Ladies, we all love girl-time, don’t we?
You may recall, from January’s Budget-Friendly Family Fun post, my friend Angela.
We’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Angela and her husband Matt a lot over the course of the summer. We camped together, had several barbecues together, and some impromptu get-togethers at the drop of a hat. We have so much fun together, I wish everyone had friends like these.
Almost all of us have heard of paint nights, am I right? I have to admit, while they certainly looked like a decent evening out with a friend or two, painting has never really been my thing. Well, not since kindergarten.
I stumbled on a Facebook ad for a local flea market event, involving making a handmade wooden sign, for $65. It’s a flea market we enjoy going to, and this event really sparked my interest. With all of the DIY things we’ve done this summer, I really wanted to learn how to make a sign. I sent the link to my husband, but I wasn’t sure how’d we work it out. There was no point in both of us signing up for the same thing. If we went, one of us would go to the workshop event while the other browsed for the duration, with the youngest child in tow.
As luck would have it, Angela tagged me in a similar event, for less money, with wine. Now, really… which one would I pick? It made more sense for me to go to the cheaper event, while the guys could hang out. Wine is definitely a bonus!
BEST GIRLFRIEND DATE EVER.
How it worked:
Once we made the decision to go, Angela registered both of us for the event on the Facebook page. Then it was a waiting game, and I was seriously excited for over two weeks.
You’d think I never get out, but it’s really quite the opposite (my Instagram feed is proof!).
Matt and Angela live about halfway between us and the vineyard that was hosting the event, so we had a little planning to do to get there in time. Angela had dinner ready for us (seriously love this girl!). The men ate spaghetti while we snacked on cheese, crackers, and grapes on the way. We were a little early but I liked that we could get situated before it started.
Angela sprung for wine, in exchange for some babysitting I did for her, and I picked a nice bottle of Reisling-Gewurztraminer, and she picked a red for herself.
We chatted for a bit before showtime.
We began by painting a square piece of pine white. The trick was to not paint the entire surface but to leave the edges of the sign paint-free.
While that dried, the instructor explained how we’d be working with the stencil she had precut. I assume it was cut using a tool like the Cricut. We had to peel the backing off, apply the stencil to the wood sign, and press it into the sign using a credit card. Then, we carefully had to peel the waxed paper topper from the stencil, to leave the vinyl stencil on the wood. This part was a little tricky but we managed okay.
Next, it was time to pick our colours for our sign, and we used makeup sponges to apply the paint.
When painting was completed, we removed the stencil, and let the paint dry for a few minutes, before giving the surface a light sanding (to age the project).
Next, it was time to apply a finish. I chose clear, at first, then went over it with a dark stain, front, sides, and back.
Then we tied two strands of rope around the pre-drilled holes, so we could hang the sign.
I am so proud of my sign!
Small Talk at Small Talk Vineyards:
Paint nights might be fun, and I’m not knocking them. Not at all. But this is something I will actually use, and the learning experience was awesome.
Angela and I agreed that throughout the winter months when it’s cold and boring, we’ll get together for craft nights. Life gets so busy at times, it’s easy to forget how much you enjoy something.
Art class, with wine. Girlfriend dates don’t get much better than that. Can’t wait for the next one!
What are some activities you like you to do with your girlfriends?