These days I have been taking photos with one of Greg's favorite cameras which he bought recently, the Sony A7RII and it’s really nice. Setting up the studio for the photo shoot, using the right props and getting the lights out is something that requires me to be in the right mood and energy level. I feel like when starting a new project (new shooting project in this case), the creative part of the brain initially needs some exercise to warm up. I have noticed this in my photos, I never really like the first photos at the beginning of each shoot. Gradually I see my photos get better and better as I take them and the use the camera. With that, recently I had some free time to take photos. I would love to share them with you because I think they are perfect for St. Valentines Day.
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Soooo, my big event is less than a week away and I am finishing the last candles tagging them and making sure that I am ready for it!
The event that is coming up is the Artist and Flea Market located at 70 North 7th Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY. It’s on Saturday, September 12-13, 2015 starting at 10:00 am. This is my first year participating in this market and I am so excited to be there. Many of the vendors will be there along with some more new ones this year. Please come down, it would be great to see you there.
Here are some of the candles I will carry at the show.
The first time I heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was from Greg. He was following many blogs that wrote about the paint, how easy it was to use it especially on old vintage furniture and how beautiful and clean the end product would come out. From old and beat up furniture to new shabby chic. It is amazing what this paint can do. Greg and I follow Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seeds blogs and learned a lot from Annie and Marianne about how to use the paint and what kind of brush and wax can be applied to give a certain look. We are just fascinated and are now creating our own style based on the look we want our furniture to have.
Initially we got the paint from England but then we found a store in NJ that started to carry Annie Sloan products. We were super excited that could buy it easily in the states and were able to avoid the extra shipping costs.
I try to connect with like-minded people on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) and so I contacted Annie Sloan asking her where I could find her paint in NYC. I was so happy to find out that I was able to find her paint in Greenpoint in a cute little store called Suite Pieces. Corina and Amanda, the owners of the store are so sweet and always happy to give you tips on how to use not only the Annie’s chalk paint but also on how to use other products to enhance your furniture. At Suite Pieces, Corina and Amanda carry a variety of products ready to be applied on any furniture, frames, and jars.
When I first met Corina, I went to buy Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint. We were talking to her about the store and how happy we were to find Suite Pieces so that we do not need to take the train to go to NJ just to get the paint.
She curiously asked what I was going to do with the paint and I told her that I needed my paint to for my mason jars candles. I gave her my card and she really loved my candles and she wanted to sell them in her store.
Another great thing about Suite Pieces is that Corina and Amanda offer classes on how to use the paint. I totally recommend to all of you who would love to get into a new hobby to take one of her classes. You would love the fact how productive you will feel when you see that you just gave life to an old and shabby furniture. Check out her classes schedule and the price list here.
Here are so of the pictures Greg and I took.
See you soon Corina and Amanda.
Greg and I wanted to share with you our experience from the BK Bazaar, which I must say that it was wonderful and of course exhausting. We would not have had been able to make it happen without the enormous help of our friend Toon who drove with us to Brooklyn with a car full of trunks, crates candles and other props. I felt I was driving to Morocco and instead of Brooklyn.
The first day I was so anxious as I did not know what to expect. I hoped that people would like my booth the way it was designed, as well as my candles. With full confidence I must say that our booth was one of the best decorated booths there, people would approach it and say out loud that they never ever had seen such a thing before. The coordinator of the BK bazaar came to us and congratulated us, confirming once again, how cool our booth was.
Here are some of the photos
Many of our friends came to support us and I really thank them and appreciate the time they took to come and see us. A big thanks to all of them.
Toon printed our Ooh La La sign from his Uptown Fine Art printing studio. He did a stunning job.
People were impressed with our vintage teacup and trinkets. We used our vintage suitcases to display them and I also used some of the vintage gloves and hats of Aunt Agnes. We used lot of vintage props, old perfumes of Aunt Agnes, her gloves, a vintage makeup bag that Greg bought for me. This part of the booth truly represented the old and the vintage.
On the other part of the table we had vintage mason jars or balls. They were placed at the crates our cousin Marie gave us, during our trip to Pennsylvania. Here we also used as a props some of Greg old cameras, a vintage lantern that we bought in Albania and some old spoons. Some of the mason jars I painted and some I left them as they were, with their original color. People loved them, loved the display and also the smell of the candles too.
We also brought some painted mason jars. People were surprised when I was telling them that I paint them and distress them by hand, one by one so no two come out to be the same. I remember one young guy came to me and said: I am so gay for candles. His girlfriend was laughing next to him. He bought one of the mason jars. The mason jars were placed on the top of the vintage toolbox and old army suitcase we bought from Greg’s friend Adam who owned a vintage store in Rhode Island. On top of the toolbox we also placed our water pitcher and bowl that was filled with lavender we bought it in Pennsylvania.
The Polaroid Transfers from Expired Film Studios added to the whole theme. The Polaroids are hand transferred to all different types of cool paper. Everything from watercolor paper to rice paper. Most of the images were from Paris. Here are some of his photos.
As you can see we used lots of props to decorate our booth, and the outcome was just great. People were coming in our booth taking lots of pictures and buying our candles.
Some of the vintage candles and trinkets are marked as sold out on my site. I sold them at the bazaar. Soon I will upload new ones, so stay in touch. Here is a sneak peak at two of them.
A few weeks ago Greg and I went to see the AIPAD Photography show held at Park Avenue Armory located at 643 Park Avenue, New York. It was held from April 10th to the 13th. We loved the show. It included contemporary, modern and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. Greg was more interested in 19th century photography, especially tintype photos, which are created by placing the emulsion on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer. Tintypes were used mostly during the 1860’s and 1870’s.
While me I liked the style of Paulette Tavormina (http://www.paulettetavormina.com) Her photos are amazing and this is how I would love to take pictures of my candles. That’s my style. Greg does not always agree with my photos taken using this particular style, as the pictures are very dark. He suggests something lighter and more open.
After the show we headed to the flea market on Columbus Ave and 77th Street. On the way to the market, I took some shots of beautiful tulips, which always remind me Amsterdam and Madrid. You can buy the tulips bulb at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. I bought black ones once, and planted in my garden in Madrid. They were just so beautiful. They remind me of very much of Madrid. El Paseo de la Castellana is full of tulips with many different colors during Spring.
I love flea markets in NYC. There are not many but when I have some time, a chance to go and some money I really want to go there and try to find some teacups. I am also on the lookout for other vintage things that I will use either for my photo shoot or clothing to wear.
While searching for my teacups I could not resist taking some pictures of the market. Are you ready to go through them?
This bread reminded us our baguettes we had in Paris, we finished them before we got home. When we were there we saw everybody in the streets with two baguettes under their arm; one to eat on the way home and one for everyone else.
I just love the vivid colors of this photo.
I am not a big fan of the pickles but there was something about these barrels. Love it.
....and of course, I can't miss taking pictures of the scarfs. There were some beautiful scarfs, different colors and designs in the market.
How cute these two dogs in the bag... I see them everywhere now in NYC.
It really struck me the way these dolls looked. I took a picture as these were not the typical ones you see in the stores...unique.
The eyes of this man really show that the day is almost ending. Tired as he was, he smiled at me while I took a picture of him.