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

 

Searching for the sweetest little pea….

My holiday visit to Sweet Pea Baby Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan, was filled with fun items including baby clothes, Melissa & Doug toys, Piggy Paint, and MY board books! As many of you know, I have four board books that make great gifts for little ones! See why this sweet store is Merry & Bright this Christmas… Sweet Pea is located at 205 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Lately I have been loving Italian Homemade Limoncello!

Limoncello makes the perfect holiday gift that the receiving end can put to use  right away. During the Christmas season it is a delicious aperitif to have on hand, especially if you have a little Italian in you (like me!)  It is pretty easy to make and very easy to enjoy… The simple mixture only requires fresh organic lemons, vodka, sugar, and water. Last week, over the course of a few days, I make some of this yellow liquor and have been enjoying it ever since! Store in the freezer and serve ice cold.

What you need: Organic lemons, pure grain alcohol 190 proof/ 95% vol (I used vodka), sugar (to make simple syrup), water, and a glass container. In short, using a vegetable peeler, you peel the lemons. Put them in an airtight jar with the vodka. Let the mixture sit in a cold dark place for a few days (I used my garage refrigerator). Then you strain the mixture, add some simple syrup. Pour it in to a pretty jar and enjoy! Here is a link to the exact recipe that I used. I also made a milkier version, which tastes more like a lemon Baileys after dinner drink. I will look for the link to that recipe and post it here once I find it.

After peeling the lemons, I used the actual lemon to make my kids mouth watering homemade lemonade… It was SO AMAZING! To make my simple organic lemonade I hand juiced all of the lemons into a glass container. I added simple syrup to taste which I had leftover from making the limonchello. It was one of the best cups of lemonade I have had in years!

 

Adore Boutique: Traverse City, MI

Last week I stopped by the new Adore Boutique in Traverse City and found cozy sweaters, leggings, and some gorgeous beauty products! The remodeled and rebranded shop is filled with women’s brands that we all love including my personal favorite yoga brand: Beyond Yoga! I was SO excited to see this brand carried locally at a Traverse City boutique! Their super-soft fabric and amazing fit makes them my go-to legging year round. A couple other great brands Adore carries are Cosabella and Lollia. In addition to seasonal items the store is stocked with high-end fashion basics, think stretchy tank tops and leggings that you wear practically everyday. Check out my pictures below to see some of the items they have in stock November 2020- Just in time for holiday shopping! Remember to support local as much as possible this time of year (and always), the money you spend goes directly back into our community!

Adore Boutique

116 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Follow Adore Boutique on Instagram @adore.boutique.mi
and follow ME on Instagram @StylishUpNorth


 

 

Inspire us with your Northern Michigan INVENTION!

Meet: Brittany Luea

Inventor. Entrepreneur. Architect. Owner of ComenityMED, LLC.

Brittany Luea, inventor of medical women’s foot supports, produced by ComenityMED LLC. Photography by Scarlett Piedmonte Photography.

Meet Brittany Luea: Inventor, entrepreneur, architect, and owner of ComenityMED, LLC

Brittany Luea is looking out for females across the country with her latest invention, silicone foot supports. Sounds glamorous, right! Well, she invented these foot pads to make your yearly woman’s visit a little bit more comfortable. Find out more about the details of her story and process in the interview below. In addition to her impressive professional endeavors, she is a wife, a mom, and a dog mom of two. She always makes time for yoga, loves to read, and is an avid volunteer in the community.

Brittany Luea’s Foot Supports, produced by ComenityMED LLC. Photography by Scarlett Piedmonte Photography.

Brittany, what is your 30 second elevator story of who you are and what you do: I’m always fascinated by the question, “What do you do?” By trade, I’m an architect, but recently shifted gears to focus on co-founding comenityMED®, an innovative medical accessories company aimed at Pursuing Patient Comfort. comenityMED® manufactures patent pending Resilient® Professional Foot Supports for exam table stirrups that provide patient comfort and are easily sterilized between patients.

What makes you passionate about your product? I’m passionate about our product because it solves a simple but broad reaching problem in healthcare. Often times, medicine is not associated with comfort. Our products offer an alternative to traditional medical design that focus more on ergonomics. I love to make things and solve problems and by teaming up with a physician, we’re able to utilize our skills in medicine and design to provide innovative medical solutions. 

How did you develop your idea? It’s kind of a funny story, but it all started with a simple dinner conversation. My friend, Autumn Bridger DO, shared an idea she had for exam table stirrup covers and we spent the evening brainstorming about materials and how it could work. I was excited that she wanted to team up with me to make it happen! Although it took a few years to bring it from concept to product, we knew that evening what we wanted it to be. We utilized 3d modeling and printing for a few of our prototypes, then eventually made a steel mold that we now use for our finished silicone products.

What is it like to run a small business out of Northern Michigan? I love it! I absolutely love living in Northern Michigan. Our products are available online and our distribution center is here in town. The best of both worlds! 

Tell us about what you are looking forward to in the future. I’m looking forward to life after the pandemic. It’s been a great time to reflect and consider what direction we want to take going forward as a business. Based on the success of our first product, we know that our idea of providing serializable medical equipment that focuses on Pursuing Patient Comfort is here to stay! 

How do you balance family and running a small business? It’s definitely a balancing act. My primary focus is always my family, but I’ve set up my work life in a way that allows me to enjoy the benefits of both. 

How have you handled the current pandemic and Michigan Stay-at-Home orders? During the pandemic, my partner, Autumn, and I raised money to help provide over 700 masks for our community.  Juliette at Posh in Traverse City helped to sew the majority of these (she deserves tons of credit here!) along with my business partner, Autumn. I gathered materials locally and along with Autumn, worked on fundraising. A team effort with great results!

Brittany Luea is a licensed Architect in the State of Michigan. She received her Master of Architecture with Distinction as well as her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Michigan. Brittany loves all things creative and innovative. Find more information about her Traverse City based company,  ComenityMED, LLC on their website: www.comenitymed.com  Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @comenitymed

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.