Remember a couple years ago when I made the 24 Days Advent Grab Bags with my friend Rena? Well, since then, Rena has founded Makeshift Society, a co-working space and clubhouse for creatives in San Francisco. Now she and my friend Bryan Boyer are starting one in Brooklyn.
If you’re part of the wi-fi workforce in New York, and you’re tired of staggering between coffee shops pining for a free outlet, consider becoming a Makeshift Brooklyn member through this steal of a Kickstarter campaign.
I know the space will be a catalyst — I so admire both Rena and Bryan. In fact, if you’re coming to Camp Mighty they’ll both be there, and I’ll be clinging to them contentedly like a sleepy koala.
This is a good idea, so invest in your careers, entrepreneurs. Brooklyn! Let’s sit down at a table together and get shit done.
Labor Day weekend approaches, and with it your last chance to wear Summer whites away from the tennis court. If you’re listening to This American Life as you read this; if you know what your grandfather likes to drink; if you often contemplate the probability that other people think you’ve done something wrong? Consider hosting a WASP-Off!
Last year, I put together a battle royale to prove who among my friends was WASPiest — regardless of religious, political, or regional affiliations.
I asked friends to RSVP with the ways in which they’ve disappointed their parents, and prepped a WASP-off costume/inspiration board on Pinterest.
Attire was lawn-party restrained — argyle, pearls, cardigans, Top Siders without socks, an expression of mild discontent.
We had optional competitions for:
Passive aggressive thank you note reading and/or uncomfortable family Christmas newsletter reading. (Acceptable to prepare entries in advance.)
Keeping a tennis ball aloft with a racket.
Best nametag nickname
Turning compliments into slights
I made the trophies by epoxying egg cups onto sugar bowls and marking them with a Sharpie.
I also bought generic trophies at thrift stores and spray painted them white as decoration.
We technically had a No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper Trophy for the overall winner, and a mock gift certificate for therapy, but I’d had too many Pimm’s Cups, and forgot about them.
-Grocery store cake
-Corn on the cob
-Veggie platter with hummus
At the end of the weekend, we formed a secret society, and had a quick bloodletting.
It was just lovely.
More photos on Facebook.
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Thanks to Disney Junior for sponsoring this post. They planned a whole Jake and the Never Land Pirates party, so I did my take on the invitations. I also talked like a pirate the whole time I was putting them together. I think you can really tell in the finished product. Have a look in the video below for more ideas. Matey.
Ugh. You guys, I haven’t had nearly enough time with my glue gun lately. There’s so much stuff to encrust, and I’m just sitting here, not covering a single thing with sea glass.
Anyway, I made these mod pixie dust invitations for a grown-up party, but I think they’d be even sweeter for a kid’s birthday.
Fancy invitations make your party so much more difficult to pass up. And making them in front of the TV counts as multitasking.
Man. You could not be more efficient right now.
Here’s what I did:
- Hand-wrote “pixie dust” on some rectangular Avery labels and affixed to the glitter bottles, which come prepackaged like that in adorable corked bottles. Hooray for not having to search for tiny bottles into which you can decant glitter, which you will then find on the cat and between your toes for years to come!
- Folded tissue to fit the boxes and lid interiors of 8″x2 7/8″ matte white necklace boxes, and secured the tissue with double sided tape. (Fit the paper first, apply tape to the box and then secure the paper carefully. If you try to tape the paper, which anyone would, it will wrinkle and tear.)
- Secured the pixie dust in the box with a couple glue dots on the back.
- Punched the decorative hole in a plain bookmark, saved the confetti bitlet for later use.
- Wrote out the party info on the back of the bookmark, and then hot-glued a little ribbon tag at the bottom so the mark would lift out easily.
- Lightly secured just the top of the bookmark to the box with a glue dot.
- Secured the confetti bitlet on the opposite side. (Glue dots are magic!)
So pretty, right? Right.
As you can see, the glitter comes in lots of colors, so you can choose your palette. It think the colorful glitter is better for a kid shindig.
If you want, you can affix a label to the outside and tie with a little ribbon. You can hand-deliver, but the box is sturdy enough to mail in a regular manilla envelope, or you can do a padded one if you’re feeling cautious.
Boom! Best party invites ever.
Here’s where you can get everything:
Martha Stewart Glitter in colors and metallics (search around, you can get almost any color combo you want), Martha Stewart Craft punch (mine is old, but she has a whole line of stuff like what I linked to), Glue dots, plain bookmarks and bookmarks with holes so you don’t have to bust out the glue gun to affix the ribbon, Jewelry boxes. You know where to get ribbons and Avery labels right? I trust your judgement.
And if you just so happen to be planning a whole Jake and the Never Land Pirates theme party (I’m on to you search engine traffic), there are a ton more ideas in this video, so have a look:
You’ll find Jake and the Never Land Pirates every morning on Disney Junior, on the Disney Channel. Wear an eye patch while you watch. Maybe a kicky striped shirt.
“Cynicism is not wisdom. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but cynicism is a self-imposed blindness. You put the blinders on yourself to protect yourself from a world that you think might hurt you or disappoint you. Be a fool. Believe things will be good. Better to be hurt.”
I heard Stephen Colbert say this on Oprah’s Next Chapter, and found it striking. I agree, but “better to be hurt” is so rough to put into practice. Do you think cynicism can be a function of wisdom? Where do you find yourself on the jaded spectrum?
(Photo by Mark Seliger)
My friend Steph Dub is asking people to make audio gratitude journals by recording something they’re thankful for every day. I have that thing where I don’t like the sound of my own recorded voice, so I’m a little cringe-y posting this, but here’s my first one:
Lately I’ve tried, and failed, to impose a daily routine on myself. This morning, I’ve been pouring over Daily Routines and it’s making me feel a little better. My proposed daily schedule is militaristic compared to Winston Churchill’s:
“Despite all this activity Churchill’s daily routine changed little during these years. He awoke about 7:30 a.m. and remained in bed for a substantial breakfast and reading of mail and all the national newspapers. For the next couple of hours, still in bed, he worked, dictating to his secretaries.
At 11:00 a.m., he arose, bathed, and perhaps took a walk around the garden, and took a weak whisky and soda to his study.
At 1:00 p.m. he joined guests and family for a three-course lunch. Clementine drank claret, Winston champagne, preferable Pol Roger served at a specific temperature, port brandy and cigars. When lunch ended, about 3:30 p.m. he returned to his study to work, or supervised work on his estate, or played cards or backgammon with Clementine.
At 5:00 p.m., after another weak whisky and soda, he went to bed for an hour and a half. He said this siesta, a habit gained in Cuba, allowed him to work 1 1/2 days in every 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. he awoke, bathed again, and dressed for dinner at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner was the focal-point and highlight of Churchill’s day. Table talk, dominated by Churchill, was as important as the meal. Sometimes, depending on the company, drinks and cigars extended the event well past midnight. The guests retired, Churchill returned to his study for another hour or so of work.”
In conclusion, I need more whiskey sodas in my day. I also need a social secretary, and a wife.
Are you good with routine? Will you marry me?