Crafting meaningful gifts with slow magic
& wondrous self-care
An enchanting online experience in wondermaking
Once upon a time, four wonder-making women met in an enchanted forest and decided to brew up some magic together. They wove together their shared love of nature, nourishing self-care, and making beautiful things by hand. And something luminous emerged…an enchanting way of crafting beautiful gifts (for ourselves and others) while cultivating wondrous self-care and relaxation through the process of creation.
They enjoyed wondermaking together so much they wanted to invite others too.
And so, they wove it all into an online adventure to share with you.
We cordially invite you to join us in
this new Wondermaking adventure
Dear Wonder Sister,
We would be absolutely delighted if you’d join us in Wondermaking. Part of our desire with this offering is to share the joy of handcrafting beautiful gifts for ourselves and for our loved ones. We share how to make Enchantment Journals, Wonder Boxes, Golden Elixirs, Stories Crafted with Tea, and other delights.
But Wondermaking is much more than just learning how to make some goodies for yourself and gifts for others. The true magic of Wondermaking lies in how we go about making those gifts to nourish our own spirits in the creative process. It’s about weaving in rich meaning, sparkling wonder, relaxing flow, and beautiful energy into what we create with our heart and hands.
That’s why we’ve crafted Wondermaking as an enchanting experience for you rather than a typical “how-to class.” In Wondermaking, we weave in delicious self-care, simple rituals, a love of nature, creative inspiration, and ways to imbue each gift you make with personal meaning for the intended recipient (yourself or someone else).
Are you craving to create some wonder and slow magic for yourself and loved ones? Wondermaking may be just the adventure for you. We had such a wonder-full response from the live version of the course we offered in October and early November that we're now offering it as a self-study option!
Yours in enchantment,
Victoria, Betsy, Amy, and Lauren
Now enrolling as
a Self-Study Course!
Enrollment Fee: $116
Location: Online Classroom at the Mojo Lab
Register for instant access!
Available as self-study for a limited time!
Registration closes on February 29, 2020
Take a sneak peek at the Welcome video
Your Wondermaking Guides
Victoria Smith of The Mojo Lab and Miss Wondersmith (Betsy Hinze) are your hosts of this online adventure. They’re joined as instructors by their Wondermaking co-conspirators Artist Amy Won and Lauren Dodge of Fruits to the Roots.
Victoria is a writer, artist, creative mentor, and resident wonder mystic at the Mojo Lab. Her work explores the intersection of creativity, earth wisdom, magic, and intuition. Through her classes and other offerings, she helps women forge a stronger connection with their inner wisdom, courage, and creative spirit, as well as the natural world around them, so they always know where their true north lies. You can find her adventuring in wonder at themojolab.com, Instagram @mojolab, and Facebook.
Miss Wondersmith (Betsy Hinze)
Miss Wondersmith spreads wonder in her own unique way; often, through planning meaningful events and sharing them with strangers! She also writes about wildcrafting, plant magic, and non-denominational rituals and ceremonies. Her goal through sharing this work is to encourage more meaningful connection to self, community, and environment. You'll find Miss Wondersmith sharing her sparkling creations and events at thewondersmith.com, Instagram @misswondersmith, Facebook, and Patreon.
Amy is an artist, nature lover, and wonder-seeker creating art and tools to enchant the everyday. She is deeply inspired by nature, mythology and labyrinths! Through her art and offerings she hopes to inspire you to wonder-filled adventures that sharpen your own senses, fuel your aliveness, and renew your enchantment with life. You can find Amy online sharing her enchanting paintings, wonder walks, and creative adventures at amytwon.com, Instagram @amytwon, and Facebook.
Co-Founder & Lead Formulator of FruitstotheRoots.com and monthly tea collaborator at MoonBox.co, Lauren explores ritual through creation of organic beauty products, teas & elixirs. Invoking awareness, plant spirit medicine, planetary archetypes and LOVE in every artifact formed, she crafts intentional stories for daily well-being. You’ll find her sharing her magic online at FruitstotheRoots.com, Etsy, Instagram @fruitstotheroots, and Facebook.
The Wondermaking Journey
The live version of Wondermaking ran in October and early November, 2019. It was a four-week course that included a new class each week that included two modules presented by a different instructor. The beauty of taking Wondermaking as a self-paced course is that you'll be able to go completely at your own pace, tailoring your experience with what works best for your schedule.
Module 1: Wondermaking Welcome & Orientation
Here you'll find a welcome video from the instructors, a guided meditation to your enchanted Wondermaking space, and a detailed supplies list with links to trusted sources for items you may not be able to find locally.
Modules 2 & 3 with Victoria Smith: Getting Started & The Enchantment Journal
We begin by crafting a set of simple and beautiful handmade cahier-style journals/notebooks, one for you (perfect for recording all kinds of wonder and enchantment) and as many as you wish to gift to others. We explore delightful ways to add meaningful, personalized touches, as well as creative prompts and inspiration for what you (and the recipients) can put in them. As an optional "diving deeper" adventure, you'll learn how to alter an old hardback book (not a special or precious one!), repurposing the cover with some simple alterations to hold several of the removable journals/notebooks and other treasures together.
Modules 4 & 5 with Miss Wondersmith: Golden Elixir with Meditation and Herbal Honey
Honey’s golden beauty is the starting point for these lessons, which weave together guided meditations with herbal techniques to create a shimmering potion with heartwarming qualities, perfect for personal reflection and gift giving. We also dive in deeper to discuss customizing your infused honey and how to package it creatively!
Modules 6 & 7 with Amy Won: A Wonder Box: Exploring Roots
In these modules, we explore what ‘Roots’ mean to us both in the outer/natural world as well as the inner/soul world. Through the ritual of wonder-walking, gathering/treasure-hunting and journaling, you'll learn to craft a magical wooden box to celebrate your ‘origins.' This can be both as an anchoring gift to ourselves or to a loved one on the cusp of a new adventure.
Modules 8 & 9 with Lauren Dodge: Sacred Botanicals & Story Crafting with Tea Ceremony
In these modules, we dive into the ritual of blending, brewing and tea ceremony through story craft. This is will include a brief study of a few of Lauren's favorite medicinal herbs, as well as a few different ways to blend and brew tea. Whether you’re looking to benefit from a beauty potion, detox with an herbal infusion, or just create something tasty that you know will also help to reduce your intake of daily stress, you’re sure to find harmony in the crafting of your very own tea stories.
What You Receive
New Enchantments to Explore with Each Wondermaking Guide
Each Wondermaking Guide presents two modules for their class within the larger Wondermaking course. You'll find the core lessons in the form of a video and downloadable PDF guide with instructions, followed in the next module with inspiration for diving deeper with the central themes we're exploring. When you register for the self-study option, you receive instant access to all the materials, which are posted in our private Wondermaking classroom right here on the Mojo Lab website.
Each of the Wondermaking Guides begins in their first module with a core demonstration video. These videos are instructional, but are also designed to be relaxing and wonder-filled! These detailed videos vary from 25 minutes to an hour or so in length. They go over the key steps of the project and offer ways to engage with it in a relaxing and soul-filling way. The video for Module 8 with Lauren Dodge was recorded live and the replay is available for you in the classroom.
Written Guides to Download
Along with the videos, you'll also receive a beautifully designed PDF guide to download with written instructions and photos for each Wondermaking project. And then in the following Module, you'll have an additional PDF guide to download with suggestions for taking your project further, whether that's infusing an element of ritual into your gift, adding another component to expand on the gift's theme, or taking your packaging up a notch. You can even print them out to make your own little Wonder manual for your personal use to accompany your journaling and notes.
Access to the Wondermaking Guides
Even though Wondermaking has been transformed into a self-study course (and thus, does not have a live discussion group), you'll still have access to the Wondermaking Guides! You'll be able to contact the instructors via email with any questions you may have about their modules. You'll find their email addresses in the Welcome & Orientation materials once you register.
PSA: Should you be feeling artistically nervous, let us assure you that you do NOT need any special arts or crafts skills for Wondermaking. This is about exploration and discovery, and the sheer joy of bringing your hearts, hands, and creativity together to create special gifts for yourself and others. It has nothing at all to do with prior experience, skill, or perfection. You’ll be fine, we promise. Pinky swear.
We've designed Wondermaking in such a way as to keep the cost of the supplies needed for each week's projects as reasonable as possible. The ideal are those materials, ingredients, and tools that you may already have on hand, can find in nature, repurpose from prior uses, or can buy relatively inexpensively.
In the Welcome & Orientation Module, you'll be provided a detailed Supplies list with links to trusted online sources for acquiring those items that may not be available to you locally.
The list below will give you a good idea of the supplies you’ll need for Wondermaking. It isn’t exhaustive of all possibilities, but covers the essentials. The key here is to stay within your comfort zone. We’re firm believers in reusing and repurposing as much as we can from what we already have on hand. Should you want to buy a few things, you can certainly keep this very low-cost with a bit of creativity and intention.
Week 1: Enchanted Journal
- Paper you want to use in creating your journals (it can be a mix of papers, which can be truly fun)
- Card stock (plain, colored, or decorated) to serve as the covers for your journals
- Some basic bookbinding tools (waxed linen or hemp binding thread, bookbinders needle, awl, ruler, Xacto/Utility knife or other paper cutting tools of your choice)
- Embellishments (things like decorative paper, ephemera, magazine images, washi tape, stamps, ribbon, flattish treasures from nature, and such)
- Optional: (for creating a hard-back Fauxdori journal binder/cover introduced in the second "diving deeper" portion of the Enchanted Journal lesson): old hardback book(s) you're okay with deconstructing (nothing special or collectible), PVA glue, glue brush, book cloth or marbled/painted paper (with a good weight but not so thick or stiff that it can't be folded and glued), eyelet hole punch and setter, eyelets, piece of thin chipboard/non-corrugated cardboard, and thick jeweler's elastic.
Week 2: Golden Elixir
- at least 2 cups of honey
- recommended herbs: damina, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and spicebush (or allspice) “berries”
- a method of gently warming honey, such as a pot of water on low or a crock pot
- clean glass jar for infusing
- pretty jars/bottles for your potion
- edible gold luster dust
- Optional: pretty stones, crystals, or drawer pulls to decorate jars and bottles; strong epoxy (like E6000) to attach decorations; and herbs of your choice for a custom honey blend
Week 3: Wonder Box
A wooden box (hinged lid is best) that can be held in the hands. A wooden cigar box or an unfinished pine box from the craft store would work great.
Acrylic paint & primer
- Gathered objects and totems from nature and life
Hot glue & other adhesives
- Embossing powder
- Balsa wood
- Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
Watercolor paper and paints
Week 4: Sacred Botanicals & Story-Crafting with Tea
- pen/pencil and journal or piece of paper to make notes and write down your tea stories, ideas and recipes (one of the Enchanted Journals you'll make in Week 1 would be perfect for this)
- a method of boiling water (electric kettle, stovetop kettle, or a sauce pan)
- a method of brewing tea (tea cup, infuser/tea ball or re-usable tea bag, or a Tea pot and strainer)
- glass or ceramic bowl for mixing or blending herbs
- wooden spatula or spoon
- glass jar with a tight sealing lid (to store tea blend)
- paper grocery bag, or a large piece of brown kraft paper
- dry herbs : there will be specific herbs listed in the detailed supplies list you'll receive in mid-Sept but Lauren I will discuss how one can create from whatever herbs they choose to work with including a few items that can be found in their kitchens).
- Optional: incense or room cleansing mist, quartz crystals for creating grids and infusing, wax marker pencil (any color), sweetener of choice, lemon wedges, syrup.
Q & A: Details Your Delightfully Curious Mind Will Want to Know
How long will the Wondermaking class materials remain available to registered students?
We'll keep the Wondermaking area open on the Mojo Lab website with all class materials available for you until October 11, 2020. Also, the Wondermaking PDF guides are downloadable, so you'll have a permanent record of how to create the gifts for the future.
How can I contact the instructors if I have a question while I'm going through the self-study course?
You'll find our email addresses in the Welcome & Orientation module. We'd love to hear from you if we can be of any help in your Wondermaking adventures.
Do I need any special skills, artistic ability, or experience to join?
Nope, not at all. None of the gifts we're making require any prior experience or special artistic talent. All you need is your own creative spirit and willingness to try some new things. There will be options in some cases for taking the projects deeper, which may include a higher-level technique or two. But no worries, we'll lead you through all of it step by step. We'll meet you where you are, no worries.
Can I sell the gifts I learn to make in Wondermaking to others?
No, we're sorry but the the signature gifts (and tutorials and extras) the instructors designed for Wondermaking are intended for you to make for yourself and give as gifts to others, not for commercial sale via products, tutorials, or classes. But here's the juicy part: we're share loads of creative techniques and inspiration in Wondermaking that you can easily take forward and use in designing your own original creations, which you could offer commercially if you wished. And that's where the gold lies!
Wouldn't you love to make
your own wonder?
Have a question? We'd love to help. Simply contact Victoria here and be sure to let her know your question is about Wondermaking in your message.