I love to visit my local thrift stores and Habitat Store. Funny thing, I know their hours and I try to run by as much as I can. Just go in with an open mind. I can see little things and make it work for my home decor. For less than $10, and I have 2 fun projects!
This time last year, I picked up keys and we starting moving in to our little Chalky South Studio in the Steele Street Mall. The place was a great place to launch, and I am very grateful for the opportunity and exposure I had in this space! We started painting and fixing up and the space opened officially for customers on January 1, 2018. Lots of great memories in this space including the Ribbon Cutting with the Sanford Chamber of Commerce! We were getting tight on space, so we started looking around for a larger space, and we found a great place on US 1 in the Tramway area that would give me double (plus) square footage and was available! I got the keys and off to move out of the old space and moving into the new space. It has been a great journey from starting with the first space, updating, and opening to relocating, building new high top tables and assembling 8 bar stool for these tables (thanks to the hubby for that stuff for sure). We are in our current location and LOVE it! I see a sign over the door as soon as the rain stops....soon!
Update: The Rain Stopped!! It has been a long time coming! The sign has been ordered, picked up and installed! Woo hoo!
The Chalky South Studio now offers a First Friday event from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. We had our first official event last night and what a great time we had! Combine the Soundtrack from Grease, a few refreshments and some first-time ladies with paint and laughter, and you have a First Friday Chalky Painting Event. The gallery wall gives everyone the options of choosing an in-stock kit and their choice of colors! The gallery wall is ever changing depending on inventory and the ladies tonight were there painting for the first time on a kit. I love seeing our local customers and it's always so nice to see Ms. Audrey. The other ladies made the "trek" from Fuquay-Varina down to Sanford! It is so exciting to take an unfinished kit from the painting and stenciling steps to the finished product. These ladies did it...and did a great job!
Be sure to check the calendars for our next First Friday event starting at 6:30 p.m. Check out www.chalkysouth.com and look around for project ideas! And remember, you can always complete the registration from with deposit to let me know a project you would like to complete from our gallery wall options. Simply go HERE to register.
It was an EARLY morning last weekend of August! I was up and moving around 4:30 a.m. What on earth could make me get up that early on a Saturday? That's easy! It was the Moore County Community Flea Market held at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, NC.....that's why? You may also wonder why in the world is that event so important....that's easy too! I have been participating in this event a few years now, and I absolutely LOVE this event - the coordinators, my booth neighbors, the people that attend and the venue! This facility is beautiful and the staff are so very helpful and courteous! They truly care about all the vendors and they have a long list of vendors (both inside and out). The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and I have to be set up to ROCK at 7:45 a.m. The venue is about 45 minutes from me; no worries...not much traffic that early!
Having a studio space now does make my workshops easier. I don't live out of bags or my car going to workshops; I just drive to the studio. For that reason, I have changed my participation in other vendor events. I am usually open that day at the studio and having the doors open requires me to be there! Vendor booths are hard work and there is no denying that. However, if I only do ONE event the entire year, it will always be the Moore County Community Flea Market!
So, in the studio the night before, I was able to set up my "booth" space for the event. I had it all set up and then boxed and loaded in the car for the next early morning. I had a few paperwork things to add the next morning, but otherwise we were loaded. It's like seeing an old friend (well, it is actually). We (the hubs and I) were greeted and welcomed and the "panic" set up began! I am so glad I took pics the night before's set up. That made it a little easier on us both to get things together! We were all set up in 40 minutes!
The event is very well attended and I see a lot of the same customers each year. The best part is the hugs and the "hey again" greetings I receive. We were photographed by the staff at the venue as well as a local magazine. I am always looking for those pics!
The Chalky South Studio will always be closed on the last Saturday in August for this event! I couldn't miss the chance to see my friends again!
And a HUGE Thank you to the The Fair Barn for coordinating a great event!
I absolutely love this time of year! I am getting in the Fall/Holiday spirit and the new catalog form Chalky & Company has been released. This wonderful company assembles and sands all the wood kits and creates the stencils. As a consultant, I order the products and it is a wonderful day when they arrive. This Pine Pallet kit is 15" x 18" and has a pallet-back look. Combine with a few personalized stencils and it is done. It is well...I am happy. I offer Chalky Painting Workshops on how to complete our Paint It Chalky Kits. The Chalky South Studio has several projects to choose. You go home with your masterpiece! You will love these kits and try not to stare!
She did complete this kit in her colors and I absolutely love it! She will move mountains, I am sure.
It was just another day at my office, or so I thought. I was passing around the latest Chalky & Company catalog to a few friends in the cafeteria. One lady there was a friend of a friend and I didn't know her very well. She looked at the catalog and froze. She said I need this, and pointed to the Open Door Paint It Chalky kit with the stencil pictured. I let her know that I could complete for her or she could come to a workshop and complete at the workshop. She said that that day was her last day of work here and she has been looking for work and this was her "sign" that she is waiting for the next door to open. Goosebumps....
If you would have asked me to do "anything" crafty a few years ago, I would have definitely said, "No". So what has changed? It was a search for Chalky Paint products and the finding of Chalky & Company.