If you haven’t yet heard, The UpCycle Girls has decided to team up with The Rustic Orchid in Mukwonago to teach furniture painting classes! We were so drawn to Amanda’s studio originally, at an old building with a fun and inspiring atmosphere. And then after meeting Amanda, we knew that it would be a great fit. Amanda loves history, the environment and being creative! As the mother of four beautiful littles, she uses eco-friendly products in her studio in order to be mindful of child safety. She also loves to upcycle (🙌🏼), and looking around her studio you can see the proof of that! We want you to get to know Amanda too, so we asked her some questions about the studio. Here is the exclusive interview…
UG: When did you open The Rustic Orchid, and why?
A: I opened The Rustic Orchid in July 2017. I have owned my own business for eight years making custom wall decals and selling online from my home office. While it has been great getting to use my art and design degree to provide products for customers, I was missing the community that comes with being creative with others. I saw a need for a place in our community to gather others together to make memories and foster friendships all while being creative.
UG: What kind of classes do you offer?
A: Our DIY studio currently provides classes in sign making, pillow painting, and vintage window and found item upcycling. We also have begun having guest artists come in to teach classes in their areas of expertise, such as paper rose shadow boxes, jewelry making, and are so excited to bring in The UpCycle Girls for furniture refinishing classes!
UG: When are you open, and how can we find out more about classes?
A: Our studio is open based on appointment or during our workshop times. You can view our upcoming classes by visiting our website (https://www.therusticorchid.com/workshop-calendar) or by following our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/therusticorchidsignco/). Facebook is the best way to stay updated on workshop dates and times.
UG: What is your favorite sign you made?
A: My favorite sign I have made is this pallet sign. I decided to go against the grain, so to speak, and make this a colorful background rather than the typical black and white farmhouse style sign. It turned out beautiful with many dimensions of color and stain.
UG: What is your favorite piece of “junk”?
A: My favorite piece is an old dresser my mother in law gave me. We were newly married and needed some furniture for our new home, so I began finding free items or taking items family members gave me and refinishing them. This dresser was the first upcycle project I did and I was very happy with how it turned out. Eight years and three homes later, it’s still one of my favorites.
Give Amanda a shout out, and watch both of our Facebook pages for more announcements on upcoming classes!
Tara & Becca