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    The Succulent Bar @ CJC MPLS

    Carver Junk Company | DIY Succulent Planter Bar | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN 6 days. 4000 succulents.  2203 containers. 288 gold animals. 2000 people. 700 square feet. That about sums up the Succulent Bar at our Minneapolis store last week. What it doesn't cover is how incredibly fun, creative, and exciting the event was! Our Minneapolis store is only 700 sq ft, which made for a major lack of personal space at times during the event, but we think some new friendships were forged as a result of hanging out so closely while creating new little [succulent] family additions. [caption id="attachment_3672" align="aligncenter" width="720"]A "slow" day at the Carver Junk Company Succulent Bar. March 2017. A "slow" day at the Carver Junk Company Succulent Bar. March 2017.[/caption] What really blew us away, though, was the response from every single customer that came through the door - everyone was beyond patient, excited to be planting succulents and looking forward to spring. We've loved seeing all the posts on Instagram [check out #succyeahcjc] and hope you haven't been over-watering those babies! [P.S. our Instagram contest winner was Alissa!] 17353133_10155004915996878_4337812916319712514_n   We're no strangers to hosting big shopping events. But this....this was a different beast. 10,000 RSVPs on Facebook had us running! We ordered shipments to come in every day of the event [because...a 700 sq ft store doesn't leave much space for storing 3000 extra pots + plants]. Our vendors picked every single vintage vessel to use as containers from everywhere in the metro area. No joke. There are no teacups left at any estate or vintage sales anywhere. They're all currently holding succulents in homes across Minnesota. 17426125_10155008924396878_8208160333832689617_n We hired all the kids of friends and friends of friends that we could find. We bought all the succulent soil from all the garden centers locally. We drove to Mankato to rescue a shipment of 600 pots that got mis-routed on Friday night at 11:00 pm [in case you were wondering why that huge stack of boxes was outside the store on Saturday, and why they weren't already on the shelves]. You all - it was NUTS! But you know that, because you were there. And you also know that it was SO MUCH FUN! And if you weren't there, don't worry - we took some photos, and you can consider this my pinky-swear that we're doing this again. June 2-4, at our Chaska location. Save the date. We're also offering private parties - email events@carverjunkcompany.com if you're interested in booking a succulent bar party. Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Succulent Bar at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Chaska, MN | DIY Events | Furnishings and Home Decor Can't wait for June to get your next CJC fix? We've two amazing events planned for April & May: 2017cjcslider CJC@HOME: April 21-23. An unprecedented shopping event. Our inventory in a new construction home. Everything in the home is available for purchase while you tour! Chaska Grand Opening Banner Chaska Store Grand Opening: May 18-21. Our newest store location, in historic downtown Chaska.  

    MakeMN: Holiday Marquee Workshop & Next Session!

    MakeMN's fastest-selling workshop, the Holiday Marquee series, wrapped up last week! Two fun groups made JOY and NOEL holiday marquee lights, individually painted & decorated, while we all got into the holiday spirit. Our Pinspiration {MakeMN is a high-end, Pinterest-inspired workshop series}: MakeMN | Pinterest workshop | DIY Workshop | Holiday Marquee | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Workshop participants painted their marquees in either red or gold, or left them white. They lined the faces of the letters with paper {or painted them} and assembled their lights! Marquee Workshop | MakeMN | Carver Junk Company | DIY Marquee Sign | Marquee LettersMarquee Workshop | MakeMN | Carver Junk Company | DIY Marquee Sign | Marquee Letters YOLO Marquee | Ladies Night | MakeMN Carver Junk Company As usual, we had a great group of swag bag sponsors. Each participant received sweet, artisan-made items in a take-home bag from their session. Swag for both sessions included these handmade items:MakeMN Holiday Marquee Swag Bag Sponsors | Kiyi Kiyi | C is for Cardboard | For Your Little Monkey | Young Keller Love | Breezebot Punch | Woodfire Candle Co | Sow and Gather |Pleasant Avenue | The Vintage StudioMason Jar Candles from Woodfire Candle Co:  website   instagram Cardboard & Glitter JOY ornament from C is for Cardboard:  website   instagram   twitter Hand-lettered Glitter Noel bag from For Your Little Monkey: facebook   pinterest Embroidered Ornament from Breezebot Punch: website   instagram   facebook Foaming Hand Soaps made from local ingredients by Kiyi Kiyi Cosmetics:  website   instagram   twitter   pinterest Love Peace & Joy Hand-lettered Greeting Cards from Pleasant Avenue:  facebook   instagram Hand-lettered Gift Tags from Young Keller Love:  etsy   instagram Handmade Farmer's Market Tote Bag from Sow & Gather:  etsy  instagram   facebook And, of course, the workshop was led by the ladies at The Vintage Studio! Due to the demand, we scheduled another Marquee Workshop session for Feb 12th - your choice of LOVE or HOME. Register online! MakeMN LOVE Marquee | HOME Marquee | DIY Workshop | Ladies Night Minnesota | Carver Junk Company    

    MakeMN String Art Workshop: What a LOVE-ly Evening!

    If you haven't yet been introduced to our MakeMN workshop series, you're missing out! Read more about it here. Our most recent workshop, this past weekend, was String Art, Dinner & Drinks. When we originally planned this last MakeMN workshop, the only design we intended to offer was a stag - but last second, we decided to add in the option for a LOVE design as well, and it was the overwhelming favorite! {and the class was such a success, that we received demands to offer another session - which consequently sold out in 24 hours...so we added another, final, session.}  *UPDATE - ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT.  New event added for December: MakeMN at the Winery.

    Our Inspiration

    StringArt Our longest class thus far {it takes a long time to nail & string!} we made an evening of it - art, dinner, and drinks. We started by milk painting the boards that form the background of the project - participants chose either a stain or paint color from the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line. Once finished, we gave them time to dry, and took a dinner break for some yummy Italian food from Buca di Beppo! During dinner, we handed out the swag bags for the event. Not only does each participant of MakeMN take home their finished project, they also take home a swag bag of handmade items from our sponsors! Each workshop session has different sponsors - and the items are always incredible.

    Swag Bag Sponsors

    Crave by CRV, Sweet Bee Honey, FAS Projects, What Knot Shop, Cere Jewelry, My Pillow Shoppe, CJC Art Prints. [caption id="attachment_2294" align="aligncenter" width="851"]MakeMN String Art Workshop Sponsors - Swag Bag - Cere Jewelry - What Knot Shop - Crave by CRV - My Pillow Shoppe - FAS Projects - Sweet Bee Honey | Carver Junk Company Pineapple Welcome Bag - My Pillow Shoppe. Cement Earrings - Cere Jewelry. Modern Rope Bracelets - What Knot Shoppe. Flower Beeswax Candles - Sweet Bee Honey. Mini Pallet Coasters - FAS Projects. Happy Fall - CJC. Handmade Leather Tassels - Crave by CRV.[/caption] After dinner, the ladies from The Vintage Studio {our workshop leaders} showed us how to best lay out our designs to make nailing 300 nails the most pleasant experience possible. They gave us all hammers & we went to town - the aftermath was much like leaving a rock concert - we were all shouting & half deaf from the noise of 12 hammers pounding at once.

    Works In Progress

    Carver Junk Company String Art Statement Piece Wall Art Workshop | MakeMN | DIY Workshop | Minneapolis, MN | Ladies Night Carver Junk Company String Art Statement Piece Wall Art Workshop | MakeMN | DIY Workshop | Minneapolis, MN | Ladies Night Carver Junk Company String Art Statement Piece Wall Art Workshop | MakeMN | DIY Workshop | Minneapolis, MN | Ladies Night Carver Junk Company String Art Statement Piece Wall Art Workshop | MakeMN | DIY Workshop | Minneapolis, MN | Ladies Night

    We ended up with such a variety of finished looks, working with the same basic template - it was great to see all of the individual styles come through! The plans for the completed projects ranged from giving as gifts, to hanging in a nursery, to decorating living room walls. MakeMN String Art Workshop | LOVE sign | Carver Junk Company | Workshop led by The Vintage Studio  

    Check out the rest of our MakeMN and Milk Paint workshop offerings!

    December: MakeMN at the Winery: Holiday Gifts & Wine Tasting

    You can also find our sponsors here:

    Crave by CRV:  Etsy, Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter What Knot Shop:  Etsy, Website, Twitter My Pillow Shoppe:   EtsyFacebook, InstagramPinterest FAS Projects:   Etsy, Facebook Cere Jewelry:   Etsy, Website, Instagram Sweet Bee Honey:   EtsyFacebook

    MakeMN: Clock & Antler Recap, and Upcoming Workshops!

    I can't believe it's been a month since our last MakeMN workshop. It was such a fun project, and the finished pieces were more amazing than we even anticipated! We've been busy around here at the MakeMN headquarters - coming up with new workshop ideas, planning out the rest of the year, and making plans for 2016!  We've got the scoop for you on a few upcoming workshops - but first, a quick recap of our Clocks & Antlers class. One of our favorite parts of the workshops, aside from seeing the incredible finished projects, is presenting our workshop attendees with their swag bags. A fun surprise at the end of each class, we send you home with a bunch of beautiful, handmade items from some of our favorite local & national friends! Our sponsors for this month's MakeMN {check out their pages for more of their awesome work}: Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas   MN zipper pull: Relaine;   Necklace: Lydeen;   Screenprinted lunch bag: Scrappy Products; MN Nice Cookie: Something Sweet by Maddie Lu; Soy candle: Vintage Pyro. A huge thank you to our sponsors for giving our DIYers a fun, handmade surprise to take home! And.....drum roll, please...check out the workshop pics! First, our inspiration: Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas   Some action shots: 11783692_10207345745459797_904311835_o (1) Our workshop ladies with their finished projects. How cute is it that their clocks match their fashion style? Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas Modern Clock and Painted Antler DIY Workshop | Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis, MN | Craft Workshop | Ladies Night Ideas 11793842_10207345736779580_1350151431_o (1)11821438_10207345734179515_1181925614_o (1)   The next MakeMN workshop is scheduled for September 25th. It's an evening string art, dinner & drinks workshop, where you'll finish a wood background for your string art, and then choose either a stag head design (see some of the clocks above) or a LOVE sign to string in your choice of colors. You'll get to use our Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and learn the art of stringing. We'll provide the entertainment {in the form of our really fun instructors from The Vintage Studio}, the food {a light dinner}, and the drinks. You bring a friend {make sure they register first}. We also have two Holiday Marquee MakeMN workshops scheduled - only one open spot remains! Lastly, we'll also have a December holiday gift workshop scheduled soon. Stay tuned!