Painting for Profit

knot too shabby at the Los Angeles Ultimate Women's Expo

Over the past five+ years, we have witnessed remarkable and talented women (and men) take their passion for painting, up-cycling and re-purposing and turn it into a lucrative business. Many had their start selling at the knot too shabby BAZAAR, others spent months taking countless workshops to refine their technique, and others yet “wing it,” […]

knot too shabby BAZAAR 2017: Furniture Makeover Competition

#knottooshabbyBAZAAR Furniture Makeover Competition

To enter in the #knottooshabbyBAZAAR Furniture Makeover Competition, knot too shabby customers were challenged to bring a piece of furniture to the 2017 knot too shabby BAZAAR in the Glendora Village that they had painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint along with a printed 8×10 “before” photo for a chance […]

The 2017 knot too shabby BAZAAR Recap


I always feel like April rings in the official season of Spring. In Glendora, we are witnessing the greening up of the previously fire scorched Foothills. The onslaught of rain brought about clean, blue skies and the crisp air brings about a season of fresh anticipation. And, Spring brings the Annual knot too shabby BAZAAR. Not […]

Feeling Nostalgic

Happy holidays with Knot too shabby ( and Killer Cupcake Event Photography ( Photo)

This morning, a mom walks in with her toddler son. She is opening her own shop in the Pasadena area, browsing for display pieces and props all while chasing her little guy around the store and attempting to get him to stop touching things. The whole situation made me smile. It wasn’t so long ago, […]

The Backlog of Custom Orders-Part 2

Hall tree, Duck Egg-2 (1)

The Antique Hall Tree This is one of those pieces that purists cringe at painting. It had such a lovely, rich, worn patina. But, didn’t go with the rest of the decor. Barb, our client wanted to incorporate one of the Cavallini World Map papers on the front tray and I suggested we allow that, […]

The Backlog of Custom Orders-Project 1

Buffet, Old White, Gilding Wax-1

I have a love/hate relationship with custom work. I love the work because painting is what I love to do. The more there is, the happier I am. But, when I am commissioned to paint a piece for a specific person with a specific style in a specific color my nerves go a little hay […]