Friday, December 16, 2011

An Exciting Announcment!!! We have CeCe Caldwell Paint!! The Newest Green Paint

We are so excited to announce that Orphaned Decor is the new Retailer for
 CeCe Caldwell Green Paint for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho!
CeCe's Paint requires no prep work, no sanding and no priming. It is all natural, no voc chalk and clay paint. This is the first green paint that is formulated for furniture...perfect for children's furniture. Even the can - can be recycled! This paint is also made in the USA!!
 Who is CeCe Caldwell?
CeCe Caldwell loves to make old new again. Home d├ęcor and painting furniture is her passion. She is also concerned with leaving this earth in better shape for future generations. She wanted paint with a wide color pallet focused toward American homes and trends that was also environmentally friendly. She demanded a sealing wax that could be used comfortably around children and pets.
CeCe started searching for a natural, eco-friendly paint but could not find what she wanted. She began to develop a paint that met her requirements: excellent adhesion to various surfaces without extensive prep work, no odor, no VOCs, no acrylic, non-toxic, and user-friendly for the DIYer while meeting the demanding needs of Decorative Artisans. The wax is non-petroleum based and natural. In addition to being better for you, your family and the environment, it goes on smoothly without any drag or streaking. CeCe Caldwell's Paints is painting made easy!
While using CeCe Caldwell's paints you can transform the ordinary to the extraordinary.  Dated accessories can be transformed into today's focal points in your home with a bit of paint and imagination.  The paint's ability to adhere without prep to wood, plastic, masonry and metals gives you unlimited options to re-purpose items into treasures that fit your current style quickly and inexpensively.  Today's on-the-go person doesn't have time for extensive prep work, they want to paint and go.  They want it easy. CeCe Caldwell's Paints takes away the cost and time of prepping, allowing you to get to a finished project much quicker.  It’s just that simple!
An earth friendly paint made to RENEW yesterdays items, REPURPOSE forgotten treasures and REIMAGINE your home and garden is what CeCe Caldwell’s paint is all about.  Naturally Green in the Color of your CHOICE!  We hope you will have fun using our products. We hope to hear from you and see how you’ve REINVENTED your treasures.

Regards,
CeCe

Currently, there are 21 gorgeous colors with another 12 colors coming out the first of the year. A quart of paint is a reasonable $34.95 and the wax that contains NO Petrolium sells for $26.95 a pint and goes on like butter.
You can also mix colors to make your own special color. Here is the current palette.
This paint provides gorgeous finishes....take a look.



The paint should be in store the first week of January but we are taking orders now so that  you will be the first to have it to use.
There are some other amazing things coming from CeCe too....zincing is one of them.
We will be offering samples and classes in the near future.
House of Anne Leading Decorative Paint Products and Workshops in the World is giving away 21 cans of the new CeCe Caldwell Paint on Christmas Eve.
Spread the word!!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Open House December 10th!! It's gonna be a party!!

Mark your calendars!! December 10th. Our holiday open house!! Lots of great finds coming in...including great gift ideas starting at just a couple of bucks, new furnishings and lots of Christmas Decor. We are also going to have nibbles and drinks. We have delish handmade candies including brittles, truffles and more for tasting and for sale.
Best of all.... we are so excited to have Lorelie Barett in the house from 2-5 pm.

Lorelei's designs, products and advice have been featured in such publications as Country Living, Americana, Victoria, Old Stuff, and Country Pleasures magazines. She has been regularly featured on numerous television and radio shows sharing her wealth of knowledge and advice. Lorelei appears as a special lecturer at home, design and trade shows.

Description With the confluence of design, real estate and estate services, Home By Design is here to assist with all aspects of home buying, selling, designing, remodeling and estate services! Founder and principal, Lorelei Barrett, is a certified antiques appraiser, interior designer, as well as a real estate and personal property specialist.

Lorelei will be talking about how to make your home beautiful with found items for Christmas and daily decor. You can also bring in your hard decorating questions - including photos - for Lorelei for quick answers to your decorating dilemmas.

On top of all of this - we will have music, drawings every 30 mintues for free goodies, special discounts and sales and a BIG drawing for a basket full of goodies including a 1 hour free consultation from Lorelei and a new Grapevine Discount Card.
You don't want to miss this event. We are pulling out all of the stops. Our displays are amazing and you will love Loerlei.

I hope to see you there.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Funny how things can make one remember.

It really is funny how a "thing" can spark memories. It happens to me alot in the business that I am in. I hear my customers talk about it as well. I remember that grandma had one just like this and she used it every day.
Yesterday, I got something that brought back a flood of wonderful memories.
You see, we have a big family, with lots of cousins. The close cousins, the ones that we saw all of the time because they lived in town. We saw them almost every weekend when our parents would play "Ping", a card game into the wee hours of the night.
I love my close cousins. But, they are all boys. My boy cousins, equipped with all of the boy toys that you can imagine. It was fun to visit but let's face it....four boy cousins plus my brother and all of the obligitory toys was not as exciting as you might imagine.
Then there was my far away cousins, my GIRL cousins. My girl cousins lived in St. John. Really not a long trip but at the age of 8 or so, it was an adventure. I loved going to my girl cousins house.
There was the long car ride which included sweet treats provided by my mom. We would play I spy or car plate bingo or color. Sometimes we would sing to pass the time. It was great to spend time with my family. We were all excited to get to the girl cousins house.
My girl cousins lived in a big farm house, while our house was smaller. They had horses, a piano, a big basement made into a play room and every single, solitary girl toy that you could imagine. My girl cousins were the type that had both of Barbies shoes in the Barbie wardrobe. They had every single game piece to Monopoly, all of their toys still looked new....they were THOSE kind of girls. We were not THOSE kind of girls.
In our defense, they had the entire basement ...with an ENTIRE PLAY KITCHEN....we had a bedroom that we all shared...my two sisters, myself and my grandma. We just didn't have the room.
Playing in their playroom was heaven. In their kitchen they had play groceries in the cupboards and entire sets of dishes that you could wash because their play sink had real running water. Who has that?
We would bake with their tiny pans and sweep with their tiny brooms. Then we would serve everything up on the tiny table and chairs. It was nirvana.
Today, I got the sweetest piece that brought all of those memories flooding back. It is amazing.

It was obviously handmade. It is painted the sweetest red and yellow. All of the drawers open and close perfectly, ready to store those tiny cookie cutters and rolling pins. The cupboard doors are worn from years of love and play.
It even has tiny hooks for tiny cups. You should have seen me running around the store trying to find tiny utensils to play with....um to stage this piece with. I was only able to find some tiny cups and a tiny colander that is actually a votive holder. I love this piece. It sparked wonderful memories for me. It also made me dream about the tea parties that it has seen.
I wish I had a little lady in my life that I could give this too. I just don't think that my 11 year granddaughter or my 6 greandsons would be that interested.
This is certainly a piece that would make some wonderful memories. Maybe not about girl cousins but certainly about fun.
This piece is available at the moment in store but I don't think it will last long....certainly not as long as the wonderful memories it can help to create.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do you need some gift Ideas?

I happen to think that the best gifts are handmade. Sometimes I know that you don't have time to make something yourself...so the next best thing is buying something handmade from a local crafter. This also adds to your local economy and helps your favorite crafter to keep on crafting.
It is always amazing to me when someone buys something that I have redone or put together....it's not that I don't believe in myself...I do...but it is an amazing feeling to know that something that I poured myself into is now being held as a treasured belonging in someones home. It is even a better feeling to know that someone thinks enough of something that I have created to give it as a gift.
I know it sounds corny....those of you who know me know that I am corny...but it a gift to me when someone takes something that I have created home. So, thank you.
That being said....I worked on some pieces this weekend that I think are so cute. I think they would make great gifts, for yourself or someone you love. I hope you feel the same way.
These first two goodies were those kinda ugly but readily available and inexpensive mantel clocks.
I gave them a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then added some vintage buttons and bling.
I love how they turned out.

We have lots of other great one of a kind ideas for gifts in the store now. Come by and say hello. We have vintage too.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

First Impressions - store windows.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. I have heard that many, many times. I think for a little shop that is especially true.
My little shop is on a main street in Spokane but is sort of non-discript on the outside. During the summer months when the weather is great, we put lots of pretty items that catch potential shoppers attention - of course, it is also light outside until later.
During these darker winter months we can't put the beautiful pieces outdoors because of the weather and in the later afternoon the darkness. People constantly tell me they just noticed the store or how much nicer and bigger it is inside.
In order, to give everyone a better idea about what we have to offer. I built some elevated platforms in order to better display our goodies.
Today I worked on both of our front windows and thought I would give you a little peek.
 During  the day light hours. We are getting ready for Girls Day Out here in town and trying to decorate in pink - which is not hard for us to do at all.
I added some light to the windows to grab some attention in the darker hours. I love the pink glow.

This is our other front window. I love the black and french look and have so many great things it is hard to decide what to use. The black chandelir and lamp add some light to this window when it gets a little darker.

We also have been working in the store - adding some Christmas stuff here and there. I will post some pics tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Big Announcement Coming Soon!

It has been awhile since I last blogged - I feel a bit like I am confessing - forgive me fans for I have slacked.
I have been working on a big project that I am hoping I will be able to reveal very soon. I am excited about it and scared as well.
I am hoping that all of my customers and friends will love this project as much as I do...but you never know really. I guess we would all be rich if we could see that in our futures.
Can I give you a hint? Well, yes a little one.
This is a pillow from a wonderful wholesale company that I work with. Isn't it gorgeous?
Anyway, stay tuned for my upcoming surprise.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting the show on the road - Junk Salvation Show

We are putting together some great stuff - small and large for the upcoming Junk Salvation Show in Coeur d'Alene, ID. The show is pust on by the Funky Junk Sisters and sponsered by Ritters Nursery here in Spokane - next Saturday - One day only from 9 to 4. You have to come by and visit. There are going to be great vendors from the area and from other parts of the great state of Washington, vintage trailers and best of all - great people.

You can use this for a dollar off each admission. Print as many off as you like and pass them around to your girlies - they will think you are the bomb.

One of the new tote bags that I have been working on.

We also have the great honor of being nominated in the Antiques catagory in the KREM2 -  Best of Spokane. I would be greatly honored if you voted for Orphaned Decor as well. If you like just click on the pink button to the right. It will take you to the site.
Thanks so much for all of your support and I hope to see you soon.
Leslie

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rustic Elegance Show Pictures. Junk Salvation here we come.

It takes a huge amount of work to get ready to a show. Painting, picking, cleaning, pricing and then loading, unloading, displaying and then repeat.
I do love the shows though. I get to meet other great vendors, customers, get some inspiration and taste great foods.
We did a smaller, new show this weekend in a gorgeous place and had a great time. I will leave you with some pics.
We are getting ready for another new to the area show. Junk Salvation in Coeur d'Alene, Id.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It has been awhile!

We have been busy, busy and neglecting our blog. We are doing some updating of the blog, starting an online store and expanding our horizons and adding a presence on Monroe - antique alley in Spokane. We will have a booth in the newest addition to the junking havens - come by and see our new goodies at Paint in my hair or Orphaned Decor.

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