So who’s Annie? I can’t believe our names are so similar. Must be destiny!
I was inspired by the movie, Julie and Julia, where Julie reinvigorated her life by challenging herself to try 524 recipes in 365 days from Julia Child‘s first book and blogged about her journey. Now, I think I’ve found my Julia in the name of Annie Sloan. It’s funny how a movie can ignite your thoughts and start something new. I am so excited!
So how did it all start?
Pinterest! I would go to Pinterest from time to time and look for some items I need in our home that I would like to do on my own. I would see some really nice repainted or repurposed furnitures, painting techniques like white washing and distressing, and would dream of making one for our home. I’ve created a “Create” board where I pin all these creative ideas. On mother’s day, I went for my morning walk in our neighbourhood and decided to check out our local bookshop, Companion Book and got my first copy of Annie Sloan’s book, the Simple Painted Furniture, published in 1989. I was in awe! I loved it! What a perfect Mother’s day gift to myself! How she incorporates simple art to her furnitures empowers you to do something your own. I felt like I don’t have to be an expert to do one. There’s nothing to be scared of. So I decided to embark on this journey. I borrowed a few other books from the library and I am drooling as I turn the pages and could not stop imagining, dreaming. I’ve looked at the books over and over again
Now, the dreaming is over.. It’s time to do it! I won’t do hundreds in 6 months.. but I’ll take a leap and try with a few pieces in our home. No more afraid of trying and making mistakes. Just learning and enjoying the journey.
Have you been wanting to try something new? I’d like to know. Let’s do it together and inspire each other.
Here’s some projects I’ve done: