Last Saturday dawned bright and sunny here in the Twin Cities.
Kind of crazy for us to have sunshine and highs of 60 in February! But not to worry, we returned to snow, clouds and highs in the 30’s on Sunday. It seems that the beautiful spring-like day was special ordered just for my hat box party. Sunlight was streaming in through the windows, we even had them open to add a breath of fresh air.
I had everything all set up and ready to go for my guests. Everyone received printed instructions and a tiny hatbox that was ready to have the paper removed from the transfers.
Quarters were a little tight unfortunately. I wish I had a ton of space for stuff like this, but I just don’t. I had made the decision to include all 9 of the ladies who wanted to attend rather than limit the numbers. We squeezed in and made do.
Everyone started out by painting their hatboxes with Fusion paint. I had a few options for colors including Bedford, Linen, Champlain, Lamp White, Limestone, and even Laurentien.
(thanks for the photos Kim!)
Once the paint was dry we used Fusion’s Transfer Gel to apply the transfers. From that point, the gel has to dry for six to 12 hours, so I pulled out a hatbox I had prepped the night before and gave a demo on how to remove the paper.
Just look at the rapt attention on their faces! They were all very diligent students!
Once I demonstrated how to remove the paper, everyone got the chance to remove the paper from their tiny hatbox samples. These turned out so cute!
In addition to playing around with hatboxes, I also had a bunch of tester pots of Fusion paint colors available.
I wanted to give people the opportunity to play around with some color mixing and maybe create their own custom color for Fusion’s contest.
Unfortunately, I kind of missed the fine print on the contest not realizing that it ended on Monday.
Update: due to some confusion over the deadline for submitting your custom color, the contest has been extended. You now have until March 31, 2016 to submit the recipe for your color, the name of your color and a photo of something painted in it. Submit your entries on Fusion’s facebook page here.
Woops! Oh well, my sister came up with some nice blues anyway …
I think the highlight of the class was that everyone got to meet my favorite handyman Ken!
I happened to have a dresser on hand that he had recently fixed for me (come back on Friday to see it finished), and as I was talking about the amazing work he does a couple of ladies said they’d love to meet him. So I phoned him and ask him to pop over. I think he was torn between mortification at being the center of attention, and being a little bit tickled about all the attention! I told him that he now officially has a fan club!
I think that everyone had a great time. Most of the attendees have reported back that their hatboxes turned out great once the paper was removed the next day. A huge thank you goes out to Fusion for providing the paint and transfer gel that we used, plus some extras for door prizes. And a big thank you to all of the ladies who attended, it was a really fun afternoon!