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just a girl.

The real reason we were in Las Vegas: Gwen Stefani‘s Just A Girl residency at Planet Hollywood! We bought our tickets nearly a year ago! The entrance was almost like a Gwen history museum. Old costumes from past music videos and events were on display. We were in the VIP section (I had forgotten we purchased VIP tickets so I was super impressed by past me!) which means we were shown to our seats, and there was drink service. Per usual, Gwen was amazing and looked the same as last time (as the rest of us age), and her dancers were incredible. I want to learn all the choreography. The set was colorful, and there was confetti and lots of amazing costumes. My favorite was the one with a big blue furry pom on one of the dancer’s heads. She reminded me a Sky Dancer. There were a few nods to Vegas show girls, too – lots of feathers! The show was an hour and half (sadly, no encore). Gwen always brings the dance party …

international women.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I participated in Zynga’s International Women’s Day festivities at their headquarters in San Francisco. They hosted a maker pop-up with women-owned businesses. Shout out to my friend Mimi of Hello Shiso for suggesting my business for the event! Here’s a before and after of my booth space. I brought all the flowers, pennants, and of course, Boss Lady wall hangings. We set up in the communal / cafeteria area, and Zynga provided all the tables and linens – made my crafty life so easy! Bonus: we got to partake in all the Zynga goodies! Bevvies, foods, and snacks! Mmm. But the stars of the event: these movers and shakers! I met so many wonderful ladies who make and curate wonderful goodies! Featured biz ladies: Gal Collective / Colorfuls / Bash and Sash / Loloyum / Part & Parcel / Prezetlina / Palm and Perkins / The Loose Rooster Ranch / Fish Wife Sweets / Merora / Hello Shiso / Andi’s Succulents How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? …


Crafty announcement today! I’m launching my line of weaving looms! We’ll call it a soft launch since they are currently only available to my workshop students (find me at Mischief on March 24!). I collaborated with my friend Laura to create a Crafterateur brand loom. Version 1.0 was dreamt up last year. Now we’ve (hehe, weave) finalized the shape, features, and colors! And now it’s here! Dare I call this a craftera-tool? (Yup!) The starter pack comes with the loom, a long needle, and a comb. The booster pack comes with two short needles, a shed stick, and a shuttle. I also have hanging sticks, and each piece is Crafterateur branded and approved. All looms and tools come in peach, pink, and jade, and the looms can be used in either portrait or landscape for varied weaving sizes. What do you think? Who wants one? 🙂

sip & shop.

I coordinated a lil private jewelry shopping party at Covet! Something about having a whole store to yourself feels so fancy! Shop owner Adrienne is a long-time jewelry designer and shop keep. And she’s my maker friend! 🙂 Her space boasts a jewelry bar where you can mix and match your favorite charms, her whole collection of jewelry, assorted locally handmade goods, and special finds from all her travels. The shop check-out area doubles as her work space. Brilliant! We looked around the shop at least three times each. It’s a small shop but there’s much to see. I made a gift list so I could shop for specific people and occasions, which was really helpful because – oh, look at this cute sparkly thing. Yea… Thank you to Adrienne for hosting a fun event for me and my crew! If you’re in the SF Bay Area and want to host your own Sip & Shop, contact Adrienne to set it up! Sip & Shop birthdays, graduations, just becauses, Wednesday nights, …. And then we …

sad animals.

I met Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts during her book tour stop at Pegasus Books in Downtown Berkeley. She was on tour for her new book: Sad Animal Babies. If you don’t know her work already, OMG check it out! At the meet & greet Brooke shared stories – three stories to be exact. In the first, she compared human babies to animal babies, the next story was about her whale watching trip in Washington, and the last was about her fanny pack discovery in Japan (spot it on the chair)…. All were a little silly, and all were true! After story time (Brooke is a great story teller by the way!), she answered audience Qs. I enjoyed hearing about her creative process and animal encounter stories. My favorite question from the audience though was “Would you ever write a book about happy animal babies?” Answer: neverrrrr. And then she signed books and drew an animal for each of us. I asked for a hummingbird; Hubby asked for a panda. I asked her if she gets self …

fairy hair!

In celebration of everyday dress up day, I got my hair did – my fairy hair! Fairy Manda put colorful strands in my hair this time last year. I loved them so much I decided I wanted to do it again.     Not only did it add extra sparkle to my day (and for many months to come!), I also received aroma and vibration healing that left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. It really was a fairy spa!     It was lovely to reconnect with Fairy Manda, too. And to show her the two sparkle strands that were still attached since my last visit! Plus, fairy blessings!     In true fairy spa fashion we had a hair shoot afterwards. Presenting my now annual fairy hair slow-mo video! (I didn’t know what to do with my face. 😝)     Hope your Halloween is as sparkly as you, and as magical as fairy hair!

crafty hour.

My crafty lady friends and I met up for a crafty lady crafty hour. We met up at Casa Latina, one of my preferred nacho places because they get the chip to topping ratio right all the time. 😉 First we ate foods; then we did the crafts. My friend brought pom pom trim guides / kumihimo cord makers by our friends at the Loome. We made kumihimo cord keychains. Materials are simple: yarn, key ring + clasp, scissors, and optional beads and needle. Tahdums! Check out the kumihimo cord tutorial we followed on the Loome. Finally, a crafty lady crafty hour in the books! It’s so nice to hang out with my crafty ladies not at a craft show – even tho that’s fun, too! We’ll have to make this a regular thing.