(Today’s post is not sponsored or in partnership with Mommy’s Design Farm. I am NOT an affiliate with Mommy’s Design Farm. This is simply a post talking about the DIY Workshop of theirs that I went to. Solely for entertainment purposes only.)
Hi guys! Welcome back to the blog! What did you guys think of my last post about the 21 quotes? Insightful at all? I hope so! I had such a blast creating all of those pictures! I’m hoping to put up a post soon about my process for how I create all of my pictures for the blog but I haven’t figured out exactly how I want to do that yet. Stay tuned on that! I have so much more to share with you all this Fall before I take a month break in December to give the blog a much needed “face-lift” per se and finish the rebranding that I’ve been wanting to do for most of this year. I’ll be incorporating a little “behind the blog” series on the transformation along with a mix of new and repurposed posts!
Anyway, today’s post is all about the custom doormat party by Mommy’s Design Farm that I went to early last month! I had never been to one so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it looked like one of those “painting with a twist” parties that some of my friends have talked about. All of the pictures of other parties looked so good, and I couldn’t wait to get creative and make my own! It was right after work on a Friday night, so I hopped in the car after work, grabbed a quick bite to eat at the party, and headed out to the studio where it was at. When I got to the party, all of the supplies were laid out on the tables where we’d be working, and a group of ladies was standing around talking waiting for everyone else to arrive before starting.
It was a very relaxed atmosphere while the instructor, Dari, told us what we would be doing that night. I didn’t know anyone that was there that night except the friend that had invited me, but she had to leave suddenly when her daughter had gotten sick at the hospital. 🙁 As we were getting started, I asked if I could take pictures and blog about this party, and she said that I could. (I don’t remember her exact words otherwise I would’ve added those. Lol) Dari said it was best to work in pairs when taking off the protective layers on top of the blue design cut out so everyone paired up and got to work. I chose a simple design because, well, I live at my parents’ house and we already have several doormats, and I didn’t have any friends that I could think of that needed a doormat gift! LOL! But it was the one that I liked the most and I figured if I did ever move out it might be good to have one? I don’t know…
The picture above is of what every person had at their station: a doormat, their custom design that they ordered, and two tools: that little pick thing in the picture and an orange scraper type thing that is not pictured. I don’t remember why I didn’t have it in the picture, but it was basically a little plastic angled piece that looked like a putty scraper. (I know I’m using some great technical words today in my post. Lol.) So the design piece had four layers: a white layer on the back of the blue design that covered the light adhesive to help the design stick to the mat, the blue design layer, and two transparent layers that protected the top of the design. Pretty simple setup and it didn’t take long in pairs to remove all of the layers to get down to the blue design layer.
The first thing we did was actually turn over the design and use the scraper across the entire back of it before removing the white layer. That was the easiest part of the whole thing. I know there was a reason for doing it this way but it was so long ago I forget the exact reason why…
Then we sprayed an adhesive onto the back of the design before turning it over and centering it on our doormat. (Actually, I forgot this step and tried sticking the design on without the adhesive before realizing my mistake and casually took it off and grabbed a can of the adhesive spray… Then I turned over my design and centered it onto my doormat. Shh… don’t tell anyone! 😉 )
I also didn’t realize that I was supposed to spray the adhesive on the entire back of the design but only sprayed it on the design part… I was not the only one who did that though, so that made me feel a little better. It just helps the design stick to the doormat while you pull off the two top layers.
After we centered our design on our mats we took the orange scraper again and ran it across the top of our designs to help secure it onto the mat.
I was able to get off the first transparent layer pretty easily, but like Dari had told us, the second layer was a bit more difficult to take off so someone came over to help me take mine off.
We used teamwork while I began taking off the layer and they followed behind holding down the blue design with the orange scraper while making sure it didn’t stick to the transparent layer.
We then pressed down on the design to again make sure it was secure on the mat before we could start painting it. I had no idea what colors I wanted to paint it but knew that I didn’t want it to just be black or white. I settled on white and blue and got to work. We put paint in small plastic cups placed in food boats for spill protection and paintbrushes of different sizes to paint our designs.
Dari told us to dab the paint on in quick up and down motions and to use two coats on the entire design.
I chose to paint the letters and the feathered part of the arrows white and the rest of the arrows blue.
Like I said earlier we did two coats: one looking at the design the way it should look, and another looking at it upside down to make sure that there was plenty of paint coverage.
I finished a little earlier than some of the other ladies so I jumped in to help paint my friend’s mat since she had to leave early, and helped paint another mat that my friend was painting for the pastor’s wife from the church. It was a fun experience and I was glad that I went; it was also very therapeutic after a busy day at work with the kiddos. I’ve been thinking about having a DIY workshop party myself with Mommy’s Design Farm sometime soon since it was such a fun time, but I haven’t figured out exactly when yet. Most of what they do is actually painting on signs, and I have seen so many cool designs on their Facebook page, and they look amazing! Maybe that’ll be something that I put together for the Spring, huh? I’ll let you all know whether or not I decide to do one, and I’ll be sure to write about it on the blog if I do!
Well, that’s it for this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed it, and maybe it’ll inspire you to get in touch with your crafty side and do something like this! It sure did boost my creativity, but I still have not tackled my list of DIY projects yet. LOL! One of these days I will! Check back next week for a new post about a Kohl’s clothing haul wishlist!
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