So, I was carless for three days this week.
I got my car back Wednesday afternoon and was super thankful for it.
My car had crazy issues when I tried to crank it on Monday to go to lunch- I was actually going to the bank- and when I took it to the garage, they found other issues (they always do, right?). So, 3 days and almost $700 later, my car is driving like new again! Not that I know how a new car drives since I’ve always had used cars and I’m only on car #2 anyway :).
Me sitting on my hood the first day I drove it back to campus- Fall 2006.
I was pretty stoked when the guy at the garage told me he loved my car and that my awesome 2001 Honda Accord probably has quite a few years left. Then of course, he said if I ever wanted to sell it to let him know because he’d gladly take it off my hands. However, it runs great, is good on gas, and is paid for, so I have a feeling I’ll be keeping it quite a bit longer :).
I’m also very grateful for my awesome friends (Melanie and Jamie!) who gave me rides over the past few days, but I’m also pretty happy to have my own transportation again!
Fortunately, my cool work friend Melanie let me bum a ride with her to Darlington to a painting class we booked a few weeks ago. We saw an article in a local magazine about an art studio, Painting Chameleon, that offers guided painting classes- which means they provide your supplies and instruction, and you complete the painting in one night.
Neither of us claim to be artists, but we LOVED the class! The atmosphere was super laid back- no one was critical or judging, and you really get to let your painting style stand out, even though everyone does the same painting. The instructor, Heather, demonstrates each technique in front of the class, then walks around to help everyone.
As soon as you walk in, you can tell she’s an awesome artist, because the studio is filled with her work, as well as a wall that displays the paintings offered in the classes.
You can also bring food and drinks to munch on during the class and during the break, and she hosts parties. Some of the girls in our class were there celebrating a birthday and brought cookie cakes and pizza. It’s a really good idea for a birthday party- I mean, you don’t even have to do party favors since everyone gets a painting :).
The class cost $35 and lasted from around 6:00 to 9:00, which I thought was a great deal since the price includes all supplies and instruction. Mel and I both paid an extra $7 to have ribbon hangers added to our paintings and to have them sprayed with a protective finish. You can also have your painting framed for an additional fee.
If you choose either of these options, you have to go back to get your painting, but this wasn’t a problem for us since we both live and work pretty close. I’m planning to pick our paintings up tomorrow.
So, here’s the finished result you’ve all been waiting for!
I’m hanging it up in my kitchen since I have a totally blank wall in there, and I can’t wait to book another class. Seriously- if I hadn’t had to pay $700 for car repairs, I would’ve *already* booked another class. I saw a few paintings on the August calendar that I liked, so I will probably go back next month to do one of those.
Q. Do you like to paint or do any other form of art?
I do like painting! I also love art museums. My bestie Jenn and I visited the National Museum of Art in DC and it was amazing!
Q. How do you deal with not having a car for three days?
I get by with a little help from my friends :).Disclosure: All opinions in this post are my own. This is not a sponsored post, as I paid for this art class with my own money and even bummed a ride there. However, I’d be more than happy to review products on my blog, sponsored (hint, hint) or not!