There are some instances where my workaholic tendencies serve me well (thanks dad!), and then there are other instances where it really just means that spontaneity escapes me. I’ve found a few temporary cures for this in my 25 years of life. Some of those things include ice cream (always a good reason for a work break), good friends, love, pet cuddles, and inexpensive hotel rooms. The inexpensive hotel rooms part is probably the most logical, so we’ll stick with that one for the moment.
There are lots of ways to go about getting inexpensive hotel rooms that don’t require friend-ing up (i.e.- having friends with connections), but my favorite happens to be HotelTonight. You can book a hotel the morning of your stay for a fraction of what it regularly costs. Apparently this works better if it’s not a super busy night, but we ended up getting to stay at the W French Quarter which I would never be able to afford regularly (I run a blog after all..), and it was so fantastic. I’m not really a fancy hotel type of girl, not because I wouldn’t want to be, but that’s just never been my budget.
That’s something I didn’t think I’d ever say, but I am ridiculously excited! I know it kind of seems like it’s out of no where but the new Sugar & Cloth studio is something that’s been in the works for the past few months, I’ve just been too scared to really say it out loud. Somehow it just seals the slightly scary deal whenever you announce things to thousands of people on the Internet… unless that’s how you roll on Facebook on a regular basis, in which case you’re braver than me.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I work at Smilebooth quite a bit and that includes a decent amount of traveling and events. Since I starting writing and creating here two and half years ago, I’ve only ever done it on the side of a full time job. Along with a lot of sleepless nights and many a coffee to go later, I grew to have a modestly successful little space on the internet with Sugar & Cloth but I never actually had any risk in it. Since I’ve always had a full time job to fall back on that also helped pay for the me to be able to keep S&C up and running, it also made it a lot easier to slack off when I was too tired to write a tutorial or if I’d rather go out for ice cream than plan out new projects.
All of this brings me to the new studio space. It was something I really had to do. As tiring as some moments have been along the last two years and even as uncomfortable as trying to play happy during rough times, I absolutely love getting to create new things to share with you. That seriously is the only reason that has made it all worth while. If I’m going to try my hardest to make Sugar & Cloth into the best it can be, I’ve got to add a little risk to it and a clean, inspiring slate for new DIY’s, workshops, and a place to host all of the pretty inspirations that you see here (that also won’t involve my cat’s little paws in everything).
I’ll be sharing the process of re-doing the space and all of the goodies I’ve got in the works for styling it little by little. If you’re familiar with Houston, the new space is in East Downtown, so be on the look out for local events in the future!
photos by Kimberly Chau and Smilebooth
I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m excited to finally share a few details from the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston that I hosted and curated! Now whether or not walking up to shops you curated and mentioning that you may or may not stalk them on Instagram and possibly walking by the macaron table that Sweet provided one too many times makes you a good hostess or not is still up for debate. Regardless, I was so excited when West Elm asked me to participate!
I also happened to be able to catch my brother in all of his glory with his very first Smilebooth experience! He’s pretty cute, huh? I’ve been told we look alike..
In case you’ve ever wondered if I frantically squeal over pretty things in real life like I do with you here on Sugar & Cloth, this is your chance to see it in person… I’ll be hosting the local Etsy pop-up at West Elm on March 29th! I’ve picked out some of my favorite Houston based shops like Kari Breitigam, HattonHenry, Tiny Deer Studio and more, plus snacks from Sweet and music by Gracie Chavez. I mean, does it really get any better than a Saturday with a frantic Ashley, a store full of cute things, and a macaron or twelve? I think not!
Be sure to RSVP here on Facebook so we know who to introduce ourselves to! In the meantime, pack your lunch these next few weeks to save some extra pennies, you’ll thank me on March 29th!