I was blessed to be invited to the Michaels Makers Summit a few weeks ago. Michaels hosted a two day hands-on crafting extravaganza for their Makers and contest winners. The event was hosted at the beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch, and it was literally a crafter’s dream come true!
This was my adventure, starting in Southern California and traveling to the beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch:
Photo courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
The resort was decorated by Alison Events and holy moly was it beautiful!
We had a FULL day-o-crafting and it was perfection.
I started my morning learning macrame with Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio. She is so very kind and patient. One of my earliest memories is watching my mom and her friend teaching themselves to macrame plant hangers. Back then there was no pinterest, they had a physical book from the 1970s they were teaching themselves from. It was so cool to get to try it all these years later.
My next adventure was Jewelry Making Class and it was awesome. I made myself a coral and mint double bracelet. I haven’t done real jewelry making since high school … but actually in this photo I am wearing a silver bracelet I made in High School art class. Because when you grow up in Ojai you can take 5 periods of “honors art” your senior year and make whatever you want.
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Our lunch in the Organic Garden didn’t disappoint. Does anyone else have a hard time figuring out how to pose? Oh, just me… I need someone to teach me how to pose. I always feel like such a dork. But, since we’re friends, I will show you this photo.
After lunch we got to try our hand working with paper by assembling invitations, seat cards, and table numbers as well as a floral arranging demo by celebrity wedding planner Mikie Russo.
There were these amazing decoration in the room… again, someone teach me how to pose! Geez, this is just sad.
The last class of the day was by far the one I was most worried about: Water coloring with Jane Davenport. I have NEVER been able to get into water colors. Like ever. I am sure now it is because I never had Jane for a teacher. This was the most relaxing class. Jane’s humor is subutle and sassy (which you know I love) and her teaching style is so calming and encouraging. I mean, look what I did.
Our final dinner was this amazing boho affair. Low tables with poufs and pillows galore! The tables were lined with giant coloring pages and pencils jars were placed along the tables, it was such a great low-key ending to our creative time.
The trip was amazing. I walked away feeling refreshed and energized. Getting to learn new mediums and connect with friends was amazing. Plus I made new friends, which I love, cuz FYI I am an extrovert, guys. I am so grateful to Michaels for the opportunity to participate in the Makers Summit this year and can’t wait to show you guys the fun projects that come out of this experience!