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October is going to be a crazy busy month for me! We have some extensive plans for our weekends this month, starting last weekend with a getaway to Colorado.

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My husband and I left the kids at home and went for the weekend to celebrate the wedding of one of my close friends from graduate school.

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Like all of my out of town trips, I find ways to incorporate activities and ventures that will benefit the shop. In this case, I really wanted to build my photography portfolio with some beautiful scenic pictures that I can use on furniture pieces and in artwork.

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Colorado is just bursting with scenery, I came back home with dozens of different shots from the Flat Irons in Boulder City.

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It felt more like rock climbing than hiking which made it that much more fun! As we stumbled over jutting rocks on the trail, I couldn’t help but be mindful of the covered wagons and pioneers that traveled through the Rocky Mountains, only to reach a massive desert before arriving to California! How daunting and frightening that must have been!

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Each turn of the “trail” had a breathtaking view of the mountainside.

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The end of the trail looked out to one of the flat irons where you could see teeny tiny people on the very top!

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Someday I want to do that kind of rock climbing!

Since I spent most of last week preparing to be gone for four days, I didn’t have time to pop open my recent shipment of paint which had Burgundy, the newest shade of Chalk Paint®.

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This color has been a long time in coming and I’m so excited to have something new to play with. Today, I finally busted out a can to start playing with color mixtures. My objective: to find a bright shade of fuschia to work into a style shoot in which I’m participating.

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Burgundy is a deep shade of red with a lot of pink undertones. When I mix colors, I like to always start with a one to one ratio. In this case, Burgundy with Pure White.

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The colors were coming across too pink, so I pulled in a can of Aubusson to bring out more purples.

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The final color that I will use for the photo shoot is a ratio three parts Burgundy to one part Pure White to one part Aubusson, the sample pictured on the bottom.

I’m just loving the varying shades, though I don’t foresee myself using this color too much in the future. Afterall, it isn’t blue, but it is certainly nice to mix it up a bit!

What other Chalk Paint® colors would you mix with Burgundy?