2017 – In the beginning

 

2017

 

Happy New Year friends

The holidays are slowly coming to an end, though I have to admit with these warm days I’m still sleepy and a little slow to kick into gear for 2017. After spending Christmas and New Year with my family the shop reopened this week, and coming back to my happy place has been lovely, even if most days I still have sand between my toes.

I have a big list of ideas for the year, and yes, some of them are things that I didn’t quite get to last year. And when I say quite get to, I mean I didn’t actually start them, though I spent quite a bit of time thinking about them. I hinted in January last year that my word for the year should be health, as it REALLY needs some attention…. and that lasted just about as long as it took me to hit publish and I didn’t commit. So I guess there’s that…. but I am also eating some pavlova whilst I type so you know, it’s not looking solid.

Business wise I’m at a point where I need to get serious about a few things; particularly expanding my product ranges and getting some help both strategically and physically in the store. That said, asking for help has never been my favourite , so we will see how that pans out! If you see me struggling on my own in October make sure you give me a block of chocolate and a serious talking to about getting help.

And overarching all this,  Harry is starting school and Emma starting Year Three, my husband Danny is taking Long Service Leave for first term (so you may see him around the store in February and March) and my sister is getting married… all fixed points to get the year started! I can hardly get past that first one, my baby starts school! You can bet there will be a few tears, and then, let’s face it, a huge sigh of relief. We’ve also booked a holiday; we’re off along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria in March which will be a brilliant family adventure.

While I’ve been thinking about all these things I’ve struggling with the idea of planning things out versus going with the flow. I can’t decide what works for me and where I should expend my energy. Some of that’s fear, some of it’s that holiday mood I mentioned above, and some of it’s indecisiveness. So right now there is no ‘To Do’ list. And while I’ve been thinking about all these things, I stumbled across this video. Because the one thing I can do, is just keep on doing my thing. Even when it’s weird, even when it’s different. In a big world of noise, this little bird is just going to keep doing what I can, in the way I do it best.

Here is is. I love it. Hope you do to.

 

 

 

Catherine XXXX

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A Few Things to be Grateful For…

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This time of year, in all the crazy hustle and bustle, it’s nice to take a few minutes…it’s been one crazy year!!!

I’ve had many, many reasons to stop and reflect on the amazing year that has been. My family have continued to love and support me, my children have smiled and laughed, my sister got engaged, I spent time with old friends and new ones, and I continued to build my dream business. Sure I didn’t lose the 20 kilos I’d like to, continue walking every morning (a made a month at the most) or get a new display rack for the appliques, stencils or knobs, but you know what? I can always try again next year!

I have been fortunate to have had lovely customers visit my shop, run classes each and every month, and to move to a lovely new premises. Opportunities have come my way that I will be forever grateful for, I’ve made new friends having bonded over paint, furniture, interiors and Annie Sloan, and talked paint seven days a week and I couldn’t ask for more than that.

Of course there were moments when I worried for the future of my business; retail is a fickle industry and this year some good friends were forced to make serious changes to their businesses in order to keep pursuing their dream. I can tell you it was hard to watch passionate and committed women in these situations and not be overwhelmed by the fear of it happening to me too. Small business is hard, but I know I’m am so very lucky and there are more upsides than down.

This week also marked the very last Tuesday Harry will come along to the shop with me, as he starts Primary School next year. And though there were rough patches (I remember in my very first week in the shop, when Harry was just 3 years old, he fell asleep, had an accident and woke up screaming absolute blue murder. Thank goodness the ladies in the shop at the time were VERY understanding!!!) I know next year when I watch him run off to school I will miss him and our days together. Emma also starts Year Three, though seems to already have the attitude of a 15 year old, and has become really interested in the world of paint and in particular colour. It’s so amazing to share this with my daughter, and has caused me to start thinking about children’s classes for next year.

Which leads me to the future… I have plans for 2017, some big, some small. I have a list, as always, and I need to get things done! My husband Dan will be on long service leave during the first part of the year, so chances are you will see him in and around the shop. I’m also hoping to find someone to work in the shop one day a week too, so that I can actually tick things off the list rather than looking longingly at it!

I do want to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to support me and my family through Paisley Vintage, whether it’s online or in store, it means a lot to all of us. Please have a wonderful holiday season, and a beautiful start to 2017.

Catherine

PS. Check out my holiday opening times here.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas / New Year Store Hours

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It’s that time of year again, Christmas is almost upon us and we’re all planning for the weeks ahead. To ensure everyone knows when the shop will be open over December and the beginning of January I’m posting the shop hours here. If you’re ever ensure, you’re always welcome to message me via Facebook or email at catherine@paisleyvintage.com.au.

We will be closed between Christmas and New Year however we are not traveling so appointments may be available. Please message me via the means above and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

 

 

Please note the following store opening times over the holidays –

Open 10am till 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am till 4pm Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) unless stated below:

  • Saturday December 3 – 10am till 12noon
  • Thursday December 15 – CLOSED
  • Thursday December 22 – 10am till 7pm LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
  • Sunday December 25 to Monday January 2 – CLOSED

 

 

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Catherine xxx

 

 

Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Amsterdam Green

Amsterdam Green is one of Annie’s newest Chalk Paint™ colours, and is now available at Paisley Vintage.

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The Annie Sloan project below, styled with botanical prints, really highlights the forest green tone, although I’m sure for many Australian’s may instantly think – ‘Federation Green’! Annie has taken inspiration for this colour from the deep green of painted shutters and doors of Amsterdam.

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US stockist When Modern Was recently shared the dresser below – I just love the more traditional tone of the piece, and it definitely adds a masculine feel when teamed with the dark wood of the top and drawer edges. And how cute is the little map decoupage on the front – just beautiful!

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Last but not least, Steffiex Brocante Atelier shared her own Amsterdam Green projects, shown below. The sign she has created highlights to me that this green is perfect for Christmas decorating – so I need to get painting!

 

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You can check out other posts in this series here –

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Giverny

Graphite

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

Don’t forget, if you’ve signed up for our newsletter you can get 10% off the price of a tin of Amsterdam Green for the month of November.

Catherine

 

PLEASE NOTE – We will be attending the French Country Market at Springfield on November 12. As such, the Long Jetty shop will be closed on that day. In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook page, or contact us on 0407 458 950.

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Giverny

In August we were all excited to see the arrival of Annie’s latest Chalk Paint™ colour, Giverny.

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Named after the village in Northern France where French Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived, Giverny is a bright and clean blue, perfect for modern or coastal inspired styles. This brilliant blue is closer to the greens in Annie’s palette, without any red in it that would deepen the colour.

 

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The gorgeous side table above is a great example of just how bright Giverny is. By placing the green Antibes lamp and the English Yellow wooden bar in the frame you can see how Giverny complements them, rather than fades off into the background.

Giverny is also a perfect colour for white wax, as show on this farmhouse table makeover shared at Perfectly Imperfect. I’m using lots of white wax at the moment; it’s perfect for Annie’s deeper colours, but I’m using it on every Pure White piece at the moment too!

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Giverny is the first of three new colours scheduled for launch this year, plus a new book by Annie titled ‘Paint Everything’. Can’t wait to share them with you! Don’t forget, if you sign up for our monthly newsletter you will receive 10% off a tin of our colour of the month!

To check out more of this series, click on the links below.

Catherine xxx

 

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Graphite

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

 

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Graphite

This months Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Graphite!

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True to her fine arts background, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ doesn’t consist of a true black, but rather a charcoal or soft black, called Graphite. This colour has real depth and character to it, and tends to look lighter or darker depending upon the light it’s under. It also tends towards a deep blue hue, rather than a brown or yellow.

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I’ve used quite a lot of Graphite in painting, it’s a real statement colour without being harsh. It works beautifully with the gold tones of the mirror above, of with the lovely bright colours in the buffet below.

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I get a lot of clients who are unsure of whether Graphite will be too dark for their home, worrying that it will darken the rooms overall feel or make the room feel small. I find the key to using darker colours is to pair them with texture, light and mirrors! A worn Graphite finish, like in the buffet and hutch below, gives a vintage feel without becoming too rustic. The lighter colour in the back of the hutch also means that any display pieces will stand out.

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Looking for a more true black? Then Annie’s new Black Wax directly over Graphite is perfect! Another trick is to add a little Aubusson Blue to your paint, in the ratio of around 1 part Graphite, 1/4 part Aubusson Blue.

Don’t forget, if you’re a subscriber to out newsletter, you can have 10% off a tin of Graphite this month!

See you soon

Catherine xxx

If you’d like to check out more of this series, click the links below.

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Paris Grey

Provence

Pure White

 

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Country Grey

This month’s Chalk Paint™ colour of the month is Country Grey.

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Country Grey is a putty colour, with a soft green / yellow tone. More a country or rustic colour, it’s perfect to use over or under other colours for two colour distress, or as a contrast to a bold colour such as Aubusson Blue or Scandinavian Pink.

The photo below is my latest finished piece in Country Grey, this time with Dark Wax. I was surprised with this piece – I love how neutral it is, and how easy it is to blend with the other colours around it.

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I was second guessing myself constantly whilst painting; Country Grey isn’t a colour I’ve used a lot of of, and I’m often more inclined to use white or grey for a larger piece. But once finished I love the character and style of this one, to me it’s so very french country!

In the picture below you can see the contrast created by Annie using Country Grey and an Old White stencil. It also shows what a difference the dark wax makes; in the example above the brown tone of the dark wax has highlighted the green and yellow tones of the colour, in comparison to the one below using only clear wax and so the grey tone remains clearer.

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The example below is a stunning piece completed by my friend Christy from Paint Me Shabby. When I first started the process to become an Annie Sloan stockist I was given Christy’s contact details as someone I could chat to about the ins and outs of stocking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. Christy kindly shared her experience and knowledge; it was so reassuring to chat to someone who’d been through the application process, had set up her business, and survived!  She shared this beautiful sideboard back in April and it’s such a wonderful example of Country Grey and the perfect style for this colour I just had to share it. You can also find Christy on Facebook here.

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I’m loving sharing Annie’s colour palette each month, I hope you’re finding it fun too! You can see more of this series by clicking the links below.

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Antoinette

Provence

Pure White

Paloma

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paris Grey

Thanks for stopping by

Catherine xx

 

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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Paris Grey

This month’s Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Paris Grey!

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Paris Grey is inspired by the painted furniture found in elegant French châteaux or old Swedish manor houses. It’s a light dove grey, a cool colour with definite blue undertones, which makes it a perfect partner for Pure White, as in the piece below. By comparison, the yellow undertone of Old White doesn’t work quite so well.

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This has to be one of my favourite shades, a silvery colour that works beautifully in coastal, Hamptons or french provincial style homes. The mirror below was one of my most popular pieces; highlighting the details in pure white gave it a soft feminine character and showed of those flourishes!

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Paris Grey is our colour of the month! Signup for the Paisley Vintage monthly newsletter and you’ll receive 10% off a tin of Paris Grey until July 31.

If you’d like to check out more of this series, check out the links below.

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Provence

Pure White

Catherine xxx

 

 

We’re Moving!

I’ve got great news – we’re moving! I’m so excited by the next stage in the Paisley Vintage adventure, and can’t wait to get into the new space. This is what she looks like now, our new home away from home – 13A Stella Street Long Jetty.

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We’re not going far – only two streets away in fact! But the new shop is a little bigger, a lot brighter, and has a separate space for classes. There’s also a lovely big shed… which I have some exciting plans for! I can’t say too much yet, but if you love a good rummage, then stay tuned!

Our last day of trading in Pacific Street will be Saturday July 2. We will then be closed, relocating all our wonderful goodies (and bringing in lots of new things too!) and reopening on Saturday July 9. During the time we are closed if you need something specific please call me on 0407 458 950 and make an appointment. I will be running between shops but very happy to oblige!

All our contact details remain the same, just in a shiny new location. Hope you’ll come visit and check out our new space!

Catherine xxx

 

 

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Supporting Small Business

A few weeks ago a fellow small business owner posted the quote below – a well known and loved retailer was very sadly closing her doors for the last time.

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Small business is hard. Paisley Vintage is a one woman show and while living out this dream is amazing, it’s also scary and a lot of hard work. When you take the leap and open a bricks and mortar store there are weeks when your wings falter and you feel your stomach drop. You hear that a business you thought was successful is trying to trade out of disaster, or worse still, closing. And you worry that you might be on the same path.

Small businesses need the support of their community. It’s vital. As part of the Long Jetty strip I’ve found a creative community of small businesses that are rejuvenating a once very sad and tired area. The founding businesses such as Beautiful Garbage, The Glass Onion and The Sound Exchange brought people back to the area, and laid the ground work for businesses like mine to begin. And even more than that, they make an important contribution to the area; providing employment, improving real estate values and creating community.

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So when you can, please support a small business. Keep them in mind when you’re ready to make a purchase. Big or small. Winter is a notoriously difficult time for retailers, so if you can make a purchase, shop local and shop small. Every time you buy from a independent store you’re helping a family, contributing to a community and supporting the local economy.

But making a purchase isn’t the only way you can show your support. There are other ways you can support them to, all of which are appreciated. Here’s how –

  • If you use social media, like Facebook or Instagram, make sure you go and like their pages, and visit them regularly.

 

  • Both Facebook and Instagram work on an algorithm, meaning that not every post your favourite businesses share will end up in your feed. Why? Well, businesses are ‘encouraged’ to pay for that privilege, for every one of their likers to see their posts, and believe me, that isn’t always in our budget. While that might be doable for Woolworths, your local small business isn’t quite working on the same marketing budget! So when you do see posts for small businesses, like them! Or better yet, leave a comment and let them know what you think. Or you could even share the post with your friends.

 

  • Does the small business have a blog (like this one)? When you’ve got five minutes hop on over and have a read. If you can leave a comment, do!

 

  • If you’re on Facebook, leave a small business a review. A 5 star rating means that small business will rate higher in Facebook’s algorithms. There are other pages and sites where you can leave customer experience reviews, go ahead and give your favourite a shout out!

 

  • Tell your friends. Speak positively about those small businesses you love and take your friends to visit.

 

  • See an opportunity for a small business? Tell them!! I regularly get messages from people who have seen great furniture in op-shops, or have heard of of someone selling items that would be perfect for Paisley Vintage. I appreciate each and every one of those referrals, even if it goes no where. The fact that those people were kind enough to think of me and my small business is wonderful.

 

I love my business and feel so grateful that I’m able to do what I love, and share it with others. I appreciate all the support you’ve shown me to date, and hope you will continue to do so. I have some exciting news to share in the next week or so, so please stay tuned!

Catherine

PS – If you haven’t already done so, sign up for the Paisley Vintage monthly newsletter over on the sidebar.

 

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