“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
In April I hosted my first workshop, I didn’t want it to be like other workshops, I wanted to spend a day creating and making rich relationships. I hosted the workshop in the cutest little cabin in Heber, UT, it was the perfect location and their kitchen was to die for. Everything came together and there weren’t too many things that didn’t go right, I obviously had some regrets after it was over of things I didn’t do, but overall everything was a success. We started the day learning how to make fresh pasta, we made several different kinds; tortellini, ravioli, orecchiette, rigatoni, and trofie pasta. I have loved making pasta since high school and my love for it increased when I went to a cooking class in Sienna, Italy. It was one of my richest experiences while traveling, it was so fun to share that knowledge with others. I love to create and I especially love helping others learn a new skill.
After we made our pasta, I taught how to make a leather passport holder. Awhile back Cole’s family was getting ready to move so they were cleaning out the garage and they found some amazing pieces of leather. I drew up a pattern for a purse and Cole figured out how to make it, after that we loved creating things out of leather. For the leather passport wallet I kind of took over Cole’s manly hobby and turned it girly by adding some modern fabrics and designing patterns for everyday use. I love to travel and I think traveling can greatly influence our desires to create.
We ended the evening with a beautiful dinner on the deck of the cabin, Amber did such an amazing job with the florals and set up, she made all of my dreams come true! It was such a perfect night eating around her stunning arrangements. Refine Studio designed the amazing menus. We started the meal with an olive tapenade and minestrone soup. The main course was Chicken Marsala served over fresh pasta, with roasted asparagus on the side. The meal was completed with an amazing Lemon Cake from Annie Bee Cakery, it was to die for, I am still dreaming of it.
I hope to continue doing these workshops, please let me know if you would like them to continue, I would love to chat! I love living a creative life and I believe it brings so much happiness into my life, it gives me confidence, it brings me success, it builds my business, it creates friendships. I know a lot of people who are afraid to create because they might fail, but what if you don’t? More often I see their confidence increase and they love themselves a little bit more. I heard someone awhile back say that they had no talents, that made me so sad, everyone has something, we just have to experiment and find what it is. Some people may have more than others, but that doesn’t diminish the few that you have. Never compare your starting point to someones years of practice. We all have to start somewhere.
“And you have treasures hidden within you– extraordinary treasures– and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
If you are looking for another great workshop, Amber is hosting an amazing workshop in the fall! en Plein Air is a floral masterclass designed for all skill levels and will be centered on the power of inspiration and the creative process. You will work on developing your own artistic eye and creating individual work that comes from the soul. Head over to her site to learn more about it, it looks absolutely amazing!
Amazing Florist and Stylist: Amber Reverie
Menus and Branding: Refine Studio
Cake: Annie Bee Cakery
Location: A Frame Haus
Plates, Flatware and Serving Dishes: West Elm