Events

The ad read: “Painting Treasures at the Purple Peacock.” Intriguing! I was very interested after having seen much beautiful hand-painted furniture in stores only to be deterred by the price. Here was an opportunity to create my own!

The owner of Purple Peacock and painting teacher is Pollyanna Robling, wife of Ron Robling, owner of R & S Resale of Ferndale. Pollyanna is a children’s art teacher by day and she also dabbles in children’s art, watercolors and collages. Some of her creations can be found in their store. They also have a new storefront for estate sales and painting classes, named Professional Estate Liquidators, where I attended the premier “Chalk Painting 101” class on Saturday, December 14th in Ferndale.

Pollyanna recently became a paintologist, training with Van Gogh paints – an eighteen month old company developed by Cathy Van Gogh, accomplished decorative faux finisher. The Purple Peacock is now the exclusive carrier of Van Gogh products in Oakland County. This brand of paint, manufactured by Cloverdale in British Columbia, is also self-leveling, which offers a very smooth finish free of brush strokes.

Twenty-five and one brand new colors, with four of them custom colors ordered by Pollyanna. This is a waterbased fossil paint, or chalk paint (made from dried limestones) which adheres to anything, making it conducive to the DIY market. Chalk paint works well for distressing techniques, whereas regular latex paint does not. Some of the colors include “bole”, a clay color used a lot with gold guilding, “serenity”, “balsamic”, “muse” which is good with antiquing kitchen cabinets, “buttah” – a beautiful yellow, “confidence,” etc.

Other “furniture make-up” finishing prod- ucts offered by Van Gogh include the thicker “luminous eyeshadow,” the silvery “glamour glaze,” the hard wood-filler like “furniture facelift” (also used for raised relief), “cabinet concealer,” thick crackle for textures “wrinkle lotion,” “facial masque” for a stone look, and the layers of translucent colors “furniture frosting.”

Much of this presentation was also given by Scottie Vosburgh of Virginia, developer for Van Gogh (www.savedby scottie.com). Other topics covered include Van Gogh’s brushes and furniture wax. Their brushes are made of natural materials and have oval tips with all handmade kiln dried wood handles. Their wax is made of beeswax and mineral oil and is safe for kids toys and completely non-toxic and low VOC. The also have a hard as nails table top finish “furniture facelift.”

Pollyanna and Ron provided food from Christine’s Cuisine which was delicious, and hopes to support other local restaurants with lunch at Saturday classes. I look forward to more classes!

www.paintingtreasuresatthepeacock.com

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As winter begins to thaw into spring, couples everywhere look for unique ways to celebrate their upcoming matrimony. Now, thanks to the brainstorming power of handmade advocates Angela Ficorelli (owner of Moving Beauty), Carey Gustafson (owner of Glass Action!), Lish Dorset (crafter extraordinaire), and Stephanie Tardy Duimstra (owner of Type Shy), Metro- Detroiters have a great new resource to find innovative vendors, artists, and venues to help them make the happiest day of their lives also the most functional and fashionable.

The idea for the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring came during a discussion at a 2013 craft fair. Ficorelli, Gustafson, and Dorset realized that, despite having a large, supportive crafting and handmade community, there existed no go-to resource in Detroit to connect brides and grooms with artists and independent businesses that could provide unique options to help color their special day. They acted quickly and put together the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring – a consortium of like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs from across Metro Detroit.

Vendors must meet the criteria of being a boutique business featuring high-quality handmade goods, exhibit a modern wedding design esthetic, and participate in, and support, the do-it-yourself community.

The list of vendors has grown exponentially since they began, with florists, venues, DJs/bands, photographers, and more signing on to offer their unique brand of goods and services to DIY wedding planners in the Detroit area. “Think of a real-life Etsy,” Ficorelli said, who oversees the day-to-day operations at the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring. “Since February 2013, we have been a growing online resource for couples wanting a wedding rooted in the values of handmade goods.”

Now the minds behind the IDWR are bringing that resource to life with the announcement of the Detroit Indie Wedding Show to be held at Rust Belt Market on March 8th.

The second event presented by the IDWR (they held a bridal showcase in June), the March 8th show promises to be “a more formal show featuring music, DJs, flowers (and flower alternatives), glass work, stationery, photographers, videographers, catering, and desserts,” Ficorelli said. With over 20-plus vendors and musical acts expected, the event will be a diverse display of some of Detroit’s best talent and most original work.

The choice of venue is no accident, as Rust Belt fits perfectly within the ideals and requirements of the IDWR. The creation of Chris and Tiffany Best, Rust Belt’s aim is to foster an environment for small, creative businesses to grow and thrive. After a successful Kickstarter campaign recently helped to raise the funds for a massive redesign and renovation effort, the Bests’ brainchild is one of the premiere venues for events and shows in the Midwest.

The first Detroit Indie Wedding Show presented by the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring takes place on March 8th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be held during market hours, so visitors will have the chance to view and experience the entire living market.

To see the latest news and information on the upcoming show, be sure to follow the IDWR on Facebook at facebook.com/IndieDetroitWeddingRing. Potential vendors interested in displaying their services at the show can
find the vendor application on the IDWR blog at IndieDetroitWeddingRing.blogspot.com. For information on all of the upcoming events and vendors at Rust Belt, visit rustbeltmarket.com.

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