Annie Sloan and an Antique Fair?
What could be more perfect?…
Two of my favorite pastimes combined: painting and antiquing?…count me in! I don’t generally take much time off but how could I pass up another opportunity to take a paint workshop with Annie Sloan? It is such a treat to be on the other end of the workshop scene. Just show up and start to paint and then listen to all of the talk of the new upcoming products, hear the exciting direction the company is going and most importantly networking with fellow stockists! I left the workshop with renewed energy and so many creative ideas it was very inspirational! I’m sworn to secrecy about the new products but all in due time you will be as amazed as I was!…
I also had the opportunity to work in Annie’s booth at the fair and assist with a workshop that she amazingly taught with 75 participants. We only had an hour or so to complete a stenciled tote bag and it was impressive the range of individuality that was shown. I love that Annie likes to kick her shoes off! She is so relaxed and free spirited and fun to be around!
She had quite the busy schedule teaching her stockists, hosting workshops for the public and several speaking engagements during the course of the fair as well as book signing and working with customers at the booth. Everyone was very taken with this talented lady and what she has accomplished with creating a furniture painting revolution. She is the originator of the one and only Chalk Paint®!
Aside from Annie’s booth being a big hit, I was able to peruse the grounds to visit the many vendors on exhibit. I so enjoyed the show and all of the shopping and the weather was perfect as well. Yes, I did happen to find a grand treasure to bring home…well several of course and you can look for a cleaned up and painted (or repainted) version of my treasures on the shop floor soon. I will keep you guessing amongst the photos below.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Rhinebeck, NY I would highly recommend that you do so. It is such a lovely area and an easy ride from central Massachusetts. In addition there are some National Historic Parks such as the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion both in nearby Hyde Park. Two national treasures and a must see for both.
Now I am looking forward to visiting the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH in the Fall! More workshops, more shopping and much more fun to be had!