It’s been little over a week since I left Houston and I miss it already. So, today I’m walking down memory lane…from you know…a week ago…to share photos from the DIY workshop I hosted with Ashley in Houston. Jared took all the photos. Thanks Jared – you’re the best!
The whole week went by in a blur. Lots of driving around for props for our Easter party, many a breakfast taco from Tout Suite, three very specific nicknames that will most definitely be sticking around for good, AND an ‘interesting’ karaoke offering that we left at a bar along with our dignity. It’s probably best that there aren’t any photos of that last one. Let’s just say we felt like celebrating and call it a day.
Anyway, like I was saying…the workshop!
We kicked things off with the most challenging (and rewarding) of the DIY projects: how to create and wire a hanging pendant light from scratch!
We worked with the awesome folks at Color Cord to make sure we had the best of the best supplies to choose from. If you are thinking about creating your own hanging lights, I highly recommend them. They have every color cord imaginable (I especially love blush, citrus yellow, and cobalt) for lighting projects, plus all the other lighting components (plugs, sockets, thumb switches, socket covers, etc).
Then, after everyone tested out their lights and we did some celebratory high-fiving (wiring a light on your own from start to finish is pretty damn awesome – so you’re going to need a high-five or two to celebrate when you plug it in for the first time and it turns on without any problems. you may even need a good game butt slap, depending on the crowd), we had lunch from Dish Society…chicken salad sandwiches (and nutella sandwiches – yum) along with fruit and mixed salad with avocado quinoa.
But let’s be real. No healthy lunch is complete without a few sweet treats that completely erase the fact that you ate a healthy meal, right? So we munched on cupcake minis from Crave and cutie pies from Oh La La Sweets. Then we took a walk around the neighborhood to get some exercise and stretch our legs. Just kidding. We ate more cupcakes.
Then we high tailed into the remaining DIY projects… geo marble clocks, patterned napkin sets and marble coasters with supplies from West Elm and Deco Art, and color-blocked geometric planters. So many projects, so little time!
I loved seeing everyone’s creativity on the patterned napkins especially. They all turned out so great.
It probably helps that the linens we had from West Elm look pretty dang good to begin with. But seriously, after the lighting high-fives, the napkins were my favorite part of the workshop. Make your own patterned napkins at home, using items you already have around the house, with this tutorial.
Of course, no workshop these days would be complete without an insane goodie bag. This one was filled to the brim with good stuff. So good, in fact, that I smuggled one of those polka dot Baggu bags home in my suitcase, with all the goodies inside. What kind of goodies?
Geometric brooches from An Astrid Endeavor, candles from Simple Goods Supply, #hotmess pencils from Pen To Paper Agendas, subscription to Creativebug, youre awesome cards by Jillianastasia Paper Co., you are enough card from Whimsy & Wild, floral thank you cards by Striped Cat Studios, gold foil dot mini banner from Sugar Confetti Shop, planners from Inkwell Press, ceramic ring dishes by Quiet Clementine, bamboo heart cheese board from Kate Aspen, pineapple stud earrings from Tilly Doro, ice cream prints by The Lovely Drawer, polka dot and mini camper wrapping paper from Belle & Union, proximity watercolor print by Sister Golden, and a luxury turkish towel by Smyrna Collection.
Chambray was being represented in full force, in case you were wondering. These ladies rocked it.
And that’s it for the recap. Be sure to head over to Sugar & Cloth for more workshop photos.
P.S. Big thanks to Cara (on the right) for helping out during the entire workshop…and making the most delicious cocktails.
P.P.S. Please ignore the fact that I absolutely do not know how to pose in photos, despite the fact that it’s part of my job. #foreverakward
Photography by Jared Smith