Tired of the same old PaintNite? Don’t get me wrong – it is fun to sip wine and be crafty. I’m all for that. However, there are only so many canvas prints a girl can boast in her apartment before she has to open an art gallery. If you’re a Boston local, you know that the city is home to creatives looking for a new twist on their day job. Luckily for crafty girls like us, their hard work has turned into innovative options to catch up with the girls. I’ve chosen three of my favorites to share with you:
Started by two Boston girls & calligraphers, Julie and Meg, Sip & Script was born as a place for people to learn and enjoy the art of beautiful lettering. The duo take their lettering workshop to many creative, informal, and fun environments. For example, I recently had the pleasure of attending a lettering workshop with fellow bloggers at a local boutique in Southie, Neatly Nested. It was intimate & fun, and I left with the skills and the materials to practice at home. If you’re like me and you loved the event and the skill you learned, you can buy more supplies quickly and easily on their website. We sipped on a delicious summer cocktail, shared stories, and laughed at our attempts at the lacy, swirled alphabets. Julie & Meg run private parties and corporate events. Book your next girls night here
Let me ask you two things: have you always wanted to learn to knit AND do you love Gisele Bundchen’s style? If the answer is yes to either, then I have the perfect girls night for you. This company, which combines style and creation, was started around the one accessory that pulls an outfit together, fondly called the third piece. The company sells a unique line of hats, sweater, and home decor items, all handmade. I went to one of their workshops, hosted about 3 times a week for varied skill levels, and was welcomed by the co-owner and the instructors. Their yarn is soft, durable and comes in rich, seasonal colors. They helped me create a soft cowl that I fondly wore until spring time. In attendance were women of all ages as well as women seeking help from a previous workshop (whom are welcome back anytime).
The company sells yarn, patterns & kits for your favorite item on their site. …And if you love their style and aren’t crafty, the company hires local women to knit their clothing and accessories with their personally cultivated & sourced fine yarns. So, they have a made to order storefront that boasts chic & comfy items while helping women in the community. Love their style? So does Gisele
Already known as home to the most beautiful artisan papers and stationary supplies a girl can imagine, the craft mecca of Paper Source also boasts workshops for a variety of techniques. They hosted a few bloggers and I for a girls night out to create a mother’s day craft. When we arrived to the store in Brookline, the team had already set up a beautiful table scape complete with all the tools we needed for the night, so we could immediately arrive and get to work.
We were taught a variety of techniques. Including hand lettering a card and sealing it with their ah-maz-ing heat tool (i’m definitely buying one of these for my holiday cards). We then made a set of custom bangles, decoupaging one of the gorgeous papers to create a custom heirloom for mom. Finally, they taught us the real way to wrap your present, creating a heart felt gift for mom (or yourself no judgements here!).
The store is welcome to creating a custom class plan for your private party, crafty bachelorette, or just to catch up with friends. Or if it’s just you and your gal pal, they offer many class options monthly here.
If you’re looking for a non-conventional night out with the girls, these are great options taught by local Bostonian’s with a zeal for what they do. Nothing is more inspiring then coming for a therapeutic gossip and leaving with something you are proud of, whether it’s a skill or a homemade piece.