I spent Thanksgiving in Raleigh, NC, visiting Jeff’s family. The days were mostly filled with relaxing and visiting, but I did take advantage of my close proximity to one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers (In Sweet Time at The Mercantile in Knightdale, NC) and I spent an evening teaching a milk paint demo and signing books.
The evening itself was so special. You know how magical it is when you get to spend time with creative kindred spirits? It was all of that and more. The demo turned into a full sit-down workshop (with several people from the “audience” participating in painting and finishing the piece) and a discussion about creative small business, blogging, and social media. I got to meet so many delightful people, some who dropped Thanksgiving preparations and others who drove several hours to be there.
And I had the treat of touring the beautifully curated a styled retail space.
There were so many stunning pieces and displays. I was glad I came to the event early, so I had time to mill around and shop and take pictures.
Right off the bat, I fell in love with this grandmother clock and was mourning the fact that we didn’t drive! Although I doubt the clock will still be there, I resolved to go back to the store with my van next time I am in the area.
There were many gorgeous pieces of ironstone that I was tempted to buy, but I have so much already that it didn’t make sense to go through to trouble of shipping something back to myself. There will always be more ironstone to be found and I have a knack for finding it. I left it for another shopper.
The space they had set up for my demo was perfect! We ended up scooting benches and chairs around, so almost everyone was able to sit down, making the event feel more comfortable and less hurried.
Kim from In Sweet Time found this pretty sergeant’s desk for me to paint. It has great lines and it’s an oldie, so I felt like it needed to be painted in a color that made sense on it. Typewriter fit the bill. I painted the base and finished it in Hemp Oil. I also demoed our newest product – Zinc Wax.
(Here is how the little milk pail finished in the Zinc Wax turned out…)
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Once the desk was finished, we styled and photographed it in the men’s bathroom of all places! It turned out so great!
Even though the desk was a collaborative effort, they had me sign the inside of the drawer. The little desk was then auctioned off and 100% of the proceeds went to JDRF in honor of my Type 1 Diabetic son and in the spirit of supporting diabetes awareness month.
I also signed copies of my first book, Inspired You, and visited with everyone who came out that evening. As someone who works in the bubble of my house more often than not, it’s easy to feel isolated and to view followers as the collective number instead of individuals. Events like these help me put a face, a name, and a story to those numbers and there is something encouraging and motivating about that to me.
I just can’t give enough praise to the group of talented people who work and sell at The Mercantile. They have not only created a space that is beautiful, but that feels special. It has good vibes. In that way, it reminded me of Lucketts. It’s the unique mix of antiques, home decor, and good people with a little fairy dust sprinkled in. It will draw you in when you crave inspiration and call to you even when you don’t have anything specific you need to buy.
I couldn’t help myself, though, and I did end up buying something. I did my Small Business Saturday shopping on Tuesday. The owner of The Mercantile also gave me the most perfect gift as well. I’ll share my purchase and that gift in another post…