A bit of backstory – bear with me, it's a bit long
When I started this blog five years ago, I was sitting at home with three little kids and a tiny house that needed a ton of renovating.
We'd done some renovations but were sort of running out of money to do all the other things that needed doing.
I was reading blogs like Young House Love thinking man how sweet would it be to start a blog and turn it into a business. Or at the very least be able to afford to renovate and decorate a few things.
You see I'd already tried so many businesses since leaving full time work outside our house when our oldest was born. I'd sold toys and cleaning products from home. I'd tried selling home decor online. I'd even tried selling life insurance and mutual funds. All of which I was okay at.
None of which filled me with such passion that I could push through the hard or lean times.
I was really hoping that blogging would be my thing.
That perfect storm of creativity and tech and new things to keep me from wanting to just throw in the towel when the going got tough.
Five years later, I'm filled with gratitude.
Everything else was just God's way of preparing me for blogging. Or Influencing or whatever you want to call it.
I get to make things pretty, learn new skills all the time, stay home with my kids, and work with genuinely amazing people.
The Bucket List
Ages ago I made a bucket list of the companies I would love to work with.
Big companies that I shopped at regularly.
Companies that would just be a perfect helper for the projects you see us create on AKA Design all the time.
Michaels was one of those companies.
So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when one night while out running errands with Dean I got an email asking me to be one of Michaels Makers. To share projects each month featuring Michaels goodies. To work with several other bloggers who are also Michaels Makers.
For a whole year.
I got to start off the year by meeting all of my fellow Michaels Makers from all over the country at the Michaels Makers Summit in California last week. If you follow AKA Design on Instagram you may have seen tidbits from the trip.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was travelling with my beautiful friend Lucy from Craftberry Bush. We are both so thankful and honored to be the first bloggers located in Canada to be on the Michaels Makers team!
Lucy and I with our friend Taryn (on the left)
The first evening in California, we dined at a farm and winery with tables outdoors looking like it was a scene straight from Pinterest.
The setting was gorgeous and the food was so fresh and delicious.
The next couple of days were spent atop a mountain at the most gorgeous ranch called The Ranch Above.
The Michaels creative team did an incredible job decorating the space just for us.
Of course the house itself had some fabulous “bones” for them to work with.
We also took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug.
I loved all four classes. I was fresh and awake for the weaving class, the image transfer class blew my mind, creating paper flowers was challenging (not a fan of floral tape!) and I was kinda tired for watercolor so didn't quite get the hang of it.
Each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 so you can re-create one or all of our summit projects!