Sunday, January 22, 2012

Color Me Crazy

Thanks so much for being patient with my long absence.  I know that most of you are friends or my family that I asked (begged) to follow me, but it's fun to pretend that I have a huge list of followers clamoring for more.

At any rate, I have been Crazy/Busy and have lots to share.  One of the things I want to share is one of the most time consuming, but very worth it, projects.  I call it Color Me Crazy.  Okay, so there's a little background info you might need.  I am a LRP for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  annie sloan unfolded  I carry the Chalk Paint Line in my booth at Well Worn located upstairs at 8th & Main Antiques I had a hand painted color chart that was serving as a temporary color chart until I could get the Color Me Crazy color chart/ project installed.  Unfortunately the temporary color chart grew legs and walked away.  This pushed the deadline to get it done up a great deal.  I know someone who likes to say that she "will find them and blacken both of their eyes".  I sort of felt that way.  I'm hoping that the person who took it didn't realize all work that is involved in hand painting a color chart with 28 colors and that maybe that the person thought it was like the samples at Home Depot or Lowes.  At any rate that's what I tell myself and I'm over it. 
Back to Color Me Crazy, sort of.  When I started as a LRP with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint it was a big undertaking and required an investment of time and money that I wasn't sure that I could commit to and do it well.  Enter my partner, Susan Bell.  We decided to "sign on" as partners and split the work load etc, but hoped to double the fun.  We called our joint venture Color Me Happy.  We each had our other business, mine as Well Worn and hers as Decor with a Past.  As things progressed, it was just too hard to split everything, it got convoluted. So we just split our area and continued on as two separate LRPs.  So that's how I came up with the name Color Me Crazy.  It's a spin off of Color Me Happy.  Yes, you've just entered into my mind and its a scary place. 
I had the bright idea to make my color charts, painted decorative molding and painted paint sticks all at the same time, oh and a large Emperor's Silk red bookcase.

You can see one of the doors to the bookcase in the background.
Brilliant if you have a large shop and can spread out 28 cans of paint and all the miscellaneous items that go with creating this Color Me Crazy project.  Not so brilliant if you're doing it every night after work in the kitchen so you can see your family a little that day.
Lovely hammer goes with the granite counter top.
I finally found a use for the stove, paper cutting and booth item storage.
I am almost done with the never ending project that I feel will be so worth it when I'm done.  I do have hand painted color charts at Well Worn now.  There is a store copy (annotated as such in big black letters!) and there are additional copies for sale.  They are $7.00, but I really wanted to put $70.00 on each one. 
I painted plain white labels and cut them down to fit into the squares on the color chart.  At one point I was having a difficult time getting even coverage on two sets of labels.  Odd, I thought the paint just looks different on these two.  Yep, I painted on the back of those labels....hence the name Color Me Crazy, came to me as I laughed like a mad scientist or something.  I hesitate to tell you some of the dumb things I do, but I would think it was funny if someone else told me that they did things like that.
I know this isn't that exciting, I have more info regarding three road trips, a class, a project and more.  I'll be getting that stuff posted soon.  I just thought you might wonder what I've been up to. 
Have a Colorful Day,

Another one, just for fun...a little bit of everything...the whole world in fact.

Yes vintage globes for the booth and a Christmas tree--I'm so far behind.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm still Alive

Hello friends! Just a quick post to let you all know that I'm still alive. I would say alive and well, but I just experienced a 48(?) hour flu bug or something. I'm hoping its a 48 hour turn around because I'm starting to feel human again. I have so much to write about and so many projects going right now. It's a little daunting, but I plan on sharing soon. I'm just trying to catch my breath at the moment.
I hope your New Year is off to a rockin' good start!