Sunday afternoon at Tacklebox Girls Club

Josie, Eliza, and Lily are collaborating on the group apron.

Josie, Eliza, and Lily are collaborating on the group apron.

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.

 

 

 

 

A detail shot of Roxy's watercolor technique...

A detail shot of Roxy's watercolor technique...

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.

Welcome to the club, girls! We are so happy to have you.

Welcome to the club, girls! We are so happy to have you.

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. 

Rosie is named after my great-grandmother who was the best storyteller I ever knew. She was a woman who dressed however she wanted, loved bright colors and patterns, and made endless crochet teacups and quilts. 

Rosie is named after my great-grandmother who was the best storyteller I ever knew. She was a woman who dressed however she wanted, loved bright colors and patterns, and made endless crochet teacups and quilts. 



Dear Rosie,

My best friend’s birthday was last week and I went to her party at her house. I have been talking about how much I want my own cell phone for a really long time. She didn’t really care about having one. Her mom and dad gave her one as a birthday present, and it made me upset. It’s not fair that she has one now even though she wasn’t that excited. I feel bad for being upset but I can’t help it. What should I do?

Thank you,
Jealous Friend

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!

 

Mail Art + Tacklebox Girls Club

Trying out new lettering techniques and fun ways to use washi tape!

Trying out new lettering techniques and fun ways to use washi tape!

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.

 

Sloan wrote a letter to her favorite Olympian. We love the way she used the lightning bolt in his name and all that cool washi tape!

Sloan wrote a letter to her favorite Olympian. We love the way she used the lightning bolt in his name and all that cool washi tape!

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.

Gianna created her own cloud font... how cool is that?

Gianna created her own cloud font... how cool is that?

The only thing I didn’t like about Tacklebox Girls Club is that it didn’t last longer
— Gianna
It's even fun to send a letter to your mom! Who cares if she lives in the same house as you... Maddie did a great job with all of those washi banners!

It's even fun to send a letter to your mom! Who cares if she lives in the same house as you... Maddie did a great job with all of those washi banners!

Josie used an old-school art technique, pointillism, to give her letters a little more pizazz. Love the variety!

Josie used an old-school art technique, pointillism, to give her letters a little more pizazz. Love the variety!

A big shout-out to Tacklebox Girls Club member, Lily, and her mom, Emily, for hosting us at the Carmel Valley Mercantile, and making the best lemonade ever!

A big shout-out to Tacklebox Girls Club member, Lily, and her mom, Emily, for hosting us at the Carmel Valley Mercantile, and making the best lemonade ever!

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!

 

Our Sunday, August 21st crew started it off with a bang!!

Our Sunday, August 21st crew started it off with a bang!!

Five different schools were represented in this club meeting! Thank you, ladies!

Five different schools were represented in this club meeting! Thank you, ladies!

Introducing Tacklebox Girls Club

Girls Club Motto: "Be joyful. Create. Make a mess. Love yourself. Be an inspiration."

Girls Club Motto: "Be joyful. Create. Make a mess. Love yourself. Be an inspiration."

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.

Call: 870.215.1876

Email: megan@tacklebox-creative.com