An Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Curated by Studio DIY!

LA Etsy Pop-up at West Elm Curated by Studio DIY

Every year West Elm and Etsy team up with bloggers across the country to curate Etsy pop-up shops right in their stores! Well, this lucky girl right here was chosen to curate the LA one and boy oh BOY! It’s gonna be good. I hand selected a dozen talented local Etsy folks doing amazing things and they’ll all be descending upon West Elm Los Angeles on May 31st for an afternoon of shopping, snacking (Oh yes, some very Studio DIY treats will be on the menu!) and dancing (Ok, I added that one on my own. But with Smiles DJ-ing, it’s a strong possibility on my part.) We’ll have Megan there capturing it all, so I can share the details with you folks who want to get in on the action from afar! And yes! I’ll be there too, so if you’re in the area, come say hi and do a little shopping with me! EEP! You can RSVP right over here and then you can check out a little peek at all the awesomeness you can expect below!

Etsy Pop-up at West Elm Los Angeles

1. Hand & Machine | 2. Clap Clap Design | 3. Coral & Stone | 4. Rag N’ Bone Studio | 5. Cute Bright Things

Etsy Pop-up at West Elm Los Angeles

6. Blooms in the Air | 7. Voz Collective | 8. Lemon Bird Preserves | 9. Ripe | 10. A Handcrafted Home | 11. Iron Curtain Press | 12. Emily Rickard

Are you freaking out excited like I am now!?!??!?!?? Be sure to RSVP right here and I can’t WAIT to see all of you on the 31st! (I’ll be the one in the bow, of course, fan-girling out over all the fun and colorful products! Say hello!!) Looking forward to meeting some of you!

Sugar Fix: Milk Jar Cookies

Milk and Cookies

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! We (Jeff and I) figured it was fitting to feature our favorite cookies in the entire world today in honor of this oh so wonderful celebration… Milk Jar Cookies! We hit up Milk Jar for the first time not too long after they opened and we have been BEYOND hooked ever since. Seriously guys, these are the best cookies we’ve ever tasted. Hands down. They are huge and pillow-y looking, but chewy and perfect inside. We make sure anyone who visits gets a taste, they are our go-to “Thank You” gift and basically we just find any excuse we can to snag one a dozen of them.

Life's Short, Eat Cookies
Milk Jar Cookies
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Paper Fans

The shop itself happens to also be adorable, with vintage dishes, glass milk bottles and sweet paper straws! They have the cutest selection of celebratory cards and a very well curated display of party supplies, too. It’s a one stop cookie party SHOP. Oh yeah.

Pastel Party Supplies
Stripe-y  Straws Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Vintage Plates

Milk Jar Cookies

But let’s talk about what’s really important here… those cookies. Our favorites? Well, we are purists on the one hand, and you can’t beat the good ol’ chocolate chip. (Psst.. they also have a g-free one!) Another favorite of ours is the chocolate peanut butter. Chocolate cookie with peanut butter inside… I mean REALLY!? Just to be thorough, let’s talk about what what we’re lookin’ at below here… Chocolate Pecan Caramel, Rocky Road, Chocolate Chip, Banana Split, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.

Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles

A few other fun facts: Everything is local (right down to the ice cream… yep did I forget to mention there’s ice cream too!?), no preservatives are used and they both deliver and SHIP! So if you’re all angry at me for showing you these because you don’t live in LA.. no excuses! If you’re anywhere in the contiguous US of A you can get them too. SHAZAM!

Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Chocolate Chip Cookie

All Photos by Jeff Mindell for Studio DIY

However, if you are in LA… Milk Jar is running a National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day special! Get a free chocolate chip cookie with any purchase! YES! Get thee to these cookies immediately! Now you have the perfect excuse. A huge thank you to Courtney and the Milk Jar team for letting us run around the store… all in the name of cookies and milk.

Milk Jar Cookies | 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Check out more Sugar Fixes right here!

Studio DIY Headquarters: An Update!

Studio DIY Headquarters

Remember that time I announced I had leased a studio space and then I virtually stopped talking about it here!? Well, it turns out… furnishing a nearly 900 sq. ft space is tougher than one (ehm, I) might think! I’ve had the space for a few months now and it still largely looks the same other than the addition of WHITE floors! YAY! But everything is finally coming together this month and I’m starting to get REALLY excited about it! So, I thought I’d do a little (dance) update on some pieces I have my eye on… and some dream pieces too. Because, ya know, this girl likes to dream!

Studio DIY Work Space

Custom Sofa from Viesso (Color manipulated by moi! Stay tuned!), Collapsible Craft Table from Martha Stewart Living Craft Space, Chair from Viesso, Desk Facade designed by Dear Hancock

The studio will serve two main purposes.. a work/photography space and an event space. The work space needs to be functional, but easy to change and move around, so the work tables will be collapsible and on casters. Of course, we’ll need to balance out the work with some donut snacking on a…. wait for it… pink couch!!!! On the other side, the event space needs to fit a typical workshop size which is about 10-20 people… so I’m hoping to get my paint on to make some stackable chairs the colors of my dreams! Oh, and that hot pink gem speaker is necessary for spontaneous workshop dance parties… you’ve been warned.

Studio DIY Event Space

Gem Speaker from Ban.do, Chairs from Ikea (Yellow here, white here, pink + mint manipulated by moi!), Table from West Elm

Overall, since I’ll be using the space for lots of shoots (and renting it out as well to others), I need the walls to remain white. Floors too, ha! Which is a joke seeing as the second anyone steps on white floors they are dirty! (Does anyone know if they make a swiffer style magic eraser!?) However, I’m contemplating a little gallery wall somewhere in the space where I can showcase some of the prints and cards I’ve collected, and contemplate if my dreams for some of the other pieces below will ever come true! It’s pretty fun designing your dream art wall when it doesn’t have to appease a boy’s taste too! ;)

Studio DIY Dream Art Wall

Top to Bottom:  Flamingo from Ashley Brooke Designs, Confetti from Garima Dhawan, Llama from Gray Malin, Yellow Balloon from Max Wanger Print Shop, Balloon Animal from Hartland Brooklyn, Abstract from Emily Rickard, Donut from Kali Ciesemier, Birthday Cake Truck from Dear Hancock, Excited About Everything from Hello Maypole, Swan via The Painted Blackbird, Fun Stuff from Castle, Summer Pattern from Jacqui Lee, Pineapple from Kim Fearheiley Photography

As you can see, the palette is gonna be a lot of white, with some heavy pops of Studio DIY’s brand colors… and gold. Duh.  Don’t worry, there will be your fair share of all classic things Studio DIY, too, but I gotta save some of the fun stuff for the reveal! You’ve already seen the (still unnamed) flamingo in residence. And the giant pineapple, too. I’ve also got some major storage plans in the works, so I can finally turn my living-room-turned-craft-room back into a usable space. WOOT! Most intimidating to me now is filling in with other decor. Rugs are always my toughest choice, but I definitely need one under my couch and coffee table, right!? Suggestions!? I’m the worst rug shopper.

It’s been kind of fun to put on my interior design hat for a bit, even if most of the time I’m feeling a little lost pulling it all together! I had never thought about how Studio DIY would translate into an actual space, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! And if you want to be one of the first ones to see it, be sure to check out the Brand Market Workshop we’re hosting here in June! It’s gonna be awesome, and I’d love to meet some of you!!