Creative Rx: Matthew Mead Workshop

Fresh off the publication of one of my favorite projects in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, I was looking for a creative escape as a way to rejuvenate or “fill the funnel” as my friend Margo likes to say.

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She always uses that term to describe the sales process– to seek out new prospects never knowing what will come to fruition.  I think that advice applies to the creative process as well.  We all need different sources of inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing and to allow for possibilities to unfold and develop in their own time—without expectations.

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One thing I know for certain is that when I am in a creative funk, the best medicine is often a hands-on activity or workshop where I can be fully present.  However convenient, losing myself in an ever-cascading rabbit hole of social media will not do the trick.

 

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Enter my friend Elyse Major, who is always up for a new adventure.  After a brief discussion we decided that only one antidote was in order—-

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

…a road trip to New Hampshire to visit THE Matthew Mead in his studio for one of his winter workshops!

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As many of you know, Matthew Mead is an accomplished stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor.

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Source: Cover by Matthew Mead, Better Homes & Gardens, Dec 2014

He was also the style editor for Country Home magazine, one of my all-time favorites.
(Remember the design home they assembled in Grand Central Station? Just epic!)

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We quickly registered for the Workshop and before you know it we were in Matthew’s studio working on a fun and creative project, enjoying all the camaraderie while so graciously being hosted by Matthew and his wife Jenny.

The setting, the food, engaging conversation, creative play and just plain ‘ole good cheer made the day so wonderful and memorable.

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During the workshop, I had the opportunity to create a decoupage plate, something I have wanted to do for eons after seeing a feature on John Derian’s work in a home decor magazine.  We were able to select from several styles of plates and beautiful papers in a variety of motifs.

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I love how they all came out!

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While everyone has their own way of re-igniting the creative spark, in my case the Valentine’s Workshop at Matthew Mead studio was just what the Doctor ordered…

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A feast for the creative soul!

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Many thanks to Matthew and Jenny Mead, to fun & adventurous Elyse and her indispensible (but sometimes annoying) GPS phone app, and to our fellow workshop attendees.

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Looking forward to more inspiration from Matthew Mead! I’m especially excited for his next publication, Upcycled Style Magazine featuring my friend Danielle Driscoll from the Finding Silver Pennies Blog.

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  Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

Holiday Preview 2014 – Save the Date!

Please save the date for the 13th Annual Bristol Holiday PreviewBristol’s night to shine!!! Follow the luminaries as you stroll, shop & dine joyously through Downtown Bristol from 5 to 9 PM. This year the Holiday Preview will be held Friday & Saturday, November 21st & 22nd, 2014.

We are so excited to be celebrating our 4th year participating in this great Bristol tradition and are thrilled to be hosting two very Special Guests at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI).

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The talented Artist & Muralist M-C Lamarre will join us for Opening Night on Friday.   Her works will be available for viewing and also for purchase.  Craft author and tinkerer extraordinaire Elyse Major will join us Saturday for a book signing and an evening of crafting.  Read on for all the details….

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Friday, November 21st,  Featuring MC-Lamarre, Artist & Muralist, 5pm-9pm

M-C Lamarre M-C Lamarre is an artist & muralist, self-taught as a painter and trained as a potter.  A Providence College graduate, M-C is happiest when exercising her creativity and transforming the dull and drab into something creative and timeless.  She is true to her motto “HAVE BRUSHES.  WILL TRAVEL.”  Over the past 10 years she has transformed both commercial and residential spaces across North America.

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Her mural work has been featured on several TV Shows and news segments as well as in both national and international publications.  While known for her meticulous rendering of the likeness of Fenway Park’s iconic left field wall, the Green Monster, she has been commissioned to participate in two reality TV series: Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Gordon Ramasy’s Hotel Hell on Fox.
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Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage as we celebrate M-C and her artistry.  Visitors will have a special opportunity to purchase her work on Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 22nd,  Featuring Elyse Major, Author & Blogger,  5pm-9pm
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Elyse Major Photo credit: Marisa Bettencourt

Elyse Major is an accomplished home décor & craft author and blogger whose artful “tinkering” gives new life and charm to everyday objects.  She loves creating and writing and shares her passion with the world in two of her recent publications Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures as well as on her popular blog of the same name.

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When she is not tinkering she works as a communications consultant and also contributes articles to magazines such as Romantic Country and Romantic Homes, and to the online resource for parents Kidoinfo.

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Elyse will be sharing her special magic with us—selling and signing copies of her books Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures

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and using goodies from our craft buffet to show us how to bring charm and life to our holiday table-settings !   tinkdered_treasures_craft_Bar
We invite you to join us at Sea Rose Cottage for a creative and crafty kick-off of Bristol’s 13th Annual HOLIDAY PREVIEW!  Both evenings will feature nibbles and sips, great company and good cheer!

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Holiday Preview & A Giveaway!

In celebration of our HOLIDAY PREVIEW & BOOK PARTY, Sea Rose Cottage is co-sponsoring a special GIVEWAY with our friends craft author Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures & Danielle Driscoll home and lifestyle blogger of Finding Silver Pennies.

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First, we hope you will join us at Sea Rose Cottage on Friday November 22nd from 5-9pm for a festive book signing and tinkering event with Elyse and Danielle. The night promises to be full of good cheer, inspiration and conversation! (More details here)

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Now, on to the GIVEAWAY.  As we celebrate the joys of tinkering this Holiday Season we are happy to be sharing some of our favorite tinkering tools, tricks and treasures with you in the form of a freshly picked TINKERING BASKET ($170 value).

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THREE baskets will be given away.  To enter the online drawing for the first 2 baskets, follow the how to enter instructions below.  To enter the in-person drawing for the 3rd basket come tinker with us at the HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY!

The lucky winners will receive a signed copy of Elyse Major’s new Tinkered Treasures book,

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a beautiful hand-made ornament and set of notecards from Danielle Driscoll,

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and some vintage ornaments and fun tinkering supplies from Sea Rose Cottage featuring Miss Mustard Seed Products.

Miss Mustard Seed GiveawayMilk Paint & Mixer, Furniture & Antiquing Wax, Bonding Agent, and Paint & Wax Brush

 

HOW TO ENTER THE ONLINE GIVEAWAY:

1. Leave a comment and tell me what you’d like to create.

2. For a second chance to win, like my facebook page and leave a comment to let me know.

3.  For a third chance to win, share this giveaway on a social media of your choice and let me know you did.

4. For even more chances to win, enter at the Silver Pennies & Tinkered Treasures blogs!

This GIVEAWAY will end November 22, 2013 at 9pm EST.*

Two winners of the online giveaway, to be selected randomly, will be announced Saturday November 23, 2013 at the Finding Silver Pennies Tinkered Treasures blogs.   The winner of the 3rd basket (must be present at the Holiday Preview Party to enter) will be selected by random drawing at the Sea Rose Cottage HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY.

Good luck and HAPPY TINKERING!

*The GIVEAWAY is only open to those living in the continental US and readers who are 18 and older.

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Holiday Preview Party & Book Signing

Please join us for our HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY as we host special guests craft author ELYSE MAJOR and home & lifestyle blogger DANIELLE DRISCOLL for a festive book signing and tinkering event!

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The event will be held at Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street in Bristol from 5-9pm on Friday November 22nd. 

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marisa Bettencourt

Elyse Major is an accomplished Rhode Island author and blogger whose artful “tinkering” gives new life and charm to everyday objects.

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Elyse will be sharing her special magic with us—selling and signing copies of her new book Tinkered Treasures and showing us how we can turn everyday objects into special gifts and treasures!

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To double the fun, we will be joined by the talented blogger, crafter and furniture painter Danielle Driscoll of the Finding Silver Pennies Blog!

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Danielle will share inspiring ways to add warmth and personality to our homes for the Holidays.

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Danielle’s hand-made creations will be on sale as well as other unique holiday gifts.

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The event will feature a craft buffet, nibbles and sips, great company and good cheer!

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We invite you to join us at Sea Rose Cottage as we get our craft on
and kick-off Bristol’s 12th Annual HOLIDAY PREVIEW!

not. to. be. missed.