November Workshop Peek!

Mornin’ Everyone! Need a little help from my friends! Could you give me some feedback? I’m getting ready to advertise for Fall Workshops. Which offerings do you think would be more appealing and fun for people? Could you vote? or give feedback?

1.  Create a Fun Chair or Stool
2. Make Indoor Moss Terrarium/Moss Container Garden (evergreen!)
3. Construct a Fairy/Elf/Gnome House for Magical Friend (even with lights!)
4. Start a Family Shoe Fairy Tradition!
5. Make a Cloth Bound Book for special friend!
6. Use Studio and Supplies for an Individual/Group Project
7. Other suggestions?

After I decide which ones to offer first, I’ll work out the details. Post times and prices.

Later I will be offering workshops for children as well. So many options from up my sleeve and from my studio!

Here’s a little more information for now:

These are one session workshops, designed to be taken home that very day unless otherwise posted.

1. Fun Chair or Stool Bottom

Learn and using techniques to create a woven chair/stool bottom using old belts, neckties. etc.

1. Create Fun Chair or Stool!

2. Indoor Moss Terrarium or Outdoor Evergreen Container Garden:

Learn/use techniques and supplies to create a variety of indoor terrarium gifts from options such as ‘bell jars, ball jars, domed covers.  Or… Learn how to create and care for your own outdoor evergreen moss container garden.MossTerrarium

3. Fairy/Elf/Gnome House for a Magical Friend

Use natural materials, power and hand tools to create a sturdy fairy house/elf/gnome house and the magical dweller for a young friend. (this could take two sessions)

Fairy House

4. Outdoor Birdhouse:

Use power tools, old seasoned outdoor wood, old tin and wooden roofing, and natural materials to create a sturdy birdhouse for a gift or for your yard. If put up this fall, it would be well ‘seasoned’ to be ready for spring birds, or just in time for wintering birds looking for unique, warm real estate. (could take two sessions). Also learn simple techniques for placement, mounting/posting your birdhouse to protect the birds from snakes, squirrels, etc. (could take two sessions)


5. Shoe Fairy Tradition 

Create a new Family Tradition for special occasions or family overnite gatherings, or even mailed suprise visits from The Shoe Fairy. Design your own shoe fairy system, shoe presentation, and create a ‘stash’ of magic for the upcoming visits. Share your own Family Traditions, ex. Elf on a Shelf, and learn from others. Together you all may create a winner!


6. Open Individual or Group Project in Studio (could be repeated times)

Open Project Workshop Time
Come ‘open-minded’ to decide what project you want to do after you get here! Or bring an idea of your own. I will have offerings, plus you can let your magical muse loose and see what happens:
Available supplies:
woodworking: power and hand tools available as well as a variety of wood pieces, glues, screws, nails, etc.
clay work: slab or free form (I don’t have a kiln, so we’d have to take your work somewhere to be fired.)
painting: watercolor, acrylic, tissue paper painting, …(I have oil pastels but no oil paints.)
mixed media: collage, paper, cloth, gesso, papercraft
jewelry making: using a potpourri of supplies, etc. (I’m not that brushed up on fine motor jewelry-making techniques, but we can teach each other

Studio 1

7. Your Suggestions

What would you like to see offered in a country setting with some other creative souls and a workplace with supplies and inspiration?




  1. mary harwood said,

    October 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Awesome, Ann! I vote for bird houses, then number 3, 5 and 6.
    I can see having birthday party activities for grandchildren!!!!! 🙂 I love the idea of making books. Could I bring out a class from school?

  2. Ann Gordon said,

    October 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Thanks, Mary for your votes! I’ll add them to my ‘tally’. And yes! about bringing kids from school! For something like the bookmaking, it would need to be a smaller number than 28 kids (is that what a whole class is these days?). I might be able to squeeze 10 for bookmaking but 8 would be better.
    There’s also ‘trip to The Fairy Hillock’ and so much I could do with kids. I just know I’d need another adult or two with me. I’m SO excited! The numbness /pain in my hands and feet is lessening! Some of my ‘old self’ is emerging, along with the part of me that is always new!
    Let’s pick a date! (need a little lead time)

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