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    Let’s Paint with Annie Sloan

    Recently I have been doing a little home improvements to my bedroom in London, inspired by my love for pink and green together, botanicals and copper. I have been using the wonderful chalk paints from Annie Sloan to give my rather old and mixed matched furniture a new lease of life.

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    A day at the Handmade Fair 

    Last weekend Blanch and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend the day at the Handmade Fair at the lovely Bowood House near Chippenham. We had already been to the handmade fair at Hampton court so was super excited to hear that it was coming to the West Country for the first time this year. For those of you may not have heard about the Handmade Fair before, it is  such a great way to spend a weekend packed full of inspiring talks by some of the industry’s experts (we went to an amazing one hosted by Liz Earle more on this later!), various different workshops where you can try your hand at practically any craft technique and huge shopping tents filled to the brim of lovely handmade wears locally sourced in the U.K.With the fair being held in the beautiful gardens of Bowood House and on a glorious sunny day it really was the perfect way to spend a weekend.

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    Decorative Printing with Annie Sloan

    Back in September Olive and I visited The Handmade Fair located just opposite the beautiful Hampton Court, on the outskirts of London and took part in a wonderful painting workshop with Annie Sloan.

    The fantastic Annie Sloan is the creator of Chalk Paint, a revolutionary tool for anyone interested in up- cycling furniture, dying fabrics or just giving your walls a fresh coat of paint.

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    Annie talked us through how to completely change the look of this wooden picture frame by using various printing techniques as well as her versatile chalk paint which incidentally is celebrating its 25th Birthday having been created in 1990.

    Annie is absolutely lovely and has endless enthusiasm for decorative painting which meant the workshop was incredibly easy to follow, super informative and really inspiring to continue painting at home. (We already have an endless amount of projects in mind…..!)  Continue reading