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Friday, January 3, 2014

Parisian Flower Market Sign

Bonjour Mes Amis!
It is beyond cold here at the Chateau this morning, with temps at 7 below zero!  Yep, that is not including the wind chill factor!
So I am staying indoors all day today trying to keep warm and snug!
Awhile back I shared that I've been chosen to be part of the Design Team for DecoArt.
I am still pinching myself, and am thrilled to be a part of their creative team!
I thought I'd share with you my first assignment, a Parisian themed sign that I stenciled.
The assignment was pretty open ended, I just was asked to create something using DecoArt's 
"Chalky Finish" paint, as well as their stencils.



So, this is what I came up with!
My handy hubby came to the rescue and made the board for me, in the shape that I requested.  It is quite large, measuring nearly 2 feet across. 
 You know how much I love aqua. Well, I totally am in love with this gorgeous shade of their chalk paint!

 I had so much fun incorporating a variety of their French themed stencils!
"Marche Aux Fleurs" = "Market of Flowers"
 I distressed the sign just a tiny bit, then followed with DecoArt's satin varnish for a subtle and protective  sheen.
 (I've not been compensated to write this post, and all of the opinions here are my own.)
I am happy with the way it turned out, and can hardly wait for my next assignment!

 Ok, do you want to visit a real Parisian flower market with me?
Here are some of my favorites when we visit Paris!
The one below is our favorite flower and produce market, just a few blocks from our hotel.

 Just look at this amazing display, below!  It is a gorgeous flower shop right across the rue from our hotel on the Left Bank.
Just looking at these pretty blooms makes me feel a bit warmer!
 Look at these amazing blue hydrangeas, below!  That is hubby in the photo, admiring all of the beautiful hanging birdcages.

 More beautiful fleurs!
And here's one last look at my sign.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Joining the following parties:
Common Ground Be Inspired Friday
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

18 comments:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the sign, and you are right that is a perfect blue color...They nailed it and so did you. Stay warm!

Carol

Celestina Marie Design said...

Oh Donna this is fabulous. You designed an amazing piece. Love the blue and the fench stencil is awesome. The sign shape is wonderful too. Your hubby did great and your vision is going to impress DecoArt!! You are so talented. DA picked the right person for the team.
Gorgeous flowers from the French market. Stay warm and inside. They are saying frost bit can happen in 15 minutes in those temps.
Have fun creating.
Hugs.

Tete said...

Donna, that turned out so awesome! Love the stencils. Hope you have plenty to do to stay inside. We had -9 over night. They say its going to get worse by Monday, wind chills down between -30-40! Not my kind of fun!
Stay warm.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Donna, Love it! our hotel is 1/2 block from a small flower market. Love love going there, I also got some the first day I was there for the stay. last time I brought home a small galvanized bucket the bouquet was in......awww missing flowers!

Trisha said...

Yes I do want to go with you to Paris and visit these amazing flower markets...I thought you would never ask! ;) Your sign turned out lovely!

~Trisha

Little Miss Maggie said...

This is an awesome sign, Donna. I have been to Joann's several times to see if they carry those stencils and they do not. Do you know if they are available yet? Love your Paris market photos. Stay warm. I can't believe this crazy weather. It's unreal.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'd love to be with you in those gorgeous flower booths. Your sign is just fabulous.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love that beautiful shade of blue,and,the shape of the sign. Perfect.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your sign turned out beautifully, Donna...I love the paint color! The flower market photos are awfully pretty eye candy on this cloudy cold winter day!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

OMG - I LOVE the sign. You really did a terrific job on the sign. Where did you get your stencils from?
Your weather is terrible - I don't blame you - I would never go outside. I am freezing at 70 degrees. I guess I am a sissy. Bet Katie doesn't like the cold either. Hope she has a sweater.
Love the sign.
Mary

NanaDiana said...

Donna- You did a GREAT job on the sign. I love it and hubs did a good job cutting it out for you. That is a pretty shade of aqua. It must be fun playing with the new paints and congrats on being chosen to highlight some of their line. xo Diana

Okio B Designs said...

Brrrrr! Donna it's just as cold here. =( And I just cannot wait to try these paints. Your sign is gorg!

Jeanine

Junkchiccottage said...

Donna,
Love your sign it is beautiful and the flower market so pretty.
Kris

Debbie said...

Wow! you did an amazing job on the sign, Donna! Perfect color choice! and great shape. You must be pretty proud of that. Does the company use the finished product for advertising? or do you get to keep it?
Stay warm down there!
Debbie
xoxo

Nancy said...

Donna, This turned out beautiful!! I have got to get my hands on those Stencils. Where did you find them or were they in the package they sent you? I can't remember~

Huggs, Nancy

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Donna, Love the new pics with the French vignette you showcase. It looks so pretty. You are one talented girl!! Have fun with your DA projects.
Can't wait to see what you are going to create next!
Hugs

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful sign you created--I love it!

Alison Agnew said...

oh it was
so cold this week!

i'm glad we all seem to have survived
and it gave you time to make
this sweet vintagy sign

would love for you to share
at Fridays Unfolded
which i've brought back
for 2014

Alison
Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)