March 22, 2011

I'm an artist!

Sort of.

A couple of girlfriends and I went to a "Cocktails and Canvas" painting class a couple of weeks back. They basically hold your hand through the entire process - step by step instructions, a demo at the front of the room, etc. - and you can get as creative (or not) as you want with veering off their color and design path...

We were newbies, so let's just say we followed directions very carefully! We came equipped with beer and wine, but of course used one of the 20-minute "let the paint dry breaks" to run next door and get some delish frozen yogurt :) This was originally a GNI idea, but not many people had bought the coupon we used so it ended up just being three of us - which was actually a perfect number for their table set-ups - and we made the most of our mini-GNI!

Ready to get started!

Girls posing in their smocks


The cute studio

So, in hindsight I wish I had taken some more creative liberties with the design and the colors. The bright, cheerful color palette in the demo painting doesn't match a single room in my house! (But I did hang my masterpiece in the office nonetheless -- Andrew insisted, I swear!) Some of the more experienced Cocktails and Canvas-ers totally changed the colors to match their taste and I will totally do that next time. Yes, next time. I had so much fun with Sheila and Natalie... and while we were there we saw a group of girls celebrating a birthday (gifts, cupcakes and all!) at the studio. Fun idea, huh?

Hard at work...

Sheila putting on the finishing touches

Hair drying her canvas haha

It was nice to expend a little creative energy and unwind with a few drinks and some silly girl talk ~  and a nice change of pace from my weekly routine and typical girls nights settings. It was also fun(ny) to see Andrew's reaction to my artwork haha... he was so impressed! Or at least he feigned excitement over my creation. Either way, it was cute! And he insisted that it be displayed in our house. Hence, the hanging in the office. Tucked away behind the door ;)
Voila! The first piece of "custom artwork" in my home.


  1. i love how daniel's reaction was the same!! It was embarrassing.. and then Matt was so amused with the hideous painting he was relentless and tried humiliating me all week by posting it on facebook as my "artwork" hahaha

  2. How fun! I've always wanted to try one of these painting classes! And the yogurt looks sooo tasty...

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! As for staying healthy and petite...haha! I've gained 40 (and counting) pounds this pregnancy. But I do enjoy yoga, and I stay pretty active. I also try to eat healthy (I drink a fruit smoothie every morning)...But I also indulge in ice cream pretty frequently too! ; )

  3. this is SO cute!! I googled this to see if they offered anything similar in Cinci but sadly I had no luck. Wah.


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