• Learn, Create, Enjoy & Experience

    Come and learn something new ... discover your creativity in a peaceful and beautiful setting!

    We are a group of creative individuals coming together to offer all inclusive workshops in several different mediums.

    We offer full and half day workshops in our english conservatory - with a break in between to experience a lunch that includes fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from our garden. After lunch have a stroll through our potager garden to see what is growing or relax for a bit in the garden.




    Upcoming 2018 workshops:

    • NEW DATE in May! Silk Scarf Marbling Workshop - Sat. Feb. 10th 10-12:30 includes tea and scones OR Sat May 12th 10am- 1pm includes special Mother's Day brunch!
    • April 7th Silk Scarf Marbling date is SOLD OUT!
    • Pique Assiette (Broken China Stepping Stone) - plus lunch SAT. MARCH 3 from 9-1:30pm OR Sat. June 23rd from 9-1:30 
    • New Spring Date! Christie Repasy - floral painting workshop Sat. April 28th 2018 from 10-4pm!
    • Beginning and Intermediate Water color workshops and lunch with Sonserae Leese - Sat. March 10th 9am-3pm fo beginning and Sat. May 5th 9am-3pm for intermediate
    • Two Day Garden Mosaic Project Workshop - tea, scones and lunch June 9th and 10th




    Romantic Homes published a great article on what we offer here at Lavender Marketplace & Workshops in their Sept. 2017 issue!

    Upcoming Marketplace on May 6th

    This is where the workshops are held...

    Beautiful & peaceful setting to get creative!
    The Conservatory - where the events & workshops are held

    Enjoy lunch with fresh seasonal fruits & vegetables from the Potager Garden

    Potager Garden - we use as much from the garden as we can for the workshop lunches!

    Morning refreshments before class and lunch served at noon

    Lunch included with all workshops!!
  • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshop & Lunch

    Sat Feb. 10th - 10am to 12:30pm $65.00 - just tea & scones no lunch


    Sat May 12th - 10am to 1:00pm $85.00 Lovely Mother's Day BRUNCH

    Instructors - Justin and Kim Brandstater


    Utilizing modern, eco-friendly and upcycled materials, we bring the beautiful, ancient art of water marbling to the 21st century. Each student will be making their own one-of-a-kind handmade water-marbled silk scarf. (additional scarves are $39.00 each - if you want to make more than one) Each student applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in our custom-built water marbling trays, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design to their liking. It is a true "WOW" moment when the finished scarf is held up for all to see! No experience necessary. This workshop is intended for all skill levels – from the beginner to the intermediate creative. All materials and supplies provided for your inspirational time with us. Children welcome!


    Today, marbling is going strong with hundreds of master artists around the world who explore and revitalize the traditional methods, bringing new ideas to this wonderful form of expression. Marbled paper is still made today, and the method is now applied to fabric and three-dimensional surfaces, as well as paper. Aside from continued traditional applications, artists now explore using the method as a kind of painting technique, and as an element in collage. A more modern term for the art is "hydro dipping," and is often done by printing a design on a gel, laying the gel sheet on the surface of water, misting water over the gel to fully hydrate the inks, and then dipping the object into the now-liquid inks floating on the surface. In the last few decades, marbling has been the subject of international symposia and museum exhibitions. An active international group can be found on Yahoo! Groups, as well as the Society of Marbling, an organization of practicing marblers.



  • Silk Art Private Parties

    Birthdays • Showers • Charitable Events • Club Event

    Here is what your guests will get to do at a

    Lavender Silk Art Private Party!

    • Enjoy a brief intro to the ancient art of water marbling, as well as an entertaining demonstration
    • Choose your own colors from approximately 35 different hues (we recommend 2-8 colors)
    •Apply drops of paint to the surface of water in a six-foot long tray
    •If desired, swirl the paints using various rakes, combs, or stylus to create bold or intricate designs
    • The finished design is transferred to a 100% silk scarf
    • Rinse the scarf in water to remove excess paint
    • Show off your finished design for all to see!
    • Take your scarf home to hang dry and iron. After that, it is WASHABLE and will not fade in the sun
    • Wear your art as a scarf, sash, or hat band; or
    • Use it as a table runner, window hanging, or wall art

    Make just one, or as many as you like. WARNING: this art is addictive!


    Pricing for our private parties starts at $39 per scarf, with a minimum of 15 scarves ($585) for events here at Lavender Marketplace and a minimum of 20 scarves ($780) for parties within a 15 miles radius from us.

    * Price includes tax and all materials, equipment, and staffing needed for the water marbling activity.

    Lunch or light refreshments can be added to your party - please ask Kim for rates!


    Once a date has been selected, we will email or mail an agreement to you. We want you to feel free to hand write any changes or additions you would like to make. We are very flexible, and would love to hear any ideas you may have for making your event even more special! Please email the signed form back to us if possible, at brandstaterdesign@gmail.com. If you can't email it, please mail it to the address below. Please know that we do ask for a refundable deposit to hold the date. Payment may be made online (see registration page below) or with a credit card by phone, or by check mailed to

    Kim Brandstater

    89 Olive Ave.

    Sierra Madre CA 91024

    Get in Touch with Kim to book a party!

    We do have a few options that can be added to help complete the experience.

    For instance:

    DIY Play Table, where your guests can test the colors on small trays, and create designs to transfer to coasters, gift tags, doilies, card stock, plastic sheets, or small hankies. The cost for this table is $3 per person.


    If this is a birthday or other special occasion, the group can create a signature scarf, for everyone to sign or add their own written embellishments. The signed scarf can then be water marbled, perhaps by several people (or everyone) working together on creating the design. The signature scarf can be included in your minimum count, with an extra charge of $5 to cover the cost of each fabric marker (one should be sufficient, but we'll have extras on hand just in case)


    We can also have parties where the guests marble items such at hats, bandanas or shoes!

  • Christie Repasy Floral Painting Workshop

    NEW DATE! SATURDAY APRIL 28th from 10am until 4pm
    This painting workshop, to be held in our conservatory, is designed for anyone to be able to enjoy and complete a finished rose painting. Christie will be walking you through each step from start to finish as she teaches you some basic principles of painting and color mixing. You will be painting a rose on a 8x10 canvas in acrylic with a background. There will be a pattern to trace your rose onto the canvas in case you do not draw. Please bring a notepad to write down some information and an apron to protect your clothes. The class is from 10am-4pm with lavender scones and tea before beginning and then later a farm table lunch with organic veggies from our potager garden. All supplies are included.

  • "Pique Assiette"

    Broken China Stepping Stone Workshop

    Saturday March 3rd from 9am until 1:30pm


    Sat. June 23rd from 9am - 1:30pm

    Lunch with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables from our Potager Garden & wine

    Instructor - Kim Brandstater

    Mosaic stepping stones

    Pique assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, pique assiette literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye-catching art creations.


    Some people may assume that pique assiette is a very difficult and laborious work of art to learn. Yes, making pique assiette is an art. Don't be scared though if you have never done any art projects before, because it is simple to learn and anybody can do it.

    It is a fabulous way to bring the artistic and creative side out of you. You can get totally lost in it as you learn how to apply the varying types of shards to your pieces and time seems to just fly by.


    Making a mosaic stepping stone does not require you to be an established artist or have had any previous experience with mosaics. All you need to be successful is to gather the materials you need, have a wide colorful imagination, and let your hands do the magic for you.​

    Supplies & Class information

    • All supplies are provided •

    You will be making one 12 inch stepping stone to take home that day.


    Please wear clothing that will be comfortable and that can get dirty - you will be mixing concrete!

  • Two Day Mosaic Garden Project of your Choice!

    WORKSHOP Sat June 9th 9am-1:30pm and
    returning Sun June 10th from 10-12pm
    Instructor: Kim Brandstater
    This will be a two day workshop. The first day will be Sat June 9th from 9-1:30 and will include a light breakfast and lunch. The second day, Sunday June 10th you will return from 10:00am to 12 noon to grout your work of garden art (there will be light refreshments but no lunch provided)! If there is a problem with coming back Sunday I might be able to arrange another time for you. I will have some different cement animals for you to choose from and a few pots but feel free to find your own animal or object you would like to apply the broken china & stained glass tiles to. Please let me know when you sign up what you plan to do. I will be providing all supplies and colored grout.

  • Mother & Daughter Tea and

    Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop

    Come bring your daughter or mother to enjoy a full english tea and mosaic workshop!

    Saturday March 31st from 9:00am until 1:30pm 

    Instructor - Kim Brandstater

    Supplies & Class Information

    • All supplies are provided •

    You will be making one 12 inch stepping stone to take home that day.


    Please wear clothing that will be comfortable and that can get dirty - you will be mixing concrete!


  • Watercolor Workshop & Lunch

     Instructor - Sonserae Leese

    There will be a farm table lunch included halfway in-between the class. Tea and scone will be offered at the beginning of the class as well.

    Beginning Watercolor Class Description

    Sat. March 10th 9am - 3pm

    This painting workshop, to be held in our conservatory, is designed for anyone to be able to enjoy and complete a finished watercolor painting. Sonserae will be sharing the joys ofwatercolor and how wonderfully the paint, pigment and water creates such beautiful patterns when it hits the paper. She will lead you on a creative step-by-step process beginning with learning about the papers, brushes, paint techniques, color theory and mixing. You will be painting a lovely ocean/beach scene. Sonserae will prepare hand-out materials so you can take

    them home. Please bring a notepad to write down some information and an apron to protect your clothes. This is a beginner watercolor class but all levels are welcome. All supplies are included.

    Intermediate Watercolor Class Description

    Sat. May 5th 9am - 3pm

    This painting workshop, to be held in our conservatory, is designed for anyone to be able to enjoy and complete a finished watercolor painting. Sonserae will continue to share more intermediate painting techniques and in-depth information concerning mixing colors, blending, and detail work. She also will teach composition techniques to make your paintings more appealing and eye-catching. You will be painting a still-life. Sonserae will also show you how to properly trace a drawing onto watercolor paper. Sonserae will prepare hand-out materials so you can take them home. Please bring a notepad to write down some information and an apron to protect your clothes. This is an intermediate painting class so it is best if you have taken her beginning watercolor class (scheduled for March 10th, 2018) or have previous watercolor painting experience. All supplies are included

  • Enroll in a Fall Workshop!!

    Bring a friend!

    Sign up now before the classes fill up...

    Private workshops parties are also available

  • Workshops and Event Bookings

    Check for available dates to book your event here on this calendar!

  • Registration & Cancellation Information

    Pricing for private parties and special events - contact us 

    Desserts served after the workshop lunch!



    All classes must be paid in full to be registered.

    • Early registration is recommended. 
    • Register online. 
    • Workshops are for students 13 years or older unless otherwise noted.



    • If you must cancel a class, kindly give written notice 10 days before class to receive full credit. 
    • Cancellations made 5 days in advance will result in half credit. 
    • Cancellations made within 72 hours of class will result in forfeiture of fees.
    • We will have a waiting list for classes that are filled up and if there are enough students more workshop dates will be added
    • Lavender Workshops has the right to cancel any workshop with three or less participants
  • Our Lavender Marketplace & Workshops are located in the beautiful foothill village of

    Sierra Madre, California

    at The Historical Fletcher House - 1890's victorian farmhouse

    89 Olive Avenue Sierra Madre, CA

    Parking is on street - just walk up driveway and follow the signs to the back

    Workshops are held in the conservatory

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