The Country Living Fair

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I love it when I get to cross something off the perverbial bucket list!  Attending the Country Living Fair in Reinbeck, NY, visiting with my son who lives in NY (that is #1 of course) and attending a workshop with Annie Sloan is my idea of a full and rewarding weekend!

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The show was packed with a good variety of vendors and there were plenty of shoppers but the venue is so spread out that it didn’t feel overly crowded.  There was a great food selection, demos, book signings and all manner of live entertainment. There was plenty of elbow room to search for treasures and some of my favorites are captured below!  Love the painterly mural style panels from this vendor.

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LOVE these topiaries and anything garden related!

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Ironstone heaven and more well curated and arranged collections!

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My heart skips a beat at this well worn chippy cabinet.  So many trinkets that once lived in someone’s home,  garage, barn, business….each with it’s own story.  Someone once bought and cared for each piece until it found itself in someone else’s hands. If only each piece could tell us their story, it’s amazing to think about the history behind it all.  Antique lovers are said to be the keepers of the memories as we all collect something that reminds us of a bygone era or of a loved one who once owned a particular set of dishes or home decor item. We may not know what happened to their collection but we are now determined to scoop up every piece that reminds us of Grandma, Grandpa or Aunt Betty from yesteryear.  Such nostalgia is conjured up as you inspect each item for sale and wonder if an earlier ancestor had once owned such a piece.

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Next we moved on to the guest speaker where Annie Sloan graciously gave a talk on the art of repurposing furniture with her amazing Chalk Paint® product that she developed in 1990.  She called it Chalk Paint® because it dries to a flat chalky finish.  It was developed as a fast drying paint that could transform a piece with superior adhesion without much prep work as is necessary with other latex or acrylic brands.  She can be credited as starting a furniture painting revolution that has put an extremely user friendly product into the hands of non professionals and yet one can achieve a very professional looking outcome with a bit of training on the application of paint and waxes.  I am proud to be an ambassador of her Chalk Paint® brand and my favorite part of being a shop owner is to teach my customers about my passion to paint with a variety of workshops at Signature Finishes.   Once you start painting with this amazing product you will find it hard to put your brush down.  It is as much addicting as it is therapeutic to create something with your own two hands!IMG_4855IMG_6772IMG_4864Stay tuned for another blog post for some historically significant home tours while on my visit to the Hudson Valley…..

Thanks for following along,

Maureen

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Annie Sloan Image Medium

 

Have you ever tried the Annie Sloan Image Medium?  We have found it to be a phenomenal product.   In fact, it is far superior to other transfer gels or decoupage mediums that you may have used in the past.  It will give you a clean imprint when using  a laser image without a noticeable haze.  We love to create decoupage images on furniture and the image medium will do the trick beautifully!

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Check out the Graphics Fairy online to search for some beautiful designs.

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Transfers have long been a tricky process to be successful with but thanks to our seasoned expert, Cyndy Dwyer of Martinis at Noon she will uncover all of the tips and tricks to achieve success effortlessly!  Below is a sneak peak of our next Laser Image Pot Workshop that we have scheduled for April 18th from 6-8pm.  Grab your friends and enjoy double the fun!  Not only will you become proficient in transfers but you will also have the opportunity to create a furniture appliqué with our Iron Orchid Designs paper clay and moulds.  You will have full access to our Annie Sloan decorative Chalk Paint® in the colors of your choosing so each pot will reflect your own personality!  You bring your inner artist and we provide everything else!   Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay informed.  Dates and workshop options vary monthly.

 

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Maureen