What a treat I have for you guys today! After the initial drama from my trip to Palm Springs wore off, I wanted to have some time to reflect and show you guys the fabulous parts. Firstly, a giant thank you to all of the fabulous people at Bing who sponsored this gathering, which we called ‘Meet, Make, Do’. The get-together was brought to life by Chelsea, Kelly, and Brittni, and was centered around the idea of getting together to do the things that we love with other people who love doing them. In this case, it was DIY and craft bloggers.
Aside from the people I did know going into the weekend, I met a few new friends as well – Mary from Mary Costa Photography took all of these amazing photos and Katie from the Bing team brought the tech to our doorstep and showed us a few cool new products and features as well. It was funny when she was showing us new things, however, because apparently when you get 12 of the same exact blogger personalities in the same room, we all have the same reactions to things. So, there were lots of unanimous exclamations of “Whoa!” and “Amazing!” and “Awesome!”. You’d think they were telling us we mind boggling info, but really, we just get very excited about things.
Bing Tip: I learned that if you sign up for a bing account, you can actually get points just for doing internet searches on Bing.com which they call Bing Rewards. Points are good toward all sorts of prizes. So, I basically zoned straight out for about 15 minutes and signed myself up… which is apparently what I’m doing above. If you switch your iPhone search engine (in the settings) over to Bing, you can get points for searching on your iOS phone too! How amazing is that?
We had pretty much everything under the sun to play with and all thanks to some amazing brands. Just LOOK at the amazing array of supplies! I gravitated towards the fabrics from The Fabric Store LA and joked about making myself some clothes since my suitcase hadn’t arrived from the airline at that point, but ended up being so drawn to the fresh flowers from Flower Muse. I actually ended up creating the first post in a new floral series that will launch soon – so watch out for it!
We did a lot of our searching with Bing (obviously) and I learned something else which might interest you – did you know that image searches on Bing can be filtered by color? Or by faces? or (this is the best for bloggers) by licensing and copyright? Just a quick tip for ya!
Aside from the craft supplies, we just had an all-around amazing time together. I mentioned a lot of the bonding last week, but we had some great times that were almost too pretty for words. Dinners were fully styled with menus, place cards, and little favors, the settings were gorgeous and we went early to get enough photo ops (when you have groups of bloggers doing things, you must allow ample time for instagramming!).
Striped Cat Studio did these beautiful menus for our first night’s dinner at Workshop – whose food I was blown away by… it was truly a fabulous dining experience. Minted provided the goodies during our second night’s dinner at the Ace Hotel. In between meals we snacked on goodies from Edoughble (cookie dough made for eating raw… amazing, right?) and M. Greenwood Jams who made amazing savory jams to top our cheese. And I’m saving the best for last…
Just LOOK at the pool. I didn’t even get in because I was so busy crafting, but I mean, come on.
So, it was such a beautiful place, with beautiful company, and we got to work with beautiful product. All around, It was such a great opportunity and I am so so so thankful to Bing for having us all out!