When I met Tamera Beardsley last summer at her home in Orange County and saw the stunning brooch necklaces she had made, I was instantly motivated to make my own. Once I returned home, I set about finding brooches in thrift shops, antique stores, on Etsy and eBay and even received one in the mail from Tamera.
As I searched for brooches, I noticed a theme. I was drawn to pins associated with the wine country. I found grape clusters, bees and other insects, a hot air balloon, flowers, and I even came across a bridge similar in shape to the Golden Gate. I decided to make my necklace wine country themed. My plan was to have it ready to wear by Christmas.
I followed Tamera’s instructions and purchased a base necklace, wire, glue and asked my husband if he could dig out his needle-nosed pliers for me. I was all set to begin.
And then I wasn’t.
Other things became priority – the holidays, travel, blog stuff – and soon the DIY brooch necklace materials were put into a bag and shelved. I no longer felt motivated to tackle the project. It didn’t help that I am the least crafty person I know and the idea of making this necklace was always daunting to me.
But now I am ready to tackle it because I have a new motivation!
If you read my blog last fall, you may recall Bloggers in the City, an overnight getaway I took to San Francisco with fellow bloggers, Kim from Northern California Style and Heather of StyleMindChic. We had such a great time, we decided to make it an annual event.
Our group has gotten a little bigger this year. Tamera and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life will be coming along in addition to Kim and Heather. This time, we’re heading to Napa Valley and we’re making it a two-night adventure.
Andaz Napa is very generously sponsoring our lodging and Napa Valley Tours and Transportation is treating us to a wine tour. To say we are excited would be an enormous understatement! I think giddy and ecstatic are more appropriate adjectives.
We are firming up our itinerary that includes plenty of dining, shopping and wine tasting with lots of discussion about blogging mixed in, I am sure. And we will be writing, Instagramming and tweeting about our trip before, during and after.
We hope you’ll follow us along on our Bloggers in Napa Valley adventure!
If this doesn’t get me motivated to make my wine country brooch necklace then I don’t know what will!