Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Custom Family Hutch

TeeeeeHeeeHeee, nothing makes me happier then creating a custom piece for someone!! 
THIS beauty came to me....GORGEOUS already! It was a rich dark brown....for the life of me I cannot find the before pic....sorry!
The woman wanted her families names scattered all over the hutch, including her late parents names.
I thought we could make it look like a postcard, so it has better flow!

I chalk painted this piece with van Gogh Fossil Paint in Patina Blue, Serenity soft brown and Cashmere Cream inside.

I created the postcard and freehand drew it all out!

Her parents were from Finland, hence the Finnish title. I wrote out all their names in an ancient handwritten font. I just wrote what came to me for the little message. "Stay young, always sing and dance". 
She said she loved music, so I added the musical detail by the postage mark
 and wrote "Suomi Music Academy" like as if it came from there. 
The Toronto Postage is as if it came from Finland right through Toronto!

I signed it from her late parents.....her request!

Honestly I teared up after this piece was complete and I stood reading it as if for the first time.....
The emotion that came across in was as if her parents wrote that exact postcard to her!!! I didn't realize it while I was writing it out!
Definitely something this family will cherish for a lifetime.
I was so proud for them to have it!

I painted the inside of the drawers and cupboards in the soft Serenity 

I gave it a tiny bit of distress as per her request!

I'm UBER proud of this piece!
Her husband came to pick it up and HE LOVED it! She called me once it arrived at her home and told me how much she loved it and WILL cherish it forever!


Super Love

Monday, 23 June 2014

Circus Themed Dresser

I always LOVE getting plain ol' dressers.....they make for the BEST graphics!!

OOPS, I forgot to take my before picture!!! I must have been to excited!
This is a little Antique Birch Dresser, natural wood and sweet!

I chalk painted it with van Gogh Fossil Paint Chalk White and distressed back to the original wood...a Scandinavian worn look.
 I then added the van Gogh french handwritten stencil faintly to it, and finished it off with the glass knobs! Really Pretty.

It sat here for a few weeks and then I changed my mind!!

My Alberta Dames Vintage Market was coming up and we went with a Vintage Circus Theme so I decided to recreate it.....again....

This time I made a custom mix of van Gogh colors to get this pale blue. I added the Vintage Ticket outline from Graphics Fairy, I also got the Fonts, and the elephant from Graphics Fairy.....I SERIOUSLY have super love goin on for that site!!
I LUV the pop of the red stars!
I kept the glass knobs for that little bit of bling....although I still have the blue knobs so it can be for either a girl or boys room!
But HOW FUN is this?? SO UNIQUE too!!!

What do you think??

Super Love for stopping by

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The First Annual Alberta Dames Vintage Shindig Pictures

MAGNIFICENT is not even a strong enough word for how I feel about this market!!
We definitely blew the roof off on our first ever show!

We had 22 vendors, 500 people through the doors before noon, 950+ people from 10-4pm, huge sales, ladies that drove 5-6 hours just to come to our show, ladies jumping with excitement, a kabillion compliments hugs & kisses, many volunteers helping out, Junk hunks, happy customer emails, etc 
our hearts are bursting with dreams coming true and gratitude!! We want to THANK everyone of you for all your support, this was the first show of many!

Check out more photos. ALL these photos are courtesy of Amy Becker and Kathy van Gogh and feature only a few vendors that participated in our event!


Junk Hunk #1

Junk Hunk #2

 Joy from The Peacock's Feather

Fun signs!

Honestly THEE best and easiest paint on earth!
 van Gogh Fossil Paint

We've got Soul!

Super supporter Carly Hollinger (Kathy van Gogh's Daughter)

Gorgeous Pieces

THEE most excited women!

And more women...

More gorgeous pieces!
Super Cute Bags Painted with van Gogh Fossil Paint goodie bags!

Off The Top Creations!

Bar's Bears....Teddy Bears made out of vintage Fur Coats!! SUPER cute!

Two of the CUTEST girls on Earth!!

Outstanding crowd all day!

AGAIN....THANK YOU from the bottom of our sweet vintage souls!
STAY TUNED for another 'Blow The Roof Off' announcement....

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Childen's Wish Foundation Gala Donations

In case you didn't family had a "Wish" given to us!

My daughter was born with Kidney Disease, at age 2 had liver cancer, and when she was 8 years old I donated my kidney to her, and she is currently Diabetic. We have had many a challenge in our home!
My daughter was granted a wish from The Children's Wish Foundation when she was about 2 years old. Meaning we could take a trip anywhere we wanted to go in the world and this fantastic foundation would pay for it. INCREDIBLE!!!
We wanted to wait until Mya was old enough to understand her wish before we used it. I donated my kidney to her when she was 8 years was one heck of a miracle! I will spare you the 10000 pages of complications she has had in her 22+ surgeries, if it's rare it has happened to us! After transplant we encountered some complications and was just plain having a hard time with life! At this time I thought we NEED that wish sooner then later! We NEED some FUN injected into our lives. We received our wish. We went to Atlantis Bahamas for 7 was the most fun our family has EVER had! You cannot NOT have fun in Atlantis! This trip let us, play, laugh and be revived. It changed our lives really, the timing couldn't have been better!
Here is the great karma husband had a close friend around his early 20's-later 30's, and life just took them in different directions. We later found out that his friend Darin actually paid for our Wish Trip!! OH WHAT???? YES, Goosebumps! He competes in extreme athletic events and raises money then donates it to Children's Wish Foundation! Here is his website, Go donate! What a story!!
Years pass, we carry on,  and I find art! Yes that's right I find van Gogh Fossil Paint and the always supportive Kathy van Gogh and I take off! It's my turn to give back!
I'm donating some of my pieces to be auctioned off at a 700ppl Gala for Children's Wish Foundation.

Here is what I am donating.....

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Royale Gold Crown Dresser

Hello Hello!
I hope everyone is well! I'm giddy with decor excitement!! Who doesn't LOVE a Vintage Market? My vintage market is in less then 20 days! EEEEEK

I've been painting like crazy getting some pieces ready...

I scooped this French Provincial dresser and nightstand set off of my local kijiji

Always gorgeous curves from this era!!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Vintage Market Announcement.....OHYA!

Did I not officially announce this yet??? Can't be....maybe I just posted it everywhere but any case here it is.


Myself and my colleague Annie of Cougar Chic Decor together are
~The Alberta Dames~ and we are hosting our first annual Vintage Shindig/Market!!
Here are the cards we had made.
June 7th, 2014 One Day Only 10-4pm
Balzac Hall, Balzac Alberta Canada
We are to be giving away a van Gogh Fossil Paint Prize Pack valued at $120.00 EVERY HOUR of the vintage market day!!! Oh What??!!

We had Tayla Ann Photography do our photo shoot, and it was SO FUN!
We are going with a Vintage Circus's GOTTA be FUN right?!
Here are some pics from the shoot...

We rocked our pearl antlers!

 Annie was actually swinging from the roof rafters at one point...

I was SO freaking scared....I'm not good with heights but I threw on that smile....kinda...

Vintage Paper Parasols...

One of my most favorite pics..


In my dreams I thought one day we  will have our own vintage market and showcase our work and other women's work, and it will be so amazingly fun that everyone across the land will flock to come!
* we, being Annie and I, because I LOVE that I have another woman in business who is so empowering without any ego getting involved, and in life for the true fun of it all!
If you ever meet Annie & I out attending a vintage event...and you will find us from the sheer sound of laughter. You will feel our empowering, living life, crazy beautiful fun auras.

I hope to see you at the Shindig......Shindig? the word itself invokes FUN!!

Super Love,

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Piece Of Cake Table

The only time I'm quiet on the blog front is when I've been BUSY, and BOY O BOY have I been busy!
Did you know that myself and my colleague are HOSTING our first Vintage Market?! Together we are The Alberta Dames Vintage Shindig, and I'm SO EXCITED I cannot even stand it!! We have 22+ vendors. I will have a booth FULL available to purchase as well! I feel like I'm raising the bar for myself again....I'm doing some crazy graphics for this event...go big or go home right?!

I want to share a piece I will have at the market....TeeHeeHee...
The story is a cute one! I bought this table a year ago....I KNOW...a year ago??? Yes, and my daughter scooped it right away! When I paint as much furniture as I do , I have to let her pick what she wants....she doesn't scoop things very often! So she had it in her room as a vanity that we were going to paint for her.....she never did pick a color she wanted it painted in! I tried to switch that table with many a piece over the year, NOPE she wasn't letting it go! Until now....

Here is the table....
it's SO PRETTY with all the detailing, but it was quite banged up!