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crafting community 08.22.2013

When an email landed in our inbox about this creative weekend for families, we couldn’t wait to share! It’s such a brilliant concept and if we lived any closer, we’d be all over this, so for those of you that might be able to be in Palm Springs in October, check this out! October 4 – 6, the Fourth Annual Crafting Community will return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs!! We’ve been dying to make it to the Ace Hotel anyway, so this seems like a pretty perfect excuse :)

Crafting Community is a unique chance for families to engage each other, and other like-minded families, in a positive environment filled with laughter, imagination and plain old fun. Karen Kimmel, the creator of CC, believes aesthetics and design are not lost on children. They love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage. With that in mind, she works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire guests of all ages.

Check out some celeb additions to this year’s line-up:
- Renowned Silver Lake handbag designer Clare Vivier will join in the fun, teaching families to make chic, original leather accessories.

- Rene Holguin, the mastermind behind the cult West Hollywood boutique RTH, will return to reprise his popular Family Crest workshop.

- And Christine Schmidt of San Francisco’s Yellow Owl Workshop, will teach families how to carve their own stamps so participants can create their own versions of Yellow Owl’s bold, graphic designs.

The families will also be given a number of chances to connect with nature and play with an underwater photography workshop, custom age-specific workouts by Undefeated and Converse, as well as one-on-one skateboarding sessions with pro-skaters.  Relaxation is taken just as seriously as the weekend’s inspiring workshops and activities so after a long day of fun, s’mores are enjoyed under a blanket of desert stars and the late night dance party is presided over by DJ Muggs, formerly of Cypress Hill. I mean, seriously, we want to go kids or not!! ha!

And it’s all thanks to these three ladies: from left to right: Tait Chatmon Alvarez, Stacy Bernstein and Karen Kimmel!

If you’re up for it and as excited as we are about this, here’s the link to reserve your spot: http://craftingcommunity.eventbrite.com/

getting crafty for father’s day : DIY kites 06.12.2013

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time for a little craft that you could do with your kid! Bonus: it can be a gift for dads AND a fun little activity for Father’s Day! So, grab a few supplies, and let’s have some fun!

Materials: skewers, tape, string, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, needle and ribbon for decoration

Step 1.  Layout your skewers in the size that you want for your kite

2.  Tie off the center stabilizers and tape the supporting skewers

3.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper the size of your kite with a 1-2 inch boarder

4.  Cut thick fringe on the edges and glue the tabs around the skewers. Continue this around all four edges.

5.  Place the glue side down on another piece of tissue and repeat steps 3 and 4. Adding more layers helps to strengthen your kite! The more you add the stronger it gets!

6.  Once you have finished your layering  (we liked 4 layers the best) you can use your needle and thread to poke through and around your stabilizer at the top (its best if you can thread it through the tape so it does not tear).  Tie this off and then do the same at the bottom. Keep some slack between the two ties, this is what you can hold onto to fly your kite.

7. Add a tail! This can be anything you want! We used ribbon, yarn and bows!

8.  Decorate! Paint and stickers work great!

9. Take it outside and give it a shot!

We hope you guys all give it a shot, we had the best time letting our little guys decorate these kites!

We know we have already introduced you on previous posts, but this brilliant idea is all thanks to our absolutely incredible intern, Jordan Key! Not only is she an awesome designer, but we have uncovered a craft genius! She’s basically our very own in-house Martha Stewart and we are so lucky to have her! Thanks Jordan for coming up with this fun activity and for your daily brilliance!!!

 

 

  1. The Wonderful Web | Lovely in the Everyday

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    June 16, 2013 6:12 pm

this might be our favorite thing we’ve ever seen 05.28.2013

We’re not sure if we could love anything more than this rainbow, abstract painting on the exterior of a church in Washington, DC!!!

Artist, Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, first made a name for himself as a graffiti artist and his work grew into the realm of public art, grants, commissions, and cross-media connections which have landed him local, national and international public art projects. Brewer developed his skill for graffiti in the mid to late ‘90s and early 2000s.

We couldn’t describe his work better than this: “HENSE’s manic marks, scribbles, drips and splashes produce an agitated tangle of shapes, symbols and figures that offer the viewer a unique and strangely peaceful platform for the eyes and mind. His slick stylizing may send observers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, perturbed to peaceful, angry to inspired, always travelling at the command of the individual’s own subconscious collection of experiences.”

Ted Elmore – RVA News

{all images from HENSE’s website}

comments 6

  1. Uncle Beefy

    Gah!!! JOYOUS!!!

    May 28, 2013 7:03 am
  2. Rhaynelina Estevez

    Wow, amazing! Never seen something like this…

    May 28, 2013 9:50 am
  3. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this!!!!

    May 28, 2013 3:00 pm
  4. ampersand

    we know, we know!!! so glad you guys think this is as incredible as we do!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2013 4:56 pm
  5. Sarah York

    This is amazing!!!! Would love to see it in person. I wonder what the neighbors think? Love!

    May 28, 2013 9:02 pm
  6. Anne Brent

    I want to go to there. His paintings are amazing too, like Rothko, Pollock and Rosenquist got together for a good ole crazy time. Want!

    May 29, 2013 3:57 pm

Painted Bird Shoes 03.13.2013

Painted Bird Shoes first caught my (Morgan’s) eye on the feet of one of my fashionable friends, Alison, who was in town visiting from California. I immediately needed to know where they were from so I could run home, get online and copy her cool Cali style! So, when Painted Bird asked Carrie & I  how we would wear their shoes, we were MORE than happy to romp around the city in our favorite new accessory! What’s not to love?  They come in so many unique color combinations and they couldn’t possibly be more comfortable. We’re always looking for something casual, but cuter than flip-flops. You know, something chic enough for dresses and skirts, but casual enough for cut-offs and jeans. Painted Bird just solved everything on our checklist– they are so versatile! Each shoe is artisan crafted & hand crocheted. They are seriously beautiful. Plus, Painted Bird was designed and created by two brilliant women (it’s worth reading their bio) needless to say, we are huge fans!


PS… did we happen to mention how cute the packaging is?  We just loved the surprise of getting shoes in a printed muslin bag. Just too perfect!

It just so happens, the entire identity was designed by the very friend we spoke of earlier, Alison! Speaking of insanely talented ladies, Alison is high on that list as well. Her studio out of sunny California, is called Fable Design. Make sure to check out Fable Design’s portfolio, full of great color,  one-of-a-kind graphic design and surface patterns!

Aren’t they gorgeous up close? You should really own a pair to see for yourself. Good luck picking your favorite color though, that’s all we have to say! We couldn’t even narrow down our choices to two for days! As you can see, Morgan went with the ankle strap and Carrie went without, but never fear, most colors are offered in both options. And if you’re wondering, they stay on without the strap (we wondered, so thought you might be too). They’ve been tested by us, and that’s a serious test including  running around after (very fast) toddler boys all day long!

One last thing we wanted to share with you all is  that a select few pairs of Painted Bird can be found at Anthropologie! Yep!! It appears some are currently sold out, but we found the Tidal Pool Ankle Wrap is still there!!!!

Shop Painted Bird here!

comments 4

  1. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    You two are too cute, love love the photos, great styling ladies!

    March 14, 2013 9:00 pm
  2. Nickole

    Wow gorgeous shoes. Fun and colorful pictures. I want some tooooo!!! ;)

    March 17, 2013 7:21 pm
  3. ampersand

    Thank you, Gaby!!! You know that means a ton coming from you!!!

    March 17, 2013 7:55 pm
  4. annie

    these are so so cute! they look like perfect summer shoes. you should check out inagrau.com, they are in the same vein.

    March 18, 2013 6:02 pm

the color run 07.02.2012

I got the lucky opportunity to do The Color Run here in Kansas City on Saturday! My sister registered many months ago for herself and her husband, but then her husband had to work on Saturday. This was a major bummer for him, but when she asked me to take his place, I was thrilled. It was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Everyone comes to the starting line with a white shirt and along the 5K course, there are stations set up at each kilometer where you get pelted with technicolor! At the finish line, there was also a stage with awesome music and more dumping of color. The clouds you see in the photos above are just the color powder filling the sky. It was a visual extravaganza, to be sure and I may have gone a little overboard with the photo-taking! AND..please check out the adorable t-shirts my sister MADE for us! She claims they’re easy to do, but I’m not so sure. They were so cool just white but then, in the rainbow colors they got even better! If Color Run comes to your city, I would jump on it. In Kansas City, 28,000 people did the run between the two days (Saturday and Sunday). Locally, money was donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

comments 2

  1. Allison | Cirque du Sweet

    I was in KC last weekend and there were lots of people at Eggtc in color run gear. I’ll have to make sure I do it when it comes to Dallas again next year.

    July 8, 2012 10:22 pm
    • ampersand

      allison- we love eggtc.! yes, definitely check out color run. it’s such a fun and unique run!

      July 13, 2012 3:13 pm