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The Design Confidential Takes Sonoma For The Michael’s Makers Summit

08.03.15
The Design Confidential Takes Sonoma for The Michael's Makers Summit

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse or two from a fabulous event I was lucky enough to attend in Sonoma last week. For those of you who aren't so familiar with California – this is the heart of wine country with a deep history, some of the world's finest wine, and views that are vast and stunning. It was only fitting that Michael's Craft Stores chose this place (seriously, you need to see this place!) to host the first ever Makers Summit and to celebrate the Maker Movement with 50 of the finest Maker Minds in the nation. I am honored to be a part of this group of bloggers and left this event with my heart full and feeling so inspired to tackle new projects that I have been wanting to try for a very long time.

If you are like me and have the need to create and stretch your skills in new and exciting ways, you are in luck because for most of August, all of you will get to experience the amazing craft classes we took while we were at the Summit. Watercolor, Weaving, Paper Flowers and Image Transfers (this last one has some particularly mind blowing techniques that I never knew about) all online to do at your leisure and all for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22. This should give you a feel for the crazy amazing talent we were exposed to in beautiful wine country – spoiled rotten is what we were, that much is sure.

The Design Confidential Takes Sonoma for The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes Sonoma for The Michael's Makers Summit

If you are curious about all 50 of this year’s Makers (I know… 50?!?), you can check out each of our blogs and bios here! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels

I wonder if you know which gal I am in this group photo above? I will give you a hint: I'm kneeling down but virtually in a row of my own! I hope these images inspire you to give these free Creativebug classes a try. I can't say enough about the talented gals who taught them. I will be brushing up on several of them throughout the month as well, since a couple of them are fairly advanced techniques and as it turns out I am not that great at watercolor – or paper flower making. Really it's more that I am not very good at wielding the flower tape. Eek, that stuff is sticky and tricky – not an easy combo!

The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit
The Design Confidential Takes The Michael's Makers Summit

Images by Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential / Michael's Craft Stores / Caitlin of The Merrythought / Shannon of Eat. Sleep. Make. (Thanks girls!) To see all the other recaps… check out the links below!

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