Thursday, March 22, 2012

More Furniture Workshop

I'm excited to share with you a few more projects from the 2012 Furniture Workshop with Beth Wagner.   We do this every March in Va Beach - and as you can see from the photos - we have a great time .... AND .... turn out some great results!!

You really have to be there to know just how the energy flows, ideas grow...
there are bursts of excitement as we see each project
coming to life, layer by layer-- until that moment
when you know -- this is IT
it's now FINISHED!

But since you missed it.....
take a peek at the photos here and get just a little glimpse ..

This was the first time Elaine joined us --
she came all the way from Connecticut!!

She started with a tall slender cabinet with 3 small drawers

After sponging on a varigated stripe - here's the fun part --- peeling the tape !

Elaine added an elegant stencil over the stripes, and on the drawer fronts...

but .... she saved the best for the top! Just look at those gorgeous roses!
with a hint of metallics ....

Wow - she picked just the right hardware for this piece
Nice job, Elaine
a treasure for you!!

So, Did Elaine have a good time?
You bet she did - she's coming back next year!!
and I cant wait to see what she brings...

Kathy B. brought a tray table -  and wanted a beach scene...

Her inspiration was a sweet story book ....
she's already off to a good start
I can feel the breeze ...


(that's me taking a nap under the umbrella:)

Here's the top for Diane's table --
she gave it a nice neutral base coat

then .... added a little pizazz for background!

and painted the sweetest hydrangeas
in a very lovely color combination

here she is!!
finished ...
she can hold her own in any elegant room she wants!!

Janet couldnt possibly bring this large cabinet
(ok, she's strong - but not that strong:)
so she brought the inset panels ..
because that's what she wanted to embellish it anyway

this trellis stencil is just the ticket --
it's gonna be a pefect background
(and coffee always helps boost our inspiration:)

ahhhh-- roses!!
the perfect compliment ...
These are almost finished
I know these four panels will be FABulous in Janet's cabinet..


If you want to join us next year - we'll make a space for you!
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Furniture Workshop 2012

It's March - that means another Furniture Workshop with Beth:)  

This is no ordinary art class.  Beth has a love of everything creative - and one of her biggest talents is bringing out the creative side in her students.  We all bring a small piece of furniture from home - something we can easily carry.  We tell her about the place we'd like to use it - what the room looks like, our favorite colors, etc and she guides us as we create a 'masterpiece' for ourselves.

and ..... the pictures are fun
BUT.. what can't be captured in photos is the energy in the room

a little idea starts, then builds - grows - and blooms ....

into a work of art - with everyone adding thoughts
and oooooo-ing and awwwww-ing along the way
it's a special kind of fun - and once you try it you ALWAYS want to come back ...

so......Here's just a sample of the 'Before', 'After', and a few 'In Progress' photos.......

This is my 'before' --- a little coffee table I picked up at a yard sale on the morning of class.
(nothing like waiting til the last minute -- I was lucky to find this little gem)

'In Progress'
A good base coat of Caromal Colours
no prep required!!

(Learn more about Caromal Colours here )

more 'In Progress'
some silver foil (for the bling:) -  hmmmm - how to best use this stencil?

All finished!  I'm thrilled -- what do you think?

Ann's little side table -- based and ready for inspiration:)

taped -- ready for a center design

 sweet flowers, interesting center color....
and the cutest little flower on the bottom shelf!!!
Beth suggested a  few more coordinating stripes around the apron ....
 and it's finished!

Kathy's table - side view
(her brother built this little table years ago - now its getting a
place of honor in her home)

hydrangeas, roses, and dragonfly -- WOW - just beautiful!
this will be a family treasure FOR SURE!!

Opal brought a little foot stool - base coat almost finished..

'In Progress' --- a fun little background ...

it needed a few roses....
because our young Opal    (96 and counting) ...   is a rose lover :)

All finished --- how sweet!
and ......she put her name on it so Tamara cant 'borrow' it
(sorry ... inside joke:)

Cindy's trunk - 'In Progress'

more progress - and the inspiration photo

Finished!   Good job, Cindy - it's beautiful!

Shaunna's bed tray 'Before' ---- just wait ....

'In Progress' --- already gorgeous!

Makes me want breakfast in bed!  Every day!!
(or, write love letters to my sweetie?)

 Just so you know ..... it takes a lot of 'spreading out' to put all these creative ideas into action:)
We need stencils, stamps, tape  --- all kinds of supplies!!!!!
but mostly, we need Beth to help us unleash our best creative  ideas!!
Thank you, Beth

Stay tuned -- there are lots more projects to show --- Part II coming soon ...

Registration forms for 2013 class are available at

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