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.
The other night I was lucky enough to attend the Pinterest Summer Celebration! There were about 120 pinners in attendance and it was held at their new offices in San Francisco. I heard about it on Facebook, they were asking pinners to create a video about how Pinterest has inspired them in the past year. I edited my already existing video from Tilly’s first birthday party and showed how I got most of my party ideas from Pinterest. It worked! I got an invite a few days later. (Here’s my submission, influenced by my “Tilly’s Turning 1″ Pinterest board.) They specified that I couldn’t bring any guests, so it was a little nerve wracking rolling up all by myself, but most people there were in my same shoes, so it wasn’t too hard walking up to strangers and introducing myself.
They had 4 activity stations around the room to help people mingle. First was a temporary tattoo station, then a stamp/postcard station, then an instax photobooth, and finally a mason jar terrarium station. Each was super cute and they all totally reminded me of crafts you’d see on pinterest. (Especially the mason jars, practically the backbone of pinterest DIY boards!)
The entire pinterest staff was there, about 60 people, so I chatted with designers, spam fighters, programmers, and community specialists about ways to improve the website and what types of things I use it for. I also met other bloggers, moms, nonprofit employees, and stylists! After talking to other people I discovered that most of the guests are “super-pinners” who were on an evite list based on their super high number of pins, in addition to their location being San Francisco. As it turns out, only about 20 videos were submitted… HA! One of the staff members even recognized me from my video.
The big announcement of the night was when Ben & Evan, the cofounders, made their welcome speech. They revealed the new pinterest app for android and ipad, as well as an updated app for iphone! People were downloading them as the speech was going, it was kind of funny.
All in all it was a fun, engaging night. It made me think about Pinterest in a different way – it’s about community and inspires people to actually step away from their computer and enjoy the world around them. It’s also about self-exploration. Have you ever scrolled through your pinterest boards and realized you’re really drawn to a certain motif and didn’t even know it? It helps people express themselves in a way that’s not limited to 140 characters, or any words at all, really. And it’s so dang pretty!
April 10th was the sunniest day ever! My sweet sweet sister Molly threw a baby shower for us at her house, and it was just perfect!! She went with a 70s sunshine theme – she knows how to make me happy! My cousin Debbie pitched in with decorations, she should really start a business. Check out those personalized water bottles and the handmade “Welcome Sunshine” bunting!
There were games at different stations around the house, so everyone really got a chance to intermingle and catch up with each other. We played “name that baby”, guessed baby foods (educational, to say the least), guessed my belly circumference, and some other fun matching games.
When it came to gifts, everyone was so CREATIVE! And generous!! I am still blown away by the darling stuff I drove home with. Honestly, to this point we have only spent $40 of our own money and all we have left to buy is bottles! You guys, I have the best friends and family EVER.
I’m going to do another post on all the amazing handmade sweetness baby T got. We know some seriously talented chicks!
If you’re getting married, you should totally do this. Girl on one side, boy on the other and like magic, they kiss when you spin it! Directions here.
PS – I’ve been slacking on posting my preggo pics & updates. Life has been NUTS! I’ve taken the pics, just need to post em. :)
We just did some really simple Christmas decorations this year. With no tree to hang our ornaments on, they sadly stayed in the box – hopefully they’ll make an appearance in 2011! I did hang one ornament, so I dont forget it. Every year at the Mahoney Family christmas party everyone brings an ornament symbolic of their year and hangs it on the tree, one at a time. We got this one while driving on the Avenue of the Giants in Northern CA and thought it symbolized us pretty well. I can’t forget it when we drive home to Orange tomorrow! Also, the first picture is of the nativity Jackie brought back for me from Rwanda a few years ago. It’s my all time favorite Christmas decoration! Sometimes I consider leaving it out year round.
I guess I really like garland for holiday decor. (remember valentines day?) These simple bats are festive but not over the top – they’d be so cute hanging in a window… spotted on Apartment Therapy.
I finally finished my sister’s bridal shower cookbook! Wow that took a while – but I’m happy with the results. :)
At the shower we took fuji instax photos of everyone holding an “i <3 molly” sign wearing aprons (or not as it turned out…).
Christine of cevd designed these recipe cards to match the invitation. Aren’t they cute! I also worked in a lot of the pretty cards Molly got with her gifts.
I had a lot of fun putting this together – and I scanned in all the pages so I can have the recipes forever!
I’ve watched this 3 times now and teared up every time. Weddings are so glorious – the happiness expressed in this is exactly how I felt on my wedding day! GOOD WORK, Shark Pig. And congrats to Max & Margaux!
(Max happened to shoot my friend Ashley’s wedding last weekend! I can’t wait to see the shots!!)
Ever since we were little, my sister has been the most positive person I have ever known. She literally sparkles with hope and optimism and I am so stoked that she has found true love in someone as amazing as she is! I’ve been making fun of her for having a boyfriend since she was in 6th grade, so I’m relieved we can finally put that behind us. When I heard JD came from a family of 11 kids – I knew he was a winner! It’s so wonderful that they’ve added another branch on to our ever growing family oak tree. In the words of my uncle Rich, “Have as many children as physically possible!”
Most importantly: My beautiful sister is getting married! Second most importantly: I got to throw her a shower!
I have been obsessed with this shower for the past 3 months and I’m happy to say it went pretty close to plan! It was “vintage kitchen” themed with everything red and white. My aunt offered up her beautiful home, her backyard was the perfect setting.
Christine at cevd designed the adorable invitations & recipe cards!
Miss Ashley baked 50 individual mini-pies as favors! And my cousin Debbie made these cute personalized water bottles!
I got this striped fabric on eBay and the striped straws on etsy. And luckily my sister’s engagement photos were done just in time for me to steal them from the website & pop them in some target frames.
For centerpieces, I got fabric from IKEA and cut them into circles with pinking shears. We saved up milk bottles for months and used them as vases. Flowers were purchased the day before at a local florist. And I re-created my heart garland from valentines day – this time with just solid red paper. It’s always fun to run paper through the sewing machine!
My mom coordinated the delicious food (we prepared it all ourselves) and I was so excited to find red and white striped popcorn bags at Smart & Final! Luckily my aunt had a retro popcorn maker laying around (actually it was a Christmas gift from yours truly last year…)
We had everyone pose with a “we love molly” sign and took pictures with Josh’s Fuji Instax camera. The photos will go along side the recipes everyone brought for Molly’s heirloom cookbook.
All of the games were housewife themed – so naturally the prizes were all cleaning supplies! It was fun to tell the winners “You’ve won! Come get your cleaning supplies!” I thought it was funny, at least.
The last game was a hula hoop contest – we had a tie in the end… both winners had 3 hoops going for over a minute! Amazing.
Here are some other blog posts from my sister and ashley.
So – Thanks for falling in love, Molly! Who’s getting married next? I had so much fun planning this, I can’t wait for next time!