Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August workshops...

...a little something for everyone.
From paint technique classes to mixed media art journals, 
we have creative fun to suit just about anyone!! 

**please note: 
our workshops fill up fast. 
To reserve a seat 
simply use our convenient, online paypal link or drop by the shop.
(Please be sure to note the workshop you are making a deposit for so we can get you on the correct list in the shop).

here is a listing of what's on the agenda for August:

Saturday August 1st
11:30 to 1:30- DIY “Porch Rules” Wood Signs- cost: $24.00

Saturday August 15th
11:30 to 2:00- Reclaimed Wood Totes- cost: $36.00
Our guy is back from Europe!!
Join us as we transform unique, handmade, reclaimed wood totes with paint, 
then customize with stamps and stencils! 
These wood totes are perfect as functional decor pieces.
 A few of my favorite uses: 
Centerpieces filled with flowers in mixed vases
fill with seasonal produce (apples, pumpkins, etc)
 create a rustic wine server 
or very sweet on the front porch with a small planted pot and a welcome sign!
**watch for repeat offering in November

3:00 to 6:00- MMS Milk Paint BYO Paint Project- cost: $50.00
BYO="Bring Your Own"* project to Milk Paint. 
Choose your very own custom colors, apply your choice of  techniques,  
learn with hands on application and
 finish your very own piece as we walk you thru the loveliness of Milk Paint!   
*small pieces only=
end table, side table, stool, small bench, small crate, etc. 

Wednesday August 19th
6:00 to 8:00- Wine, Paint, Create! Night
A guided, fully supplied creative paint project and wine…doesn’t get much better!!
Grab your girlfriends and join us for a fun creative evening out. Relax with a glass of wine and light snacks all while crafting a unique art piece for home, gift giving or just for fun!! 
Cost: $40.00
(project: TBA)

The Best 20 Wines Under $20 — That Taste Way More Expensive! Great to know for the holidays

Saturday August 29th
 11:30 to 1:30- DIY Marquee Letters- cost: $26.00
One of our most requested DIY classes is back on the schedule!
Join us in creating your very own, personalized DIY, light-up, Marquee letter. 
You can paint it, paper it, glitter it, rust it...whatever you desire!! We have all the supplies and instruction to make your marquee letter ALL YOU!!
(We're thinking Fall tablescapes and mantels...a cute rusty arrow pointing the way to the pumpkin patch maybe? or how about a fun, glittery "BOO"!!)
Cost is $26.00 per letter or symbol.
You must pre-register and let us know your letter/symbol choice by August 15th. (so we can order and get them in on time).
FYI: This classs fills fast so call or drop by as soon as possible :)

3:00 to 6:00- Layers & Lace Fabric Altered Journals- cost: $40.00

We hope to see you for a bit of creative DIY FUN this month!!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Summertime fun continues at el&em

The Summer feels like it is just flying by! 
We've had parades, cruise nights, carnivals and street fairs...all right outside 
our front door.
Oh how we love our little town!!

Along with all the old fashioned hometown Summer fun, here at el&em 
we've had some fabulous workshops, First Friday events and DIY demos. 

One of our most requested mixed media workshops is our
Here we've altered this old book into a gratitude journal. 
We added all kinds of fun and unexpected little pockets, folds and 
interactive pieces. 

We incorporated vintage lace, doilies, hankies, ephemera, found trinkets,
 pressed flowers, ribbons and more. 

Our next mixed media journal book class is coming up August 29th. 
We'll be using layers of lace and fabric and paper and more!

We also had an awesome DIY decor workshop using 
multiple paint mediums, stencil techniques and upcycled items. 

These very chic frames feature a cool bold chevron background and either a 
photo mat block or a mirror addition. 

If you missed this workshop...no worries, we will be offering it again this Fall.

We are LOVING our new Mineral Chalk paint line!
Dixie Belle paint has been a wonderful addition to our growing paint line offerings.  
It is perfect (and EASY) for furniture pieces & decor items 
and it's also been an amazing medium for our mixed media art projects too!! 

and....a couple product updates:

Our awesome lockers!
We have ONE bank of 3 left.
We sold out of theses SO quickly.
We intended to keep this last bank for storage in our studio but discovered the one existing bank is plenty (they are AWESOME for storage and fit A LOT of stuff!!).

oh these LOVELY vintagey bags!!
We were finally able to get them back in stock then quick as can be sold out in less than 2 days (AGAIN!!)
But have no fear...
We placed another order. They should arrive in a week or so.
You can pre-pay and reserve one if you'd like. Simply drop by the shop or give us a call. 

Work, Live, Create = $54.00
Long Live Vintage= $68.00

And one more thing for this L O N G post...
 a listing of our upcoming workshops & events:

Wednesday July 29th
6:00 to 8:00-  Wine, Paint, Create! Night
A creative paint project and wine tasting…doesn’t get much better!!
This installment we'll be making custom canvas pillows. Learn fun & creative fabric stamping & stenciling techniques all while enjoying delicious wines from a local winery.
Customized Canvas Pillows/lovely WA. State Wines-
Cost- $40.00
postal pillows/ for chairs or couch/ whatever seating there is for meetings/appointments

Saturday August 1st
11:30 to 1:30- DIY “Porch Rules” Wood Signs- cost: $30.00
Join us as we craft this fun porch sign.
Design one for your home or makes a lovely house warming gift!!
You can customize it with your house colors too!
Porch Rules, wood sign,Patio Rules sign outside decor,  distressed sign, primitive decor, wall hanging, shabby chic,

3:00 to 6:00- Junk Fairies- cost: $28.00
A whimsical jaunt into true upcycling art.
We're taking random hardware, found bits and the like to create
fun & funky JUNK FAIRIES! 
You can't make just one!!
(photos coming soon)

Friday August 7th
F i r s t  F r i d a y  
on Main Street in Battle Ground!!
4:00 to 8:00

Saturday August 15th
11:30 to 1:30- Reclaimed Wood/Stenciled Trays- cost: $24.00
(photos coming soon)

3:00 to 6:00- MMS Milk Paint BYO Paint Project- cost: $50.00
BYO= Bring Your Own.
Have a piece you've been wanting to tackle? Need to update that nightstand but just haven't gotten around to it? Well bring it on in and we'll walk you thru all the loveliness of Milk Paint and get that piece updated too!!
Furniture Makeovers Galore... - Miss Mustard Seed. Chair I painted at MMS workshop!

Wednesday August 19th
6:00 to 8:00- Wine, Paint, Create! Night

A creative paint project and wine tasting…doesn’t get much better!!
Cost: $40.00
(photos coming soon)

Saturday August 29th
11:30 to 1:30- DIY Marquee Letters- cost: $26.00
DIY Marquee Letters - A Pumpkin And A Princess
3:00 to 6:00- Layers & Lace Fabric Altered Journals- cost: $40.00
(photos coming soon!)

Thank you for sticking with this marathon post today!!
Any questions or to sign up for workshops please feel free to give us a call, 
a text or drop by the shop!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Milk Paint Workshop Recap

Wanted to share a little recap from our Milk Paint workshop 
and a Milk Painted dresser project (that's just too beautiful not to share). 

Our farm stool workshop was a huge hit and a great painting success!
All the stools turned so unique and interesting and awesomely colorful.

Everyone choose their favorite colors to play with. 
We painted a top layer of color, let that dry, then added another color 
to dabble with some fun layering techniques. 

We waxed the seats to show how to get an easy peasy distressed look. 


...after!! (we even got the coveted "chippy goodness" to happen during class!!)
Everyone had a great time and learned a ton. 
I can hardly wait till our next milk paint get together!!
Join us! We have W A Y too much fun!!!

Feeling uberly inspired after class, I started on this beauty of piece.
I'd been dying to use Artissimo on something and this piece was a PERFECT candidate!
I have a beachy, Summery vignette adorning the front of shop. This dresser in deep, rustic & rich Artissimo blue will fit right into the mix!
I just love the ornate carving on the doors. 
They really highlight the depth of color and tonal variance of milk paint so nicely.  

I used some black rub n' buff on the existing pulls and 
added black melon knobs to complete the look. 

This lovely piece left the shop in less than a day. 
Can't wait to get photos from the happy new owner!!

Want to learn more about milk paint, furniture painting or other paint tips and advice??
Please drop by the shop, I offer hands on help, color analysis and best paint type choices or for more in depth, "get your hands into some paint" knowledge, join me for a class!

Happy Painting!