You guys. At this point in our relationship you must know I am thee worst “blogger”. It’s funny actually when people call me a blogger. I am not a blogger. A blogger posts a couple times a week, if not daily. I, however, like to wait years to post about an event I did. You know, to keep the suspense. Did it work? Anyways, I am not a blogger. I am a visual artist, and a product stylist who has a website that has a blog section that SOMETIMES I’ll update so you can see more of my work. So, here you have it- a fun installation and design for The Cream Event with some lovely company. Check it out if you want.
How pretty are these florals by Catalina Neal? The best at The Cream that year.
Hat’s off to Twinkle and Toast for this gorgeous sitting chart all on top pieces of fabric!
Art Installation & Styling: The Shift Creative
Floral Design: Catalina Neal
Calligraphy: Twinkle and Toast
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It is always such a pleasure to design for The Yellow Conference! This is my second year filling their space with thought out details and interactive installations, and I can’t say enough good things about the conference and the owner’s vision for it. Their goal is to create community- particularly among females- and to empower others through our work, hobbies, and life! Of course, there is much more to it than that and often times not as simple to do! The conference helps its attendees connect, relate, and learn how to navigate life in whatever season you may find yourself in. This year we focused on three words: Wander, Tension, and Resolve. These words represent where each of us have been in life, or may be currently. To bring these words to life, we created an interactive installation station where the attendees could take a journey through each season and connect with it not only visually, but through audio as well! Keep reading to hear more about those installations and see more of the overall design!
Chandeliers of all chandeliers? I think so! This pretty thing hung above all the attendees. Nestled inside are numerous wooden chandeliers! This was definitely a fan favorite and currently resides at the Hudson Loft in LA.
Modern stage design for the win! The owner, Joanna, wanted something that was “line inspired” that represented people and the different journeys they are on. Many times our paths cross, sometimes our paths are rough, and other times they have a particular direction and speed.
This is the beginning of the interactive installation. Each attendee was directed to put on earphones as they were guided through a “journey”. Let’s start.
Hey you. Prepare yourself for this journey. It is all to familiar. You’ve been here before. Clear your mind. Enjoy this time to reflect on where you are in your journey.
I..I.. can’t seem to find my place. I feel like I am standing still, yet I am all over the place. On the outside it seems like I am calm, upbeat, happy even. On the inside I feel suffocated by my desire to succeed, to be something, to be good at something, to be proud of something… something… I can’t keep up. I see these perfect little squares as I’m scrolling through my feed. They seem to have it all figured out. Then it hits me- they are just like me. Maybe they are a little further along. Maybe they know their purpose. Or maybe, maybe they feel lost. Just. Like. Me. We’ve all been here. Wandering. Figuring life out. But sometimes wandering is a beautiful thing. Free of commitments and restraints. Free to figure ourselves out. Hey, you. Yes, you. Wandering doesn’t mean you are failing- remember that.
Cheeseburger or Salad. Salad… No, Cheeseburger. Ugh. I can’t even make up my own mind when it comes to food. I feel heavy. Maybe the burger wasn’t such a good idea. No, I feel heaavvyyy, and torn, and confused. I feel the weight of my decisions and the potential consequences of them. Should I turn to the left or to the right? Should I take this job or that one? Should I date this person? Should I end this relationship? Should I take this business risk? Well, should I? What if everyone hates my ideas? What if the job doesn’t work out? What if I make a fool out of myself? What if he’s not interested? What if I went with that decision instead of this one? What if I had just kept quiet? What if I said what was on my mind? What if?
I have come to learn that “what if’s?” are a fool’s question. Yes, carefully consider your options, but when you decide don’t turn back to “what if’s?” They can hold you hostage.
I am here. Right now. I am determined to achieve my goals. To connect with others. To serve. To love. To be kind. To give. To have empathy. To relate. No, not to climb over others to get there. Not to gossip. No, not to succeed in terms of monetary gains, or plaques or articles with my name. But in growth and wisdom. In sincerity. In an approach that might look different to the world. The one that looks out for others.That boasts about others. That thinks about others. From right here, you can only go up.
Please take this time to reflect on where you are at. Sit by yourself. Meet a new friend. Pray. Be quiet. Whatever you do, be content at whichever stage you find yourself.
That was the full audio write up!
If you haven’t had a chance to go to the conference I would encourage you to go! It’s such a great time and you will leave with a new friend and a fresh perspective!
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I am so excited to announce that my husband and I not only are in the process of renovating our “new to us” home, but we thought it would be fun to include YOU in the process with a YouTube series! We start at the beginning when we first get our keys, to our vision, demo, frustrations, changed plans, and ultimately the final design! For those of you that follow me already on Instagram, you know we are busy people. We have a 4 year old Sophia, and a 4 month old Sullivan and life doesn’t stop just cause you are renovating! We include it all! So hey, if you think this is something you might like, gain inspiration from, or just point and laugh at what we have gotten ourselves into, then SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel “The Andra Dwelling” where we will be posting weekly episodes! Maybe it’ll have you saying “Fixer Upper who?”
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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
Are you a mom that needs to find an easy dinner fix, or a student that needs to eat on a dime? I’ve got the perfect savory and sweet dinner option for you, and it might come as a surprise! Cereal! We all know as kids we always wanted to eat cereal for dinner, but our parents might not have been as spontaneous! Well, I’ve teamed up with got milk? to bring you a meal that’s nutrient rich, unique in flavor, and is definitely a hit for both parents and kids! Read on to get the recipe for this night cereal!
The recipe is so easy you probably already have a lot of the ingredients!
1 cup milk
1 cup Chai concentrate
Special K Cereal
Berries + walnuts (to sprinkle as desired)
1. Mix equal parts of chai with milk
2. Pour over Special K
3. Garnish with walnuts and berries as desired!
My little loves stealing all the raspberries and loves the sweet n’ spicy flavor of the chai!
This post is sponsored by gotmilk?
All thoughts are my own.
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I had the pleasure of designing the Crate and Barrel + 100 Layer Cake private registry event. The goal of the event is for newly weds to get the opportunity to browse items for their registry, to connect with vendors to make their big day special, to register for items, and to get a chance to win big item giveaways like an all exclusive honeymoon package, and an event design and media package for the wedding day! (Trust me, I was wishing I wasn’t married yet so I could enter!) It was an epic day, with some amazing vendors! Keep on reading to see what was created!
Tabletop design and eucalyptus install done by me and my team greeted the guests as they entered the doors, and created for a fun window display even after the event.
How rad is that shield sign by Lovely Paper Things?! I secretly wanted to keep it if only the verbiage fit. (Also, she is seriously my hero for pulling off all the last minute signs, and paper additions for this event!)
Here’s a little peek at our photo backdrop that we hand marbled! Yes, by hand. No, the picture does not do it justice! How fun is that triangle by Relevant and Raw?
This copper and rope tent was probably my favorite thing I created for the event! It actually was a last minute idea to create a moscow mule station, but I figured I needed to make it as rad as possible and I freakin love it!
My girl Sweet and Saucy always brings it with the desserts.
Cutest sign. The answer is yes. I always want donuts.
Emblem Flowers brought her A-game with such pretty arrangements, and a floral crown station!
Host & Planning: 100 Layer Cake | Event Design + Installations: The Shift Creative Photography: Scott Clark Photo| Catering: 24 Carrots + Donut Snob + Sweet & Saucy Shop | Flowers: Emblem Flowers | Woodworking: Relevant + Raw | Wood signage: DeLovely Details | Calligraphy: Lovely Paper Things | Photo booth: Flickwell | Music: Elan Artist … Read More
We partnered with Convivial Production, a ceramic company specializing in handmade dinnerware and home decor accessories like plant holders and fruit bowls, to show off their brand as well as some of the new items featured in their Spring Collection. After looking through their catalog, I could not wait to receive my own order and show off their product. Not only are they unique in appearance, but the craftsmanship is top notch! Take a look, and you’ll fall in love like I did.
Pictured above is their cheese plate, but we used it to plate ice cream because why not?!
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a crazy plant lady. I actually find it hard to find a planter that I like! Either they aren’t the right color, or they aren’t the right style. These plant holders have a sophisticated and modern vibe I love and they definitely have found a good home!
Styling: The Shift Creative
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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
When Amy approached me to execute her vision for her very first makeup workshop I couldn’t be more excited! We previously had worked together, and bonded over our love of desserts and relationship to Jesus. Over the course of a couple months we planned the workshop to be more than an event, but rather an experience where the girls that attended would truly feel welcomed, as well as gaining valuable skills. Check out all the photos by Logan Cole, and more on all the vendors who really made this day WOW!
One aspect that we thought was important was to have a full dining experience, complete with mid century table top additions from Hostess Haven, and gorgeous blooms from Bloomwell! Those faux Sputnik chandeliers I created myself to complete the modern look, and I love the way they really enhanced the tablescape!
This house in Palm Springs was so fun and quirky, and filled with a lot of bright colors! All of the signage by Twinkle and Toast fit in perfectly!
Lounge envy all day thanks to Folklore Rentals!
Lift Coffee Roasters was there brewing speciality coffee and tea for the attendees! It was such a special touch!
Kayla Adams did all the custom design work from the canvas bags to the stationary! So good as always!
I loved being apart of this event! Amy knocked it out of the park, and I literally felt like I had the best team to work with that day!
Creative Direction/Makeup Artist: Amy Clarke | Production: John Clarke | Photography: Logan Cole | Event Design/Coordination: The Shift Creative | Florals: Bloomwell | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven | Lounge Rentals: Folklore Rentals | Signage: Twinkle and Toast | Graphic Design: Kayla Adams | Hair: Briana Cisneros| Model: Lauren Ryan | Dress: The Dress Theory | Jewelry: Lili Claspe | Coffee: Lift Coffee Roasters … Read More