I left my heart San Francisco AGAIN.
I was so fortunate to go to Brit + Co.'s first Re:Make event...and I am so glad I did. It was full of awesome content, awesome people, awesome makers and an awesome vibe. Brit Morin put together one quality event as makers of all types came together to discuss and experience how digital innovations are revolutionizing the way we make.
Lots of good stuff but thought I'd share the faves I discovered, re-discovered and embraced...
A maker is someone who creates inspiration - not just physical products. -Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media
The CatchBox is the coolest (and throwable) microphone on the block. Heads up.
Generosity begets business. - Michael Mina, celebrity chef & author
The time, products and insight provided by all of the sponsors, speakers and vendors was off the charts. It was so comfortable and I loved how everyone was so approachable and helpful. Thank you!
Always. Rethink. Everything. - Jesse Genet, Lumi
Currently I'm a bit obsessed with Lumi! So worth checking out...you can do a-mazing things when printing fabric with light using the Lumi kits! (And founder, Jesse is pretty brilliant.)
Regular people with powerful tools can do extraordinary things. - Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics
3D printing isn't just for making Yoda heads - you can make jewelry, belt buckles and home decor! The 3D printer is predicted to be the home computer of the 21st century.
Always use the best quality spirits - and add ice last. - Josh Pogash, The Cocktail Guru
This Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky was ridiculously tasty (and that's coming from a non-whisky fan.)
Emily Henderson. I adore her, her amazing style and her candid take on embracing technology - but most importantly, I love that she was headed to the Twin Cities for the first time for a project with Curbly.
London is home to the strongest new brands in fashion. - Aubrie Pagano, Bow & Drape
We're all creative. There are only those who use their creativity and those who don't. - Brit Morin, Brit + Co.
You can meet someone for the first time and feel like you've known each other forever after just a couple days.
I ADORE Kara and Jolene from Red Stamp and had so much fun hanging with them for the weekend. So smart. So fun. Having withdrawl...and can't wait to see them again soon!
San Francisco is full of weird and wonderful (and beautiful) and I love it! Plus the weather is the most perfect in October.
Here is some beautiful for you. I would sit in the contemporary patisserie of Craftsman & Wolves everyday if I could. It's yummy and gorgeous.
I thought this event was a sure hit in it's first year and it will definitely be on my calendar for 2014!
For my own sake, I have to do a post on my most wonderful trip last week to the coolest, quaintest seaside town of Akumal, Mexico. (My kids didn't even want me to disclose the location because it is such a gem!) It was a family trip in lieu of Spring Break (yes, in October) now that sports and travel schedules don't accomodate that traditional getaway in March or April.
I have to admit I was a little nervous with it being on the tail-end of hurricane season but were blessed with the most perfect weather...eight days of sunshine and eighty degrees! (Even more blessed than we realized as we came home to the first snowflakes of the season?!?! Eek.)
I also made an attempt to be as "unplugged" as possible and recharge. Limited wi-fi helped my cause but it was sure refreshing to just simply soak it all in and enjoy.
Sun. Sand. Breezes. Giggles. Games. Nature. Family. New faces. Food. Colors. Culture. Language. Treasures. Music. Heaven.
As this awesome week already seems forever ago, our sun-kissed cheeks are fading and unplugged is no longer an option, I thought I'd share a few (okay, more than a few but it was so hard to narrow them down!) of my favorite things from the trip...if not for ongoing inspiration but to make me smile and warm up.
Deep sea fishing with Capt. Rick's.
Trip highlight: helping baby sea turtles get to the ocean after they hatched. A-mazing.
Salud! Muchas gracias! Mu-wahh Akumal! We'll be back...
Fueling my neon obsession but still wanting a fun fall accent, Jodi of One Simple Dream and I brainstormed this AWESOME plaster dipped leaf garland. And I love the way it turned out!
I'll be honest, plaster of paris gives me a little bit of anxiety for some reason but rest assured, this is as easy and manageable as Jodi told me it would be. Sigh.
Here's what you need:
First, you will want to cut the leaves from the garland. Make sure the stem is long enough for you to hold onto for dipping and to tie onto for the garland.
Mix the plaster of paris according to the directions on the package. (We used 1 cup of plaster to a 1/2 cup of cold water which allowed us to dip 20 leaves.) Mix well until all clumps are gone. Also, remember that plaster of paris does not come out of clothing or dish cloths! (Eek! This must have been where my anxiety was?!?)
Dip the leaf in plaster and set on wax paper. Repeat for all leaves and let dry overnight.
If you would like to dip in paint (please do! it looks so much cooler...), we recommend using quart-size cans so that you are able to dip the entire leaf if desired. Make sure the paint is stirred REALLY well. And keep in mind that the leaves are very delicate and no longer bendable.
Dip the leaf was far as you would like and again place on wax paper. Let dry at least 2 hours between colors.
Once you are finished dipping all of your favorite color combinations, I suggest allowing 24 hours for the leaves to completely dry before stringing. Then string the dry, painted leaves onto twine with a knot around the stem. You can also use as a tag for a bottle of wine - or even a gift or place setting! (Chalk paint worked great too!)
Ahhh...I love this fresh take on fall decor!
Photography by Jordi Lee Photography
ADDIE TURNS ONE!
While it's far from the day this little girl will be walking down the aisle, I had to share the A-MAZING birthday celebration of my friend's daughter, Miss Adeline. It was ADORABLE! Her mom, Dina, picked the color palette of Tiffany blue and poppy red and enlsited a few of us to help her make it work!
Wanting to embrace a modern carnival theme, the details were spot-on with a mix of metallic gold, dots, stripes and florals. Spray painted animals were scattered throughout, along with jumbo balloons, bunting and colorful tissue poofs. The kids enjoyed a dunk tank and photo booth and simply could not get enough of the candy bar, sno-cones and cotton candy! (And let me just say, the decadent grown-up treats were more than yummy...) Party success! Happy girl. Happy day.
Looking forward to many more happy (and well-styled) birthdays for this little lady!
Photos credit: Jordi Lee Photography
I love all things equestrian. So when the team at Weddingstar sent me this rustic equestrian-inspired shoot I could hardly wait to share!
Horses just make me happy and so do these details perfectly styled by Kasia Juras Azcurra of Prelude to a Kiss and captured by Adrian Azcurra of Mugshots Photography, the uber-talented husband and wife duo.
There is nothing more beautiful than a bride with the silhouette of a horse in the background...timeless.
Photographer: Adrian Azcurra, Mugshots Photography | Creative Producer & Stylist: Kasia Juras Azcurra, Prelude to a Kiss | Location: Tralee | Rentals: Chair-man Mills, Detailz Chair Couture, Vintage Vignettes | Dress: Ines Di Santo | Hair & Makeup: Heather Snowie
Products by Weddingstar: Burlap Aisle Runner | Wooden Sign | Bamboo Parasol | Ceremony Set | Mini Lantern | "A Promise Made" Jewelry Box | Equestrian Love Stationery | "I Do" Shoe Pearls & Crystals | Mini French Provencal Pitcher | Miniature Metal Pails | "Sweetie Pies" Packaging | Miniature Woven Basket | "Indie Style" Cake Topper | Large French Provencal Pitcher | Glass Jelly Jars | Wood Cake Topper | Blown Glass Teaalight Luminaries | Birch Bark Luminary Wrap | Wooden Wish Box
Ever since I went up north this summer and found some of the most wonderful pieces of fallen birch trees, I have been wanting to come up with the perfect project where I could showcase them. Always entertaining and always on the hunt for cool cake stands, I thought what better way to customize a cake stand than with my birch logs and favorite plates!
It was ridiculously easy so I'm even more excited to share...
Here's what you will need:
Fortunately, my DIY pal, Jodi of One Simple Dream is quite handy with the saw so she was able to cut my log into a few different sizes since ultimately, I want different heights at the dessert table.
Note: The straighter the logs, the easier to cut and the less time will be needed to sand the top (sometimes sanding is needed to insure the plate sits level.) Also, if the log diameter is less than 5" it will be easier to cut as you won't need to rotate the log while cutting (which is what we had to do!)
Now here's the super duper easy part...
First, set the plate upside down and align the log on the bottom. Put a few dots around the log to insure you can center it when glueing it on.
Now add glue to the end of the log that will hold the plate. Keep the glue in at least an inch from the edge of the log since the glue expands. That Gorilla Glue rocks! (And, you need less than you think.)
Next turn over the log, glue facing down and realign with the dots on the bottom of the plate. Add pressure and then let it sit upside down for at least 20 minutes.
Turn over and yipee! It's finished! You now have the ideal modern rustic cake stand.
And the perfect touch for my donut bar...
I'm in love with how they turned out...and can't help but think that these would be the most awesome gifts, centerpieces and of course, the coolest serving plates!
Photography: Jordi Lee Photography