Painting With a Twist (of fun!)


Last weekend, my mom and I had the unique opportunity to attend a class at my local Painting with a Twist. I have done a similar class before, but it has been many many years. My mom had never done anything like this before, so I knew it was going to be fun for a mother daughter night away.

We easily signed up online after finding the nearest location (ten minutes from my house!) and were sent a conformation and some instructions. I was excited to see we were allowed to bring wine/beer and snacks, and was hopeful it would make my painting skills better? Ok so maybe not!

We arrived a few minutes early to get our aprons on and get set up at our table. The instructor had already placed our names in front of our canvas and poured our paint. Meanwhile, I poured us some wine and we chatted with our classmates before we got started.

The instructor was so nice and had a very relaxing voice. She went over the rules and calmed everyone’s fears. She wanted to make sure we had FUN no matter what, and really took the pressure off. She explained that she would be painting along with us and helping us as we went. She had on a microphone so it was easy to hear her, and she was up on a stage. I like that they also had a completed painting next to her so we knew what the finished product would look (or should, ha) look like.

She was sure to explain the steps several times, telling us what colors to use, how to do our brush strokes, etc. Slowly but surely, my painting came to life. After about an hour we took a 15 minute break to stretch, walk around, and let the first part dry (and of course take a few sips of wine).

Then, it was back to it and we finished everything up in two hours. I was skeptical, but can’t believe I did the whole thing so quickly! Now, I’m no artist, but I had a really good time and I think my painting turned out pretty good.

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I would definitely do this again. I think it would be super fun for a girls night, date night birthday party, or family event. You can even do private parties! I’m so glad I got to have a stress free, phone free, couple of hours and experience this with my mom. Now I have a painting at home so I will always remember it.

Be sure to check out their website to find a location near you. What I love is that you can check their calendar and see what paintings they will be doing on each day, so you can pick your favorite and sign up on that day!

runDisney Snow White Costume Tutorial

Every year, I dress up for the runDisney Princess half marathon. For the past couple of years, my friend Jen and I have been super creative with matching costumes, but this year we both had a lot going on, and February snuck up on us. We still wanted to dress up and “sort of” match, so we decided to go with clothing we already owned so that we just had to add a couple of accessories to our princess costumes.

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I already had a yellow running skirt and blue top, so I thought Snow White would be “easy”, except I totally forgot I am the least artistic person on earth and nothing related to costume creation is ever easy for me.

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I had seen a few similar costumes on Pinterest, and thought I could figure out a way to create the sleeves on my own, but still look just as good as people with sewing machine today (and sewing skills). Yall, I tried really hard. If you didn’t get too close to me at the race you never would have known, but the photos below clearly show off my skills. But if you want an easy(er) way to create these sleeves and don’t have a sewing matching but own a needle and thread (or can buy one), then my tutorial is for you. remember, if I can do this, you can do this.

SUPPLIES:

-blue tank (mine is cotton from Target, I got it on clearance for $3. I know cotton is a running no no, but I wasn’t spending any more money on this costume than I had to.

-yellow running skirt from runningskirts.com. My favorite brand. They have POCKETS which is a great help during a race. (affiliate link)

-red headband or ribbon (I got mine at Mouse Gears inside EPCOT for $12.95. I love it so much I wore it around the parks, too!) You could always use leftover ribbon from your sleeves to create a bow or headband, too.

-needle

-white and blue thread

– 1 yard of knit elastic

– 2 yard of 1 inch thick blue ribbon

-2 yards of 1 inch thick red ribbon

– push pins

WARNING: Do not get ribbon with wire. It will poke you the whole race. The only thinner red ribbon at my craft store had wire so I bought it. Don’t make my mistake!

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The first thing you need to do for your sleeves is cut two pieces of elastic and sew them together for the bottoms of the sleeves.

WARNING: Make the fit snug, but don’t cut off circulation. I made the mistake of making mine too loose, and it started pulling down the straps of my tank b/c the elastic was sliding down my arms. If I were to do this again (haha) I would have done the elastic a little tighter.

All I did was used white thread and literally sewed the two ends together at the ends. That’s it. Nothing fancy or pretty. I figured no one would be close enough to see that it didn’t all line up perfectly.

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Then came the more complicated part. I knew I wanted 3 red pieces and 2 blue pieces of ribbon on each arm. So I did the longest 2 pieces in the middle then shorter pieces after that with one of the pieces more in the front than back. Confusing? Maybe this helps. For each arm I cut:

-1 red 10” and one blue 10”

-1 red 9” and one blue 9”

-1 red 8”  <—-to be closer to the front. I didn’t care about having ribbon more towards the back. Check it out below. I then took each piece and pinned it to my elastic. I personally did it so that the seam of the elastic was on the back of my arm and not underneath so it wouldn’t rub me when I ran. Then I kind of “pleated” each piece of ribbon (best I could, it’s hard yall), and pinned them all on so that the ribbon reached about halfway down the width of the elastic (don’t worry, this is the underside that no one will see!)

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Then I got to sewing. Well, what resembled sewing. Don’t laugh. This is the final product. I used white thread and just started on one side and literally just sewed over and under all the way across. It looked AWFUL, but again, would be on the underside.

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I then did the same exact thing to the other side, so I had two detached sleeves.

I then switched to my blue thread, and again just literally sewed a line down the inside of the sleeve of the tank, attaching each piece of ribbon with about 3-4 stitches as I went. It wasn’t the best hold ever, but would do for one race. I did the other sleeve (make sure you sew underneath and not on top of the tank!) and I was done!

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I didn’t try it on b/c I was afraid I would rip/mess something up, but thankfully all went well on race day and it held together just fine! I got tons and tons of compliments, but really all I did was sew together some ribbon and buy a headband. Everything else I already had. Some people choose to do a cape and collar or hold an apple, but I knew a cape and collar would bug me, and I already hold my phone when I run so I didn’t want to bother with another prop. So there you have it! My Snow White runDisney costume!

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QOTD: Have you ever dressed up for a race?

How to Paint a Table in One Day

When Bobby and I got married, we were gifted with my parent’s old dining room table. This table has been around for awhile, and I’m thinking was the “hot” item from the late 80’s because I have seen said table and chairs SO MANY TIMES over the years.

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We were very thankful to not have to purchase a table as newlyweds, and it was still in great shape (aside from a stain form when I was 7 and my dad spilled shoe polish on it trying to clean my white church shoes. (I told you it’s been around for a long time!)

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Since we moved into our current house almost two years ago, I have been itching to paint the table. I scoured Pinterest for instructions and before and after photos. Everyone seemed to say something different, and I got a little bit confused. I put the idea out of my head because the past two years have been super busy, but decided for my Mother’s Day gift this year I wanted the table painted. I figured it would be a lot cheaper than getting a new table, and I decided to enlist the help of my dad who is a great painter.

They came into town last weekend, and my dad and I headed to Lowes. We had an idea in out heads, and confirmed with the guy in the paint department before purchasing.

We went home, put an old sheet in the garage, brought the table out, and did a little bit of sanding.

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Then, it was time for primer.

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This primer dries really fast, so we were able to paint two coats fairly quickly.

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We waited a couple of hours until we were sure it was dry, and then started with the paint.

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This paint is really nice and goes on very smoothly and covers well. We still decided to do two coats, but it was plenty.

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We finished off with a couple coats of a sealant. This isn’t 100% necessary, but because it is a dining room table that will be used daily, and we have a toddler, we decided it would help the table to hold up longer.

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We decided to change out the rug with the one we had in front of the couch, and take the leaf out of the table to give more room in the dining room area. I am so pleased with how it turned out! It feels like I have a whole new dining room and we only spent about $50. I bought the chairs from Wayfair.com a few months ago. They were on sale and have free shipping.

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If you have any questions about what we did shoot me an email or leave a comment here. Good luck!

QOTD: Have you ever painted furniture?

A Petting Zoo, Painting Project Kind of Weekend

This weekend did not suck. We were again blessed with great weather, and my parents decided to come into town Thursday afternoon. We picked up Emma Kate from daycare and went to the third week of Swing into Summer.

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Except this week trumped all, because they had a petting zoo.

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Animals?!? WHERE!

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Girlfriend went CRAZY. She petted, talked to, squealed at, and played with all the animals. She was so overwhelmed she didn’t know which one to go to, so kept hopping around from one to the other.

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One of the workers handed her a brush so she went around brushing the animals. She is FEARLESS and walked right up to this guy. II t was adorable.

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Bobby got her (after a few failed attempts) to feed the animals out of her hand and she kept wanting to do it over and over.

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This little goat was only 7 weeks old. It still drank from a bottle and every time it made noise EK jumped and squealed. I think we would have stayed all night if it were up to her.

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My parents had fun watching her interact with the animals, dance to the music, and attempt to eat a snowball.

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It may or may not have ended up all over the ground.

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I’m sad we only have one more week of Swing into summer, we have been having a blast!

Friday morning I went with my dad to Lowes and we bought some paint. I have been wanting to paint my dining room table for YEARS and since my dad is a really good painter, I signed him up for the job without his knowledge. Thanks dad!

Apparently I am NOT a good painter because after helping with the first coat for primer, he said he would finish the rest by himself. Sad times. Anyway, this table is old yall, like I ate off it when I was a toddler. Despite it’s age, it was in good shape. I was not about to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new one when this one was plenty sturdy, but I was willing to buy $45 worth of paint to make it look brand new.

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It turned out GREAT, and we decided to leave the leaf out to make the room look bigger. I plan to do a full post one exactly what we used because people have been asking me, so stay tuned! I’m super happy with how it turned out, the room looks so much brighter!

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Friday afternoon my mom and I did a little shopping and stopped at Starbucks for a pick me up.

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We went back home to pick up EK and the boys before heading to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Papitos, for dinner.

Saturday morning I ran some errands with my dad, and then we sat outside and played in the water with Emma Kate. The original forecast called for rain all weekend but the weather was awesome.

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Saturday after lunch, my parents and I went and looked at a few of the parade of homes houses. A bunch are really close to my house so we were able to check out several before they had to drive back to Louisiana.

After they left, Emma Kate played in the water again and we just enjoyed the evening at home. Sunday morning was church and more relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. Temperatures are getting up to the upper 80’s this week so this may have been our last cooler weekend until fall (nnooo!)

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Another great weekend in the books. So glad I have my blog to keep track of these great memories!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend? Ever painted furniture?

Pinterest Pumpkin

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One of my goals for October was to actually do one of the crafts I am always pinning on Pinterest. Sometimes I just need to take a break and do something fun and relaxing…all part of good mental health, which is very important in my opinion! I finally bit the bullet and picked one that seemed simple enough (with a few modifications on my part) and I am pleasantly surprised with how it turned out!

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I first saw this pumpkin on Pinterest and followed the link to a fun blog where I found the directions. Not gonna lie, the directions seemed a little scary for this non-crafty gal, but I was determined.

I was on the lookout for a craft pumpkin, when I saw one, already cream colored, at Target! Take a step out of the process without having to paint an orange one? Yes please! I also wasn’t so sure about the whole transfer paper and paint thing, so I decided…why not just use a sharpie?

So here is what I did:

-I found a font I liked, and printed out the “M” as big as would fit on a piece of paper, and then printed it out.

-Then, I cut out the M as closely as I could and taped it to the pumpkin

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-I then vvveeerrryyyy carefully traced around the M with a pencil.

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-Finally, I used a chisel tip thick sharpie to outline and then fill in the M. I may spray paint a coat of some sort of sealant on it, but other than that, I’m done, and oh so proud!

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Let me know if you have any questions about anything I did to make this. Hopefully there will be more Pinterest projects to come!

QOTD: Have you ever made anything off Pinterest?

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