Painting the town…

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“As you grow older,

you will discover that you have two hands,

one for helping yourself,

the other for helping others.”

Audrey Hepburn

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Today I witnessed a wonderful thing.

I dropped off some paint  to give to local artisans to use after the horrible tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri.

Here is my story behind the donation.

I no longer sell CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Clay paint. Don’t get me wrong, CeCe is an excellent line of paint and I thought long and hard about leaving the company, however, there were a couple of reasons for me to switch brands.

The leftover paint and the colors that didn’t sell well with CeCe was probably the number one reason for going with another line.   “What should do I do with the leftover colors that didn’t sell well in my territory?”

Donate it to make something beautiful out of something so horrible…the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

For the past several months, I have witnessed all of the horrible events that have taken place in my city.  I have felt pain, fear and  have been uncomfortable with all that has happened. I have wondered what I could do about the situation. The violence is so sad and it doesn’t matter which side of the fence you are on, it is tragic. When I saw a post on Facebook by a friend’s daughter, Molly Rockamann, requesting that they needed paint and painters to paint the boarded up businesses, I knew immediately what I was going to do.

There is a group of artists called “Paint for Peace” who are helping in Ferguson. You can read about it here.

I was excited to donate but, I am sad to admit, that I was also a little fearful of what I was going to see and experience when I drove to the drop off site…

it was right in the heart of the aftermath of all that has happened.

I drove by homes in Ferguson on this beautiful day in Missouri: it was 55 degrees. People were raking their leaves like nothing had happened.

This was a place that residents of Ferguson called “home”.

Such sadness.

Such hurt and pain.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my town torn apart like this and to be fearful in a place I called “home”.

To my surprise, it was peaceful.

As I drove along the street, I loved seeing artists painting and making the boarded up businesses look pretty, at least for a brief time until they can rebuild.

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I went to the drop off site and was greeted by the nicest group of volunteers. They squealed with joy when I opened my trunk full of paint. One little girl said, “Look at all the pretty colors… I love orange!”

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I couldn’t get over the peaceful feeling I had when I walked around to take pictures.

People were saying hello and they were happy to be helping out in any way they could help. What a wonderful message of hope!

Here are some pictures of the wonderful work the artists have done so far.

I was not able to join them today but I plan on helping paint something soon. Stay tuned…

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My new venture will be to  sell a line of paint called Heirloom Traditions Paint. I am excited to bring a wonderful product to St. Louis and share my love of painting with this new paint line.

The paint is made in Kentucky, is eco-friendly and the company has been in business for 30 years.

I am going to meet Paula Blankenship tomorrow and choose my own colors to sell.

I am so excited to be able to choose the colors of paints, waxes and finishes that will sell well in St. Louis.

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