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Kinfolk Workshop / Natural Holiday Decor

18 Dec

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending my first Kinfolk event. They provide different themes for each month’s gathering and December’s workshop theme was Natural Holiday Decor. Kinfolk’s website describes the event as follows:

We are looking to good old-fashioned nature to creatively refresh us, as well as to provide the materials needed for bringing something fresh indoors. The earth’s widespread palette of color and texture are a tried-and-true source for creating unique decor not merely for the holiday season.

Rebecca Gallop, my dear friend who I met in college and has since become a well-known blogger, prop styling, and wedding designer, hosted this particular event. She, along with the ladies of Sweet Root Village, taught us how to bring the outdoors inside and make them into beautiful decorations for the holiday season.

I’m excited to show you some pictures I took from the event! It was a great workshop where fellow creatives came together, ate a great meal, and made beautiful wreaths and garlands.

The location was just around the corner from the National Portrait Gallery and the Spy Museum and is called the Loft at 600 F. You’ll see how beautiful this space is in the next few pictures!


Here is what the entrance to the building looks like. Rebecca had set up this sign to direct us upstairs.IMG_4526

What did I tell you? This loft is darling and super classy! I can’t wait to host the Gathering Project’s first workshop here in January.

They decorated with natural greenery and those glass balls hanging from the rafters have tiny candles in them.IMG_4541

This was the workshop space where we crafted natural greenery in to holiday decor for our homes. IMG_4535 IMG_4537 IMG_4539

The natural light in this space was gorgeous!IMG_4540 IMG_4542

Rebecca shared with us a way to make beautiful greenery imprints on cloth! (this project featured: hammers and strong arms)IMG_4543 IMG_4547 IMG_4548

Favors at our lunch spots! Such beautiful taper candles by Talia Olmstead and a forage guide to greenery by Jennifer Olmstead.IMG_4549

Lunch showcased amazing soups, accompanied by a mixed greens salad and hearty bread. IMG_4550 IMG_4551 IMG_4555 IMG_4557 IMG_4561

After lunch, we started the wreath and garland making! I couldn’t help but snack on some fresh pomegranate and delicious chocolate cake while listening to Lauren teach.IMG_4563 IMG_4565

They brought so much fresh greenery from the generous Wollam Gardens. I used cedar branches for my wreath.
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Finished product!IMG_4569

By the afternoon, the entire loft smelled of the natural outdoors.
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As soon as I got home, this wreath went up on my front door. Such a nice touch to the apartment!IMG_4578 IMG_4581 IMG_4582If you ever get the chance to attend a Kinfolk event, I would highly recommend you do. It was so much fun to taste amazing food, learn a new skill, and meet other creative types! You won’t be disappointed.


Apartment Design / Christmas Decorations

4 Dec

apartment design logoBradley and I just decorated our apartment last night. Our place always feels more cozy when we have those white twinkly lights, green boughs, and brown pinecones scattered about. Since our place is the size it is, we don’t need that many decorations for the holidays, just some here and there to bring life into our home.


Most of these decorations I made last year. This one is from a stencil (lettering) and two pieces of card stock, strung together with black and white baker’s twine.


Since our tree is so small, we have to pick just a few ornaments to display. Mom gave this one to us last year.


I love having a shelf to decorate.


Favorite decor spot!

IMG_0055IMG_1188IMG_2193 IMG_2446 IMG_5440 IMG_7812 IMG_8771 IMG_8499Enjoy the little taste of our home for the holiday! Which decoration was your favorite?

Event Planning / Gala: Tissue Paper Flowers

15 May

Today, I bring you an update on my Gala preparations for Generation Joshua’s iGovern camps this summer. If you’ve been following along, you know that I work for an amazing organization called GenJ and have the privilege of planning a large party for the students this summer. Catch up here and here for more details!

In this Gala Prep update, I’m going to show you how to make simple tissue paper flowers. They will have a large, colorful impact at my  event and are quite easy to make! I’m using them in many varieties, colors, and places at our Gala. Of course I’m staying in our color palette, bright greens, vibrant yellows, deep oranges, poppy reds, and hints of a neutral white.

1) Gather a few different colors of tissue paper and fold them accordion style. Make sure you include at least 2 sheets of each color. Cut them various lengths to achieve the desired flower look in the end.

2) Unfold each tissue bunch and layer them from largest to smallest as shown below.IMG_9810IMG_0075
3) Then fold them back up (accordion style) and tie in the middle with string.IMG_50984) Pull up gently on each layer to flair them out, creating the flower effect. 

IMG_4880You may like the look of taping the two sides of each color together (it gives them a completed bloom look).


There you go! A simple way to incorporate color in to any event. For our Fiesta themed gala, they work perfectly in their color and style!

I love how they look in this picture!


How would you use them?

Event Planning / Summer Gala

2 May

So I’m going to plan a party. Well, it’s not a party as much as it’s a Gala. And by Gala, I mean fundraising event for students. Let me start over. As I’ve mentioned before, I work for an organization called Generation Joshua (GenJ). We teach high school students government and civics education.

Each summer we hold three week-long camps. The students are immersed in a congressional scenario where the play senators and representatives and even have the opportunity to run for president! It’s pretty fun to teach them the basics of how government works and watch them put those principles to use.

During the week, we hold a large fundraising event where the “Congressmen” lobby companies and organizations and ask them to contribute to their “re-election campaigns”. (P.S. We have our own currency here at GenJ) This event is one of the highlights of the week. The students dress up in formal attire and lobby large organizations for money all while in a fabulously decorated setting with delectable food!

That’s where I come in. I’m the main event planner for this event at all three camps. At the beginning of the year, months and months before the summer has arrived, we sit down and discuss what kind of theme we are looking into, decorations to further that theme and food in that same vein for the event. I have to say this is one of the most fun times of the year for me. I love event planning and getting to do it as part of my job, woohoo!

Every week through the end of June, you’ll be able to follow my Gala planning, prepping, and throwing plans. I’m taking lots of pictures so you won’t miss a thing! You’ll be able to see my decorations, Pinterest board, brainstorming style and execution when the day finally arrives! I’m so excited to share all of this with you. Until next week, I’ll leave you with a picture of our theme! 😉


Any theme guesses?