Friday, August 8, 2008

Flashback Friday

On a previous Flashback Friday, I talked about my little cake decorating business.

Today, let's talk about decorative painting, okay?

After we lost my sister, I needed something to take my mind away from the grief that seemed to consume it. While picking up cake supplies, I noticed that my local craft store was offering a decorative painting class. It was held on a night that Mark worked late, so it seemed perfect. Sign me up!

That short class in the store led to longer classes in the teacher's home. Before long, I was hooked! But in order to afford the better brushes and supplies that I liked to work with, I needed some extra cash. Hmmmm, can you say, "Craft Show"?

Craft shows led to home shows, and before long, it was another side business for me. What can I say? I was a little entrepreneur!

Recently, I found some photos of the work I did while living in NY. Would you like to see? =)

I can't even tell you how many of these I sold. While shopping a clearance sale, I picked up some wine barrel slats. Originally, I had planned to paint long, skinny snowmen on them. When someone needed something 'Tuscany like' for their newly renovated kitchen, I thought those barrel slats could be used in a different way.


After that windfall, it became a challenge to see what I could find to paint on. How about a mailbox?


Everyone loved them! And since townhouse dwellers needed a smaller box to fit on their front porches, I began to paint some for them, too.


What could be better than free supplies? We had tons of slate scattered around our mountain property, so I decided to see what I could do with it.

After looking at these photos from the past, I am totally inspired to find the time to pick up my paint brush again. Isn't it funny how visiting the past can be so stimulating?


MariBy said...

Mare...those are really pretty! Love the mailbox - that is so cute - you are very talented!

Snowbird said...

You can come and decorate my house anytime!