DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

8.13.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Damask Love


Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.


Today we are meeting Amber Kemp-Gerstel, the fabulous face behind Damask Love Damask Love is a crafting blog committed to sharing inspiration and instruction with DIY gals worldwide, no matter their level of experience!  Like most of us, she is an avid DIY-er, but all too often finds herself intimidated by tutorials around the web. At Damask Love, she hopes to inspire even the newest crafters to dive into the doability of DIY!

Read on as I pick her fantastically creative brain and share a few of my favorite projects of hers...

Makers + Shakers Damask Love cherry tags

Please tell our readers a little bit about who Amber is. 
AKG -  I give hugs. I don't shake hands. That pretty much sums me up. I've been known to be a little loud and I love to meet new people - especially people who are as passionate about creativity as I am. By day I am a child psychologist, but as soon as the work day is done, you can find me crafting like a madwoman!

My days are better when I make something so I try to squeeze in a bit of crafting everyday - even if it's just a few minutes. Outside my life as a blogger, I am a wife, soon-to-be mother and I have a mild (read: serious) obsession with sitcom reruns, think Saved By the Bell & Golden Girls. (um...who doesn't!)

Makers + Shakers Damask Love pencil cup

I've been a huge fan of your site; doable DIY is right up my alley! What inspired you to start Damask Love?
AKG - Damask Love began as a place for me to post my handmade cards. I was so busy crafting in my little apartment, it seemed sad to just let my projects sit on a shelf without sharing them...so I started a blog. In October 2012, Damask Love was reborn with a new design and a new mission: to share clear & easy to follow tutorials that would encourage crafters of every skill level to tap into their creative side.

8.12.2014

Tuesday Tip - Party With A Purpose Charity Event For Seattle Children's Hospital


I am so honored and thrilled to be parterning with our local dessert lounge, FROST, for a wonderful charity event called Party With A Purpose, benefitting  Pediatric Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Hospital, Friday, August 22 from 5 - 8 p.m.

If you live in the Puget Sound area of Washington, we would love to have you join us for this event at FROST, in the Mill Creek Town Center.  They  recently moved into a larger, more fabulous location  next door to the University Book Store.  Not only do they now have even more fabulous doughnut flavors,  they now have cupcakes, cake pops and macarons,  frozen custard, a full espresso bar and a wine bar stocked with lots of local vintages.

During our Party With A Purpose family friendly event

  • For each $5 donation, guests will receive a ticket for a glass of sparkling wine provided by Treveri Cellars
  • For each $10 donation, guests will receive a wine ticket as well as a swag bag with various gifts provided by our many sponsors.

***Be sure and stop by early, there is a limited number of swag bags***


There will be a doughnut decorating station and other fun for children, wine and dessert pairings parents for the adults and of course, lots of great party decor and ideas to inspire you to party at FROST.

We have lots of fabulous sponsors on board who have contributed to our event, from decorations to swag bag goodies.  Follow me on Instagram for lots of great event sneak peeks!

FROST will be accepting donations for Seattle Children's Hospital throughout the whole day if you cannot attend the event. What a sweet way to effortlessly give back to our local community...we would love to see you there and please share with all of your friends.  Do be sure and find me and let's have a glass of wine...I would love to meet you.

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP and get it on your calendar.

FROST
Mill Creek Town Center 
15217 Main St Suite 106, Mill Creek, WA




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8.08.2014

Fiesta Friday - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Ideas

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to companies or products  I wouldn't personally recommend. 

TMNT Party Supplies from Birthday Express

Last weekend, the boys and I went to an advance screening of the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that opens today.  As a kid in the 80's, it was a must-see and I must admit, I was pleasantly suprised. Although how Shredder looks is a little creepy...no spoilers here.  But he is voiced by Tony Shalhoub who I love, so that made it ok.

As a party theme, it will be making a comeback and will be hot on the party circuit, so if your little ninja has an upcoming birthday party, throwing a TMNT birthday party is a great choice. Birthday Express has a huge selection of  party supplies, party favors, decor and even costumes!

Here are some ideas to inspire you...

TMNT Party Supplies from Birthday Express

Party Decor
Add to your TMNT themed party supplies with some pops of solid color such as blue, red or green. For a fun way to decorate the party table, you can use a TMNT table decorating kit.

TMNT Party turtle lanterns

Use colored crepe paper and googly eyes to turn lime green round paper lanterns  into adorable party decorations!

8.06.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Confetti Pop


Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.

Makers + Shakers Meet Confetti Pop

Today we are meeting Maddy Hague and Shauna Younge, the dynamic duo behind Confetti Pop, the perfect place to find printable paper goods, easy DIYs, and crafty tutorials.  They also have The Style Lab, their photo styling e-course.  Read on as I pick their fantastically creative brains and share a few of my favorite projects of theirs...

Makers + Shakers Meet Confetti Pop party

Please tell our readers a little bit about who Maddy and Shauna are. 
MH - My name is Maddy, and I am a graphic designer, art director, and stylist. I jumped into blogging about 6 years ago, first with a wedding blog called The Inspired Bride (since sold, and how Shauna and I first met), then with my home decor and entertaining blog called Somewhere Splendid. I recently evolved Somewhere Splendid into a line of designer party and office supplies called Splendid Supply Co. that mirrors the vision of the blog.

SY - I'm Shauna, a dessert table designer, copywriter, crafter, and stylist. I started my blog, Sweet Tooth, as a way to inexpensively advertise my business. Thanks to my marketing background, I was able to use social media and a little "don't take 'no' for an answer attitude" to get a lot of great publicity for my company, which specializes in high-end, customized dessert tables.

8.05.2014

Tuesday Tip - Metropolitan Market's Free Ice Cream Socials + Giveaway

Metropolitan Market's Free Ice Cream Socials + Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream book giveaway

If you live in the Seattle area, you probably know about Metropolitan Market. They are having a free ice cream social at their various locations and I had the chance to preview the event and shared all about it over on Today's Mama. It involved boozy floats.

Plus, to inspire you to cross 'make our own ice-cream' off your summer bucket list, I'm also hosting a book giveaway for our local favorite Molly Moon. Oh man, their ice cream is sooooo good!  Be sure and head over to TM and enter to win.




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8.01.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Star Party Table


I love to decorate with stars, their universal shape makes them perfect for any theme! Head over to Moms & Munchkins for my Star Party table and learn how to make the polymer clay star toppers.




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7.30.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Bite Me More

Makers + Shakers 8 Creatives you should follow

Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a  series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.
Makers + Shakers: Bite Me More

Our inaugural post begins with the sisters of Bite Me More, Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat.  If you are looking for quirky and fabulously budget friendly party themes, original recipes, entertaining tips and chic tricks get you out of hot water in your kitchen and bring fun to your table, this is where you need to start.

The moment I saw one of their party tables, I've been hooked ever since and I know you will too! Read on as I pick their fantastically creative brains and share a few of my favorite projects of theirs...

Makers + Shakers: Bite Me More 50 Shades Of Grey table

7.29.2014

Tuesday Tip - Free Fun With Popsicle® Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation. 


I can't believe how quickly summer is flying by...and so is our Summer Of Popsicle®! I've finally had an opening in our schedule to set the date for this year's Popsicle Party for mid-August. Last year's party was so much fun; this year we'll be at our favorite park so stay tuned for sneak peeks...


Have you had a chance to check out Popsicle® Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook?  You can download it here; it is full of ideas and activities for great family summer fun, from coloring pages, rules to read with your kids, games, and craft activities like cut out mustaches, for your popsicle of course.


We downloaded a few pages and had an afternoon of color.   The little one loved coloring his own Popsicle®...he went with stripes, all of his favorite popsicle flavors.


He also loves word searches and their version was right up his alley!


He thought mustaches on popsicles were pretty silly...


...but his favorite part are the jokes.  He actually knew this one...ugh...grossness!

Be sure and download your free copy download your Popsicle® Guidebook Rules For Summer.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation. 




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7.28.2014

We Go Wednesday - Seattle Bloggers Unite At Aran Goyoaga Studio

Seattle Bloggers Unite A Spring Social
photo by Lyndsey Wells
So clearly it's not Wednesday...and if I don't post this now, it will be even more months.  Plus, my new series Makers + Shakers goes live this Wednesday.  Yeah, I don't like more than one post going live per day.

A few years ago, my friend Lyndsey of The Stationery Place decided to corral Seattle bloggers into one central location place to connect, plan meetups and share news. Thus, Seattle Bloggers Unite was born. We’ve been at some great spots, from DRY Soda headquarters to Trophy Cupcakes.  And eventually, I will get around to sharing our recent trip to Farewell Paperie where I made my own letterpress cards!

With my night classes, I’ve been missing a lot of meetups...actually, I haven't been since the Trophy Cupcakes event. So when the email for the next meetup hit my inbox for THE Aran Goyoaga’s studio AND she is on the panel, AND it wasn't on a class night, I was there. Yes, Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle Et Vanille, fabulous food stylist and photographer, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats…I’m sorry, my crush slipped out a bit.

Sorry for the quality of my photos, it was dim and my phone's camera works only in daylight.  It's like an anti-vampire...


The fabulous Lisette Wolter-McKinley hard at work styling the event...

7.26.2014

Summer In Bloom Link Party

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Hope your summer is in full bloom! I'm part of an amazing group of bloggers who are bringing you lots of amazing summer recipes, printables and party ideas (remember my Flamingo + Pineapple Party?). Now, we would like to see your favorite summer ideas.


Our Summer in Bloom Link Party starts today and will run through August 1st.   Feel free to link up any summer projects, ideas, crafts, etc.  We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We'll feature some of our favorites when the Link Party ends. 

When you link up to our party, it will show up on mine and ALL the following participating blogs: