Sunday, April 22, 2012

Winner of the CeCe Caldwell Gift Basket

Thanks to everyone that stopped by on Saturday for the in store demo!  We had a pretty good turn out! It was a lot of fun getting to meet each of you and chat about paint!  

Again....here is the gift basket that was to be given away!


CONGRATULATIONS!  
Dianne C. (I emailed you).You can pick it up at the store since you are local! 
They are expecting you!
Thanks so much!

For the 3 finalist of the first round drawing...I started to think that I owed you at least something.  So I decided I would send one of the three finialist 2 samples of CeCe Caldwell's paint in the color of your choice (I put all 3 names in a basket and had my husband draw). 

CONGRATULATIONS .....Kelly #36

Please contact me with your mailing address and your 2 color choices and I will get those in the mail!  Thanks again to everyone that participated.  I was a lot of fun!  Happy New Week!  

Ciao for now! Kellie
Friday, April 20, 2012

First Round Winners Are...

 Welcome to all the new followers! Thank you to everyone that jumped on board for the contest. It was fun to see all the daily activity!

 I am going to keep this short since it's 11:23pm and I have a demo at the mall tomorrow morning! Here is a reminder of the CeCe Caldwell's Gift Basket that I am giving away!
Included in the basket:
  • One quart of CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint in the color of your choice
  • One 16oz Can of CeCe Caldwell's All Natural Clear Finishing Wax
  • One 2" All Natural Bristle Chip Brush
  • One 3" All Natural Bristle Chip Brush
  • One Fine Grit Sanding Sponge
  • One Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
  • One Extra Fine Piece of Steel Wool
  • One Terrycloth Waxing/Buffing Rag
  • One fun festive galvanized steel bucket!
Total Value of the gift basket - $78.00

Just as a reminder...I picked 3 random numbers from Random.org.  

The 3 top numbers will now be entered (5 times by hand written, paper entries) into the second round drawing that will be held tomorrow, April 21st!  
For a full list of contest details, click here!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:

#19 - The Partons
#30 - Kris
#36 - Kelly

And just so you know I really did enter your name....

Hope you will be able to join us in person at the mall tomorrow! If not, thanks for stopping by and helping us share this WONDERFUL paint!  Congrats again to #19, #30, and #36!

Join us - The Pauper's Castle - Shop #33
Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 3pm 
at Main Street Shoppes in Westfield...

Special in store only pricing from 
11am - 3pm, Saturday, April 21st

CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint 
will be $29.95 per quart  
(normally $35.95, limited to stock on hand)  

Wax will be $26.95 per 16oz can 
(normally $28.95, limited to stock on hand)

This pricing is ONLY good in store on 
April 21st from 11am -3pm
 
Good night! Kellie

One Rocker - Multiple Lives

This child's rocker was built by my Dad; Goos Woodworks.  I had originally thought it would be best to leave it unfinished.  That way the person that bought it could paint or finish to match their decor.  That didn't go over so well.  It sat for about 6 months!  
So then I decided that I would paint it.  I wasn't sure what color to go with.  Gut....something bright and fun. However, that didn't seem to be "universal".  So I went against my gut and went neutral.  Something that would appeal to most.  I painted it a very pale green.  So pale it almost seemed off white.
Apparently...it didn't impress me too much! 
This was the ONLY photo I could find of it!  I think it was like this for almost a year! 
BORING!!
Well, I finally decided it was time to go with my gut.  Go Bold!
Ah!  Much better!  I painted the entire rocker in CeCe Caldwell's Blue Montana Sky!
Then I free handed some numbers on with regular chalk.  This works REALLY well!  Once you paint in the numbers and let the paint dry, simply wipe away the chalk lines!  
No one will ever know!
Maybe the third life of this little rocker will allow it to find it's forever home!  
I hope so, I REALLY like it now!  Should have went with my gut the first time!

The lamp in the photo was a Goodwill purchase.  I have a thing for milk glass lamps!  This one however, I am not sure what they were thinking when the added the wood center.  It just didn't do it justice.
When I purchased it, I envisioned a fun pop of color.  I decided to go with CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint in Spring Hill Green.
I planned to add a white shade with green ribbon on the trim!  
Target saved me the energy.  I found the lamp shade at Target...as is!  
It was a perfect match.  Life is good!

DON'T FORGET....
THE CECE CALDWELL'S GIFT BASKET GIVE-AWAY PART I, ENDS TONIGHT!
http://www.thepauperscastle.com/2012/04/win-cece-caldwells-chalk-clay-paint.html
Click Here for Contest

Happy Painting! Ciao for now! Kellie


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Damask Night Stand

Mr. T and I FINALLY made it to this little place that we found last fall to do some shopping this weekend.  When we stumbled up it last fall we had our little one with us and it just wasn't condusive for true treasure hunting. We have been talking about getting back to this place, but hadn't until this weekend.  It's one of those places that you have to climb over things to get to the next.  It's dusty, dirty, but full of treasures. You know the kind you walk in and you're glad you have closed toed shoes on, but wish you would have brought your gloves too. We were hoping to have a sitter the next time we went  back since it's not the most ideal place for a 3 year old.  However, lining up a sitter sounds easier than it is sometimes.  These days teenagers are so busy playing sports and working you have to book them weeks in advance. And since you have to call ahead to make sure the place is even open...planning weeks in advance just doesn't work in this case.  So our family of 3 went to do a little hunting and before we got there we practiced "keeping our hands in our pockets".  Those of you with little ones know EXACTLY what I am talking about.  This place makes my heart flutter.  So many treasures and you can only take a few...mostly because I don't have a vehicle large enough to fit them all in!



I thought I would start by sharing the little night stands we picked up.  It is solid rock maple (Condider H. Willett Furniture Company out of Louisville, KY) and must weigh 25-30 pounds.  The finish was in rough condition, but the piece was a solid as the day it was built.  So we snagged it!  I couldn't wait to get started painting it.  It's been several weeks since I have made it to the garage and I was missing it.



I washed the piece with TSP-PF before painting it in 
CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint.

WOW! 
 I have mentioned before that I always wash my pieces with TSP-FP?
This picture should speak a THOUSAND words!!

 This was the 
DIRTIEST WATER!

If you haven't been washing your pieces before you paint....maybe you will want to now?

And yes....this was the ONLY piece I washed! And yes...that is WATER and not motor oil!

 This was the piece after it had been cleaned. 

 You could tell from washing it down, while the wood was wet, that it must have been a  beautiful finish in it's prime.  I loved the wood grain and the pegs on the corners. I wanted to keep some of the original characters showing. 
So Mr. T kindly sanded the top so that I could stain it.  

I was right, this picture does NOT do it justice.  It is absolutely stunning wood.

I painted the body of the night stand in CeCe Caldwell's Blue Montana Sky and then added a faux damask look to the fronts of the drawers with Memphis Blue.  I also painted the drawer pulls in Memphis Blue. 
Sophisticated, casual and whimsical all at the same time!

I snagged a FANTASTICALLY beautiful occasional table that has the most glorious detail.  Can't wait to share.

Until then, don't forget about the contest we have going on.  It ends on Saturday! Win this gift basket of CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay paint in the color of your choice.  Plus a can of her all natural wax and some other fun accessories!
CLICK HERE to find out how to win!
Ciao for now! Kellie
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

WIN - CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint, Plus SPECIAL Pricing!

  If you haven't tried CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint...
you are missing out!  

Why is this paint so fabulous?  

Because it's all natural, 100% Green Paint.  
NO VOC's, NO odor and completely Non-Toxic. 
Plus...NO prep work!  

Could it get any better? 


What if you could win a FULL quart of 
CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint 
in the color of your choice?  

What about a FULL can of CeCe Caldwell's all natural wax?


Join us - The Pauper's Castle - Shop #33
Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 3pm 
at Main Street Shoppes in Westfield...

For Special In Store Pricing and a Chance to Win Some CeCe Caldwell's Paint and Wax!

Since we are in an antique mall we don't get a chance to meet our customers on a daily basis like we could if we had a free standing store (hmm...maybe someday).  

We would love to meet you! 

Mr. T and I will be there to get to know you, hear about your projects and answer any questions you may have about CeCe's Paint. 

We will be doing a small demo with the paint as well! 


 Special in store only pricing from 
11am - 3pm, Saturday, April 21st

CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint 
will be $29.95 per quart  
(normally $35.95, limited to stock on hand)  

Wax will be $26.95 per 16oz can 
(normally $28.95, limited to stock on hand)

This pricing is ONLY good in store on 
April 21st from 11am -3pm


Can't join us in person?  No worries, I haven't left you out!  
You STILL have a chance to win this great basket! 
Included in the basket:
  • One quart of CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint in the color of your choice
  • One 16oz Can of CeCe Caldwell's All Natural Clear Finishing Wax
  • One 2" All Natural Bristle Chip Brush
  • One 3" All Natural Bristle Chip Brush
  • One Fine Grit Sanding Sponge
  • One Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
  • One Extra Fine Piece of Steel Wool
  • One Terrycloth Waxing/Buffing Rag
  • One fun festive galvanized steel bucket!
Total Value of the gift basket - $78.00

Here's the contest rules!

1st Round Entry Process

Receive 1 entry for each of the following bullets.   

In order to receive 1 entry for each bullet you MUST leave a separate comment for each one.
  • Like us on Facebook and then come back and leave a comment that you "liked" us
  • Follow us on Twitter and then come back and leave a comment that you are "following" us
  • Like Main Street Shoppes on Facebook and then come back and leave a comment that you "liked" the mall.  This is where we have our little shop.
  • Be a "follower" of the blog and leave a comment that you are now following The Pauper's Castle
I will use Random.org to select 3 numbers.  These 3 numbers will then receive 5 hand written, paper entries into the FINAL drawing that will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  I will post the three finalist of the 1st round, to the Blog, Facebook and Twitter on Friday, April 20, 2012.

2nd Round Entry Process

  • 5 ENTRIES - JUST COME IN! - Visit us at Main Street Shoppes on Saturday, April 21, 2012 between 11am - 3pm
  • 1 ENTRY - for every can of paint/waxe purchased on Saturday, April 21, 2012 between 11-3pm
  • 3 ENTRIES - Make a $5.00 online donation to The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. Please email me letting me know that you were kind enough to do this. Subject line should read: Donation  (This is a personal project of mine.  I suffered from severe postpartum preeclampsia with the birth of my daughter. Because of this life changing experience I am the Walk Coordinator for the Indianapolis Promise Walk.  A Heartfelt Thank You in advance for those that choose to participate and support my cause. Please DO NOT feel obligated.)
After 3pm, Saturday, April 21st, I will have an employee from the mall (Main Street Shoppes) draw a name from the basket.  I will announce the final winner via the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter on Sunday, April 22, 2012.

So please join us, Saturday, April 21st!  We can't wait to meet you!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Life's Little Challenges

I really am still here! This post is ALL OVER EVERYWHERE, so please hang with me...Just trying to catch up.  I think I need to learn to tell myself NO every now and again.

The month of March is called "March Madness" at our house.  Not because of basketball, but because we celebrate my daughter's birthday, my husband's birthday, our anniversary and my birthday all in 2.5 weeks.  You would think after 10 years of marriage and 3 years of our daughter being around I would be a little more prepared for the chaos every year!  Some how it just sneaks up on me.


Well this year, little Missy decided she wanted a "castle cake with lots of princesses", to quote her.  So that is what she was going to have!  When I made plans to make this cake (in my head) it seemed like NO big deal.  Well let me tell you....it was!  An almost 72 hour BIG DEAL.  I enjoy making cakes, but this is not my area of expertise.  Since she was born they have become increasingly more complicated every year.  So next year...we will need to decide on something a little more simple.
This cake weighed at LEAST 25 lbs! What was I thinking?
 To add to the chaos of the birthday baking process, my daughter and I are now on a gluten free diet.  I've spent the last 3 years thinking my body was simply falling apart at the ripe old age of 36 (did I really just admit to my age? I think I did.) And for the past year we have been in and out of the doctors with my daughter trying to figure out intestinal issues. I had accepted all the strange things that kept happening with me and that no one and no test could explain as "old age", but when Naomie would cry EVERY night at dinner time and fight us when it was time to eat and complain of her tongue, tummy and back hurting...I decided it was time for some research.  What 3 year old complains of a back ache?  After reading many articles and flipping through a few books, I decided maybe it was time we both gave the gluten free diet a 6 week chance.

After all, It was only 6 weeks...I could give up nice-soft-fluffy-white-bread-that-wraps-itself-around-your-mouth-with-love. Couldn't I?  YES, I can! (at least that is what I was telling myself).  Naomie doesn't seem to miss the gluten laden things the same way I have.  But after all...she is only 3 and really only been eating solid food for 2 years.  I had at least 35 years under my belt and knew EXACTLY what I was missing out on.

Let me tell you...it has only been 4 weeks, and I will never look back!

Naomie is eating again and no more tears!  Dinner is much more peaceful. She is not complaining of a tummy ache, back ache or tongue pain.  And more importantly...what is coming out of her doesn't look quite as strange.  I won't go into detail here!  I will spare you from that!

I, on the other hand, FEEL LIKE A WHOLE NEW PERSON!  The numb hands and feet...practically GONE, the pain in EVERY JOINT in my body....GONE.  The head-aches (stress as they were labeled) that I have had for almost 6 years now....GONE.  The planters fasciitis that I have had in my right foot for 3 years and could NOT get rid of....GONE.  The hip pain that came out of no where and I spent 8 weeks and $3000 in physical therapy...BETTER (remember...it's only been 4 weeks...better is an improvement) Chronic fatigue...the kind that you couldn't sit down in the evening for just 5 minutes...say good-bye because chances are, I had fallen asleep.  This had STOPPED.  For me personally, this is reason enough to give up nice-soft-fluffy-white-bread-that-wraps-itself-around-your-mouth-with-love.

OH how my mouth does love gluten, but I love life much more than bread and to feel like a person again is worth the sacrifice and extra work and cost that this has created for our family.  In the past 4 weeks I have been reintroduced to my kitchen in ways I never thought would happen in 2012.  We are baking EVERYTHING from scratch!  The bad news is, this has taken a ton of time from The Pauper's Castle, the blog, The Indianapolis Promise Walk for Preeclampsia and a few other things I have on my plate.  The good news is, we are feeling better and eating better than we have in a very, very long time!

Some how I did manage to squeeze out a few projects and I thought I would share!
 This chair was painted in CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint.  
Seattle Mist and Carolina Sun Yellow!  Makes me smile!
Some home decor items finished in CeCe Caldwell's!  
The not so lovely before!
The After! Painted in...you guessed it...CeCe Caldwell's Memphis Blue and Vintage White

Thanks for hanging with my randomness!
Ciao for now! Kellie

PS---I have a little announcement to make in the next day or so!

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