• 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.

     

    NEWS! We are booking small garden weddings, baby & bridal showers, birthday parties now! Send us your email and we will send you pdfs with our rental info and catering options! We also have LAVENDER COTTAGE - a two bedroom cottage on our property that can be rented directly from us - ask us for more information!

    Call 626-215-4256 to make reservations!

     

     

     

    Upcoming 2018 and 2019 workshops:

    • Micro Mosaic All Day Workshop with Farmtable lunch - Carole Witt March 2nd 2019 from 10-4:30pm
    • Cloisonne  Enameling All Day Workshop with Farmtable lunch - Carole Witt March 3rd 2019 from 10-4:30pm
    • Christie Repasy Weekend Workshop - April 27th and 28th 2019 from 10-4 with breakfast and lunch - she will be teaching us how to paint a yard long (10" x 36") rose painting!

    • Copperplate Calligraphy with Breakfast & Lunch - Younghae Chung - Logos Calligraphy & Design​ - New 2019 date TBD for Spring 10am until 4pm
    • Succulent Chair or Birdcage with Brunch  - Shirley Farris - Sat. Feb. 23rd 2019  9am-Noon 
    • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshops  - Sat. Dec. 8th OR Sat. Jan. 12th 2019 from 10am-1pm with brunch
    • Pique Assiette (Broken China Stepping Stone) - plus lunch Sat. Jan 19th 2019 from 9-1:30pm OR Sat. Feb. 16th from 9-1:30pm
    • Two Day Garden Mosaic Project Workshop -  Sat Jan 26th 2019 from 9-2pm and returning Sun Jan 27th 2019 from 10-Noon 
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    • * Please ask about private workshop parties
    • CHECK OUT OUR BALI RATTAN BACKPACKS AND OUR TSHIRTS FOR SALE :)

    Yes! We do intimate garden weddings...

    TAKING ORDERS NOW!!

    Imported Handmade Bags! Hottest bag trend of this summer as seen on top fashion bloggers! 

    Specially made this beautiful Ata bag comes from eastern Bali.
    These backpacks have been handcrafted by Balinese women for generations. The process includes weaving ata grass into bag designs and drying them under the sun. Once ready, they are smoked over the coconut husk fire to develop beautiful shade of golden brown. These backpacks are moisture resistant, very durable and will last for years to come. Note: due to it's hand made nature, each bag is unique and is not exactly the same.

    Romantic Homes article on what we offer here at Lavender Marketplace in their Sept. 2017 issue!

    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

  • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshop & Lunch

    Sat. December 8th 2018

    OR

    Sat. Jan 12th 2019

    from 10-1pm with BRUNCH $89

    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.

     

     

  • Micro Mosaic Workshop and Lunch!

    Saturday March 2nd from 10am until 4:30pm 2019 - Farmtable lunch included
    Instructor: Carole Witt
    • All supplies included •
    Register here online - scroll down

    SO BEAUTIFUL !

    In this class we will be learning the art of and the traditions behind Micro-Mosaic.

    Learn beauty of traditional patterns and grouts and the freedom of modern techniques and technical advances. There will be a large selection of Italian spun enamel filati and both patterned and plain glasses to choose from. There will be a variety of bezel settings (pendant, brooch, earrings, links) to choose from. If you have a favorite magnifier you may want to bring it. Carole will bring what optivisors and readers she has. All supplies for a finished piece will be included. Materials for further projects will be available for purchase also. Let’s not let this magnificent art die out.

    Carole Witt Bio

    Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 20 years. Carole started making jewelry in junior high and by high school was an active part of the Petaluma High Jewelry Dept.. Carole fell in love with glass working in the early 90’s and has been studying it in all its aspects since. Carole studied Lampwork glass with Kari and Robert Madera (who’s store she later bought) and various other instructors. From there it was a simple step into enameling. She has studied enameling with MaryLee Rae, Amy Margaret, and Barbara Lewis. On a trip to Italy she fell hopelessly, and passionately, in love with Micro-Mosaic and has been studying, researching and experimenting ever since. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. She is always striving to increase her ability to reach more students and share the art of jewelry making.

  • Cloisonné Enamel Workshop and Lunch!

    Sunday March 3rd 2019 from 10am until 4:30pm - Farmtable lunch included
    Instructor: Carole Witt
    • All supplies included •
    Register here online - scroll down

    GORGEOUS !

    This will be a wonderful day of bending wire, blending enamels, and multiple trips to the kiln! Enameled glass is an old and beautiful art form. We will be working in pure silver and lead-free enamels. Using the simple shapes we bend out of cloisonné wire, we will attach them to our silver shape and then begin the fascinating process of filing our piece with beautiful colors.

    This class will teach you how to;

    Keep your enamel colors clear and vibrant. Keep your wires crisp and smooth. Clean your enamels for beautiful clarity. Set and be comfortable with your kiln. Finish your pieces so they are smooth, shiny and professional.

    This is the introduction to a world of color and design that will give your jewelry a whole new dimension. A quick demo on torch enameling for the curious too! All supplies for an enameled cabochon are included in the class. Further supplies will be available for sale.

    Carole Witt Bio

    Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 20 years. Carole started making jewelry in junior high and by high school was an active part of the Petaluma High Jewelry Dept.. Carole fell in love with glass working in the early 90’s and has been studying it in all its aspects since. Carole studied Lampwork glass with Kari and Robert Madera (who’s store she later bought) and various other instructors. From there it was a simple step into enameling. She has studied enameling with MaryLee Rae, Amy Margaret, and Barbara Lewis. On a trip to Italy she fell hopelessly, and passionately, in love with Micro-Mosaic and has been studying, researching and experimenting ever since. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. She is always striving to increase her ability to reach more students and share the art of jewelry making.

  • "Pique Assiette"

    Broken China Stepping Stone Workshop

    Sat Jan. 19th 2019 from 9am - 1:30pm SOLD OUT

    OR

    Sat. Feb. 16th 2019 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.

    I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING ANY BROKEN CHINA YOU MAY HAVE!!!!

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

  • Christie Repasy Floral Painting Workshop Weekend

    NEW DATES!
    SATURDAY APRIL 27th and SUNDAY APRIL 28TH 2019
    BOTH DAYS from 10am until 4pm
    $395.00 Limited to 10 students - NEED TO HAVE TAKEN HER ROSE PAINTING CLASS BEFORE!
     
    Christie has decided to teach us all how to paint a "yard long" rose painting in April! There are 10 spots open to students who have previously taken her rose painting class - so yes some experience is need to do this beauty!
     
    Christie will be walking you through each step from start to finish as she teaches you how to paint a yard long rose painting. This is so exciting! It will be a beautiful challenge - are you up for it??
     
    Please bring an apron to protect your clothes. The class is from 10am-4pm each day 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.

    We will be learning how to paint "Grace" - see below!!

    10" x 36"

  • Succulent Chair & Brunch

    Saturday Feb. 23rd from 9am-Noon
    with Shirley Farris
    $165 for the workshop and brunch

    Have you seen those adorable succulent chairs and birdcages and always wanted to make one? Shirley will help you plant your own to take home! All supplies included - if you happen to have your own chair or birdcage we can deduct $20 off the workshop fee. After you finish your chair you will enjoy a lovely farmable brunch with wine :)

     

    Please let us know whether you plant to do a chair or birdcage

    Shirley Farris formerly an interior designer for 35 years in Pasadena and Monrovia area, has recently relocated to Fresno where her family lives. She's renovating her garden there with an array of citrus trees, calif natives and her English garden. Her cottage style home won 2 garden awards in Monrovia.

  • Two Day Mosaic Garden Project of your Choice!

    WORKSHOP & LUNCH
    Sat. Jan 26th 2019 from 9am-2pm
    returning Sun. Jan 27th from 10-Noon
     
    Instructor: Kim Brandstater
     
    This will be a two day workshop. The first day will be Sat Jan 26th from 9-2pm and will include a light breakfast and lunch. The second day, Sunday you will return Sun. Jan 27th from 10:00am to noon to grout your work of garden art!
    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.

  • 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 $89 per person (includes brunch), with a minimum of 10 guests for events here at Lavender Marketplace.

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

    CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE CALENDAR BELOW TO SEE IF WE HAVE THE DATE YOU WANT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING

    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 $150 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 Scarf Table, where your guests can test the colors on small trays, and create designs to transfer to small silk 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!

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    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!

    Registration

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    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.

    Cancellation

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    • 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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