Saturday, August 25, 2012

New blog

Hi folks! I'm now blogging at my new website

www.paintinmyhairboutique.com

 

Please hop on over and sign up to follow me my email there!!

Happy Painting!

Jessica

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Saying Hello!

Yes, I know some of you may be wondering what happened to me. . .  did the paint gun swallow her whole? Well sort of . . . My new store swallowed me whole! I got the keys to my new store 3 short weeks ago! I set myself a short deadline for grand opening--which is insane I know.  . . . But I know when a gal needs her Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint, She needs her Chalk Paint ™!!  I had to get re-opened soon!

So I closed on a Saturday and reopened 12 days later--but counting two non-work Sundays and a Vintage  Show --that really left me 9 days to flip this store!! Nine Days. so yes we had a lot of late nights. And yes, we are TIRED. T.I.R.E.D.
But is was so worth it!!

Check out our new shop!

Flipping the Open Sign with the crowds waiting for the door to open!

 Buffalo Girls Vendor Booths
 Fancy Folds Vendor Booth
 My Intern Rachelle Shows her hubby around during our vendor and family open house
 Vendor Chris and her MCM pieces
 Vintage Finds in Nicole's booth
 My daughter Works the Kid Zone table
 Buffalo Girls booth
 Season's Booth
 Nicole's Booth
 Unexpected Necessities Awesome fridge display
 Unexpected Necessaries
 Customers checking out the goods
 More shoppers--and yes we moved that MASSIVE paint display!
 Lot's of 'sold' tags today!
 Our Buffalo Girls
 Unexpected Necessities booth

Thank You to everyone who made our day a smashing success!!


And Yes--You read that right! I'm moving my blog to wordpress . . . go check it out and I'll have more later . . .

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saying Good Bye

First of  all--If you read to the very bottom you'll find out what we're giving away at our Grand Opening Celebration on August 9th at our new store at 3036 N. Monroe!
Yes, there will be a quiz to see if you really read. ;P



I've never been much good at goodbye's. I'm more of a 'see ya later' then 'awkward hug' type of gal. It all started when as a sophomore in high school I decided to be a foreign exchange student to Brazil. I spent my entire year preparing for my exchange by going on weekend retreats and making friends from around the world. Dozens and Dozens of friends from around the world. In the beginning my tender young heart would mourn deeply each friend I said goodbye to, knowing that I would most likely never see them again.
And then I realized I simply couldn't see the lost of each friend as a loss. Rather, I realized that each person I met would leave a trace on my soul and I would be different because of knowing them.  I had to cherish what I could from that relationship, and see it as a gain--however brief our friendship might have been.

 Then I spent a year in Sao Paulo, and did the same thing dozens and dozens more times. Too many friends to remember.  And I don't cry anymore. And I'm not really good at even looking back. Even if I TRY to make myself get teary eyed. Weep. Weep. Nope, nothing coming.  I just love looking forward now.
I just love change.
 I. LOVE. CHANGE.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

But I will take one more moment to say goodbye to my first store. The store that was never meant to be. It was supposed to just be a paint booth where clients could come get their pieces and I could store unfinished--what we call 'raw' pieces of furniture. Wha?? How did this all happen?

Grand Opening day June 24th, 2011


Last day of business at 2810 N. Monroe July 28th, 2012

Here is a post that captured some of what my store looked like before I transformed it--and that awesome ceiling that everybody loves!
The original post:

The whole story of the Paint In My Hair Boutique started as me wanting to find a bigger space to paint. I looked into industrial parks, but then decided that I really didn't want to be a lone female working in an industrial area.

So I found this little store on Monroe street that had great rent. Well, there was a reason it was such a great deal! It needed a LOT of work. One thing that really bugged me was the drop ceiling. Budget wasn't going to let me build a new ceiling or hire an electrician to redo it for me. So I came up with this idea: Making my own Shabby Chic Light Covers! I think I get more comments on my lights than any other part of the store--outside my fabulous garden design, but that's another post.

How I got this:

From this:

First we had to pull down the aweful drop ceiling.
We discovered that there was dry wall,
but it wasn't mudded or taped.
And the fluorescents were recessed, making the possibility of removing them even more cost prohibitive.


I sprayed a layer of flat dark gray on the dry wall and call it industrial!
Then we found tons of great wood framed windows to cover the lights.


We gave them a scrape to get off the loose paint, softly power washed them down & called it good. I wanted the lights to have a super rustic feel. Be sure to hang them wood trim side down. The other side is just plaster, and not as strong.

We added frosted privacy film to the panes &
used screws and 15 lb. chain to hold them up.



And Voila!
Isn't this so much better than a fluorescent bubble cover!?


And more pictures from the begining:



See you at 3036 N. Monroe on August 9th!!

You can enter to win the 2 Grand Prizes by coming in to the store and filling out an entry form Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!!  No Purchase nesessary and you can enter each day!

Grand Prize 1:
A DeWalt Drill Set

Grand Prize 2:
 $100 Paint In My Hair Gift Certificate good towards my stuff in the store--INCLUDING the Chalk Paint ™ products!!


And 10 Paint In My Hair Totes to the first 10 customers on Grand Opening day Thursday August 9th!!
Each will be stuffed with fun goodies and trinkets . . .
One of which will have a Golden Ticket to for a Free Chalk Paint ™ workshop in my NEW Classroom!


More Prizes to be announced in the days to come so stay tuned in!
 
Thanks for all the love and support you've given us over the last 13 months!

Jessica

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sneak Peaks

First!! We have put together some awesome giveaways for our grand opening on August 9th! Details coming soon!

But for a hint . . . one gift need batteries and and rhymes with 'pill'.


Well, I won't show you all of my new store YET, but I thought I'd make you all green with envy--or is it jealously? when you see my new paint booth  . . . or should I say ONE of my new paint booths!! There's another one upstairs we can work in while we run the store.

 The store I am leasing is 2,600 sq feet-- NOT including the basement! Ah, yeah!! I started setting up one paint booth right when I moved in, but it's not totally complete. I imagine I'll add a little curtain down the middle of this so I can spray two different colors if I need too. 


And the other half of the basement. Not so pretty, eh? Well, anyone who's sweat their way through a complete sand of a bedroom set on a 90 degree day knows this isn't a glamorous job!
Think . . . 
90 degrees + outside physical labor = sweat. lots.
Sanding = sanding dust. lots.
Sweat + Sanding dust = yuck. lots.

But now I can escape the heat with my very own basement paint booth! Yippee! Now if that darn paint would just dry.

 65 degrees + dank basement = wet paint forever!


More to come!!
Thanks Jessica

Friday, July 27, 2012

Off topic . . . But so worth it . . . :D

Last week I went off the grid. I mean really off the grid. My Camp family relatives get together at the family cabin near Mt. St. Helens every year for a phenomenon known as Camp Camp. No electricity. No TV. No Computers.  There is phone now if you have Verizon.  Each year we do a different theme. Past themes have included Harry Potter, Greek Mythology, "Green" as in environmental, although my sister Jeny decided to interpret this as Frogs on her day, Dr. Seuss . . . and many more.

This year's theme was Hunger Games.
So my sister made a huge Cornecopia for all the 'supplies' to show up everyday. One mom did parecord braclets, wilderness fort building, and camo.  Another did a series of athletic events and obstacle courses. Later I think someone was going to do archery and identifying wilderness plants safe to eat.  Toss in a smattering of crafts, food, swimming at the lake, and 90 billion kids and that's Camp Camp.
I had planned on going for the whole 7 days . . . but it really was the worst time with the Grand Opening of our new store less than 3 weeks away and Justin's injury . . .

So I had to cut it back to 3 days.  And that was probably wise since this year I went sans nanny. Yikes. Not ready for that yet. Definitely Not Ready.  Gladly accepting gifts of chocolate and valium.

Little A at the beach

C takes on bead stringing--Thanks Teresa for the gift!


K demonstrates how Pink Princesses do camo--and her Maori fight dance stance.


A cousin helps her with the body art. Hey--it wasn't on the walls.

 My sweety pie on the toy that never dies. Seriously. going on 7-8 years now including a winter or two outside.

James' best "don't look at me" face.
And J working on his supply backpack. 


Like I said .  . . so off topic. But now you know why I have no photos to show you!
Thanks! jessica