Cece Caldwell’s Fundraiser at Paris Flea Market, benefiting the Crohns and Colitis foundation was a HUGE success!!
We had a full day of painting, raising money to benefit the Crohns and Colitis foundation and FUN! Before the day began, we had to sneak a selfie in! Myself, Lonae Swickard (manager), Susan Goodman (owner) and Deb Murray (one of our Fleas).
The fundraiser began with our Paint Workshop at Paris Flea Market all decked out for a paint party, swag bags for everyone!
Susan Goodman, owner of Paris Flea Market and Western Distributor for CeCe Caldwell’s paints got the party started by telling some of the back story of how we came to fall in love with CeCe Caldwell’s paints. It was love at first brush stroke, two and a half years now and we are still as excited about this paint as we were when it was “new love”!
I had everyone paint a frame with Vintage White and Santa Fe Turqouise, demonstrating how easy it is to wet distress CeCe Caldwell’s paints.
Cece shared her story of how CeCe Caldwell’s paints came to be. It is such an inspiring story, I get excited every time I hear it. STILL. You can read my in depth interview HERE with Cece herself!
Lauren, who is Cece’s daughter, and happens to be the social media/all things public face of CeCe Caldwell’s paints shared her story and involvement and why she supports the Chrohns and Colitis foundation. If you have been on the CeCe Caldwell’s Facebook page, then you have hung out with Lauren!
We had a wonderful lunch, then got to the main event of the day. Our store manager’s daughter, Amber is a Chrohns sufferer. She is very active in supporting the Crohns and Colitis foundation in the SF Bay Area. Amber has been able to live a very full life, married and a baby, but her life revolves around Chrohns, medications, hospital stays, and constant awareness of her health, stress and diet. Medical Science is close to a cure, in the next 5-7 years! All the money raised from our fundraiser goes directly to fund research for a cure.
Now that everyone had learned the basics of how to paint and (distress if they wanted) their furniture, it was time to get down to business! Each participant brought a small project from home. It was so fun to see the different colors, techniques, and how creative people are once they find out how easy CeCe Caldwell’s paints are to use!
One of my favorite things about teaching workshops, everyone, including myself learns from each other. You can sign up for a WORKSHOP right here too!
We even had some of our “Fleas” (consignors) attending.
To help raise more money, Lonae put together these gorgeous gift baskets, with all kinds of goodies that were generously donated by local businesses.
Paint your piece in a color of your choice. Let it dry, then paint a stencil in a contrasting color. Use Satin Finish or clear glaze to keep the paint from rubbing off when you do the next step. Wet distress or sand, and you will have this gorgeous “Peekaboo” stencil. I can’t wait to try this technique.
One last picture with our retailers who came from all over, Canada to Florida to help support our cause.
From left, Claudine Pender of ReStory in Vancouver, Canada, Josi Seifer, owner of Vintage Home in Las Vegas, CeCe Caldwell, Claudia Cayne, owner of Cooper City Antique Mall in Florida, Lonae Swickard, ME and Susan Goodman, owner of Paris Flea Market and Room With a Past in back.
If you missed the fun this year, be sure to keep up here because we will be offering it again next May!