Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Real Class Act

Well, I accomplished something new today. I taught my first furniture painting class at the shop! I have always wanted to do this, but I seem to have a habit of talking myself out of it. As many of you may know, my health is fairly unstable due to Lymphangioleiomyomatosis; or LAM a rare lung disease I was diagnosed with back in 2006. It causes me to have okay days and breathless bad days with an occasional almost normal day thrown in. Anxiety tends to manifest the symptom's so I have to be careful not to "phych" myself out. I'm always afraid that if I plan something on a particular day, I'll be ill so I just avoid committing myself to things with a time frame....until today!


What was originally planned as a painted and distressed monogram chair class for 8 became a class of 10! The response was so good, we had talked about holding two classes of 8, but with such a short window I didn't have enough chairs. I was in need of a particular kind of chair that could offer not only a space large enough for a monogram, but also had to have an upholstered seat that could be recovered with a coffee sack. For the last several months I have been accumulating chairs from yard sales, estate sales, Craig's List and the Goodwill.


I glued the wiggly ones, puttied in the spots where doggies had chewed and chunks were missing, sanded them and covered them each with two coats of primer. I crafted new padded seats for those that used to have worn out caning.Wow, I'm exhausted just recalling all of that! To be honest, I am yearning to paint something flat after all those spindles.


 
 
 
From here, it was up to the ladies who chose to visit me for the day to complete their chairs and turn them into things of beauty. They sanded, painted, went outside to cover seats with coffee sacks, went back in and distressed the edges, added a rub-on monogram and put their chairs all back together....all within a two hour time frame. Surprisingly, it went like clockwork and they all seemed to enjoy themselves and appeared tickled with their finished chairs. I heard one woman say "It's so cute and I've never even done anything like this before".

 
 
 

My next classes aren't scheduled until November so for now I am just relieved to have made it through. What is at the top of my list now? Dinner lovingly cooked by my hubby, who knows I am exhausted and a glass or two of pink musket wine that I have been looking forward to for days. See you on the other side of the fog.





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11 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those chairs are so cute! i want to come!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

You go, Girl.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That looks like so much fun. What a great class! The chairs turned out really cute.

ShantyGirl said...

love the coffee sack chair!!!
Sherry

Donna Wilkes said...

That is a great idea - having a chair party. I am sure it was exhausting for you, but spectacular fun for the participants.

Love the finished products.

Distressed Donna Down Home

suzyq said...

What a great idea Carrie!!!
I'm also going to be teaching painting but definitely don't have the space for chairs -
Love that everyone was so enthusiastic!!!
XOX

Peggy Meckling said...

Really lovely idea. I'll bet those ladies were all very grateful for your experienced guidance. I just found you through The Shabby Nest and I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you'd follow me at www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

must love junk said...

I LOVE these chairs!! Just found you through The Ironstone Nest and am your newest follower :)
Susan

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Carrie, these are adorable. what a wonderful idea for a class!! and I'm so glad that it turned out to be a good day, I know how health issues can be a determining factor of what we take on. You did great!!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Wow Carrie, what a fun class to hold. No wonder you had such a good response. The chairs look fabulous.
From someone who has her own debilitating health issues, I totally get where you are coming from regarding committing to specific projects. It does impact your life, but sometimes you just have to do it and hope for the best on the day.

Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

MONICA LIVAS said...

Fabulous chairs! newest follower-would love have you follow back.

Warmly,
Monica.