Monday, May 20, 2013

Paint Dating and Finding THE ONE

Over the last year I have made it a point to date every paint.  Experienced and experimented with every brand on the market.  Was a total paint ho.  I even dated brands that weren't on the market yet.  All in the interest of using and perhaps even selling the very best I could find.  Marrying a line, so to speak.
I dated so many hardware store brands, fancypants brands, totally unheard of brands.  I tried them all.  I dated their waxes, their topcoats, their glazes.
There were a few that I liked and dated off and on, more that I settled on, and many more that were a one-time thing.
I mean, Persnickety's is our name and when it comes to products...well, the name fits.
Persnickety's paint test checklist:
Must cover evenly and quickly with no more than 2 coats (3 for whites, yellows, and reds).
Must be true, vivid color in a rad palette.
Little to no prep required.
Must be hearty and very scratch resistant.
Beautiful luminescent finish, no latex gumminess allowed.
Wax must spread easily and be easily buffed.
There are more requirements but I won't bore you with those.
I went from shop to shop and read everything there was to read and invested time into each paint's ingredients and MSDS (material safety data sheets).

So while I found lines that worked well in some ways, they didn't work well for me in other ways.
The pie in the sky dream was to find THE ONE.  The marrying kind.
One that had all the aspects of other lines that I liked but ALSO was all natural, with no VOC's (volatile organic compounds), no cancer causing agents, no toxins, and was no stank.
The stank of the waxes, man.  
Like Stetson, Drakkar Noir, and gasoline mixed together.
I needed something I could paint and wax with during store hours and in client homes.  Before you ask if I've tried this brand or that brand of this paint or that wax the answer is yes.  Yes, I have, and didn't like it.

And then...and only then, through absolute happenstance and an introduction from a mutual happened.
True.  Love.

I tried it.  It coated an unprepped antique piece in a vintage white (Home Plate is the color name) in one coat with a little touch up.  Unheard of, I thought to myself.  Ok.  So I started waxing and held my breath out of pure habit.  Then I breathed in.  Stuck it up my nose.  Made out with it a little.  Just kidding.  Kinda.
The wax.  Has. No stank.  Beautifulness.
Mom kept pointing at things in the shop.
Wax this, she said.  Now wax that.
I did.  It was amazing.  Even Mom (who is admittedly not easy to impress and believe me I know this is a proven fact) was amazed.
I did the fingernail scratch test.  The paint does not scratch off prior to wax, is even more hearty post wax.
It's all natural.  Waxes included.
Somebody get me a settee and some smelling salts because I am SWOONING.

I'd have been happy to buy this from a local seller, but no one close was selling it yet.
Um.  Do we take the plunge?  Go all the way?
We talked about it, prayed about it.  
Quickly, because I like it fast.  Ahem.
The baseball obsessed husband looked at the color palette and in his ever awesomeness said, "They have a color called Home Plate and one called Home Turf.  It's meant to be".
Well, there ya have it.
Persnickety's is bringing in this line of amazingness!!!!

The color palette is amazeballs rad.  It's made of chalk, clay, and minerals.  Non toxic and all that jazz.  
AND there is a true black.  
Waxes in clear, light, and dark.
A water resistant top coat for even more protection (tabletops, ya'll!).
Gilding agents and cleaning agents to come soon.
We'll be carrying the entire line and it is coming REALLY SOON.
Like, a week'ish.
Quarts are 34.00
Sample pots are 8.00
Wax and Topcoat Prices TBA
We will also be carrying wax brushes Prices TBA
The line will also be available in our online shop as soon as we get it in!
If you think, ooh that's kinda expensive, check this out:

I painted this dresser with one and a half sample pots.  And not one moment of prep.
Time saver.  Paint saver.  No stank....oops, fan me...I'm swooning again.

I'm in love and that does not happen easily.  I'm persnickety, don't ya know?  Ask my actual husband.

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates on the line, you'll know the minute it arrives!!!

Got questions?  Shoot 'em my way!

PS:  My love is my own as are my opinions on other paints.  There's a paint out there for everyone and everything.  True artists are not one trick ponies.  I will always utilize the paint called for by each individual piece and every specific job.  American Paint Company is the line I choose to offer after 365 days of dating dozens of potential suitors.  This is a huge decision and not one taken lightly.  I cannot wait for you to try it and see for yourself! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Luka and Lara.

There are eleventy-hundred things to price in the shop, and eleventy-hundred more things to do but while  loading pieces and helping lovely folks, my mind and heart are stuck.  I gotta write it out.

Here's the long and short of it.  I have a friend named Lara.  We met while volunteering for the same dog rescue a few years ago.  She is the most passionate, true to her word, down and dirty, heart of gold, snarky, opinionated, driven, selfless, smart and kind person I have ever met.  The hardest working twenty-something I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  She works and lives dog rescue 24 hours a day.  Everyday.  It's just who she is.  Through and through.  

Ok, so Lara has four dogs.  Two are rescues she adopted.  These guys:  
They are darling, no?
Well, Lara has these two other dogs that she is the full time mama for.  
She rescued these guys.  Because of her, they are happy and loved.
Meet Churchill on the right, and Luka on the left.
They are also adorable, no?
They are also dying.

His heart is too big and he will not live a long time.  So he has a bucket list.  Here he is with Lara, enjoying #11:  Eating at a restaurant.  
Fortunately, Church has no known pain or symptoms from his illness, he just has to be pretty lazy and thankfully, that's no prob for him.
Unbearably and unfairly his life will be cut short.  But Lara and Co are making sure he has the best time during his time and many people have joined in to help.

Luka is a bit different.

And I mean on top of sleeping on Lara's head nightly...
At his vet appointment today, Luka was diagnosed with stage 4 renal disease.  He is only 17 months old.  The best times in his life have been spent with Lara, the times he has felt the love and devotion that every dog deserves.  And now she must lose him too.  
He also feels sick sometimes, is not well without help, and she must watch this.
This is so bad and makes me cry constantly.
He may have less time than Church.  He needs much support and on the double to extend his life by a year, two, or three.  He needs proper nutrition, and his fluids are 60.00 per day alone.  This is the post I read on Luka's page today:
My fluids alone at $60 a day will be around $1800 a month, not including my special diet, medication, and continual blood work (every 2 months.)
My people are very very sad today, but I'm just happily laying on my bed chewing on a bone - giving kisses to anyone who comes in the office.
As my health declines my medical bills will increase, and my friends could really use some help taking care of me.
Even if you can't donate please share my story, every dollar helps!!

This is what I saw on Lara's facebook today:
Breakin my heart, kiddo.

I can't stand it.  My heart is broken for Lara and Luka.
Can we do something please?
For them??
Here is a list of things you can do in 3 minutes or less:
Like Luka on Facebook:  click here.
Share Luka on Facebook.
Share this blog post.
If you can, please donate.
Donate any amount of money...1 dollar, 5 Luka's care.

Luka has never met a dog he didn't love.
How many of us can say that about our fellow people?
Will saving Luka or helping him live the life he deserves change a crazy, messed-up world?
But it will change his world.
And you will feel good about this.
And you will be happier for doing this good thing.
And you will inspire someone else to do a good thing.
You will help a rescuer have hope so she can continue to change the world for all of us that are weak and cry at their desk while writing a blog post.

Lara has no idea I am writing this.

This is because I love her and who she is and what she does.  
I get positive reinforcement all day long from the sweetest people in the world:  you guys.
I want all of that to go to Lara.  
She is a hero.  I just paint and sell stuff and write silliness on Facebook.

Be a hero for Luka and Lara today.  Please?
Luka and his buddies will thank you:

Me too.


August 16, 2014

Lara's Luka made the trip to heaven in the early morning hours of
August 15th, 2014.

Peacefully and surrounded by his mama and aunties who loved him so.

I was so lucky to get to meet this boy who stole my heart this last 
I cried all the way home, thinking his time was near.

7 more months he rallied. His kidneys failed him but he had the heart of a champion. 

Thank you for the generous donations and love you sent when
Luka needed them.
Please send your good thoughts, condolences, and strength to 
Lara and 
The Churchill Foundation family as they continue their amazing work.