Meet my friend, Cindy Beus, of White Iris Home.
Cindy and I first met online in a furniture painting course we were both taking as well as several furniture painting support groups. We found we had an instant connection. Even though we both live in Missouri, we are about 3 hours apart. We do, however, pretty much chat online every day, sharing furniture and painting ideas along with life as we know it. We have been fortunate to meet in person occasionally and this past September spent a week together on a road trip to North Carolina to learn more about painting jewelry boxes. We are serious painters! It’s not everyone you can do a road trip with, especially when a friendship is only a few years old, but it was a great trip. I’m pretty sure we did not stop talking and laughing, except for sleeping, the whole time. We met several other online friends there, including Canadian new best friends forever, Midge and Michelle. 😁 What a fun experience!
Cindy is an amazing painter as well as friend, and I have learned so much from her. Yesterday, she just finished and posted a lamp and shade she had upcycled and posted for sale in one of our Buy/Sell groups we help administer.
If you look closely, the lampshade has a Red Riding Hood theme. Isn’t it adorable? And it sets off the vintage lamp perfectly!
In an early morning chat I mentioned how close in color her lamp and shade looked to the color “Chicory” (similar to periwinkle) in the paint brand line we own and produce “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” chalk-style paint. Chicory is a color produced by the previous owner of our company, a very accomplished artist. He named it for a plant that grows along the roads of Missouri, often popping up out of cracks in the asphalt.
I happened to have a cute little wall shelf. So I painted it with our Chicory color, antique glazed and sealed it.
We thought it would be fun to team up and help make decorating easier for our customers. So we posted our products to several of our Buy/Sell sites and our FB pages. We then cross posted each other’s complementary product in the Comments. Be sure to join these two Buy/Sell groups and see all our products as well as other artists work for sale (do a search for Sharon Strothcamp Sumner and Cindy Beus).
Collaboration at its best!