I have had the opportunity to meet the most amazing people through my little paint shop and every single person I have met is a superhero in their own way.
This high chair was painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Ceramic (which has now been discontinued … Ugh) and has been kicking around the shop since last summer. Although the colour was gorgeous, I had no idea how to photograph it to make it look interesting.
And then I met Katie Hughdie! Katie came into my shop one day and we started to talk and we didn't stop. We hit it off immediately! I discovered that Katie was a fabric artist and was the owner of Sew Whimsical by Katie. After she left my shop I searched for her facebook page. (Just like a stalker. Just kidding). I was impressed and the next time Katie came into my shop I asked her if I could l use some of her dolls in a photo shoot.
Aren't these the coolest superhero dolls you have ever seen? And to step it up a notch, Katie has even sewn a matching child size superhero cape, belt and mask.
Katie's mother taught her to sew at age 8 and then she continued to make and design toys for her younger siblings.
"I am always drawn to vintage themes and colour schemes! I primarily work with vintage, re purposed linens and love the patina, inherent shabbiness and romanticism found in the fabrics. I believe that fabric tells a story, especially when it has some age."
"Most of my work features a small felt heart, which is fused onto the fabric and then hand-stitched to give it a patchy look. These hearts are an extra little bit of love from me and give my signature to each piece."
As a stay-at-home mom, Katie is mostly inspired by her three young children. Katie is a mom, an artist and she even runs marathons! Indeed Katie is a superhero.
Recently I had a gentleman come into my shop with his wife and two children and he was showing me photos of an old hutch that he turned into a dress up centre for his children. It was sorta like a huge tickle trunk. Yup, he's a superhero.
A pal of mine who recently battled cancer (and won!) just injured her leg and it's in a brace. She leaves for Vegas in a couple days, but when I saw her, she was smiling, in great spirits and happy to be alive. Her brace will be super annoying on this well deserved trip, but she chose to smile. Superhero.
The list goes on and on. Each of us has our own superhero story.
My sister, Sheila, and I were talking about my shop yesterday and I was whining about being so tired of renovations. Her words to me were "build it and they will come". They are coming, and I appreciate that, but the true reward is meeting such wonderful people. Without my little paint business, I would never have met so many amazing people with extraordinary talents. All superheroes without a mask.