Last month at Folktale Winery, we partnered with Carmel Valley Mercantile to teach locals how to build, decorate, and use a flower press! This Artisan Workshop is a part of a monthly series that we will be sharing with the community, hoping to inspire creativity and the art of craft. We hope these lovely photos by AGS Photo Art will convince you to sign-up for our next Artisan Workshop. Next Tuesday night, May 23rd, we will be creating crepe paper flowers together and enjoying a free glass of wine at Folktale Winery. Price is $45 per person, and this is a 21+ only event. Please buy your tickets soon, seats are very limited.
Last month, Folktale Winery hosted the first round of an Artisan Workshop Series that we will be doing monthly with Carmel Valley Mercantile. Attendees will be able to enjoy a glass of wine, learn a new skill, and take home a hand-crafted project. Our March workshop sold-out and was an absolute blast! We created mini wall gardens and enjoyed the company of creative locals. (A special thank you to Ada Fisher for these gorgeous photos!) Our next workshop with Folktale Winery is next Wednesday, April 26th from 6-8pm. We will be building mini flower presses, pressing wildflowers, and decorating our presses with a fun image-transfer process. Come join us! Price is $55 and includes a glass of wine and all the supplies and instruction. This event is only for adults 21 years and older.
The Spring + Summer season of Tacklebox Girls Club kicked off on February 26, and we are so excited to have more girls joining us in the upcoming months. Spaces are limited, and our next meeting is March 26th, so sign up now. Want to know what Tacklebox Girls Club is all about? TGC is a local, creative program for middle-school girls. We emphasize the importance of using creativity and camaraderie to help deal with stress, build confidence, and promote happiness! During each meeting, we will do journaling, arts & crafts projects, and hear from “Rosie.” Rosie is our 1959 Hermes Typewriter who writes advice letters to the gals. Girls are encouraged to write to Rosie, and every week, we read a typed response from her. In addition to the meetings, we give the girls inspiration through our Pinterest boards and blog and special birthday mail! Each meeting’s price covers all instruction, supplies, snacks, and beverages. We meet at: 24000 Robinson Canyon Rd. Carmel, Ca 93923. (Next to the Carmel Valley Mercantile!) Emily, the CVM owner, is gracious enough to allow us to utilize her workshop and outdoor space for Girls Club in addition to our Clubhouse.
3 hour, monthly meetings. We will have 5 total meetings, one of which will be an extra-special summer addition to the program.
The price is $80/meeting. If you sign your gal up for 4 out of 5 of the meetings, the price is only $75 per meeting. (The same price as the old program)
Previews! I’m giving a little sneak-peek of what we will be working on. This will be so great for the girls- now they will know if they should collect things for our projects. (photos, magazine clippings, notes, etc)
TGC Spring Season dates:
1:30-4:30, Sunday, February 26th
“Self-care February” features a drawing project to help girls find time for themselves and art during their daily life. We will also craft a fun project to house their art supply goodies!
1:30-4:30, Sunday, March 26th
“Matchbox March” The girls and I will create truly unique vignettes inside of a matchbox. They will learn new watercolor, collage, and layering techniques. Think… fifth-grade-science-diorama, but cuter.
1:30-4:30, Sunday, April 23rd
“Art Journal April” Learn new art journal techniques with collage, image transfer, and try out some new supplies. (Don’t worry, there will still be washi-tape and gel pens too!) I will be supplying a small 3-ring binder, so the girls can take this home and add to their journal over time! Over the next few months, I encourage the girls to collect photos, ephemera, notes, magazine clippings, etc. These will make really dynamic pages.
1:30-4:30, Sunday, June 25th
“Summer Camp June” Make a tiny book of envelopes and special pages to document your summer break, store your stamp or sticker collection, or to send to a friend. We will learn a basic bookbinding technique together and then your imagination can run wild.
1:30-4:30, Sunday, July 16th
“Extra-Special July” Over the next few months, I will be writing down suggestions from the girls on projects or ideas they would like to do for an end-of-the-season celebration workshop. A month before this meeting, I will send out an email and reveal what special project we will do! I’m also open to ideas from the parents too!
On Sunday, we kicked off our Tacklebox Girls Club Fall season, and our first project was a DIY watercolor tote bag. The gals spent an hour scribbling, doodling, and coloring on their cotton totes with Sharpie markers. We listened to music, brainstormed potential Halloween costumes, and joked with Eliza about her blue lipstick.
Everyone's favorite part of the project was spraying their finished tote with rubbing alcohol. This method made the colors bleed in really magical ways, creating a watercolor look. Now everyone is ready to re-do their wardrobe! Just for fun, we added an apron to the mix.
We took a little break from the Sharpies, had a snack, and came inside the Tacklebox clubhouse for some quiet journal time. The girls were each given a welcome packet that included a journal and an embroidered, monogram ribbon. A little "thank you" for being our first group of club members.
I shared some of my journals with the girls and let them know that their journal is whatever they want it to be. I keep journals for art projects, grocery lists, weekly plans, and collage. We threw some gel pens, markers, and washi tapes in the middle of the floor, and turned on some soft music. (Thanks, Lily!) Some girls immediately decorated the covers, others made sections for DIY projects, recipes, thoughts, etc. A few of the girls needed a little more inspiration, so I suggested that they write their favorite word in the middle of the page and decorate around the word. What colors does this word inspire? What other words or phrases do you associate with the word?
We ended our meeting with my favorite section, "Ask Rosie." Rosie is our little green Hermes typewriter, and she writes letters of advice to the girls who write questions and dilemmas to her.
Special thanks to Rosie for that wonderful advice. Jealous Friend, that's a question we all ask in life! Hope you've found a little peace with your problem. Can't wait to see the Tacklebox Girls Club members in a few weeks. Shout-out to Julia for baking that delicious pumpkin bread for us!
On Sunday, August 21st and 28th, Tacklebox held a free preview event for our creative program, Tacklebox Girls Club. We had a blast at Carmel Valley Mercantile and learned beautiful ways to brighten someone's day with snail mail.
It was so wonderful seeing girls from different schools come together to make things and have some time to play games, get to know one another, and eat some sweet treats.
These two Sunday events were the perfect example of what Tacklebox Girls Club will be: a place to slow down and create, connect with others, and get to know ourselves better. We will breathe life into old-school typewriters, books, sewing machines, and letter writing and make it be something wonderful that we share together. No phones (except for pictures!!) No judgement. No right or wrong way. Just creating with our hands and hearts. Cheers to the two groups of lovely girls who spent time at Tacklebox Girls Club! Our program starts on Sunday, September 11th, and there is still time to sign up. For those of you who have, I can't wait to see you soon!
Tacklebox Girls Club is a dream of mine that needs some 6th-8th grade girls to help make it happen. It's the kind of thing I wish I had at that age- an inspiring safe space in the community where girls create, chat, and grow.
It's about learning how to live creatively. Using our hands, our hearts, our words to make things that inspire ourselves and others. It's about adopting the daily ritual of joy, fun, and creativity to help deal with stress and navigate life with grace and confidence.
I see a room full of girls making journals for themselves, collaborating on a funky photo backdrop for a mother-daughter event, and helping each other deal with friend drama through writing and performing. Every girl is welcome at Tacklebox Girls Club, not only the ones who are already crafty! It's not about creating artists. It's about creating girls who live happily because of their creative practice- whether it's through dance, cooking, sketching, directing iPhone videos, etc. Let's find out how we can make a mess together!
On Sunday, August 21 and 28 from 3-5pm, Carmel Valley Mercantile (24000 Robinson Canyon Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93923) will host a free Tacklebox Girls Club event that will preview our twice-monthly school year program. Join us for creating, snacks, and so much fun! Please call or email Megan to reserve a spot.