Thursday, October 17, 2013

crafting community 2013 highlights + tote giveaway! - closed

i am still blissed out from my time at crafting community last week. it is uncommon in our society to gather at a shared place and time with a vision of family, discovery, and kinship. crafting community realized this very vision over a weekend in the desert.



as soon as we entered the ace hotel parking lot it was if a neon colored bubble surrounded us and we were under the protection of this new world order. there was a busy hum as families formed new friendships and rekindled old ones. as the evening fell, a magic spell took hold of everyone and people wandered freely from table to table making connections. this set the tone for a weekend of unprecedented (for me) creativity and fun with my children.

honestly, i spent more time immersed in the activities, in the water, in the conversations and less documenting it. but here are some highlights...

first off, waking up to these two excited beings every morning.



then, after a lovely al fresco buffet breakfast (lollipop pancakes anyone?) we headed straight for the pool. i am quite sure all the mothers (and maybe even some older children) wanted to head straight to the amazing workshops led by confetti system, kid made modern, todd oldham, ryan quincy, and tanya aguiñiga among others. but a four year old? she wasn't having it so i surrendered and we played imagination games in the pool. i skipped the underwater photography workshop (yes, there was an underwater photography workshop) and used my life proof case to take some warped, lovely photos of our pool time. elodie got out of the pool just long enough for an honest tea sno-cone. yum!



then i could officially say it was my turn and we headed to the workshops. once we were there elodie was so excited and made a beeline to a table where children were making brightly colored fobs. i waited patiently before heading over to the splendid table to make an ojo de dios.

it was such an honor to meet ron finley of urban garden and to hear how he empowers people to grow their own food, i left a conversation with him so inspired. listen to his ted talk here.



elodie and i both loved cathy callahan's tassels. i think i could have stayed at her table the entire time.



wearing my fun necklace from cathy callahan, we headed over to make tie dye towels with todd oldham. what a cool guy.



rachel craven helped us make pretty veggie stamped tea towels. i have been using mine every day in the kitchen.



the family crest workshop taught by rene holguin was truly satisfying. choosing symbols for our family and stamping our names in leather was so fun. i'm still working on mine.


































it was a pleasure to have a bit of time to chat with clare vivier and to have her help me make a sweet bracelet for elodie.





























we loved making stamps at the yellow owl workshop.









































i don't know of a time when i've had so much access to such talented artisans and inspiring figures. the environment was easy and relaxed and the only agenda was to be with the family and create.

it was a bit ridiculous all the pretty things you could make. need a snack? head to the snack table. need a drink? no problem, water and drinks by
honest tea. need a little place to just play and rest? a+r hosted a cute little play area that francesca and elodie both loved.

there was a whole fitness component that i didn't really get to experience because my husband wasn't with me and francesca was too small. i was jealous of my friends doing early morning spin and yoga. hopefully next year i'll be able to participate!

i still feel like this is the tip of the iceberg. the amazing thing about crafting community is that if you rewound the weekend and started over you could have a completely different experience visiting different workshops and encountering different people. i wish i could experience this weekend a few more times. the energy was positive and electric. children have the tendency to do this for us. help us let our guard down which opens us to new levels of creation. my biggest question is how can we bottle this positive energy and take it back into our daily lives?

and for the littlest readers, crafting community is giving away one of their amazing totes filled with fun items from california baby, rifle paper company, converse, burt's bees, target, honest tea, dylan's candy bar (and much, much more!)

the winner of this contest has been contacted via email. thank you so much for all of your entries. i wish i could have picked more than one!



since my husband checked into the hotel first with the girls i didn't get to actually see the bag in all of it's glory. elodie was knee deep in goodies by the time i got to the room. i'm actually kind of envious that one of you will be able to slowly go through all the good things inside. i'm particularly proud of a special playbook that i created with crafting community filled with mad libs, games, and imaginative coloring pages. i can't wait to see it filled with all of elodie's ideas.



first images c/o crafting community's instagram.


77 comments:

  1. Your blog is lovely! What an amazing crafting opportunity you had! The tote is awesome would love to claim it as mine!

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  2. Oops! Email: Joanne@editshoppe.ca

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  3. Even all the way from Australia a crafting community weekend is on our must do with our kiddies list. Would be beyond excited to hand this bag over to my girls to explore :) leahkua@gmail.com

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  4. This looks so awesome! Being European I had never heard about it! Wow, Are they ever going to organize smth in the old continent? That would be awesome! That tote would be great too ;-) Hugs, E eve.vaes@gmail.com

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  5. Alison - artsang@gmail.com

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  6. Would be a perfect gift for Aurélie, who turned 21 months today. Fingers crossed! Karin, karin@stadtkinder.ch

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  7. This is sweet! Xo

    meldonc at gmail for com

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  8. Not sure if it's an international giveaway - hope so! We'd love to win this - all the amazing ideas to fill the cold evenings and our hearts! phillipa_abbott@yahoo.co.uk

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  9. Would love this treasure for my creative little girl! Monikakost@gmail.com

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  10. This was indeed an incredible initiative. I love the concept and am happy that you got to enjoy this with your sweet girls. Would love to see these events pop up around the globe! cynth_vezina@hotmail.com

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  11. Sounds amazing! Family-centered creativity! Awesome!

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  12. This looks like a wonderful weekend! We went to Palm Springs for the first time this summer and fell in love with the area. natgsee@gmail.com

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  13. What an amazing experience! My kids would love to be able to do something like that with me. alaskakaty@hotmail.com.

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  14. I am jealous, but so happy you truly had a memorable time. Looks amazing. The bag is wonderful. erinschmidt1@gmail.com

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  15. I've been wanting to go to Crafting Community since I saw your tweet about it last year. Definitely taking my daughter in 2014 since I think she'll finally be old enough to enjoy it with me! rachquiz (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. Wow, looks like an inspiring, soul soothing event. Love the tote, too!

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  17. tomorrow is my 30th birthday and i couldn't imagine a better way to start it then with this amazing tote of goodies!
    lacey.owczarzak@gmail.com

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  18. will there ever be an east coast version of this? brilliant!
    carriespilecki@gmail.com

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  19. I would love to go to crafting community. Wish there was one on the east coast!
    npanza@gmail.com

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  20. What a fun weekend! - Meghan (meghan.alexander22@gmail.com)

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  21. What a lovely weekend. Hope to attend next year's with my then two year old boy. werlemmings at yahoo dot com

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  22. What a fun weekend, and a great looking tote!

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  23. Looks awesome, that Ace is definitely a family favorite!
    (deshaigh@gmail.com)

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  24. Looks like so much fun! What wonderful memories to make with your daughters.

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  25. This looks like so much fun!
    jillmjohnston@hotmail.com

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  26. Hope to go to crafting community someday with our girls. Such a wonderful thing to experience as a family.

    norellekeenan@yahoo.com

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  27. what an awesome weekend!
    villarrealceramics@gmail.com

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  28. Just found you through Karen Kimmel Studios. So glad I did! Your weekend looked to be so full of yummy craftiness. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your blog. lanie at laniejandco dot com

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  29. Following you on twitter @laniejandco
    lanie at laniejandco dot com

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  30. What a lovely experience. And I would just adore one of those totes! My email is denabotbyl (@) gmail (.) com

    xoxo

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  31. I love reading about this amazing weekend. My email is jegortemaker@gmail.com

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  32. This is awesome! I hope they'll come to Northern California next! ;)

    myesrpr(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Next year, I am so there. ms.maganda (at) gmail (dot) com! xo

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  34. That looks so amazing-- something I would love to do with my family.
    courtneymcphie at gmail dot com

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  35. Sounds brilliant! Can't wait to join. I'm Risa Pantoja - (risa.pantoja@gmail.com)

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  36. thanks for sharing (:

    megan.riddle@gmail.com

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  37. would love to do this in our neck of the woods!
    (virg@virginiagalvan.com)

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  38. what fun! kjordan329@gmail.com

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  39. love this!
    sarah r
    sgreck428 at yahoo

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  40. What an awesome experience! I would love to see crafting community events replicated in different places too.... there would be so much interest! Thanks for sharing, alice (kitajimasan at yahoo dot com)

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  41. Very fun and looks beautiful.

    Jen P
    jenpainternc@gmail.com

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  42. What fun! Looks like it was very inspiring, and wonderful for the kiddos too! Jessica R (jessica(dot)hinsch(at)gmail(dot)com)

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  43. I just love the print on the bag! Maybe I would share some of the inside goodies with the kids. :)
    I feel inspired to host my own craft-in....

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  44. Looks like so much fun. I'd love to take my family when my kids are just a bit older.

    Sara S
    sastyer@gmail.com

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  45. So lovely bag! :)
    Jenna O
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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  46. followed you on twitter as well with salessun42
    and followed on pinterest with salessun42

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  47. What an incredible time all the families shared at crafting community! This concept should be global. I especially loved that parents and kids were working together and it wasn't just leaving the kids to it while parents mingled amongst themselves. So great to get in the spirit and roll one's sleeves up!

    And the bag of goodies! Well, fingers crossed!
    My email is pamela.gambrell@gmail.com

    All the Best.
    Pam

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  48. the event looks wonderful! what an amazing idea. hope to be a part of it someday! xx

    elena
    elenanposti@gmail.com
    (i also followed cc on pinterest and twitter)

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  49. It is great to see all these artisans under one roof! I'm curious -- were there many workshops that young boys would especially be interested in? I'd love to take my son to a craft fair and have him as excited as your little girls! I don't have twitter or pinterest (there's only so much I can keep up with...), but will enter once anyhow... evelynlochhead@gmail.com

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  50. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE each and every one of the photos and it sounds like such an amazing trip.
    Pam (phodor@hotmail.com or pam@simplylivly.com)

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  51. I have been reading about this and it sounds like an amazing event. When my little is bigger I would love to attend. christadalien(at) hotmail

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  52. Hope I win! Laura lkmeeks (at) hotmail

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  53. would love to get this, and wish i had been there. laurie mazer at hotmail dot com

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  54. how wonderful..and wednesday is my birthday! ashleyzwick at gmail dot com

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  55. Jennifer @ jenlessad@gmail.com - love crafting w/my kids-it's a great way for kids to express themselves. We don't even have to spend much on products we can use many items we find @ home

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  56. What a lovely event! It looks like it was a lot of fun. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Ro Sho
    heyrosho at gmail dot com

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  57. Ooh, what fun! We would love this. christina@mobilephotobooth.com

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  58. This sounds like such a fun family vacation!

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  59. Forgot to add....carleighlowe@gmail.com

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  60. what a great idea! Looks like a fun time! auds.h2o@gmail.com

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  61. Great bag! Pmanira@yahoo.com

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  62. What an amazing event! Everything sounded incredible.

    Stephanie
    sddullanty@gmail.com

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  63. Definitely need to take my 3 yr old!
    kristengrant at me.com

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  65. Looks like such a fun event with an even better swag bag:) leathergal83@gmail.com

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  66. Sounds lovely, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks! :) csimkanin@gmail.com

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  67. It sounds like a truly amazing experience. I wish they would do something here in Brooklyn!

    erinvalletta82@gmail.com

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  68. Another brilliant experience! Wow! I don't know how you had time to capture all the lovely details. I felt like I was there by reading your description. Beautiful. I love the tote!!!

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  69. Great Giveaway! following both [ lizete.martinez@gmail.com ]

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  70. love love love!

    Rachel Arnold
    rachelearnold@me.com

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  71. I follow on twitter!

    rachelearnold@me.com

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  72. and I follow on Pinterest:)

    rachelearnold@me.com

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  73. following on pinterest as well!

    lacey.owczarzak@gmail.com

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  74. Stop by on this blogpost to read great blog contest.
    I can't join it but good luck everyone :)

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