feel shaky and a bit nauseous.  

I had to go to the bathroom so bad it hurt.  
You know...the kind where you are doing a dance you have to go so bad.

I grabbed a pair of scissors and then realized it had a pull tab.  
I ripped it back and pulled down the flap.  
It was stuffed with plastic grocery bags? 
 So I turned the box slightly downward and gave it a shake.

I could not believe what was rolling out of this Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate box....
A LIFE TIME supply of Russell Stover Coconut Nests!
I spent the next 5 minutes laughing hysterically all while running to the bathroom so I didn't pee my pants!
 (note to self:  next time go to the bathroom FIRST)

About a year ago, I had written a blog (Childhood Memory Ruined) about my frustration of not being able to get coconut nests here in Indiana, as well as the ridiculous answer that I got back from Russell Stover.  

I can't remember if she read the post and then we talked 
or if we talked and then she read the post.  
None the less...I am assuming this is why this gargantuan box of nest showed up at my door. 

The coconut nest is one of my very favorite treats from my childhood.
We don't have Russell Stover stores on every corner like they do in Kansas City (their headquarters).  So needless to say, you don't find them all that often. When you do, it's usually only around Easter time and they are few and far between. 

Well, Russell Stover....I don't need you!  

I have my Aunt!  

I'm not sure if I should be thanking her or cursing at her for all the weight I am going to gain!
Yes there are still nests in the box ...
and yes I ate one BEFORE I ate my lunch!
Minus the eggs (aka, jelly beans)

Dear Aunt,

If you are reading this...should I send you the bill for weight watchers?  Because if I eat all of these, I will need to go!

Love you! Thanks for thinking of me! :-)
Monday, October 29, 2012

Help!.. Aging Wax Disaster

I love CeCe Calwell's Paint and products.  I love the fact that they are 100% Green with NO VOC's and are non-toxic.  They are compatible with someone that is a beginner and perfect for a more experienced painter. 
After all we are "Paint Made Easy".

With one exception...our Aging Wax.

This product seems to get the most questions and the one product that seems to be the most challenging for our customers.
I am going to try to remove the mystery today.
When you first purchase a can of CeCe Caldwell's Aging Wax
(new name: Aging Cream) it will look like this.
STOP! right here....this needs to be THOROUGHLY stirred! 
It SHOULD look like this!
So you do I make it look like that! 
Grab a bowl and rubber spatula
Since our wax is non-toxic, it could be one from your kitchen, but I would recommend an old cool-whip bowl or something similar that you can pitch out when you are done, in case you don't want to clean it!
If not, simply clean with Dawn dish soap and hot water.
Remove ALL wax from the can!
You can really see the settling (oils and wax on the left, pigment on the right) and why you need to stir this before using it.

Since our products are ALL natural, the ingredients separate (like oil and water) when they are dispensed into the can.
Pigment settles to the bottom and the oil/wax moves to the top.
REMINDER- remove ALL contents from the can!
Start stirring!
 Keep stirring!
It should look like fudge brownie mix and
have the consistency of an uncooked cake mix.

Now, scoop it back into the original can.  This is the last time you will have to do this.

CORRECTLY applying aging wax (new name: Aging Cream)

These instructions are coming directly from our distributor.  I have seen the process in action and it is by far the best I have seen and plan to switch to this process myself.  I know I have given some of you different directions, which have worked, but this process is MUCH better and dries very quickly!
I would recommend switching to this method.

Grab a piece of cardboard.  Remove about 1-2 Tablespoons (or however much you think you will need for your project) and smear it out on the cardboard.
Let this sit and move on to the next steps (see below).
  1. Apply clear wax FIRST,  to your entire project
  2. Buff away any excess clear wax with a clean soft cloth
  3. Let the clear wax dry completely....should take approx. 30 min if you have properly removed any excess wax and it's not overly humid
  4. Now BUFF the clear wax to a soft gloss using a clean soft cloth, buffing brush, electric buffer, etc.
  5. While you were doing steps 1-4, the cardboard was removing any excess oils in the aging wax (new name: aging cream).  You can see this in the picture above.  Because our wax is ALL natural, it does not have any petroleum which is what dries others waxes so quickly.  This step will help IMMENSELY in the drying process.
  6. Now apply your aging wax (new name: aging cream) with a brush or rag.
  7. Let the wax sit for a bit and then buff away any excess.
  8. Let it dry.  I prefer overnight, but at least for a couple of hours
  9. Then buff again to a soft gloss with a clean soft cloth
  10. You are now finished!
I hope you found this to be helpful.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  I will be happy to help anyway I can.

Here's a sneak peek at our new labels.  I L-O-V-E them!  Don't you?

Ciao for now!  Kellie
Friday, October 26, 2012

I was overwhelmed and little intimidated

At the end of last week, I received a phone call from Chantelle of Bungalow 47.  I consider her a friend and co-worker.  She is also our regional distributor for our CeCe Caldwell's Paint. She said she finally had a confirmed date for the "Big Blogger" workshop that she has had in the works for about a month or two now. It's a long story on how this all came to be, but it had finally come to fruition and she wanted to know if I could attend.  I said I would find a way!  At first I was so excited, but as the time grew closer, I began to freak out a bit!

The workshop started at Noon on the south side.  I had some previous engagements that kept me from being there on time.  I had planned to arrive about an hour and a half late. At the last minute, Chantelle called and said they needed more supplies.  So by the time I did all the running to get what was needed, I did not get there until around 3:00.  Needless to say I was a bit late.  

In some cases, I guess there is a part of me that was OK with this.  Those that were in attendance where the faces and authors behinds some very high profile blogs. 

 Now, most of you are saying....what?  What a great opportunity and you are right!  It was.

  But somehow I couldn't help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the opportunity and a bit intimidated by their success.  I have an OK blog. It's very average, even though I am darn proud of where it is based on my non-techiness.  But it is nothing that even comes close to the influence that they have on blogsphere.  It was a bit scary.  Kind of like interviewing with the top dog.  Needless to say, when I get in situations like that, I tend to get very quite.  I sometimes feel like I have forgotten how to talk and make conversation.  

Am I the only one out there like this?

I had taken my camera planning to take LOTS of pictures so I could share my experience, but again, intimidation got the best of me!  
I H-A-T-E this about me!  

As I looked around the room at everyone's camera, I began to feel very inferior.  Especially when I pulled out my $200 point and shoot kodak camera, next to their SLR cameras on tripods.  I can only imagine what they were thinking.  
So, needless to say, I took very few photos.

This is Chantelle sharing how to do the textured clay technique. 
So cool and can't wait to do something in this!

 After the "Big Blogger" workshop we were doing a workshop for a large ladies group.  
This was much more my speed! 
 I did truly enjoy this and met a lot of really neat people in the process.  

However, I was too busy chatting and helping with projects that I forgot to take more pictures.  Go figure!

This was Chantelle's stage!  I brought the paint and she did the talking! 
She is great at what she does.  
Jill and I sat back and watched.  
We were too busy laughing at each other to do any instructing!
Here are the ladies hard at work!  We had a lot of really great projects finished that night! 
I am thankful for the opportunity and the experience.  It was also a lesson and reminder of how I let things get the best of me sometimes.  Something I need to work on!

Ciao for now! Kellie
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Playing with Paint

It's been about a month since I really was able to get to the garage and paint anything.  We were busy just before vacation and have been running ever since we got back.  
Last week I finally got back out there.  I took some time to paint a couple of tables that we have had in the garage for a bit.  I had no specific plans for these. So this time, I was just playing with paint!  Trying out different techniques and colors.  Here are my results.

This table was painted in CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint using Cinco Bayou Moss and Virginia Chestnut.  I base coated the top in Virginia Chestnut, before applying a crackle finish to just the inset and then painted the entire table in Cinco Bayou Moss.  I love this color.  It's a rich olive green color that tends to change in different light.  Sometimes it looks more green and other times it looks more brown.  Definitely a fun color, but maybe not for everyone.  It is very earthy.

This table I wanted to give it a weathered wood effect!  Not sure it turned out exactly like I planned in my head, but I was OK with the results. 

What do you think?  Weathered wood or just overly distressed?

I used a combination of Pittsburgh Gray and Young Kansas Wheat along with clear wax and aging cream. (all CeCe Caldwell's products).
I liked it...but wasn't in "love" with it. 
What are your thoughts?

Ciao for now! Kellie