Travel Adventures: LA + Ventura

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Adventures in Ventura + LA

Good morning! I hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! I’m back at it this morning, sharing some photos from a recent trip, but I hope you’re having a relaxing start to your week…

A couple of weeks ago, I flew into LAX and headed down to Ventura with Kelly and Kelly (Studio DIY and Design Crush) to speak at Craftcation. It was such a nice day for a drive AND I got to sit next to buckets of fresh flowers because that’s how I roll, apparently. Actually, I taught a flower workshop at Craftcation and Kelly was SO amazing to pick up all the flowers I needed from the LA flower market before picking me up from the airport. Is she the best or what? I can’t even begin to tell you what a huge help that was!

Once we got to the hotel and settled into our rooms we had a work powwow, which may or may have included pizza and a whole lots of giggles.

The next day, I taught a crash course styling workshop and a flower workshop. Emily, the photographer behind Anna Delores, taught the photography portion of the crash course and I set up some mock styled vignettes for students to photograph and play around with afterward. Like this Easter-inspired one, below, featuring a DIY letter shaped box that Kelly made…

Alphabet Candy Styled for Craftcation

photo by Anna Delores

Immediately after the styling workshop, I taught a flower workshop, which was probably my favorite part of the trip. I had 30+ students in the workshop and every single one of them created something completely unique from the next. It was great.

We made fresh flower rings, like these, and hair accessories – with ranunculus, peonies, roses, thistle, and more.

Flower Workshop at Craftcation

More Flower Workshop from Craftcation

Floral Headpiece Workshop

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Flower Workshop Craftcation

first three flower photos by Matthew William Photography

That night, we went to the opening party and Lisa Congdon was the keynote. Loved her talk.

The next day, pretty much flew by – I spoke on two panels with friends (which is the best), had an awesome picnic lunch, and went to a crazy Mexican restaurant for dinner (complete with bras hanging from the chandeliers and a very drunk girl wielding a trophy). It was great!

Speaking at Craftcation 2014

photo by Matthew William Photography

The next morning, we drove back to LA. Brittany, Kelly, and I squeezed in a little shopping (Heath Ceramics + Garde) before attending the Oh Joy + Land of Nod product launch.

The launch was held at The Fig House, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Joy’s new line with Nod is so cute. If I had a kid, I would be all over it.

Heath Ceramics LA

Garde Shop in LA

Oh Joy + Land of Nod

The Fig House

All and all, it was a short trip BUT packed with fun + friends. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

And I’m hoping to get back on the travel wagon again soon, only this time it will not be a work trip. Yay for a real vacation, in the not so distant future.

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The flower workshop looks so fun!
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Julie Hoang | April 21st, 2014 at 10:44 am

Thanks Julie. It was a lot of fun.

Brittni | April 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Oh man, I forgot about the trophy! 😀 It was so nice meeting you and hanging out over dinner and Neccos. Have a great week!
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Casey | April 21st, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Haha. I will never forget the trophy girl, Casey. 🙂 So great to spend some time with you at Craftcation.

Brittni | April 21st, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Looks like a great workshop. Looks like so much fun.

She | April 21st, 2014 at 4:25 pm

brittni! so glad you joined us at craftcation! my mind is still blown by how amazing the fresh flower accessories were! i LOVED seeing everyone wearing them throughout the weekend! thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us again this year! -nicole

nicole | April 21st, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Thanks so much for having me back again this year, Nicole. I had such a great time!

Brittni | April 21st, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Looks like a workshop my Wife would like-Nice photo’s!

George@Shopping | April 21st, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thanks She and George. Appreciate it.

Brittni | April 22nd, 2014 at 10:28 am
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