Sunday, May 17, 2015

the genius that is crafting community

my family and i were fortunate enough to be able to attend crafting community in palm springs a couple of weeks ago. it was such a rich, immersive experience that is unlike anything that i've experienced created for families with children of all ages. in our full lives, it is almost impossible to x off the calendar three days to just be with your family and also feel like you get to know other families better. from the moment we were welcomed with an ice cream social by salt & straw to the very last swim, we enjoyed three full days of family friendly activities, crafting, and the chance to break bread with good, good people.

the ace hotel is such a perfect spot for this type of event. knowing your children can roam about the property, guided by their imaginations, was so peaceful and freeing.

some highlights:

 - i loved seeing what crafts elodie gravitated to like making handmade clay beads and jewelry with bari ziperstein and custom stamps with yellow owl workshop. just watching her walk confidently up to a table and then sit for a good amount of time absorbed in creating something was so beautiful to watch.

- i couldn't pull myself away from justina blakeney's face the foliage sun prints and made one for each of the girls.

- francesca mostly wanted to swim, play with the balloon propelled wooden boats (from tanya aguiƱiga's workshop), and swim some more. she was so happy to follow elodie and run about with her with the excited energy of kids at summer camp.

- my sister, her husband, and their twelve and fifteen year old daughters also joined us. watching what they were interested in (underwater photography and skateboarding) and the creations they made was so inspiring.

- my family and i sat with our friend jessica from house inhabit and her sweet boys under a full moon in the hot tub eating french fries on the last evening. we talked late into the night soaking up every last drop of the weekend.

- i took an incredible soulcycle class with one of my favorite instructors, angela davis, with the gorgeous desert landscape as a backdrop.

- both girls slept like logs. hours of sun, pool, and so many fun activities gave us all sweet dreams. i can't emphasize enough how great it was to get a full night sleep.

i didn't experience "fear of missing out" like i admittedly did during my first crafting community a year and a half ago. there are so many wonderful workshops and activities that it can be hard to know when to just jump in the pool. this time i knew better and felt that wherever i was being led was exactly where i should be spending my time.

i'm not sure when the next weekend event will be but expect more over the summer from crafting community and definitely plan on coming to their fantastic handmade holiday at the end of the year.

below are some of my favorite images taken by morgan pansing and kate miss (a few of my iphone pics are sprinkled in for good measure.)

thank you for the unparalleled experience crafting community!


  1. It looks like such a great time. A dog by the pool gives me the creeps though.

  2. The mother daughter photo is so beautiful! You look amazing and nothing like being a Mama and looks like you had a great time. I love reading your blog and absolutely love your style.

    I love the summer floral dress in blue you have, where is it from? Would love to know. It's perfect on you.

    Thanks in advance,

  3. Fun community event and the sunshine in the photos is amazing! Looks like the question was asked before, where is that gorgeous printed blue dress from?


  4. Hi there, it is a vintage dress from a store here in Los Angeles called Tavin.