Painting Party At Pinot’s Pallet!

Painting Party At Pinot’s Pallet!

Hi Friends! I was recently invited to Pinot’s Palet for a painting party. I had a wonderful time! Paul the owner was so nice and our teacher was so nice and patient! **I was not paid for this blog post however, I was allowed to paint for free as a guest of Chelsea’s**.

I drove to Apex for the party and I didn’t have any trouble at all finding Pinot’s Palette. I got there and was welcomed with lots of smiles. Chelsea Vanderpool, a fellow TriFabb blogging group member invited me. I was happy to meet her in person! I received an apron to wear to protect my clothes and I ordered a glass of Moscato. It was so refreshing and I enjoyed sipping my wine as I painted. Paul, the owner, and Denise, our teacher were so nice in making sure that we had everything we needed whether it be wine, snacks or more food. Denise gave us an overview of what we would be doing and we proceeded to paint our pictures step by step with her guidance. It was so much fun!

You can purchase refreshments and snacks. Wine served by the glass.

Paul the owner was so nice!

Thanks for the invite Chelsea!

Here you can see my vase taking shape. We followed our teacher, talked, laughed and had a break every now and then. Next, we added the flowers and then the leaves. I like the fact that this was a free-flowing picture and not too structured. At first, things didn’t look like they would take any sort of shape and then our teacher would have us do the next step and whoa! Our pictures started to take shape and pop! Everyone did such a great job on their pictures. Every picture turned out good!! I was so relaxed and happy and I couldn’t wait to show my family my picture!! They were very impressed!!

My vase

Coming along nicely!

Everyone’s painting

We had a great teacher

I highly recommend Pinot’s Palette. The people are nice and the classes are so much fun. When we took a break, Paul took me on a tour. They have a glow in the dark room! It was so neat to see the pictures glowing! You can book that room for parties and team events or even a night out with the girls! Pinot’s Palette is great for date night, my husband and I will have to go there soon. I loved the gallery walls that showed examples of pictures you could paint. The artwork there is beautiful! Here are some of my favorites:

Glow in the dark painting!

Glow in the dark art!

Sample art

Three ladies. Sample art. I love this one!

I love my painting!

I will definitely go back. I might even try glow in the dark painting!

Enjoy your day today and go do something fun!

Abstract Art Inspiration

Abstract Art Inspiration

Hi There! I can’t wait to tell you about the abstract art that I painted! I have been so busy making lists of the projects I want to start and the things I want to talk to you about.  I want to share some abstract art inspiration with you. I hope this will motivate you to try something new if you have never painted. Painting is a great way to express your creativity! All you need is a few paint brushes, a canvas, some paint, gesso and a little creativity.

I was inspired to paint the picture after seeing an artist’s work on Instagram. The picture that I saw matched my living room perfectly!! However, I could not afford to buy the artist’s painting. I have two children in college and whatever I do needs to be done on a budget. Believe me, I would if I could!! I wondered if I could create something of my own and my son encouraged me to try. I have to tell you that I am not artistic in that way. I have taken one Bob Ross class and the instructor basically painted the picture for me. It’s a step by step type of thing and I could never recreate the painting that I left with. I am creative and crafty. I make jewelry, crochet and can do other creative things but I really am not a painter. I cannot draw at all! My three children can but they get that from their father. This is why I am so excited to tell you about the abstract painting that I made!!!! I am an artist!! Well sort of lol! 🙂

My Abstract Painting

My Jewelry Studio/Office. It is a work in progress!

I went to Michaels and the canvases were actually on sale!! Some of the brushes were on sale also. I bought some paint, gesso and modeling paste from the paint department. I had a coupon also and that came in handy. I went to Wal-Mart and purchased more paint the next day because I needed more colors. I made my first two paintings and tried to get the same blended soft look as the artist whose work I admired but they turned out awful!!! My children had to break it to me that they weren’t very good. I knew it anyway. That’s when I realized that just because the art was abstract did not mean that it was easy to make. I thought it would be easier. I had two canvases so I stayed up late that night and I let my creative juices flow. I painted another picture and it was awful but maybe a little better. Maybe a little. Well, I thought that I might give up but I decided to paint one of the canvases with gesso. Then I put some modeling paste on with a spackle knife that I bought at Michaels; just the cheap plastic kind. I had texted two of my artist friends the day before to ask them how they thought I could get a similar soft effect like the artist that I admired. They told me how they thought I could achieve the look. I also watched some YouTube videos of people painting abstract art. I tried again and the painting wasn’t so good but I had the other canvas that I had prepared. I started to paint. My son watched me and coached me a little… he even let me use his sponges. Oh ya’ll, this picture turned out great!!! I was so excited and I proudly signed my picture once it dried!  When my husband got home that evening, I showed him and I was beaming with pride. He hung it in my Jewelry Studio/Office. I just love it! I made a YouTube video about it. Click here to watch it.

If I can paint, so can you. I just had to try a few times. I am most proud of the fact that I didn’t give up. I am enjoying experimenting with ways to express my creativity and that makes me happy. Next, I want to paint a large canvas for my kitchen or living room. Hubby isn’t so sure about that. LOL! There is a picture that I bought for the living room and he loves that picture. But, I’ve decided that it doesn’t go so well with the room. He will not want me to take it down. I’ll have to work on him. (Wink wink) 🙂

Until next time. Do something creative!

Talk to you soon 🙂

How to Plant a Succulent Arrangement

How to Plant a Succulent Arrangement

Hi Friends! I made a succulent arrangement for my deck! I am so happy and proud to say that I have made my first YouTube video! I’m a little scared too! Yikes! It isn’t easy putting yourself out there for everyone to see. The video shows how I made the succulent arrangement. I made it about a month ago and it took me awhile to upload it to YouTube. My daughter Maya, who is home from her first year of college (whoop! whoop!) gave me an editing lesson and I see that I have so much to learn! She did a wonderful job. Thanks Maya!! Now I just have to practice.

Succulent Arrangement With Sand

Succulent Arrangement

There is so much to learn! I would like to say that I have such an appreciation for all the people that take the time to make videos. Anyone that takes the time and makes the effort to be creative with a video, teach something and entertain us has my respect!! This is not easy and there is so much to it. My video is simple and I think they will be that way for a while lol! It will be interesting to look back in a year and see how I have grown and how things have improved. I thought blogging and the technical aspects of blogging were hard! It’s all hard so I must say that you have to love it. I am enjoying the journey and I love exploring new and exciting ways to express my creativity.

In the video, I show you how to make a succulent arrangement and I use sand and aquarium gravel. It turned out really pretty and I have it on a table on my deck.  Here is a list of materials that you will need:


  • Succulent or Cactus potting soil (I used Miracle Grow).
  • Sand, use any color you like. I used white sand and I purchased it from the pet department at Walmart.
  • Aquarium Gravel, I used black but you can use any color. This was also from the pet department at Walmart.
  • Activated Charcoal, this was also in the pet department at Walmart. (I spent a lot of time at Walmart! J
  • Pick out the plants that you like. After searching around, I found a good variety at my local Walmart. I purchased a Hen and Chicks plant at Lowe’s but it turned out to be too big for my arrangement so I placed it in a pot with some flowers and it is doing well.

To make the arrangement, I placed activated charcoal in the bottom of my container. Then, I placed the soil on top leaving room to plant my succulents. I played around the arrangement of succulents until I liked what I saw. Next, I put more soil around the plants. After I was sure I liked the arrangement and had enough soil, I brushed the soil off of the leaves of the plants. It was time to place the sand on top of the soil. I put white sand on top of the soil and lastly, I put black aquarium gravel in the places that I wanted gravel. It turned out really pretty and it is doing quite well.

Water your arrangement once every two weeks. I purchased a soil moisture meter from Lowe’s for about $10.00. You don’t have to have a moisture meter; I just thought it would be helpful for me to have one. I have a lot of plants in my house and I am really starting to take an interest in succulents.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this blog post about making a succulent arrangement and I hope you will watch and enjoy the video! If you like what you see, please like, share and subscribe to my new YouTube channel, Angela-Monica. Here is the link to the video:

If you make an arrangement, I would love to hear from you! Until next time! Be creative, be happy and be you!

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Creative Mojo-Five Steps To Finding It

Creative Mojo-Five Steps To Finding It

Hi Everyone! I want to talk to you all a little bit more about finding your creative mojo. You know, that hobby or thing that you like doing and it gives you joy.

Some of you may be looking for a creative outlet to relieve stress, make some side money, fill the time or to add some excitement to your life. Some of you may be in the same spot that I am in. Your last child is going off to college and you want to find something fun to do or you want to pick up a hobby that you enjoyed previously. Well, I’m going to help you find out how to do that!

Here goes:

1- Think back to the past, what have you done before? Perhaps even as a teenager and you enjoyed it? I have spoken to people and during the course of our conversation, they realized that they used to draw or paint. Perhaps they took cooking or sewing classes in high school and forgot how much they enjoyed it until now.  If you remember enjoying something, try it again to see if you still enjoy it.

2-Make a list. I love lists! Make a list of things that you have wanted to learn. Jump on the Internet and look into some of the things on your list. Narrow your list down to the things you think you would enjoy the most. Prioritize your list and start trying the things on your list in that order.

3-Talk to friends and see what types of things they enjoy doing. Perhaps you can have a girls day and explore something that a friend enjoys. Sometimes it is fun to learn and do things with a friend.

4-Research on the Internet or go to the library and look at books about different hobbies.  I used to be like a kid in the candy store when I visited the library! They have tons of books about jewelry making. I used to check books out and learn new things at home as opposed to taking a class. This is good if you are an independent learner. There are also different DIY Internet sites that tell you how to make things or that offer online classes.

5-Trust the process! Sometimes it takes time to find something that you really enjoy. It may come easier for some but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find “your thing”.

There are so many things to do!  Have fun experimenting! That’s part of the journey.

I’ll be talking to different artists and I’ll be sure to post about it so that you will be inspired! Stay tuned!