Our Authentic and Talented Teachers

Meet our Fall Session 2016 Teacher!

Daria Timashkova - We are enthusiastic about working Daria whose talent and passion are rooted in growing up in a household where spinning yarn from goat wool to knit shawls and scarves was part of a family skill passed from generation to generation. Daria learned to work with threads and various fabrics from her mother and from her classes in the Maritime University in the Ukraine. Her knitting knot class combined with the knowledge her mother instilled in her as a child, Daria learned a set of knots discovering a new frontier of weaving and “macramé” techniques.  After moving to the United States, she has handmade beautiful pieces of art, experimenting with different materials and forms, combining the technique of macramé with pieces of furniture. Daria shares our passion for crafting and DIY and we want to provide you an event to meet and learn from her.

Previous Teachers -

KC Cooper Sears –  We are very fortunate to have KC teaching our combined Creativity & Sustainability Session focused on working with natural dyes to enhance fabrics.  KC has such a rich history in arts, holding a BFA in Fiber Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.  She has held positions at well-known organizations, ranging from Martha Stewart and Urban Outfitters to the famous restaurant, Nobu.  KC is a state title holder for sewing and is highly sought after by the creative industry for her experience in fabricating custom props for advertising campaigns in the design and fashion industry.  Her favorite creative endeavor, however, is leading workshops and DIY classes just like this one focused on working with natural materials to creative something beautiful.  You can find more information on KC by following her on Instagram @makeshoplive and Facebook @KC Cooper Sears.

Tere Jenson - We are very proud to be collaborating with Tere Jensen, clothing designer and co-founder of the brand m.o.m. - a line of children's clothing, accessories and home décor items.

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We are passionate about Tere and her brand because of their commitment to eco and socially conscience creativity.  From a sustainability standpoint m•o•m does their part by re-using vintage fabric and working until only the smallest bit of scrap fabric remains. We love that all of m•o•m products were significantly influenced by Tere’s family history, movies and music.

m•o•m believes in family, hanging out in the kitchen, vinyl records, dark chocolate, cowboys, laughter and being nice. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

Tere’s designs and m•o•m products are sold worldwide and can be found at www.mom-handmade.com

Charlene Corn - We are excited to be working with Charlene Corn, co-owner of CeeCee & Bee! CeeCee & Bee create simple and pure apothecary goods.

Charlene takes pride in designing every products from scratch to include skin nourishing ingredients chosen for their rich benefits. Their focus is brining things back to a simpler time when products contained only a few effective, ingredients. Less is more! You won’t find any of the unnecessary chemicals or fillers in their products, just a few natural ingredients.

Cee Cee & Bee products include handmade Body Scrubs, Herbal Tub Teas, Renewing Serums, Spa Treatments and Handcrafted Soap in amazing scents like Lemon Lavender, Grapefruit Eucalyptus and Crimson Rose. Check out their wonderful creations at http://www.ceeceeandbee.com/shop/ and featured on the Etsy Blog~ https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/featured-shop-ceecee-bee/ .


Laura Bashar and Mary Platis

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Local Home Girl is proud to feature Mary Platis and Laura Bashar in our final event of the year.   Both local to San Diego, these talented women recently collaborated to author an award-winning cookbook, Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil.

Mary and Laura’s passion and enthusiasm for recipe developing, cooking, and teaching are infectious.  We love that they are open to sharing their talents in healthy and seasonal cooking with others. We are excited that they’ve agreed to collaborate with Local Home Girl to showcase their creative and hands-on approach to using olive oil in cooking and recipe creation.

Mary Platis – Mary is a food writer and culinary teacher, who discovered her passion for olive oil after visiting the Greek island Kythera. Mary and her recipes have been featured in a number of publications, including Olive Oil Times, Greek - American Magazine, October Unprocessed, Melissa’s Produce, and Meatless Mondays among others – and on Dr. John Westerdahl’s Health and Longevity Talk Show on Life Talk, and Author’s Corner with Neil Haley on Total Education. Mary recently completed her first book, "Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil".  She is the olive oil spokesperson for Bragg Live Foods©, and owner of The Greek Gourmet© catering for more than 25 years.

As an avid gardener, her inspiration for recipes and writing begins with a morning walk through her seasonal garden. She is the mother of three grown children and lives in San Diego, California with her husband and dog, Hershey.

You can follow Mary’s blog at www.californiagreekgirl.com

Laura Bashar – Laura showcases her creativity through many dimensions.  She is a recipe developer, graphic designer, photographer, cookbook author, wife, and mom of three.  She has always been comfortable behind the computer and the camera lens, which have led her to create her own blog, website and edit her own photography.

Getting creative in the kitchen, combining fresh ingredients, contrasting flavors, exotic spices and multiple cooking techniques from all over the world is her passion.  With more than 400 published recipes, Laura exemplifies the ability to follow her passions while focusing on raising her family as a stay-at-home mom.  Her graphic design background was showcased in her book collaboration with Mary Platis, Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil, as she was responsible for all of the beautiful photography and independently created the book design.

You can learn more about Laura and her rich creative journey in the cooking, recipes development and food photography at www.familyspice.com



Travis Rogers - Floral Design Artist

We are so happy to be working with the creative floral design artist Travis Rogers of Green Fresh Florals in Hillcrest. Green Fresh Florals is a floral design studio that provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with a unique mix of merchandise that conveys their style of contemporary sophistication as well award winning floral designs. Travis uses his creative perspective and artistic design to prepare unique custom arrangements for every day, weddings, corporate events, and large events such as the Art Alive San Diego Museum of Art.


Marissa Joinson - Owner/Educator, The Intuitive Kitchen

We are proud to be collaborating with Marissa from The Intuitive Kitchen™: T.I.K.™, a local San Diego business.  She has over 25 years in the food industry.  Her cooking style seeks to inspire "culinary creativity and comfort for the community..."

Marissa brings restaurant ownership, kitchen management, entertainment, event coordination and professional organizing to the table with The Intuitive Kitchen™.  We love her because she presents a realistic approach to "natural foods", meaning a wholesome, balanced way of cooking and eating.  She promotes a thoughtful approach to a healthy lifestyle - from shopping for fresh and raw ingredients to preparation, and table presentation.

The Intuitive Kitchen™ strives to live and consume with consciousness.  With Marissa teaching our Local Home Girl Summer Session, we hope to infuse her culinary creativity into your kitchen!



Alexis Garrett

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I am a wife and mommy of two little boys. I love all things domestic. Fern & Feather was the name of my interior design business. Now Fern & Feather has changed with the seasons of my life. It is less about design and more about all the things that inspire me. I started my blog in October 2009 and since then I am amazed everyday by the people, experiences and personal growth that it has given me.


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