September 29, 2012

Late Night on the Ave is October 4th!

Be sure to watch our blog "On The Apple Box" for details on our Chalk Paintby Annie Sloan colour of the month and our October draw!

Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday at Late Night on the Ave!

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September 28, 2012

The Apple Cart - Great New Shipping Rates!

In September we quickly created special online shopping options to help with customer demand when our Chalk Paint™ shipment was delayed due to Hurricane Isaac.  Now that we have all caught up, we are revising The Apple Cart.

What's new?

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is again available for pre-order. With the original 'rush' shipping rates being a bit higher than we were comfortable with, we closed the MMS section of our online store until we could do better for our customers.

The 'Pick up at Boutique' option has expired.  We added this as a choice so that when Chalk Paintby Annie Sloan arrived there wouldn't be a crush at the paint cabinet.  The pre-orders came pouring in and we feel it was the right thing to do under the circumstances.  Now that things are settling down, it is back to 'the normal rush' and paint is available on the shelves at Apple Box Boutique

We've been looking for really great shipping rates and we found them! 
Now when you visit The Apple Cart there is an Add To Cart button rather than a drop-down box with options.  That is because we researched and landed great rates so that we can get your paint to you as inexpensively as possible.

Watch for upcoming online specials starting in October!

And don't miss Late Night on the Ave this Thursday, October 4th... but more on that tomorrow, here at On The Apple Box.

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September 27, 2012

Last Call: Our Fall Sale and Closing Night of The Highlands Outdoor Farmer's Market

It's hard to believe that summer has come and gone.  The first season of the Highlands Outdoor Farmer's Market was a huge success and we are so happy to have had it be a part of our community.

Tonight is the last opportunity to visit the market and purchase fresh, home-baked, organic and free-range produce and goodies! Brittni Carey is the feature musician and for the kids Lady Dolphin is working her magic with facepainting and Pretzel the Balloon Gang is offering up balloon artistry.

Stop in at Apple Box Boutique and shop our extended Fall Sale then mosey across the street to Highlands Outdoor Farmer's Market, open from 7 - 9 PM.

It's the last one for 2012, and it's going to be great!

It's our closing night!  7:00 - 9:00 PM tonight at the Direct-Line Insurance parking lot on 112 Avenue and 65 Street.

AB greenhouse vegetables, pickled eggs & pickled beans
BC Fruit & Taber Corn
Edmonton made artisan breads, baguettes & bagels
Arie Jol
Alberta chicken & beef, honey, fresh eggs, peanuts & beef jerky
Lorraine Smith
Pies, squares, kitchen towels, knit items and more
BEST Cookies EVER and handmade products
Homemade Ukrainian Goodies
Squares, perogies and other Ukrainian goodies
Peace Pilgrim Soaps
Soaps, lip balms and bath bombs
Organic orchard wines and mead, wine jelly & vinegar.
Reconnected with your love of chocolate
An ingenious method of collect and holding debris
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Busker - Facepainting
Busker - Balloon Artistry
Brittni Carey
Buskers - Musician
Community Table
Information Table
Vendor Information, Payment & Deposit Return, Lovin' the Market Buttons and League Information & Memberships

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September 26, 2012

We're Open for Business and Extending Our Sale!

We're open for business as usual!

Thank you to everyone for your lovely emails of concern.  All is well and the Boutique is just fine.

In fact, we are extending our Fall Sale through the rest of this week -- Get great deals on one-of-a-kind hand-painted furniture!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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September 21, 2012

Fall Sale! Great Deals -- Get Them Before They 'Leave'!

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn... it's hard to believe summer has passed but with fall comes a feeling of fresh starts (remember those first crisp school days), which is why we are making room in the Boutique for all the new things to come!

And that means... it is Fall Sale time!

Here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces on sale today and tomorrow:

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September 19, 2012

Breathe New Life Into Old Furniture Pieces: Dorm DIY

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with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Has everyone adjusted to school being back in session?

A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate enough to be featured in an article on DIY for dorm decor.  Candice So of the Edmonton Journal came out to Apple Box Boutique and we had a really fun chat about how students can get the most for their money -- and of course Chalk Paintby Annie Sloan was at the top of the list!

Here is an excerpt.  To read the article in its entirety, visit

Breathe new life into old pieces

Friends and family are a great source of second-hand furniture, but if you have your eye on that perfect old table at the thrift store, go for it! A lot of used furniture, while grubby at first glance, can be remade into something that fits the confines of student space and satisfies your design yearnings.

There are pieces for the taking priced at $50 or less - and that’s including restoration, says Leanne Playter Korsos, owner of Apple Box Boutique at 6507 112th Ave.

Second-hand dressers can go for $30 at Goodwill or Value Village, and while they may look like junk, a fresh coat of chalk paint may be all that’s needed, she says. Her store sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

“Chalk paint gives wood that lovely, rustic, distressed look,” says Playter Korsos. “To me, it’s the miracle paint.”

Photo:Bruce Edwards-Edmonton Journal
The painting process only takes a couple of hours because you can just slap the paint right on without first having to strip the piece down. The paint dries quickly, is non-toxic and can be mixed with other paints, says Playter Korsos, adding that if you paint a desk and decide not to wax or lacquer it when it’s dry, it can do double duty as a chalkboard.

Apple Box Boutique sells a four-ounce sample of paint for $14, but that can stretch far enough to repaint an entire bureau or dresser. Add that to the cost of a $30 bureau and presto, that piece was less than $50 — a good deal versus the cost of a new bureau. Playter Korsos’ own wedding was Jane Austen-inspired and used chalk-painted furniture." - Candice So

What didn't make the cut was that Chalk Paint™can be used to dress up your dorm or apartment in more ways than refreshing furniture -- Paint glass soda bottles to use as vases, or mason jars to make votive holders.  Add colour to inexpensive pillows and curtains with Chalk Paint™... or for that matter, paint T-shirts, shoes and other clothing to get a new look.

Pick up plastic or metal kitsch, planters, sconces and more at thrift stores and reimagine them!  There are endless ideas on Pinterest as well, and using Chalk Paint™ makes projects (including online tutorials!) even easier and quicker than with other types of paint.

I was asked if it's true that we DIYed our Regency ("Jane Austen") themed wedding... Yes, we sure did!

What can I say -- I'm a gal that loves a great deal -- and Chalk Paint™ fits the bill!

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September 17, 2012

Reimagined Monday: Sometimes Creating Means Letting Go...

Here we are at Reimagined Monday... what happened to the past week?  Time flew by as we readied the Boutique for upcoming changes, and put together all the orders for our ever-so-patient customers waiting along with us for that elusive Chalk Paint™ shipment.  We are SO happy to be restocked  and can't wait to get back to painting our hearts out!

We are also incredibly excited that the end of the month is nearing, because that means Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint will be here soon!

As you may know, we have been highlighting this fantabulous decorator Milk Paint at On The Apple Box, and we can't wait to share 11th colour in this 12-colour line!

Let's get right to it!  Here is Miss Mustard Seed's Reimagined Monday project featuring her blog article in its entirety!

say hello to “Linen”

"It’s time to introduce another one of my Milk Paint colors.  Whew!  Painting twelve dressers in all twelve of my colors has taken longer than I thought it would.  I want all of my pieces to be special, but especially these pieces that will act as the “online swatch” for each color.  After this piece, I only have one more left to do – “Boxwood.”  So, without further delay, here’s “Linen”…

Linen is a beautiful cream that’s not too yellow, but not bright white.

My husband found this piece at a yard sale and bought it for me.  Awww….I know.  I picked a good guy.  The hardware was ill-fitting and all wrong for this piece.  I disliked the flimsy metal covers for the keyholes as well, so I plucked those off.  Other than the cosmetic issues, this piece was in nice condition.

The insides of the drawers were filthy, so I cleaned then out as I usually do, but I went a step further this time…

…and painted the insides of the drawers in Lucketts Green.  I sealed the drawer interiors with Hemp Oil to seal the paint.  Since the insides were raw wood, there won’t be any chipping and it will hold up for many years.

Now, this dresser is a great example of the unpredictability of Milk Paint.  I thought that the paint would adhere very well to this finish, so I didn’t add the bonding agent.  I painted the dresser first with a coat of Shutter Gray.  I then did some resist techniques and used a bit of Crackle Medium in strategic places.  The Shutter Gray seemed to be adhering well except in a couple of places.  Perfect!  I then painted on two coats of Linen, hoping it would chip away and crackle to reveal the Shutter Gray and some of the wood.  Well, you can tell from the dresser that things didn’t go according to plan!

I walked away to eat some lunch and when I came back, most of the paint was barely hanging on.  Well, that’s Milk Paint!  I started scraping and sanding the paint away.  So much of it came off that none of my resist techniques or the crackle effect showed up.  Oh well.  Next time.  You can see a little bit of the Shutter Gray peeking out around the keyholes, but that’s about it.

Almost all of the paint came off the right side.  I have no idea why and it’s certainly not how I would’ve planned it out, but I really love the way this piece naturally evolved.  That is my favorite thing about letting the Milk Paint just do its thing.  The piece ends up looking natural and authentic.  Not contrived the way pieces can look when they are distressed by hand.  I like the haphazard nature of it and had to remind myself of that when it seemed like more paint was going to be on the floor than the furniture.

I made another unexpected choice with this piece.  The hardware.  I’ve been anti-brass for a long time, but I’ve started to warm up to it over the past couple of years.  I think brass got a bad reputation when it was imitated and overused for cheap builder grade fixtures in the 80′s and 90′s.  Decorators, designers and home-a-holics said, “Enough!”  And we all took down our brass fixtures and replaced them with nickle and oil rubbed bronze, forgetting that there is quality brass in the world that shouldn’t be neglected.  I saw these bin cup pulls at Home Depot and thought they would be lovely for a piece.  I didn’t plan to use them on this piece, but these were the only ones that fit the holes and I really didn’t want to shop for new ones.  I put them on and fought the urge to remove them immediately.  Initially, I thought they looked terrible, like they didn’t belong…

Then I brought the piece up for the photo shoot.  I started adding brass accessories to tie in with the hardware…and I totally changed my mind.  I think they’re not an obvious choice for this piece, but I sort of like that.  I think they make this piece special and the sophisticated, structured shape and shiny finish play nicely off the random chipping and warm wood.

So, this piece didn’t turn out the way I thought it would at all, but I think it was all for the best in the end.  

Sometimes creating means letting go and seeing what happens."
~Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed

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September 16, 2012

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait... Chalk Paint™!

After tap-dancing around the fall-out from a hurricane including lost packages, confusion by Customs and sparring with the universe, we are happy to report that our shipment of Chalk Paint™ has finally arrived in Edmonton!

First things first:  We now know that everything that happened to delay our anxiously-awaited shipment was directly related to Hurricane Isaac, and want to thank everyone that put in time and energy to get it to us and to our customers.  
Like they say...
Good things come to those who wait!

Because if we had to wait for something, this is absolutely the thing we would continue to wait for.  There is nothing else out there like it, and thank goodness we've ironed out what happened!  It's hard to imagine a DIY life without this miracle paint.

With that, we would also like to express our excitement at officially becoming a Certified Stockist of the Chalk Paint™ brand by Annie Sloan!  It is new and fun, and we are looking forward to carrying a full line of Annie Sloan products over the coming months and supporting retailers in making it more readily available to customers in Alberta!

Image courtesy of Sea Rose Cottage
For those of you who took advantage of The Apple Cart to be first on the list for paint and wax, orders will be available for pick-up starting Tuesday.   We realize the wait was long -- we'd like to sincerely thank you for your patience and we are also waiving the 3-day pick-up condition.  We are happy to hold your order until you can get in to the Boutique to pick it up.

Likewise for our customers who have patiently waited for your shipped orders.  We so appreciate you hanging in there with us!  Your purchases will be shipped on Monday and Tuesday in the order they were received.

And what of the Boutique?  We will be stocked up with paint and waxes!  But stop in soon... we know it is going to go fast!

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September 10, 2012

Barefoot Venus Giveaway & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Updates

Usually Mondays are reserved for Reimagined Monday, but we are putting all that on the back burner while we catch up on a few things!  Don't worry -- it will be back next week!  As for today:

First... the winner of the Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Giveway is...

Nicole Ter Mors McEachern

Congratulations Nicole!  

Barefoot Venus is natural and oh-so-decadent!  We hope you love it as much a we do.

Second... for everyone wondering what has happened with our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ shipment, there have certainly been trials and tribulations in getting it to Alberta, but things are looking up!

After slowly making its way to and then being halted at the border due to things we won't bore you with but having to do with a little something called Hurricane Isaac and its after-affects, things are looking good for it to be in our hands toward the end of this week.  

We've been assured that this is very unusual and future shipments will get here easy-peasy.  Or is that easily-peasily?  

Either way, as soon as this one arrives we will be getting paint and wax off to those who ordered online for shipping or for pick-up in boutique. Once those orders are filled, we'll send the rest in to the boutique!  

If you know what you want we recommend you order from our website to beat the rush.

And now it's time for... 
For your patience, for hanging in there with us, and for just being you -- our fantastic customers, friends and followers!

It may be a little quiet around the blog for a few days, but there will be much to tell soon!

Have a fabulous week! 

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September 05, 2012

Don't Miss Our Celebratory Barefoot Venus Giveaway

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Only 3 days left to enter our Lilly Pilly Giveaway!

Here's how:
Lilly Pilly Green Tea Cleanser
Lilly Pilly Green Tea Cleanser

Lilly Pilly Bath Mixture
Lilly Pilly Fruit Butter Bath Mixture
Lilly Pilly Body Lotion
Lilly Pilly Olive Fruit Body Lotion

The Lilly Pilly collection is a flirty mix of lush fruits & sweet florals that have been sprinkled with powder’s silky-softness.  Natural, aromatic and oh-so decadent!

We carry this and other fabulous Barefoot Venus products at the boutique and they fly out the door, so we snuck off with this set for our "Celebration of 30,000 Pageviews Giveaway".

There are three ways to enter:
  1. Follow us and let us know you've joined our blog in the comments section below.
  2. Like us on Facebook and comment there.
  3. If you already Like us and follow our blog, tell us in the comments section below or on FB and you will be entered as well!
Then watch this blog and Facebook for when we announce the winner.

Best of Luck!!!

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September 04, 2012

Project Personality: Vintage Suitcase DIY

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with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos


Yes, I am shouting that at the top of my voice... I really have an adoration for them, so when I saw these fantastic Suitcase DIY projects, I just had to share.

Perusing Ruche for a new fall cardie garnered something bigger than a warm and fuzzy... it brought absolute joy...
Get ready to join me in a Snoopy-Happy-Dance!

-Vintage suitcase
-4 Table legs
-8 Flat washers + 4 Wing nuts
-Power drill
-Paint + Paint brush
-Measuring tool (yard stick, measuring tape, etc.)

1. Measure out where you want to position the table legs and mark it on the surface of the suitcase.
2. Use a power drill to create holes at the points that you marked.

3. Paint the four table legs any color you want and give them time to dry before attaching. (Note: You can also paint them afterwards, but the table legs might be easier to handle while they're still unattached).

4. Place one flat washer onto each table leg.

5. Affix the table legs onto the suitcase by twisting them into the holes you drilled.
6. Place one flat washer over each hole inside of the suitcase.

7. Screw a wing nut over the top to secure each table leg.
8. Decorate your coffee table with vintage books and other lovely details!
9. Share this DIY project with others on Pinterest ♥

-Mod Podge
-Paint Brush
-Measuring Tool
Directions (Lace):
1. Measure and cut out a section of lace that covers one side of your suitcase.
2. Brush on a thick layer of mod podge at the edges of the suitcase.
3. Place the lace over the mod podge. Line up the edges of the lace with the edges of the suitcase and hold them in place for a few seconds.
4. Allow time for the mod podge to dry. Repeat on the other side and then you're done!

 5. Share this lovely lace project with everyone on Pinterest! ♥

Directions (Chevron):
1. Measure out a piece of fabric that fits the dimensions of your suitcase. Use a marker to trace a chevron pattern onto it.
2. Cut the chevron pieces out of the fabric.

3. Brush mod podge onto the suitcase and position the chevron pieces as desired.

4. Allow time to dry and then repeat on the other side.

 5. Share your love for chevron with others on Pinterest ♥

I happen to have a trip planned this month and now I can't wait to dress up my suitcase!  I'm thinking organza ruffles and damask.

How about you?

~~ Leanne

*Projects and photos courtesy of Ruche
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