Well, BlogHer has officially come and gone. To be honest, it was nothing I thought it would be and everything I never expected (how’s that for confusing?) What I mean by that is: I thought I’d spend all day in sessions, and just talk to people at mealtimes and at parties. With the discovery that the sessions were being liveblogged and podcast, though, I gave myself the license to actually go out and meet everyone I’d been talking to (ok, stalking) on Twitter/the blogosphere for weeks, months, and in some cases, years. This post is dedicated to the amazing ladies that I came to know and love in two short days!
First, I want to say that meeting miss Morgan of The818 was by far the best part of my trip. Serendipitously, we discovered that we’d not only grown up in the same area (about 20 minutes away from each other), but that we went to the exact same temple. In a conference of 2500 women, across the country from our home state… so crazy. Here’s the culmination of our brand new lady love on Saturday night-
Today has been quite the bizarre day. First, I missed the bus (again) and had to take a taxi to work (again).
Part of the reason my blog has been relatively sparsely populated is that I’m attempting to design my own website (omgwtfbbq!) It’s almost as cool as when Mommy Wants Vodka pulled a John C. Mayer… only more on par with my pulling a Glee, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, sad.
In the–lengthy and somewhat painful–process of designing, I’ve put together some gorgeous inspiration photos. If you know whose these are (or they’re yours), please do speak up… can’t take credit for any of these, damnit! In the meantime, here’s part one of my inspiration file…
Even though we’ve had a bit of an Indian summer the last few days here in Boston, I can’t help thinking ahead to my first post-college Halloween. I’m eagerly looking forward to crunchy leaves, more pumpkin lattes, searching for a fun costume, and hopefully a trip or two to Salem!
To get into the spirit of all things Halloween-y, here are some of my favorite DIY projects that I’ve come across lately. If you have a project to add, link up in the comments!
For spooky glassware, How About Orange has a great tutorial on using packing tape to make image transfers!
Keeping with the spooky theme, check out these Eat At Your Own Risk toppers via Etsy:
All Things Thrifty has a Woman’s Day Mag-inspired Candy Corn Wreath:
If the idea of gluing all those candy corns is too much for you (or for more wreathy inspiration), there’s a similar version on Etsy.
My Paper Crane has a tutorial and template for adorable felt ghost cozies, which you could also string up into a garland or hang from doorknobs too!
At The Crafty Cupboard, Melanie has an easy-to-follow tutorial for this wonderful & inexpensive spiderweb table runner:
Jonathan Adler is known for his amazing prints and his super-sexy white pottery. Unfortunately, he’s also known to be completely out of my budget. While browsing PlasticLand, though, I found some really great and almost identical alternatives at a fraction of the cost…love it!
Here are the originals from Jonathan Adler:
And here are the ones from PlasticLand:
So, I changed the color scheme to go along with my retro blog look (see bottom image in this post) and changed my header font to ChunkFive, at the suggestion of the lovely (and brilliant) Melissa.
It’s definitely fall here in Boston. Actually, it’s a California winter already (oh god, someone save me before January!). That said, crunchy leaves and brisk winds are a daily reminder that Halloween, and soon Thanksgiving, are right around the corner!
Grab a pumpkin spice latte…
…and some cider donuts, an amazing New England delicacy,
…and enjoy the scary, the sexy, and the spectacular of Halloween diy & decor!
First, check out this amazing party feature from Pizzazzerie (you MUST click the picture to see more images!!)
Then, there’s Kim of TheTomKatStudio, who always has the most gorgeous party styling and printables, with GLAM HALLOWEEN!
Another perennial party-planning favorite, Jenn from Hostess With the Mostess, spotted this great Etsy tablescape:
Twig and Thistle made this wreath for a Bh&G contest, but can’t you see it in yellow/white/orange like a candy corn, or in gold/black/orange? So cute!
For a creeptastic party favor, Forkable Blog has a recipe for Dexter-inspired “bloodstained slide candy”!
Domestifluff made a 13 days of Halloween countdown and has been posting instructions for each day’s project:
Last but not least, check out these adorable vintage-styled “Witches Brew” labels from CraftyPagan on Etsy…
Here’s how I spent my Saturday night (pre-pukey kitteh)- based on this tutorial.
NaBloPoMo= National Blog Post Month. Aka 30 days, writing one blog post every day.
I signed up for it tonight (yikes!) but I figured it was a less intimidating way to ease into the whole writing-every-day thing. Also, I thought it would be a great way to initiate my new and (getting) beautiful blog!
The NyQuill is starting to kick in for this sickie girl, so enjoy this fun and creative Halloween idea from Papernstitch Blog–