Monday, March 14, 2016

Free As The Wind

March in VA Beach...                               
Sunflowers for the week !   Prizes and gifts for everyone

Sharing laughter with friends, showing our great projects ... 
from unique ideas on 'Design Day',
 to Roses, Sunflowers, and Cottage Gardens
Even our fruit platter had sunflowers!
Sunny day -- Sunny week!
Cottage Gardens were a challenge for small details ...
 focus and attention to detail brought us beautiful finished pieces!
Beth shines in the classroom --
 giving instruction, sharing tips and advice,
 and guiding us all to success
Connecting with old friends .... making wonderful new friends ...
Silver and Gold
Sharing our last night at dinner ---
 relaxing, reflecting on the week ... 
and making plans for next year!!
Mother Nature gave us a week of glorious sunrises ... 
each one better than the last!!

And our last day of class was To Dye For Scarves ... 
we had a blast being creative,
 casting all cares aside ... letting our spirits fly along with the scarves ... 

We would love to have you join us next year !
 brendastarstudios@yahoo  for more information

Fabulous February

February At The Beach is a very special time ....
 especially when the weather gives us a 70 degree day ...
 and the company is just as special !!
We always start our week with a little gift -- everyone likes getting something unexpected and fun !   And each day one person wins the 'door prize'  -- she is our 'STAR' for the day :)

You will see big smiles all week long -- 
because our projects are beautiful,
 and the teacher is fun!
Sharing laughs - along with expert instruction ---
Finished pieces to be proud of !
Our winners for the week -- crown and all !!

Beautiful girls of the sea .... mermaids are special !
Our group .... included a few extra special friends this year ... Bob - who sat quietly in the room, with a cheerful greeting, and helpful attitude to all -- and Bobbi - who we have enjoyed knowing so many years during her time at the front desk ... 
She's off to enjoy retirement - travel and family - 
we wish her well!
Ros and I are happy to see each one of you At The Beach!!  
We enjoy our week with you so much!

Time to say goodbye  ... until next year!!   
We would love to have you  join us!
brendastarstudios@yahoo   .. for more information 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dressed Up Dresser

There is nothing I like more than finding something old that is badly in need of a little love ... especially if it can be a new functional piece of furniture in my house!!  Last Christmas we got a new - bigger -TV for our bedroom.   Since then I've been looking for just the right piece to serve as theTV stand.  I had a few requirements ... it had to have completely straight lines - the top could not overhang the sides.  It had to be between 50" and 60".  Fortunately, I found just the right thing!

I used my Caromal Colours paints and mixed to make a custom color turquoise - then  'washed' it with a darker teal glaze.  I painted the hardware too - I didnt want it to stand out.    I used elements from an 'all over wall stencil' and just picked the parts I liked best.    I wanted the white to be a 'whisper' and not appear too bold.    I'm really happy with the results.   This was an inexpensive IKEA cabinet and a thrift store dresser.   I painted a the IKEA pieces before I assembled it -- much easier!  One more probject  DONE!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

November Fall Fun !

November Fall Fun ....

At The Beach !!

Ros and I always have a great time with each other 
and all our painting friends. 
The beginning of November every year -- 
 you will find me AT THE BEACH with Ros  Stallcup.  
Ever  since 2008 I have had the good fortune to host a week with Ros in Virginia Beach. 
What a great place to be with a great teacher!

Ros brings her happy smile to every class -- 
and she sets the tone for a great week!  
We love getting a little surprise!  A gift for everyone --
 just to let you know how much we love having you with us ..
 Friends from North Carolina --- get some fun time together painting 
At The Beach ...  

Here Mother and Daughters get to have a whole week together -
 painting, laughing - and smiling for the camera !!

 The NJ girls paint beautifully 
and had a great time together in VA Beach!
More sisters (in-law) having fun !!

Everyone is having a great time together --
 and Ros is lending her helping hand to our projects!!

Friends --- looking like they have something to hide !!  
Wonder what it could be?

Our lovely Canadian girls bring fresh air and smiles to our class - 
we love spending the week with them !
New faces and old friends alike, we have a great group At The Beach!
The lessons are fun, the projects are beautiful -
 and the friendships are priceless!

Green  was definitely the color of the week --
 from shirts to glitter to special meanings!!
and weather nice enough for a photo in front of the ocean!!    Love it!!
So long - dear ocean -- until we meet again (next year for sure :) !

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fun at HOOT

The year 2015 marks my very first visit to HOOT -- the Heart of Ohio Tole convention!!  My fellow decorative painters have been telling me - with great excitement in their voices - of this convention for years..... and Finally I got to see it for myself. 
I was very impressed with downtown Columbus, and the convention center.   The streets were clean and pretty - and the convention was very well organized.

We were just a short walk across the street - and each morning and afternoon the traffic stopped for us to cross.   We could hear church bells from our room in the evening.  Coming upon familiar faces, and old friends throughout the day was such fun.   Getting to see their artwork from the day's classes was a real treat!

Not sure why Arnold is in the convention courtyard -- but there he is!

I loved our trip to the German Village --- great restaurant - fun dinner group -- and the perfect beer :)

But the best part of all was spending time with some of my favorite people -- Ros, and Beth 

Until next year........
 because now that I've been once -- I cant stay home again :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Feels Like Home

When I pull up to the Oceanfront Inn and see this fellow - then I know I am 'home' for the week.   Because spending the week with special ladies who share a love of painting, and share their talents, really does feel like a family at 'home' ---
only better because we are At The Beach !!!  :)

Sooner or later we  have to get down to work, and look what lovely 'work' it is too!  

 I get to spend time with my Forever Friend - Becky!   I love having her in class with us.

Old friends, and new friends --- together we make one very special group!

Our proud painters - just look at these beautiful flowers! 

We get lots of special attention from Beth  - she guides us through each project with patience  - and a little fun along the way.

Up close demonstration - shows us just exactly what we are supposed to do and how to do it --- and then we try our hand, and sometimes surprise ourselves at how well it all turns out :)

Everybody loves a gift - so we make sure to have at least one every day --- if your lucky number comes up, you get to be 'princess' for the day - and a little surprise in your pretty bag too..

All too soon the week comes to an end, and we have to say goodbye to our friends -- but not before reserving a space for the next year :)   and having a group photo to remember this year.

A big thank you to Norm King Photography for this year's beautiful photo -- we love it !!
Come join us for next year !!   We'd love to share our week with you..