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January 31, 2013

Sew Fabulous! Annie Sloan Fabric Collection Tutorial 1

Trimmed Edge Cushion/Pillow
Annie Sloan, creator of the internationally successful Chalk Paint®, has unveiled her new Fabric Collection, made to complement her Chalk Paint® decorative paint line. She has honed this collection from her most popular designs and her own favourites. The fabrics are sourced from France and Belgium and come in a range of styles -- a bit of boho chic, a bit of French, a bit of country, and a bit of modern. 

Here Annie demonstrates a simple technique for creating a trimmed edge cushion using two of her fabrics:  Charcoal Pastorale toile and Riviera Red ticking.

You can do this at home -- either sew by hand or machine. All you'll need is a bit of fabric, a cushion pad, measuring tape, scissors, pins, and a needle and thread.



View our oversized 3 yd sample swatches in-store and order your fabric in time for Valentine's Day! 

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January 30, 2013

Annie Sloan Fabric Collection: Sew Fabulous!

Now available at Apple Box Boutique: The Annie Sloan Fabric Collection

Annie Sloan, renowned creater of Chalk Paint®, has unveiled her designer line of French and Belgian fabrics.  Made to coordinate with her Chalk Paint® colours, the fabric collection includes cotton tickings and florals as well as linens that are ideal for curtains and upholstery.

The Monaco ticking by Annie Sloan (above) is 100% cotton and is one of our most popular ticking fabrics as it has a lot of colours yet it is not too bright or overpowering.

The colours are light denim blue, pale blue, chestnut brown, white, wine red, oatmeal , grey and pale sage green. There are more colours because of the way the coloured threads are woven so you get one stripe in blue and green and some of the stripes have a vertical weave and others have a spotty weave. Great value!

Width: 55 in
Made of 100% cotton

Faded Roses. A beautiful old print of faded roses that looks perfect with old whites and spotty prints.

Width: 55 in
Repeat: 25 in
Made of 100% cotton

Gigi is one of our most popular ticking fabrics as it has a lot of colours yet it is not bright or over powering so it works with just about everything.

Width: 55 in
Made of 100% cotton

Charcoal Pastorale.  An elegant fabric printed in a charcoal graphite color on an off white pure fine cotton. The pictures of idyllic country scenes are drawn beautifully and finely. It is double width so in keeping with French tradition can be use on walls, window treatments or for light upholstery such as a headboard or a bedroom chair.  

Width: Double 110 in
Repeat: 28 ½ in
Made of 100% cotton

Normandie. The toile depicts delightful country scenes in a warm sepia on a light dusty greyed lilac. It is suitable for curtains, walls and light domestic upholstery.

A double width fabric as is quite normal in France, often used on walls. This is 280cm wide rather the normal 140cm wide so if you need 4 metres of normal width fabric, you will only 2 metres of this fabric.

Width: Double 110 in
Repeat: 24 ½ in
Made of 100% cotton

French Hens depicting chickens, roosters, eggs and a feather on a linen look background make this a charming fabric right for curtains in the kitchen or garden room or a small chair. The colours are sophisticated and unusual being reds and rich purple and would go beautifully with our linen or red spots. It is excellent value as it is an old design and comes straight from a French factory. It works with many of our paint colours.

Width: 63 in
Repeat: 24 1/2 in
Made of 80% cotton & 20% polyester

Panama Rouge. A horizontal stripe in off white and tomato red in different intensities. Being double width the fabric could be hung so the stripes are vertical as the fabric would be is 280cm long. Could be used for curtains, blinds and light upholstery.

Width: Double 110 in
Made of 100% cotton

Width: Double 110 in
Made of 100% cotton

Paris Noir et Lin ticking. So chic, so smart. A black cotton is woven simply with a putty colored cotton softening the black to give it a lovely texture. Strong yet light. Use this for everything including cushions, curtains, blinds and upholstery.

Width: 55 in
Made of 100% cotton

That equals 100% L-O-V-E ... view our oversized 3 yd sample swatches and order your fabric in time for Valentine's Day! 

Check in tomorrow as we share the first of three video tutorials demonstrating Annie Sloan Fabric techniques... and yes, they are Sew Fabulous!

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January 28, 2013

Reimagined Monday: Hemp Oil (A New Secret Weapon!)

One of our favourite new finishes is Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil.  Why?  It is multi-functional, all-natural and oh-so-easy to use!

Here is Miss Mustard Seed herself, Marian Parsons, explaining the benefits and how to use it to enhance wood and milk-painted surfaces:


Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is available at Apple Box Boutique, in-store and online.

Don't miss our Milk Paint Colour of the Month for January...
  
Get Shutter Gray for just $20! 
(Regularly $24).

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Shutter Gray
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Shutter Gray and Grain Sack
Miss Mustard Seed's Shutter Gray Milk Paint Swatch: "A bluish gray"

Here are more colours from Miss Mustard Seed's designer line of Milk Paints:




What have YOU Reimagined?  
Send in your project pics and be entered to win our Reimagined Monday draw!

Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw. 

Send your name, pictures and story to:
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January 23, 2013

What's On at Apple Box Boutique? Here's the Latest!

People are Chalking Chalk Paint® Workshop
Well, that was fast!  Our 'People are Chalking' morning workshop has sold out and the evening session has just one seat left.  We are SO excited to be holding Chalk Paint® classes and looking forward to getting creative with everyone attending.

Visit our website Workshops page or click below to learn more about this workshop or to register:

Want to hear about upcoming workshops?
Visit our Workshop Notifications page to sign up and hear about upcoming workshops!  Your interest and feedback helps us determine which sessions to run next!

Colours of the Month
Who would have guessed that our January "New Year's" colours of the month would sell out so quickly!  But we are fully restocked and with everyone starting back into projects put on hold over the holidays, it's a great way to save money.


Christmas in January Sale
There's just one week left to make a clean getaway with fantastic sale prices on bath products, decor and ornaments! Save up to 50% until January 31st.


Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw. 

Send your name, phone number, pictures and story to: info@appleboxboutique.com and win!

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Apple Box Boutique


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January 19, 2013

Local Event! Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Workshops

People Are Chalking Workshop

This ‘jump-start’ Chalk Paint® workshop covers everything you need to know about Annie Sloan paints and waxes.  Learn application techniques such as washes, dry brush and layering, different distressing techniques and finally the how-tos of finishing and antiquing using Soft Wax. 

You will leave with the enthusiasm and expertise to go home and reimagine a piece of furniture with confidence.

All in-class supplies, light snacks and beverages are included. Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!

Upcoming Classes

Date:         Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time:         10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Date:         Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time:         6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Visit our website Workshops page or click below to learn more about this workshop or to register:


We’re looking forward to seeing you in class!

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Apple Box Boutique

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January 17, 2013

Here they are! Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Workshops

We are very excited to post our workshop dates and are starting with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint classes.  They are right around the corner and space is limited so be sure to register soon!

Then watch for our Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan workshops... they'll be posted Saturday! 


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 sample boards to take home along with your new knowledge and skills!

 


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
  • Multi-layer painting
  • Faux-finishing techniques: antiquing, distressing
  • Crackle finishes
 Upcoming Classes

Date:         Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time:         10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Date:         Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time:         6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB


Visit our website Workshops page or click below to learn more about this workshop or to register:

We’re looking forward to seeing you in class!

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Apple Box Boutique


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January 11, 2013

January 2013 Colours of the Month!


The January 2013 Colours of the Month have been discounted at the boutique, but we realized that with the changes happening here, we didn't get them published at On The Apple Box

Inspired by the silvery, shiny, shimmery New Year we selected classic Graphite from Annie Sloan's decorative Chalk Paint® collection and Shutter Grey (our take on silver!) from Miss Mustard Seed's designer Milk Paint line.

What will you reimagine to celebrate the New Year?

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January 08, 2013

So Much Fun Was Had at the Got Milk Paint? Workshop

Last Wednesday marked our first Got Milk Paint? workshop, and it was so much fun that we can't wait to do it again.  Upcoming sessions are being scheduled soon so be sure to sign up to receive a notification email and join us for laughs and learning!

Among the group was Mista Zaugg of Cinnamon Photography who snapped some great pics of the workshop and the wonderful ladies in attendance.  Thanks for sharing these, Mista!

Jennylyn Pringle, President of Homestead House Paint Co.,
makers of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint


Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - flagship designer collection
All of the colours are so rich, it's hard to choose one!
Just add water and stir to get the perfect amount of paint for your project.
One of the many unique elements of Milk Paint is the natural chippiness you can achieve by leaving
the bonding agent out of the mix (or using other trade secrets we learned at the workshop!).
The Got Milk Paint? workshop at Apple Box Boutique teaches several
methods for creating chippy, traditional, smooth, distressed and layered looks.
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is easy to use, making it fun and stress-free.
Margaret of The French Bear works on her two-layered piece.
Check out Margaret's blog for her take on the class!
There are several options for finishes to keep your project looking fabulous.
With just the right products, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint makes 'reimagining' easy.
The final results are as varied and interesting as the people creating them.

Thank you, everyone, for a really great day!
Check out our Facebook page for more pics and information and click here to sign up for workshop notifications.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is available in-store and online at Apple Box Boutique!

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