Monday, June 27, 2011

postheadericon July Special coming in a few days....

Thought I would tweak your interest just a bit these last few days of June.   I will have a July special starting Friday for ......??? Here is a hint - can you guess?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

postheadericon Introducing New Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockists!

June has been an exciting month so far.  I have brought on two new Mini Stockists (mini?  Maxi talent and enthusiasm!) to help in CA, and more are needed and wanted, so don't be shy!  Now is a great time to get involved!  
Drum roll now.......
Meet Tami! The newest member of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint family.  She lives in Fairfield, CA and is SUPER excited to start sharing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with everyone in the Fairfield, Sacramento area. She is soon going to be selling out of a shop and I will share that info as soon as it is settled. She is also working on putting together her first workshop either later this month or early next month.  This is a great way to get introduced to this so contact her if you are interested.   In the meantime here is her info:

Tami Fandrei
Patina Decorative Finishes
tami@patinadecorativefinishes.com
707-372-8162


Also new to the Chalk Paint family...I am excited to be working with  Gay and her daughter-in-law, Monica who will  be serving the Visalia, Exeter area and areas surrounding those cities.  They plan to feature the chalk paint line at a shop in Exeter, so be looking for that.  In the meantime, here is their contact info:

Gay and Monica
Embellish & Design
559-804-7411
baghull@yahoo.com


So many wonderful people joining in on the fun....I am so excited to be working with these fabulous ladies and can't wait to see what they come up with!  

Tomorrow I'm back at the studio getting ready for Glitz in the Garden on Friday night.  3 Oaks Studio is part of Boutique Row at this fundraiser, so I'm putting on paint and a bit of glitz on some furniture pieces and doing a bit of barn worn aged look on another piece....a little gilding, a little paint, and tons of fun!!

Still painting outside the lines!!! and lovin it!  Vicki

Saturday, June 18, 2011

postheadericon Why I do What I do

Yesterday, I painted all day in Kingsburg at the home of a wonderful young couple.  He had purchased a gift certificate for his wife for their anniversary to go towards a day of my time.    She wanted to paint their kitchen cabinets, but needed a little boost to get going.  He took the two small kids for the weekend and yesterday morning she and I got to work....and work we did - 9 hours straight, but talked, and laughed, and had a great time.  I made sure she knew all the steps of what she needed to do before I left and we got a good chunk of it done, so she was well on her way.  When it came time for me to leave, she teared up and said how much this meant to her; that with all she has on her plate now, family, small children, school, etc., she rarely did anything for her.  She had wanted to do this for so long and she was so excited it was getting done now.  This is why I do what I do - to be able to help people make their surroundings, their homes, their lives a little more of how they want it to be, more colorful, more beautiful, help them discover their inner creativity - I consider this such a blessing and I left feeling like I had done a good day's work and I wouldn't want to do anything else but this!!!  So today, no pictures, no before and afters, (although I can't wait to see her after photos) - just a small story of how the little things in life can make such a huge difference.  Enjoy your day with all that it brings.    Back to the studio I go - Vicki
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

postheadericon The first Wine Country Event!

The word is out!  Call the studio or secure your seat online as space is limited and this is going to be fun!!
Painting in wine country - awesome!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

postheadericon Another wedding!

The studio after the feast and caterers had boogied out of there!
The pink parasols during the ceremony!  Gorgeous!
View from the arbor area 
We had another wedding on the property Saturday evening, and it was gorgeous.  The bride had provided all the ladies with hot pink parasols to help keep the sun off them during the ceremony and it added a splash of color against the green of the vineyard and yard.  Then I thought I would get a picture of the buffet setup after dinner was completed....oops waited too long.  I went into the studio and there was nothing left!  

  What does all this have to do with a creative journey which is what my blog is about?  Well, this is part of our creative journey, and while I was walking through the vineyard the other morning, I realized that what my hubby and I have and are continuing to create here will live on for generations in family after family - the couples that get married here will have pictures on their walls and in their albums of our home.  They will be talking about their wedding day with their children.  When they pass on, their children and grandchildren will be looking through their albums seeing our creation here at 3 Oaks....what a blessing this is!  I absolutely love be able to do this and feel very blessed to be a part of all these weddings and special events that are taking place and will take place here.  


Creativity can be expressed in many different ways.  This is one way my hubby and I express our creativity collectively and I love it!
Thursday, June 9, 2011

postheadericon A Bathroom Redo with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and other things!

I take my granddaughters with me whenever I do a show. This is Faith and Hadley at the 3 Speckled Hens show in Paso Robles a couple of weeks ago.  They really live on the east coast, so their little faces are with me in the studio or at any given show.  That way I can show them they are with me all the time!
  What a great time Anne and I had at the show........ and then I woke up on Monday to come home and had the flu!  Yuck!  I was in the hotel room and all I wanted was my own bed! But I did make it home that day, and the next weekend we had a wedding at our place which meant the studio had to be cleaned out for the buffet, and several projects had to be completed before the weekend.....no rest for the weary!


 So I realize I have been AWOL for over a week.  After the 3 Speckled Hens Show, which was a blast by the way, I hit the ground running here and haven't stopped until today!     We have had orders to fill and emails to reply to and orders to fill....did I mention orders to fill?  And the phone calls!  And two new mini stockists have come on board - I will introduce them in the next couple of weeks and then send out a newsletter letting you all know where they can be found!

I received these pictures today in my email from a customer who redid her bathroom in Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and Clear Wax.  What a change!  What a difference a day makes!
I LOVE getting pictures of your transformations!  Send them to me and I will post here so others can be inspired by your creativity. 
If you use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and love what you have done, share it!
If you have used Caromal Colours and love what you have done, share that!
Tell me what you liked about the paint, and what it has meant in your home!
I'm thinking of a great giveaway....what would you like to get?



Now we are prepping for wedding # 2 this year - day after tomorrow!   and the studio is getting another cleanout!  I will post pictures of the studio all set up for the buffet after this weekend.  
There is something so special about being a part of a happy couple's special day and to think that what we have created here will live on in pictures in their families for generations...makes my heart warm!  I love doing this!

Until next time, keep the paint flyin and keep smilin!   Vicki

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Decorative paint educator and owner of Old Town Clovis newest DIY shop - repurpose - quality handmade - repainted furniture and so much more - located on the corner of Pollasky and 5th in Old Town Clovis, CA I have loved repainting furniture and repurposing since I can remember, I was a painting contractor for over 15 years and now I love to teach others how to enhance their world with paint, color and design.
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