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Whitefish Montana Craft Workshop

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Guess who’s back? Back again…

(pause while I watch the music video for that Slim Shady song…)

But seriously! I’m back and ready for action! I’ve been working hard and am ready to share the latest workshop event news! If you’re looking for things to do in Whitefish Montana, look no further than August 5 in the coziest little lake (and ski) town in the Flathead Valley. We will be DIY’ing our hearts out! Let’s take a look at what we will be creating, shall we…

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The world is obsessed with metallics lately, and I’m obsessed with boho, so let’s learn how to gold leaf pots for succulents! I wanted this workshop to have an earthy feel, so I am really trying to incorporate a lot of natural elements.

Leather beaded keychains are next on the list! There will be a ton of bead and leather options, but these giant blue geometric beads are my fav.

Finally, the star of the show! Dreamcatchers! I have had a love for dream catchers for a long while now, and I am obsessed with these ones. They bring together two worlds, with their real deerskin leather and faux sinew top (what the Native American’s used to weave dreamcatchers back in the day), to the boho, 70’s inspired bottom. If you look closely you can see a few crystals hanging from her!

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These dreamcatchers are so easily customized to whatever feel you want them to put off- there will be so many trim and leather options available for you to choose from! (And I’m thinking about working on a fabric wrapped version for those who want a more vintage feel.) EEP! So good.

I work hard to make sure all the crafts are easy to make and the instructions easy to follow. And I PROMISE you will finish all the crafts in time to take them home and use THAT DAY! No more half finished projects lying around the house causing you grief. I got you, girl.

CLICK THIS LINK to purchase your ticket! Here’s what you’re hard earned money gets you:

  • Access to tons of craft supplies. Everything is provided for you! Just bring your sweet self (and maybe a pair of scissors). I’ll provide the instruction and knowledge to complete the crafts and pass it on to you! And if you’re struggling, me and my team are there to help!
  • Swag bags and prizes! I’ve rounded up some amazing businesses to give away great prizes, and you’re ticket is your drawing entry. EVERYONE takes home a tote bag with goodies, so really, everyone wins! Yay for equality!
  • Food, food, food. The healthy stuff, the sweet stuff. It’s all there just waiting for you to devour it.

CLICK THIS LINK and I will see you in August! Party on!

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Lethbridge Weaving Workshop with Weaves and Stitches

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Guys, I honestly feel like someone has stuffed my life in a paint can, locked it into the paint can shaker thingy, hit the green button and just sat and watched for the last 5 months. Summer was amazing: I did a lot of camping, hiked a lot of miles, spent tons of 1-on-1 time with my kiddos, bonded with my sissy who lives way to freaking far away, and put on my first free event and an AMAZING workshop. After 3 weeks living in a trailer outside of our new home of Whitefish, Montana, we have a place to live! We moved in 2 weeks ago! And it took all of those two weeks until someone could come hook up internet. (Guys, how does anyone live without wifi? how?!) We still don’t have some furniture (couch, kids beds, desk) but at least we don’t live in the trailer anymore!

I’m feeling like I’m getting a little closer to my usual life and self, but with a big move and big changes I’m sure it’s gonna take some time until I find my groove again. But at least I can stream Netflix now!

In July, I worked with Leslie of Weaves and Stitches to bring a fabulous weaving workshop to Lethbridge Alberta! Check out these photos by my fabulous sister, Amy Steed Photography. She’s always coming to my rescue when I need her.

Let’s start with talking about food. Guys, if you go to a crafty workshop where there is no food, YOU ARE BEING ROBBED OF YOUR EXPERIENCE. I mean, at least have a yummy drink. I prefer this one, a fresh and hydrating concoction brought to you by The Alison Show. Find it here. And then make it for every event you host or attend.20160720-3a1a8918
Also, donuts. I mean, I’m not a real HUGE donut fan, but I AM a huge Timbit fan. Tim Horton’s knows the way to my heart. You can sit and pop these babies like popcorn and it’s just so satisfying. (USA peeps, I’m sorry if you have never had these. I’m not entirely sure they are different than any other donut holes but they are DELICIOUS and small enough to eat in one bite and also addicting. You’ve been warned.)

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We also had some tasty trail mix and roasted chickpeas on each table. Because I like to balance the self indulgence of the donut holes with the healthy chickpeas? And because, I get it, some people prefer salty over sweet! And some people have self control!

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Our swag bags included everything you need to become a pro weaver yourself, including a notebook to sketch out your designs and a motivational print from Elevated Market, all tucked in a Sweetgrass Creative tote! Check out the Brave print, it’s my favoriteeeee.

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Now, look at this yaaaaaaarn. A local Etsy shop, A to Z Alpacas donated some roving to this pretty pile and Leslie did a wonderful job of picking out the other yarns! Those chunkier yarns are seriously so beautiful in real life, I want one of every color.

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Students had the option to BYOL (bring your own loom) or have one provided to take home. At this workshop, all our students were beginner weavers so everyone got a loom provided.

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Now, ONTO THE MAIN EVENT! Leslie was so great about showing each weaving concept. I personally am a visual learner, and with something that is so hands on I’m sure this is the best way to learn. She was so great about answering any questions anyone had and taking the time to walk around and check on each student.

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Rya knots galore! I am obsessed with the variety that workshops bring to a craft, or at least my perception of a craft. It helps me to think outside the box and step outside of my usual aesthetics. But the BEST part of these workshops is that nobody is looking over their shoulders, wondering what their neighbor is working on. Nobody is self-conscious or comparing or judging. It’s just a lady and her loom, with her brain and hands working on creating something beautiful. And I love that.

Now, enjoy a TON of photos!

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Above is a peak at some of the roving! I diiiiie.

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See what I mean? The master teacher!

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And that’s a wrap! I had so much fun and honestly I LOVE putting on workshops. Look at these ladies! I just love them. If you ever have a location or craft request, don’t hesitate to e-mail me! And soon I’ll be available to HIRE for private events like work parties, baby and bridal showers, girls nights out, ETC. so THAT is pretty exciting!

Love you all and thanks for stopping by!

xo
Jessica

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Lethbridge Alberta Weaving Workshop

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Lethbridge Weaving Craft Workshop

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I am SO excited to announce my first collaborative workshop with Leslie of Weaves and Stitches! I attended a workshop of Leslie’s in March and she got me addicted to weaving. I straight away went to every thrift shop in town and scoured the shelves for packs of old yarn so I could weave in bed and watch crappy TV. My favorite past time! Ha!

Leslie and I are putting on this event in McNally at the community center, which used to be an old school. It’s a cool space, (they rent out old classrooms to artists!) which is a must for a Sweetgrass Creative workshop. You can find it at Township Rd 82, Alberta T0K 0T0, just 2 miles outside of Lethbridge.

You can get tickets HERE and find more info on what is included in your admission. We can’t wait to get crafty with you!

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FREE Coloring Party – Waterton, Alberta

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Waterton and Sweetgrass Creative are combining again to bring you another amazing event! (Check out last years workshop here.) This year we are doing something a little different. Allow me to present to you….

 

Waterton National Park Event

FREE. PRIZES. FOOD. EVERYONE IS INVITED! EVEN YOUR KIDS!

A HUGE thank you to The Waterton Park Community Association, who has sponsored this event venue. The community center is where the previous workshop was held in Waterton. Check out some photos of the space here! We have some pretty awesome sponsors lined up, going to make this event the BOMB.COM.

Brittany Jepson of The House that Lars Built has donated coloring pages from her book Flowers. I am obsessed with this book and it’s scientific chart style of displaying flowers, along with pretty bouquets and patterns. All supplies are provided, so just bring your legit self and get ready to zen out to some coloring. (Feel free to bring your own book/coloring utensils if you have something specific you want to work on!)

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Tamarack & Waterton Outdoor Adventures have donated a gift card to give away. It can be used toward sweet outdoor gear, OR a sweet outdoor adventure. Your pick! Opera House Ice Cream, located on the Opera House (aka movie theater) building, is donating ice cream vouchers to give away. I scream, you scream, WHO DOESN’T LOVE FREE ICE CREAM?!

Drop in, color for an hour, or two, or maybe stay for three I don’t know…. eat some trail mix and treats, win some stuff, and make Sweetgrass Creative a part of your day outdoors in beautiful Waterton.

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I legitimately cannot wait to see you there!

Jessica

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Waterton National Park DIY Workshop

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When I started up Sweetgrass Creative, I knew I wanted something in the name tied to my home of Southern Alberta. The mountains and prairies near Waterton National Park are what inspired this venture, so it was really the perfect place to have the very first DIY workshop.

Thank you to Rhonda Steed for the photos!

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These mini banners are my favorite project. They are uber trendy and fairly quick, so you don’t get all depressed that you’ve started ANOTHER project only to leave it in a pile of WIP’s…. (works in progress)

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I was so amazed at the number of businesses that wanted to be a part of the workshop! THANK YOU to each of our sponsors! And take a second to look at those mountains in the distance. That one is Vimy, my favorite peak in the park that gives amazing views of lakes, mountains and prairies. It always makes me feel so tiny. I love it.

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SPONSORS

Max & Mila          Coppermine Creek          Bronze and Butterflies

Mountain Haus Studio          Feral Watches          Kelzuki          Mile High Clothing

Proof Eyewear          Seamaid Market          Wild Plum Co

 

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Wieners of Waterton provided the tastiest homemade dipping sauces for these sweet potato fries. Check them out in the Waterton townsite for hot dogs and fries and my FAVORITE thing ever, homemade falafel with hummus and tzatziki sauce. So good!! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. We dined on white chocolate trail mix and homemade cookies and popcorn balls (made by my sweet grandma!) These workshops are all about crafting but the FOOD is really the crowning jewel! I mean seriously. Those fries look so good right now.

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My necklaces here are from James Michelle (top) and it’s my kids names and birthstones. Antler and tassel necklace is from Mountain Made (hard working mama makers unite!) T shirt is the most comfortable, best fitting, raddest design from Mile High Clothing Co.

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The perfect little mountain banner. I want to copy it exactly and hang it in my house too!

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This photo is blurry but I’m not even mad because these ladies made this event a HUGE success!

I’ve always considered myself more of an introvert than not, so it kind of amazes me that I love these workshops and meeting new people so much. I LOVE CRAFTING WITH YOU GUYS! Be expecting another Waterton Workshop in 2016!

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Boise Idaho DIY Workshop

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The second Sweetgrass Creative DIY craft workshop was at this dreamy barn in Hidden Springs, Idaho. It was a warm fall day just perfect for eating and crafting with friends.

All photos by Chantel Cherie Photography

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Ladies stamped name tags and entered their name to win a fabulous prize from our amazing sponsors!

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SPONSORS

Mile High Clothing Co.    Feral Watches    Cozy Blue    Paperie & Pen
Seamaid Market    Lucky Lamb & Co.    The Dapper Jackalope

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Now, I don’t want to say that people come to Sweetgrass Creative workshops for the food, but this spread was amazing! Thanks to my good friend Lisa for the homemade bruschetta and fancy meat and cheese platter, and Michelle for her delicious pumpkin cookies. I ate the leftovers for days after. It was perfect.

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Check out all these pretty notions! Although we learned to roll our own felt balls, we used balls from Ta Daa Studio in our project due to the drying time of the balls.

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We embroidered mini banners, learned to roll those ever popular felt balls ourselves, weaved and adorned embroidery hoop dreamcatchers, and finished off the day with leather gold-leafed keychains. A day packed full of crafting and great company!

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Kits for these banners can be found in my Etsy shop, Sweetgrass Creative!

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Holy perfect lighting. Fall in Boise is pretty perfect.

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I love seeing all these ladies getting their craft on, and the variety of people that come out for these events. It was so fun to meet new faces and connect with other makers!

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Thank you so so much to all the ladies that came out and made my day, and a HUGE thanks to Chantel for the amazing photos. I LOVE putting on these workshops but they couldn’t be done without all of your (YES YOU!) support. Thank you all, and I’ll see you at the next one!

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