Goodness time flies. It seems like it was just last week when I was sipping the most delicious lattes in Sara Parson's kitchen laughing and telling stories with the sweetest ladies. But alas, it was over a month ago.
Time got the best of me but I'm finally getting my act together to recap the trip/workshop.
This was the first trip I've ever taken with just my sister. I loved having all that time with her traveling, talking, laughing - uninterrupted, cherished moments we rarely get to have with little ones running under foot distracting us with constant needs.
Traveling was no joke. Flights, shuttles and ferries made for a full day of sisterly bonding and traveling. I road a ferry for the first time and decided I might need to live on an island so I can do it more often. Or at least visit Sara more. One of the two for sure.
And let's just take a moment to talk about how beautiful Friday Harbor is! I think my husband was a little jealous of all the pictures I kept sending. It's pretty unreal.
After we met up with Amanda, we made our way to Sara's house and got busy taking pictures of ducks...
er, prepping for the workshop. I love watching Amanda's vision come together and am always amazed at the details she thinks through.
The event took place in the most gorgeous barn so it didn't take much to get it ready for the workshop. A little bunting, balloons from Shop Sweet Lulu, flower centerpieces from The Felt Flower Shop and all the pretty craft supplies and you've got yourself an Amanda Rydell craft workshop!
The day of the workshop we woke up early and prepared lunches for all the ladies. Shop Sweet Lulu provided the cutest picnic supplies and I made some labels for the different items.
You can get your own printable PDF of the label set over on the Sweet Lulu blog today!
It was finally time for the workshop and meeting all the lovely ladies!
I love getting to meet people from the online world in real life and this group of women was so special and they just blessed my socks off.
Amanda kicked off the workshop with a little paint craft and macrame pot hanger. This lady and her painting skills - come paint all my things!
Ashley was up next with a some phone photography tips and a photo craft. Watching her teach these ladies her passion was a gift! I've taken both her DSLR and phone photography Snap Shop classes and highly recommend them. Hearing her in person was a great refresher for me since it's been years since I've taken her classes.
I wrapped up the workshop with some lettering and chalk art tips.
Time ran a bit short for my part of the crafting but the ladies got to take home supplies to make their own hanging chalk canvas.
Before everyone left, they got to take home a box full of swag from some pretty amazing sponsors.
Huge thank you to:
Shop Sweet Lulu || The Mason Bar Company || Modern June || Maggie Holmes Design || The Felt Flower Shop || Splendid Supply || Sakura || Behr Paint || Mpix || Pen and Paint || Julep || Give With Joy || Ike and Co || Fresh Tangerine || Rebekah Gough || Shop Celebrate Life || Kelly Moore || Sugar Blossom || Bloom Theory || Paisley Sprouts || Catch Swan Dreams
And then we all breathed, had my sister take a couple baby bump photos with those fabulous balloons, kissed the ducks and maybe ate some late night hot dogs, graciously made by Sara's husband, Sean - Sean, you rock, and called it a night.
Then it was back to traveling.
But before we left Washington, some of our sweet friends took us on a little tour around Seattle.
Thank you, Kirby and Sherry, for your friendship and for giving up some of your time so we didn't have to wake up at 4am to catch the ferry and shuttles!
These weekends are such a blessing to me in so many ways and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work and play alongside my friends, old and new.
And thank you to Sara for opening up your home to us, for all the lattes and your friendship. You and Sean made the weekend magical and I'm so thankful for you.
Until next time, Friday Harbor and Be Crafty.
More pictures from the event from Amanda and Ashley (click names for their posts).