Saturday, December 17, 2011

Name Your Price Day -- I'm off and running to The Brass Armadillo!

My booth is packed to the gills with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and products plus furniture and Christmas gifts galore! Come help me meet a goal of selling 50 indvidual items today.

Remember to show up and give the secret pass phrase or text it to me at 515-991-7383 for another chance at the Big Iowa Chalk Paint Give Away and possibly a stop on the 2012 Annie Sloan American Tour!

See you 9-4 at the Brass Armadillo in Des Moines!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Funk Your Family Fotos!

Had some fun with old photos my Mom (91) gave me. She (an archivist! LOL) didn't know who some of these folks were. So Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and French Linen plus some ModPodge and....
you've got a new way to enjoy family photos, old or new. I will do these custom with photos and furniture and colors of your choice.

Meanwhile, mention this latest project of mine -- Funk Your Family Fotos -- in an email to me for another entry into the Great Chalk Paint Give Away. Also go register for the Annie Sloan American Tour in March and take a friend. What a great weekend outing! See you there. And also tomorrow at the Brass Armadillo!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meet me at the Brass Armadillo Saturday -- Chances at my Chalk Paint Giveaway!

Saturday there is no place like The Brass Armadillo! You get to negotiate price with me and other antique dealers. Now I must give the caveat that I cannot sell chalk paint  and wax below our minimum retail price -- but otherwise everything in my booth is up for dickering! Meet me in Booth 226 (east wall towards the north end!)

I will be there from 9 am to 5 pm to negotiate deals! (Sorry, we have a company Xmas party to go to that evening). And wait for it ------ there is a secret pass phrase that if you read this blog you will know what it is and get an extra entry into the Great Iowa Chalk Paint Give Away!

READY??? The pass phrase is Annie Sloan American Tour . So drive on out to

Clever, huh? Even the Des Moines address is on the sign! See you there as there is a lot of merchandise and great gifts for those still on your "to shop for" list! Pick up some paint and wax for your next project!

And if you are not within driving distance Saturday for a visit and want another entry into the give away, Text me on my cell SATURDAY ONLY from 9 am to 9 pm and give the pass phrase! My cell is 515-991-7383! Make sure you give your name as I may not recognize your phone number!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Woopsss...overdid! Back on track.

Sorry, missed out on posting today. Had tussled two days with a tummy bug. So glad to feel better today, decided needed to get house and Christmas decor in order. So, ahem, did not post.

However, our drawing is still on. Thanks for checking in. Tomorrow see early post about The Brass Armadillo "Name your own price" day all day Saturday!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 Annie Sloan American Tour and Iowa Great Chalk Paint Christmas Giveaway

TLC Vintage Collection and JH Design Studio are giving away this sleighful of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products for Christmas! We are celebrating the announcement of the 2012 Annie Sloan American Tour!

Follow instructions below to win -- no purchase necessary -- a chance at this gift:

-- 2 cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, two cans of Annie sloan Soft wax (dark and clear), 1 Annie Sloan Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, 2 paint brushes, 2 small wax brushes and 1 handpainted color chart! (sorry the sleigh is just for display purposes!)

AND if you win the above

-- the winner's name will be entered into a drawing for a chance for $350 towards an Annie Sloan American Tour Workshop spot in their area or an equivalent value of Annie Sloan paint products.

Here are several ways to enter the contest, whether you buy our paint or not! Do them all for multiple chances that I will put in our fishbowl!

1) Become a follower of this website like my other followers on the right -- just hit the enroll button and follow the instructions and leave me a comment! Help me reach 200! Ambitious I know, but I want to be followed!!!

2) "Like" the TLC Vintage Collection Facebook page and leave me a comment

3) Become a follower of Annie Sloan's Blogspot and report back to me by email at what her most recent blog was about. Go to

4) Go to and report to me at which Annie Sloan 2012 American Tour stop is closest to you. Even better, sign up for the workshop while you are there and tell me you did!

5) Visit our new retail location in Laurens, Iowa at JH Design Studio. Jan Hersom will help you sign up for our drawing! Visit Jan's website

6) No purchase is required if you do any of the above steps and make sure I know about them. But if you do purchase paint at The Brass Armadillo in Des Moines and you email about the color and day you purchased or from my website, your name will also be entered into the drawing.

So many ways to get your slip into my fishbowl. Check back often and comment on my blog and we will have a new blog daily til Christmas! Our drawing will conclude at midnight December 23, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Home for TLC Vintage? Your ideas, please.

My basemnt is filled with paint, wax, furniture, glassware and vintage decor. My 3 car garage can hold only one car! Old Grey has to sit out in the cold and shiver! I think my business needs its own home!

This is short and sweet today. But if you had your druthers, what part of town would I have my store to make it accessible and interesting for all my customers? Your ideas please.

Valley Junction -- the old West Des Moines historical area with lots of antique stores?
Beaverdale -- also a cute and charming neighborhood
East Village -- the new and trendy part of the city?
Ingersoll-Grand Avenue corridor?
Sherman Hills?

Of course, while your input is important and will earn you another slip into my fishbowl for the giveaway....lots depends on timing, space and cost.

Here is what we will carry at TLC Vintage when it finds a new home....

All Annie Sloan products -- paint, wax, brushes, fabric, room fragrances, books and more as they roll out!
Painted furniture
Painted decor
Antiques, glassware
Gifts -- most likely by Iowa artists
Also unfinished finds -- called "Treasures in Waiting" so you can pick out a piece of furniture and buy it if you can get to it before I do!

I would hope to contiue with a case of paint and products at the Brass Armadillo since they are open 9-9 7 days a week and so accessible from the freeway.

Send me your ideas!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What more would you like us to carry to go along with your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?

Hi readers -- Sorry it is so late but a new client had come all the way from Council Bluffs this weekend to talk to me about chalk paint and to place a big order which included a couple dozen samples. Soooooo I was in the kitchen and at the dining table pouring out and labeling samples today!

Then my Mom (yep, she's 91) had bought us a cabinet I had been eyeing at the Brass Armadillo. It is already shabby chic'ed and black and tan and perfect in our entry as it matches the adjoining dining room. This is the beginning of the transformation of our house from 2000 urban subdivision cookie cutter interior to my Annie Sloan Chalk Pait demo house! No kidding! Everything needs re-doing after 12 years -- kitchen cabinets, walls, floors -- so why not a different stye. Stay tuned! But the cabinet is putting me in the mood for the transformation! So we moved a piece of furniture to her apartment and moved our new piece in!

So the topic of the day is what more would you like me to carry to help your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint experience. The Ultimate Wax Brushes sold out in a month and I have re-ordered and should have more this week. Here are some items I could carry -- just leave comments telling me what is important to you!

Metallic tinted wax for highlighting
Metallic foils
Buffing pads
Buffing brushes
Pouring spouts for paint cans
Variety of brushes for paint and wax
Rolls of cheese cloth

and workshops -- do you want me to hold a workshop?

Send me your ideas! Meanwhile sign up for the Annie Sloan tour workshop nearest you. Visit Annie Sloan American Tour. Your ideas are worth another slip in the drawing for my give away -- 2 cans of paint of your choice, 2 waxes, 2 small wax brushes, 2 small paint brushes, a color chart, and one of the two Annie books I carry!