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Beatrix Console, Three Ways

I spotted the most amazing console table online last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I don’t have a spot for it, but that didn’t stop me from imagining a few different ways to put it to use! (These sketch/plans are so much fun to make, you guys.)

Beatrix Console, Three Ways
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Making Beaded Necklaces

I recently helped a couple dozen ladies turn waxed cording and beads into necklaces at my Anthropologie craft event. I made one at home beforehand so I could pass it around as an example.

DIY Handmade Beaded Necklace

I went to Bead in Hand for our supplies, and chose beads that would mix and match and work with a variety of styles. Some of the attendees would be experienced crafters (I spotted one with a thimble that she’d brought with her! Hardcore.), and some had never even strung beads before, so I was going for a project that could be adaptable for different tastes and skill levels.

Beads
Leading a Craft Workshop

I explained a few options (like knotting the cord to suspend beads higher up, and adding beads to the trailing ends in the back), and then we ate fruit and pink macarons, drank mimosas, and got to crafting.

Pink Macarons, Fruit, Watermelon-Infused Water, and Mimosas
Making Necklaces

We were all working with the same “ingredients,” but there was a huge range in designs.

DIY Handmade Beaded Necklaces
Craft Workshop at Anthropologie
A DIY Handmade Beaded Necklace
Craft Attendees

Thanks, Anthropologie, for hosting, and a big thank you to everyone that came out! It was a great time.

Design Mom’s Book and Book Tour (Hey, Chicago!)

Gabrielle Blair, of Design Mom, is coming to Chicago tomorrow, for the next stop on her book tour. I’ll be helping her host a DIY session at the Lincoln Park Pottery Barn, making the You Are Special Today plates from the book. You can sign up for one of the craft spots, or just come down to meet Gabrielle and pick up a copy of her book to be signed from 6-8 o’clock!

You Are Special Today Plate DIY

The book is amazing. Here’s a little peek inside at some of my favorite parts.

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

I’m so glad Gabrielle’s coming to town and I hope to see a bunch of you at the event tomorrow night. If you haven’t met her before, you’re in for a treat!

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