The Bloom Workshop- Recap

Last Thursday, my mom and I headed to The Bloom Workshop, in Los Gatos, California. The workshop was a one day event focusing on social media, blogging, styling and photography for creatives seeking ways to improve/or start their own business. 33 other ladies from mostly California also attended the workshop at Regale Winery. It was a lovely event and day hosted by co-founder of Bloom the Workshop, Ashley Slater (Ashley Slater Photography) and Michaela Warner (Michaela Noelle Designs). 

The morning started with registration and a social breakfast, which we missed a large portion of driving around on the opposite side of the road in a residential neighborhood, oops! After everyone had arrived and were settled, the morning session focused on best practices for blogging and social media. 

After a delicious lunch, Ashley taught about shooting in manual mode on your DSLR camera and Michaela talked about styling photo shoots and interiors. The rest of the afternoon was spent shooting a beautiful styled wedding that Ashley and Michaela had designed around a theme of kumquats. There were gorgeous blooms, a bride and groom (who were actually just newlyweds, awww), dessert table, dinner table and invitation suite. Everyone got a chance to try their hand at styling and trying out their newly acquired photo skills. 

The day came to a close with a Question and Answer session with a group of successful photographers, bloggers and designers which included; Simplified Bee, GBO Fashion, Danielle Poff Photography and Delbarr Moradi. 

The Bloom Workshop is a great way to think outside of the box and learn new ways about improving your business. What I took away most however, was being surrounded by other woman who were passionate about pursuing what they loved and cheering each other on in the process, something that is invaluable.

There are a couple of mini Bloom workshops coming up on the east Coast but The Bloom Bash, their large two day event, is coming to Seattle in October! Check out their website for more information! 

Enjoy the photos below from the workshop!

*I kept wondering the whole time why my photos were coming out blue...turns out I had accidentally clicked a setting that I shouldn't have. I tried to edit a lot of it out but in turn some of the photos have more green/yellow in them than they should. Please ignore :) *

The styled shoot and workshop took place at Regale Winery in Los Gatos, California. 

All of the gorgeous blooms were created and provided by Natalie Bowen. 

The bride's dress was from Sarah Seven and her hair and makeup was done by Camille Monique. 

All of the cute vintage rentals and furniture were provided by Pieces by Violet. 

Calligraphy and invitation suite were created and done by Kaitlin Parisho Designs. 

St.Patrick's Day Dinner and Free Printables

My hope is to feature a different meal or event each month on the blog, to help give inspiration for your own event at home! This month I am featuring a St.Patrick’s Day themed dinner. Although I do not have any Irish descent, in either family blood line, I am Catholic and do love a delicious meal of corned beef and cabbage, so I feel like that qualifies, right?!?

I designed the tablescape using a color palette of white and gold, with pops of kelly green. The florals are kept simple by using white and green hydrangeas in a gold vase that resembles a gold pot (see what I did there?). If you can’t find hydrangeas, white tulips or daffodils would also look great and they are currently in season. Watercolor menus are placed on top of gold chargers and white plates to create a simple, yet striking place setting. This tablescape can easily be recreated with items you have around your home or maybe this has inspired you to create something completely different!  

Want to be extra fancy? You can easily create name tags for your dinner guests. I simply took white cardstock, washed with green watercolor and wrote everyone’s names in gold ink.

Have fun planning your St.Patrick’s Day Dinner and show me what you created on Instagram or Facebook by tagging #katiemichelledesigns! Email me if you would like me to send you a St.Patrick's Day Menu Printable to use on your own! Happy St.Patrick’s Day!


More Doing, Less Dreaming

From a very young age I have always enjoyed creating. From sewing clothes, to baking cookies to rearranging my room, you name it, I did it. In college, I majored in Interior Design and Housing Studies, with big dreams of living in the city, designing swanky homes. Reality sunk in once I graduated at the height of the housing recession, meaning, little to no jobs for anyone graduating in my career field. I was able to land a job related to my field but it really was not what I loved. Two years down the road I could not take the cubicle lifestyle anymore and decided to quit (I hate saying that) shortly before my wedding. I figured once the wedding was over I would take some time and find a job that really suited me. A week after I got back from our honeymoon I received an unexpected job offer for a job I never even applied for, that I ended up accepting. Although I have always had “good” jobs, they have all left me with a creative void.
Throughout the years I have constantly found myself day dreaming about working from home, being my own boss and creating lovely pieces for others, however, I was always too afraid to take the next step. One day, while I was feeling particularly uninspired, reading blogs about women my age who were turning their dreams into a reality I finally decided to take the plunge and go for it! After 5 years of dreaming, and not so much doing, Katie Michelle Designs finally was created.

I have a wide range of tastes and interests, which you will also see reflected in my pieces and on my blog. I hope what I share will bring some joy and or inspiration into your daily living. Make sure to follow along on social media to see when new items are added to my Etsy shop, sales and what I am creating next! Thank you for joining me on this journey, I can't wait to see where it goes! Feel free to email whenever you'd like, I would love to hear from you!