Creating Pottery at ClaySpace TC

Who knew there is a thriving ceramics community right here in Traverse City?! I visited ClaySpace TC (1455 Barlow St, Traverse City, MI 49686)  for a private lesson on how to “throw the wheel” and walked away with a greater appreciation for the art as well as a longing for more! During my 90-minute class I was introduced to the basics of the wheel and created multiple pots. See my pictures to the left for some action photos as well as my (and my husbands) finished work! At the end of class I was able to pick out the glazes that I wanted and then the instructor glazed them for me. I picked them up about two weeks later. The ceramics turned out beautiful and I now have some unique gifts for Mother’s Day. I would recommend trying out this inspiring, fun, and meditative art to just about anyone! Taking a private lesson with my husband felt like an episode of The Bachelor and went by in a heart beat! The only thing missing was the red rose at the end. Here is a taste of what ClaySpace TC has offer:

Classes for adults include: 8-Week Wheel throwing, Intro to Wheel throwing, Intermediate Wheel throwing (for folks who have had some recent experience in wheel throwing, and can complete simple shapes on the wheel, like bowls and cylinders. Advanced Wheel throwing, Thursday Flex Wheel throwing (all skill levels), and an 8-Week Hand building course. They also offer “Hand Building at Home” for adults (Adult Hand Building)- This is a hour and half workshop in which students be introduced to the process of hand building- pretty fun! “TRY-IT Wheel throwing” is a 2-hour workshop in which introduced to the process of wheel throwing or you can schedule a private class for 1-on-1 teaching, which is what I decided to do. They also offer “Open Studio Memberships”and children’s classes. From their website: Kids After School Ceramics: $150 per student for six weeks of two-hour sessions on Mondays from 4pm-6pm. The first three weeks will be spent creating using handbuilding. The final three weeks will be spent learning the pottery wheel. This class is designed for students 8-12 years of age, no experience is necessary. Private lesson for young artist start at $35 for a single lesson or six lessons for $175. Private lessons can be scheduled any time the studio is available

Check out what ClaySpace TC is all about on their website: www.ClaySpaceTC.com

Make sure to follow them on Instagram: @ClaySpaceTC

(AND make sure you are following me on Instagram @StylishUpNorth and my board books @CreativeBabyBook) 

CLAY SPACE TC
1455 Barlow St, Traverse City, MI 49686

www.ClaySpaceTC.com

 

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Holiday Shopping at Haven Boutique in Traverse City, MI

I stopped by Haven Clothing Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan to check out their cozy clothing and accessories. Scroll down in this post to see some of the beautiful items I found including soft sweaters, winter hats, dyed sweatshirts, fun pants, carry-everything bags, oversized scarfs, knit mittens, basic long cotton tanks, locally made facemasks, delicate jewelry, and much more! Visit Haven to see for yourself at Grand Traverse Commons Shops located at The Old State Hospital Building: 800 Cottageview Dr, Suite 20 Traverse City, MI 49684

www.havenclothingtc.com

 

In search of the Perfect Christmas Tree…

We are going on a tree hunt! Last weekend my family and I went in search of the best Christmas tree in Northern Michigan. Our adventure lead us to find some adorable animals (see pictures below.)  we ended up finding our dream tree at the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm in Traverse City. my family all agreed, we found the best family Christmas tree in all of Michigan! You can pick from pre-chopped trees or cut down your own. They will help you strap it to your car roof, and hand your kids a cookie. So, if you are looking to find a festive tree farm look no further than the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

 

 

 

I wanted to share with you this great video from my Laura Pollina. In it she demonstrates the idea that thoughts have energy through energy sticks using the example of her parent’s dog, Georgie (who is truly the sweetest.) Positive thoughts expand… I personally love energy stick and know how easy they are to make at home!

 

 

AN UP NORTH FIELD GUIDE FOR THE SOUL…

This gorgeous Northern Migration Field Guide is a guided journal for travelers exploring Traverse city and Leelanau County. This beautifully written and compiled book doesn’t just list places to go… It only features the best of the best and even leaves spots for you to take notes during your journey. looking for a rainy day Museum fix? Number 74 features the Dennos Museum Center… “The children’s wing, although small, is a perfect for a couple hours of running around fine arts for adults and children alike.” Wondering where the best view in town is? Look no further than suggestion number 92 featuring a one of my favorite hikes named Pyramid Point- venture towards this trail and you will not be disappointed. I also fell in love with the way this field guide feels in my hands. It’s made of beautiful textured paper and illustrations inside, created by artist EM RANDALL, are uniquely beautiful and Scattered throughout the book. It should be mentioned that the contents of this book were curated and written by the stylish and talented Marissa Wege of Northern Migration. She’s not just an author but entrepreneur and owner of several air B and B’s in Leelanau County. Following her Instagram account at Northern migration and you will see her unique interior design style that seems to pop in every picture that is taken of her homes.

 

Raspberries might just be one of my favorite foods (behind ice cream.) To honor my life long love for this sweet berry, earlier this summer I took a trip up to an adorable U-Pick Raspberry Farm on Old Mission Peninsula. Here is what I found…

Take a drive up Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula to visit Edmundson Orchard, a sweet u-pick raspberry farm with ripe berries ready for picking! It’s about 3/4 of the way up the peninsula, and you will see the sign on the road (see picture). Drive up the dirt road to find rows of yummy raspberries ripe for the picking! I visited the second week in July 2020 and the berries were just starting to ripen. There were more than enough to pick however it was clear that they will be in season for at least a few more weeks. The farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm- Remember to bring cash, a small bucket is $4 and a larger $7. They do not use pesticides, so if you happen to sneak a taste while picking you will be safe! I also love that this is a local farm owned and operated by local families. Supporting local is one of my top missions in this blog, so it always feels good to visit local farms and experience food straight from the earth. Freshly picked berries are DELICIOUS and even better when locally grown. Happy Picking 🙂

Rip & Delicious Berries!


 

The streets are painted RAINBOW in downtown Traverse City– And it is super fun! Yesterday I was blessed with a child free hour to walk around, so I popped in a couple store (with my mask) and it made me remember why our town is so special. We have so many small businesses, shops, restaurants, and multiple places to take Instagram worthy pictures! And now, TC’s main avenue, Front Street is a wider place to visit because between Park Street and Union Street is now closed to cars and open to pedestrians. This innovative change began Monday, June 22nd and is intended to give more room to enjoy downtown while social distancing. In addition, State Street (between Park Street and Union Street ) has transformed from a one-way street to a two-way street. Side note, Front Street is a great spot to take a colorful Summer 2020 Selfie with your mask, because who knows if they will do this again next year… but hopefully the city will decide to make it a permanent feature! To everyone who visits, please stay safe and healthy during this unique and ever-changing summer of 2020. Many stores are selling unique face masks that are locally made and locally made hand sanitizer, so don’t forget to support local while you stay safe! To find out more about downtown changes and policies during the summer of 2020 visit: https://dda.downtowntc.com/summer-2020-faqs/


 

 

Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

Did you know you can find loads of summer fun at Don Orr Sk N’ Beach Haus in TC? It has way more than just snow skis…

Those of us who spend our winters in Northern Michigan know Don Orr as a great place to purchase ski apparel and equipment, but it is way more than just a winter destination…During summer months Don Orr turns into a tiki bar boutique filled with beach gear, apparel, swimsuits floats, sandals, sunglasses, and so much more! The locally owned store has a good selection of life jackets and sunglasses (see pictures below) and sell my favorite brand of sunscreen: Sun Bum! They have a great selection of local apparel brands including M-22, Love, My Michigan Roots and 45th Parallel. Visiting from out of town? You can rent a huge yellow lily pad for hours of fun to play on the water! Take it to a beach or show it on the back of a boat for floating fun in the middle of the lake. Head to their website and sign up for their emails for 10% off a shopping trip www.donorrskihaus.com Or visit in person —> Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus:  890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 (see map below)

Visit Don Orr

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Don Orr Ski N’ Beach Haus

890 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

 (231) 946-8810                         www.donorrskihaus.com

 

 

 

             

 

Where to pick stunning local Flowers!

There is a gorgeous flower field found out on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City where there are hundreds of varieties of flowers and you are allowed to cut your own bouquet. Old Mission Flowers’ self-serve cutting garden is open May through October from dawn until dusk (weather permitting). With endlessly changing options throughout the season, you will have to make more than one visit! The little shed is adorable and stocked with scissors, recycled vases for your choosing, flower cutting suggestions, and flower food to keep the buds in their best shape.
Here are some special details directly from their website www.oldmissionflowers.com How to get to the garden: The address for Old Mission Flowers is 16550 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686 (14 miles north of Traverse City), however, the driveway is off Ladd Rd. If you are headed out the peninsula on Center Rd. (M-37)…after passing Chateau Chantal you will go up a big hill, pass the Ogdensburg Church and cemetery – you will be to Ladd Rd. Watch for the sign on the corner, turn right onto Ladd. The garden is on the corner, you will see the driveway on the left and the garden shed. Feel free to park on the grass. There are no foods, drinks, knick-knacks or bathrooms, just beds of flowers for cutting, a table with pre-cut flowers, and some stellar views. Bring sensible shoes and your camera. Cash, checks, and PayPal are accepted; if you are using cash bring some small bills. 

Old Mission Flowers operates on the honor system, so guests pick flowers and put money or a check in a pay pipe. Here is their most recent flower pricing as of June 2020:

Peonies: $3.00 each, 4 for $10.00, 6 for $15.00, 10 for $20.00

Other Large Flowers: $2.00 each (Lupines, Alliums, Iris, Mullein, Lilacs)

Smaller Flowers: $1.00 each (Perennial Bachelor Buttons)

Very Small Flowers (fillers): 50 cents each (hosta leaves, Lily of the Valley)