| Written by Ronnie |
When Trish and I started planning for our signature workshop this year, we decided to take a different approach this year. Instead of aiming for twenty students, we opted for a smaller group of six to eight people. Our thinking was that this would help create a more intimate atmosphere and enable us to engage more effectively in Q&A. Armed with our new direction, the two of us spent days on end browsing Airbnb, as we attempted to locate the perfect venue for our event...
In the end, our hard work (because we all know how exhausting internet surfing can be) paid off. We stumbled upon Zoe Dent's amazing home in Avalon, and we knew immediately that it was the one! I sent off a hopeful email, holding my breath the entire time. Within a couple of hours, Zoe had written back: Not only was she happy for us to hire her place, but she was keen to come along and learn as well! Trish and I exchanged virtual high fives, then got cracking with the rest of our prep work.
Silvie from Little Gem Flower was happy to collaborate with us again, and she created the most gorgeous succulent arrangements o adorn our workshop table. There were also pink peonies, a wild blueberry bush, and lavish-looking cabbage flowers, which are a personal favourite of mine. The colours and textures of Silvie's florals complemented the venue's decor beautifully. Thank you so much, Silvie, for your generosity and for your brilliant eye.
We also switched things up a bit and used a couple of different suppliers. We sent our workshop booklets off to Magcloud to be printed, and we were delighted with the results. Their turnaround was fast, and the quality of the print exceeded our expectations. Our canvas totes were done by Vistaprint and, again, the quality of the totes and the turnaround time were more than impressive.
Our workshop goodie bag was our best yet, much thanks to Trish and the incredible generosity of all our sponsors. We were gifted the softest and fluffiest handmade marshmallows from Black Pantry; the special kids' edition of Fete magazine; the cutest camera cookie made exclusively for our workshop by Hello Naomi; gorgeous wrapping paper from Lauren Merrick; an all-natural (and totally indulgent) shea body butter from Nourish & Nurture; vouchers from a set of mini magnets from Origrami; and delicious Australian green tea by Perfect South. Thank you, Belinda, Annabelle, Jane, Naomi, Lauren, Tabitha Emma, Jeff, and Renee, for your generosity and amazing support.
And our students. What can I say? Every time we hold one of our workshops, I am always blown away by the calibre of the people who come along. Many are talented creatives but, more importantly, our attendees have all been encouraging, kind-hearted, receptive, and eager to learn. Trish and I will always be grateful that we get to do this as part of our work, and that we get to meet such wonderful people in the process. We were particularly impressed with this group of women, who all seemed to cope really well with the intense amount of information we threw at them. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Zoe, Suzanne, Susanna, Amy, Alice, Sandra, and Karen for making it such an amazing day for us!
And last but not least, a huge thanks to my awesome partner-in-crime, Trish. It's a true joy to embark on this incredible journey with you.