craft time at girls inc! notebooks, glitter glue, and beginning embroidery.

My friend Thom from the Kent Bellows Studio here in Omaha hooked me up with the opportunity to teach a class at Girls Inc. last week, which I was excited to do. I spoke to some of the young women from Girls Inc. last month when they were doing a tour in North Downtown of female business owners, and it was cool to see some of them participate in my class when I got on their turf.

Each girl made a personal journal with a felt book cover. I showed them how to make the cover and some simple embroidery–we backstitched the word “love” on a label for the front. Some girls decided to go that route, and some got more creative with the other craft supplies. I think all of them ended up with a project they were proud of, which was my goal.

Personally, I learned that it’s harder for me to relate to teenagers than I thought. I’m a lot closer to 30 than 16, even though I feel 18 in my mind. I’m like, “What, don’t you think I’m cool? Don’t I have swag?” No. Teaching doesn’t come easily for me.

Lessons for me:

  • Bring more materials than I think I need
  • Just help everyone have fun
  • Bring an iPhone dock and play some music.

Thanks again to Girls Inc. and the Kent Bellows Institute for the chance to work with some cool young ladies. I’m looking forward to seeing them again!

xx

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Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.

Hello Holiday is hiring an intern.

Hello Holiday is hiring a college marketing intern and we're doing interviews this week and next week.

Progress report: A muted jewel tone bouquet

I've got the thread pile and pincushions back out on my lap and I've got a bazillion movies queued up on Netflix, and that can only mean one thing--I'm back in the saddle doing some more bridal bouquets! Here are some flowers I finished tonight that shows the first phase finished. Next come the buttons, choosing the perfect color and shape for each flower to compliment the bride's vision for the color and tone of the bouquet. After that, each flower gets stemmed and arranged, and then I start working on filler flowers and leaves which are added last. The colors used in these flowers might seem kind of all-over-the-place, but once the buttons are added and they're arranged together, it will look very cohesive.

New for March: My favorites!

It's that time of year when we're starting to get a lot of new things into the shop, but this season is even more exciting to me because so many of our designers are brand new to us as well. I'm noticing a theme throughout my favorite picks--lots of words and messages. I generally think it's good to let your clothes speak for themselves, that they don't need to speak for you, but a playful message here and there (especially one of our enamel lapel pins on a conservative business suit?) can be memorable in a good way.

sent from the phone of megan hunt

1. A skull and crossbones drawn by Alice. "It means 'Pirate.'" 2. Before dinner with Rebecca Forsyth at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, my favorite restaurant ever. Maybe we'd had a few by that point. I think Rebecca looks so gorgeous here! A true living doll.
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