New Mint Studio a DIY-er’s dream

A fun new spot has opened in Carmel Valley offering the opportunity to gather, create and connect. Mint Studio, a do-it-yourself studio, officially opened in the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch on Oct. 7, just in time for painted pumpkins and learning to knit chunky, warm scarfs.

The unique art studio and event space created by owner Jayme Sanders will host craft workshops, classes, open studio time, date nights and social gatherings for both kids and adults. DIY-ers will be able to get creative at macramé and beer nights, mother-daughter cookie decorating classes or calligraphy classes, and learn skills such as wood burning, glass etching and watercolor brush lettering.

A fun fall project at Mint. (Karen Billing)
(Karen Billing )

Sanders’ studio is a Pinterest board come to life, with all the newest trends and designs packed into one fresh space full of beautiful things.

“All too often attempts at a gorgeous DIY project do not end up looking like the Pinterest picture,” said Sanders of her inspiration for the studio. “The projects can often be very expensive and involve several trips to the craft store, which, for Carmel Valley residents, involves a 20-minute one-way trip to the nearest Michaels. Many of us create beautiful Pinterest boards of projects we would love to someday do but the time, effort and lack of tools or knowledge prohibit the novice crafter from completing heartfelt projects and the joy that comes from the creative experience.”

As Sanders said, Mint creates the time to stop pinning, and start doing.

Kids’ programs will start for children as young as 3 with pre-school, home school and after-school classes. Sanders hopes Mint will become a creative space for art and science, to inspire young minds, support sensory art, art therapy, mindful art and yoga.

Adult workshops will be offered monthly by local artisans and celebrity makers. One of the studio’s opening events was held on Oct. 6 with celebrity crafter Amy Tangerine, sharing the art of modern scrapbooking.

Crafters gather to work at a recent event. (Karen Billing)
(Karen Billing )

Sanders, a Carmel Valley resident for 12 years and mother of three, grew up in a family of makers in Minnesota.

“I spent every summer crafting with my grandma,” Sanders said. “I always loved it because it was such a release, it was therapeutic, a time to zone out and make something great and never stop learning new and interesting things.”

As a mom to three kids, things got busy, but she never lost her desire to create.

“I thought Carmel Valley needed someplace to go with girlfriends, not just a bar, and someplace to connect with your kids and slow things down and be in a maker’s space,” Sanders said. “We need more art exposure as a community and a place to bring us all together.”

Each month there will be about 20 projects to choose from during open studio times, with all of the supplies and space needed on site. As Sanders said, it eliminates the mess and the need to buy expensive tools. Sanders’ current obsession is the Minc, a gold foil applicator, while her daughter loves the INSTAX Camera, an instant camera that is like a mini, modern Polaroid.

“I love everything personalized,” Sanders said. “Nothing mass-produced.”

Classes and workshops have already been scheduled through January and she is finding that people are willing to travel from out of state to attend classes given by some of the top celebrity crafters who tour the country and world. Tangerine, for example, stopped in San Diego fresh from New York and Palm Springs, on her way to Tokyo. Those who attended the class got a packet of scrapbooking goodies and a lesson in Tangerine’s unique mini travel scrapbooks.

In the coming weeks, Mint will waste no time getting crafty: a pumpkin succulent design class will be offered Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1-3 p.m. and a Halloween cookie decorating class is coming on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lark and Arrow will be in studio on Oct. 22 for a class on macramé plant hangers from 3-5 p.m.

Prices and registration information is available on the website,

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