We opened the doors for our very first workshop in the Mustard Seed Studio on Friday. It was so much fun getting ready for it and a great incentive to get things in the studio finished.
My goal for these workshops is to educate, but also to share this amazing creative space with others and make our guests feel pampered…in a DIY sort of way! I know many of them are taking a vacation day or hiring a sitter or getting this for a birthday present, so I want to make it worth it!
Each space was set with a look book, a note card for taking notes, an apron and a hand painted linen name tag.
I found these adorable mini wood clothes pins in the office section at Wal-Mart and they were the perfect way to clip the tags onto the apron. Attendees wrote their name on their tags with a Sharpie to claim their space.
As Kriste and I were putting the finishing touches on the studio on Thursday, the UPS guy came to the door. Usually I have things delivered at the house and I’m used to having to send people along to businesses further down our little road, so I assumed it was for someone else. Well, it was a box of flowers and it was for ME!
One of my incredibly thoughtful readers, Jennifer of Beeutiful By Design sent peonies as a congrats and thank you. Kriste and I were very girly over them. It’s hard not to smile when a box of flowers and a sweet card come unexpectedly to the door.
We were in the process of making bouquets anyway, so we mixed those in and featured them in front of the register. It was amazing how much fresh flowers brought life to the space.
We cleaned, decluttered and rearranged a bit, so there were clearly defined areas and the space was fully functional for the workshop.
Here’s the finished hand painted banner I made to greet guests as they entered the studio. It’s a humble piece of drop cloth entirely painted in MMS milk paint.
Under the banner, we set out some snacks and a Keurig for coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Sparkling and still water bottles were in an antique crock filled with ice.
In addition to the healthy snacks, I put out some Ghirardelli chocolates (part of the pampering.)
My dad cut down wide wood planks to use for the sample boards and we stored them on one of my rolling shoe carts until they were needed.
Several of our guests arrived early, so we were able to hang out and chat about photography, whole30, blogs, business, etc.
Kriste’s husband, David, came to take some video of the workshop, so we could share it with those who couldn’t attend. He did a great job capturing “moments” and the overall feel of the event…
As you can see, it was a special group of ladies and we had a wonderful time. Thanks so much to everyone who came and made this first workshop so memorable.
We were supposed to have a workshop on Saturday, but with snow and ice forecasted, we had to move it back to our snow date, which is Saturday, January 31. There are still a few slots if you’re interested in attending.
I will be scheduling more workshops soon and look forward to meeting more of you!