Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Collage From the Heart


I spent an evening last weekend putting together a little project that's been on my mind and my heart for several months now. This beautiful antique oval frame came complete with the original convex glass but no portrait or painting inside. It was a garage sale bargain at $10. I rarely find these frames with the curved glass intact and always thought how fun it would be to create a dimensional collage to display inside.

I had so much fun putting this together and it's a sentimental piece for sure. The boy in the photo is my grandpa and the skeleton keys are a part of his extensive collection which I inherited when he passed away. I featured them in a blog post 6 years ago here. Although I have enjoyed the keys in various vignettes around our house over the years, I am so happy to have my favorites displayed with grandpa's photo.

Being a bit of a ham, he would have gotten such a kick out this little project of mine.


Currently the collage is hanging in my studio.  The small cabinet is another recent addition and although it probably won't stay here, I am liking this little vignette, until something else comes along.  Of course I love the cabinet's style and the wood is actually quite beautiful, so I probably won't paint it but...it's a humidor!  The inside is actually lined in marble.  It's a sturdy piece and incredibly heavy, but it has a few condition issues that I haven't figured out how to fix quite yet.  So, I'll just enjoy it for a while longer!

Thank you for your sweet visit!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Little Princess Window Display


I so enjoyed putting together the May window display at Camas Antiques again!  Last year my theme was the Secret Garden.  This year I went with another Francis Hodgson Burnett classic, A Little Princess.


So, as you can see it was all about pale pink paint finishes, ruffles, frills and flowers!  The featured Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® mix - Old White with a dash of Scandinavian Pink!


Pretty dishes, of course!


A beautiful antique secretary in Paris Grey Chalk Paint® - Read more about this makeover project here.


Stacks and stacks of luscious bed linens!  Many have found new homes but there are still a few lovelies available!


Urns, tables, chairs, topiaries, dresses, glitter book stacks, concrete birdbaths and more...


It came together so beautifully.  But I can't take all the credit.  I had some wonderful helpers!


My 6 year old daughter punched out dozens of pink paper butterflies to glue to the tree branches donated from my in-law's farm.


My husband loaded and unloaded the heavier furniture and concrete pieces more times than he cares to remember!


And my sweet friend Deanna of The Dollhouse at Camas Antiques spent the day helping me haul loads of goodies from my house to the store.  She also helped me arrange and rearrange things throughout the day until everything fit just right!



Taking photos of a window display is tricky business.  The only way to get photos through the glass without the glare is to take them at night.  Unfortunately the lighting isn't ideal in the dark.


So, here we have a few photos taken during the day from inside the display!





The window has endured many changes since these photos were first taken, but the larger pieces are still there, even the bed which has sold.  Fresh merchandise has been added throughout the month.  Just 10 more days until everything changes!


These sweet bedside tables painted in a mix of Scandinavian Pink and Old White were a late addition to the display.  They have since sold and left the window.

I will be working on more projects to add to the display this week and hope to share the details with you here over the next few days!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda





Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not my Grandma's Secretary


This is not my grandma's secretary. It looks A LOT like my grandma's secretary...the one she bought as an antique nearly 70 years ago and has probably been her most treasured possession ever since! I was nervous to show her that I had painted one just like hers. 


Guess what? She loved it! And trust me when I say that if my grandma thought that painting this piece was a mistake, she would not spare my feelings! I would hear about it! All done in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® ...  Paris Grey exterior, Country Grey interior, a little Old White accent, some light distressing followed by Annie's Clear and Dark Wax.  

Currently for sale in the window display at Camas Antiques! 


Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  

I am so sorry that I had to turn off commenting on my blog.  I love hearing from so many of you but the amount of spam comments I was receiving was overwhelming.  

If you would like to reach out to me, please find me on Facebook, Instagram or shoot me an email at onegirlinpink@gmail.com

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




Friday, April 20, 2018

My Creative Space...Always Changing


Though not perfectly staged, I am sharing this photo of my creative space that I took a few days ago when the lighting was so pretty. I wish I would have taken a few moments to straighten the rug and put some of the clutter away, but here you are...a very real, in the moment shot of the space I use to gather my finds, photograph furniture, price treasures and dream up displays. 

I am so glad I took this photo though, as this room will not likely ever look the same as it does now. Now is when the chaos begins, more items pile in as the date draws near. Soon enough, this room will be mostly cleared out and the window display will be filled with treasures. 

I do love this stage...this moment in time when I get to enjoy all of these special things in my home, before we part ways and they go on to be loved by someone else. 

Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another Frances Hodgson Burnett Inspired Display {in the works!}


My next big project, my focus as of late is a window display coming to Camas Antiques, first part of May! Once again, I am using the inspiration from a film that will be shown at the Liberty Theatre. Last year my theme was The Secret Garden. Families gathered on Mother's Day to see the film and enjoy treats and giveaways at the store afterwards. A Little Princess, also by Frances Hodgson Bernett is the inspiration for this year's display and the 1995 version will be shown on Mother's Day, May 13th. I have mountains of projects in the works for the display and hope to keep you posted with updates and sneak peeks as the days tick by! I am so very excited about the treasures I've gathered so far and how well things are coming together! Thank you friends for your encouragement and for following along with me on this fun journey! More to come...

Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Trestle Table with a Stencil Surprise


It wasn't until I loaded this console table into my truck at the estate sale that I noticed the leaf tucked up inside! 


I thought it was such a neat feature that I decided to stencil the leaf...and further enhance the surprise. I started with Annie Sloan's Coco followed by a blended wash technique in Old White and Country Grey.


 I used the Trellis Stencil from Artisan Enhancements in Old White. White Wax gives the overall finish a soft effect.

Thank you for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dear Blog Friends: Thanks for not Giving up on Me!


Once again I find myself really really behind on blogging!  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, consider this a quick recap of the past three months.  And if you just follow along here and wondered where I went, thank you SO much for hanging in there and not giving up on me! 

This first photo is a fairly recent shot of our front room.  That beautiful green door is new, well new to us!   I purchased it from my best friend's parents who tell me that it was the original front door to the 100 year old family farmhouse in Winlock, WA. They recently discovered it in the rafters of an old barn on the property. The fabulous shabby green paint is original and all of the hardware is intact! I think it works well in that corner but I'd like to raise it up a bit so we can see more of it. I think it's pretty fabulous...and oh so special!


Here's a favorite mini-project completed in January.  An old wooden tray got a beautiful update in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and Old White.  Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel was used to apply the beautiful typography.  Want to learn more about the image transfer process?  Here's a link to a video tutorial:  Image Transfer Sign Video



In January we started transforming our dining room into a home office/studio space.  It made a lot of sense for our family and although it's still a work in progress, we are loving it so far.  I shared this little gem that although I've had for some time, finally feels at home on our desk/work table.  I shared the back history on this very special family piece here:  Throw it on the Burn Pile


Our little Basil dog turned 13 this month!  He made a big impression on social media with this pic!  We just adore him and feel so blessed that he's still with us.


This beauty stopped me in my tracks at an estate sale last weekend! She was priced a little higher than I had wanted to pay, so I walked away but couldn't stop thinking about her. On the last day of the sale she was still there, waiting for me...meant to be! After a good cleaning and some touch up work here and there, she is ready for her debut at Camas Antiques.  I wish I had a place for her in my home.  She is really something special.  I believe her to be from the 1920's.  I wish there was a manufacturer marking somewhere, but unfortunately there is not.  If anyone has a similar piece or has any information to offer, please share!  I love researching my vintage and antique finds and feel like I've hit a dead end with this one.

I am knee deep in projects for a very special window display!  I will try to keep the blog a little more current, but if you're at all interested in daily sneak peeks, before and afters, more pet photos and so forth...come find me on Instagram!

Thank you so much for your visit today!  I wish you many blessings and much happiness!

Until next time!
Amanda