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    THE Miss Mustard Seed: Our Biggest Workshop Ever, with Marian Parsons

    You read that right. Miss Mustard Seed, Marian Parsons, the famous blogger, home decorator, author, furniture refinisher, and namesake of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint is partnering with Carver Junk Company to bring you a hands-on workshop in October! 

    Chad has been working with Marian for a few months to set up this workshop. We'd originally been discussing having her fly in for a weekend a teach a full-day session combined with one of our other events. After their initial conversation, Marian asked Chad to sit tight on planning, because her family was in the process of moving for her husband's job. Turns out, they were working on their move...to MINNESOTA! We couldn't be more thrilled to have Marian right in our own backyard. For 4 years, we've been carrying her paint line in our stores, and communicating with her virtually, but never in person.

    Needless to say, we're thrilled to meet her, and we know you will be, too. The workshops are scheduled for October 21st: 8 am - Noon and 1 pm - 5 pm. Each one is limited to 48 people, which means plenty of quality time with Marian and the CJC team, talking all things Milk Paint. Marian will speak, instruct, and do a Q&A throughout the day, and we'll provide snacks, drinks, additional instructors, and a beautiful project. Due to the size, they'll be held off-site but just down the street from our Chaska location, in the historic Chaska Mill building. 

    Here's the scoop, and link to registration for the events.  

     Welcome Sign | Milk Paint Workshop with Miss Mustard Seed Marian Parsons

    Our team has created a project that will allow you to learn a variety of techniques using a variety of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint products, and at the end we'll assemble it into a gorgeous finished piece of art for your home! Choose between welcome, home or family as the word art on your piece. The finished projects are approximately 18" x 24," and are perfect for placement in a gallery wall (imagine "family" surrounded by family photos) or entryway as a "welcome."  

    BIG NEWS | CJC is on the move!

    Carver Junk Company started out four and a half years ago in a 300-sq ft space with a month-to-month lease. Our goals were to create a store that appealed to people like us, that was open one weekend a month, and to fill our "spare" time with a hobby we could work on together. I wish I could remember how those conversations sounded. "It's 18 hours a month. It'll be fun!" "It's an excuse to go to flea markets! And we'll have a place to sell all the things we find, so we don't turn into hoarders!" We lasted four months in that 300 sq ft space before we outgrew it. We moved a half block up the street into a bigger space, we found some equally-crazy and motivated vendors to join us, and opened our doors. A year later, with a baby on the way, we knew we couldn't keep moving dozens and dozens of furniture pieces up and down treacherous stairways every month. We moved. Again. This time, 2 full blocks up the street, into our current location. In 2014, we heard a demand for a CJC location that was open more often, and closer to many of our customers, so we opened a second location in Mpls. Each time, our business was busting at the seams, and our demand had outgrown the space we had. And this time is no different. Yes, this time...we're moving again! We've loved our time in Carver. The town is charming - it's why we live here, in the same historic downtown area. The members of the community are amazing, and have been incredibly supportive of our small business. We're moving because we need more space, and it's not available in our little downtown Carver. We're looking forward to almost double our square footage and a dedicated workshop space where we can share our passion for DIY with more people via more classes! We're moving because Chaska feels as much like home to us as Carver has been. Chad grew up in this area, living in Chaska from the time he was born through middle school. The building we're moving to is a historic bank in downtown Chaska. It's the same historic main street where he grew up riding his bike with friends. We're moving because the future of downtown Carver feels uncertain, and the focus of the City government is on growing the community far from its center. We're moving to a downtown that's actively working on revitalization and growth, and we know our current customers and our supportive Carver community will love the new space as much as we do! Our beautiful new building features 13-ft ceilings, exposed brick, natural wood work, the original bank vault (which will be a part of our sales floor space!) and a light, bright interior. It's the perfect fit for modern, industrial farmhouse style. We can't wait to show it off to you in May, at our Grand Opening! We still intend to be open one weekend [plus maybe an extra day] each month, along with the other occasional stores in Chaska. We're beyond excited to be joining a group of existing businesses that started this occasional market. They're unique, local shops that support dozens of other local makers. They focus on remaining unique, supporting one another, and ensuring that their products are complementary to one another. It feels like the perfect home for CJC! Thank you all for making this possible, for helping us continue to grow, expand and push our boundaries. Our customers remind us, again and again, when we take on crazy projects that push us far beyond our original goals for this business, that we have so much support and love! Chad, Brandy, and the CJC team!   Visit the Carver store for our Grand Finale: March 16th - 19th, 10 am - 4 pm each day. We won't have a "store" location in the SW Metro for April, but our Minneapolis store is open 7 days a week, and our CJC@HOME event is April 21-23rd in Apple Valley!

    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