Okay — I know that it has been a dreadfully long time since I have posted to you all — but I do have a good excuse. And by “good,” I mean “awesome!” I’m a Craftsy instructor! Back in February I was approached by Craftsy to develop a garden design class with them, and when the class was given the green light, I worked like a crazy woman to develop the scripts, prepare gardens for the camera, and to shoot the classes both here in Austin and at the Craftsy studio in Denver, CO.
So, may I present to you:
I’ve never done anything like this before, but I loved it so much that I hope to create many more instructional videos in the future. And there was no way I did it alone — Craftsy is a class act all the way, with producers, acquisitions and content editors, camera crews and post production assistants.
We first filmed in Austin, right before Easter, at three different gardens — my own backyard, my brother Carl’s backyard and my dear friend/neighbor Sherry’s backyard. My brother Carl was good to not make faces at me while I jumped into my first real on-camera stint (little brothers can be like that, but not Carl. I’m sure he thought about it, but thankfully decided against it.).
While on location, we shot all the “details” of each garden, from lighting and seating to garden art, container plantings and accessories. About two weeks later, I flew to Denver to finish up in the studio — this time, to shoot all the design elements and lessons that go into creating each one of the inspiration gardens.
Yes, I know it’s goofy to take pics of all these things as though I’m star struck, but I’m a firm believer in noticing details and being thankful for opportunities like these. I would look at that star on my dressing room door, with my name on it, and think, “Who would’ve thought a year ago that I would be doing this? I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”
I learned how to use the Teleprompter and how to use some software for drawing designs, and was thankful that Craftsy bleeped out expletives when I goofed up.
So, what is Craftsy and why should you be excited about it? Well, if you love doing things with your hands — creating things, designing things, making things — Craftsy is your place to be. I’ve been a Craftsy fan since its beginning in 2010 because I’m also a knitter and a baker — and because of Craftsy’s instructional videos, I have learned how to crochet and I’m a better photographer. Craftsy has video classes, tutorials and patterns for almost anything you could want to make, and I would love for you to have my class, too.
In my class, “Gorgeous Garden Design: Function & Style,” I teach you how to create 3 different types of gardens — The Peaceful Garden, The Entertaining Garden and The Mixed Used Garden — and it’s called “Function & Style” because I believe that you should never have to sacrifice beauty for function. You can have both, and I’ll show you how.
So for my readers on this site, I want you to have my class at 50% off the normal class price — forever and ever. No limited time, no game playing here. I’m really proud of this class, I believe in what Craftsy and I created, and I want you to have it. So use this link whenever you want to — it’s just my way of saying “thank you” for being a loyal reader of my blog!
I hope you enjoy the class — and from time to time, if I take another Craftsy class myself and really enjoy it, I will let you know about that one, too. It may be in a totally different category like baking, cake decorating or photography, but gardeners are such creative people that I think it’s great fun to learn new skills. So, thank you once again for following me on this journey, for being loyal readers and for taking my class — hope to see some of you over on Craftsy!