I love the idea of adding some color into my wardrobe for Spring. The easiest way to do so is with accessories. When I saw these necklaces from Tom Binns, I immediately knew what my next DIY would be. The DIY steps are simple and allow you to update a rhinestone necklace that may have been sitting in your drawer since prom.
It’s hard to describe the magic that took place last year at our first-ever CAMP, a creative conference I started to fill the void of uninspiring, boring, old-fashioned business conferences. There is relatively little trace of it online and in social media, namely because we take the attendees’ phones for the four days they spend at CAMP. Gasp! :) My goal is to make sure every Camper is truly present, connected and open to the experiences at CAMP. Which is part of the magic I mentioned before – only those of us who were there truly understand and know what went on. The deep, life-long friendships that were formed; the elation, fear and pure glee from jumping out of trees; the delicious cocktails that were enjoyed while watching the sunset in the mountains; the inspirational rush we got when we each had an “a-ha moment” about life, work, play, passion; even skinny-dipping.
Rediscover fresh air and the wilderness.
Rediscover that childlike wonder you had when you were 12-years-old.
Rediscover the dreams, wishes, hopes you’ve tucked away over the years.
In just four days you can completely change your perspective, gain clarity, increase confidence, embrace your dreams! The conference combines hands-on workshops, business classes and panel discussions, with campy programming like outdoor activities (archery, horseback riding, yoga) and arts and crafts (indigo dying, leather crafts, calligraphy), and curated evening events to allow for community building, networking and pure fun. Registration is open now and even though we added 75 spots, CAMP will sell-out, as it did last year. So hurry! Whether you work for yourself or a large corporation, give yourself the gift of play. Of growth. Of innovation and imagination. No excuses, just do it!
You know those crazy items people add to their Bucket Lists, like “swim with sharks” or “make a million dollars” or “meet the President of the United States”? Things they aspire to but most likely will never actually accomplish? For me, “grace the cover of a magazine” was one of those things. I mean, at some point during childhood every girl probably dreams of being on the cover of a magazine – even the tomboys, trust me, I was one of them. While I think I fantasized about being on the cover of Seventeen or Vogue or the now defunct Sassy, I knew that in reality my chances were very slim. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Dreamer, so think that if I put my mind to it I can accomplish anything! But I’m not a model or an actress or a musician, I’m 5 foot 4 inches tall, and I’m half-Chinese/half-Finnish… Normally people like me are not on the covers of magazines. So imagine my FREAKING EXCITEMENT when I saw the cover of this month’s Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, Spirit!
I cannot thank Southwest and the editors at Spirit enough for choosing to dedicate the cover and 20 pages (yes, twenty!) to The New American Dream and creative entrepreneurship! Small businesses across the country are what fuel the American economy and create jobs – creative, arts-based businesses also help to grow creative-thinking (which leads to enhanced problem-solving skills), encourage a love for art and design, can help people express themselves through tough times, aid in depression and more. I am honored to be included in the issue at all, let alone be on the cover. The lesson here is dream big, involve yourself in community and keep doing what you love to do… You never know where it might lead!
Get ready to get down this Valentine’s Day!
As you can see from the photo above, last year’s Fake Prom was a blast… So we decided to make it an annual dance party! The awesome event is being held February 14th (that’s right, on Valentine’s Day) at The Unique Space from 8pm – midnight. Expect a bumpin’ dance floor, lots of promtastic outfits and loads of fun at this alternative to the traditional Valentine’s dinner (snoooooze). The $40 ticket includes all drinks (Singha Beer, cocktails, Purity Organic juices, GT’s Kombucha +), a delish CoolHaus Sundae Bar, printed Prom Portraits by Oh Snap Studios, DIY corsage tables, a Snack Station and more!
Are you single and looking to mingle? All single prom goers will get a big heart to wear, with their name on it, so it’s easy to spot other singles. Who knows, maybe we’ll make a few love connections at Fake Prom 2!
Head here for all the details and to buy tickets – hurry, last year’s sold out within days and we don’t want you to miss the fun.
How beautiful is a delicate wire ring? I love stacking them together and even pairing them against opposites, like our chunkier DIY Geode Ring. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted share this gorgeous wire ring in a delicate heart shape. So perfect for gifting to your loved ones! Make one or ten!
1. Draw a small heart about the width of your finger or smaller.
2. Cut a piece of wire about 6″ long.
3. Curve up one of the wire using the round nose pliers, and close it using the flat nose pliers.
4. Using a thin cylinder object (try a colored pencil… I ended using the angled portion of sharpened colored pencil, which created a smaller heart), curve the wire around to mimic the round part of the heart you drew.
5. Straighten out the the wire below the curve to look like the heart your drew.
6. Using your drawn heart as a guideline, angle the wire backwards, with your round nose pliers, where the point of the heart is.
7. Curve the wire around your finger, making sure the half heart is sideways (like photo).
8. Loop the wire through the curved loop you made in step 3.
9. Angle the wire using your round nose pliers to create the invert point at the top of the heart, then curve the other side of the heart to mirror the prior half.
10. Make a loop to create the bottom point of the heart and to connect the ring together. Close the loop using the flat nose pliers.
We sit down for a very insightful Q&A with the “Maker of Things”, Eric Trine.
Eric Trine, 29-years-old
Educational Background: BFA Sculpture – Biola University 2007. MFA Candidate (’13) in Applied Craft and Design – Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft.
How did you discover your passion for making furniture?
I discovered my passion for making furniture by actually making furniture. I have a passion for making – and with furniture it’s nice that the things I can make can actually be used in a functional way. So, I like the making of the item but I really enjoy seeing what happens to it after it’s made. I love seeing how people enjoy my pieces – how they put them to use.
What inspires you?
Thrift stores, garage sales, antique malls and flea markets. It’s not about finding old stuff or nostalgia for me, it’s about finding stuff that doesn’t have a name or a brand associated with it. I love finding weird one-offs. Right now I’m super into old crappy ceramics – the kind of pieces that students make in high school ceramics classes and they give it to Grandma as a Christmas present. You know, the types of things that sit in a garage until they have a garage sale, and then after no one buys it it gets donated to Goodwill, and then it sits on the shelf for years. I guess I’m inspired by the stories behind things but as you can tell I also like to make the stories up myself! I also love just walking around hardware stores or lumber yards. I like to look at raw materials rather than finished pieces.