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pinata makin’

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I have a thing for pinatas, I always have. A few years back, when my husband and I bought our house and we hosted a housewarming BBQ, he insisted we have burgers and hot dogs and I insisted we have a pinata. My friends didn’t really know what to make of this, but luckily we had some kids in attendance who really enjoyed taking care of that pinata.

Thanks to Dabble and the lovely and super talented ladies of Eriewood Collective, the next time I have a special occasion, I can make my very own pinata in whichever shape I choose! To say I’m stoked with my new found knowledge would be an understatement. Eriewood Collective, you have created a monster. Ha!

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dabble clay play

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to attend a Dabble class so I was really excited that I got to attend a clay play session hosted by Drum Face Chicago. The class is set up so you can make something with clay either by handbuilding (this is what I did) or experimenting with wheel throwing. It was really neat seeing everyone’s vision come to life, one creative gal used her preferred method of holding her coffee mugs to make a pair of really neat mugs. Our creations were then left in the capable hands of our lovely teacher Heather who will fire them up on the kiln and have them ready for us to pick up in a few weeks. I can’t wait to get my hand on my little handmade bowls!

wardrobe revamp

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Yesterday a small group of women gathered at this lovely place looking for some tips on hand sewing and mending clothes. This Dabble course, taught by the super sweet and talented Kandy Christensen was very laid-back and super helpful, after Kandy taught us how to properly sew on a button, it was like a light bulb went off, we all shared that wonderful a-ha moment. The combination of sewing, drinking and eating was surprisingly a great combination as well, as you can see from the photos, we had some good grub to nosh on whilst learning.

I look forward to taking some further lessons from Kandy and finally put to use that awesome sewing machine my husband bought me for Christmas. Up first, this pattern that I’ve been dying to make, hopefully in time for summer.

yarn lady, here

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As promised, I am sharing with you the awesome photos I walked away with after the Dabble product photography class, aren’t they great?! We were told in advance to bring a few items to photograph and knew I just had to bring my newly-finished speckled hat. If you haven’t seen it yet, Hannah, the lovely lady behind Hetterson designed this gorgeous hat pattern for Frolic, and it was honestly the most fun I’ve had knitting. My husband says it’s his favorite thing I’ve knit and I’d have to agree with him. Thanks so much for sharing this gem Chelsea and Hannah!

I also brought my WIP to photograph, this is the start of my first set of mittens, wish me luck!

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I gotta say, it’s gonna be hard to photograph my knitting projects at home now, I may have to enlist Erika and her studio’s help for all my knits, uh oh, this hobby of mine just became really expensive.

product photography 101

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This past weekend, I snuck away from my work to take another (I can’t get enough!!) great Dabble course, beginning product photography taught by the awesome photographer, Erika DuFour. The class consisted mostly of entrepreneurs seeking tips on photographing their items for Etsy, Ebay, etc. It was so great to meet these talented people and discover new shops (more on that later!), it’s so encouraging to see the ever growing entrepreneurial scene in Chicago, especially those selling really cute handmade items. By the way, the lovely floral arrangements I went nuts taking pictures of are by Cindy Schwartz. I couldn’t get enough of those flowers!

Erika was a great teacher, she made the whole process seem so accessible despite our using some high-tech, expensive equipment, she was very adamant about using what we have at home and improvising to get quality photos which was really refreshing, she didn’t once try to sell us on any high-end products. This experience also cemented in my mind the importance of professional photographers, they are worth every single penny people!

My favorite part of the whole process? Erika’s awesome studio! I’d love to go back someday and take more pictures of that space, it was that great.

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Thanks again Dabble and Erika for such a wonderful class! Stay tuned, my next post will include the studio photos I snapped. Happy Monday!

brunch mixology

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Last week I mentioned attending a double-header Dabble event, the first being cupcake decorating and the second, a delicious (and dangerous) mixology class. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m no stranger behind the bar, I’ve been a part-time bartender at a small German pub for a few years, however, it’s a bierstube so we specialize in beer and not much else. A person who approaches me about a martini is out of luck, I can tell you all about pilsners, lagers and ales but don’t ask me for a lemon drop as I probably don’t have the ingredients for that.

All this to say, this class was perfect for me as I’m always looking for ways to sharpen my mixology skills, especially brunch mixology because we all know that when it comes to brunch, it’s all about the drinks. Dennis, our teacher was a fountain of knowledge, it was fascinating to not only learn about making these drinks but also the story behind each liquor and how it’s made/distilled. Let me tell you, this man made some mean drinks, he even gave us the recipe to one of his signature cocktails which was really yummy and deceptively strong.

The best part about the class? Getting buzzed before noon, of course. The true breakfast of champions, my friends.

cupcake decorating

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This past Wednesday, Dabble held a special event featuring two awesome classes back to back, the first being cupcake decorating. I gotta admit, I was really terrible at the decorating part, a girl mentioned her fondant rose looking more like a succulent than a rose, well, mine didn’t even resemble a plant of any sort. Ha! Nevertheless, the class was super-duper fun and the cupcakes, which our teacher Meg lovingly made, were pretty damn delicious.

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I have so much respect for all you bakers and pastry gurus, Cake Boss makes it look so easy (ok, not really), but boy, decorating those yummy treats is not easy. I’m glad that I make up for my lack of cupcake artistry by being a champ at eating ’em. Yep, I’m pretty tough to beat in that department.

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Oh and by the way, this class was held at Dabble’s new headquarters, a lovely office space in Enerspace Chicago, just look at all that lovely light and ample space! Congrats Dabble peeps, you guys rule! xo