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EVER BEEN TO A PINTEREST CLASS????

September 15, 2013

Have you ever heard of a Pinterest class? Well, me either, until recently….There’s an art center in town that has a monthly Saturday class that focuses on Pinterest ideas. This month, the Pinterest idea was this….

 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CANVAS QUOTES!

So when my dear friend, Kristi, texted we should go, I thought, “sure! I can do this! ”

So for the last week I have been trying to think of quotes….I didn’t want to do any of the ones in the picture. See,  I try to be original…not a copycat… So I texted Kristi and asked her what her quote was going to be. She texted back, “I’m thinking something short….Like, “HO HO HO” for Christmas.” I texted back that I didn’t know what to do, and she said, “you should do ‘Amazeballs.” Apparently, I say that word frequently. But I’m working on the no cussing thing…still. More on that later. So I texted her back and said, “I think I am going to do, “Who’s gonna check me, Boo?!?!” from the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  She texted me back that she doesn’t watch that series. I texted back that I don’t know how we are friends.

So I started thinking and making a list of quotes….Here is what I came up with….

Who’s gonna check me, Boo?!?! (for any RHOA fans out there)

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  (For mom-cave)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  (for Christmas time)

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you (for Cameron’s room because I used to sing this to him all the time while I rocked him to sleep)

So fast forward to Saturday night.  Kristi picks me up with her new neighbor, Nicole, and off we go to the Art center. We are the last to arrive, so see, I am not the only one…and we realize that we cannot all sit at one table and talk shit mess on the others. So Nicole gets the table with the real serious artsy people and Kristi and I get the table with the two, single, college girls who like to craft and knit on the weekends. Ok maybe not knit, but they did say they love crafty stuff. I didn’t get their names, but I heard one tell her name was “Helen, like Helen Keller”. That’s a direct quote.

So we listen to our instructions and start our project. I go to pick up the style of letters that they have for us on the table and the teacher asks what my quote is going to be. I tell her I am still undecided but torn between two. She asks what two, and I hesitate to tell her. I ask her if she watches the Real Housewives of Atlanta and she shook her head no, but out of the corner of my eye, I see a woman at another table pop her head up. I tell the teacher that she won’t understand the quote and she asks me to tell her anyway, so I do and she shakes her head and says, “oh no, I don’t know what that means.” The woman at the other table giggles and I realize she is on my team. She gets it.  Next, I notice there are not a lot of packages of letters on the table, and ask the teacher if that was enough for the class and she seems to think it is. She was wrong…

So I change my mind. I change my quote to “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”  And I start to cut out my letters and place them when I realize a few things….

1. There isn’t enough letters for my quote.

2. There are people standing around asking where all the letters are because they don’t have any.

3. To make up for the letters I do not have, I would have to trace letters onto contact paper and I was short 5 letters. And tracing letters on contact paper and trying to remove the backing was a bitch. I took a pic of Helen’s friend who was having some major issues.

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The “artsy” people are behind her.

So me, not being the selfish type, feels like I should do the right thing and change my quote. Thereby, allowing others to have more access to letters. So I go back to my original quote of “Who’s gonna check me Boo” . Immediately upon changing my quote, everyone starts taking my letters! So I take what I need and realize I am still two letters short…Because Helen Keller next to me stole mine.

Where's my "H" I just cut out? Oh there it is Helen....

Where’s my “H” I just cut out? Oh there it is Helen….

 

But that’s ok, I make some out of contact paper, which was a pain to do!  The letters “H” and “O” can’t be seen because they are on clear contact paper…

I texted ryan my picture and he texts back, I think u are missing, Ho.

I texted ryan my picture and he texts back, I think u are missing, Ho.

 

So now its time to paint. I thought I could be artsy like the girls at Nicole’s table. I thought I would edge the picture in black and have a layer of Peach buffed in, and the center be grey. Peach for the Atlanta Housewives, get it? Well, they didn’t have a peach colored paint….They had coral. And well, I tried…And had I had more than 40 minutes to paint and dry and remove the letters and modpodge, I probably could have done it. But my attempt ended up looking like this.

You can barely see my clear letter "o"....you peel the letters off after the paint dries.

You can barely see my clear letter “o”….you peel the letters off after the paint dries.

You can’t even see my coral edge….Plus I got black paint on Kristi’s masterpiece. She was not happy…. But I quickly helped her touch it up. Her quote was “Fancy Pants” because she says it often, much like the chicks on Real Housewives of Orange County.

 

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So I give up and start using the hair dryer to dry my canvas. And while doing so, I notice the “artsy” people getting frustrated and the other artsy one trying to be funny. “Can I buy a vowel?” followed by his annoying laughter.   I bet he needed an “O” too. I can’t remember what his quote was because it was long as hell and it was from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  See, I told you…Artsy…

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“I just want my sun to shine through the back of this” she whines.

 

So now I think my canvas is dry because it feels like forever standing there holding a dryer….so I attempt to pull my letters off. One rips and I say, “SHIT!”  Kristi said it too so don’t get all, “Tsk tsk” on me…

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I stopped peeling letters after the C. According to the teacher, who came over after she heard me say, “shit!”, you have to be really patient and allow your canvas to be dry. Which I did not dry completely and am not patient. Neither is Helen Keller.

This was her face when I told her they were closing soon and she needed to hurry and paint.

This was her face when I told her they were closing soon and she needed to hurry and paint.

 

Kristi, being the Fancy Pants she is, was already done mod-podging her canvas. I guess that’s what happens when you choose a small quote.

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Nicole was finished as well.

She was able to get that two tone look I was looking for....which secretly pisses me off.

She was able to get that two-tone look I was looking for….which secretly pisses me off.

 

So I say screw it. I have modge podge at home. I got paint on my chair, on the back of my chair, on my cute cardigan, and all over my hands and under my nails. I was done.  I’ll do it where I am not rushed and annoyed.  As I am cleaning my hands, the woman who heard me say my quote to the teacher comes up to me and says, “I know that quote and love it!” Yes! Finally! Someone gets it!

 

So we exit and I look back and take one last pic of the girls at our table.

Helen's friend has resorted to tracing her letters in sharpie, and Helen is still peeling off her letters.

Helen’s friend has resorted to tracing her letters in sharpie, and Helen is still peeling off her letters.

 

And as we are leaving, I realize I had become Joe Pesci in that Snickers commercial. I was hungry. I was bitchy. I hadn’t eaten all day and had been at Maddy’s football game from 1-5 in the sun. So we leave and grab some food and wine.

Later, at home, I peel the rest of my letters off.

 

Nicole said my paint job looked like it was meant to look like chalkboard paint. ok...I'll go with that.

Nicole said my paint job looked like it was meant to look like chalkboard paint. ok…I’ll go with that.

 

 

So I text my friend Allison, because she always watches the Real Housewives too. I send her the pic and say,” I made this for you!”  And she, too, didn’t get the quote. I can’t catch a break! But I am thinking that I will be holding this Pinterest class on my deck, with wine and good friends and no rushing,  and this time there will be enough letters for everyone and I will do a better quote!  Who’s in?!?!

 

 

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