Hey SFers, Want to Learn Mad DIY Skillz? Sign up for Brit + Co SF Classes Now!
Oohing and ahhing over all the 3D printed goodies you’re seeing on our site? Or adding lots of crazy laser cut acrylic pieces of jewelry to your “must figure out how to make” list? Perhaps you’ve got a weakness for puff pastry and just have to learn how to make it yourself? Or maybe you finally want to figure out how to create your own jewelry, from fixing that sparkly pair of J. Crew earrings to making your very own statement necklace?
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got a class for you… right here in our Brit + Co SF! And guess what? Classes start… today! It’s time to get on it.
In case you haven’t heard, Brit + Co SF is a brand new retail experience that combines making and shopping under one roof. Every few weeks, the theme of the DIY projects, the decor, and the shoppable products change. In December, everything was ho-ho-ho crazy as we celebrated the holiday season. This time, it’s all about “Winter Love” and we’ve got so much snow that you’d think the Polar Vortex was back in town. Read more about what’s happening in the Brit + Co SF this season right here. Now, let’s get schooled! ;)
The best part about all of these classes is that no prior experience or knowledge is necessary, so they’re great for budding DIY-ers and seasoned makers alike. Here’s what’s on deck for Winter 2014:
Laser Cutting 101: Want to know the secret to creating your own beautifully carved wooden objects? Laser cutting, of course! Don’t worry it’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds. In just 60 minutes, Brit will teach you to use a laser cutter, AND you’ll walk away with customized cork coasters and etched Moleskine notebooks. How sweet is that? Each two-hour workshop is $50 and includes all the supplies you’ll need.
Always wanted to try your hand at 3D printing? Now’s your chance! Join us for 3D Printing 101. Taught by the Co-Founders of, Nick Kloski and Liza Wallach have developed the standard in 3D Printing education. A two-hour workshop that teaches all the basics of using a Makerbot Replicator 2. In this class you’ll learn: the best places to discover 3D designs; how to customize designs that you find; and how to print your favorite designs using PLA plastic. You’ll leave the workshop with your very own 3D printed Valentine’s gift. Each two-hour workshop is $50 and includes all the supplies you need to design and print.
3D Printing 101 Schedule:
– Tuesday, January 28th, 6-8pm (sign up here)
– Tuesday, February 4, 6-8pm (sign up here)
– Monday, February 17, 6-8pm (sign up here)
Quick Puff Pastry by Richard Festen: Equal parts butter and flour, quick puff pastry is the most luxurious dough in the kitchen. Each student will create their own batch of quick puff pastry to take home, learning how to incorporate butter and repeatedly fold the dough to make thousands of butter layers, as well as create a rustic French apple tart with a shiny glaze and light and airy cinnamon sugar crusted palmier cookies. We’ll have time to sample these freshly baked pastries in class and Richard will be available to answer all your baking related questions. This is beautiful food that will be the perfect ending to your next dinner party. Each two-hour workshop is $85 and includes all the supplies you’ll need.
Puff Pastry Schedule:
Puff Pastry Schedule:
– Thursday, February 6th, 6:30-8:30pm (sign up here)
Make Your Own Statement Necklace: You know there’s a jewelry artist inside of you. In our class on jewelry-making, we’ll take you from amateur to artist. You’ll learn the basics of jewelry making tools and supplies, experiment with common repair techniques, and, by the end of the class, leave sporting your very own statement necklace. Each two-hour workshop is $75 and includes everything you need to make your own statement necklace.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!