I had a lovely time by the sea at the weekend with my stash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the new colours i tried this time... Empire Red & Old English Yellow...
I mixed Antoinette with Empire Red and it made a lovely rose pink :)
That's how i mix mine below in an old butter tub so i have plenty of room to blend the colours together and i always add just a drop of water to help...I will be getting an Annie Sloan paint brush soon as my friends tell me they are amazing to work with.
What was i going to paint with this new rose pink i had created???
Oh look the butchers block is shouting 'Me,Me!'..............Oh ok it didn't but it doesn't seem to mind does it? ;)
I left it drying so a light sand and a wax to come this weekend.....Won't it look lovely once the floor is painted white?
I had a little left so i started my salt and pepper mill,I think i might paint the bottoms Old English Yellow or maybe Old white....
Saturday morning i was outside in the garden blasting down the butchers block below that we had been given with an electric sander to clean it up and then i mixed Old White,Old Ochre & Old English Yellow which came out a lovely lemon yellow......All to be waxed this weekend.
Spring has arrived and daffodils are everywhere and what a joy to see them,So cheery and bright!
Talking of flowers it is time to start emptying all your used tea bags and mulching around your hydrangea shrubs...It's amazing how much you can get out of a few tea bags and they make your hydrangea flower like crazy!
Last year i emptied them while out in the garden and my hands were covered in tea leaves and so was the door handle so i do it in the sink now and then take a cup out....It's much easier to clean up after.
You just sprinkle them on top and water them in...See the black pot in the top right hand corner?
It keeps the bunnies from nibbling our delphiniums,Just an up turned plant pot with the bottom out..
The view from the kitchen door...Everything we planted last year has come back apart from one delphinium plant so that's not bad is it especially after such a long Winter.
The concrete path ran right across the garden when we came and i broke up a lot of it last Summer and started to dig over the soil and make some flower borders this year i need to do the rest of the path...The picket fence will be getting a lick of paint soon and then when Summer arrives i will be out here pottering about and making more flower borders .
My mum packed us a battenburg which i just love,the cake and the colours....
And our neighbor brought us a homemade banana and date loaf which was so,so nice!
In between emptying tea bags,eating cake and painting butchers blocks in the kitchen we also finally put cut glass knobs on out kitchen cupboards..
I painted these in Old White and Antoinette over the top and then sanded back,they look so lovely and time worn.....Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is wonderful to work and as you know i use it a lot.
While on the subject of cut glass.....what do you think to this little cut glass decanter that my friend Niki of Nostalgia At The Stone House sent me for a
house cottage warming present?
Oh no that isn't red wine girls...
It's washing up liquid ;)
I had seen one that Niki had in her shop and asked after it but it had been decorated in beautiful lace and flowers which i told Niki was a shame as it would get ruined,i wanted to decant my washing up liquid,So while out on a shopping trip she found this pretty one and sent it to me as a
house cottage warming gift,How nice was that?
Thank you again Niki i love it and as you can see it fits perfectly on my sink :)
Then Steve had been working in a ladies house last week who was seventy four and she has very bad arthritis in her hands,She told him she knits to stop her fingers seizing up and it eases the pain and would his girl like some hand knitted dish cloths?
Well bless her heart she sent me two and they are so soft and pretty i'm not sure i can use them to wash dishes.
It makes doing the dishes a whole lot prettier and i love cottage pretty!
Thank you all for your kind comments on my lamp shades in my last post by the way,
I hope your week has been a good one and that Spring is arriving in your corner of the world x
Join me next time for more tales and goings on from you know where.....