Piorra Maison

Piorra Maison est le fière distributeur de Chalk Paint™ une peinture décorative par Annie Sloan à Montréal, Québec.
Piorra Maison is the proud Stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan in Montreal, Québec.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

A fan of mine

Some people get you right away and some people don't ever get you all.  One of my passions in life is to have and to hold precious objects. I enjoy displaying them in my home or cherishing them and keeping them to myself in a few special little places, hidden from everyone else. My children have found a few of my secret spots and they always asked; why are you keeping that? I would have to answer; Because it reminds me of a cherished moment and this object brings me back to a great feeling I felt at that moment"  
And this object......
In its original box
......will bring me back to great moments I have shared with a wonderful woman who visits us at the store.  I would like to tell you a little bit about her as you try and figure out what is in the box. 
with all its tattered and taped up edges. 
We laugh, we joke, we giggle, we even cry in the middle of the store universe. Hey! we are women, we are fabulous menopausal and we are allowed to have our mood swings as long as we have them all together. 

"Now don't try and sneak a peek"

 We enjoy her company immensely when she makes an appearance. 
We adore her as the wonderful woman she is. She has the greatest sense of humor, a very positive outlook on life,  loves the colour red, AND.... a fabulous artist "to boot". 

I love the wear and tear on this delicate box. It got a lot of use throughout the years. 

 Her humor and electric personality we have gotten to know and love is reflected in her art. It is a must see. Have a look at her  website.  She is an inspiration and "my biggest fan!"


She walks in one day and hands me this elegant fine object in its original box marked L. Bamberger & Co.  Very gently I open it and I am in AWWWWWEEE. It is over 100 years old and it was passed down to her through an elderly friend and now she has passed it on to me to have, to hold and to cherish. 



What was in the box? A fragile, elegant fan that belonged to a dainty woman of years gone by. I some times wonder what life must have been like all those years ago.   


I did a little research on the name; L. Bamberger & Co which was written on the box. I discovered it was one of America's great department stores. First one opened in 1893,  Newark, New Jersey.



In 1986, all Bamberger's stores were re-bannered as Macy's, and the Newark store operated as Macy's until it was closed in 1991


As an artist,  I can appreciate her dedication and wonderful work. Some day I will be true to my soul and paint again. It is a gift I have never taken for granted but I cherish it and will some day appreciate how it will fill my years and carry me through my days. I have countless ideas just bursting in my head.  In the meantime,  I have a greater passion to fulfill. So I Live vicariously through other artists and she is "One of my biggest FANS" 

Thank you for the wonderful gift. 

My words of inspiration for the day. 

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Pamela Vaull Starr

Please leave a comment. Your words are my inspiration.
Caroline 
xx
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

An Urban surprise...to chill your bones in this summers heat!

This is a very unusual post for me. Something I would never ever think of writing about...but there is a first time for everything. I just had to share this with you! They call it a summer chiller; simple, refreshing and delicious, but of course I have a twist to this wonderful Urban chiller......


Strawberry Limeade with my added twist. 



It is quite simple to make and I make it even simpler. 

Here is the original recipe as they prepare it. 
Strawberry limeade 
serves 6
                                           1/2   cup granulated sugar
                                               1  cup water
                                               1  cup freshly squeezed lime juice
                                                        (from about 7 limes)    
                                                    zest of 2 limes, very finely chopped
                                               2   cups of fresh strawberries, diced
                                               2   cups still or sparkling water 
                                                           and crushed ice 

Source: Canadian Gardening summer 2011 issue

Ok, here goes.....
In a small pot, combine the sugar and water. Boil hard for 2 minutes. I can't tweek this one. It pretty much is, what it is.....,and this takes literally 2 minutes. So watch it. 


Remove from the heat and add lime juice from 7 limes. phrrrahh right! Like I am gonna squeeze 7 limes. This is my take!


Got it! We just saved 15 minutes! That much closer to.......our chill time.
Your still gonna need a lime. 1 lime only. moving on. 

Add Lime juice to boiled sugar water.. 1 cup only (remember 7 limes for 1 cup only) Eh, saved us some real time, eh. 


Now they ask for the zest of 2 limes but we only got 1 lime. no problem!
(1 lime left over from the family get-together on the weekend when we all got ......... on Coronas.......La Cerveza mas fina! Thats right! and a great summer beer too). 

So we change it to the zest of 1 lime and no one will be the wiser. 


When I am done with it no one will notice the diff. 
Ok, this is hard work, its a labor of love. Thinking about the end result. 

And now add to the mixture your Diced strawberries. Sorry, no, no nope, not I . I am not dicing strawberries. They have to be washed, cleaned and diced. nah,  no way! 
Diced strawberries Frozen strawberries. See just saved us some more time. Chill time is happening real soon. 


I threw in some ice with that, save more time. While the blender is dicing the ice will be crushing. 
Doesn't that look refreshing all ready. 

Ya!  nope! that did not work. Ok, so I thawed the strawberries and diced them. 


Only half of them.

  To give the blender something to work with, ya know, and I added the lime juice too. 

and some more of this, just because I didn't have sparkling water....Da!


Now look at this, doesn't that look refreshing. 


A masterpiece. It just goes to show ya...


 when there is a will.......


 you can find the way to .......make something outta what you got hanging around.
So grab your favorite vintage pitcher...fill it up with some Strawberry limeade and.......


This!

Its chill time with your favorite "Urban chiller"  or "bone chiller" 
I just named it that now! Not bad, eh!


My words of inspiration for the day. 
Bone chiller and Smirnoff.

Please drink responsibly.
Caroline 
xx
because I always do :D
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cabinet redo,.....do,do,do something with it!

I originally purchased this at an estate sale for my horrid bathroom, but it just cluttered up the wall space in my teeny, tiny 1960's bathroom. Have a look here at my horrid, shameful bathroom.  I just re-read my own post from a gazillion years ago and I still have not finished those tiles. sigh! so much to do and no time to finish. Well I finished this project!  pat,pat,pat on the back. 



My before shots were taken in the cold spring time weather. 
I still have my winter coat on; seen in the mirror.


Too bad  I couldn't find a spot for it anywhere, because it is a cute piece.  


Can you "handle" this eyesore!  


..It's about time I did something with this cute little piece  no? Here is the work in progress. 


The interior was in rough shape. It required a lot of sanding. Some sort of  wood filler was used and hardened unevenly. (as seen in the photo below)


bad, bad ...more work to sand! 


 I used 3 coats of latex paint to cover the inside. Wish I had a can of Annie Sloan chalk paint!!!!! Just putting it out there again! It has been really difficult to get my hands on it.  I was given a very small sample from a friend of mine to test. I just loved it. 


This piece has great bones to work with.


VOILA!  Finished....the final touch. My pics are not clear it was getting dark out. A big rainstorm ensued after my little photo shoot. 


I changed "the eyesore" for something a little more unusual 


I distressed the cabinet, not too much... just a little bit, as they say!


I used a french grey as a base coat. Very light dry brush stokes of pure white over the grey. This gave it a well worn out look. 


You can clearly see the 2 paint colors in the photo above and below. 


I think it turned out lovely and is looking very old indeed. That is the point!  The inside was the toughest challenge, but I achieved a very even surface with all my efforts and good old fashion elbow grease. 


Here is a closer look at the bottom portion. 


More knobbieness love! 


Simply just more love....I can't part with it! boohoo!


 I think I may try and find a place for it in my home. I just love how it turned out. :( Or maybe NOT! It still doesn't fit in my bathroom, fat chance! 


This piece is available for sale on my Etsy Vintage shop
For those of you who live locally you can view this piece or purchase it at:
SOKO INC.
319 Lakeshore rd (chemin bord du lac) 
Pointe-Claire village, QC 
514-697-7656

$ 220.00
Quebec pine antique 

* mention this post and receive a 10% discount on the purchase of this item only*

My words of inspiration for the day!
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.


Keep coming back. Look what else I am working on....


Your comments are my inspiration. Have a good one!

Caroline 
xx

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