The Final FlyDIY Giveaway

Yes folks, it's the final FlyDIY business card giveaway. We've got a little chevron, a little Aztec and a little abstract stripe action going on today, all in lovely bold Ink Effects colors.

We all know my love of chevron, and what I wasn't expecting was to love the Aztec pattern so very much. It turned out really beautifully and I certainly will be sad when it gets a new home with the winner of this giveaway!

 Isn't it pretty?!

 And both the chevron and stripes turned out really well too!

Now's your chance to be one of three winners!!

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FlyDIY Giveaway Number Three!

Today, I wanted to share with you my absolutely favourite Ink Effects business card design....the dandelion wish. I am absolutely thrilled with how this one turned out. It's stunning!

Isn't it dreamy? I love the whole trend of dandelion wishes right now, so seeing it come to life with the Ink Effects was pretty awesome.

I have two other Nature inspired holders that are in this giveaway too!

Love them? Win them right here!

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FlyDIY Giveaway #2!

Another friday, another FlyDIY Giveaway! We are getting nautical with these two business card holder designs, and there will be TWO winners this time!

I love all things nautical. There is something really charming about the anchor and the rope. They fit together so perfectly.

So, which waves fit you?

The card holders are great and are perfect for slipping in your purse. Pop in your credit or debit card, some cash and business cards and you're all set to go!

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FlyDIY Business Card Holder Giveaway

Happy friday, friends! Can you believe that it's been two weeks since we hosted FlyDIY? Neither can we!

Over the past week, I've been working with my collection of DecoArt Ink Effects to create some really awesome designs for the business card giveaway!

Here are the first three designs!

Beautiful, abstract brush strokes in blue, purple, yellow and green!

Now three of you can win one!

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FlyDIY, the inspired party with heart

Words cannot express how incredible the experience of planning a party with your bloggy-bff is, but I will certainly try.

On Thursday, Shannon and I headed over to the Sheraton to set up everything for FlyDIY. While she worked on making tulle poms and the gorgeous ceiling treatment, I was busily setting up DecoArt supplies for the Make and Take stations, as well as putting together the paper chains.

We were so fortunate to have the help of some pretty amazing volunteers. Steph, Erin, Heather, Erin and our official photographer Sarah, THANK YOU!

Here's a photo recap from the party, since these pictures tell a thousand more words than I could ever say.

Ceiling treatment by Shannon of BabyShmizz

Party hostesses with the mostest! Shannon and Shannon

art supplies provided by DecoArt

Official party sponsor Triscuit

line up at the DIY Martini bar

And we were able to donate a HUGE box of supplies to Child and Family Connections #11 at Rush University Hospital, who's told us that they are having their own FlyDIY with the kiddos in their program!

We cannot wait to see what you created! If you blogged or instragrammed your DIY projects, leave me a link!

Fly DIY Party at BlogHer13

Squee!!! The big day is here!! The day that Shannon and I have been planning for the past few months, many of which have been in secret!

It's FLY DIY Party Day at the Sheraton in Chicago!!

What can attendees expect? Well, aside from yummy food and delicious drinks, our party goers can expect a spacious suit with three different DIY stations where Bloggers can get hands on and take something home

First, there's a DIY wine glass station where you can decorate your own polycarbonate wine glass using glass markers, stencils and paints!

Second, there will be a business card holder DIY station with loads of DecoArt projects to test and try! These fabric business card holders have been handmade by Vanessa of Baily Belle exclusively for the #FlyDIY party!

Third, there's a collaborative mural station where bloggers can draw, paint, write notes of inspiration. This mural will be donated to a charity in Chicago as our way of saying thank you for hosting all of us for the weekend!

Come and join us after the Voices of the Year Reception from 9pm-12am and get crafty with your bad self!


Child and Family Connections in Chicago

When Baby Shmizz and I started planning the FlyDIY party, we knew that we wanted to do something to give back to the community of Chicago...a thank-you of sorts for hosting the BlogHer conference and a way for us to appreciate them for putting up with us 5000+ attendees.

We've teamed up with Champions for Kids, an organization that makes it simple to give kids in your community the resources they need to thrive. We started talking with Elizabeth, and were quickly linked up with the Child and Family Connections #11 Program, which has an incredible Early Intervention program. If you've read BabyShmizz and gotten to know Jack, you know why EI programs are close to our hearts.

Not only will the mural that we all collaborate to create be donated to the EI program at Child and Family Connection, but so will any of our left over supplies. Art supplies are so incredibly stimulating for children, so we couldn't think of a better place to put them to good use.

We will also have Champions donation bins at the door should you want to bring a pack of crayons, paint brushes, construction paper, Popsicle sticks, glue sticks, pipe can drop them in the bins and we will ensure that they are donated to the kiddos at Child and Family Connections.

For one day, we will all be Champions. How awesome is that!?


Multi Surface Satin by DecoArt

Have you seen this glorious new product from DecoArt, the Multi Surface Stain?

Well! You DIYers are in for a treat at Friday's FlyDIY Party {9pm at the Sheraton - be there or be square!) as you will get to create with the Multi Surface Satin at ALL THREE STATIONS!

That's right, multi surface really means multi surface! Use the paint on fabric, styrofoam, glass, wood, ceramic, plastic, metal. Indoor or out!

In stunning colors, the Multi Surface Satin is going to pack a punch on your fabric business holders, polycarbonate wine glasses and help to create the most gorgeous mural that will be donated to the Family Connections {#11 District} in Chicago!


Paint Markers by DecoArt

Overflowing with excitement for the DIY Wine Glass station at the Fly DIY Party in just a couple of days? Well lucky you will get to create some funky polycarbonate {aka, safe for travel!} wine galsses using some stellar DecoArt products, like the Glass Paint Markers.

Markers are great for creating precise designs and adding detail!

And we will have a variety of different colors, including metallics, on hand for you to play with! Great for outlining, adding personalization and more!

See you Friday!


Announcing TRISCUIT, the official #FlyDIY party sponsor!

You know you love them...the salty crunch of woven yummy when topped with a variety of cheese, proteins and other delicious goodies.

Well folks, Triscuit has come on board as the official sponsor of FlyDIY!!

What will you find at the party this Friday at the Sheraton Chicago? A lovely spread of Triscuit canapes including these delicious pepper jack corn salsa ones!

And these ones. But you best be staying away from them, because I.Want.Them.All!

Make sure you stop by the Triscuit station before getting crafty!


Ink Effects by DecoArt

Hey DIYers!

This week at the FlyDIY party {omg, friday!! FRIDAY!} we will have the opportunity to use some really awesome DecoArt products. Amongst them are Ink Effects; a super cool product that allows you to draw intricate designs on paper, then transfer onto fabric!

Just think of the possibilities for your business card holder, created by Baily Belle!

We will have all of the materials on hand for you to get crafty with your bad self, so start planning out your designs!


BlogHer13 Anticipation

To say that I am excited is a complete understatement.


All of the above! And what is even more amazing is to have been spending the last few months with Shannon planning our DIY Party for Friday night at the Sheraton.

Our DIY Suite is going to be overflowing with creativity, color, fun finger foods and we are truly hoping that attendees leave with a sense of inspiration.

One element that Shannon and I were really excited about is the mural station.

Stencils, paints, markers and canvas. Bloggers will be able to draw and write inspirational messages on one huge mural, which will then be donated to a local charity.

Last year, Shannon and I left NYC thinking we should have done more to say thank you then came up with the mural concept as a way for BlogHer attendees to say thank you to the host city. We can leave a positive imprint, we can inspire and we can create. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to come together as a community, so why not!?


10 Days until Fly DIY!

Ten days. TEN! To say that we are jumping out of our skin would be the understatement of the year.

Checking off our to-do list with such joy...

Decor and DIY projects
Food and drink selections
Organizing the make-and-take stations

It may only be three categories, but holy moly! Each has a drop down list of projects and details. We want to make this party as perfect as possible for you all!

Have you grabbed the button for your blog yet?

If you've grabbed the button and are super pumped like we are, let me know in the comments so we can be on the look out for ya!


Tips for BlogHer13 Attendees

There seem to be a tonne of posts going around about how to prepare for BlogHer13 in Chicago, including but not limited to...

What to pack
How to create your bio or media card
What companies to reach out to for sponsorship
How to conduct yourself
What parties are the best
How to get invited to private parties

And so on, and so forth. While I could certainly touch on each of those subjects and shed some light on them from someone who has found that attending BlogHer in NYC opened a tonne of doors for, I only have one tip for you.

Be you.

Sweet and simple. Be who you are. If you are a fashion and trend blogger, be that person. If you are a foodie, be that person.

Embody your blog.

For me, that means being on trend, having confidence and letting my funky, artsy attitude shine. It means custom clothes, it means heels, it means big curls...funky accessories...even a hand painted dress.

But, that's me. Certainly, the same wouldn't necessarily work for {just an example} a travel blogger who blogs specifically about the Mediterranean {unless that were their style, and then, all means!}

I guess what I mean to say is just be who you are, and know that people will love you. People will be intrigued by your authenticity and will genuinely want to get to know who you are. Sure, it's overwhelming and for a first-timer even a little scary, but I promise you that it will be a much more enjoyable experience when you let down your guard, let go of the fear, and are true to yourself and your blog.

See you in a few weeks!


What Am I Wearing to the Fly DIY Party?

I am absolutely thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the custom dress that I will be wearing to the Fl DIY party at BlogHer'13, created by Kristine Cook Designs.

When Kristine and I met back in September, I told her that I had a vision of wearing a dress that I had painted. Something white that I could just go to town on with So Soft by DecoArt and create a wearable masterpiece.

Isn't it amazing? I love the detail on the sleeve, which will feature some funky hardware details. I love the waistline.

Oh and it has pockets! POCKETS!

Now, what I am going to be doing is saturating the dress in water and then painting with these beautiful colours of So Soft fabric paint.

I am really excited about these colours. The bold, dark purple paired with the light and airy aqua and lilac. Add in a punch of turquoise and fuchsia...fantastic! I cannot wait to see how it all turns out. My vision is of a watercolour inspired, inky painting on the fabric, but who knows how it will turn out!

Drop by the Fly DIY Party at BlogHer in Chicago on July 26th, 9pm to see it!


Creating a Gorgeous Food Table for the Fly DIY Party at BlogHer'13

As you all know, Shizz and I go a little overboard when we are planning our parties {bridal showers and birthday parties}, so when it came down to selecting appetizers and signature drinks for the Fly DIY Party at BlogHer'13, we knew that it had to be outstanding.

Appetizers by the Sheraton Chicago will be fabulous. The selections on both their hot and cold menus are incredible, and we cannot wait to taste their creations! The food table will be adorned with custom made white painters pallettes, an amazing handmade backdrop, and food label cards on tiny little easels. Shizz has really taken this project and run with it, and we are thrilled with how everything is turning out with it!

The backdrop? Oh....I'm getting a little old school with my crafts

Picture a rainbow of paper chains! I'm really excited about this project and think that it is going to be one of the elements that pushes the party overboard.

We wanted the food table to be beautiful, but also to be something that our attendees will be able to recreate themselves. {ps: Scan the QR Codes at the party for tutorials on all of the projects!}.

Creating this party, for us, was about creating an inspiring atmosphere and representing the DIY community to the best of our ability. We will be keeping certain elements under wraps, but you can be rest assured that the space will be inviting, bright, cheery, and inspiring!


We've got Fly DIY, do you?

Shannon and I are busily prepping decor, finalizing budgets and selecting food for the Fly DIY Party at BlogHer13.

We've come up with two make-and-take stations and one collaborative project that we are both really excited about.

Last year, we went back to Boston and London and started talking about how as a blogging community, we swoop in on the host city, take in the experience, then go on our merry way. What do we leave behind? What is our mark?

When we first out our party plan together, we knew that we wanted to be able to do something to give back to the host city. What we came up with is a collaborative mural station where bloggers can write inspirational messages, draw pictures and leave their mark on a roll of canvas. The mural will be donated to local day care centre or Early Intervention program.

We really hope that you will join us in creating this mural. We will have supplies a plenty from fabric markers to acrylic paint writers, so make sure you come with your creativity on your sleeve and your imagination coming through your fingertips!


Pretty Fly for a DIY

So you may have read over on the BlogHer official Conference Page that there was a pretty awesome announcement yesterday.

Yep! You read that right. Ms. Shizz and I are hosting one of the official BlogHer parties this year, and we couldn't be more thrilled!

We have been incredibly busy over the past few months pulling decor, food, drink, and project ideas together to bring you a really interactive and fun environment. Over the net few weeks, we will reveal a little here and there, talking about the projects themselves and giving a few sneak peeks.

Stay tuned and start thinking about rainbows!