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The Gathering Project

8 Jan

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Today, I’m really excited to share with you a cool project I’ve been working on for the past few months! One of my friends, Chelsea Rose Moore, and I have started a creative workshop that’s debuting on January 25th. It’s a one-day retreat in DC with four sessions hosted by local artisans from the Northern Virginia area. tgpMLT2

Do you like working with your hands? Making your home beautiful? Entertaining and organizing pretty events? I think you might just like the Gathering Project. We have four amazing workshop hosts who will be teaching you about their favorite things and then help you make them! Bonus: You’ll get to take home something you make from each workshop!

During the event, you will learn to style a winter table with Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something, make seasonal drinks with Rebekah Pizana, craft a winter wreath with Amy Showalter, and paint signage art and lettering with Erik LandstromJanHost5

We really want you to come to our first event. We are also providing breakfast and lunch during the day! From 8-4:30pm, you’ll be hanging out in an awesome DC loft (The Loft at 600 F), which is super chic and artsy. We also have a ton of amazing sponsors including (but not limited to)  Eric Nielsen of Mahogany Print Productions, LoCo Joe’s Coffee, ScrapCutsLily and Val, Knead and Know, June JarsKaufmann Mercantile, and Birch Fields Photography.

Some of these sponsors have even offered amazing things for us to give away so you won’t want to miss that!

Hey look, it’s me and Chelsea! 

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To sign up, click here and enter the promo code: friends for a 50% discount. I would love to meet you there, so get your tickets today!
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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!

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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.
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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.

Summer 2013 / Camps

3 Oct

Now that you’re caught up on the Gala I planned early this summer, how about hearing more about what I did the past 3 months? Interested?

I got to play an Alien for camps. My name was JiRoy III and I was a queen. Can you say “Dream Role”? In that, I dabbled in wearing a long greyish-white wig, white face pain and a blue jump suit. It was sweet!

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I visited Arlington National Cemetery for the first time.

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Helped lead a group of girls before the throne of God.IMG_2719

Saw an amazing West Coast sunset at our camp in California.IMG_2739

Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time, while singing Wagon Wheel with my fellow camp staff. Good memories.
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Visited the Air Force Academy and their beautiful chapel. Ran back to the visitor’s center in a downpour.

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Saw an actual double rainbow. Twice the rainbow, twice the excitement!1017674_10151756089087792_1583296663_n

Got to play with these amazing musicians every night of 3 different camps! Bluegrass never sounded so good.1039510_10151755055598561_2115126220_o

My double keyboard and mic set-up. Love worshipping the Lord through music, especially at camp.1008373_611147535571011_1057211169_o

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Had an amazing year at iGovern 2013. Thank you people who made it possible by working hard prepping, attending, and providing!

Tomorrow you’ll get the last Summer 2013 recap and next week we’ll start back with outfits, recipes, sharpie art and home decor (among other things). Stay tuned!