Oh Darling!

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The best thing about attending the Darling Magazine retreat with Alaska Airlines in Maui wasn’t the incredible weather or gorgeous scenery. Those things were definitely worthwhile, too, but it was actually the amazing sense of community I experienced while I was there that took my breath away. All the women were focused on being present and mindful in the moment, which made teaching a little workshop even more special. As always, watching people get creative and crafty while in paradise. I love seeing what people do with different products and how they choose to express themselves creatively. We used a mix of my Shine On Collection and Sunshine & Good Times. We also used the Instax Share Printer so everyone had images to include in their traveler’s notebooks. All the attendees were given a copy of Craft a Life You Love in their gift bags.

One of the most memorable moments happened after the workshop was winding down. As I was cleaning up, a gentleman came to me and thanked me for asking everyone to close their eyes and go through the mindfulness meditation. He works at the Four Seasons and thought it was wonderful to watch and witness, since he so often sees people rushing around or on their phones constantly and being distracted instead of enjoying the world around them. 

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You're Invited to a Fun-filled Fundraiser

Fun-Filled Fundraiser

Many of you comment on all the amazing events I am so blessed to be able to attend. That’s why I am so excited to show you the little invitation I made for City Year Los Angeles and to let you know that yes, YOU are invited. It’s not just good food, drinks, and awesome people. It’s also the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other people. The event takes place October 18, 2018 and if you’re in Los Angeles during that time, we hope to see you there. It’s a fun-filled fundraiser for City Year– a non-profit that sends hundreds of young people into at-risk public schools across the country. These individuals spend a year tutoring students (1-9th Grade) in English and Math, providing support as tutors, mentors, and role models.

Fun-Filled Fundraiser

City Year means a lot to me personally because I believe in the mission— to provide every child in America with a quality education and because JC actually served in the inaugural corps in New York City right out of college. More recently, my new assistant finished a term working with City Year in Los Angeles before joining me in the studio. The organization is all about positivity, making a difference, and bringing just a little more joy into the lives of others. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity when City Year approached me about designing the invitation for this incredible fundraiser. After all, how often do you get to create beautiful art for a company you believe in?!? So, what do you think of the invite? Will you be joining me in October? Let me know in the comments!

Queen Bee Craft Night San Diego!

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If you've never been to a Queen Bee Market Craft Night (or any of their events, really), you might be missing out. It's a gathering of fun with creative ladies from all over coming together to spend time with one another and of course get their craft on. After teaching at my first Queen Bee Craft Night in Vegas, I was delighted when they asked me to lead the workshops in San Diego. It was such a gorgeous setting, produced by Mint Studio and a whole team of amazing people.

I had never been to the incredible Flower Hill shopping center and was blown away by all the cute shops, restaurants, and how kid friendly it was. Next time, we are definitely bringing Jack down.

Of course, one of the best things about my job is seeing what people do when they are creatively inspired. I saw so many women express themselves in beautiful, new, unique ways. Everyone’s work was so different and personal and meaningful to them. I shared my story with them in the beginning and then we worked on a variety of paper projects. 

Another thing that made the event so uplifting  was the village of incredible artists who came together to create the look and feel of it. The positivity and energy was so good, especially when we all came together for a beautiful group picture toward the end of the event! Everything from the cookies to the decorations to the goody bags was created by people with great instinct for art, color, and positive vibes. That definitely contributed to the event feeling special and amazing. You can also check out my vlog about the event on YouTube! So, what do you think was the coolest thing about this event? Do you feel inspired to attend a Queen Bee Market Craft Night? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Megan Ann Photography

My Pinterest Book Release Event!

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My book, Craft A Life You Love, is out now and I got to have my book release party at Pinterest Headquarters in San Francisco! (I got so many compliments on the dress - it's from Rent the Runway, I have been using the monthly Unlimited plan since my wedding!)

Amy Tangerine book launch

In a moment of pure serendipity, I ran into Tiffany from Pinterest at Alt Summit and mentioned to her that I would be in San Francisco for the day my book was set to be released. One thing led to another, and I ended up hosting my book release party in their Workshop collaborative space!

Pinterest opened the Workshop to bring a virtually-connected world into a physical space where they host events and classes with a creative theme in mind. I'm so glad that the stars aligned in the way that they did, because this ended up being the perfect place to host my event. They even featured me in their blog!

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It was so fun to meet a bunch of you and play with watercolors together!  I love that the people who support me are so creative and talented in such a wide variety of ways. Between the people, energy of the space, and the backdrop of colorful balloons made by the fantastic Zim Balloons, this was just the best book release party I could’ve asked for.

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Here's my video from the trip, to give you a sense of what it was like!

You can now buy the colorful and updated edition of Craft A Life You Love on Amazon and elsewhere. I hope that it inspires you to create and make time for the things you love, no matter how busy you are!

All photos by LISH Creative

Fun with Ferdinand!

Most friends I've asked can remember the first movie they saw in the theatre. My mom took me when I was four and it was probably one of my first memories. Thanks to Nickelodeon, we had the fun opportunity to attend a screening of the film, Ferdinand. We invited my friend from college, Dana, and her daughter Star to come along for Jack's
first movie in the theatre!

Ferdinand!

Star let Jack choose where we would sit and we got settled with our popcorn. Jack literally sat at the edge of his seat the entire time and laughed out loud a lot. Seeing his face light up and turn towards me at various points in the movie made me so happy to have Ferdinand be the first film for him in the theatre. It was an inspiring tale about
choosing love, doing the right thing, and not being afraid to be yourself. When we were walking out, Jack said, "I want to see it again!" Star said she loved the whole movie, especially the end, and I agree with both of them. I don't think this is a spoiler alert, but you will want to stay through the credits!

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Then we went to a studio where Nickelodeon recreated a set that was an obstacle course inspired by the "bull in a china shop" scene from Ferdinand.

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I put on the bull sumo suit with the assistance of two others and waddled my way onto the set. It was such a fun experience overall and Jack and Star got to take some stuffies as well as the book!

Jack even took his first nap in weeks on our way home and we had the most magical sunset.

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Relive the fun with us in this video:

Let me know if you check out Ferdinand in theatres December 15!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon in partnership with Fox. The opinions and text are all mine.

As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.