free demo || ANNIE SLOAN SOFT WAX

I would say the number one product we receive the most questions about, is Annie Sloan’s soft wax.  It is such a fantastic product!  However, it can cause frustration if it’s not applied properly.  Next Saturday, I am going to offer two {free} demonstrations on applying soft wax.  A little way to help customers who are struggling with the soft wax and for whatever reason can’t attend a BASICS painting class.  Here are the details for you local peeps!

W H E N:  Saturday, April 29th, 2017

T I M E: 10:30am and 11:00am

W H A T: demo on applying Annie Sloan soft wax, 10% off your purchase of a wax brush, coffee + muffins

C O S T: free

Each demo is limited to 12 people.  Although there is no cost, you do need to sign up at the shop.  You can sign up by calling, emailing or stopping by the shop!

ready for spring || BEAUTIFUL JORD WOOD WATCHES

This post is sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.

When the kind folks at Jord Wood Watches contacted me to see if Matt wanted to try one of their new wood watches, I immediately said yes!  I have seen these beautiful watches on Instagram and other blogs, and was drawn to their simplistic beauty.  I thought it was an added bonus that my sweet hubby is a wood worker, I knew he would appreciate the fine craftsmanship and beauty of this watch.

Our weather here in the Pacific NW has been unseasonably wet.  Rain, hail, thunderstorms and a little bit of sunshine!  I feel like all we are wearing these days is mud boots and slippers!

Sunday was sunny (wahoo!) and we celebrated Matt’s birthday.  He sported his beautiful new watch…..the pictures truly don’t do the watch justice.  It’s such a beauty.

These classic and unique watches are crafted right here in the U.S.A and Jord uses sustainable resources from around the world.  Jord offers custom sizing when you order it online.  We took Matt’s watch to the local jeweler and they easily removed two links, now it fit’s him perfectly!

When it arrives in the mail, it comes packaged in a beautiful wood box.  Just opening the beautiful box is an experience.  My father-in-law and brother-in-law are both wood workers and we are thinking of gifting these for Christmas.  They would make unique and beautiful gifts!! They also have beautiful women’s watches too!  I have already selected a couple different options for my Christmas list….you can never plan too early 😉

I know Matt will wear this beauty for years to come.  It’s classy but not too showy….just like my hubby!

I am hosting a fun giveaway on IG this weekend!  The generous folks at Jord are giving away a $100 credit to their store!  Go to https://www.jordwatches.com/g/darcihaney.  Just by entering the giveaway you earn a $25 credit to their store!!  The giveaway ends Sunday (4/16) at 11:59pm.  Best of luck!!!

SPRING ENTERTAINING CLASSES

Hello!  I am so ready for Spring!!  It has felt extra cold, wet and gray this winter and this girl is looking forward to some sunshine.  Anywho, I am excited to announce the details for the Spring Entertaining Classes……

The Fall Entertaining Class sold out really fast, I am hoping to be able to accommodate more ladies by offering two, smaller workshops.  I will post more details in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, grab a girlfriend and sign up, it’s going to be a lot of fun!!!

a paint party || ADDILYN’S 6th BIRTHDAY

My little sweet pea turned 6 last week.  It’s so true what everyone told me….’time flies when they are young’.  I have really enjoyed each season and phase, but this age is a lot of fun!!!

She is not one for big parties and get togethers, so a very small party with just her closest friends was right up her alley.  I was sick so I honestly didn’t put the time and effort into it that I normally would have, but the girls all seemed to have a fun time….and I did too!

Just a simple set up in the workshop area of the shop….they each had an apron, 8 x 10 canvas, painting easel, paint brushes and paint.

We made these sweet little honey bee hives from craftymorning.com.  They turned out darling and it proved to be just the right amount of time and skill because the girls seemed to enjoy themselves without getting frustrated 😉

The party was suppose to happen Saturday morning but got rescheduled because of a sick friend and a sick mama 😉  We still went with the doughnut and breakfast theme though!

It was a simple party but such a fun way to celebrate my little sweet pea.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the world of Pinterest and Instagram and think that a simple party or get together is not enough.  That it always has to be ‘Pin’ worthy.  So not the case!!!  It’s all about spending time together and loving on others.

painted dresser || Chalk Paint® + MMS Milk Paint

About a month ago I picked up this cutie of a dresser at Habitat.  I thought it had darling lines and it was in good shape, it just needed some paint!

I kept the original brass hardware and I painted this dresser with 3 coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, MARZIPAN.  I painted the sweet trim pieces with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, OLD WHITE.  I lighting sanded, just to distress the edges.  I sealed the entire piece with two light coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

This cutie is for sale at the shop for $285.

before + after || upstairs offices and workshop area at the shop

Last week Matt finished the upstairs office + workshop space!

We bought this old house turned retail building just over a year ago.  We wanted to have the upstairs finished before our grand opening (March 27th, 2016) but we just ran out of time….and money was running out too!  I am so glad we waited!  After being at the shop, we figured exactly how we would use the space, and that is different from how we originally thought we would use the space!

Here are some BEFORE pictures….the upstairs space was originally 3 bedrooms.  It had three layers of wallpaper, over drywall.  The floors were yucky, the windows were rotting, the lighting was bad, and it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

We removed all of the wallpaper and drywall.  Under all of those layers, we found shiplap!  We sanded it and sprayed it white.  Matt spent a lot of time sanding and spraying those walls…they really look amazing!

We sprayed all of the doors with a pure black satin paint.  The doors and hardware are original!

We added can lights and two sconces in the workshop area.  We also added new engineered hard wood flooring, the same that we have downstairs.  The HVAC was updated to make the space comfortable and we replaced the windows with new wood windows.  Can you believe these darling built-ins?  I love, love, love the character of old homes!

My Christmas present from my sweet hubby, was this amazing table!  He used white oak for the top, which matches my downstairs shelving, and he welded the base, which also matches my shelving.  They had to bring it up in two pieces because it is so big and heavy!  It’s perfect for classes and workshops!  I am one lucky girl!!

It’s a blank canvas at this point!  I still need to fill the office spaces, but I am not in a huge rush.  I love it simple and clean so I am just enjoying it as it is!

xoxo

Darci

 

 

 

 

 

a creative weekend with new and old friends

Would you believe that I did not get one picture of any of us ladies?  We had some incredible talented ladies in town this weekend and the only (and very few) photos I snapped were of spaces or things…no people!  Geesh!

I met Holly last summer when I headed down to Texas to take one of her creative classes.  I have followed Holly for years and it was so inspiring, and such an honor to meet her!  Well, we became buddies and lots of emails and texts later, she decided to come up and offer one of her creative classes in McMinnville!

My job was to take care of flowers and food and to have a place to host her…..

I planted this huge and really cool tray with a combination of fake hyacinth bulbs and live primroses and daffodils.  We sell the hyacinth bulbs at the shop-they look so realistic!  They will last for years and they don’t have the scent, which can be a bit overwhelming for some.  The primroses and daffodils were purchased at the grocery store.  I nestled the bulbs in, just where I wanted them (still in the pots) and topped everything with moss.  Easy peasy!

Of course I didn’t snap any photos of the food because I never seem to have enough time to get things prepared and take pictures!

My dear hubby built this beautiful table, just for our workshop space.  I absolutely love it!! It comfortable seats 12 and it has extra meaning to me because he built it!  He also finished the upstairs space at 2:30am the night before we were setting everything up!  He is a keeper I tell ya!  I will do another post soon on the details of the upstairs space 😉

Melaine of My Sweet Savannah joined Holly in Portland and those two talented ladies stayed at the cottage.  It was such a treat to meet Melaine, she is a sweet one Holly and I were already scheming as to how we could get Melaine to host a sign making workshop and we would come help her!

Truly a treat and a blessing to meet so many fantastic and talented ladies!  Most of these photos are from Melaine, she was kind enough to share as I never seem to make the time to take pictures!

Have a great week and I will be back soon with more pictures and details of the upstairs workshop space!

xoxo

Darci

 

painted furniture || ANTIBES GREEN CHALK PAINT®

A dear friend of mine is giving herself a beautiful home office.  She has switched some rooms around and is making a space that is absolutely bold and beautiful, just like her!  She had a solid hutch that she wanted painted, it’s going to be her pop of color in the new office.  We settled on Annie Sloan’s ANTIBES GREEN…..

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It is a beautiful piece of furniture.  Solid, well built and has some really great storage.  It was a lovely piece to paint!

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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, ANTIBES GREEN, Annie Sloan lacquer and Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

The hutch was originally intentionally distressed.  It had manufactured worm holes, gouges and was made to look old.  She wanted the new look to be shiny and crisp, no sanded edges or distressing the paint.  This piece took four coats of paint (I watered down each coat, I wanted it smooth!) two coats of Annie Sloan Lacquer and one coat of Clear Wax.  I can’t wait to see this beauty in her new office space!  I hope this has inspired you to paint something….maybe something bright and bold!

xoxo

 

HOLLY MATHIS INTERIORS || creative class

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I am so excited that Holly Mathis is coming to our little shop to teach one of her Creative Classes!  I had the pleasure of visiting Holly in Texas and attending this class.  Holly is so very inspiring and extremely talented.  Truly.  I have followed her for years and loved her authentic decorating style, as well as her beautiful heart.  It’s going to be a joy to have her!

The class will be all about how to FRESHEN YOUR HOME FOR A FRESH NEW YEAR! Topics and discussion will focus on finding your style, mixing patterns, favorite paint colors and materials and the basics related to decorating your home in a “Pinterest, perfect world” while remaining authentic and true to yourself and your budget and lifestyle! I will be doing a little guest speaking as well explaining a bit about MMS Milk Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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When I left Texas this summer, Holly had inspired me in so many ways.  I hope you can attend this class.  It’s going to be such a fantastic day!  We are going to take a break from learning and go tour the cottage too.

I can’t wait to show Holly how fantastic our little community is.  One of the many things I love about this area is the variety of things to do!  Definitely shopping on historic 3rd Street…….tsbfrontoutside

some good eating…….

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and maybe some wine tasting….

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Of course, if any of you ladies are coming from out of town, the cottage will be available….you can see details and photos as well as book online here.  You can reserve your spot in the class here or here.  I sure think this could be a fantastic Christmas gift too, you might want to let Santa know  😉  I know we will have more details to post, but put it on your calendar…..it’s going to be such a fun and inspiring day!!

fall entertaining class || a creative class at the cottage

A few weeks ago I hosted my 3rd annual FALL ENTERTAINING CLASS.  It was such a fun evening and I think the ladies had fun too!  The weather held out and it was a cool, cloudy Fall evening.  Just perfect for a night of friendship, food and creativity!

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The girls and I decorated the front porch with colorful pumpkins and different squash, as well as a few mums and ornamental kale.

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Each lady received a SWAG bag to take home…..just a fun little bag full of goodies and another way to say THANK YOU!

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We made new friends, created pumpkin succulent centerpieces, enjoyed yummy food and drinks.  I think it’s safe to say that each and every one of the beautiful ladies that attended, walked away with a full heart and a head full of fun and easy entertaining and decorating ideas!

Thank you to Brittany Rossman Photography for capturing the evening in photos!

Thank you to each and every one of the ladies who attended!

And thank you to my mama who helped me serve the ladies that evening….

Happy Thanksgiving friend!!

xoxo~Darci