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!

Deck Makeover On A Budget. DIY Deck Furniture Project

Deck Makeover On A Budget. DIY Deck Furniture Project

Hello Friends! I am excited to share my deck makeover with you. This is a deck makeover on a budget! I have been preparing to makeover my desk/work table but I had to switch gears. Friends of ours were so kind and gave us their deck furniture. We are so grateful to our friends for giving us their deck and patio furniture. What a blessing they are to us!  The set consists of a loveseat, one chair, coffee table and a side table. It is made out of wood and it just needed a little love. I knew that I wanted to go from the reddish brown stained wood to a white washed sort of distressed beachy look. I went to Ace Hardware (this is not a sponsored post) and asked about chalk paint. A very nice manager there helped me pick out some paint. He assured me that I would love it. He said that customers have been very happy with it. When I went to the counter to pay for my items, the cashier said that she had painted several pieces with the paint and that she was very pleased with it. I wanted to try chalk paint and I have been reading about it and watching videos on YouTube about it for awhile now. The manager told me that the person who makes the paint recommends that you clean the furniture with Greased Lighting first.  My son helped me clean the furniture. Once we cleaned and rinsed the furniture, we let it dry. It was a hot day so it didn’t take long.

Here is a picture of our old deck furniture:

Our old deck furniture.

We moved to our house three years ago and we got rid of a lot of the things that we had. We kept our metal gliding love seat but gave the matching table and chairs away. We really needed to have the table welded and decided that we would get new furniture instead. Our Pod was full and we couldn’t pack another thing. We had so much stuff after being in our other house for eighteen years. It seemed like the more we packed the more stuff we had left to pack! I don’t miss most of the stuff that we gave away or trashed. There are some items that I wish I had kept but just a few. Well, you know the quote; the best-laid plans….. We planned to buy new furniture for the deck and have the deck screened in but college tuition for two kids put a halt to those plans. I was also focusing on the inside of the house because of course, I wanted to change the furniture and décor. So, we just used what we had on the deck and that has worked fine. Until my kind friends asked if we wanted their deck and patio furniture. They are actually giving me their patio table after they build their own table. I already have the six chairs. They are made of metal so I will be able to clean them and wax them and they will look like new. Once we get the table, I will wax it and then show you the makeover before and after pictures but that is another post. Now, back to the deck furniture.

Here is a list of the materials I used:

  • Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint from Ace Hardware (Color-Bauhaus Buff)
  • Greased Lightning Spray Cleaner
  • Paint Brushes – I bought the ones that Amy Howard recommended.
  • Plastic Drop Cloth

Deck Furniture Before We Painted It

We cleaned the furniture and let it dry, and then we painted the furniture with the Amy Howard paint. We only used one coat and like the people at Ace Hardware said, a little goes a long way. I still have paint left. I only painted one coat and I did not buy or use wax because I read that waxing outdoor furniture could cause the paint to bubble up. I do not know if that is true or not but I did not want to take any chances. I wanted the brown color of the wood to show through so one coat is all I needed. I like the distressed look. I think it looks beachy and very pretty. The paint not only goes a long way but it dries very fast. It did not have much of an odor either. My son and I were outside painting and sweating the first day because it was very hot and humid. The next day was cool and sunny and beautiful. We had two more pieces to paint. We got the last two pieces of furniture painted pretty quickly and we were done. By the evening, we were able to put the cushions that we had cleaned back on the furniture. It was a cool, sunny beautiful evening and we were able to sit and enjoy the furniture. It was so nice and it totally changed the look of the deck.

I found three beautiful lanterns at Pier One. They were on sale! I had a hard time finding a rug. I ordered one online which I never do and it did not look good at all. We went to At Home and at first, we didn’t really see anything. It is the end of the season and most of their rugs were gone. We went to look at the indoor rugs and then we circled back around to the outdoor rugs again. My son told my daughter and me to wait and he disappeared under the first shelf!! I thought what in the world is he doing?? Well, he emerged with an aquamarine rug! I could not believe it! He later said that something told him to go under the shelves and that if someone wanted to hide something that’s where it would be.  Well, he hit the jackpot! At first, I was a little doubtful as to whether or not I wanted it because the designs were off white instead of white. My son and daughter thought I should try it and I decided that they were right. Well, guess what?! When we got to the register, the cashier informed me that the rug was on sale for 50% off!!! I was so happy and I said “now I know I’m getting it! I will make it work!” The cashier thought I was funny. Glad I could make someone smile! J We got the rug home and it looks very nice! It matches the lanterns and the rug has the same design that two of the lanterns have. The rug that I ordered online that didn’t work was $110.00. The rug that we like was on sale for $39.99. That’s my kind of deal!

I plan to get wall art to hang up and I also plan to try to find another chair. Next hubby has to stain the deck again and then we hopefully will get it screened in.

Even though it is not screened in, we have enjoyed it so much more with the furniture and atmosphere that we have created. It’s relaxing. The first evening we sat outside after dinner and when it got dark, we ate ice cream sundaes and lit the lanterns. It was cool that evening and a nice breeze was blowing. It was so nice. I’m glad that we were able to complete the deck makeover on a budget. That makes it all the better!

Until next time!


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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DIY Cornice Board

DIY Cornice Board

Hi there! I hope you all had a great week! I have been meaning to tell you about a DIY cornice board that I made with my son’s help. We made it for my family room and it was so easy to make. It is made out of foam insulation board (Polystyrene) that I purchased from Home Depot for $8 and some change.  I found the fabric at a steal from a sewing store that is closing. The fabric is by Waverly. I only paid $2.60 a yard and I bought all that they had which is a yard and a half. Now let me tell you, I don’t know how to sew. It’s the one class that I wish I had taken in high school. If I can do this, so can you. Basically, all you do is cut the foam, push finishing nails in to hold the sides on after hot gluing. Then wrap the cornice with your fabric! I used T- pins. If I ever want to change the fabric out, I can. My Aunt that is an awesome seamstress recovered one side of my pillows that are on my couch. She is such a good seamstress! Now my family room looks so much better!! I hated the ugly color that was on the pillows (one side of the pillows) before. I’m so glad she helped me with this project.  Back to the cornice board, my son is in college and is studying Architecture so measuring and cutting is fun for him. He was fascinated with the project and even helped me hang the cornice board above the window! I have included a few pictures of the cornice board and one of the pillows. I need to make another cornice board for the door. That will be a small one and I think the room will look even better.

diy cornice board, diy cornice, diy cornice with matching pillows

I did not come up with the idea on my own. If you look on Pinterest, you’ll find tons of ideas. I found the instructions on a blog called In My Own Style. I would like to thank Diane Henkler for her post and instructions on the cornice. Here is the link to her blog. She made things really easy to understand. Thank you so much Diane! I couldn’t have done this without your instructions!


I had so much fun with this project and the finished cornice board really makes the room look so much better! I’m slowly improving the family room as I find art and accessories. Do something creative and have a great day!! Until next time!


Jewelry Studio/Office Makeover!

Jewelry Studio/Office Makeover!

Hi Friends!! I really needed to make over my Jewelry Studio/Office. I started by painting. I worked hard and I am so proud! My daughter Maya helped me tape off but other than that, I did it all by myself! That’s right! Girl Power!! I still have a lot of work to do but I like the progress I have made so far. The paint color is so cheerful. I feel happy whenever I walk into the room. Nikki from At Home With Nikki has a video about craft room organization and it is awesome! That was my motivation and my inspiration to start. Thank you, Nikki! I am happy with the progress I have made so far. I will add some cabinets, get a new desk and jewelry desk eventually but for now it is my happy space! Here are before and after pictures of my jewelry studio/office.

Blog Post Pic Office Before Pic2Blog Post Pic Office After Pic 2


If you are in need of a craft room or home office makeover, I suggest that you head on over to YouTube and watch Nikki’s video. She suggests that you choose your color and commit to it. I found that tip to be very helpful. I am the type of person that tends to get overwhelmed by too many choices. I’m like a kid in the candy store when it comes to paint chips! My poor husband was so patient with me when we were shopping for paint at Lowes. I was able to narrow down the color before we left the house. Since I chose the color that I wanted to paint, the whole process took less time because I just had to narrow down the shade. I wanted my space to be bright so I didn’t want to go too dark with the color. I am so glad I got it right the first time! I just love the color and how it all turned out! I can’t wait to buy accessories and artwork for the room. I really wanted my space to give me creative energy and it has done just that. When I step into my jewelry studio/office, I immediately think of ideas for jewelry designs, blog posts and crafts that I want to make. At the same time,my studio is very calming and I feel that this will be a great place to relax and be by myself. I plan to have a small TV and a comfy chair for reading, watching TV or listening to music.

I will be sure to update you as I make progress. I would love to hear about your craft room or office! If you have any tips or suggestions for organization, I would love to hear those too!

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