Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + Design + giveaway / Thursday, 27 Mar 2014

DESIGN, DÉCOR, and DIY HAPPY HOUR with Sofa.com

This Saturday, I’m partnering up with one of my favorite brands, Sofa.com U.S for a Pinterest Happy Hour: an afternoon of live pinning featuring my favorite design, décor, and DIY pins! 
Join me on Saturday, March 29th at Noon EST to get in on the pinning action. Sofa.com will also be hosting a giveaway during this time so keep your eyes peeled for the hashtag, #PillowPin2Win for a chance to win a snazzy pillow simply by repining the image! 
For now, head over to Sofa.com U.S on Pinterest, follow them, and keep an eye on their board, Design, Décor, D.I.Y Happy Hour! 

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collaborations + DIY + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014

“You’ve been flocked” prank for April Fools

You've been flocked April Fool's prank

While I was in Palm Springs for Meet Make Do with the other wonderful crafty ladies (check out more of our fun here and here), I caught a glimpse of a photo my mom had put up on Facebook of their neighbors yard with a flock of flamingos and a sign reading “you’ve been flocked.” What in the what? This is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone, no?

That day was our crafting day of the trip and I was racking my brain for something stellar to make while I was in a beautiful mid-century home in the middle of the desert. I needed something that would capture the spirit of the place…and soon it came…”why don’t I flock this house?” It’s the only appropriate thing to do!

Our retreat had been sponsored by the good folks at Bing so I immediately took to one of the Microsoft Surfaces they provided us and searched for “you’ve been flocked.” Qu’est-ce que c’est? Turns out, there are TONS of websites and pictures with people who’ve been flocked. This is a thing apparently! There’s even a “you’ve been flocked” website. It appears that sometimes it’s used as a blackmailed fundraising device (“give us $10 to take back the flamingoes”) but personally, I find just the fun of waking up to a flock of flamingos hilarious.

Melanie, Danni, and I headed to the local party store who was sold out of pink flamingos. What now? We Binged it and found this gem: Flock o’ Flamingos. A whole company in Palm Springs that rents out flamingos. And rubby duckies. I didn’t ask questions. It was owned by a super swell guy who just had them hanging out in his condo. Thank you!

put out tons of flamingos in someone's lawn
pink flamingos in someone's lawn
With the help of Jenn Elliott of Scout Blog and Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth, we got set them up around the front yard.
Click below to see full tutorial! 

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collaborations + Design + flowers + paper flowers + Projects + video / Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014

Experimenting with corn husks

corn husk flowers rose
paper flower bouquet with corn husk flowers
corn husk rose flower
corn husk flower bouquet
I posted this picture the other day on Instagram and hinted: it’s not made of paper, guess the material? Thinking that no one would guess. I was surprised to find that many people nailed it on the head. Corn husks! Am I just super out of the loop and never in a million years would I think to create something with corn husks? I’m guessing it was a thing back in the day or something. You got me.
ANYWAY, my intern Trisha Zemp, approached me about doing a project made of corn somehow and she suggested corn husks. Yumm, sure? I started experimenting with them and then thought, “Wait, is my life supposed to be dedicated to corn husks?” They’re dreamy. They hold a shape that paper cannot replicate, you can manipulate them to do anything, they’ve got a lovely grain. I worked until 3am creating petal after petal. Guys, it’s all about corn husks! 
I’ve done a few since them for this and that and I’ll show you a bit of what I’ve been doing here. I added some into a paper flower bouquet, second picture from the top, I was hired to create for someone retiring and created a corn husk hat for another shoot which I’ll show when it comes out.
And THEN, Trisha had the idea to create a little stop motion. You know, the genesis of the corn husk flower. It’s only natural. Isn’t it adorable?

More DIY corn husk projects on their way. I know you’re stoked.

photography and stop motion by the wonderful Trisha Zemp

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alt summit + collaborations + flowers + Projects / Thursday, 30 Jan 2014

Hand-lettered floral hanky collaboration

I’ve admired the calligraphy of Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You for awhile now and I was thrilled to work on this handkerchief with her for the Secret Garden party we threw at Alt Summit (along with Alix of A Ruffle Life and Erin of Candy Kirby Designs), the annual blogger’s conference in SLC (more deets to come on that). I created two floral designs and she added in her beautiful lettering and Spoonflower, the design-it-yourself-we-print-it company, generously sponsored the printing of 200 hankies as our takeaway at the party. They were gone in about 15 minutes. Yikes!

Isn’t her lettering dreamy? She is even offering a Valentine’s calligraphy workshop in SLC soon and teaches online. Check here for more deets.

ALSO, if you’re in Utah, there’s a network night for creatives in SLC tonight from 7-10 at Charcoal Loft Studio on 435 W 400 S, Suite 200. You should come! Check here for more deets.

The beautiful, crisp white photos are from melissaesplin.com and the yellowy one is mine. 
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collaborations + Design + DIY + storytelling / Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013

The story of The Nutcracker

I grew up going to see The Nutcracker every year. I guess that’s what happens when your Russian ballet teacher tells you you’re too chubby to audition for it–when you’re 8. No hard feelings, I swear. Illustrator Michelle Christensen, photography Jessica Peterson, hairstylist Aubrey Nelson, and I spent a glorious day with model/former ballet dancer at Ballet West (and vintage seller and crafter) Nicole Choules of Elsa Bags making props and having a ton of fun doing this shoot. I thought Christmas was the perfect way to show it off. 
Merry Christmas! Thank you sincerely for following along on my crafty adventures. You mean the world.
props by Michelle and me
photography by Jessica Peterson
modeling/dancing by Nicole Choules
costumes provided by Natalie Taylor (thank you so much!)
oversized ornament DIY concept from Studio DIY 
Check out the behind the scenes photos below:


Aubrey and Nicole

Michelle and me
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