Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Paul Makerie! Unbelievable!!!

Phew!  What a weekend!  That's what I keep saying!  Ben and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia hanging out and making cool things with an amazing group of people.  The air was buzzing with fun and creativity and all fingers were busy moving and making.

We spent the first day at Terrain, which I'm sure you've all heard of before, but it's an amazing retail location chock full of unusual plants and home goods.  Plants were literally dripping from the ceiling and my heart skipped a beat, and Ben, who's heart needs just a bit more than mine to skip, practically flat lined.  If you're ever in or near's a must see.  They even do weddings and events...the photo above is where we ate (the most amazing food). 

I kinda need these...

It was fun teaching the workshop...we had some special guests taking our class, including Sweet Paul himself, the Creative Directors of Land of Nod (amaaaazing kid's stuff!), and Genevieve from HGTV's Dear Genevieve (who has amazing style - that's her hair there in the middle).

The pop up shop was super friend Mimi was there and she brought all of her doll friends with her to share as you can see.

Sweet Paul did a great shop on his spun cotton squirrel.  Did you know Sweet Paul is from Norway?  He has an amazing accent.

Some of our class creations...I love how everyone made it their own.  Look at the dancer on the right!

More great pieces from another session.  The little boy in the middle is for a third birthday sweet, right?

The second day of the Makerie took place at the URBN campus at the Navy Yard.  It's the headquarters of Terrain, Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters and BHLDN.  And the space is utterly incredible!  The founder bought all the buildings for $1 from the city of Philadelphia who was planning on demolishing them.  He restored them and they now house some of the coolest looking office space on the planet.

Yes, this is the hallway.

 The "Library" reading nook.  They have every inspiring magazine you can think of and I only regret that I didn't have more time to spend there with nose in all of them, complete with comfy (and pretty) chair and the illusion of flower petals falling overhead.

 The lounge area/waiting room, when you first walk in. 

 The indoor jungle.  I mean, come on...look at those giant plants!  Now I really want one.  An indoor jungle I mean.  Sigh...

Sweet Paul's latest issue has my favorite magazine cover of all time.  Totally and completely frame worthy.

Our second day of workshops was in the spacious "Acid Room".  I can only imagine how it got that name...

Meredith & Anna had a beautiful class set up and did all the signage for the event....I wish I could have taken their class!!

This was an incredible event!  Ben and I are both still buzzing with excitement and completely exhausted!  We're happy to be home and happy to be with Olive again.  I'm not sure what plans Sweet Paul and friends have in the making for next year, but I highly recommend jumping on that creative bandwagon if you can!!  :)


Anonymous said...

You guys did a great job I was in your morning class at the URBN cool space. I am a lawyer and am artistically challenged and had to restart my wire form. I was most impressed with your patience and Ben impressed me with all of his advice. You guys make a great team. Thanks again.

Lisa W. said...

Wow ! Fantastic locations - just beautiful ! Thanks for sharing ......

Anna DeMarco-MIlls said...

Thank you so much for your kind words! So great to meet you and Ben. Hope to see you again!