Please bring all finished Christmas ornaments to the meeting on Saturday. Craft shows are starting and we want our ornaments to be in some of those shows. We are supporting Ways & Means, which supports the painting group. Thank you so much to those that have already painted and turned in ornaments. Your time, talent and hard work are greatly appreciated.

Ways & Means is also offering lunch for after the meeting on Saturday as well. We will be having Subway 4″ cold cut sandwich, chips and fruit for only $6 (you may pay at the meeting). I am personally loving the meals that are being served after our meetings because it is one less thing I have to worry about. Our Ways & Means chairperson, Vivian Karros is doing a fantabulous (I made that up) job of coming up with ideas for raising money for our paint group. When you see her on Saturday, please give her kuddos on a job well done so far. (We are trying to get her to continue next year, so the more encouragement the better) LOL!!!

Also, if you would like some of your painted pieces to be on display at the Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro, please bring those pieces to the meeting on Saturday as well. Those will go to Laurie Coates and she will be getting the pieces to the library. I believe that this is a fun and amazing way to display our talents and also to possibly get more people to join our painting group. Thank you to Laurie for this great idea.

It is also time to turn in retreat projects at the meeting on Saturday as well. If you plan to teach a class at retreat, please bring your project along with a color photo and the form (filled out) that was in the newsletter. Projects will be turned in to Betty Hooper, retreat chairperson.

Don’t forget, if you were saving toilet paper inserts for Sandee Lemons to bring those to the meeting as well. Sandee will also be teaching our workshop after the meeting. Get those pieces basecoated with desert sand before coming to the meeting. The line drawing and instructions will be handed out at the meeting.

I am sorry this post is so long but we have lots going on for this meeting. I hope you all don’t mind the reminder. Melissa




Teacher: Sandee Lemons

Project: Jesus is the Reason plate

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cost: $8 class fee + $2 palette fee = $10

Place: Sam Davis Masonic Lodge, Smyrna

Original piece is painted on a round metal plate but can be painted on surface of your choice. Actual pattern is 7″ round and was painted on an 8″ round plate. Paints, picture and instructions will be furnished. Contact Debbi Weston to sign up for this workshop.

BRUSHES: #6, 8, 10 flat, #00 & #2 lines, #4 or #6 round, a mop and/or sizes that work best for you.

PREP: If using a metal surface, wash with vinegar and water. Dry thoroughly – even overnight might be necessary –you don’t want any water drops in crevices or hidden areas.

Spray with 2-3 coats of white or grey primer, front and back. Dry well between coats. Base with Desert Sand. The back can be painted either with Desert Sand or Black or color of your choice.

Line drawing and painting instructions will be given out at the meeting.



will be serving lunch after our meeting on September 21st. We will be having a 4 inch cold cut sandwich from Subway as well as fruit and chips. All for only $6. If you would like to sign up for lunch, please let Vivian Karros know as soon as possible. You may contact her via email or by texting her. Her email is and her cell # is 615-984-7177.

Thank you,

Ways & Means


Ways & Means will be having some very nice fundraiser classes to support our painting group. We will be painting tote bags, 4 total. All different designs and different colored bags as well to coordinate with the bags. We have 2 classes scheduled already. Info is below.

Teacher: Cindy Overpeck Moore
Project: Tote bag with Dots pattern
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Thompson Station Kroger – Conference Room
4726 Traders Way, Thompson Station, TN 37179

Price: $20 includes the bag which is a large heavy canvas bag. Basic supply list coming later.


Please mail checks to Melissa Fox, 59 Spencer Drive, Beechgrove, TN 37018. Please make check out to MTA. If you would like to use the square, give me a call at 931-394-3828 (home)

Sign up soon to support MTA!!!


Teacher: Betty Hooper
Project: Canvas Tote bag with Snow Lady design
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Sam Davis Masonic Lodge, Smyrna, TN
Cost: $20 includes bag
Supplies: Will have at a later date

Cut off for registration is November 23rd.

Please send check made out to MTA to:
Melissa Fox
59 Spencer Drive
Beechgrove, TN 37018

If you would like to sign up using square, give Melissa a call at 931-394-3828 (home)

Sign up soon for this great MTA fundraiser.



This class will be taught by Joyce Shelton from Knoxville. Class date is 10-19-19. Cut-off date for registering is 10-4-19.

Supplies: kneaded eraser, .01 permanent ink pen (Joyce uses a Micron) and a board at least 10×12 inches. Joyce will furnish the paper that the project is on.

Please contact Betty Hooper to register for this class. Cost of the class is $25. Class will be held at the Sam Davis Masonic Lodge in Smyrna.


The teacher’s list has been updated here on the website. Click classes at the top of the page and you will be taken to the list of teachers. Thank you to all who submitted info. A special thank you to Sally Harren for calling, emailing and gathering the information to make this new list possible.


Christmas Tree Dotting Project
Cindy Moore’s workshop

Cost is $8 for class and $4 palette fee which includes your surface and all paints. Total cost is $12 for this class. If you haven’t signed up yet for this fun class it is not too late but Debbi Weston needs to know by Sunday, July 7th. You may pay at the meeting but need to get your name on the list ASAP.

Dotting Tools – I will be providing these for the class with the option to buy after the workshop. If you have the Dotting Tools already – please bring them
Styluses – I will be providing these with the option to buy after the workshop
Light (Battery powered if you have it)
Plastic Palette (8 to 10 wells) Cheap $1.00 one
White Graphite
Paper Towels
Water Container
1/4″ angular brush (cheap one to lift dots off)

I am providing paint and 8″ x 10″ canvas prepped and ready for the workshop as well as the tools.

Contact Debbi Weston at to sign up.



As most of you know, Connie Slaughterback and her husband Jerry recently moved to Texas. I have received sad news that Connie’s husband passed away yesterday morning. Please keep Connie in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. If anyone has her new address, please email it to me.


Our first project for Ways and Means

We will be selling our hand painted ornaments in fall craft sales. We are asking for your help in the following ways:

Our workshop in the May meeting will be painting ornaments. We would appreciate any donations of paint, patterns or ornament surfaces for this workshop. We are also asking that each member hand paint 10 ornaments to be added to the craft sales. All proceeds will go back to the club.

Thank you, Vivian Karros


Some basic information regarding Shari Reiner classes – When you pay for class I will mail your pattern packet which includes prep instructions.

Please note: Sizes for the pumpkin tray and santa helpers has changed.

Pumpkin Tray pattern measures 11 x 17

Snow Santas pattern measures 12 x 12

Santa Helpers pattern measures 11 x 17

Shari painted her Pumpkin Tray on surface from Viking. The Snow Santas is on a tray insert from Smooth Cut Wood. The Santa Helpers board is from Painters Paradise. You are welcome to paint on any surface you choose. If you want to order from sources above it will be up to you to do so – we will not be ordering as a group. Thanks so much. Debbi Weston