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November 30, 2012

November Sweep Up! Two Big Sales End Today


...ends today!

Purchase Chalk Paint™ online for $49 (regularly $51.95).

It's the perfect time to stock up for under the Christmas tree or get a variety of colours in sample-sizes for making cool gifts, or just to try them out.

How can you get in on it?
Load up The Apple Cart with all your favourite colours, and save, save, save!


Don't miss 49 ONLINE!

Last Day to Save $ on our November Colour of the Month!

In Remembrance -- this month on the 11th hour of the 11th day -- we honoured fallen members of our armed forces.  As a symbol of our gratitude and respect we selected Emperor's Silk Chalk Paintby Annie Sloan as our Colour of the Month.


It is the colour of the poppy, an emblem of Remembrance Day inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields".

Emperor's Silk a bright pure red, like the red silk lining of a jacket and a favourite for inside drawers and cupboards. Here are a few examples of what you can do with this rich, velvety Chalk Paint™:

Graphite layered over Emperor's Silk
Emperor's Silk over Versailles and frame in Emperor's Silk mixed with Old White
Emperor's Silk with Dark Wax
Emperor's Silk with Dark Wax
Reckless Glamour
Emperor's Silk with Clear Wax (the perfect front door red)
Y by 5
Emperor's Silk with Dark Wax
Emperor's Silk with Dark Wax
Emperor's Silk with Dark Wax


*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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November 29, 2012

Natural Barefoot Venus Gift Sets and More!

This Christmas ...we've got a little something, something to make any day an opportunity to indulge in a blissful bath and body experience. Since Barefoot Venus products are made without parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, mineral oils, synthetic colour or propylene glycol you can be assured you are registering your good karmic deed times two knowing you gave an experience to nurture the body AND the soul.

Body:
Stop in at Apple Box Boutique for great gifts and stocking stuffers... or a little personal indulgence!

And Soul... times three:
In addition to the benefits of using natural Barefoot Venus products, for every purchase of $50 or more in-store, Apple Box Boutique will donate a warm, nutritious meal to someone in need this holiday season.

Just Arrived:

Ginger Snap
Ginger snap, a blend of rich, smooth eggnog and warming ginger are swirled together for the ultimate holiday fragrance.

*Available until January Only



Ginger Snap White Tea bubble bath
Enter your own watery world of fragrant skin-softening bubbles. Mild plant- derived ingredients including; certified organic oats and white tea extract, create a rich, luxurious skin-loving bath.






Ginger Snap Creamy Cleansing Wash
Succumb to your cleansing seduction with a creamy, deliciously scented wash that leaves you feeling utterly pampered from top-to-toe. Blissful bubbles of aloe vera and mega-moisturizing jojoba seed oil smoothly wash away impurities leaving skin clean and silky-soft. A shower with soap seduction makes being a high-maintenance gal easy work.



Ginger Snap Sugar Scrub
Get smooth as white and brown sugar crystals, saturated with healing oils, gently buff roughness away. Moisturizing avocado oil and skin silkening coconut oil leave your skin in perfect birthday suit condition.





Ginger Snap Massage and Bath Oil
One amazing oil, two scandalous ways to use it. Each leaves you irresistibly tempting to the touch. This instant performer is packed with skin-nourishing superstar oils: avocado, sweet almond, and apricot kernel to name just a few. However you choose to enjoy this velvety oil, you will be left with flirtatiously soft skin.

Massage over body or drizzle decadently in the tub.

Ginger Snap SOS Body Cream
When your skin is sending out an SOS that says “stop the flaking!”, it’s time to listen. Dry, chafed skin magically vanishes when a tried and true potion of macadamia nut oil, sesame seed oil and wheat germ oil starts to mollycoddle your needy skin. Smooth it on, and feel how quickly the SOS is called off.  *paraben free*





Coconut Kiss
Warm up the holidays!  Tropical bliss abounds with these creamy, rich coconut inspired skin pleasures.




~ Creamy Cleanser
~ Body Lotion
~ Cocoa Butter Bath Soak
~ Massage Oil
~ Instant Hand Repair








Great for stocking stuffers, purse or to sample Coconut Kiss:





Decadent Duo gift set in Organza Bag
$10.99










Cocoa Tree Gift Set
Be prepared to glow like the goddess you are. You will look and smell angelic, and the price is heavenly! (halo not included)





This ready-to-give set includes a sugar scrub and elixir in rich, creamy cocoa fragrance! (Value $30.99)
$16.99




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November 26, 2012

Trickery | Vaseline Resist Technique and Milk Paint


Reimagined Monday is a favourite day around the Boutique, but it is even more fun when we get to share a 'trade secret'.  With typical humbled wonderment, Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) gets straight to the point and lets us all in on how she created the finish on a stunning Empire dresser that took our breath away.

In her own words, here are the goods...

Trickery | Vaseline Resist Technique


I guess I wasn’t the only one in love with that finish!  Here’s how I did it…

I’ve heard about using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as a paint resist for a while, but I never tried it.  On this empire dresser, I pictured layers of blue and wanted to have clear definition between the two colors.  This seemed like a good piece to test it out on.  I painted the first coat of paint in Flow Blue with the bonding agent added to all of the paint except for what I used on the drawers (I wanted some selective chippiness.)  I then rubbed some Vaseline over the edges of the piece and around some of the key holes and other random spots.


I don’t think there’s a specific time frame to let the Vaseline sit before painting on the second coat, but I decided to wait about an hour to give it some time to dry.


I painted on a second coat, this time in French Enamel without the bonding agent added.  I brushed the paint on gently where the Vaseline had been applied.  On the drawers where the bonding agent wasn’t used, Milk Paint did its wonderful chippy thing…


…and where the Vaseline was…


…total coolness.


When I sanded the piece with a medium grit sanding sponge, the French Enamel paint that was over the Vaseline came off, showing the Flow Blue underneath.  That, combined with the chippiness where the bonding agent wasn’t used and the places I sanded the paint down to the wood made a very interesting finish that looked as if it had developed over time.


I wiped the surface with a cloth (it was a little gummy where the Vaseline was) and then applied one coat of Furniture Wax.


I can’t wait to try this bit of trickery again!

We've never tried this technique with Milk Paint but now it is on our list of things to give a whirl.   

How about you?


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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November 24, 2012

Holiday Decorating: Festive Flair for the Home

Don't you love this time of year?  Spirits are soaring, music is merry, friends and family are gathering to share in the joy -- just the thought makes us want to get decorating for the season!

This year we have all the decor to help you create fabulous festive flair that will wow your holiday guests, proving once again that you are right on top of trend and style.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the items we have in-store:

From Plain to Plaid

Fabulous Fashion
Casual Cosiness
Winter Wonderful


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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The Gift of Hope -- Every Purchase Makes A Difference*


*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!

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November 21, 2012

49 ONLINE Offer Ends Soon!

...ends in just 10 days!

Purchase Chalk Paint™ online for $49 (regularly $51.95) until November 30th.  It's the perfect time to stock up for under the Christmas tree or get a variety of colours in sample-sizes for making cool gifts.

How can you get in on it?
Load up The Apple Cart with all your favourite colours, and save, save, save!


Don't miss 49 ONLINE!

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November 19, 2012

Chalk Paint™ Your Leather? You Betcha!


Welcome to Reimagined Monday!

We've talked about using Chalk Paint on fabric in the past, and today we are featuring a twist on that idea.  Not only can you paint furniture, walls, floors, fabric, concrete, plastic, metal, glass... the list goes on, but you can also paint vinyl and leather!

Amber and Brad of the blog Shades of Amber posted this fantastic example and we wanted to share it with you...

ASCP Leather Sofa

Yes, you read the title correctly! We have a customer, Denise, that used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on her leather couch and chair! We couldn't believe it either, so we had to take pictures and share.

Purchasing new furniture was not in the budget, and slipcovering it was too feminine for the room. So, why not Chalk Paint it? She was so excited to get started, she almost forgot the before photo. This is "during," but it gives you a good idea of what it looked like before.

And the same section after Chalk Paint and sealed with Clear Wax.

Here is the whole couch right after painting and waxing.

And the chair and ottoman.

And here it is about one month later.

It is very soft to the touch and very natural looking.
Now, it definitely will become more worn with time and use (especially since she has two big dogs that sit on it), but what a great way to update and extend the life of a piece of furniture.

Here again, is one month later, you can see the rugged aged look developing on the seat cushions where the dogs climb up and sit.

It is perfect for her husband's "man cave" and reminds me of a distressed, aged leather sofa you would find in a old English library in a country estate. 
all project photos and material are copyrighted by Shades of Amber, Inc. 
If you're like us, you are now scanning your home for all those leather pieces that don't quite fit with your latest decor.  Let the reimaginings begin!

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