Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Painted Suitcases Un, Deux, Trois

Painted Suitcases??? You Bet!!
I scooped this 3 piece set of suitcases off of my local swap and buy site. They were perfectly plain, and NO smell!! Double Yahoo!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Church Pew to Paris New

Hello Lovelies!
I am so excited to share this transformation with you!
I scooped up this 1940 Vancouver BC Synagogue pew from a local salvage guy for $10 t.e.n.d.o.l.l.a.r.s!!!
I bought 3, if I could have fit more in my truck I would have grabbed more! 
The pews are close to 8 feet long, solid Oak and the frame is cast iron, they are BEASTLY heavy and totally awesome!


I pretty much knew the graphic and look I wanted on this pew from the moment I layed eyes on it!
Here she is all ready for her transformation

I chalk painted this pew in a neutral taupe from FAT Paint called Jute. 
I wanted a soft french look so I glazed the entire piece with Alberta Dames White and Grey Glaze.
You know I cannot resist a french graphic! I combined this French Ville De Paris and the Paris 1889 transfers from my favorite site Graphics Fairy and drew it out on the back side of the pew. Simple yet it gives it the look like it came from an old church in Paris.

If you haven't tried chalk painting faux leather or fabric you definitely NEED to do it now! I painted the seat tops in Jute as well and  waxed them with the FAT amazing wax to keep it soft and movable. I left the sides with the original plush wine colored fabric because A. it looks wicked with the Jute color and B. I always love to leave a little of the original piece within the creation.

I LOVE when creations turn out EXACTLY how I planned it in my head!
How perfect is this pew for a large entryway, seating for a dining room table or a bench for your living room ~happy sigh~

One down, two to go.
Stay tuned to see how I re-created the second made me go straight out of my creative comfort zone and was totally worth it!

Super Love

Friday, 29 January 2016

East Coast Postcard Dresser

Hello Hello Lovelies!

AHHH Good old pine dressers ....they really make for a perfect canvas!

I scooped this not so beauty up...

I knew exactly the look I was going for...
I chalk painted this beauty in FAT Paint's Gull Grey, the softest grey ever!
I did a light layer of warm white on the front middle to outline my perfect canvas area.

I have a stack of old postcards from all my antique store trips, and one of them was addressed to Miss DC Fader, I added an address to it. I LOVE that is from sisters and talking about the old being new again!!  I free hand drew out my post card on the front and then filled it in. ALL free hand.
The post card says 
 Miss DC Fader
16  Spring Garden
Halifax NS
" I'm in Montreal where everything old is new again. You would love it here"
Your Sister NLC
How COOL is that?!

The glass knobs were the perfect touch!

What I LOVE LOVE LOVE about  my pieces is the client feedback on how everyone notices their pieces on their homes. TOTAL conversation starters and uber personal style for each home!

Here is your before and after together!

THANKS for tuning in!
Super Love,

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

FAT Paint pairs up with Amanda Forrest ~NEW Colors~

Hello Hello Lovelies!

Just when you needed some new inspiration the FAT Paint Company comes to the rescue!
The FAT Paint Co. has teamed up with Amanda Forrest the gorgeous and talented designer from The Marilyn Denis Show.
 They have 6 new colors available starting today, Navy State Of Mind, Blushing Bombshell, Can't See Me Camo, Greysful, Couture Linen, and Orangeapalooza. 

Here are some pieces I created with the new colors...

Navy State Of Mind
I am in love with this Navy.

The tone of this blue is so dreamy and it pairs EXCELLENT with Gold!

Blushing Bombshell
This color seriously grabbed my heartstrings and will not let go!
It's hard to tell the exact tone in pictures but to me this pink is the perfect modern antique pink. It can be used on a piece of furniture with a distressed look and dark waxed or brown glazed for a perfect time worn feel OR painted and top coated for a fresh modern look OR painted and paired with gold for a glam look! I LOVE it!

Orangeapalooza has the sweetest tone, here it is on the antler.
Can't See Me Camo is on the book and looks awesome with the gold Alberta Dames small Chandelier Stencil in Gold on the cover.
Greysful is on the little box and will look wicked on any piece.
Couture Linen is on the stool top and is a perfect neutral.

Are you inspired to get painting?


WATCH my Ava Blake Creations FB Page for SIX Paint Pack Giveaways of the new colors!

Happy Painting
Super Love

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Fusion Mineral Paint...prepare to be mind blown...

Hello Hello Lovelies!

I've totally neglected my blog this past 6months and it sucks! I can tell you it's not from me just lounging around and reading books....although that sounds dreamy!
I have been so uber busy and so many new thing have come along for me!
FINALLY I can blog about it!
Have you heard about Fusion Mineral Paint? 
I feel like I'm slow to jump on board with this amazing line but never to late...right?
Fusion Mineral Paint is Canadian made from Homestead House Paint Co. right in Toronto Canada. You know I LOVE to support my Canadian made products!
Fusion™ is a 100% acrylic, water-based paint. The “mineral” in Fusion Mineral Paint™ refers to the pigments used which are harvested from the earth. Using natural rather than synthetic pigments allows for greater depth in colour and better durability to UV light and time. Once cured, a surface painted with Fusion™ is both water and stain proof. No primer or top coat required, making it more of a one-step kind of paint.
Did you see that line...."ONE STEP kind of paint???" Sign me up!!
Fusion also carries the The Alberta Dames Stencil Line Which I co-designed. YAHOOO! 

**For this next part of the blog, PLEASE buckle up or go wrap your head in tin foil because I'm about to blow your mind!!**
What you are about to witness is a $4 dollar furniture makeover.....f.o.u.r.d.o.l.l.a.r!!

I got this little half moon table and mirror set given to me from a friend.

It had already been a sloppy, choppy, some spots missing paint and some spots chipping kinda way!
*major tip here* A little prep goes a long way!
I sanded it down. NO, not in the way you kill your arm and strip it right down. I sanded it in the easy get the old spots off so it's smooth to touch and no left over chippy paint kinda way AND roughing it up enough for that fantastic Fusion to adhere to it! Maybe 10 minutes of work!

I took this little sample pot of Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue off my shelf. 
 This is 37ml, that is 1 ounce and 7ml. Retails for $4.00

I painted the entire mirror in and around all the roses...

AND the entire table...

I re-PAINTED this ENTIRE set with 1 ounce and 7ml!!!!! OH MA GAWD! I blew my own mind today!!
Did this just happen? YES it did!
I could have left it done here, at a $4.00 makeover BUT...

I wanted some added bling to the piece so I then took the Fusion tint-able glaze and mixed up some Coal Black glaze and went over the tops of the roses and over a stencil on the top of the table. I love how glaze is very transparent and subtle but punchy in the spots it needs to be. I used maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of glaze.


What do you think??
THANK YOU for tuning in!
Super Love


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 In Review For Ava Blake Creations

Hello Lovelies,

WHOA...Time? Wait for me....
This totally rang true for me this year!

Just in these last 365 days I have managed to:
KAPOW... Happy Jig, Grow and Change, Dance more and...
Co-host not one but TWO incredible vintage markets and they were very successful to boot! One of them was at a huge venue with 20,000 people coming through the doors.
Not only did we coordinate 32 different vendors, we also did all the marketing, and I still managed to have a 20-30 foot booth FULL of my own  Handmade Ava Blake Creations!!
Myself and my partner (The Alberta Dames) were on the Global Calgary Morning News talking about our vintage market and our tin tile stencils. YAHOOO
We (The Alberta Dames) Did not one but two live 20 minute demos on how to create our faux tin tiles, and I didn't choke or die during the live demo!
We (The Alberta Dames) were interviewed live on Country 105 FM Calgary about how amazing our vintage market was AND I knocked it outta the park!
We donated $500 to the Airdrie Food Bank from a portion of our vintage market ticket sales.
I partnered to design and brought to life a stencil line that includes a faux tin tile collection....our own friggen stencil line!!!! Faux.Tin.Tiles!!!!!!!!
I co-created a glaze line, The Alberta Dames Furniture Glazes.
I made a huge career move and it was all worth it! I LOVE working with The FAT Paint Co. Amazing business! Thank You to Victoria for her support during that scary yet exciting time. I couldn't have done it without you!
I was featured in Connecticut Living Magazine  Click HERE to see the article page 25, right side, half page!!!
I was featured on Buzz Feed Espanol Click HERE to see it
I was featured on Hometalk numerous times. Hometalk is a HUGE DIY website Click HERE to see my posts
I was featured on Graphics Fairy numerous times. Graphics Fairy Site HERE
I was in my local paper and local magazine for my Adirondack Chair for charity Click HERE for Magazine article Click HERE for paper article
I taught a TON of students how to properly use Fat Chalk Style Paint, create Tin Tiles, Glaze and graphics transfer! BAM! I super love teaching and igniting peoples passions!
I turned 40....years wiser!! Numbers don't really matter to me I still feel young wild and crazy!
I've moved past some old friends and gained some amazing new ones!
I've chronically created  and with a bliss-filled smile on my face!
I've deflected the haters and Na Sayers.....gawd they really do suck! Good thing I'm comment/opinion proof!
I've grown as an artist as well, in mastering new techniques. YAHOO!
I've enjoyed and felt every minute of this wild year!
I made another career move to another AMAZING company. I LOVE Fusion Mineral Paint and their amazingly run company. Jennilynn The President of Homestead House Paint Co. believed in and loved our Alberta Dames Stencil Line and chose to carry the tin tile line First, and before either of us was even carrying the Fusion Line. Heart Bursting Gratitude!
I now retail thee two BEST products on the DIY market. Seriously....I've tried all the other products to make sure I was going with the best! I don't piss around ya know!
I found Scotch....Oh Yes I Did....It's still a taste in trials but I have a few favorites already!! "...I like a scotch old enough to order it's own scotch"
I've learned so many new skills this year and I am eager to learn more!
I also enjoyed my kiddies growing, changing and maturing another year older. Watched my littlest one grow into a cool hockey player (rarely missed a game!)
This 2016 is going to be a stellar year for Ava Blake Creations! I have so many ideas and directions to go. I'm ready and open.
This is only my business year....I did have a personally awesome year as well!
I cannot THANK YOU, my followers enough for always supporting me on this wild fearless creative journey!
I also have to shout out to my girlfriends, the ones who are my family. They support me in any area I go...crazy or not...they cheer me on, give me endless encouragement, all the all night chatting, and they offer to help in any way they can!  My know who you are and I love you!
One last shout my partner in crime...Annie A.K.A the other half of The Alberta Dames. Without her I couldn't burst through the clouds and touch the sky. The Alberta Dames are kicking Ass and meaning it! LOOK out 2016! more shout out to my Husband....YAHOOOO we are still married...and HAPPY, and children for their incredible support...and lack of complaining for having to eat take out food, or living with a messy kitchen because "I'm in the studio!" HaHaHa!
Super Gratitude and Cheers my lovelies, see you in 2016!

Super Love

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Giant Anchor Painted Lockers

Hello Hello Lovelies!

You know furniture is my canvas for art and I LOVE LOVE old lockers! 
I found these 4 cube lockers on my local swap and buy site. Just plain old lockers!