Friday, September 19, 2014

Re:Make Recap

Get ready for picture overload. I don't even have the words to fully explain the excess of creativity that was Re:Make. Everywhere you looked there was inspiration. And everyone you met was awe-inspiring. Seriously. I met people who make their own make-up. People who make air quality control detectors. And I'm all I make my kids' lunches. I joke, but what I took away is no matter if you make for fun or for a living, we are all makers at heart. It was a weekend of part conference, part festival complete with plenty of shopping and plenty of DIYing.

The invitation only conference kicked off Friday with a convicting keynote from Brit + Co founder Brit Morin, sharing that 77% of adults feel like they have lost their creativity. This hit me hard. These days I tend to feel so uninspired and drained, but Re:Make was just what I needed to help get my creative mojo back. We were challenged to live creatively as we heard from such inspiring techies, makers and innovators like Joy Cho of Oh Joy, beauty expert and YouTube sensation Kandee Johnson, Lowe's Innovation Labs Executive Director Kyle Nel and Yoobi founder Ido Leffler {they are the Toms to school supplies!}. We were wowed by presentations from start-ups like Drop, Walhub {watch this hilarious and clever video now!} and Urbio. And got our DIY on with fun make-breaks by Michaels and Wilton. The highlight for me was definitely the intimate blogger luncheon I was fortunate enough to attend with Brit, Randi Zuckerberg, Jaime Derringer and other speakers and fellow bloggers. Such a fascinating round table discussion of the maker movement, blogging and how we live creatively. We wrapped up the day with a cocktail reception featuring the tastiest of libations made with Izze's fizzy juices. Yum yum!

As if our brains were not already on creative overload, Saturday's festival just added to it.  Open to the public, any and all came out to shop talented makers' goods and DIY with some of the best brands including my favorites Hallmark, Beacon Adhesives, Lowe's, Michaels and Wilton. I loved crafting with new friends and my pockets were certainly a little lighter after snagging some goodies from some of my favorite makers like Paperlaced, Missive, A Handcrafted Home and Parallel Print Shop. Check out all the makers {and shop too!} here. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend Re:Make. My creative juices are truly flowing, and I am so thankful for all I learned. 

Now I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Madewell Love

I am having quite the Madewell moment right now. The new Nashville store opened this week, and I am loving just about all they have to offer. So much cozy plaid has me super excited for Fall! Check out some of the goodies I snagged and am still hoping to take home.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scenes from the weekend...

Happy Monday! I am home after a fantastic weekend in California. I have to say one of the highlights of my trip was just flying alone. Seriously a five hour flight with snacks, mags, wi-fi and no toddlers on my lap was such a treat. Spent the weekend learning, being inspired, getting crafty and making new friends at Re:Make {even made it on the news!}. Oh and shopping some incredibly talented makers' work! Since my brother and now sister-in-law were on their honeymoon I got to crash at their darling San Fran apartment. Thoroughly enjoyed living the city life for the weekend. Walking their dog, dining out solo and enjoying some gorgeous cooler weather. Fortunately my new sister-in-law's brother and wife who live out there were gracious enough to hang with me. Hit up some of their favorite restaurants for the toast and pizza I've been hearing my brother rave about for so long. And yes, it was as good as he built it up to be! Took a red eye home Saturday night and made it back in time for donuts with the bubs Sunday morning. May or may not have slept the rest of the day but managed to have bubble time and sweet snuggles before those wild ones went down. I am so thankful to B for being super dad and surviving three nights alone with the bubs. Time away is the best and so good for the soul, but nothing is better than coming home to my sweet family. Stay tuned for a full Re:Make recap tomorrow!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Live Creatively

I am in San Francisco this weekend for Re:Make and let me tell you I am blown away by the maker movement. Waking up today my brain is filled with inspiration after hearing from so many makers, innovators and creatives, especially the fine folks from Lowe's. I have to be honest, when I think of Lowe's the first thought that comes to mind is hardware for B's garage shelving project he's been planning. Followed by thoughts of drilling and stepping on nails. But yesterday I was delighted and enlightened to learn that Lowe's is really all about living creatively and allowing us to do so using the most advanced technology. Did you know their Innovation Labs have created a Holoroom? It's a simulator to allow customers to visualize a finished home improvement project in their home. I mean how cool is technology?? If you're a maker, you finally have the tools needed to make your creations come to life. And we are all makers really. Whether you make something for a living or you're like me just making projects to decorate the house or entertain the kids, Lowe's can provide the tools to make that happen. And the inspiration as well. We all love Pinterest, but did you know that Lowe's is one of the most followed brands on Pinterest? I am loving their Hello Fall board right now and cannot stop pinning their ideas for the season. Every project begins with an idea and thanks to Lowe's all of us makers can see that idea become a finished project. 

Stay tuned for more Re:Make highlights this week!

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