23.6.14

MY FIRST ANNIE SLOAN PROJECT AND REVIEW.

       

   Ok, so I'm probably one of the last to use Annie Sloan paints... I know! But, the reason for this is,
 Despite everybody raving about it, I just thought it sounded like any good emulsion...
Was I right?...

 Well.... I thought I'd try out the gorgeous colour of Antoinette on this little unit in my kitchen that has
travelled with me and been many a different Farrow and ball colour.

                              

 Well I know my verdict may cause controversy... And I apologise now to those who need it, but...
It's just like any good emulsion (eek, there I said it). Yes, it went on lovely, And yes I didn't need to prep,
 But I have been painting furniture for years and used everything going on all kinds of materials and un-prepped surfaces ( as I'm sooo impatient) and I can honestly say that Laura Ashley, Farrow and Ball, Craig and Rose etc.... Work just as good. I may have to try it on more surfaces so I can get a real feel though.

                          

 So, would I recommend it, or even buy it again? Simple, yes. My reasons- it is good value! 
I really love the fact that these little pots are great for a small project like this set of shelves.
I also loved the basic yet beautiful colour range, making it quick and easy to decide without having 
to stand in the paint section of homebase for an hour. Plus I loved the service I got from the people
In the beautiful interiors store in Hitchen, who were very passionate about paint! Plus I like to support
talented people in their growing businesses. So take from this little rambling post what you will.
I'm going to go in my kitchen and admire my little painted dresser unit in my new Annie Sloan paint.

                                                Emma. X



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14.6.14

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY, BRIGHT RESULTS.

                        

  Hello lovelies.
 Just recently I've had a lot of people asking me how I get my photos so bright.
 Whilst I'm no professional, I do have a love of photography (it helps my dad is a pro!) 
 I find that sticking to just three basic rules is key. So I'll let you in on these....

                   

 Rule 1: LIGHT.... it's all about the light! It doesn't matter if your using your phone, point and shoot
 or a DSLR. If you have natural day light then your half way there! You dont want bright sun shine, but
 a filtered bright cloudy day is best. Find the lightest place possible for taking your pics like a conservatory or summer house. If you have a big camera then you can adjust the shutter speed but
Let's keep it simple for now.

                   

 BACKGROUND: through trial and error I have found that a bright background really helps.
 A chalky white is best as it absorbs the light without pinging it back. Colours will really stand out
 Against a clear beautiful back drop.

                    

 SUBJECT MATTER: after a while you tend to find your mojo, what things do you love? 
 I find it easier taking pics of pretty things I love as I'm more passionate about them.
 For instance- flowers, pretty china and fabric are my faves.

 My favourite photo app is still Instagram, I use it daily and love the new features.
 I tend to use the brighten, contrast etc controls, and very rarely use filters now.
 Anyway I hope this helps! Simple is key!

                          Have a good week end everyone!
                                                                Emma x



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4.6.14

BLOOMING LOVELY


     Hello all,

    Just a few mid week snaps to get you through...

       
                         Waterlogged roses from the garden.

                                   

                                            Huge raspberry ripple Pom Pom peony.

                       

                                 Romantic roses in vintage glass.

                       

                                           Bit more Peony love....

                              Soon be the wkend.

                                                                Love Emma x




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