A lovely week, indeed.

A lovely week, indeed.

 

It was a productive, crazy and yet still lovely week at The Inspired Room headquarters aka my life. I’ve been slowly but surely making my way towards the finish line on my office makeover. Just a few little pieces left and I’m going to call it done! It is very personal, lively and makes me almost giddy! I love it. I cannot wait to invite ya’all in to take a look soon! You can see a couple more peeks in my collage at some of the new things I’ve brought into the room.

In other news, I got locked out of the house one entire afternoon this week. That was fun {not}! I didn’t have any money or my phone (it was IN my office! Gah!). I took a walk, pulled weeds and then was bored out of my mind. Finally I decided to play in my tiny fairy garden! HA! I have been wanting to replant it this spring, but being locked out and all, I didn’t have much to work with. All I could find in my yard were a few stray succulents. But, I had fun tweaking it anyway! It is a start!

Every weekend now we open up our church building to what has turned into an under age concert house for local bands. It is pretty cool to be able to invite the community in to enjoy the space. You can see the picture of some guys playing ping pong in our lower level! We are still having a blast decorating and fixing up the building, completely on a budget of course! I’ll have more pics sometime soon.

And last but not least this week, dear sweet Jack filled our days with fun and laughs. He got into a bunch of mischief as always. He ate my debit card, for one thing. That was awesome. No more shopping for me. To help him expend more energy this summer, we took the plunge and had our backyard completely fenced in and it is almost done! SO EXCITED!! We cannot wait for him to try it out! You can see in the collage that we also need a lot of landscaping (new house woes), but for now, at least Jack can run free as a bird and enjoy the sun this summer! Oh, and he also got his teeth brushed and took many a nap on his favorite ottoman. It is a dog’s life!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

An (in)RL Craft & Chocolate Party!

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was jam packed and I’m all worn out from hosting several events this weekend, but I had a lot of fun! If you have to be worn out, it might as well be for something fun — and especially when it is something worthwhile, right? That is what I always say. My life is always hard work, but I love most of what I get to do so it rarely feels like work!

So what was I up to (among other events) this weekend? I’m glad you asked.

Some awesome friends and I from church put together a Craft and Chocolate Party for ladies in our community! Can you say CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN? Oh yes. It was that kind of party.

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

Our event was a part of the (in)RL conference for (in)courage. We hosted a local meet up at our church, Voyage. It was our first real community event as a women’s group, and we think it turned out really great if we do say so ourselves! We had a great time planning it and even more fun at the event!

So what did our meet up look like? Disclaimer: I’m a home decor blogger so of course, I’m guilty of taking pictures of everything but people. That is what I do. Forgive me. There were people there, I promise, and they were lovely. I’ll talk about them too because people was what this event was all about. But first, the details of how the party came together. I do like to set the stage for people to relax and have fun together!

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

I love putting together party details, but I definitely have to keep things simple.

If I get too bogged down in preparing for an event, I don’t enjoy the process or the party. I have a great group of ladies (who I adore more every day) who brainstormed with me and helped out tremendously, which made the event so much better and a whole lot of fun for everyone! That is what community is all about, working together side by side for the good of the team! Love that. Thanks ladies.

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

Because I don’t like to get too overwhelmed in preparing for an event, I just go with the flow on a few fun themes and see how they come together. My goal is to make a party fun and memorable by creating a feast for the senses and plenty to do to keep us active and talking to each other.

In shopping for the party, I focused on having a fun spring color scheme to tie it all together.

The colors were woven through everything from our cute little polka dot paper plates I found at Target, to our delicious packets of Tazo tea and fun fruity cold drinks to our springy TJ Maxx tablecloths, loads of fabric scraps for our craft making spring flower pins, and the absolutely gorgeous tulips and flowers we had in mason jars throughout the room.

To enhance the ambience, I bought two fruity smelling candles and had them lit throughout the event. And then of course, with the chocolate fountain bubbling all afternoon, the room smelled pretty much what I imagine heaven will be like. Our food table was filled with all sorts of delectably tasty morsels!

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

We set up several stations throughout the room with beverages (I used metal buckets with ice for the cold drinks), a food table in the middle with our chocolate fountain, and a crafting area with several tables filled with scissors in mason jars, glue guns, needles, thread, buttons and a fun selection of fabrics with samples and instructions on how to make flower pins. People could use patterns and instructions or simply wing it like I did.

Either way, all the flower pins turned out really cute. I wish I had taken pictures of everyone with their flowers! but once the party started we were focused on getting to know each other and crafting. Wish I would have stopped everyone for a photo, though. Next time I will! Or I’ll make someone else be in charge of the people photos.

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

This is the flower pin I made all by myself, my FIRST one EVER! Yes, I’m pretty proud. I made it in about four minutes, it was so easy! It is VERY imperfect, but maybe that gives it a little charm (right?), so I was pretty tickled with it. I’m not crafty, as you know, so making something like this was a rare accomplishment for me.

Everyone had fun making their pins and they were really adorable! I think it was the perfect craft for a party like this because you can’t really go wrong even your first time making one. It was fun picking out fabrics and working on the pins together. We were able to chat as we worked around project tables and ooo and ahh over everyone’s pins!  It was a big hit!

I made several new friends I really hope I’ll be able to connect with again (about 50% of the people there were friends of friends!) and all in all, it was one of my most fun parties ever!

A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

And that was the whole point of (in)RL. To make new friends and connections in our own local community!

We have a small new church, so this event not only helped us to reach out to other women, but it was fun working together with our women’s group to host our first real community event. We really do have a great group of ladies who are all the hostesses with the mostess and I’m excited to see what we can do together as a community in the coming months! We’ve got lots of plans to keep our community growing and thriving.

Wish YOU could have been there to craft and eat chocolate with us, that would have made the day even more PERFECT! Maybe next time?

Coming up this week! Lots of fun stuff.

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