Photo: Ben Corda

Here we are last weekend in Atlanta, mini-camping it up.* One of the best parts of camp was having my beloved Ben Corda there shooting all day. (Please also note Sunny, my college roommate and KD lil sis, to my right). (Please ALSO note Design Camp's very first guy in the back!)

I'm headed to a wedding this weekend -- more on this, and other important topics, next week. Y'all have a great weekend!

*Not pictured: Damn Millionaire and intern extraordinaire, Al Lowe Huff.

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Good news, ATL! I am coming to your town the first weekend of April to teach y'all some STUFF. This super-fun mini camp will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10 - 5. Location TBA, as I'm still scouting spots. (If you have something in mind, get at me!)

Now, I need at least 10 students to make this thing go, so sign your little selves up now! The 10% off coupon still applies -- use code FRIENDS10. (NB: That coupon is good for all camps through the weekend!)

Hooray! I am excited. Hey, do y'all think Ludacris will come?

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All right, Chicagoans. The people have spoken, and they want the Chicago camp to be a mini-camp. As of right this second, I have about a third of the registrations necessary for the Chicago camp to even happen. So, it is ON for filling up this class, which is now a Saturday, December 8 mini-camp. It's going to be super fun and awesome and beautiful and learn-y. If you've already registered and don't want to attend the mini, please let me know! Otherwise, sit tight and await further instructions. (Sometimes I pretend I am in the CIA.)

If I still don't have enough students by, say, November 15, I will have to cancel the whole shebang. Don't make me say "shebang" again, y'all. Go sign up! Save Chicago!

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Portlanders, friends, and countrymen! I have a special announcement for you. Yes, YOU.

Due to y'all's excellent communication skills, I am realizing that many of you are having to take off work to attend my Thursday mini-camp on Sept 20. Also, I must confess to you that this spur-of-the-moment thing has meant that I don't have as many campers signed up as I had hoped. ALSO, I would love to hold more camps in a one-day format (which would mean I could accommodate more of you in fewer days, hooray!), but this is my first time doing it, so y'all are basically guinea pigs. But extra cute ones. (FEAR NOT: it is still going to be awesome.)

So, taking all of that into account, and also just because I am feeling fabulous after Bathroom Week, I am knocking $100 off the price of the camp. Yes! I know! I am real excited, and I can't wait to see your beautiful faces there, so let's make it happen! A hundred dollars! Exclamation points!!!

Sign up here. You can still pay the deposit and bring the rest to camp, or you can just do the whole shebang right now. There are options!

Also, champagne cocktails. And this beautiful studio. And SO MUCH learnin'. GO!

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I think I should announce last-minute camp additions more often, because Portland is coming together more easily than any other city thus far. FIRST OF ALL: A lovely lady named Lia (alliteration!) wrote to offer her GORGEOUS studio space, and I could not be more grateful and happy. I mean, just look at it. I LOVE YOU, LIA.

The studio, which serves as headquarters for Ellinée Design House, is located on the 4th floor of an old warehouse in something called the Pearl. I hear that is a pretty cool area. I also hear that there is an awesome cupcake shop right around the corner, so. We'll be getting some items from there, believe it.

In case you didn't know, Ellinée Design House is a design studio specializing in wedding, holiday, and baby stationery. They also have a blog where they teach you to make, oh, I don't know, beautiful paper flowers like this?

I cannot wait to have the very first mini design camp in this beautiful space! I cannot also wait to just be in Portland, since it's my first time. Y'all, do I have to get a tattoo?

Don't you want to join us? Yes. Yes, you do. I mean, what else are you doing this fun on Sept. 20? There are still spots left, so sign up here!

(All photos courtesy Lia Griffith.)

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This is how I picture Portland: a cute girl delivering cupcakes to me on a bike with a puppy in the basket.

Photo: Portland Sunshine

Portlanders! I've checked it all out, re-arranged my schedule, consulted my tarot cards, and the stars are aligning on your mini-camp. It is HAPPENING!

Here are the details:

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 10 am - 5 pm.*
Where: TBA (and I need help with this so if you own a beautiful art studio that holds 15, CALL ME.)
What: You'll learn the same things the regular campers do! (What's missing: the day of individual instruction.)
Class Size: 15
Cost: $350
Misc: Tuition includes lunch, snacks, and one of those cute neon goodie bags.

Sign up HERE!

*I am sorry it's a weekday, but that was all I could wrangle in time. And if none of you sign up, I'll know it's because of that and not because you don't like me OR my camp OR my stupid hand gestures. Right?

RIGHT?!?

Whee, I am so excited! Y'all! Cupcakes! Birds! Bikes! Let's do the damn thing.

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