On a freezing cold wintery Sunday morning I climbed out of bed to drive across the city to a workshop put on by Put Your Heart into It. The fact that I even got out of bed on a wintery Sunday morning should tell you that I was already expecting good things and I was.
If you are into event styling, organic living, or just like pretty things in general then you should be following their Instagram account. As soon as I found out about the workshop I was online stalking (in a very friendly fashion) their Insta. Once you work yourself up to their website you'll find that these are two smart women targeting a niche market. Workshops for crafty people. It might not sound like a niche, yet let me tell you why I believe that their business will divide and conquer.
I walked in greeted by the team with handmade clay nametags for each person that look like cute little necklaces that I will probably wear for the next month (sorry hubby). I have to admit that going in to the room I was a little intimidated. Impeccably styled in sections, beautiful yet simple flowers across the room, a drinks table complete with bamboo straws and green tea (eeeek my fav).
I suddenly realised that I really knew nothing about aromatherapy and my "extensive" knowledge of natural and organic skincare was sometimes rubbing olive oil and salt on my skin .... and other concoctions that I found online that may or may not have been complete disasters (think smashed banana and egg in your hair). They were in fact TOTAL disasters - so you can understand my apprehension at this point.
As everyone is seated we are each asked to introduce ourselves and why we came to the class. It is at this point that I realised I'm in a room with a really eclectic group of women, some who could probably teach the class and some like me, who can barely spell aromatherapy, and everyone inbetween.
As Anna and Laura began the workshop I felt completely at ease, and inspired - which surprised even me. With an organic skincare line and a styling background between the two of them, they really compliment eachother in a business sense, but their personalities also make a really warm mix.
I don't want to go into too much detail of the day because I could probably write a full essay and you really do need to experience it for yourself. I will however give you a quick rundown of my verdict on the business and the workshop.
Who I would recommend it to. Honestly? Everyone. There was no judgement if you were a newbie and no special gold stars if you had been in the field for 146 years. Everyone seemed to have got something out of the day. There's something about making your own.....well anything. In our case we made beautiful body oil, room mist and face scrub, but there really is something special about making something yourself, especially when it turns out this good.
Would I try a different workshop? Absolutely, I've already raved about it to a few of my blogging friends who are thinking of all signing up to a workshop together. It would make a really great, and relaxing, girls day out and I am particularly looking forward to the Christmas styling workshop (I told you I've been stalking their Instagram!)
What did I like most about the workshop? This is a difficult question because I genuinely did enjoy the whole experience. I have to say the oil we made is amazing, and even hubby has used it on his rough hands (don't tell him I told you). I was really surprised how easy it was (with guidance), but I really believe that I will be able to make it on my own now, and plan to make more as Christmas gifts for my family - there are a lot of crafty women to please. That being said, this is what I want to emphasise. I came away from the workshop actually equipped to make these pieces on my own. They don't hold any secrets back, so that you have to come to part 3 of the workshop that you can only complete if you pay up front for parts 2-17. You pay for one workshop and you come away with what you've made, and the ability to make them again. It's that simple. You also come away fully fed. With cheese. OMG I nearly forgot the food spread. ALSO amazing. I'll just show you because I can't even describe how good it was!