Grace E. Hester, just-turned-30, corporate-working mom of 2 young daughters who sold out her creative soul when she moved from Singapore to Cleveland, Ohio when she finally found a man who was worthy. Join her on her journey from concrete jungle to mid-west surburbia of Westerville, Ohio, from college grad to mother of two, from mtv to numbers-crunching . . . all while trying to balance the pretty with practical in her life.
I am so excited to share that I will be one of the local designers participating in the West Elm and Etsy We Heart Handmade Art event in Columbus Ohio. When I saw the invitation, I was floored because West Elm is one of Noah and my favourite home décor inspiration source. I just hope we don’t walk away from the event with more purchases than sales. *wink wink*
Event Details (so far): WE Heart Handmade Art Columbus will be held December 1 2011 at West Elm Easton store from 6pm to 9pm. Judging from other events, the event is free but reservations are required. Once I have more RSVP deets, I will share!
Igloo Letterpress is one of those local gems that oozes with the spirit of handmade goodness. In addition to being a great source for unique handcrafted work, Igloo is also an active art studio where customers can tap into their creative ideas. Project-based classes, interactive tours and open studio time give visitors a chance to try their hand at making everything from pop-up books to wedding invitations. The studio also col...laborates with local artists to combine letterpress know-how and local design to create pretty groovy paper goods. See them for yourself here at their Etsy store,
To kick off our absolutely informal group Owl & Elephant, the good people at Etsy has approved us for a small grant to host a team meeting/craft night at Igloo Letterpress on September 20th starting at 6 PM. We will share knowledge and mingle over a hands on letterpress project - either a set of thank you cards or personalized tags for your products. Wine and finger snacks will be provided. Dress ready to get ink on you!
Due to limited spaces, we only have spots for 10 participants and there is a small $5 fee for every non-Owl & Elephant member to attend this event. This will be billed via PayPal. Sign up here at the Facebook event page, or send me an email at grace[at!]gracehesterdesigns[dot!]com.
(Note: Naia's front tooth fell out today. See that big tooth in the photo? Yes THAT one fell out. It had been loose for 2 days now and it took her all restrain not to yank it out. (She was told the Tooth Fairy Rules of Engagement - if you yank it out, she or maybe he? does not visit.) So when it finally fell out, she gave the biggest "Whoopie!" I have ever heard come out of her and she ran around the entire house showing everyone her tooth. (Now when she grins in mischief, it adds to the heart-meltability-factor and it is so hard to stay mad at that face.)
The tooth fairy came and she received four quarters.
Had breakfast with the family at Le Chatelaine on Saturday morning. I had their brie, pear, and carmelized onions omelette, a palmier, and a great cup of tea. Noah had their Parisienne omelette (Ham, Mushrooms and Cheese Provençal: Tomatoes, Pepper, Onion and Cheese Fine Herbs: Chives, Parsley, Tarragon,Chervil and Cheese - Yum!) and toast. My mother-in-law had blueberry french toast and Gianna kept sticking her finger into Grandma's whipped cream. (Grandma was not exactly discouraging her either - sweet Grandma.) The girls had scrambled eggs, TWO beignets each, and 2-4 bacon strips each. We were all happy campers.
We think both girls are too sensitive to noise to really enjoy watching fireworks right where the city would launch them but as an added bonus of where we live, we can see the fireworks from our upper floor rooms! A large tree was blocking our view this year so I woke Naia up (Gianna had a long day so I let her sleep) and we walked out to the front of the house to view the fireworks.
Twice this weekend, the girls had fun with stickers, felt and foam cutouts. Best $3 spent for craft supplies (I keep an eye out for them at the Target $1 bins and especially when they go on 70% off). The masterpiece above was made by Gianna who titled it "Africa". And the one below was created by Naia titled, "The Parade". They promptly put it up on the wall with washi tape. (I love seeing their artwork all over the walls of our house so thank you washi tape - the tape that does not damage the paint on our walls.)
We ended our Fourth of July weekend with a small BBQ. We had a smorgasboard of food - homemade coleslaw, steak, tilapia, buttered french bagette, even tried grilling a lobster tail (Noah's idea and we would TOTALLY do it again - it was SOOOOOO good.) and shown here, ham and pineapples, mushrooms, honey chicken. We have extras left for the week so one or two less meals to make for the week - SCORE!
All in all, a relaxing, family-centered weekend. More often than not, we usually host something on the Fourth of July but I am glad we just chillaxed and took it easy.
Stopped by The Swanky Abode a few weeks ago during a drive-by shopping trip at Anthropologie (which is across the street from The Swanky Abode). I am SO IN LOVE with this store! It has such a great blend of style and function and is as close to mecca as it gets for an affor-design-phile. I managed to take some photos but promised to be back to really browse the offerings.
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