Joanna Waterfall has created The Yellow Conference as a space for creative women to connect and make a difference. I had the honor to design and attend the 3 day conference, and I was really blown away with the execution from their team and panel of speakers. If you haven’t been, I would really suggest looking into it for this year. I’ll be designing some fun things for this one as well, so come say hi! The design process took several months of hard work, and preparation so take a look at some of my work highlights below!
Okay, let’s get real- starting a business can get overwhelming! Our custom art installations captured the journey of emotions that goes on during business start-up and through the creative process in general.
Each attendee received a guide that described each art piece as they followed decals on the floor.
Meet Grit. The first installation of the 3 part series was created to connect the observer on an emotional level through their own storms in life.
“There is a storm coming. I can feel it. I’m caught up in the throws of chaos and disappointment. I hear the chatter of others- “Is there even money in what you do?”…“It doesn’t seem practical this creative hobby you do”…Their words seem all too familiar as I battle with similar fears- “I am not good enough, talented enough, creative enough, pretty enough. I am not enough.” I feel overwhelmed. Can’t breathe. Crippled by fear. No. No, I won’t let this storm overcome me. I will preserve. I can see the light. I can feel its warmth. The yellow rays are bursting forth. I close my eyes, I can see the Sun.”
Meet Valor. The second installation prompting courage and steadfastness. “I have to fight. Say no the darkness and yes to the light. Put up my shield. Hold it tight. Sweaty hands. Fight the good fight. Fear has no hold. Navigate this storm with valor and might. It will be hard, as most things are. Those doubting thoughts keep creeping in. Hold them captive. Get past myself.”
Meet Heart. The third and final installation describing moments of success and contentment. “Magical moments of joy and laughter. Connecting with others. Growth. Wisdom. Love. Vision and Creativity. Ideas to Execution. Grit & Valor, yes these are apart of Heart too. I wouldn’t know what joy is if I didn’t have to go through these two. No, you have not made it- you never truly will, but these moments of awe make it worth it all.”
After the 3rd installation all guests walked through the doors to the main conference area and were encouraged to mingle and find a seat.
Our yarn chandeliers were the talk of the town! These fun pieces were definitely the perfect addition to the event!
Yarn! Yarn! And more yarn! I’m not exactly sure how much yarn we used for this piece, but it turned out to be such a dream!
I want to just point out this next level photo-booth by The Dainty Lion! I was swooning over her floral work throughout the conference!
Hope some of this resonated with you and that you feel encouraged and inspired! I so hope to see you this year!
Host + Planning The Yellow Conference | Event Design + Installations: The Shift Creative | Photography: Kayla Plouffe + Cacá Santoro | Flowers: The Dainty Lion … Read More
My work tends to get messy. From creating installations to styling parties, my studio and my hands are typically not so neat. method partnered with me to #fearnomess, when well- life gets messy. This DIY dyed backdrop was one of those times where my hands were wrecked from hand cutting, and dying numerous fabric strips and then macraming them together for a finished look! method reminds me to go all in- to create for the sake of creating, to create for myself, and to create to inspire others.
This backdrop was so fun and easy to make!
Plus, all the ingredients method uses are eco-friendly using non-toxic ingredients! Win-win!
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Okay, we couldn’t help ourselves! If you follow us, or know me personally you know I have a love of all things boho, but especially mud cloth. So, we made up these boho inspired Easter eggs for a different take on egg decorating!
There really isn’t a huge DIY for this post other than:
- Boil your egg.
- Take a Sharpie, and create a boho inspired pattern. We used some of my pillows as inspiration!
These are super easy, fun, and an alternative to dying! Tag me @theshiftcreative, so I can see how yours turn out!
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I know it’s cutting it close, but these cactus Easter eggs were too cute not to share! I have seen some forms of these floating the web, but we added our own twist to them and really love the outcome! Safe to say these might be our new Easter egg tradition. They are really easy, and perfect for a little Easter gift, or Easter basket addition! Keep reading for instructions….
Small terracotta pots
Extra fine Sharpie
Cardstock (I used white and copper)
(All products available at Michaels)
- Begin by boiling your eggs as per usual.
- While eggs are boiling, paint your pot white (you can do any color but I wanted mine more modern)
- After your eggs are done, simply take your Sharpie and draw lines, x’s, dots, and dashes are various eggs to create a cactus vibe.
- To make the flower, take a small portion of your tissue paper, fold in half, and cut strips as in making fringe. Then fold the base as to create a lip and hot glue it to your egg.
- To make the arms, we cut various shapes of out card stock that resembled a cactus, folded a pieces at the bottom to create a lip so it would be easy to hot glue the arm to the egg.
- Fill your pot with decorative sand.
- Place egg on top of sand, and you have the cutest cactus egg garden ever!
I seriously cannot wait to give these DIY Cactus Easter Eggs to some of my daughters friends for Easter, and put one in her little basket for Sunday! I hope you all have a happy Easter, and can truly celebrate Jesus! He has risen, and thats way more special than these cactus eggs. 😉
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I am FINALLY bloggin’ my little babes double birthday party with her best! As seen on Inspired By This, the dessert table has been the most pinned, reposted, and liked photo of any of my dessert tables, and I can see why! Sweet and Saucy nailed it when it came to bringing some of my ideas to life ( Cactus cake, cactus donuts, taco cupcakes and more!) From the chips and quac bar to the on site taco man, this party was the perfect fiesta! Keep reading to see more photos from Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative.
Was I right about these desserts or was I right?
Guac’s on us! Adorable signage from Poppy Jack Shop!
We handmade ALL of these paper cacti, and I have to say I still haven’t parted with them! They were perfect for a backdrop vignette!
Love this family!
And love their friendship!
That cake tho.
Kayla Adams is always on her A game, and it was of no exception with their invites!
Photography: Amber Thrane | Design: The Shift Creative | Signage: Poppy Jack Shop | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Invites: Kayla Adams | Blankets: Gunn & Swain | Dresses: Hatched Baby … Read More
As you may have heard, The Shift Creative has launched an online shop full of home decor goodies like custom tapestry banners, rope hangings, pom pom plant hangers, and more! This was plenty reason to party, so party we did! I hosted the party at 31 Bits in Costa Mesa, and it was the perfect spot! I wanted to create an art gallery vibe so we created 3 very different art installations for a wow factor, and I can’t get enough of them! Many hands helped make this event so awesome, so keep scrollin’ for all the deets and vendors!
Heart eyes for that green foliage wall! Pick Tulip nailed it in the floral department!
I am huge on styling, especially when it comes to the tabletop so lets just say Farra of Hostess Haven is my spirit animal (I’ve never said that before, but it felt right haha!). She has the best selection of flatware, linens, all things copper, and much more! And lets not forget that food spread!!! Amiho Experience blew it out of the water with all this grub, and my guests couldn’t stop raving!
15 feet long weaving? Yes, please! (psstt.. also available to buy!)
These desserts are EVERYTHING! Jeanine @cakesandcuties is a genius when it comes to executing a vision in the kitchen, and this time was no different.
Lift Coffee Roasters crafted drinks & Poppy Jack Shop calligraphy-match made in heaven.
Bounty was constructed by assembling A LOT of hand made shapes, and quickly became a lot of peoples favorite!
Babel was a beast to make, and is one of my personal favorites! Its depth and texture has my heart, and I love how I designed it so that it is a sculpture you can view from many angles!
Mobile Photo Booth is by far the BEST quality booth I have ever been in. The quality of the photos was outstanding!
Watch this video to see how awkward I sound. k bye.
Hope you are inspired! Now go shop the new shop! xo
Photography: Caroline Sleeper | Design: The Shift Creative| Venue: 31 Bits | Florals: Pick Tulip | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven | Catering: Amiho Experience | Signage: Poppy Jack Shop | Frozen Bananas: Bananas by Hannah | Desserts: Cakes and Cuties | Drinks: Lift Coffee Roasters | Lounge Rentals: Witty Rentals | Custom party picks: Nic Roc Designs | HMU: 1011 Makeup | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Video: Juice Box Media … Read More
I am planning my daughters 2nd birthday party, and its all desert themed, which naturally means making a piñata-esk salsa bowl- DUH! Read more on how to make them!
1. Layer your color palette on top of one another. I chose four sheets, but if you want it to be thicker add more.
2. Cut your tissue paper to fit to your bowl.
3. Make fringe on either side of the paper being sure not to cut to the middle.
4. Staple the tissue paper together down the middle
5. Ruffle the tissue paper with your fingers so you can no longer see the staples.
6. Tape the garland alongside your bowl.
7. Fill with chips, dips, limes, and more!
Use your own color palette for your upcoming party and be sure to tag me @theshiftcreative in all your fun creations!
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Easter is right around the corner, and I have some pretty adorable basket ideas that appeal to the modern family. Plus, there is a basket for adults too! Because let’s be real, we all wish it was socially acceptable to still get in on the Easter basket action, and now we have an excuse! You. Are. Welcome. xox
The first basket is an art basket for the innovative, imaginative, and young artist of the family! Purchase a canvas, watercolors, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, and more to make this basket one that will never vanish like chocolate eggs do (although we still love us some filled cadbury eggs), but rather be a catalyst for creativity!
The second basket is one for friends and families to enjoy! It’s filled with yummy things to create your own cheese and fruit board! To make it more age appropriate I used a metal bin from World Market, and filled it with a french baguette, fig jam, olive oil with sun dried tomatoes and garlic, Mast Brothers chocolate, ginger beer, Brie cheese, and a Lift Coffee Roasters cold brew coffee. Seriously, just thinking about all this goodness makes me want to be outside on a warm summer evening pretending I am in Paris (I am going in May eeeeekk!!) while enjoying my cold brew, and enjoying the richness of the Brie cheese. This is a basket that is not just limited for Easter, but would make a great gift all year long!
If you’re not hungry now- I don’t know what will do it!
Hope you all have a happy Easter & can reflect on the meaning on the day! HE IS RISEN! What a glorious day!
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We love these DIY hanging woven planters merely because we love any excuse to add greenery to our space! In neutral hues with pops of metallic gold, these baskets give a woven look without having to spending hours actually weaving them!
Rope (cotton rope)
1. After measuring out the amount of rope needed to cover your pot, begin wrapping your rope with raffia; adhering with hot glue under you’ve reached the end (the same method goes for wrapping the gold ribbon).
2. To add fringe to portions of your hanging: 1. cut desired length of yarn, 2. fold in half, 3. place the loop on top of the rope, 3. pull the legs of the yarn under the rope and through the loop at the top. 4. repeat as many times as needed for desired amounts of fringe.
3. Once you have completed the necessary wrapping and added desired fringe, begin wrapping the rope around the base of the pot in a secure fashion and adhering with glue as you go.
4. After you have finished wrapping, take your yarn needle and desired length of yarn for hanging and go under the top piece of rope. Repeat at the other side. Join the loose ends at the top and make a knot.
5. Add plant & hang with hook!
Aren’t these SO fun! We made them for a special baby shower and they looked so rad filled with lush greenery. You could wrap the rope with colored yarn or ribbon to add some color, or use wildflowers for a different look! Be sure to tag me @theshiftcreative so I can see your creations!
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