Saturday, October 8, 2011

Taking the ASCP Plunge, and a Great Day for a Treasure Hunt

It's been absolutely gorgeous here today, so I went out into the world rather than sit around moping that my team got eliminated in the MLB playoffs.  I had several things on my to-do list and on my first stop I got a Cinderella pumpkin, some fake greens, and some baking apples, then moved on to a cool shop Five and Divine.  There I procured a starting supply of ASCP in Old White and Duck Egg, as well as the light and dark waxes, and some friendly advice from the proprietress, who is a new stockist.  I'm taking the plunge!

My plan is to play around with this on some little items and make sure I know what I'm doing before I get serious about painting the french dining room suite. Should be fun!

The toughest thing on my to-do list was finding an urn. I saw lots of urns, but the one I have in mind is a small white iron slightly rusty one that will beautifully house a seasonal arrangement on the mantel.  Let's just forget for a moment that I don't have a mantel.  Work with me here.  What I found is not exactly what lives in my brain, but it's got potential, I think.

It has a kind of Tuscan vibe that I really wasn't looking for, but I can live with that.  I staged my photos on my daughter's desk which is (still) temporarily sitting in the foyer, and I couldn't resist including it in the pics a little bit.  I am not done with it yet, but it's such a pretty piece of furniture.  I need to finish it and give it to her before I decide she can't have it.

Another treasure I picked up is this heavy brass candelabra with crystals on it, which reminds me of a chandelier.  I'm not sure if I'm going to have it re-wired or if I'll just remove the wiring and use real candles in it.  I'm sort of leaning toward real candles.

A couple days ago I mentioned on my blog that I wish I knew how to take better photos, and the next day Miss Mustard Seed posted about using a tripod.  Duh, I have a tripod!  I don't really know how to use it, but I winged it for these photos, and I think they are actually better than usual.  Who knew?  So that was my day, hope yours was great!


A Quilter Awakens said...

Aha! I have a tripod too. I've never taken it out of the box, so guess what I am doing tomorrow? Yup, the tripod goes on a photo shoot with me. Thanks for telling us. (Love that desk too.) Karmen

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Tracy ~ I am anxious to see what you think
about your ASCP! That is exactly what I bought to start with too ~
I need to pull out my tripod but never do because I don't want to take the time ~ Your pictures came out great!

Mel @ said...

OOOOoo that desk is delicious.

You sure do have a lot of energy lately :) I am looking forward to your dining set update. I sure wish I could get some ASCP.

A Vintage Green said...

Love ASCP - looking forward seeing what you paint and how you finish. So far I haven't added very much dark wax or much distressing to my projects but I did experiment with the school desk I posted about awhile ago. Its exciting to try something new, and your other projects look soooooo good. OK I will now try my mini tripod with a few vignette shots. Haven't tried it before.
- Joy

Steph said...

Glad you got out of the house after that miserable loss. IDK what ASCP is, but everyone else seems excited for you, so WOO! Do that ASCP! :)

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

I really need to try that chalk paint. It seems like everyone is so into it. Good luck with your projects :)

Honey at 2805 said...

I'll be waiting to see what you paint using ASCP! Great urn you discovered. I certainly would have brought that home too.

I just read the post on the tripod and must try it.

Lisa @ akawest said...

Caving into that blogger peer pressure, I see. Hehehe. No seriously, I would like to join in on the chalk paint craze, too.

Your posts do not always come up in my reader, which makes me wonder what else I am missing. Maybe it is just fun to comment in a backwards manner. Urn, what urn? Oh, that urn. Okay.

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