Creative Rx: Matthew Mead Workshop

Fresh off the publication of one of my favorite projects in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, I was looking for a creative escape as a way to rejuvenate or “fill the funnel” as my friend Margo likes to say.

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She always uses that term to describe the sales process– to seek out new prospects never knowing what will come to fruition.  I think that advice applies to the creative process as well.  We all need different sources of inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing and to allow for possibilities to unfold and develop in their own time—without expectations.

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One thing I know for certain is that when I am in a creative funk, the best medicine is often a hands-on activity or workshop where I can be fully present.  However convenient, losing myself in an ever-cascading rabbit hole of social media will not do the trick.

 

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Enter my friend Elyse Major, who is always up for a new adventure.  After a brief discussion we decided that only one antidote was in order—-

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

…a road trip to New Hampshire to visit THE Matthew Mead in his studio for one of his winter workshops!

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As many of you know, Matthew Mead is an accomplished stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor.

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Source: Cover by Matthew Mead, Better Homes & Gardens, Dec 2014

He was also the style editor for Country Home magazine, one of my all-time favorites.
(Remember the design home they assembled in Grand Central Station? Just epic!)

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We quickly registered for the Workshop and before you know it we were in Matthew’s studio working on a fun and creative project, enjoying all the camaraderie while so graciously being hosted by Matthew and his wife Jenny.

The setting, the food, engaging conversation, creative play and just plain ‘ole good cheer made the day so wonderful and memorable.

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During the workshop, I had the opportunity to create a decoupage plate, something I have wanted to do for eons after seeing a feature on John Derian’s work in a home decor magazine.  We were able to select from several styles of plates and beautiful papers in a variety of motifs.

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I love how they all came out!

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While everyone has their own way of re-igniting the creative spark, in my case the Valentine’s Workshop at Matthew Mead studio was just what the Doctor ordered…

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A feast for the creative soul!

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Many thanks to Matthew and Jenny Mead, to fun & adventurous Elyse and her indispensible (but sometimes annoying) GPS phone app, and to our fellow workshop attendees.

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Looking forward to more inspiration from Matthew Mead! I’m especially excited for his next publication, Upcycled Style Magazine featuring my friend Danielle Driscoll from the Finding Silver Pennies Blog.

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  Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

Anchors Aweigh Workshop!

Sunday, November 30th from 1pm-4pm

Please join us for a fun ‘make & take’ workshop featuring our rustic reclaimed wood anchors!  Perfect wall art for the beach house, pool house or for coastal décor in any room!

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Add color and interest with our selection of paints, waxes and natural oil wood finishes (available for purchase at the workshop or bring-your-own quick drying low-VOC  products).

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Personalize the wall art as a gift! Accessorize with our selection of hardware including jewelry and towel hooks or our nautical and decorative knobs as featured in Romantic Homes MagazineHardware can be purchased during the workshop at a 10% discount.

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Class fee of $85 includes anchor ($60) and studio time ($25) that includes access to our stencil library.

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Bring your own paint and supplies, or purchase them at Sea Rose Cottage during the workshop.

The anchors measure 31 ½” length x 21 ¼” width.  We also have a selection of other motifs (mermaid, sea horse, whale etc.) ranging from $50-$70 each that can be substituted (subject to availability) with a price adjustment made the day of the workshop.

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Class size: Limited to 6 participants with spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for the class, click the “Add to Cart” button below.  If the “Coming Soon” message is shown then the workshop is sold out.

Price: $85.00 Coming Soon

 

Location:
Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels, the $25 studio fee is forfeited and the fee for the anchor can be refunded, or an unfinished wood anchor can be picked up as Sea Rose Cottage (subject to availability).

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com.

We are also happy to host a private workshop for friends  if our class schedules conflict with yours – or there’s something specific you want to learn.  Just ask!

Free Waxing Clinics – August 2014

Free Waxing Clinics & Q&A Session

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Sea Rose Cottage is offering three free 45 minute waxing clinics during the month of August, 2014.  Space is limited so registration is required.

You will learn the ins & outs of working with Annie Sloan’s Soft wax.  We will cover application methods, do’s & don’ts and tips & tricks for getting the best results when waxing painted and wood surfaces.  The clinic will cover application and use of clear, dark, tinted and gilding waxes.

DATES:

 Thursday  August 14th, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – CAPE COD

 Thursday, August 14th, 4p.m. – 4:45p.m. – CAPE COD

 Saturday, August 16th, 5p.m. – 5:45pm – BRISTOL

We will also be hosting a Question & Answer Session on Thursday, August 14th at our Cape Cod location from 5p.m. – 6p.m.  No registration is required for the free Q&A Session.

To register for the free wax clinic, follow this link to our Workshops Page.   If you want to be notified of future events please follow/subscribe to the Sea Rose Cottage Blog or Follow Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook.  That way you will be notified as soon as future workshops are posted.

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com

Thank you!

Pop Up Workshop – Black Friday 11/29/13

Brighten up your Holiday Weekend this Black Friday at Sea Rose Cottage with a fun Pop-Up workshop! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm and paint an unfinished 5-light candle holder with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

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 Choose one of 18 beautiful colors to finish this vintage style candle holder…

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…fashioned on an antique sugar-mold design.

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We will be mixing it up with some milk paint …

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 our selection of vintage merchant crate stencils…

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and sealing it with a natural hemp oil finish.

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We hope you will join us for this fun Holiday project.  The cost to participate is $50 per person including materials, supplies and instruction fee (glass votive inserts and tea candles included.)  Do pop in!

September 2013 Events!

 September 2013 Events

We welcome you to join us at any and all of our events scheduled for September, 2013.  Join us for a workshop or a free demonstration or helps us celebrate our featured Artist for Art Night Bristol Warren!

Restyle-Your-Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Tuesday September 17th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   $175 per person

Ready to dive in to the world of decorative finishing with Chalk Paint®?   Want to learn best practices for achieving professional quality finishes? Then this class is for you!

We cover 6 decorative techniques in this comprehensive and lively 4 hour session.   Click on this link to learn more and to register.

Art Night Bristol Warren, Thursday September 26th from 5-9 p.m

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol) as we host Artist & Educator Lauren Enjeti for the September Art Night Bristol Warren Event.

Lauren Enjeti is a Graphic Designer and Art Educator in the Bristol Warren Regional School District. She was trained as an Illustrator and Teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Framed and unframed archival digital paintings and prints will be available for sale.  Stop by for some conversation,  inspiration and light snacks and refreshments! Click on this link to learn more.

FREE Demonstration at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, September 29th from 2-4pm

Please join us at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod 5 Main Street in Cotuit, MA for a free demonstration featuring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and complementary products including Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Soft Wax.

 


As usual, be prepared for a lively question & answer session!  Learn about some tips and tricks for achieving beautiful finishes.  Space is limited, follow this link to our “Events” page to register.

 

 

 

March Events

MARCH EVENTS SCHEDULE

Intro to Chalk Paint®  Workshop, Saturday March 16th,   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  $35 per person. 

Want to keep it simple?  This hands-on mini-workshop is for you!  Practice Annie Sloan’s signature 1-color technique on a small sample molding using Chalk Paint® decorative paint and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes.

This class is limited to 6 participants.  Paint, clear wax, dark wax. Leave with the know-how to tackle your next painting project with the best paint in the world!  To register click on the add-to-cart button below.

Price: $35.00 Coming Soon


Restyling Your Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
Wednesday March 20th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   $165 per person. 

Ready to dive in to the world of decorative finishing with Chalk Paint®?   Want to learn best practices for achieving professional quality finishes? Then this class is for you!

We cover 6 decorative techniques in a comprehensive and lively 4 hour session.  Leave with your sample boards and the confidence to create a full range beautiful finishes with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Waxes on even the most challenging surfaces.

To learn more and to register, click here or use add-to-cart button below.

Price: $165.00 Coming Soon

 

Free Demo! Sunday March 24th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod
5 Main Street, Cotuit, Massachusetts 

We are thrilled that  Simply Vintage of Cape Cod will be hosting us for another Chalk Paint® Demonstration!  Simply Vintage carries new and antique furnishings and everything in between.   Find us among the eclectic mix of fine goods.  The perfect setting to learn about the best paint in the world and shop for vintage finds!  We are accepting advance orders.   Hope to see you there!

To place advance orders please call or email Sea Rose Cottage: 401-254-1166 or nan@searosecottage.com.

To reserve a spot at the Demo please contact Simply Vintage of Cape Cod call 508-420-3500 or email simplyvintage@comcast.net.

Restyle Your Furnishings Workshops!

We have a new workshop scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd from 10am until 2pm. Follow this link to learn more and Register Now!  One spot left in our Sunday, October 14th Workshop.  Stay tuned for some Advanced Workshops coming this Fall and Winter…

 

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We have posted the new workshop schedule for September and early October, 2012.  If you haven’t had a chance to take the comprehensive Restyle-Your-Furnishings with Chalk Paint™  Workshop, now is the time!

New workshops will be announced in the October/November time frame so stay tuned if you are interested in other topics.

We are also happy to host a private workshop for friends or to arrange private training if our class schedules conflict with yours – or there’s something specific you want to learn.  Just ask!

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Space will be filled on a first-come first-served basis so sign up now and be ready for those Fall projects!

 

 

Meet Florence at Sea Rose Cottage’s Next Workshop!

Introducing Annie Sloan’s beautiful color Florence!  Released as a limited edition in Europe, it will soon be available in the U.S. and Canada.  It is a beautiful addition to the historic palette of Chalk Paint (TM) decorative paint colors now available in the U.S.

Florence is a rich jewel green that looks great by itself or over Annie Sloan’s Provence (pictured middle, right below).  The possibilities are endless!

 

Work by Annie Sloan, photo by Christopher Drake.

 

The color Florence is inspired by malachite, a copper mineral that was historically used as a pigment in paints until about 1800.  The beauty of this natural stone continues to be reflected in fashion and home decor in a variety of ways.  Learn more about Annie’s color inspiration here.

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Florence is debuting at the Haven DIY and Blogger Conference in Atlanta this Thursday & Friday June 21st and 22nd!

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If you are lucky enough to go, please visit the Annie Sloan Unfolded Sponsor Booth to take your chance on some fun and fabulouse giveways!

Our first shipment of Florence is arriving Tuesday.  Please email nan@searosecottage.com if you want to reserve a quart or sample.

Florence will be featured as a bonus sample finish during Sea Rose Cottage’s next Restyle-Your-Furnishings Workshop scheduled for Thursday, July 19th!  Follow this link  for a full workshop description and to Register Now.  Class size is limited to 6 participants, spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Happy Painting!

 

 

Get your pink on in time for Valentine’s Day!

Get your pink on with Annie Sloan’s 2012 American Tour!

     

Annie’s newest color Antoinette--a soft pale pink–is being introduced as the 2012 Tour Color to show support for the fight against breast cancer.  A portion of the tour proceeds will go to breast cancer research.  Additionally, for each quart of Antoinette purchased this year, Davis Paint will donate $1 toward the cause!

Now Annie Sloan Unfolded is sharing the love with a special Valentine’s incentive.  All registrants for Annie Sloan’s 8-city American tour that REGISTER before 11:59 pm Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2012) will be entered into a drawing for their tour location.  One registrant from each stop will be selected to receive 29 FREE quarts of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint valued at over $1,000 (1 of every color if they choose).   This means 8 lucky winners!!!!!!!!

Time to do something sweet for yourself (or a loved one) for Valentine’s Day and register now for Annie’s 2012 tour and a chance at the Giveaway!  Enjoy a hands on workshop with Annie and a fun filled creative day–you deserve it!   Hope to see you at the Sheraton Boston on April 2, 2012 for Annie’s local tour stop.

Sea Rose Cottage  is pleased to announce that Antoinette is now available for purchase in quart sizes


Price: $36.95

Go pink and help spread the word!