Friday, March 7, 2014

Meet Make Do Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the crafting retreat I attended last week in Palm Springs, Meet Make Do. Today I'm finishing up starting with a change of scenery. See this bright of colorful sunshine above? That there is the Saguaro Hotel. It comes into the story in just a bit. But in the mean time...

You might remember from yesterday that we were staying at a really awesome mid-century house, which was perfect for our needs. We all had our rooms and then a central gathering place to craft not to mention a pool and tons of beauty. Serene. Well, we returned home from dinner the second night and found that our place had been robbed. Eeeeeeek. For reals. The two little casitas in the back of the house had been ransacked. Laptop, money, wallets...gone. Two girls lost a lot of valuable stuff, not to mention a sense of safety and comfort in a new place with new people. Erin of House of Earnest was one of those and you have to read her account of it. I admire her for her amazing perspective while being in such a vulnerable position.

The police came and did their thing and because of a lack of feeling safe in our place, our hosts and our sponsor, Bing, decided that the best solution was to find a hotel to stay for the night. Through the horrible events of the night, the highlight of the situation was trying out something new. Enter Saguaro. I can't say I was super bummed about our new locale.

Erin mentioned something in her post that was spot on. We no longer had a place to craft and do our thing AND THEN, the elements decided to turn on us and rain the next day so our plans really went out the window. BUT, the change of plans brought us closer together. We ended up spending time together chatting and really getting to know each other. Some of my favorite moments were late night chats with my roommate, Melanie from You Are My Fave and our last night together as a group gathered in Erin's hotel room eating cheese and pretending as if we were circled at a campfire. I felt 16. I felt bonded. We talked about what it means to be generous and a good person. I can't imagine a better ending to what could have been a truly negative experience. Have you ever come out of an awful situation feeling reenergized? It's incredible how those things happen.
Above, the first night we ate delicious food at Workshop Restaurant. And see the name tags? All the cool writing was done by Striped Cat Studio. The next night the ladies had coordinated an amazing taco bar on top of the Ace Hotel
And we were presented with some lovely goodies like these prints from Minted.
I had really been hoping to get my hands into the amazing florals that the girls had brought the play with from Flower Muse, but sadly, because of the change of events we didn't get to do so. Sad face. How gorgeous are these David Austen roses???
 This is the view of the Saguaro from my room.
 And Kelly matched the walls.
Back in the day I interned for Jonathan Adler and I finally got to visit the hotel he designed, The Parker, which is impeccable. So so gorgeous. I forced Ashley to take a door shot.
Now, how embarrassing was this. I brought my skirt that I found at a vintage shop years ago. I perfectly matched the bedspreads in the hotel rooms. I compare it to the time I showed up to high school on the first day wearing the same thing as my teacher, DJ Tanner style. You know what I'm talking about. I got a lot of compliments from the housekeepers.
I had to get a shot with the B. And that uncomfortable face I'm pulling is a result of rain and wind in my face.
Well, that's it folks. A lot of really great times combined with some not so stellar moments. But I'd do it again in heartbeat.

Thank you to so many people for making it happen. Especially Chelsea from Lovely Indeed, Kelly from Studio DIY, Brittni from Paper & Stitch and BING who is the best. Also a big thank you to West Elm for providing a lot of the styling pieces we were going to use (doh!). Jordan Brantley for all the branding and all the others who I mentioned yesterday and above. Can we do round 2 please???

photography by Mary Costa Photography with some snapped from my iphone and one from @lovelyindeed

6 comments:

Kate said...

Hi Brittany! Lovely post :) Just wanted to drop in and say that I actually did the lettering on the place cards for the Workshop dinner. Not that I mind being mixed up with Jordan Brantely ;)

The House That Lars Built said...

agh! doh! thanks for clearing that up!

ali said...

It's like you were your own "this girl" segment. This girl wears striped skirt and sleeps on this bed with striped throw. Brilliant. Hey...I cc'd you on an email from a girl inquiring about your BIG wedding flower. Hoping your email address is still current. big hugs to you and your creative little self!

Kristin Fleming said...

It's a bummer that something bad happened while you where at your retreat. I am glad everyone is safe, but the hotel looks fantastic! I love how colorful it is, also it's funny your skirt matched the sheets.

Melissa / The Sweet Escape said...

What a great example of turning a bad situation into something good. Such an inspiring idea and group of gals!

You Are My Fave said...

I pretty much want to write a long, gushy comment to you but I'm bad at that sort of stuff. Instead, I just looked for a perfect Mighty Ducks quote to leave you but that was a bust as well. So, let it be known that you were the best roomie ever and we'll leave it at that.