{Weekend Recap} Summer School PDX

This weekend was a whirlwind of meeting creative people, spotting blogger/photography “celebrities,” and learning new skills.

I started my morning off in Photography with Lisa Warninger of Urban Weeds. Her lovely wardrobe stylist Lauren of The Little Things We Do did an amazing job of styling all the props and the model. Lauren brought all the props from home. Doesn’t she just have the most amazing eye for things? Meredith Adelaide, the gorgeous model, had her makeup done by Madeline Roosevelt. Meredith was just a sweetheart to shoot. She totally put up with us amateurs!

After a quick lunch at Henry’s with three lovely gals I met in the class, I was back to it in Packaging 101 with Sally and Joke. I started on Sally’s side where we learned all about different craft supplies and tried our hand at making flags and tags. I was scared to admit that as a full blown craft supply hoarder I owned a lot of the stuff she did! On Joke’s side we painted muslin bags, twill tape, and wrapping paper. As a craft room-less and more of a craft supply mountain person, I was so excited to have the space, supplies, instruction, and surrounding fellow creatives to get me pumped! Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures during the class, but I took some at home of my creations.

I ended the summer school weekend with a Sunday session with Joy of Oh Joy! for a blogging and social media class. I met some local lovelies and I hope we’ll get to bounce our ideas off of each other and have a blog club of sorts.

Are you planning to attend any creative classes soon or have you in the past? Did you enjoy them?


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  • June 20, 2011 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Beautifully done! Your painting ideas are great. Mine weren’t nearly as successful, but I had a ton of fun in the class.

    • Connie
      June 21, 2011 - 7:03 am | Permalink

      Rachel – Haha thanks! I was actually surprised mine turned out! Wish I could’ve talked to the other group in the class more (e.g., you!). I snuck a peek at your branding/logo when you showed Sally & joke, and they look amazing. Excited to add your photography blog to my reader. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • June 22, 2011 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Aww, these are such great pics of the class!! It just so happened that you took the two classes I didn’t take! :) But I so wanted to take the packaging class…it looked like so much fun. I learned so much, and had such a great weekend in your city! :) Next time I come up, I’ll let you know, for sure ;)

    • Connie
      June 22, 2011 - 10:20 am | Permalink

      Lillian – Aww that’s too bad, I heard those classes were great too! Definitely let me know! I’d be happy to show you around.

  • joan
    June 22, 2011 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    how beautiful! love the wooden tag. where can i find them? I also love the your muslin bag! it came out so beautifully. thanks for sharing… love, love your blog!

    • Connie
      June 22, 2011 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Joan – Thanks so much for stopping by! The packaging 101 teachers (Sally J. Shim & Joke of Tooketok) made the tags, but I’ve found several online sources to share. Country Porch, Clarion House Collectibles, and for bulk there’s eCrater. They all come out to be about 17 cents pre-shipping. If you’d like to purchase in person, you may want to check the wood cut-out section of your local JoAnn’s or Michaels.

      They printed the names and patterns on label paper and cut them out to adhere to the wooden tags. Maybe I’ll make a “Friday Freebie” with printable labels soon!

      Hope that helps!

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