creative children’s spaces class

Hello everyone!  I am so happy and excited to announce that I am teaching classes over on Atly. Have you heard of them?  They are an online platform for you to teach and take classes.  I love their vision and the classes they offer are amazing!  The first of the two classes I’m offering this summer is a Creative Children’s Spaces Class.  Stay tuned for my next class announcement later next month.   Enter code: NEWCLASS50 to get 50% off this class.  That’s only $25 for the entire class!  This coupon code expires Tuesday, August 5th.

children'sspacesclassPutting together a child’s room, or any space, can feel a bit overwhelming and daunting.  Sometimes it can be hard to mix your child’s interest to make it personal and yet not make it look too cluttered.  Or make it not look too sterile and straight from a catalog.  I believe a child’s space should reflect the interests of the child, and be a place where play and creativity abound.  Having graduated with a BFA in photography and working as an interior designer and stylist for over ten years, I have years of experience working with children’s spaces.

children'sspacesclass2This class will teach you the fundamentals to making a personal, creative, and cohesive space for your child.  You will learn how to mix colors, textures, and patterns to decorate a functional and fun space.  By the end of this class you will be able to put together your own creative and personal children’s space.

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Biarritz, France: wheels and waves part one

This summer has been a very busy one, probably THE busiest of my life.  We have been doing a lot of traveling and I’ve been taking a lot of pictures.  I  just haven’t posted anything yet.  All that is going to change starting now.

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These cool postcards were made by Lucky Left Hand.

Today I wanted to share part one of our magical trip to Biarritz, France.  It was one of the most memorable trips that I’ve ever been on and I got to meet some of the nicest, most creative, genuine people.  I was in heaven!

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Biarritz is one of the most beautiful picturesque resort towns, made famous for it’s surfing in the sixties.  Biarritz is the furthest south west town in France.  From our hotel we could see Spain.  Everywhere you walk there are beautiful views of the ocean, and the iconic lighthouse.

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biarritz3As many of you may know my husband Nicholas is a wildlife and landscape painter.  What some of you may not know is that he paints and rides motorcycles as well.  It’s one of his many passions.  He loves everything about them, particularly early 1910-1960′s bikes.

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This year Nick was thrilled to be invited to the Wheels and Waves exhibit in Biarritz, France.  This is the third year that they have been doing this type of a motorcycle show, and It’s growing.  I’ve been to motorcycle shows in the states before, but nothing compares to this one.  I was blown away.  I couldn’t believe the amount of people from all over Europe flocking to see the exhibit.  I also was so surprised by the caliber of bikes and art at the show.  What impressed me even more than anything were the people.  I’ve never been around a more gracious, classy, artistic group of people.  They do it all purely for the love of what they do and they’re nice about it.

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The exhibit was in an old abandoned Renault service Garage, which was a perfect venue for all the art, bikes and other items on exhibit.

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Here’s an example of one of the “new” bikes.  Single and Twin classic Motorcycles from Hamburg builds the most beautiful classic bikes.  Particularly Brittish BSA bikes.  I had so much fun visiting with the builder and his wife.  He told me that the gear shifter was once his aunt’s titanium hip, ha!

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The exhibit also had incredible one of a kind BMW vintage bikes that are usually in the BMW Museum in Munchen.

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When we arrived in Biarritz, we needed to hang all ten of Nicholas’ large motorcycle paintings.  Unfortunately customs went through all the paintings and re packed them. When we got the crate all the frames were broken.

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Nick and I had to put all the frames back together again as well as hang everything.  Needless to say we had limited tools for fixing the frames (about 20 staples to be exact) and our hanging skills were a little rusty.  We had to measure several times to get everything hanging right.

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The amazingly talented photographer, Bernard Testemale, was also there taking large format photographs with his view finder camera on glass plate negatives.  He even had his own portable dark room.  I loved every minute of it, asking him a million questions.  He’s one out of a small group of people that still uses this old process.  The images he took while here were STUNNING!!!

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biarritz13The night of the exhibit was packed.  There was a line down the street of people waiting to get in.  I couldn’t believe it.  Now that’s some die hard motorcycle enthusiasts.  It was fun visiting with and getting to know so many new and interesting people.

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The week of the exhibit there were several outings and events planned.  One of the events was a surf competition.

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Being in Biarritz felt like a time warp.  I felt like I was transported to another era, a times when life was a little simpler, and a little sweeter.  I mean look at this cool surfer.

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I did my best to fit in with all the stylish people and bathing beauties in my Lime Ricki gingham vintage inspired high waisted swimsuit.  It might take a few more weeks of bathing in the sun to get that pastey white body of mine a prettier shade.

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No one compares to this lovely lady, Tanya.  We got to know Tanya a little while in Biarittz.  She was nice enough to drive us around in her 62 Ford Falcon (more on that in part two),  Tanya is such a classy, beautiful lady who takes everything in stride, and I was so impressed with her driving skills.  I hope one day I can be half as cool as Tanya, she’s my idol.

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Nick and I did a LOT of walking around Biarritz (we didn’t bring helmets and therefore couldn’t ride a motorcycle).  We got to see a lot of the city and I was so overwhelmed by all the beautiful and interesting buildings and homes.

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biarritz19Well, that concludes part one of my tour of Biarritz.  I hope you enjoyed it and were somewhat inspired by it.

All the photographs were taken by myself or my husband, Nicholas Coleman, except the two of us hanging the show and the polaroid.  The polaroid was by Bernard and the two of us by the ever gracious Cyril Dunn.   Thanks Cyril!

This is a sponsored post by Lime Ricki.  Lime Ricki is offering One More Mushroom readers a discount at their shop.  Just use the code:  MUSHROOM15 at the check out to get 15% off.  Offer is valid until August 16.

 

 

tramp frame diy

I’ve had a Fuji Instax mini camera for many years and love taking it with me on family trips.  It’s fun to document parts of the trip the old fashioned analog way.  My kids get a kick out of it too and love taking pictures of each other.  Most the time we’ll tape up the polaroids on a wall in parts of our house or down the stairs that lead to our basement.

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At camp Meta we provided guests with polaroid photos of themselves as well as their choice of one of the multicolored tramp style frames.  I thought it would be fun for guests to document their “stay” and put it in a cute frame as well.  The tramp style of frames fit perfectly with the Pacific Northwest look I had going on.

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Luckily I had some darling colorful card stock paper options from American Crafts.  As well as an amazing printer that cut the frames out for me!  All I had to do was design them in illustrator and upload them onto cricut’s site.  It was really easy, and that’s coming from someone who is NOT tech savvy at all.

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We’ve had a very busy summer (more on all that later) and had some opportunities to visit some beautiful places.  I love how some of my polaroids from our trips turned out.  It’s not always easy getting the exposure correct (there are only four light settings represented by icons: house, cloudy, semi sunny, and sunny).  It definitely makes it exciting when waiting to see how your picture turned out.

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The colorful tramp frames are a fun way to make your polaroid look that much more important.  I love how it turned out.  I put some of our pictures by my bedside, and can have a constant reminder of the wonderful memories we made this summer.

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If you’d like to make some of your own frames click here for the free download.

All you need is some 12 x 12 card stock and a cricut printer.  When uploading the frames you may have to resize the file to 11.5 x 11.5.  Enjoy!

a midsummer mingle part 2

I can’t stop thinking about what a special night it was celebrating A Midsummer Mingle with all of our guests.  As hosts we each were given a space to decorate and make our own.   We wanted our guests to be able to experience our different personalities, and be able to interact with and get something out of each of our different sections.  After choosing a refreshing ice tea, guests were invited to walk through the beautiful stone pathway to Camp Meta.

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(these two darling sisters were at camp Meta taking photographs for everyone)

Camp Meta was the experience that I got to share with everyone.  I wanted to create a kid’s retreat.  A place my kid’s, or any kid would want to go to sleep, play, draw, and just be a kid.  The inspiration for the space came from the outdoors, and my son Henrik and his love of exploration.

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I wanted the space to be playful and warm and inviting.  I will be talking more in detail on the inspiration and how to put together your own “Camp” in my next post.

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At camp Meta guest were invited to have their pictures taken with the Fuji instax camera.  Which takes the cutest credit card size photos.  Thanks to Fujifilm for providing us with the cameras and film.

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I also had a table filled with multiple colored tramp style frames for guests to frame their new portraits.  These frames were all made with the amazing Cricut printer.  I’ll be sharing more on the paper frames and a DIY this week as well.

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After staying a bit at camp Meta, guests could tiptoe through the flowers and visit Brittany’s beautiful, colorful space.

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Needless to say it was dreamy, with all the colorful multicolor banners, as well as an installation of balloons and oversized flowers scattered throughout the space.

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Some of the banners were a string of beautiful felt balls (my favorite material) from Hello Maypole.

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Guest were invited to make an origami business card holder as well as these beautiful paper lanterns made by the Cricut printer.  For the tutorial click here.

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Guests then were encouraged to move to the Eva’s moody blue minimal bohemian space.  Eva made the most beautiful shingled wall of all of her indigo blue wrapping papers.

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Guests were asked to write down their favorite thing about summer.

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They then were invited to hang up what they wrote with a clothes pin on the hanging twine, or on the large board with the quote by William Shakespeare, “Summer I Salute Thee”.  The lettering Was all done with a Cricut printer. For the tutorial click here.

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After Eva’s blue bohemian space guests were invited to walk up the stairs to enter into Sarah’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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What a dreamy imaginative space.  Guests were invited to take a mask (printed with the cricut) and take a picture in front of the balloon arch with the darling family tree wall decal behind it.  For a tutorial on how to make your own mask click here.

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Sarah illustrated these darling, oversized characters for her space in the them of  ’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  I wanted to take them home and play with them.  She also illustrated gorgeous oversized flowers.

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Our guests were also invited to explore some of the tasty treats and interactive prizes that our local sponsors had to offer.  Mend Juice Press offered a selection of wonderfully tasting and healthy cold pressed beverages for our guests.  Blinckenstaff’s and Called to Surf  had a beautifully decorated space for guests to sit and enjoy the view as well see the new exciting products that they are launching.  For something a little more sweet Cocoa Bean had a wonderful assortment of cupcakes and cookies, yum!

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Guests then were able to meander down the stairs where the food and other hosts experiences were.  In Merrilee’s experience she had illustrated a beautiful large map of the world with a station for her darling character, Tilda.  Tilda even made an appearance in a stunning red striped hot air balloon (my kind of girl).

Merrilee also illustrated this darling portrait of Brittany.  I want one of me too, hint, hint…

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The first fifty guests could make their own beautiful floral crown from Merrilee’s Playful book (soon to come out this September).  More on the Playful book later.  I can’t wait!!!

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Guests were also invited to pin where on the map they would like to see Tilda travel to next.  I think I’d like her to go to Amsterdam.

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Past the pool with all the colorful balloons and beach balls, guests could experience a bit of heaven in Alma and Melanie’s starry experience.  They had the most beautiful hand lettered cards and signs all throughout their space.

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Guests got to sit down on the picnic table and make beautiful constellation wrapped candles, made with the Cricut printer.  To see their tutorial click here.

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What a wonderful, magical night!!!  Thank you to all who came.  I wish you all could have enjoyed this night with us.  Fortunately Natatie Norton did such an amazing job documenting everything you can get a taste of everything with her photography.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs

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A Midsummer mingle

It’s not very often that you get to be surrounded by a group of  talented, hardworking, inspiring, uplifting people.  I have felt so fortunate to call these ladies my friends and learn from and be inspired by them as we have come together and build each other up.

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(Brittany, me, Eva, Sarah, Merrilee, Melanie, and Alma (not pictured, but still loved))

In an effort to do the same to our community; to inspire, uplift and say thank you to all our readers and supporters who have given us so much, Brittany had the idea to throw a garden party.  She invited us on as hosts and I couldn’t have been more happy with how everything turned out.  It was so fun to be able to collaborate with creative, likeminded ladies.  We couldn’t have done this party without the generous support of our sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, Land of Nod, Atly, Called to Surf, and Blinckenstaff’s, to name just a few.  The photographs are all by the lovely Natalie Norton.  There were so many beautiful images I had a really hard time editing and deciding which ones not to use.   I had such a hard time I decided to post part two later this week.

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At the entrance was a gorgeous balloon arch installation with the lovely sign designed by Mer.  Each guest received their very own floral crown (designed by Amy Anne), a canvas tote filled with goodies from Minted, Hello Maypole, Darly Bird, and so much more.

a-midsummer-mingle2The balloon installation was created by Brittany and her amazingly talented group of interns, as was the vision and concept for the party.  They put so much hard work into this event and I think it exceeded all of our expectations.

One of Brittany’s ideas was for each of the hosts to provide an “experience” as well as a craft, or swag, for our guests to take away with them as they meandered along the lovely path in my in-laws back yard. I’ll get to our experiences and swag in part two…stay tuned.

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The pathway that lead the guests to the beginning of our event was lined with a sea of string lights from Save on Crafts.  Lighting, in my opinion, really sets the mood for any environment and Save on Crafts have so many lovely lighting options.

The guests also received a map beautifully illustrated by Merrilee and letterpressed by Sycamore Street press.  They were so beautiful in person, I want to frame mine.

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Rambling Rose Cafe really out did themselves and had this amazing trailer greeting the guests at the beginning with mint and lavender infused ice tea!  It was so good and refreshing.

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The guests were invited to wear their summer whites, and I have to say I was so impressed with everyone and their beautiful all white ensembles.  It really set the tone for the entire event.

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Rambling Rose Cafe did all the food and it was divine.  I didn’t get a chance to eat during the party, but made sure to eat about five goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches while I was cleaning up.  I seriously couldn’t stop eating them.

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The flowers were arranged by the talented Lizzy’s Lilies, the beautiful cakes were by Bake By Me.  All these details were just the perfect addition to really make this event so memorable.

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Playing in the background we had a lovely french jazz band, the Red Rock Hot Club.  They played the entire evening.  It was so magical, it felt like I was transported back to France (more on that trip later) and it was the just the right music to set the tone for the evening!

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We even had the most darling group of dancers do a maypole dance for the guests.  I was so sad that I missed it.  It is one of my biggest regrets that evening.  Everyone told me how lovely it was.  Sarah Jane’s Husband Ken, built the amazing Maypole and Michael Miller provided us with the beautiful colored ribbons.

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And yes, those are enormous white beach balls and balloons in the pool.  You should have seen me try to blow up the 48 inch beach ball and throw on table clothes at the same time.  It was comical, if not entertaining, to say the least.

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Thank you for indulging us.  I had such a lovely time and it was so fun to be able to really connect with people in person.  Thanks again for all our generous sponsors, we really appreciated everything and couldn’t have done it without them.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly BirdAtlyHello Maypole and Minted.
And a special thanks to all these lovely ladies (and their reluctant spouses?) for all their hard work.  They blew my mind with their ideas and hard work, and I wanted to go shopping in their closets.
Also, Thank you to my in-laws Michael and Jackie Coleman for generously offering their house for the event.  I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into.

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