It’s SHOWTIME! Who likes Halloween?!!!
Looking for someone to help starting now, or future months up until end of this year.
Nothing past 2023.
Halloween goes big around here and we’re looking for help with several projects including a community haunted house! This will entail tasks like painting, crafting, building, event planning, organizing and clean up.
Always doing artistic upgrades to my 150 yo Victorian!
Organizing, deep cleaning, basic maitence along with set design tricks, basic construction, sewing, lighting and painting techniques. We are not your basic home, it is an extremely creative and theatrical visual environment.
I teach you along the way all the steps, if you are handy or crafty at all it will be easy for you to follow.
Also.. I have a 18 month old so extra help for a single mommy helps so much!
Having a car is a big plus.
Other jobs might include sewing, maintenance, house chores, deep cleaning, organizing, cooking, running errands, gardening. It’s a big place and we need help keeping it looking nice while we create huge messes from making art.
If you’re really interested please send me a message that shows me you read my post above and this is something you’re excited to learn or have skills that might be useful.
I run a big ol crazy Victorian in the heart of Oakland. My home is filled with Art, friends, music, animals and oddities. My lifestyle (normally) consist of being a costume designer, set designer, events coordinator, arts community leader and photographer. My projects change all the time and I've found workaway an amazing tool to meet talented, loving, helpful, world traveling folks. I can't speak highly enough about how much I love this type of symbiotic relationship.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
I have a lot of experience in the art world that many pay 1000s of dollars to go to art school for. This is an opportunity for hands on real life experience with fashion, set design and production work. Many of my guests have used the things I have taught them and sets we have built together in their portfolios to obtain jobs in creative fields.
Oakland also is a melting pot of a city. Our home celebrates all ethnicity's, gay friendly, and all around acceptance.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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I like to host most helpers for about a month as its easier when everyone is accustomed to how things work here, where stuff is. etc etc.
I do a one week trial period for all helpers who stay here to make sure it is a good fit for the house tasks and my tenants as well.
Times of your stay here can vary though, we sort of feel it out and have hosted people from just a few days while they were traveling though to several months.
We have also have had a lot of return helpers and to this day I have kept in touch with so many amazing folks and made long lasting friendships.
Victorian guest bedroom
What else ...
We live in a neighborhood that is only about 3 min bike ride to Lake Merritt which is a really pretty and active part of Oakland, with awesome shops, restaurants and bars. Oakland has a super diverse culture and is fast becoming the new hip city to live in due to the flood of creative types and musicians migrating here. BUT we still live in an urban city that is not as safe as a suburb, so I feel that its important you be city savvy. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you do your research on Oakland before contacting me.
We are just a few Bart ride stops away from San Francisco and a very short car ride away from redwood hiking. I can drive you around to short destinations if you don't have a car.
I also have taken my workers traveling with me, camping, Disneyland, movies, bars, shows, dance clubs, parties... you name it.
We have some awesome feedback over these last years. So don't take my word for it, read what they had to say!
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
Mostly street parking. Possible parking inside our gated yard.
How many Workawayers can stay?
5 hours a day maximum (max 25hrs/week)
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Accuracy of profile:
My husband and I are Christina’s longest Workaway’s to date, and this was our second workaway experience/host. And what a positive experience it was.
I’ll preface this by saying that I also work
Everybody in the house was super cool, kind, and understanding. Communication was great, so tasks were very straightforward and doable. The projects were fun and the hours were really reasonable. If I didn't
My stay was cut shorter than anticipated, and I did not get a chance to learn as much from Christina as I had hoped for. But with that said, I can confidently say she has been my favorite host yet. She is many
HIGHLY RECOMMEND from a seasoned Workaway hostess!
Read below to see why.
Kaleb spent a few months helping me on several projects around my home, events, stages, and during my most needed times during my first pregnancy. Despite his young age he was reliable, responsible, trustworthy and extremely hard working.
I did a lot of different things in the month I was there. I helped with the props for halloween, worked in de garden, sewed curtains, made baby clothes, organized her closet and
He stayed with me and my roommates for almost a month. We could have kept him longer if we could! Everyone in
Christina is a wonderful host and always makes sure you're comfortable and well fed. The Haunted Mansion totally
Sara has stayed with me a few times now, returning to work on various art installations or paintings around my home. She did a giant silent film theater set with a moon and clouds for me. And also some of the mural work of faces you see on her
Working On a Professional art project, doing an epic road trip to L.A., bringing to life a phenomenal show, meeting so many inspiring souls.
Christina's creativity is endless and her aesthetic refined.
She is an incredibly talented artist.
If you want to be snuggled by adorable animals and be in the presence of great people, music, food and beautiful things, I think you stumbled upon the right place.
He stayed at my place for about 5 weeks and during that time he worked on several building and beautification projects around my home and on a offsite store we were building. He's good with tools and I was able to hand off several tasks and leave him to them to finish the job. He did wonderful
Christina took me to all kinds of cool places around town like a radical comedy show and a redwood forest and had recommendations for places to go and things to
I don't think I have ever met anyone so genuinely kind and generous and down to earth. We had such a good time helping Christina organize her home, lovingly named the haunted mansion,
My home was in desperate need of repairs and major deep cleaning, these two came to my rescue.
Kurt can fix anything. A lot of my plumbing, electrical and woodworking tasks that
Her fearless and non shy approach was refreshing. As well as she's just a happy energetic soul. Always super
THE WORK: The work at the mansion changes daily. Sometimes you are
He also works hard, gets along with everyone, happy and always willing to do all the silly tasks I had lined up. During his stay he helped me build a big LED lighted art installation and vend costumes at a belly dance show. He even cooked for the crew at times and did hand a lot of sewing for my
I was put to work straight away but enjoyed it immensely and appreciated Christina's trust in my abilities; I'd be given a task and had complete freedom in terms of the
I have procrastinated in writing this feedback for a few months because every time I try to start I end up having a difficult time accurately describing my experience here. I'm also super jealous of any of you that get to stay here in the future!!!
The cast of characters at the mansion (both those that live there as well