i’ve said a few times recently that i feel a bit ‘stuck’ at the moment. though i know it’ll take time and effort for that feeling to dissipate, there are times or experiences that definitely help me feel i’ve gone forward a bit, or at least recharged me for another part of lifes journey.
one such thing was last sunday, an event called weekend:in at the chickenshed in trelleck, monmouth, put together by olivia tripp. i don’t think there was a person there that didn’t leave feeling inspired, enthused and generally better for having been there. it was truly wonderful and by far one of the best events i’ve been to. and what a stunning location too!
the event was on over the whole weekend, so some people got to stay the night, and a few others (like me) just attended one day. whilst there was plenty of time to chat and eat, there were three workshops to get our juices flowing. which segues nicely onto the first, which was from the juice collective who are cold press juice company based in bath. i enjoyed sampling their range, and there were even a few i liked which i wasn’t expecting to. always pleasant to be surprised.
before lunch we got to do a little styling with some boots from seven boot lane along the theme of ‘hygge’ it was such fun to set up little cosy scenes and i loved watching everyone be so creative with this. i chose the idaho boots and you can see mine and lauras setup below. loved the logs in the background!
also just before lunch we got to play (aka make flatlays) with some stationery from ohh deer. loved all the botanicals, so pretty! who can resist a bit a bit of stationery eh?
dinner was simple but absolutely delicious – in the form of a spread so we could pick and choose what we wanted. i definitely had lots of spinach salad and hummus. though i shouldn’t eat gluten containing products (as i’ve said before, i do a up to a couple times a year as there never seems to be any ill effect from it), but this a m a z i n g bakewell from pinkmans bakery was absolutely worth it. so soft and moist and flavoursome and ..oh my goodness.
finally we had a watercolour workshop from wildflower illustration co where we got to make our own illustrated christmas cards and tags. as i know how to use watercolours i didn’t need any help, but i really enjoyed it as i’ve not done any painting for a while now! always forget how relaxing it is. her table setup was fantastic too and really helped to immerse you in the process of painting christmassy bits.
it was truly a wonderful day and i wish i could experience it all over again. won’t be forgetting it for a very long time though. i will say however i’m slightly annoyed with myself for not taking more photos/video clips, but i was so immersed by chatting that i got distracted! if you want to see more of the fantastic interior of the chickenshed, their site is linked above.
i’ll be doing a quick post soon with what we received in our gift bags too, as they were fantastic and i want to share the love just a little bit more!
thank you and well done to olivia for putting on something so wonderful and inspiring.