home for the holidays

I am such a happy little elf to be home and cozy with my family in Philadelphia.  I'll be taking a much needed break from yes, please for a bit.  In the meantime, I'd like to share these hand-stitched felt ornaments I made for this lady's client for a holiday party. 

Here's wishing you and yours a loving and magical holiday.  Cheers to great things in 2010!
xo, kelly


Craft Good Cheer: THE PHOTOS!

Craft Good Cheer was a stunning success.  It was a fine night full of crafting, and fun, and laughter and of course good cheer!  Paige, my crazy lovely partner in crime, i can't wait to do it again.  (deep breath...we'll take a holiday first!)

Raya,  thank you for capturing our magical evening so perfectly! 

Paige, darling, I know those wheels are already spinning...can't wait to party like it's 2010!  xoxo


Craft Good Cheer

The Craft Good Cheer party was all sorts of awesomeness last night.  My favorite partner in crime, Paige and I were thrilled that so many of you came out and got your craft on with us!  How amazing were the felted snowman?!  Kudos to the dedicated crafters who stuck through that tedious process.  From the looks of it it was worth every needle poke! 

I just loved meeting and catching up with all of you (and so bummed to have missed so many great ladies too!) I hope we brought a little joy and cheer into your holidays!

Seriously can't wait to do it again!  Paige, what's next darling?


This is Where the Wild Things Are

I'm probably the most impatient person you'll ever meet, but once in a while i can appreciate that some things are worth the wait.  Remember this inspiration board I shared back in October?  Well, I can finally share the holy-moley-knock-your-socks-off-spread featured in this month's edition of Utterly Engaged.  This desert beauty was designed by myself and the ever-amazing Paige.  Inspired by all things wild and lovely we created our ideal bachelorette party: a weekend in the Joshua Tree desert surrounded by vast mountains, bushels of feathers, shots of whiskey and our very best girlfriends.  It just doesn't get any better than this.

this project was the ultimate labor of love.  I feel so fortunate to have worked with such talented, kick ass people.  Can't wait to do it again! big love and hugs to you all!  xoxo

Event design + styling Bash Eco Events + Yes, Please Designs
Photography erinheartscourt
Beauty the drybar, Josie Maran Cosmetics
Wardrobe + Stylist Mai Olivio of ShopRuche
Floral Design succulentLOVE
Cupcakes cuppieLOVE
Invites Wiley Valentine
Creative Direction Lucia of UE and D*LSH Design and Summer of Grey Likes Weddings
Headresses by and Littledoe

sweet! succulentLOVE featured on Daily Candy!!

i'm pee-my-pants excited today.  succulentLOVE is featured in today's NATIONAL edition of Daily Candy.  thrilled!  check out the post, and while you're at it, check out our brand spankin' new online shop.


it's gonna be a fluffy white christmas

Ever since this super lady wrote about the TRUNKSHOW concept in her guest Design*Sponge column I've been smitten with the idea of perusing lovely sustainable goods with some girlfriends.  I mean, does it get any better than fondling organic cotton wares while enjoying a glass of wine?  I think not.  So i was thrilled when Paige asked me to design the sweets table and florals for her client's upcoming holiday TRUNKSHOW.

We stayed within a palette of soft muted greens and snowy snowy whites, mixing fluffy textures with crisp greenery.  The result was by far my favorite sweets table projects to date.  We had cuppies, russian tea cakes, gingerbread men, and a magnificent meringue topiary.  Isn't it just the loveliest, fluffiest, sweetest thing you've ever seen?  I don't generally share my concept illustrations here, but I couldn't resist with this one...

And if you haven't already, visit the Bash blog to check out more of our photos from the event.  Those TRUNKSHOW girls curated such a stunning collection of goods - it's a miracle i made it out of there without buying anything myself (i'm holding out until next week's TRUNKSHOW anyhow!)

Can't wait to do it again girls! xo


come visit!

here's a little sneak peek at our space at the UniqueLA show this weekend....come visit us! xoxo

come see us @ uniqueLA!

it's finally here, the uniqueLA show is THIS WEEKEND.  Come visit us at the California Market Center on Saturday and Sunday to check out our lovely succulentLOVE designs and some new yes, please designs notecards.  We're so thrilled to be a part of the the West Coast's largest independent design+art shopping event!!  We've got so many special goodies we're bringing to the show, including the BIGGEST succulentLOVE design we're ever created!  So forget the mall this year, and shop local.  It just makes good sense.  plus, it's a heck of a lot more fun!

here's some more details on the show:
- shop from over 300 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, gourmet candy, stationery, baby stuff, plushies, organic beauty products, housewares, +more
- grab lunch at the Pop-Up Tiara Cafe
- snack on gourmet cookies from Platine (Los Angeles mag's Top 20 Bakeries)
- free drinks (!!!) and fun workshops (um, you can make a robot ornament - kick ass!)
- superstar DJs and giveaways every hour

11-6 pm both Saturday and Sunday
$10 at the door: unlimited re-entry both days, get a limited edition 'top-secret surprise artist' tote bag, and get a free drink

hope to see you saturday and sunday! enjoy this cheerful video uniqueLA created just for the show.


let's make a pillow

Seriously, you can do this, it's EASY!  I just got the most amazing sewing machine, recommended by this lady.

I'm in love.  it's like a whole new world of sewing opportunity has opened up.  (my last machine was a cheapie I got from target and died within a year)  prepare yourselves for a plethora of sewing posts in the coming months.  for now I'm sharing one of my favorite all time sewing projects - the super easy pillow slip cover.  I've been making them for years and love switching them out to give my living room a new feel once in a while. it's like instant style gratification!

They also make great gifts (just in case you're behind on your xmas shopping like me)

Your really don't need much.  Here's what you need:
pillow (you can use an ugly old pillow, I had mine laying around the house)
fabric (I found this fabric at Ikea - pretty isn't it?)
matching thread
sewing machine

Ok, here's how you do it (with pictures!!)

Measure your pillow.  (my pillow is a 10” x 10” square.)

Cut one piece of fabric an inch larger than your pillow to allow for 1/2” seams (11”x11” in my case). Then cut two pieces of fabric that are the height of your pillow + 1” (11”) and the width of your pillow cut in half + 3” (8”)

Iron a 1/2” seam on each of the smaller pieces and sew along the edge

Next lay your bigger square face up.  Place the two smaller pieces face down lining up the edges (the smaller pieces will overlap in the middle).  Pin so the pieces don’t shift.

Stitch all around the edge of the square.

Turn your slip cover inside out and stuff with your pillow.  Voila!  Easy as pie.


EXTRA EXTRA: our wedding in The Knot Magazine!

Mr. Postman brought us a very special package last night - the latest issue of The Knot magazine featuring our very own wedding!  When we found out The Knot would be showcasing our wedding back in May I was cartwheels-pee-my-pants thrilled.  December seemed like a lifetime to wait and I had all but forgotten about it.  So what a lovely surprise as I opened the kraft paper wrapped package addressed to Christopher and Kelly Harris!

without further ado...our little wedding in big print....


our thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving was amazing.  So much love + happiness + amazing food.  We discovered new recipes that we will surely be making a part of our own tradition.  Played games (i won!) Watched movies (how on earth did we wait so long to see The Hangover?!) And stuffed ourselves silly.  It was a lovely day full of fun memories I will cherish for a long time to come.  I am thankful.

In case you're curious....here's a peek at our delicious menu:
aromatic brined turkey
oatmeal stout gravy
apple + chestnut stuffing
spicy whiskey spiked cranberry compote
potato + apple + onion gratin
creamed spinach + parsnips
brown sugar autumn crisp with spiced cinnamon ice cream


thanks giving

It's just the two of us for Thanksgiving this year.  We planned to be with family + friends as always, but a few things happened and now it's just us.  It feels a bit strange, but also just a little bit exciting.  This is the first chance we have to create traditions as our own little family.  Traditions we'll instill in our someday kids.  I'm looking forward to spending a day of thanks with a man I owe so many thank yous to.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with an abundance of love, happiness, and good food!


well done you: Albert Exergian

I covet simplicity in design.  So i was totally in woo-ville when i came across these minimalist graphics by Albert Exergian.  He has so perfectly captured the essence of some of my very favorite shows with his simple but extremely iconic designs.

 found via fffffound


'tis the season to Craft Good Cheer!

Paige of Bash Eco Events and I have been busy little elves planning our fabulous holiday party and I'm thrilled to finally post our invite!

We're partnering up with some amazing sponsors to bring you a night of crafting, cocktails, cupcakes and cheer:  Holiday inspired crafting courtesy of Urban Craft Center (and benefiting the OPCC of Santa Monica), delicious comfort food from La Grande Orange and cuppielove, sustainable arrangements from succulentLOVE, serious imbibing thanks to Luscious Libations, 360 Vodka and Dry Soda, night grooves from DJ Nahchey, event photography captured by Raya Photography and giggle fests in our custom photo booth from Photobooth Love!  It's sure to be a fabulous evening and we hope to see all of our Los Angeles and SoCal friends there!  

please rsvp to: rsvp@bashecoevents.com as space is limited.


taste the rainbow

I know, i know Halloween's over and you're trying to squash your candy cravings.  But candy is pretty much a year round obsession for me, so you'll have to appease me.  Looks like photographer, Craig Kanarick has quite the sweet tooth too.  Afterall, he's been photographing candy for over 15 years.  I love these color studies he's created with candies of different sizes and textures.  They are so visually striking and look mighty good to eat!

Check out his site for more of his candy-inspired work.

I have to go feed my inner sugar monster now.

via Saveur


drink me.

I had the great pleasure of designing these bridal shower invites for a very dear friend of mine who is getting married in January.  She's marrying a Brit and moving to England, so what better way to celebrate than hosting a ladies tea party?  The theme is inspired by a modern take on Alice in Wonderland.  It's going to be a splendid afternoond spent "down the rabbit hole" and I can't wait to share pictures of all of the fun things we have planned. 

it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas....

had so much fun with this lady & this lady last night at the holiday book launch event for this lady. 


paige worked her magic and sprinkled the event with holiday cheer.  from the pretty little christmas tree to hands-on ornament crafting stations, I was loving my first foray into the holidays.  there's no looking back now, so, 'tis the season! I couldn't be looking forward to it more.

check out paige's blog in the coming days for more details on this snazzy event.


vote for me? yes, please!

hello lovelies!  i hope you enjoyed the weekend.  i myself am enjoying the chill in the air and my constant need to have Uggs on my feet.  I just love this time of year!

it's design challenge time over at minted again!  please support yes, please designs and head right over there to vote for my designs.  this time our challenge was to create a wedding invitation and corresponding RSVP card for special judge Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink.  I was thrilled to see she featured my "lovenest" design on her fabulous blog last week!

click here & here to vote for yes, please.