Hands On Workshops

Some folks are just hands on learners… so this year we will bring back the highly popular and more intimate in size, hands on workshops!

These are ADDITIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE workshops. These workshops have an additional cost for supplies that are not included in the main conference price. These sessions do fill quickly and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Many of you requested to do two. Unfortunately due to the length required for some of the more intensive projects, you will only be able to pick one of the first three choices, but then catch the 3:30 sign workshop too.

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1. Creative Crafting with Karianne: $35

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One of our most popular workshops and speakers is back!! Join the amazing Karianne from ThistlewoodFarms.com for an afternoon for crafting and fun.

Karianne is DIY crafter, blogger and business leader.  You will spend small group time with her as she walks you through some of her fun Trash to Treasure Crafting projects. With her hands on mentoring, you will create your own beautiful sign with Karianne’s unique touch and be encouraged to craft and create in your own home.

Your class fee pays for all the supplies and tools needed to make a similar storage rack or jewelry organizer,  plus some fun extra crafting goodies to take home.

And check out all the D. Lawless Hardware. So many possibilities. The knobs alone are worth the price of the workshop. Aren’t they great.




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2. Hands on- Furniture Painting Workshop: Friday, July 26 from 1 – 3:30. 

Furniture Painting

“Bring Your Own Piece of Furniture” Painting Makeover  – $40

(This is the value of the paint and materials alone, plus you’ll go home with some extra to start your next project)  (Sign Up HERE)

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The best way to makeover a great (or maybe not so great!) piece of furniture is with PAINT!

Do not be afraid to attack that old wood hutch left to you by a relative. You can do it! Learn how to go home and transform your home with the power of paint!! (Have you seen my (Jen’s) house? This is a skill you’ll forever use. 

In this workshop you will bring your own small piece of furniture – chair, side table or even a few large picture frames and complete a top to bottom makeover using DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint and waxes. Even if you can’t carry something big, the workshop will be full of helpful hands on opportunities to learn with confidence.

Don’t worry about any timely prep work on your piece because you won’t need it, but we do ask that you come with it cleaned before class!

Your instructor,  Rosemary Palmer from My Home and Travels is so knowledgeable and will teach you all about the proper techniques to quickly and easily apply Paint, waxes and stencils to your pieces. She will teach you all the tools you need to go home and do this yourself.

Not only will you leave with a completely new to you piece with lots of tips on your future projects, but you’ll have some extras to take home and do more at home.  This is a skill you want to learn because you can renovate your house with a little furniture painting knowledge.

One rule…if you can’t carry your side table in by yourself, it’s probably too big. We also request that you kindly leave your best cashmere in your suitcase for this class too!

We will provide all paint and materials, you just bring the furniture! 

Ready to get started? Trust me, it’s addicting. 🙂 Sign up here.



3. Handwritten Calligraphy $56 (her classes are typically $88)

Friday, July 26 from 1:00 – 3:00.

Check Calligraphy off your Bucket List! This beautiful and timeless art is pure magic, especially when you can learn in a fun and encouraging environment with Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes.

Maghon Taylor has traveled the South spreading happiness through her handwriting, teaching more than 7,000 students since 2013. She provides support, encouragement and the skills and knowledge needed to officially make calligraphy your new favorite hobby. It’s like you’re learning from your best friend.

Class is 2 hours and includes:
– $45 value supply kit of Maghon’s Favorite
– Calligraphy Nibs
– Calligraphy Pen Holder
– Calligraphy Ink and Ink Holder
– Unlimited Refills on Ink and Practice Paper
– Ink Pen to take Notes
– Maghon’s Signature Confetti Supply Pouch
– laughs, learning and lettering the night away!

Ages 10-110 are welcome to party. NO experience is necessary. We are all in this adventure together. These popular classes almost ALWAYS SELL OUT fast, so get your tickets today!

Sign up today because this class sells out quickly. ______________________________________________

4. Double Sided Chalk Coutoure Chalkboard: $15     

Friday, July 26 at 3:30 pm             

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Come join the fun as Debbie from RefreshRestyle.com shows you just how easy it is to create personalized gifts and wonderful home decor using Chalk Coutoure style.

Depending on where the bow is positioned, a clip can be added and this can be both a chalkboard as well as a picture holder.

Who do you know that loves “This is Us?” Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift and yes, you will have made it yourself.

Debbie will walk you through various ideas and share lots of inspiration

Sign up here and create this personalized sign today.