Whew... this year my goal is to "brand" myself. Not the painful kind with an iron, but the good kind..the kind that makes people recognize my show booth by the colors and how it is set up. I started to do that last year with my cards and banners matching the colors I use on my website and blogs.
So far this year I have boxes (aqua) and brown bags with labels, new table covers in ivory and I am working on my displays and set up to reflect my style. In an effort to not only save some money, but to make everything "match" the colors of my banner I decided to try to paint my old inexpensive neck forms. You know the ones...those fake leather ones. I had black and white in various sizes. The black ones were still pretty good, but the white ones have seen better days. They seem to get marks and smudges pretty easily. I was at Lowe's and had a thought...why not spray paint them???!!! So I bought an antique copper and a pearl ivory and came home and started to spray.
Well the black ones look fabulous now...
The white ones were another story. The spray paint is supposed to prime and paint all at once, but some of those marks were not getting covered. So then I applied a spray on white primer...my mistake of course wasn't allowing for drying time (who isn't in a big hurry to see how stuff comes out?). The second they felt dry I added the ivory. Big mistake! Now they are all sticky and if you try to fold them down and stack them when you check them the next day they are all stuck together. And when you pull them apart they look worse than when I started. Notice that I didn't post a picture of that mess.
So the wheels in the poor overworked brain started to turn again. I need those displays for Saturday! What am I going to do? Even if I placed an order right now they won't be here in time. So I trolled the internet and pinterest yesterday to get ideas. The problem with that is I am easily distracted by all the other cool ideas in the show booths I saw. Finally yesterday I thought, why not use paper and decoupage them. I stopped at WalMart on my way home but they didn't have any ivory crepe paper. I knew I had a variety at home but didn't think I had ivory. So I gave up and decided to look for some today and tomorrow. I looked in my stash today and woo hoo...there was an unopened package of ivory. I ripped open the pack and crumpled it up because I wanted the stands to look a little funky. A little spray adhesive, some patting and then I also added a few torn pieces to the surface and I LOVE them!!!