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! :-)