Oh man, where do I start? The beginning? Ok, I’ll start there. A group of awesome ladies came to my house for the Always Crafty Workshop. Some I knew, some I met for the first time. All fantastic. Let me just say that I’ve got so much respect for you guys that come to these blog meet-ups, not knowing a soul. That takes some guts and I appreciate it a TON. I really do.

So anyway, this little crew gathered to get up close and personal with the hot glue guns. In my humble opinion, it turned out awesome. Everything from the decor to the set-up to the crafts to the lemonade bar to the trip to terrain at the end of it. All awesome.

L to R Adrienne (of Oreo Truffle fame), Michelle, Mary, Moi, Gabe, BethanyLaurenLizzie Beth, and Kate. Missing: Katie (sorry pup, we remembered to take this after you left!), Karen (who had to bail) and Nellie (who’s busy growing a babe. And living across the country).Ok, let’s get to the billion pictures. First up, the lemonade bar. It featured lemonade (duh) plus Iced Tea to make Arnold Palmers. And vodka to make Naughty Arnold Palmers. I threw in some mint to make it minty, some mason jars for glasses, a wonky handpainted burlap sign and of course, the adorable straws and drink stirrers from Miss Prissy Paige.

Each room of my main floor was set up with a different craft so things didn’t get too crowded. I made sure to set out examples and instructions for each craft. But I also walked around giving really helpful tips.



It’s kind of obvious that I was going with a yellow, gray and burlap theme so when lunch showed up in these adorable matching boxes, I was thaaaaa-rilled!

One of my favorite things to set up, with major help of Bethany of course, was the Welcome center! I had found this stainless steel monstrosity in my neighbor’s trash last year and in no time at all, had John hauling it home. The hanging baskets made it perfect to hold the swag bags and shopping bags to take all the goods home.

 

Styling by Bethany, Boots by Gabe and Flowers sent by Nellie for the occasion.


One of my favorite things about having Bethany around beforehand is that she is a crafty enabler. If I’m thinking something in my head but dismiss it for being “overboard” or “too much”, she’s there to push me over the awesome edge. For months, I had planned and planned for this day, making lists and drawing diagrams of how things were going to be set up. And I was good with those plans. Then Bethany showed up and those plans just got amped. Things like lemon chair swags happened. I think the word you’re looking for is…delightful.

Doily chandeliers also happen.

 

As do giant paper flowers made from Trader Joes bags. See, I knew not ever remembering my reusable bags would come in handy. Sue me, hippies.

Every room was filled with bright yellow forsythia, courtesy of my backyard.

Oh, and the best color coordinating Always Crafty accessory?

Miss Nora. Showing up looking like she knew our color scheme! So thank you, Nora, you really added that certain something we were lacking. And thank you, Bethany, for helping me make this thing look amazing.

So that’s it. What do you guys think? I can totally see another one of these things happening again in the fall. New season, new theme, new color scheme. You in?

Oh, and the winner of the terrain gift card pack has been announced here!