Ladies, you won't believe the morning that I had!!!!
Every week, one day a week, for only 2 of the children, for only 2 hours ... I drop them off at the town's Recreation Center, so I can run around and do errands. I usually run to Target, Lowe's, Wegmans .... BUT today, was a special day. I was meeting up with Tricia Kuntz (or Trish, she goes by both .. cause she's cool like that) owner and EXTRAORDINAIRE of the Purple Painted Lady!
I had the pleasure of meeting Trish (formal education background in engineering, artist at heart) in 2012 when I was a vendor at her Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee. WHAT AN EVENT!!! I was completely blown away by the talent of local artists and by Trish's level and commitment to her craft. She is truly a pioneer, not only with her store, but her home. She is not afraid to think outside the box or create that "never before seen piece." Her energy is contagious, her creativity is inspiring and her store is warm & inviting!
A couple weeks ago, I touched base with Trish because I wanted to head out to pick up some Miss Mustard Seed paint and shamelessly beg her to partner up in a blog post. Beg, I did not! Trish was open arms, willing to answer all my questions, give me the tour of her store and provide information on upcoming PPL events (stay tuned, you won't want to miss these). I also asked Trish if she would give me (& all of you) some insight on her journey as a small business owner, along with tips and tricks to painting. Here is what she said:
Me: So, I'm super excited that you teamed up to write this post with me. What can you tell us about your back story?
Trish: Well, I have a great little biography written on my website, that gives my personal and professional back story, along with pictures, SONGS and me in my wedding dress. Check it out! www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/about/
Me: What is the best and worst part about owning your own business?
Trish: The BEST part is the creative side of things and meeting so many interesting & incredible people. The WORST part is probably that there is no "off" button. I work all day, nights and most weekends. Because I am so dedicated to my craft and my business, I am constantly trying new techniques, looking for that next great piece or answering customer's questions. It is a full, FULL time job!!! You have to be "all" in to make your own business thrive, so time management is crucial!
Me: What are your favorite paints and some tips/tricks you can share with us?
Trish: Well, of course I love Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed! I share many tips on my website - check out my page called "Tips For Chalk Paint."
Me: What can you tell us about future events or news for your shop?
Trish: We are planning another Barn Sale in September 2013, with a larger vendor list, community involvement (possibly a charitable donation center), bands, prizes, furniture how-to's. It's very exciting! I always post upcoming events, workshops and tips on my facebook page and website!
Here are a few snapshots of what Trish has in the shop right now:
A cow that Trish created herself. "Here's looking at you sweetheart."
Look at the size of those candles - HUGE! The perfect gift for a hostess, Mom, Sister, housewarming .... And once you have burned them through, you can break apart the wax and place them in votives. The never ending candle!
Another Trish creation!
Things that Trish taught me, while visiting the store:
1 - Be cool, do what you think is cool, and have no regrets
2 - Color is amazing, use it!
3 - How to properly use PowerPoint to display a room or design (I have been struggling with Photo shop Elements and Polyvore). I'm living college life again, PowerPoint 101 (minus the beer .... well, er ....)
4 - When in doubt, do it! Better to use a piece in a new way, then not at all!
So, if you are in the area .. or not, Trish has thousands of followers from all over the country (I met quite a few of them at the Barn Sale - Sept. '12). Stop by her shop! And if you can't, you can stay connected through her website and facebook page. She is constantly trying new ways to bring new life to furniture with her painting techniques.
Thanks again Trish (& staff, she couldn't do it alone) for being a strong presence in our Rochester market. You truly make an impact locally and nationally and we appreciate you!
Tricia Kuntz, The Purple Painted Lady
208 East Main Street Palmyra NY 14522, Palmyra, New York
This past weekend, I commissioned (well, more like asked nicely and bribed with Doritos) my hubby to cut and prep some pieces for me to paint, with my new MMS Flow Blue. I can't wait to see how they come out! Stay tuned!
PS - if you get the chance to stop by Trish's shop (why wouldn't you?) enjoy driving around Palmyra. It is a quaint little town along the Erie Canal with beautiful turn of the century homes, village eateries and stores. Palmyra in DA HIZOUZZ!!!
Note from Mrs. Williams: Mrs. G. thanks so much for providing so many great details and for getting such awesome insight from Tricia. I'm planning on taking a trip to the shop this weekend. Trish sounds so fun! Can't wait!
Note from Mrs. Kelly: I love the cow print. :) The shop looks so fun. Love the color combos...just makes me happy. Can't wait to see what other fun creations the purple painted lady comes up with next. And you too! Thanks for sharing.