Thursday, August 7, 2014

TLC Vintage Collection August Newsletter

The past two weeks, we have tried to concentrate on painting and reorganizing the workshop area so it, well, looks updated and is better organized. Not there yet, but we hope you will like it. There will be a Chalk Paint® color chart on the wall made out of painted plates and a painted canvas with all Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors! Everyone always loves the showroom floor, so we just reversed the colors on the workshop floor. Don’t peek into the storeroom yet – we haven’t touched it! LOL

But we are not done yet and have to get some furniture ready for a commercial shoot, so wait for the big unveiling! Or just stop by the shop to see for yourself.

We rarely do shows anymore because you, our customers, need us in the shop to talk to! And we love it. But we have gotten a couple special requests to attend some new events, so one or two of us will be going. Here they are:

Springstreet Junkin’ Good Time – Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 – Grinnell IA – indoor event!

Carlisle Pickers’ Day – Saturday September 27! 9 am to 5 pm. We will be doing deminars all day!

Des Moines Home & Garden Show – 2015. Keep an eye open for a ticket give away when closer to the event! We are doubling our booth and will be in the main hall with ongoing hands on painting available for all comers!

Make a sample of what you want your finish to be! To save lots of time and money overall, take a little bit of time and spend a little bit of product on a sample piece to be sure your idea translates into the finish you are dreaming of! We do this a lot of the time – particularly when we are trying something new. And be aware that not all finishes that are easy to do on a 3”X6” sample board are easy when tried on a large expanse such as a wall or wardrobe. Does this sound like the voice of experience? You bet! If at all possible, do your sample on the same finish you will be painting over. If it is varnish, paint over varnish, raw wood, formica, etc. You will save yourself a lot of angst! Also remember to shellac any piece that may bleed through the paint.

Long drive? But need paint now!  -- If it is a couple hours round trip to our store, do the math and figure out what a trip just for paint is costing you in time and gas! We can ship to you and you can have next day delivery at your doorstep in Iowa and most adjacent states. We now offer flat rate shipping in those areas. If we can have your order packed by 2:30 pm Monday-Thursday, you will normally get it in 1 day (rarely 2 days). Friday orders will not arrive til Monday. Weekend orders will arrive Tuesday.

Stencils & stencil cremes – New stencils by the dozens. We know some of you work in advance of holiday shows so we have upcoming holiday stencils such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. We’ve added a number of flower themed stencils by request as well as larger overall stencils for use on walls, large furniture or floors. We’ve updated our stencil crème stock as well.

Fresh Style Magazine – Just $8 per issue. The latest version arrive in the shop Thursday. Come and get it! Another article by Annie!

Shannon Martin Line – Matchboxes have just arrived! Also pill boxes, magnets, new cards, cocktail napkins!

Sweet Doe Soaps – We now have a purse size container of Body Butter so you can have it with you anywhere as well as a great lip balm!

PINTEREST! Easy to get lost in it, that is for sure! If you need an invite to get on, just email me and we will send an invitation! You can type in your interest any time for great ideas!

FACEBOOK! Recent news is that The Shabby Nest now has a shop and occasional sales. Check her out on Facebook! Lots of new pages and businesses popping up all the time!

YOUR PROJECTS INSPIRE US! Please, please, please send us your before and after photos of projects! We love them and want to make you a star on our Facebook and blog! Our readers really respond every time we put your pieces out on our Customer Show & Tell Album!

Chalk Paint® 101 Plus!
Six starter paint techniques plus clear and dark wax methods! $85 in advance.  Minimum of 4 people.
Aug 9: 9 am to noon – a couple spots still available!
Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm         Oct 4: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Jump Start!
All new mini starter class. Just an hour and a half! $50 in advance. Minimum of 4 people.
Aug 5: 6:7:30 pm  
Sep 15: 6-7:30 pm               Oct 6: 6-7:30 pm
Chalk Paint® 201 All New!
More amazing paint techniques of Annie Sloan!  Crackle, frottage, wet wax distress and more! In advance $85. Minimum of 4 people.
 Sep 6: Noon to 3 pm

Chalk Paint® Your Kitchen Cabinets & Built-Ins! How to renew your dated cabinets at a fraction of the cost without replacing them! $135 in advance. Minimum 3 people.
Aug 16: Noon to 4 pm
Oct 25: Noon to 4 pm

Wood Icing
Ice wood like you would ice a cake. Texture paste to add dimension to any surface! No one else is offering this product or class in Iowa!

Sep 13: 9 am to 4 pm

Artisan Enhancements Special Effects!
Crackle, Pearl Plaster, Transfer Gel, Venetian Plaster and easier than ever before gilding! Fun beyond description! 4 person minimum. $140 in advance
Aug 23: Noon to 4 pm         Oct 11: Noon to 4 pm

Stencil & Decoupage
Enhance furniture and décor – even your easy chair with stencils. Learn to add an image to a surface using decoupage. 4 person minimum. $75 in advance.
Oct 18: 9 am to noon

Girls Night Out! Wine, Cheese, Paint Therapy!
Put together a group of girlfriends and spend 3 hours in the studio painting! Organize your group. Book it exclusively $360 for your group up to 8 people. You bring the wine, we provide the cheese and paint!
Aug 19: 6:30-9:30 pm
Sep 23: 6:30-9:30 pm      Oct 14: 6:30-9:30 pm

Class Size & Cancellation Policy: We maintain the right to refund your money or arrange for a different date if we do not have the 3-4 people necessary  to make a class viable. If you are ill or weather prevents travel, you may reschedule to another date within six months of the date you originally scheduled. If your plans change, we need a two-week notice before the class date if you want to be rescheduled. Under two week,s there is no refund but if your spot is filled we will allow you to reschedule, otherwise your fee is forfeited.

TLC Vintage Collection 7518 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights (Des Moines) IA 50324 Telephone: 515-276-1577 (shop)
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