Bloggers & Bluebonnets

Over the weekend, I had the most fun with a bunch of ladies from the Facebook group, Texas Bloggers (find us here).
We met in Fort Worth at A Piece of Work, a do-it-yourself art studio. The concept is genius, even for a non-artistic person like myself. Most of us, I think, live within 30-40 miles of Fort Worth, but some ladies drove a “fer” piece to attend this party. We ate snacks and drank wine provided by our hostesses, laughed (and Holli snorted more times than I could count), and even shared a few tips about the blogging world before painting. Every lady is just how I imagined them to be. When you visit their blog and read their posts, they are the same authentic person in real life.

In order to properly cover myself, I opted for a double-breasted apron ensemble — which means I wore two aprons, one to cover each of The Girls. Of course, the other ladies laughed but at the end of the night, I did not get a drip or splatter of paint on my bright pink shirt.

The ladies at A Piece of Work are very hospitable and they go all out to make sure artists (a.k.a. customers) are comfortable. Jenny (our instructor) and Leslie (one of the co-owners) were very reassuring too. I was very doubtful about my abilities!!!

When I arrived, the studio was prepped with every supply needed to paint our blank canvas. Since we are all bloggers from Texas, our project for the evening was a bluebonnet scenery. The cost to participate included a canvas, paint, brushes, and a professional artist’s instruction.

This event was co-hosted by a group of lovely ladies that I was very excited to meet in person. When I arrived at the painting studio, they were putting the finishing touches to the snack and wine bar.TAYLOR (wearing the cream shirt) blogs at Goings on in Texas, JULIE (black and white floral top) blogs at A Beautiful Day, and SARAH (coral sweater) blogs at City Girl Gone Country.

They went all out with trays of fruit, veggies, fresh salsa, and even had chocolate chip cookies (non-dairy!!!!) that were safe for me to eat. Several varieties of Texas wines were offered and everybody went home with a cupcake especially wrapped with the Texas Bloggers logo sticker. How adorable are these cupcake boxes?!?!

Following Jenny’s instruction, we began painting our masterpieces one specific step at a time. I have to admit, I was scared to death. Yes, a plastic tray of paint and three brushes intimidated me!!!!!! I dabbed, I flicked my wrists like Jenny demonstrated, and at one point I used my fingers instead of a brush to blend in the colors.

Finally, after three hours of painting, socializing, encouraging, laughing, eating and drinking, I had a finished product. Please don’t judge my artwork. I tried. REALLY HARD. I’ll probably have ulcers by Tuesday because I was so nervous and stressed. Jenny and Leslie were wonderful motivation and extremely patient teachers, even offering to add their own professional strokes onto my canvas and demonstrating a particular technique. No worries, I’m not quitting my day job.

We all took pictures (we’re bloggers, that’s what we do when we’re out and about ……. DUH!!!!) at the paint party and I can’t wait to see what everybody uploads to our Facebook page. Until then, enjoy this mini collage I created with pictures from APRIL (Red Dirt Mama), AMANDA (Princess of The Panhandle), and HOLLI (Holli’s Hoots and Hollers).

Do y’all remember this post about my pen-pal exchange? Well, KRISTEN (Few Of My Favorite Things) surprised me by attending this event!!!!!! She lives in McKinney, northeast of Dallas, and drove nearly two hours to get to our party. Rest assure, I gave her lots of hugs and we even sat next to each other while we painted. It was sooooooo cool to meet her. And, she’s the cutest lil’ thing ever!!!!!!

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  1. Celeste Zachry September 11, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Looks like such a blast!! So glad you had fun! Love your painting!

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Thanks …… it has a lot of “interesting” qualities, none of which I would call spectacular, but the process was oh-so-fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!!!!!!

  2. lovelylici1986 September 11, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Hey, Nicole. Look like FUN! Babe and I took a little painting class one Saturday at the National Art Gallery. She did FAR better than I did. It was abstract-ish, but I still sucked. Lol. I have ZERO talent or skill in this area, clearly. I’ll stick to the written word!
    You, on the other hand, did pretty well. I like your painting! 🙂

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Awww, thank you Lici!!!! Seriously, I knew going to this event that I had ZERO talent with a paintbrush and canvas, but I tried and it turned out better than I thought … at least you can tell it’s a barn/building and a field of bluebonnets. There was another example on the studio’s wall that looked like someone had put masking tape in different directions and then painted the squares and rectangles different colors, with white where the tape was — perhaps I’ll do that next time. I can paint “inside the tape” or paint-by-numbers!!!! HAHAHAHA It was fun and this group of bloggers is AMAZING. I’m so blessed to call them “virtual” and “real life” friends. Big hugs to you. =)

  3. April @ Red Dirt Mama September 11, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Haha!! Can I just say that I LOVE your heart and personality?! I wish we could have talked more on Saturday! You are SO funny! I didn’t even notice that you double aproned yourself. That’s such a genius idea! I have girls too and I’m just used to them taking over the room. 🙂 I didn’t know it was Holli that was snorting — I loved it! Can we do this again? Like, tomorrow? 😉

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

      April, I couldn’t agree more ….. I wanted to stay all night and have a sleepover right on the studio floor. Can you imagine if this group of girls had a sleepover, there would be no sleep!!!! I loved spending time with you and we have to get together SOON, rather than later. Unfortunately, I am not going to be in town for the next meet-up (October 11) as I will be in Haiti on a mission trip. We should do something around Christmas, maybe a cookie exchange or lunch or SOMETHING!!!!! Big hug, I miss you already. I went through my pictures and said “awww” at every one!!!!

  4. Lauren Atkins Thomas September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    It was so great meeting you Saturday! You are simply awesome!

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Awww, thank you, Lauren!!!! I had so much fun Saturday, and I am looking forward to future events. Besides, this group is too much fun NOT to hang out!!!! I’ll be sending you an email regarding the donation probably tonight once I get home from school and the grocery. My poor husband asked me last night, “Are you going to the store soon?” That means the pantry is bare!!!!!! Big hugs. =)

  5. Nicole @ Life's a Beach September 11, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Looks like y’all had fun! And yey for McKinney, I know where that is… I used to go there a lot to show horses. And Ft. Worth too! What can I say, one summer I swore I was half Texan because we spent so much time down there showing horses 🙂

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Nicole. you’re just gonna have to come back to the Lone Star State and stay a little longer!!!!! LOL Blessings to you this day, hope you had a great weekend and I’m already wishing for Friday to arrive. I got a case of the Monday Blues on Tuesday. haha

      Big hugs,

  6. Julie September 11, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Great recap post on our super fun evening out! I was thrilled to finally get to meet you and wish that we could have spent more time talking….definitely next time! There was not much availability for the Oct 11th, so Becky has already cancelled. We are going to try for something on the weekend again. I hope your mission trip goes well….SAFE TRAVELS! And hopefully we will see each other soon!

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Wait, the Boo Bash on October 11 has been cancelled? I hate to hear that, but if something is rescheduled, please let me know. I’ll be in Haiti Oct 10-19 so if the scheduling works out, I’ll try and attend. I loved meeting you, thank you so much for co-hosting and putting everything together. We have to do it more often and when we can actually sit and visit for a while. Perhaps we can have a holiday party or something around Christmas….whatever it is, I know it’ll be fun-filled. Big hugs to you!!!


  7. hollihd September 11, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    OK, so i DIDNT send a fair warning to all the gals on tips about me. I am a snorter but only when something is very funny. It’s a good day if i snorted that much! It means that i was having a blast oh and some yummy wine. Nicole, you’re a joy. I knew i would love you through our emails and our blogs. I also double aproned the girls and it was a genius idea you had. I can’t wait for the next time. Maybe we should switch off though from Dallas to Ft Worth and take turns…..

    • Nicole September 11, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Holli, I love you AND your snorts!!!! It actually reminds me of my Mom, she snorts when she’s laughing really hard too. Cracks me up, makes me laugh even more. We have to do this more often, I’m up for anything. Yea for double-breasted aprons too. HAHAHAHA


  8. Margaret September 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    There’s a studio just like that here in Denver! One of our favorite post office ladies went and told one of our employees all about it. Love your piece–you’re a natural artist! 😉

    • Nicole September 13, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

      ohhh Margaret, you’re too kind, but thanks! The art studio is a great place and I definitely had a good time. Hope YOU are doing well, say hello to Leif and Hershey for me!!! And, as always, safe travels and God bless. BIG HUG!!!! =)


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