Are you familiar with AR Workshops? For us creative sorts, it’s a dream come true! This chain of DIY Crafts Boutiques throughout the US caters to DIY-ers with a wide variety of home decor diy projects. Perfect venue for a girl’s night, birthday party, shower and date night.
If you are a regular reader of Nourish and Nestle, you are probably a ‘maker’ of some sort. You either love to make delicious meals in your kitchen or have a favorite hobby of creating. You may relish the opportunity to make thriving container gardens or may get excited to make your home a warm and inviting place for your friends and family through your many diy projects..
I know that those characteristics fit me to a ‘T’…I am always looking for my next diy crafts or diy project and typically have a queue of ‘ooooh, I want to do that!’ ideas several pages long.
All this to say, when I discovered that an AR Workshops was coming to town, a mere 5 miles from my home, I was over the moon excited and have been eagerto to tell you, my fellow makers, all about them so that you can get your ‘making and doing’ fix on as well.
In case you aren’t familiar with AR Workshops, these Boutique DIY Studio Hands-On Workshops that offer mixed media workshops for home decor diy crafts, parties, design and styling skills have been popping up all over the country for the past 6 years. Currently there are 77 AR Workshops in 24 states…pop over here to see if they are near you.
My new friends, Lisa and Ed Ferguson, brought AR Workshops to Wilmington after Lisa’s sister kept telling her of this fantastic DIY Crafts Workshop Boutique that she just knew Lisa would love. Several months and many hours of hard work later, Lisa and Ed opened just before Christmas, 2017.
The concept of AR Workshops is simple…you peruse the exhaustive crafts project ideas on the their website, pick your favorite project and they cut the appropriate stencil and the wood for the project. In addition to wood diy projects, there are several canvas projects as well.
All you do is show up, with refreshments if desired, and put your project together.
All the power tools and paint you could possibly need for a diy projects are there…in addition to experienced hands-on help if necessary.
My crafting girlfriend Laura joined me recently at AR Workshop and we each came away with a gorgeous wood tray. It was the perfect girl’s night out…we brought our favorite wine and some appetizers and spent 3 hours chatting and building.
Obviously, it’s a great venue for a crafting girl’s night out, in fact my daughter and I are doing another workshop tonight! But, it is also a great date night destination. My husband and I will be heading there soon to make a wedding gift for a special couple.
The night we were there we were joined by a group of nurses and a wedding shower party.
And while it’s only March, it’s not too early to get a start on your diy projects Halloween, Christmas gifts or Christmas decor. I am chomping at the bit to make some of their seasonal projects; I already have my eyes on this sign. My love for all things ‘Nutcracker’ is strong!
Each project can be personalized with the colors you choose and the family name. You let them know in advance and they have the stencils cut. Once you get there, your hardest decision will be choosing what paint colors to use.
While still at AR Workshop, I went over my tray very lightly with their sander to distress it just a bit.Before I used it, I sprayed my tray with a clear, non-yellowing polycrylic that I had in our garage. This will protect it from any beverage or food staining.
The tray I made was the large size, but there was also one a bit smaller.
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