Travel // Michaels Makers Summit (And Free Classes for You!)

Travel in California Wine Country

Do you guys remember our monthly Michaels Makers challenge from last year? (A couple of my faves are here and here!) Well Michaels invited me back to be a Maker for a second year, and they majorly stepped up their game this year by kicking everything off with a Makers Summit in California wine country. It was exactly what my tired brain needed. We spent a couple of days in the sunshine, getting back to the root of the thing that I love to do: make.

We kicked off with a fire-cooked dinner in a gorgeous setting at Farmstead in Longmeadow Ranch. If you ever find yourself nearby, you have to stop for a sip of bubbles and a meal. Everything is totally farm-to-table, family style, and absolutely gorgeous. We totally didn’t have any fun at all:

Travel in California Wine Country

Obviously just kidding about the no fun thing. There was much laughing and cheersing and Instagramming of all the beautiful florals.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

The next day we spent in this gorgeous house up in the hills, rotating through a few workshops, each teaching a different skill.¬†Watercolors and weaving were my very faves — I’ve done some watercolor before but I always forget how rad and weirdly meditative it is. I could watch those colors mix together all day long. I just decided to practice some brushstrokes and ended up with this palm frondy beauty.

Travel in California Wine Country

And weaving! Why did no one tell me that weaving is totally simple?! I keep seeing all of these insanely gorgeous, hipster-licious wall hangings everywhere and they look way too intimidating to attempt. But as it turns out it’s pretty simple. I’m working on a weaving for Henry’s room using the skills we learned, so I’m thinking I’ll have a little DIY coming up soon. Or (and here’s the best news ever for you guys), you can take a free class online any time before September 22nd with Michael’s education partner, Creativebug!¬†I’m seriously kind of wiggling my toes to tell you this because I’m so excited. They decided to offer all you lovely readers all four classes that we took at the summit (Watercolor, Weaving, Image Transfer, and Paper Flower Making) so that you can learn the skills from the exact same teachers we had. Find all the free classes right here.

Aside from making things and learning new techniques to my heart’s content, it was so incredible to hang out with 50 other creatives who love to make as much as I do. I am always so appreciative for a chance to hang out with other bloggers in person, as it can be a bit of an isolated profession. It’s so refreshing to watch others in their creative process and, honestly, just to sit around and shoot the breeze about blogging, being a business owner, building a brand, all that jazz. So big high fives to Michaels for bringing all those peeps together in such a beautiful setting, with a beautiful purpose.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

Stay tuned in the coming months for lots of crafty goodness. xoxo

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