an invitation.

Who would like to make their own faux french hatboxes?

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A couple of my friends have mentioned that they’d be interested.  So I’ve decided to host a hatbox painting party!

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And since I have three extra spots at the table, I thought I’d open the invitation up to my local readers.

Here’s how it will work.  I will provide everything except the hatbox, including paint, transfer gel, transfer images (unless you want to bring your own, remember it must be a mirror image), snacks and lots of laughs.

You just need to bring a hatbox (or two if you like).

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You can find these at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn Etc. in various shapes and sizes.

The party will be held at my house on Saturday, February 27 at 2 pm.

This is a party, not a paid-for class.  There is no charge.

Why?  Since the Fusion people have incredibly generous with some transfer gel and paint samples, I am paying it forward.

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Even though I’m not calling it a ‘class’, you will learn how to layer paint colors and how to use the transfer gel.  Keep in mind that the gel takes 6 – 12 hours to set, so you won’t be going home with a fully completed project.  You’ll finish your hatbox up to applying the transfer.  I’ll have some samples ready that are already set so that we can get some hands on experience removing the paper after your transfer has set.  So you’ll get a feel for the process, but you’ll have to remove the paper on your own hatbox at home the next day.

I wish I had room for more people, but sadly I don’t.  So if there are more than 3 people who want to join, I will have to draw names.

Finally, since I don’t want those of you who aren’t local to feel left out, I’m also going to draw names and give away two ‘faux hatbox kits’.  The kits will include the hatbox, as well as transfer graphics and enough paint and transfer gel samples (compliments of Fusion) to finish your hatbox.

And before I let you go, I just wanted to give you all a heads up on Fusion’s custom color contest!

custom color contest

Fusion is having a contest, where you, yes YOU, can combine existing Fusion paint colors to create your own custom color. To enter, simply head over to their Facebook page and comment there with a picture of your custom color on a piece of furniture, its name and recipe.

They will choose 8 favorites entered in the months of February and March and then the fans will vote on the final 8 colors to ultimately decide on the winning color recipe! The winner will receive a custom Fusion giftpack valued at $350.  Nice!  So get creative and have fun inventing your own color.

And for those attending the hatbox party, rather than watch paint dry on our hatboxes, we can play around with my Fusion paint and make up some fun colors of our own in between steps on our hatboxes.

So, who wants to make a hatbox while simultaneously inventing a new paint color?

Here’s what I need you to do; leave me a comment.  If you want your name in the running for the party, make sure to mention that you are available to attend (I am located in a suburb of St. Paul, MN in case you didn’t already know that).  If you can’t attend the party, just any old comment will do.  The winners of the hatbox kits will be chosen at random from all comments excluding those selected to actually attend the party.  Please have your comments in by Sunday, February 14 at midnight to be eligible for the drawings.  Best of luck to you!

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49 thoughts on “an invitation.

  1. Hooray! I have been eyeing several hatboxes left over from my primitive American decorating phase, and re-reading your posts regarding transfers. Time for a “decor re-assignment” project. I would love to come to your party!


    1. I have to say, whenever I post something like this a little voice in my head says “what if no one wants to come?!”, so I was thrilled that you commented so quickly and put my mind at ease 😉 I’ll put your name in the hat!


  2. Perfect timing! After I saw the blog you recently did on hat boxes I have been dying to try! I’m not very “crafty” and this looks like something I could actually have good results with!!! Fingers crossed!


  3. That would be a blast! I’ve had an interest in learning to paint with fusion paints ever since you started telling us about how them. This would be a great opportunity to learn.


  4. Not living close, (Texas is my home) but loving the hatbox/Fusion transfer gel idea, I would love to be entered into the drawing to receive the supplies. As always, love the ideas your brain keeps cooking up! Thanks Linda


      1. Got you down for the painting. The stools are great, I just love them.
        Questions: Would you be interested in some free furniture if the deals are located in St Cloud? I can send you pictures of a table and buffet if you are interested.


  5. Yes, I too live in Texas, but would love to be entered into the drawing for the hat box supplies. I love learning new things and trying out new projects, and I can’t wait to see the results from your party. What a fun idea!


  6. I live In East Bethel and would have loved to be there and finally meet you, but will be in WI snowmobiling that weekend. Did you have to pick the one weekend I actually have plans, lol? That said, I would love to be entered in the drawing!


  7. I wish that I lived closer. Love everything you do. You are so talented. Have never tried to transfer stencils before and would love to learn. Thanks for sharing😀


    1. You don’t need a stencil to do the transfers, just a graphic printed on a laserjet printer. But I will be sure to include instructions with the kits, so hopefully you’ll win one and then you can try it yourself!


  8. Why do I know the name Patty Tollefson? It sounds familiar, but cant place it. I tried calling you, but got the answering machine… On Feb 10, 2016 7:04 AM, “q is for quandie.” wrote:

    > Quandie posted: “Who would like to make their own faux french hatboxes? A > couple of my friends have mentioned that they’d be interested. So I’ve > decided to host a hatbox painting party! And since I have three extra spots > at the table, I thought I’d open the invitat” >


  9. I would love to join but live too far. Perhaps you can take s vacation to sunny Florida and have a party here. I would love a chance for a kit.


    1. Well now, is that an invitation? Because I am sitting here in Minnesota where it is currently a balmy 8 degrees (with a -3 windchill). It wouldn’t take much to convince me to head to Florida! I lived in Florida for a while myself, by the way, in Boca Raton (go Bobcats!). That was way back in the late 70’s, early ’80’s. It’s usually right about this time of year that I really wonder why in the world I moved to Minnesota. But, I digress, I’ll put your name in the hat for a hatbox Lori!


  10. Oh, I would just love to win a kit, I am opening my own shop and would be thrilled to have something like this to share with my new customers! So wish I could attend your class/party…I will be there in spirit 🎉


  11. How kind of you to pay your good fortune forward! I’d love to be entered in your contest. I’ve wanted to try Fusion paints for a while now, but they don’t sell them in the Seattle area. Have fun at your painting party! 😀


  12. I so enjoy your posts! You are incredibly creative. I would love to join you at the “stenciling hat box” party. Please drop my name in the box for the drawing. Thanks!


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