Let’s Go to Camp: School House Craft Blogger’s Summer Camp!

Hello friends! It has been a very busy few months for me, with a lot of new happenings to report, but first up, School House Craft!  I had previously interned for them at the end of Summer in 2011 and recently became involved again this year.

First, a little background info: School House Craft (SHC) is an AWESOME resource for small business entrepreneurs and crafty creators of all kinds.  Every time around I leave feeling super inspired and energized by everyone I meet and all of the wonderful information I learn. The organization is lead by Andrea Porter and Marlo Miyashiro, two very knowledgeable and awesome ladies!

Just a couple weeks ago, they held their first ever Blogger’s Summer Camp. A one day conference focused on blogging featuring two panels of super awesome and experienced bloggers. I helped ahead of time spreading the word about the conference, and brainstorming/creating decorations for the “camp”.  Helping with this part was a lot of fun for me! I love themed events/parties and decorating for them, so this was a real treat.

The conference was held at the Mount Baker Community Club, a wonderful venue tucked away in the South Seattle neighborhood of Mount Baker.  The building itself was established in 1909 and has been maintained beautifully since.  Flooded with natural light from large windows and natural wood floors- the club house really helped carry the camp theme charm!

On the day of the conference following setup, I was snapping pictures and live-tweeting the event. (I love tweeting!) It was so much fun seeing the attendees positive reactions to the decorations and space, and also hearing their feedback in live time via twitter. Did I also mention that Marlo made the best s’mores dessert, ever?! So yummy and such perfect sweet for camp!

Overall the day was awesome! At the end of the event, I was inspired and excited to kick start my blog again.  I’m also very much looking forward to their upcoming annual conference in September!

Check out the wrap up posted on the SHC blog featuring some of my tweets and photos.

I also highly recommend checking out the speaker blogs:

Until next time! XO – M

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Recap: Handmade Valentine Swap

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! I wanted to post a short recap (meaning, lots of pictures!) about the handmade valentine swap I recently participated in hosted by Lyndsey at The Stationery Place. I had so much fun creating the valentines and sending them out, but I’ll admit, it was even more fun waiting for mine to come in the mail! It’s no secret, I love receiving mail. Anticipating handmade valentines from all over the country and world made that much more exciting and my swap partners did not disappoint!

Here are some pictures of the cards I received and links to my swap partners blog posts about their valentine’s day swap experiences

2013-02-23 1117All my valentines! (Minus a yummy package of hot chocolate, which I consumed fairly quickly upon receipt.) I love how pretty everything is together!

2013-02-23 1106I love all the different textures and details Allyl used for the envelope, so pretty! (And the hot chocolate she included was awesome!) Thanks Allyl! 

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2013-02-23 1123I received this lovely card from Christine of Christhingsss in the Philippines! I absolutely love the stamps she used. I was super excited to read her post on the swap and then wait for my valentine to arrive.  Thanks Christine! 

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2013-02-23 1121I love the fun little addition Brianne from The Ravenna Girls included and all the creative items she used to make her valentine! I really enjoyed reading about her process in her blog post. She also reminded me how much I want to visit Daiso, a local Japanese dollar store I have heard so much about and can’t wait to go check out for myself.  Thanks Brianne! 

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2013-02-23 1120I’ll admit, it took me a long time to open this sweet valentine from Nikki of The Salty Pineapple, I just love the unique additions to the outside! The string, lock and key, so sweet!  The inside was just as awesome too. I absolutely love the silver doily style paper and the awesome heart pin she crafted!  Thank you Nikki! (and I totally agree, a little glitter definitely makes everything fabulous!)

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A huge thanks again to Lyndsey for hosting the swap and all my wonderful swap partners! You are fabulous!

Until next time! XO -
Michaela

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A Handmade Valentine’s Day.

Happy (early) heart day, everyone! One of my favorite childhood memories of Valentine’s Day has always been making a little mailbox to keep on my desk and collect valentines from my classmates.  While I no longer create those little mailboxes, I still love creating handmade valentines to share. Thankfully, there are others who share my enthusiasm out there.

This is the second year I have participated in the handmade valentine swap hosted by the wonderful Lyndsey who runs The Stationery Place, a fantastic blog featuring fabulous and unique stationery.  (If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to stop by and take a look! I guarantee you’ll get the urge to pick up some stationery and send a fun card or letter through the mail!)

I was so happy to see her post about hosting the swap again and couldn’t wait to get started! Last year I had so much fun and received some of the sweetest (and coolest) valentines. Once she sent out the swap partners, I got to work.

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My valentines were slated to go to San Diego, North Dakota, the Philippines and just across town in Seattle. I’ll admit it, I was pretty stoked to get an international destination on my list. I absolutely love connecting with people and across the globe is just too much fun!

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Since I already spend a lot of time crafting cards, I wanted to include something a little extra this time around. I’ve been working with polymer clay a lot lately so putting the two together was a pretty easy combination.

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I rolled some clay out and made an impression with one of my heart stamps, then attached it to the end of a large paper clip.  Bookmark, decorative paper clip, or just a plain decoration- it could be used multiple ways. Making them was so fun and easy, I plan on making more with different colors and designs.  I really hope they make it to their destination’s in good shape.

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I can’t wait to see what fun valentines make their way to my mailbox this year! I’ll be sure to update once I open my valentines and snap some pictures to share.

What fun things do you do for Valentine’s Day? Do you participate in any card swaps? Would love to hear what you do to celebrate and spread some love!

Until next time friends! XO – Michaela

 

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Seattle’s World Record Snow Day.

Once again I must apologize as this is far overdue, but alas, here I am with a reflection on a truly wonderful and unforgettable event. I hope you enjoy!

The city of Seattle is known for many things; coffee, quirky neighborhoods, passionate (and sometimes bandwagon) sports fans, rainy days and grey skies, but snow? Not so much.  However, on January 12th eighty-one tons of fresh snow were trucked in from the Cascade mountains in an effort to create a world record-breaking snow day event smack dab in the middle of Seattle Center.

I was invited to attend and document the day with the some of my favorite Seattle mobile photographers; Bridgette, Barbro, Rachel & Brad. The beginning of the day started out with building snow forts, which would be later used for protection during the epic snowball fight.  We spent the day photographing teams, battling the beautiful and very bright sun to capture great snow day moments, and running inside the center house to warm up and charge our mobile devices.

It was a little after 5pm when the controlled chaos began.  I was dressed for the cold weather (the temperature was below freezing) but didn’t even think about flying balls of frozen ice. Thankfully the event organizers provided us with snazzy eye protection (although it’s safe to say a helmet probably would’ve been helpful as well.)

Snowballs began flying even before all of the attendees were in. Once the attendance announcement was made and we were given safety instructions followed by the go, the next 90 seconds were all about keeping your head low and throwing snowballs as fast as you could. During this time I was with my friend and fellow photographer, Bridgette pinned along the front stairs. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea since that was smack dab in the middle and right in the front, but we stayed pretty clear for the most part. The Guinness world record officiate then made his way to the main stage and announced that we had indeed broken the record with 5,834 snowball participants present.

Needless to say, it was an event I will never forget. I personally love everything about Guinness and world records and have always wanted to be a part of events like it since I was a small child.  It’s about being a part of history and just having fun in your community! What better way to connect, then in a unique situation with over 5,000 other Seattleites and Washingtonians.

Check out some of my photos from the day (below) and the We Are Juxt blog for a kick ass write-up and more pictures.

Until next time friends!
XO – Michaela

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Creating Imagination.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Happy New Year, everyone! During 2012, I focused a lot of time on developing myself and creating more art.  While I have mostly only shared my photography and experiences up to now, art has played a huge role in my life and I realized there is no better place (or time) than here (and now) to start sharing it.

Looking back, I have been creating things for as long as I can remember.  From my Aunt giving me my first camera and teaching me how to use a sewing machine, to my Nana teaching me embroidery and giving me my first Sculpey clay set.  I’ve spent a lot of time trying out different things and I love experimenting with new crafts, but my love for photography and sculpey clay has always come back to the forefront.

I’ll be honest, I had a pretty difficult time narrowing down my interests and really deciding what direction I wanted to go in with my art. Over the past couple years I have spent a lot of time experimenting with different crafts, mediums and projects, connecting with other artists/crafters and volunteering for different craft shows.  After those experiences and also receiving some great advice and encouragement from EtsyRAIN group members, I finally feel like I know what direction I am moving in and am excited to get to it.

That being said, I am currently in process of opening my own Etsy shop to share my creations with the world, but in the meantime I would like to share with you some fun little characters I recently created.  What I enjoy most about creating these characters, is bringing out imagination.  I cannot help but think of amazing adventures and stories for these little guys when I look at them and my goal is to share that excitement with others.

What adventures can you think of? I would love to hear your stories and ideas!

Until next time, XO
-Michaela

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