Paint Nite: Girl’s Night Out

Paint Nite- Girl's Night Out

On July 22nd I enjoyed a rare girl’s night out with some friends. One was a friend I went to school with and the others were new friends I made that night while we were out. We had a lot of fun and it was nice to be out for a few hours with some adults. My mom was willing to watch my son so I was able to go out.

We paid ahead of time and made reservations online. We got there early, had a chance to chat, a few of us had a bite to eat and most of us enjoyed a glass of wine while we painted. I think there were around 30 of us. It was a bit crowded, but we all had a great time.

The instructor was great and she even painted along with us. We all had a different interpretation of the painting we were doing, but they all looked great when we were finished. I talked to the guy that was assisting everyone (getting us more paint and paper towels, even offering pointers) about a frame for my painting. He said that IKEA has frames for about $10 that fit the canvas size we used that night perfectly. I haven’t gotten there to check them out yet, but I’d like to soon.

Right now my painting is hanging on a nail in my bedroom and I still catch myself admiring it from time to time. There was one woman whose painting went completely wackadoodle and she wound up with a sort of butterfly or moth looking thing that was purple, rather than the ladybug on her flower and it was big! But it looked really awesome all the same. I had thought about making the background or flower a different color, but I stuck with the original colors and I love mine.

Paint Nite

Everyone hung around for a bit afterwards and there were lots of pictures taken for the Paint Nite Facebook page and just for the heck of it by attendees. We took a couple of group pictures that aren’t shown here because I didn’t bother to ask if I could use them on my blog. It’s really not a big deal.

Our group was talking about possibly going somewhere else to hang out for a bit, maybe get a little something sweet, but ultimately we all decided it was getting late and we’d rather just head home. My friend that invited me had a small belated birthday gift for me too. That was really nice of her, it was a necklace.

I’d really love to try this again in the near future and maybe get a few of my friends together to do it. Thanks very much for reading my blog! Feel free to send any feedback and as always, please leave comments or even send me an email as I love to hear from my readers!

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball – Building 429

I don’t watch the news most days. Do I know what’s going on in the world? For the most part, yes. There are times I miss things, but I can usually catch up on Facebook. Why? Because it depresses me and upsets me, that’s why! Every time I turn on the news all they talk about is the bad in this world. I know there’s still good in this world, but it gets so lost and overshadowed by the bad. I do worry about raising my son in this world, but I’m doing the best I can. Sure, I have fears and doubts that I’ll wreck things, but I give that stuff over to God and admit that I’m a mess, lol! And yes, even a wrecking ball! I know I can’t be the only one!

I also don’t know where God is taking me, but I press on and I pray that I’m following God’s calling for my life. Even when I’m in a bad mood and all I can see is negative (like when my son is misbehaving), I know God will lead me through it. I do ask Him “Why?” a lot and get frustrated when there’s no reason. Right now I’m pretty frustrated because a very good friend of mine was given a life-changing diagnosis. She’s a great and wonderful friend and has been through SO MUCH and doesn’t deserve this! But we have to trust that God knows what He’s doing, so I pray for her every day and do my best to be there for her.

Am I the only one that feels this way? Probably not, but sometimes it sure can feel that way. Sometimes I wonder if God doesn’t let things happen to remind us that we are SO WEAK without Him, even though we think we’re strong. Let’s never forget that LIFE GOES ON.

July’s StorEnvy Challenge Purchase

July's Shop Challenge Purchase

So I realize this post is late since we’re well into August now, but I DID buy these in July, even if it was the last few days of July! Lol I have been thinking about ear cuffs recently, making my own as well as buying some from other artisans as well. I did some searching on StorEnvy and found these simple but really pretty silver ear cuffs that I fell in love with. I love that they’re offered as singles (left or right) as well as a pair. I decided to get a pair so I could wear a cuff on either ear, or both! Here’s a collage of the pictures I took that are in the title photo, but without the effects added:

Carmen

She included a small thank you card with a hand written note inside which I thought was just awesome! I loved the packaging as well, simple but very elegant and it did a great job at protecting the war cuffs. If you’re not familiar with wire, it’s not difficult to bend it out of shape most of the time so it’s important to package it properly to keep it looking as it should.

I’m really happy with my purchase and I think I’ll be exploring this shop a bit more to see if there’s anything else I might want to add to my collection. Even though I make jewelry I’ve always enjoyed buying handmade jewelry from others because we all have a different style and some jewelry makers create things I’d never dream of trying, or don’t have the ability to make for various reasons.

Keep an eye out for my August StorEnvy purchase and blog post that follows! I’m still trying to decide what I want to buy for this month! Thanks very much for reading my blog! Feel free to send any feedback and as always, please leave comments or even send me an email as I love to hear from my readers!

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