meeting grace bonney + holiday paper sales

last week was super fun -- i went to the design*sponge at home book signing here in seattle!

i'd also nabbed myself a spot in the uber-coveted craft session right before the signing (i literally set a calendar reminder for it so i'd be sure to grab a ticket as soon as they went on sale) -- so it was me, grace bonney, and an intimate group of seattle bloggers sitting around for an hour trying not to light anthropologie on fire.

but i'm getting ahead of myself. if you don't know who grace is, she's the founder of design*sponge -- a must-read for ANYone interested in design, home decorating, travel or cool stuff. it's a great blog, of course, but beyond that -- i've long admired grace for her awesome entrepreneurial skills, eye for design, writing style and the fact that she basically created the next generation of design blogging. my PR career has given me a unique perspective of the publishing and social media worlds, and i think grace is totally a pioneer in these industries.

but anyway, enough gushing. now you're aware that i was realllly excited to go to this! i rolled up to the craft session a few minutes late [thanks, traffic] and made it just in time to hear final instructions on diy wooden seals. therefore i didn't get to meet as many fellow crafters as i'd hoped [apparently not martha was sitting at my very table! really wish i could have said hello, she's one of my favorite bloggers] but my friend maggie & i still had fun. we used wood-burning tools to carve letters into our seals, and i couldn't believe we didn't burn the place down -- when it was time to burn the wax for our seals, mine literally lit on fire & dripped balls of flaming wax onto the table. oops!

here's grace showing our table what to do:

then we got in line with 500 others for the book signing. luckily there were mini trophy cupcakes to sustain us.

here's me & maggie [from maggie rose interiors, a super helpful interior decorating site!] with grace -- don't mind the awful lighting or the fact that it looks like i'm hiding behind the flowers:

grace was super nice and totally cute & tiny in person -- i liked the boots she was wearing. we chatted a bit about wood burning crafts and her book tour and her crazy jet lag. and maybe i pretended for five seconds that she was my real-life friend.

afterward, i met up with fellow seattle bloggers jenny from hank + hunt and jenn from bow tie & bustle. it was such a fun night! except that i ended up paying $14 for parking. seriously?? i hate public parking.

thanks for letting me share my IRL blogging adventures. since you've been so kind to indulge me, thought i'd pay it forward by sharing some of the awesome holiday card sales popping up lately. it's not too early to start thinking holiday cards!!

you will probably want to jump on these asap as many expire next week:

MINTED - order by 10/10 for 20% off using code HOLIDAY20
SHUTTERFLY - order by 10/12 & save 20%
TINYPRINTS - order by 10/11 for 15% off orders of $99+ using code HOLCARD11
PAPER SOURCE - order by 10/31 for 25% off holiday photo cards
MORE THAN PAPER - special early bird pricing on holiday cards throughout the month
RIFLE PAPER CO - order by 10/14 for 15% off with code CUSTOM15

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