Back in December, I took a whirlwind trip across the continent to the beautiful town of Petaluma, CA. One of my Milk Paint retailers, Genevieve of Gracefully Worn, invited me out and she certainly rolled out the red carpet! It was an amazing trip. It started out with a super early flight from Virginia that got me to San Francisco about 9:00 am their time. We went straight from the airport to Gen’s church, where I taught two workshops. I had some time to change, take a few bites of food and then it was show time.
I cannot thank Gen and her team enough for all of the special touches they worked on to “Mustardize” the space. There were sheet music garlands, custom stamped tags with my logo, German glass glitter and a huge chalkboard listing all of my products they were selling. It was a little overwhelming and I got choked up at one point during the milk paint workshop.
Once the milk paint workshop was over, we went straight into a Christmas decorating workshop where we made paper garlands and glittered ornaments as well as talking about some budget-friendly and beautiful decorating ideas for the holidays.
(This is one of Maria’s lovely daughters.)
From the workshops, we went to Summer Cottage Antiques, the retail space where my paint is sold, for a book signing and hangout.
And guess who lives right in Petaluma…?
That’s Kate, the Centsational Girl herself. It was a low-key event, so I had to chance to mingle, chat and do a little shopping as well!
Despite being a zombie after being awake for about 23 hours straight, it was such an amazing trip. The highlight was definitely meeting amazing women like Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made. She came to both of the workshops and made me nervous! Well, she didn’t. She was very sweet and I felt at ease after talking to her, but she’s a craft contributor to Country Living and is basically amazing. That made me a little nervous. I also got to spend a good amount of time with Maria Carr of Dreamy Whites. We’ve been blog buds for a long time, so it was awesome to see how the friendship picked right up when we met in person.
Gen and her husband took me and my husband out for a delicious dinner at a local joint and then I crashed at our hotel. (You can read my post about the hotel HERE.)
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the workshops and the book signing. Also, a big thank you to Gen of Gracefully Worn for being such a great hostess, Summer Cottage Antiques for hosting the book signing and Maria Carr for being my honorary photographer.
My next trip is to The House Special Interiors in Fayetteville, AR on February 22-23. The details are on my side bar!