Auto Repairs, Art, and Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends

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!
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8 Responses to Auto Repairs, Art, and Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends

  1. Rebecca says:

    Q. Do you like to paint or do any other form of art?
    Yes! I do love to paint, even though I’m not very good at it, but art is a wonderful way to express oneself. I know this sounds childish, but I do love to fingerpaint. I think it’s interesting how unique something can come out with just your fingers! And that art class sounds very interesting. I will need to look into something like that. I’m always moping about the fact that there’s not much to do around here! Haha. And I will need to wait until I have some more money. 😉

    Q. How do you deal with not having a car for three days?
    Well, considering I made it through 4 years of college without a car, I studied and did homework on campus and just tuned things out with my mp3 player. I ate pretty much all of my meals on campus.
    And I would wait for either my parents to come get me and take me places (when I was MVNU. Evangel, it was a little hard to come by with that), or I would politely ask for a ride to Wal-Mart, or wait for the next “carpool.”
    Yeah… my brother told me that I would not make it through college without a car. But I did. It’s hard. But you can do it. 🙂

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      It’s definitely a lot easier to not have a car in college where there are others who don’t have cars, and everything you need is usually a walk away (class, dining hall, jobs if you work on campus). I kinda wish I lived somewhere that I didn’t have to have one, but here there’s NOTHING I can walk to from my apartment. I could technically walk to the gas station, drugstore, and grocery store (still 1.5 miles away), but there are no sidewalks, so it’d be dangerous.

      I was surprised but apparently none of my friends have heard of that art gallery! My friend Nick and I went out for Mexican today and to pick up mine and Mel’s paintings because there’s a Mexican place that’s really good near the gallery. It was only a few doors down and our server had never heard of it! It’s a really great class and I do hope lots of locals take advantage of doing them for that price, especially while it’s so hot outside here… plus those paintings would make great gifts for the holidays :).

  2. Lindsay says:

    We have a place like this in greenville! I bought a groupon deal but haven’t gone yet. Yours and your friends turned out great!!

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      I would love it if there were Groupons here to places like that! You should be super happy you live in a bigger place with stuff like that! I’m on Groupon for Columbia and can’t really take advantage of it just because I still live over an hour from Cola!

  3. Q. Do you like to paint or do any other form of art?
    I don’t like to paint because I’m not really good at it… but I LOVE to draw!!! I’ve been drawing cartoon characters & such for years!!! My mom says I get it from my grandpa (on my moms side) and my great grandpa brewer (on my dad’s side) always carved out disney characters, drew their respective faces & clothes, and then painted them =)

    Q. How do you deal with not having a car for three days?
    I have a car. In my name. Just NO license. That’s right… I’m 23 years old– will be 24 in 5 months & I still don’t have a drivers license. But I know what it is like when I always have to bum a ride from others because I don’t have one. I’m working on it though =)

    Your art class looked fun. I’m glad you enjoyed it! =)

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      I hope you can get your license soon! Glad you’re working on it. It’s so hard not to be able to drive here because in SC you have to have a car. But it doesn’t sound weird to me because I know other people who are in their 20s and just now getting licenses just because they lived other places where they usually walked or took public transportation. It’s really about what you’re used to.

      That’s so awesome that your grandpa CARVED disney characters and painted them. It’s one them to paint them or draw them, but to CARVE them and then paint them, that’s incredible :).

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