Last Friday my friend Lindsay and I went to another Oh Happy Day craft night! This time around was a braid tutorial by Rubi Jones from She Lets Her Hair Down.
- Lindsay & I rockin our braids
- Rubi giving us the low-down
- Gorgeous letterpress illustration, by Samantha Hahn
- Lip & cheek stain I’ve used every day since
- “Draw a sheep” 2013 calendar
These events are always fun because they get people out from behind their laptops and into the real world. (Reminds me of the idea behind the party I went to at the Pinterest headquarters.) Lucky for me, I live in SF so they’re easy to attend!
Rubi was really sweet and easy going. I’d love to get my hair cut by her at one of her next pop-up salons. (My friend Kara hit her up this time around and loved it.) The hairstyle we did was pretty simple but had room for creativity and expansion.
The best part of the night was the gift bags Jordan made us. (Sponsored by Bing!) I was blown away. The bags themselves were screen printed with the word Happy and were full of Rubi’s favorite hairbrush, bobby pins, hair product samples, a Ban.do hairclip, a gorgeous letter pressed calendar, and a Fat & the Moon lip stain. Booyah Grandma!
I’d like to host another craft night for my friends again at some point. Creating with your hands while chatting with your gal pals is a pretty sweet place to be. Thanks again to Jordan, Rubi, and Bing for sharing the love!
The other night I had a few girlfriends over for a holiday craft night! It had been a while since my last girls night and I was inspired by all the cute ideas on pinterest. I loved the striped paper straw wreath idea, but thought it was a bit cumbersome. For our craft, we made mini-wreath ornaments and they turned out so cute!
Before everyone came I prepared little muslin bags with all the supplies. Each person got a cardboard ring, sample straws cut to size, a silver tie, and plenty of straws to work with. All they had to do was cut the straws down to size (16 pieces of 3/4″, 1″, and 1 1/4″ each) and glue them together! The perfect chat-while-you-craft kind of project.
I invited 15 girls and was a bit overwhelmed by the 13 yes responses, but the day of 6 people canceled, so we had a nice group of 7. Thank goodness because my living room can only hold about 10 people max! Maybe next time I’ll pick a better location.
My pinterest boards are growing by the day and I have quite the list of projects floating around in my brain. Here’s what I think is doable this Christmas season:
1. Felt gift ornaments not sure of original source
2. Striped straw wreath from Woman’s Day
3. Ballerina snowflakes not in English, but the pictures say it all
4. Accordion paper trees by Julep
Plus, I’m excited to try out some new gift wrapping techniques! Stay tuned for that.
Happy Cyber Monday to you all. I’m glad I chose family over frenzy last weekend but now I’m ready to dive in to the sales!
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My mom came to visit over the weekend and it was the best! She hasn’t been here in a while and it was so fun to show her around and get her feedback on my system up here. I felt like it was back to school night and I was proudly walking her from classroom to classroom, except that this time it was the grocery store, Tilly’s daycare, the library, the park. I’ve realized recently that moms (and dads too) are the original google. You can ask them how to do anything and they always have a good answer! I’m so happy she came to visit, she means the world to me and her encouragement keeps me going.
I did this watercolor painting for my mom for her birthday. (Based off of this photocollage of me & Tilly.) It’s an ode to motherhood and I just love the way it turned out.
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A few weeks back I attended a craft night at Anthropologie hosted by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day. Can you believe my luck?! The first 20 RSVPs were accepted and my nimbly pimbly fingers got me in under the gun! It was totally awesome and gave me some cute ideas for christmas prezzies.
Each place setting had a hand-crafted bag of supplies and a letterpressed instruction card that should probably be framed. We made flower party hats out of this really amazing italian crepe paper from carte fini. It’s like sculptable paper, so rad. The event was 1 hour long, but everyone could have stayed for hours. It’s about time I hosted another girls craft night – I’ll have to load up on these supplies and see what we come up with!
You can read Jordan’s blog post about the event here (yep there’s my confused looking mug plastered on my favorite blog!) . Between this and the Pinterest Party I went to a few weeks back, I’m having the Best Summer Ever.
After the event, my friend Rachael and I went out for a drink the mission wearing our hats – fun fun fun.
I’ve been thinking about making some calling cards for a while, like a business card but with my personal info on it. Sometimes I meet other moms at the park or library and it would just be convenient (and cool) to whip one out! So with the pinterest celebration coming up, I thought it was the perfect excuse.
I downloaded a rad font called Tetra that I saw on How About Orange, and then browsed for cool layouts on Pinterest. Once I had my layout ready (in Microsoft Publisher), I printed them on white cardstock and sliced them up! I finished them off with some orange highlighter along the bottom of the stack, for a hint of color (another Pinterest idea).
And wouldn’t you know, I plum forgot them before heading to the party!! BLAST! I got locked out on my balcony a few hours before I needed to leave and was super frazzled by the time I got back in. Luckily I left the house with shoes on. Anyway, now I am equipped for the future.
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I had a few girlfriends over the other night for wine, sushi and crafts! We’ve been having wine nights at a new place each month and April was my turn. :)
We made two pieces of jewelry each.
A hex nut bracelet which I found on pinterest…
And a glittery polymer clay necklace which I saw on dismount creative.
Yay for parties and pretties!
This looks like fun… easy DIY block printing. Add it to your to-do list and lemme know how it goes, okay?
From Modern Parents Messy Kids
I love this hammer & nails idea… just grab a big peice of styrofoam, some golf tees, and a toy hammer. The littles will be ready for Habitat for Humanity in no time!
From Modern Parents, Messy Kids
good morning! I’ve been waking up at 6 lately and totally loving the mornings. I feel so old saying that but it’s true!
Today the little bird and I are going shopping with my mom for my birthday at Fashion Island and I just can’t wait! Then this evening after Josh gets home from work we’re going on a hike through the Fullerton horse trails with the Pendletons. I’m stoked to get some walking in finally, I’m so much more sedentary down here since I have a car all to my self.
Right now Tilly’s sleeping on my lap and I’m writing on my iPad. I was catching up on some blogs and found this abstract art how-to on Oh Happy Day. I think our kitchen could use something like this!
Picture courtesy of Oh Happy Day (in case that wasn’t obvious…)