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Urban Craft Camp Calligraphy Workshop Photos 1

February 21, 2014

For our last Urban Craft Camp calligraphy workshop we partnered with The Library Shop located inside the new San Diego Central Public Library.  We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our workshop, the room was just gorgeous and it had the best lighting we could have asked for.  The new library is just magnificent.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit it yet, please do so asap.  You will fall in love with it.  And while you are there, please stop by The Library Shop on the first floor :)  They have all sorts of goodies.  It’s truly a one-stop shop for books, jewelry, children’s merchandise, gifts and art.

These workshops are a lot of work to put together but at the end of the day they are so rewarding.  From all the friends and connections we make, skills and crafts we learn, there is so much goodness happening in one room :)  Making and mingling is addicting :)

I want to thank Sarah Olson for taking pictures of the event for us, and Marcie from Red Star Ink and Wendelline Papers for donating some cute goodies to all the attendees.  Friends, if you live in San Diego or nearby and would like to attend one of the Urban Craft Camp workshops you can be added to the mailing list right here.  Or you can follow us on social media under @urbancraftcamp.  To see more pictures of our calligraphy workshop please go here.  Cheers! Ana

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Urban Craft Camp Calligraphy Workshop 2

January 20, 2014

Excited to announce our first Urban Craft Camp workshop of 2014. We are thrilled to be partnering with the San Diego Library Shop to bring you a fabulous calligraphy workshop. Wendy Ware, a San Diego based professional calligrapher and illustrator will be leading this fabulous class. Space is limited so please reserve a spot here. Cheers!

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Urban Craft Camp Book Binding Workshop 5

November 19, 2013

A few months ago Jen and I approached Amy, the owner of Pigment, a super cool shop in the heart of North Park, San Diego about hosting an Urban Craft Camp book binding workshop there. We were stoked when she said YES because we love her store and partnering with other local businesses.

Our talented friend and graphic designer Marcie of Red Star Ink agreed on leading the workshop, so we knew we were onto something special.  The event quickly sold out and we had a full house, with 32 attendees, making it quite an enjoyable morning!

Everyone learned the basics of book binding and left with a couple handmade books, detailed instructions, skills and hopefully inspiration to create more on their own.  We are so lucky to be friends with so many awesome shop owners so every attendee took home a sweet tote filled with fun goodies and deals. We also had yummy food from some fantastic local business owners.  We had a fun time and can’t wait to host more workshops soon!  You can find out about future workshops at the Urban Craft Camp site and get social with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. Cheers! ana
Here is a list of our sweet sponsors who contributed in making this event possible.  We couldn’t have done it without them.  Please check them out when you a have a chance, they are all awesome!

REDSTAR Ink – @redstarink
Type & Title – @typeanditle
Colleen Townend Jewelry – @colleentownend
Post Box Press – @katieannleonard
Boho Baby Boutique – @bohobabyboutique
Artist & Craftsman Supply Store – @artistcraftsman
Sass & Peril – @sassandperil
Whisker Graphics – @ whiskergraphics
Avarcas USA – @avarcasusa
Darby Smart – @darbysmart
The Love Stitch – @thelovestitch
Pommes Frites – @pfcandleco
Clarity Soap & Candles – @claritysoap
The Butcher Press – @butcherpress

Sweets and Sips:
Cardamom Café – @cardamomcafeandbakery
Café Madeleine – @cafemadeleinesouthpark
District Cookie – @districtcookie
Baked Good San Diego – @bakedgoodsd

Photos by the talented Chantal Pasag for Pigment
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Urban Craft Camp is Here! 1

August 21, 2013


A few months ago Jen of My Three Sons and I held a fun “String Art” workshop at her lovely home in South Park, San Diego.  It was so successful and fun that we’ve decided to continue the concept of making and mingling.  After a lot of brainstorming we are excited to introduce you to “Urban Craft Camp” – creative craft workshops to inspire the maker in all of us.  Our next class will be held at Progress, a modern boutique shop in South Park, San Diego and we’d love if you could join us for a great morning of crafting, mingling, and treats.  We’ll show you how to create a one-of-a-kind tote bag incorporating hand printing, embroidery and other surface design techniques.  Come Make + Mingle with us!  Space is very limited so please go here to reserve your spot.

If you are interested in becoming involved and promoting your business please contact us at  We are always looking for creative minds to partner with.

Logo and flyer were designed by talented Marcie of Red Star Ink in case anyone is wondering :)

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String Art Workshop 5

May 9, 2013

I’m so excited about our upcoming workshop.  Jen of My Three Sons Designs and I are hosting a super fun string art workshop on saturday, June 8th and we are hoping you will join us.  It will be a fun afternoon filled with fun people and delicious sips and snacks in lovely South Park, San Diego.  Spots are super limited so please reserve your ticket here:  In honor of Mother’s Day we are giving one workshop ticket away, so head over to my instagram feed and tag a friend for a chance to win.  San Diego locals only.  Winner will be announced on Monday, May 13 at 10am PST.  If you are the selected winner and already purchased a ticket, we will refund your ticket fee.

I hope you can join us. xoxo, ana

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Anthropologie San Diego Valentine’s Workshop 4

January 29, 2013

I am excited to share that Anthropologie has asked me to host their Valentine craft event at their San Diego store in Fashion Valley!  I love what they do and have been a huge fan of the store for the longest time.  My friend and interior designer Jessica Packard will be joining me on this one and we will be showing you how to create a darling Valentine garland for you to take home with you.  Join us for an afternoon of lovely crafts, mingling, fun packages and yummy sweets –  and it’s all free folks.  Are you getting excited?  Spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP here as soon as you can so you don’t miss out on the fun.  Hope to see lots of you on the 9th at the Fashion Valley Anthropologie in San Diego!  xoxo, ana

P.S. And if you don’t live in San Diego, don’t be sad.  Here is a list of other Anthropologie Valentine-theme workshops hosted by some fantastic creatives.


Estou super animada em poder compartilhar com vocês que a Anthropologie, umas das minhas lojas preferidas dos Estados Unidos me convidou para liderar o evento do dia dos namorados na sua filial em San Diego.  A minha amiga, blogueira e designer de interiores Jessica Packard será minha convidada especial e juntas nós vamos mostrar como criar uma romântica bandeirinha de dia dos namorados que vocês poderão levar para casa no final do evento.  Será uma tarde super agradável com muito artesanato, boa companhia, lembrancinhas e guloseimas – e o evento é gratuito.  Vocês estão se animando?  Espaços são limitados, então confirme sua presença aqui o quanto antes possível.  Espero vocês lá.  Beijos, ana

Não fique triste se você não mora em San Diego.  Aqui vai uma lista de todos os outros eventos dos dias dos namorados das lojas Anthropologie.

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West Elm San Diego Gift Giving + Wrapping Event 20

December 5, 2012


I’m so excited to host another event at the West Elm San Diego store (here’s the event post lovely Jessica Packard from Oh i Design who hosted the last event with me put together) and I’m hoping some of you will join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 6th at 6PM.  This time my friend Bonnie from the lovely blog A Golden Afternoon will be joining me and we’ll be showing you how to create pretty and unique little packages this holiday season.   Some awesome DIY gift wrapping ideas that will add that special sparkle and handmade touch to all your holiday gift wrapping.  We’ll also show you how to make your own gift tags, wrapping paper, and lots of other creative ways to customize your holiday gift wrapping.  You can RSVP for the San Diego event here or here OR you can call the store at 619-543-0117.  There will be shopping, mingling, treats and lots of wrapping.  Cheers!  Ana


Estou super animada em liderar outro evento da loja West Elm de San Diego nessa quinta-feira, dia 06 de Dezembro às 6 da tarde (Aqui esta o blog post do evento anterior que a Jessica Packard do blog Oh i Design criou).  Dessa vez minha amiga Bonnie do blog A Golden Afternoon será minha convidada e nós vamos mostrar algumas ideias e sugestões criativas de como embalar os seus presentes nesse Natal sem gastar muito dinheiro.  Embalagens DIY – Do It Yourself (do inglês faça você mesmo) que podem ser feitas com artigos que temos em casa.  Você pode RSVP para o evento aqui ou aqui.  Teremos aperitivos, boa companhia e prêmios super legais. Beijos! Ana

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“Creative Packaging” Workshop Sneak Peek 6

July 6, 2011

                                                               photo by Ana Spick

                                                                  photo by Ana Spick


Hi lovelies,

As some of you might already know I’m teaching a few “creative packaging” classes around San Diego this summer (please check out our event page for further details).  You will learn how to create pretty and unique little packages and party favors using recycled materials and craft scraps.  How fun is that?  So what are you waiting for?  Reserve your spot and come have fun with us.  xo, ana


Oi lovelies,

Voces ja devem estar sabendo que estou ensinando algumas classes de “embalagens criativas” nesse verão aqui em San Diego (por favor chequem a pagina de eventos do nosso blog para maiores informações).  Voces vao aprender a criar lindas e únicas embalagens para os seus presentes e lembrancinhas de festas usando materiais recicláveis e scraps de artesanato.  Nao é legal?  Corra, reserve a sua vaga e venha se divertir conosco.  xo, ana


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