a Handmade Charlotte Crafting Party at Pottery Barn Kids

IMG_0062Hey friends! Hope everyone is having a great week and prepping for the fun winter weekend ahead.

As most of you know I LOVE a good craft project. Whether I am sewing or painting, making jewelry or designing little home-dec crafts, I always have a project that I am working on. I can’t wait until Baby Ninja is old enough to have “craft time with Mom.” I can just imagine all the cotton ball snowmen and hand-traced turkeys in my future.

While “Baby N” might not be a crafting kid YET…today I am so excited to share with you that I will be hosting an in-store FREE CRAFT EVENT and make-along at Pottery Barn Kids kicking off the new collection of Handmade Charlotte’s line of DIY kits available in every PBK store across the country and online!

The event will be held Saturday, March 7th at 11 & 11:30am at the Pottery Barn Kids at La Place Fashion Center, 2101 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Not only will we Clevelanders be crafting up a storm but these Handmade Charlotte crafting parties will be happening at Pottery Barn Kids stores across the country that very morning, a world wide crafting morning!

All the little CLE-crafting-kids are invited to make a free craft project, think super hero cuffs or an owl habitat (think spring!) – that compliment the new line of Handmade Charlotte DIY kits – available for purchase during the party. I especially love the little Lacing Girl Kit (a great road trip craft) and the Hero Mask Kit…for when Baby N get’s a bit older.

Note there are two crafting sessions, one from 11-11:30 and then 11:30-12:00. These parties are open to 11 spots for your crafting kids. Parents please call the store at 216.765.0246 to reserve your spots. I look forward to crafting with you all and getting to know a few fellow Cleveland crafters. Sign up today!

  What I bought…at the Thrift Store!

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So I know I didn’t really share my goals for 2015 this year. I had the usual suspects of eating healthy, getting more sleep and hitting the gym harder…but one of my goals for 2015 was to get out and thrift shop…or “treasure hunt” more.

bowl_5You see, I LOVE TO THIFT SHOP, but I have to admit often you don’t really NEED what you find (insert the conversation “need vs. want” here.) A few years ago when I moved into a smaller; more special home I had to purge many of my collections due to lack of space and merging households. Did I really need a dozen cocktail shakers? Well, maybe not.

Sweater_2Anyhow, while space is still an issue, what I have identified over the last few years is that I honestly miss the rush of a good find. I miss the unique home accessories that used to call my coffee table home. I missed the social act of going “thrifting” with other treasure hunters on a Saturday morning. I missed being creative by mixing thrift finds with my wardrobe for the perfect outfit. So while I may not be hitting up Unique Thrift or the Salvation Army every week, this year I am going to allow myself a quarterly thrift trip to keep up my skills up.

Bowl_1Last weekend I found a few great treasures and I could’t help but share. I mean come on…Toms wedge heels in my size never been worn, a vintage chevron cardigan and two handmade bowls perfect for holding plants. SCORE…I haven’t lost my touch!

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Oh and while I am super happy by these finds…I couldn’t also help but share the amazing act of happiness that this Clevelander has brought to the web. Seriously, you can’t not smile when you see the joy in which dancing brings to this guy. Thank you “Jaclyn…” for posting this video (shot from XYZ Tavern) it seriously makes me wanna dance! Cheers everybody.

  Winter weekend at home + happenings

Hey Cleveland. Everybody staying nice and warm? I mean..while I’m typically not one to complain about the weather…please Mother Nature, anything above 0 degrees would be welcome!

Over the weekend I had a visitor from the big apple and while we spent most of our time huddled up around the fireplace we did get out on the town a bit.

Kicking off the girls weekend, we hit up Jack Flaps for a totally indulgent brunch of Lemon Curd Pancakes and the PB& J French Toast. Then we did a bit of thrift shopping, grocery shopping (West Side Market & Park to Shop Asian Market) and with one glass of vino from Deagans headed home to settle in for the winter hibernation. But enough about my weekend…let’s talk about this upcoming week…

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It’s a big week here in the 216. Lots of fun, fundraisers and parties about town. Wednesday night kicks off the fun with the second annual Hunger Network of Clevelands “All about the Bag!” party. Congrats to Missy Krause, she won a pair of tickets to the evening soirée! Missy, email me for details. For those of you who still need tickets, visit their site NOW!

Then there is the annual Playhouse Square bash on Saturday evening…the 24th annual Jump Back Ball celebration. I’ve got my sparkly dress how about you guys? While tickets may be sold out I believe you can find a few for sale on Craigs List, check it out.

So while the weekend might have been full of lounging, lattes and a bit of baby play, this week is all about getting dressed up and celebrating some of our local non profits. Happy Monday you guys. Chat real soon.

  Weekend fun!

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So many incredibly fun things happening around town this weekend but don’t forget to bundle up and fight these insanely cold temps.

Brite Winter – An amazing winter music festival (if you make sure to wear layers upon layers) happening on and around West 25th/Market District. Music kicks off round 4pm and runs through the late night. Plan to get cozy with your fellow festival goers, the bars and restaurants are always packed during the winter celebration. Enjoy & remember to dress warm, it’s gonna be a cold one out there.

Then there is ICEFEST down at the North Coast Harbor – A celebration of the art of ice. With ice sculptures, carving contests and the not-to-be-missed fire and ice tower it’s gonna be an amazing show; something to be seen for sure.

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Whatever you decide to do this weekend, dress warm, wear layers and give your friends lots of hugs to stay warm. Happy winter Cleveland!

  Blue Rooster Bakehouse in Oberlin

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A few weeks ago I had an early morning meeting in downtown Oberlin and so I decided to check out the new Blue Rooster Bakehouse.

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The vintage-inspired cakes, cupcakes and breads all looked like something that might have been sitting on the counter of your favorite Grandma’s kitchen. I bought six various cupcakes to bring back to the studio, all of which were light and delicious….everyone was happy!

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The owner was super friendly, the space was casual and happy and overall it had a very college-town aura.  Next time you are in Oberlin, make time to spend in this little bakery. You will love it!

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