Meet/Make/Do Palm Springs Recap + Giveaway

MMD in Palm Springs / pool with a swan

I am so excited to finally be able to share the official recap photos from Meet/Make/Do, that our amazing photographer, Mary Costa, took for us. If you’ve been following the hashtag (#meetmakebing), you’ve probably seen at least a handful of photos from the event, but today I’m sharing ALL the juicy details. AND there is a giveaway involved as well (scroll all the way down for giveaway details)!

If you’re not familiar with Meet/Make/Do already, it’s a three-day bloggers retreat, sponsored by Bing and hosted by myself, Kelly from Studio DIY and Chelsea from Lovely Indeed.

Kelly + Chelsea + Brittni

Kelly, Chelsea, and me

Meet/Make/Do and Bing in Pam Springs

We invited some amazing bloggers (Ashley of Sugar and Cloth, Lexy of Proper Pinwheel, Chelsey of Paper Mama, Melanie of You are My Fave, Erin of House of Earnest, Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Brittany of The House That Lars Built, and Jenn of Scout) to come hang out in Palm Springs for a few days, so we could all collaborate on some projects and get to know each other even better (while hanging out by the pool, of course).

So now that you know the backstory, let’s jump into what actually went down. You may want to take a moment to grab a snack or a cup of coffee, because this is a long one. You’ve been warned…

I arrived in LA Tuesday afternoon and our friend Ashley arrived at LAX the same time as me, so the four of us stayed busy running around getting stuff ready for our trip until late that night. Somehow though, we all managed to get up early the next morning and made it to Palm Springs a little after 9am. This was the first time I had EVER been to Palm Springs and let me tell you, I was pretty excited about the whole thing.

We arrived at the house and it was perfect! Just like the photos we had seen, if not better, which was a huge weight off of my shoulders. I am such a worrier, it’s kind of insane. So when we got there and I could start picturing it all coming together, I was pretty excited.

David Austin Garden Roses from Flower Muse

David Austin garden roses from Flower Muse

Colorful Outdoor Patio Area in Palm Springs

Meet/Make/Do Invite designed by Jordan Brantley

 invitation design by Jordan Brantely

Fabric from The Fabric Store

fabric from The Fabric Store

Supply Wall for MMD

Giant 7ft tall Beach Ball

Party Goodies from Shop Sweet Lulu

party supplies from Shop Sweet Lulu

We immediately jumped into setting things up and getting prepared for when guests would start arriving. I started working on unpacking and prepping the insane amount of fresh flowers that Flower Muse sent us for the event. Chelsea and Ashley unpacked a ton of boxes and Ash styled the supplies wall, filled with goodies from Shop Sweet LuluWest Elm, and The Fabric Store. Huge, HUGE thank you to Ash for helping us! You are the best! For real. 

Chelsea got all the rooms ready with nameplates on the doors, swag bags set up, etc. And Kelly blew up a TON, of pool toys, including a giant swan and a 7 ft tall beach ball!

Swag Bag Goodies from Meet/Make/Do

MMD Swag Bag Goodies

Swag Bag Break!  We were super lucky to have some awesome vendors donate their products to our MMD gift bags. So I want to take a minute to thank all of the independent shop owners who participated…

awesome scarf blanket from Coveted Things, gorgeous  handmade pottery from Landis Carey, geometric notebook and gold tape from Lovely Pigeon, soap from Etta & Billie, wood bowls from Wind and Willow Home, hand painted cloth napkins from Fat Eye Design, heart tote bags from Michelle Dwight Designs, wood cutlery set from Mr. and Mrs. P, rose salts from Oh So Pretty, coasters and bread board from World Reclaimed, necklace from Seoul Little, and scissors from We Love Citrus.

*Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post to win your own MMD gift bag filled with goodies.

Ceramics by Landis Carey

ceramics from Landis Carey

Coveted Things Blanket Scarf

blanket scarf from Coveted Things

Edoughable (eggless cookie dough)

cookie dough from Edoughable, utensils from Shop Sweet Lulu, Cutting board from Wind and Willow Home

Special thanks also goes out to Almond Milk LA for the almond milk, Edoughable for the cookie dough, Tweedle Dee Designs for the photo booth props, and M. Greenwood Jams for the delicious jams.

Workshop in Palm Springs

Workshop Dinner in Palm Springs

Menu Design by Striped Cat Studio

menu design for Workshop dinner by Striped Cat Studio

Okay, back to the event… After everyone arrived and got cleaned up, we headed out to dinner at an awesome restaurant called Workshop and went back to the house and crashed kind of early. Everyone was so tired from flying and/or driving in earlier that day.

The next morning, we all woke up pretty early and jumped into DIY projects and collaborations pretty much right after breakfast. That morning and afternoon were amongst my favorite moments. It was so exciting to see everyone work their magic.

We took a break for some early afternoon mimosas (that’s perfectly acceptable, right?) and chatted with our bing rep, Katie, about the Bing Image Search, Search Filters, and Pin from Search (where you can you can pin to your Pinterest boards directly from the search page). Katie also brought several Surfaces for us to play around with and brainstorm projects on. I had actually never used a Surface before and I was surprised by how quickly I got the hang of it. Have you ever used one? I really liked it.

Jenn working with Flowers from Flower Muse

Brittany and Brittni in Palm Springs

Brittany from The House That Lars Built and me, posing by the big B

Palm Springs Pool

Erin from House of Earnest using Surface

The Saguaro // a super colorful hotel in Palm Springs

After lunch by the pool, we dove back into our projects and Mary was basically snapping photographs non-stop the entire day. It was awesome!

Before we knew it, it was time for the Minted dinner at the Ace, which I’ll be sharing more details on in an upcoming post. Man, those tacos were yummy.

Unfortunately, when we arrived back to the house after dinner, we discovered that we had been robbed. What? I know! Ugh. I don’t want to dwell on this because there were so many great moments on the trip, and in a strange way, I think it brought us all closer together. But obviously, it was a difficult moment. Our friends that had their personal belongings stolen handled things with such grace though. It kind of blew my mind. These ladies are seriously amazing!

That night, we decided to leave the house and move to The Saguaro, which is quite possibly the most colorful hotel on the planet. Have you seen this place?

The next day was filled with field trips and food. And that night, we all hung out in Erin’s room sharing stories in our PJs. I mean, is there anything better? That was definitely one of the most memorable parts of the trip for me.

Here’s a picture of all of us on our last day…

Meet/Make/Do Group Shot

Left to right. Melanie of You are My Fave, Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Chelsea of Lovely Indeed, me, Kelly of Studio DIY, Ashley of Sugar and Cloth, Erin of House of Earnest, Jenn of Scout, Chelsey of Paper Mama, Brittany of The House That Lars Built, Lexy of Proper Pinwheel

I cannot even begin to tell you what it meant to me to be able to spend time with all of these women. It was definitely something I’ll never forget. And I cant wait to do it again!


Okay, so now that I’ve basically given you a play-by-play of the entire trip, let’s talk about the swag bags again. We were lucky to have some really great pieces in the MMD swag bags. And we didn’t want you to feel left out, so we’re giving away a total of three MMD bags between the three host’s blogs: Paper & Stitch, Lovely Indeed, and Studio DIY.

Each swag bag of goodies has a retail value of $185! So you are definitely going to want to enter. Entries are simple. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. There are plenty of ways to enter, which means more chances to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to residents in the US and Canada, and will run through Thursday, March 20th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced within 48 hours after giveaway closes. Good luck!

All photographs by Mary Costa Photography.

BingThis post was sponsored by Bing.  All opinions and ideas are my own.

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64 comments | Click here to reply

Looks like a lovely time full of potential and inspiration!

Amanda | March 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am

That’s horrible that you guys were robbed! Jerks! Glad everyone still had fun and managed that with grace. The photos of Cali are incredible! Looks like an incredible meet-up! Definitely inspires me to get more craft nights going, creating with others is one the best things.
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Van | March 13th, 2014 at 9:50 am

Being robbed sucks! I was on my way to the airport once to go to Bolivia for a week to build sanitations systems when all my valuables and passport was stolen from my car. So much for stopping and getting that sun screen… Gettting a new Norwegian passport while in the US over Thanksgiving break was quite the challenge.
The photos are amazing and I can’t wait to hear about that dinner. And that blanket scarf is porbably the cooles I’ve seen in forever. 🙂
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Merete | March 13th, 2014 at 10:07 am

So many beautiful, inspirationnal and thoughful gifts!

anie | March 13th, 2014 at 10:08 am

I love the use of thistle in the pictures! Looks like an amazing trip 🙂
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Rebekah | March 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

I just love all the images from the trip! Looks like you guys had a blast!

Kaisa | March 13th, 2014 at 10:43 am

i would love and appreciate anything from any of you!!! especially crafting goodies!

lesley | March 13th, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thanks for sharing! Looks like a great weekend for sure!

Jana | March 13th, 2014 at 11:27 am

I love that you ladies put this together! such a wonderful idea to foster creativity and friendship.

Kelly | March 13th, 2014 at 11:31 am

What a great creative weekend! Very jealous. Those bags are awesome. What a neat way to sample handmade products from so many vendors.

kim | March 13th, 2014 at 11:53 am

What a beautiful collection!

Nicole | March 13th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I’ve seen pictures since the even from other bloggers who went as well, and I love them all. I’m glad you all had such a good time! 🙂

Kaylin | March 13th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

What a fun swag bag! Being a nurse, anytime I get a swag bag its full of pens on a string and Pfizer mouse pads.

Jessica | March 13th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

So sorry to hear that you got robbed, but great news it didn’t spoil the weekend. I’m really curious to hear about what DIY projects you did. Please share soon.
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Lisa | March 13th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

This looks like SO much fun and is such a good idea!!

Nina | March 13th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Everything looks beautiful !

Rose | March 13th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Wow! Looks like such a fun time! I never win anything, but hope I can win this giveaway!

Shutterbug | March 13th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

It looks amazing! Love the giveaway, too. 🙂
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Amy | March 13th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

looks like a great weekend in spite of the robbery, and thanks for sharing the goodies too.

tk | March 13th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Wow, the photos from this event are unreal! So beautiful, colorful, and fun! So sorry to hear all the stuff was taken, but glad nobody was home or hurt 🙁

Rachel | The Crafted Life | March 13th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

wow, that’s a heck of weekend away! i’d love to win because that swag bag is so inspirational!

Karen | March 13th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

looks so fun!

caitlyn | March 13th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Ahhh, I’ve been drooling over all the recaps! Looks like it was such an amazing weekend!

Kerrie | March 13th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

why would I like to win one of the swag bags? WHO DOESN’T LOVE SWAG!? and these look fab-u-lous! thanks for the chance…!

sharon stanley | March 13th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

This looks AMAZING! How fun! I especially love all of the decorations! I would LOVE to win one of those fabulous bags!

Molly Swanson | March 13th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Would love to win these goodies and split with my two college girl friends 🙂

Aina Yao | March 13th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

It would really cheer me up and I could share it with my daughters and spread the cheer around. Glad no one let the robbery ruin your event after all your hard work and planning. Sounds like it was a great success and inspiring.

Pat schwab | March 13th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I would love to win this giveaway because the event looked amazing! 🙂
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Denysia Yu | March 13th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

your trip looked like so much fun, and this bag looks amazing.
Thanks for sharing!!
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Danielle W | March 13th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

What a great looking event! The vibe really comes across in the pictures here – fun!!

Seattle Lulu | March 13th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Looks like a fun weekend. What fun products!

Veronica | March 13th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I’d love to win this b/c i want to feel like I visited Palm Springs, and these lovely items certainly give me that vibe!

Leana | March 13th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Cause it’s awesome just like your site 😀

Natalie C | March 13th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

beautiful, inspiring photos <3
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Nicole | March 13th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I would love to win this giveaway because every item in the swag bag looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth K | March 14th, 2014 at 2:58 am

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meet make do is my fave | You Are My Fave | March 14th, 2014 at 8:01 am

What an amazing event … despite the hiccup. I read about the swag bag on Melanie’s website last week (I believe) and was green with envy. I would be delightful to win such well thought out items in a heart emblazoned tote! Thanks for the chance to win.

Shelley | March 14th, 2014 at 9:01 am

I’d like to win because it’s almost like being at the retreat.

Kate | March 14th, 2014 at 10:37 am

I just love swag of all kinds. Looks amazing.

Dale | March 14th, 2014 at 10:49 am

So terrible you were robbed, but it looks like you made the most of the trip anyway! Someday I hope I’ll be crafting right alongside you wonderful ladies!

Kate | March 14th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

The trip looked amazing, I can only imagine what the swag bag is like! 🙂
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Hanna | March 14th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I’d love a bag, if not for anything else than just how pretty everything is inside. The pottery? The hand-painted napkins? Personal touches to such lovely items.
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Sara @ Dear Skim | March 14th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I would love to win because this SWAG bag looks fun

keshakeke | March 15th, 2014 at 5:27 am

Looks amazing!

Tiff | March 15th, 2014 at 9:28 am

I would love to win this giveaway to share in the creativity and beauty of the event from afar. Thank you for hosting.

Liz | March 15th, 2014 at 10:23 am

Wow! Thanks for the chance to win the swag bag of wonderfulness! All the photos you posted made me feel like a part of your amazing getaway. And kudos to Kelly for blowing up all those pool toys!

shirley | March 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Wow! Absolutely a beautiful bag of goodies.

Jen | March 15th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

The idea I could win that swag bag is amazing and makes me feel like I almost was there! Hearing about amazing events like this really lights a fire under my blogging butt because if there’s opportunities out there like this, I should be there!!!

It was so much fun reading each of your takes on each blog (because of course, I already have almost every participant already on my daily Feedly!) except it meant that I had to hear about the robbery so many times : ( Awful to know my travel paranoia is sometimes well-founded.

liz | March 15th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

What lovely crafts and colorful photos!

Elle Foley | March 15th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

It sseems like a super cool idea, and would love to get surprises!

Brittany Koelmel | March 15th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

what lovely goodies! would be fun to win!

Kimberley | March 16th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Winning the swag bag would be like taking part in a great crafting adventure.

Debbie | March 16th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

You ladies look like you guys had a great time! I love all of the pictures! So excited about this giveaway!


Iquo | March 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

This looks like an amazing time. I’m ready to plan a trip around that hotel right now. 🙂
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Lyndsay | March 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am

Because they look nice and I’d make use of them

bn100 | March 18th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I’d love to win a swag bag so I could fill my home with all those blogger-approved items… they always have the best style 😉

Faith Towers | March 18th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

The hotel is gorgeous! Looks like an amazing time!

Rebecca | March 19th, 2014 at 9:52 am

Looks like an amazing trip!! I would love to win this goodie bag, thank you for the opportunity!!

Carissa | March 19th, 2014 at 10:38 am

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I’ve never seen such a beautifully styled blogger event! Wow! Just wow!
I’m really sorry you got robbed 🙁 That really isn’t cool. But what’s more important is the good memories you got with you 🙂
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Lesia | March 31st, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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What a magical weekend! I may actually steal some of your crafting ideas for my girlfriends bachelorette getaway weekend in Palm Springs in a couple months. the house is adorbs. any chance I can find out what house you guys rented in Palm Springs?

barbara | March 31st, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hi Barbara. I just tried to look it up for you, but cannot remember for the life of me what rental website we found it on. If it comes to me I’ll definitely send it your way.

Brittni | April 1st, 2015 at 11:42 am

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