Weary winter days and no signs of spring leaving you uninspired? Don't give in to the blahs while you wait for things to bloom! It's time to perk up, pack up, and Go Great Lakes Bay, where awe-inspiring art studios, restful quilting and scrapbooking retreats, and carefully-stocked creative spaces are calling you to #cre8time and celebrate #NationalCraftMonth this March (and beyond!) with an all-out artistic escape. 


Retreat To A Cozy Crafter's Cottage

Creative Passions Interior 

Nothing says "unplug" quite like an all-out quilting and scrapbooking excursion inside a cozy, charming retreat (think: two former churches, one cozy, stone-front cottage, and a historic inn, all totally transformed into tranquil, inviting workspaces). So, settle in to one of five (soon-to-be six!) Creative Passions Crop & Quilt Retreats in Chesaning, and prepare to reach complete creative nirvana as you craft your latest masterpiece with a well-stocked work station and the warmth of close friends by your side. 


Creative Passions Quilts On Display 

With massive crafting workstations and on-site overnight accommodations, you'll enjoy stamping, sewing, cutting, quilting, and just plain creating alongside 4-24 of your friends. But don't wait to get your retreat on the Creative Passions books; most of their well-loved weekend retreats are already reserved through 2018, with only a handful of spots available for the taking! (Psst... try Creative Passions' weekday retreats for more open availability!)

All-new to the Creative Passions family in fall 2017 is the soon-to-be Creative Passions Retreat Center, located inside Chesaning's historic former Bonnymill Inn. This one-of-a-kind retreat will accommodate as many as 52 crafters at a time and host special events like lectures from national quilt speakers, trunk shows, and training classes. Might we suggest you sleep with one eye on this crafting hideaway's schedule so you can watch for available weekday retreats and weekend retreats in 2017 and 2018?

Take The Wheel

Space Studios - Woman Throwing Clay 

Take the edge off artfully when you take your seat at the pottery wheel inside Midland's magical Space Studios. Close your eyes and imagine: the soft, slow hum of the spinning wheel, the wet clay between your hands... the creative release!

From the moment you step inside this colorful-classroom-meets-industrial-mod-workspace, your artful heart will go pitter-patter. Because, here (and only here!), poured concrete floors, bold and bright color blocked art, and gallery walls line the space where you'll want to create for days (...and days).

Take a pro-guided pottery class, head to The Glaze Bar to handpaint a pre-made piece of bisqueware, or even try a Pick-A-Project (a guided, step-by-step lesson where you'll stamp, texture, and glaze your own clay masterpiece).

P.Y.O.P. (Paint Your Own Pottery!)

Painterly Pottery 

Taking the time to sculpt a custom clay creation from scratch not your thing? We get it. And Painterly Pottery (with two fully-stocked and totally tranquil crafting locations) does, too. Pop into their Saginaw location to be welcomed and wowed by a clean, modern space with wall-to-wall displays of unfinished items ready for the painting, glazing... even glass fusing! Or, swing into downtown Bay City for the same experience, but one best shared around massive, mismatched work tables inside an industrial modern (yet somehow still warm & cozy) space.

Location aside, you'll enjoy the same creative ride at either space:

  • Step 1: Pick your personal favorite piece from over 1,000 unfinished ceramic items
  • Step 2: Head to the glaze bar, where you'll choose the right hues (and techniques!) to complete your piece
  • Step 3: Snag a comfy spot and start crafting! Painterly's team of talented on-site artists are there to help, whether you're looking for a little inspiration or a lot of pointers from the pros.

Be sure to check Painterly Pottery's pottery painting specials or drop in for one of their clay, glass fusing, or mosaic workshops for even more hands-on artful instruction.

No matter which way you choose to escape during National Craft Month, make it creative... and share every handpainted, soulfully-stitched, scrapbook-worthy memory made along the way using #cre8time #nationalcraftmonth and #gogreat !