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December 31, 2012

New Horizons and Our Milk Paint Workshop Deadline

Let me start by saying Hello... I hope you are enjoying the holiday season!  Although today's blog is not my usual "Project Personality" post, it is a personal one.  This is a "Welcoming the New" post.

Since starting our little boutique last year we have shared our space with lovely Leslie of Sugar Blossoms Floral Design.  A fantastic designer and dear friend, we have had our laughs and adventures, ups and downs and we've learned a lot about our industries, businesses and ourselves.  And so it is with some wistfulness that I announce beginning in January, Leslie will be moving on to new horizons with the intention of focusing exclusively on wedding florals rather than maintaining a retail flower store.  I will miss Leslie around the shop, but am very excited for her and all the good things to come. 

As for Apple Box Boutique, many of you have been with us as our business has changed and grown over our time in historic Highlands.  We've found a home here and will stay on in our current location while expanding our own horizons -- the extra space afforded us now is much needed and has come along at just the right time. We have fabulous new and exciting plans in the works that we can't wait to share with you.

We recently released our new company logo.  It was developed with our future plans in mind and is the first reveal of the new look and feel of Apple Box Boutique, which we will develop in phases over the coming months.

With this change comes the need to take some time to rework the boutique, so we will be closed until January 7th, and look forward to seeing you starting on January 8th!
Milk Paint Workshop Deadline
Although the retail side of  Apple Box Boutique will be breaking for the week, our "Got Milk Paint?" Workshop is happening on Wednesday, January 2nd and there are still a few seats left.

Registrations are open until 8:00 PM on New Year's Day! Click below to learn more about this workshop or to register:

Happy New Year, everyone!


 "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

---Edith Lovejoy Pierce


We wish you your best year yet.

~~  Leanne
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December 28, 2012

Our Year End SALE Happens Tomorrow!

With the new year right around the corner and big things to come at the boutique, we need to clear out our inventory.  Get great deals on:
  • Home Decor
  • Bath & Body by Barefoot Venus
  • Eco-friendly Candles
  • Shabby Chic & Cottage Chic furniture
  • Hand-made Quilts
  • Wall Hangings & Clocks 
  • Christmas Decor ...and more!
One Day Only!
Saturday, December 29th 
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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December 26, 2012

Local Event: Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Workshop

Just 4 seats left.  Bring a friend and Save!




Jennylyn Pringle, President of Homestead House – the company that makes the famous Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint -- is coming to Apple Box Boutique to lead a one-of-a-kind Got Milk Paint?” session.

With years of experience in painting with Milk Paint and all of the fantastic finishing techniques that can be applied, it is your opportunity to learn from the best!

One class only 
January 2, 2013

Includes all materials: bookshelf, paints and finishes.  Lunch is provided.





Save $100!
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December 21, 2012

Thank You for Helping Us to Help 150 Others


On November 24th, we started a Christmas Campaign at Apple Box Boutique. The idea was for every purchase of $50 or more we would donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Today we would like to thank you for an overwhelming response... we've always known our customers are special people, but your support has been incredible.

Because of you and our fantastic staff, 150 people will be helped by this campaign.

It is difficult to express fully how much it means to all of us that you helped us to help others... it doesn't seem enough, but with all our hearts, we thank you.
If you happened to miss our campaign, or feel compelled to donate additional meals, your time or in other ways, please click here  GIVE HOPE to learn more.

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December 20, 2012

Save on our "Got Milk Paint?" Workshop with Jennylyn Pringle




 and save $100!

Jennylyn Pringle, President of Homestead House – the company that makes the famous Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint -- is coming to Apple Box Boutique to lead a one-of-a-kind Got Milk Paint?” session.

With years of experience in painting with Milk Paint and all of the fantastic finishing techniques that can be applied, it is your opportunity to learn from the best!

One class only:  January 2, 2013

Includes all materials: bookshelf, paints and finishes.  Lunch is provided.


Today is the last day to
help us help others this Christmas...


For every $50 purchase, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Your purchase = dining with dignity...   It's that easy to give hope in Edmonton!

Happy Holidays! 

















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Apple Box Boutique
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December 19, 2012

Christmas Shopping that Keeps On Giving!

We are well on our way to making an impact together, and there are still two more days to help us help others.
 
When you shop at Apple Box Boutique, your $50 purchase keeps on giving. 


For every $50 purchase, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Your purchase = dining with dignity... It's that easy to give hope in Edmonton!
 
Happy Holidays!  
 Christmas Hours

Today 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM

OPEN LATE
Thursday & Friday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

NEW DAYS
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, Dec. 24 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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December 17, 2012

Reimagined Monday with a Twist (and a Sweet Birdy)


Usually our Reimagined Monday post features makeover projects by our customers and colleagues using  Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  Today we are revealing a reimagining of our very own and while they are all special, we are particluarly excited about this one.

One day soon this will make it's way into a paint project, but in the meantime we are very pleased to share with you... our new company logo:


We've been working closely with the fabulous Nikki of Fetching Finn to capture just the right look and 'feeling'.  Nikki is not just an exceptional designer with a positive, upbeat personality -- she was also fully capable of being the ringmaster to our circus of suggestions and ideas.  In Nikki's creative hands, what could have ended up a very busy mix of fonts and images became exactly what we dreamed of... our favourite colours and nonliteral imagery all wrapped up in casual elegance.

It is a celebration of what our little boutique has become, thanks to you - our incredible customers - and everyone who has helped us to make 2012 a year to remember.

We are so very appreciative, and we couldn't be happier!  

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December 16, 2012

Workshop Sunday Spectacular! Sign up and Save $150!

For one day only, register for our Got Milk Paint? workshop and get a second registration for just  $100!

Makes a great Christmas gift, or sign up with a friend and you both save!
SUNDAY, December 16thSign up with friend and save! 


For one day only, register a friend or family member for just $100! 

That's a savings of $150!

  Got Milk Paint? Workshop


Taking our hands-on Milk Paint Workshop will ensure that you acquire a strong knowledge of how to use Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax. You will complete a small bookshelf that is provided for you, to be taken home to display your new talents!

All materials and lunch are provided.  Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!


This hands on workshop offers:
  • History, characteristics and preparation of Milk Paint
  • Different uses of Milk Paints on wood, ceramic, metal, drywall etc.
  • Easy methods of custom colour matching
  • Faux-finishing techniques, antiquing, distressing etc.
  • Crackle finishes 

Date:  Wednesday, January 2, 2012
Time:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique (or nearby)  6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
 

Cost:  $250 + GST  
          or $350 +GST for two when you register on Sunday, December 16, 2012

* Includes all materials: bookshelf, paints and finishes.  Lunch is provided.)




For every $50 purchase, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Your purchase = dining with dignity...   It's that easy to give hope in Edmonton!
Happy Holidays!

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Apple Box Boutique
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December 14, 2012

Got Milk Paint? Workshop with Special Guest: Jennylyn Pringle

Jennylyn Pringle, President of Homestead House – the company that makes the famous Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint -- is coming to Apple Box Boutique to lead a one-of-a-kind “Got Milk Paint?” session.

With years of experience in painting with Milk Paint and all of the fantastic finishing techniques that can be applied, it is your opportunity to learn from the best! 

But space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration closes at the end of this weekend
 (Noon on Sunday, December 16/12)  
Act fast!
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Got Milk Paint? Workshop


Taking our hands-on Milk Paint Workshop will ensure that you acquire a strong knowledge of how to use Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax. You will complete a small bookshelf that is provided for you, to be taken home to display your new talents!

All materials and lunch are provided.  Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!

This hands on workshop offers:
  • History, characteristics and preparation of Milk Paint
  • Different uses of Milk Paints on wood, ceramic, metal, drywall etc.
  • Easy methods of custom colour matching
  • Faux-finishing techniques, antiquing, distressing etc.
  • Crackle finishes 
Date:  Wednesday, January 2, 2012
Time:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost:  $250 + GST   (Includes all materials: bookshelf, paints and finishes.  Lunch is provided.)

Edmonton Location To Be Announced


Apple Box Boutique Inc. reserves the right to cancel sessions with low registration.  
Registration may be re-opened should seats be available after Dec.16/12.

December 13, 2012

Christmas Hours... More Time to Find the Perfect Gift!

Watch our blog and Facebook page for beautiful new home decor, glorious gifts, blissful bath & body products and fabulous florals to dress up your home for the holidays.

We're making it even easier to one-stop-shop at Apple Box Boutique with our longer and later Christmas hours.



Stop in for great giveaways, new arrivals, sales and unique items hand-crafted by local artisans.  PLUS your purchase can keep on giving with our 2012 'We Donate' Christmas Campaign...


For every $50 purchase, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Your purchase = dining with dignity...   It's that easy to give hope in Edmonton!
Happy Holidays!

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Apple Box Boutique
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December 10, 2012

Reimagined Monday: The Real Deal -- Milk Paint!


Welcome to Reimagined Monday!

Fabulous Janet of The Empty Nest decided to go all in with the colour Tricycle from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line.  Here are the results in an excerpt from her enthusiastic article about her experience using Milk Paint for the first time:


I decided that if The Empty Nest was going to carry
Miss Mustard Seed's
new line of Milk Paint colors, then I should become the best spokesperson possible.

Here is the dresser I chose.
Very well made and with beautiful lines.
However the orangey wood has to go.

Not being a shrinking violet, I chose
Tricycle
a spunky cool red.
Well what do you know....
Marian was right, it does just flake off in spots.
I did not use the bonding agent.
Yeah, I live life on the edge!


After two coats of Milk Paint
some sanding with a sanding sponge
a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's wax
She has a whole new sassy attitude.

So what do you think?

I am really pleased with the results..
  I know you are dying to hear my take on Milk Paint.
Amuse me folks..
"Yes Janet...we are dying to hear you opinion!"
Ok...here you go...

1. I will admit the mixing part will take a little bit of getting used to, but it was not rocket science and only took a few minutes.

2. For those wondering how it differs from my beloved Chalk Paint™ decorative paints.
The minute I applied the first brush stroke, I new this was a whole different ballgame.

3. Milk Paint smells different..feels different..reacts to surfaces differently, distresses different....it is simply
DIFFERENT
I in no way mean that in a negative manner...it's just apples & oranges

4. Two coats covered nicely and I used very little powder. You will get multiple projects per back..easily.

5. I mixed the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint powder with warm water to make a smoother paint.

6. It dried pretty quickly.

7. I was able to get a super smooth feel after sanding..nice.

8. Love how the paint will literally flake off in spots..instant age.

9. Miss Mustard Seed's wax was super easy to apply with a soft cloth and has a nice sheen
 (Mr. Secret Agent is beginning to wonder where all his t-shirts are)

10. I buffed 30 minutes later

11. I'm happy

Marian's colors are beautiful and I found the paint easy to work with.

Almost forgot to add...
no prepping was done to my dresser other than a good cleaning.

 So there you have it...

Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed (Marian Parsons) is so popular it is hard to keep it on the shelves so with Christmas coming, and knowing how great a gift this is, we are 'stocking' up!

AND one of our Colours of the Month is Boxwood Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed, regularly $24 it is on sale for $20.

PLUS don't forget -- for every purchase of $50 or more we are donating a Christmas meal!  Give a gift that keeps on giving!

Visit Apple Box Boutique for fantastic ideas from stocking stuffers to perfect gifts for under the tree!



For every $50 purchase, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal for someone in need this Christmas.

Your purchase = dining with dignity...   It's that easy to give hope in Edmonton!

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Apple Box Boutique
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