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Sweet Paul Meet & Greet

I had the amazing opportunity last Saturday to meet Sweet Paul of Sweet Paul Magazine fame! I have always admired his beautiful magazine & all of the projects involved ūüôā He was touring with Rit-Dye & they had 2 projects set up for everyone to craft with. ¬†I love Rit-Dye too & I’ll be posting a few more fun projects with their dyes in the next few weeks. ¬†I’ve been hoarding a pile of clothes & home DIY’s to re-dye when I can finally get to them. ¬†So I was really excited that these 2 fun crafty companies got together & came to my home town’s Jo-ann Fabric & Crafts Store in Mount Laurel, NJ!IMG_0022.JPG

The first project was making coffee filter flowers.  There were pre-dyed coffee filters & we could build multi-layer flowers with the supplies provided on the craft tables  Look how cute these are:IMG_0011.JPG

Here’s some of the fun colors we got to craft with. ¬†¬†IMG_0013.JPG

I had my daughter Lizzie with me & that made for a very interseting craft time as well.  She of course, made me make a pink flower. IMG_0007.JPG

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Our next project was coloring different sized wooden beads for necklaces. ¬†They had out purple, aqua blue, navy blue & black. ¬†Here’s the funny part of my story. ¬†Lizzie started having a mini melt down & we didn’t know why at first. ¬†After a few “piiiiiiiiink” cries I figured it out that she wanted the pink dye for her beads, of course. ¬†Well, the lovely ladies of Rit Dye dropped everything & made Lizzie her own pink dyed bracelet. ¬†Life was so much better & she was completely different from that moment on. ¬†Including telling everyone her life story. ¬†Well that in turn made me happy since I could then craft with 2 hands with no clingy toddler. ¬†The Rit Dye ladies were entertaining her & having a lot of fun too being entertained by a crazy 3 year old. ¬†So much so she became a Twitter & Instagram star ūüėČ ¬†IMG_0159.PNG

SO happy with her new bright pink beaded bracelet/necklace ūüôā We will be having fun turning this into a few different accessories.IMG_0002.JPG

This is mine.  I used the aqua & black dyes.   I take a terrible selfie & I need to step up my selfie game >_<IMG_0008.JPG

Here’s some fun pics of the Sweet Paul & Rit Dye crews dying their beads:IMG_0003-0.JPG

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How gorgeous is this?!?!?! I’m definitely trying this really soon! I’ll be heading back to Jo-ann’s this weekend for some more supplies.IMG_0009.JPG

I got some dye on my hands, but one of the ladies gave me a great tip! ¬†Make a scrub with lotion & sugar & scrub away. ¬†It worked! I was going to an All White Gala event that evening funny enough so I had to put that scrub to the test. ¬†More about the Collingswood Pop Up Gala in the next blog post ūüôā¬†IMG_0026.JPG

I picked up a copy of the magazine Sweet Paul & Rit Dye collaborated on. ¬†There are 7 different catagories with a handful of projects in each to make. ¬†It really is a neat craft book & I’ll be doing some tutorials from it within the next few weeks. ¬†I’ll take more pics of it as I start each project, but go to Jo-ann’s & definitely pick one up for yourself! It’s $6 for lots of Dye-IY fun!¬†IMG_0012.JPG

Sweet Paul was kind enough to sign one for me ūüôā¬†IMG_0014.JPG

“Dear Meg, Keep chasing the sweet life. Paul” ¬†Thanks Paul, I will!¬†IMG_0019.JPG

We even got a fun pic together! IMG_0022.JPG

Yay! We made it through with only 1 mini-meltdown, 2 fab projects & we got to meet some great crafty people!

Thank you so much to Sweet Paul & Rit Studios for coming to our area & taking the time to craft with us!! We had a blast! & now I have some new projects I have to work on asap!

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Energy, Focus & 39th Birthday :)

As I approach my 39th birthday this weekend I am trying to focus on a few things. ¬†Focus is a huge thing I’m trying to work on, since it seems also attached to my energy or lack there of. ¬†I know what I need to do, but my head has been pulled in many directions that at the same time I’m tired of being tired. ¬†I need to step up my yoga, breathe & be more patient in certain situations & get my energy back. ¬†I know I need these things in my life to help with my personal well being & to be more present for my family, work on my crafting business & ¬†learn what I need to, to keep blogging which is my new love in life. ¬†I may not know much, but it’s something that I’m learning & growing with in small steps so far. ¬†I have a great foundation in awesome friends that have been helping me technically & a very patient husband that hears about many different things that he could normally care less about, lol. ¬† Hopefully the more I learn, the more I can contribute to my family & friends & community around me. ¬†There are so many ideas I have for this blog & I hope I can stay motivated & keep moving right along in many different ways & who knows where this will take me. ¬†Thanks to whoever is reading this & learning along with me too. ¬†Hang in there in my early stages & I’ll keep typing away in hopes that every post gets better & better with my new knowledge, focus & energy ūüôā That is what I hope to accomplish with NutMeg Creative Cafe & the life I’m trying to create around it. ¬†Thank you again & bring it on 39!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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I’m adding this video that I’ve been watching this week to infuse some energy into my life. ¬†As I am learning my “techiness” (that’s a word right?) This is the only way I know how to embed this fab video from Sia right now. ¬†What music or videos help with your energy? Feel free to give me your suggestions & I’ll add them into my newly energized life.

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

Sia – Chandelier (Official Video) – YouTube

 

 

New Whole Foods Markets opening

 

 

So this happened this past week ūüôā An exciting new Whole Foods Market location right in our neighborhood. ¬†It’ s huge & so many things are brand new specifically for this location. ¬†Anything from made to order on the spot salad dressings, peanut butters, a certified Kosher meat section, plus the ever so cool 21 day curing meat section too that my husband was excited about and so much more. ¬†Someone informed me that they have LED lighting that’s extremely environmentally friendly. ¬†We got to tour before they opened & they made it a fundraiser to raise money towards Sustainable Cherry Hill ¬†https://www.facebook.com/SustainableCherryHill & Cherry Hill school district.

One of the biggest & best in my opinion is their focus on sourcing LOCALLY ūüôā They are passionate about supporting local farms, and small & large businesses. ¬†My favorite is a section called The Hatchery. ¬†This is where local vendors can sell their products in an area made just for them. ¬†I guess the success of the Marlton location vendor nights outside of their store has gone so well that they are more than glad to offer this inside of their stores & I can’t wait to get my crafts in there. ¬†I need new inventory & I’ll be contacting them as soon as I can.

 

 

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Love love Love this bulk section!!!

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Yummy!!! Looking forward to trying their bagels too

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Looks like I need to set up a “meeting” here so I can give my honest opinion on Fresh Brick Oven Pizza!!!! Yay ūüôā

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This is an absolute dream!!! An over the top Bath & Beauty section!!! They have everything they need to make specific products that work for you! I’d love to create some girls/moms day out event soley around this section, hehe. ¬†That’s how much I love this area!!!

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Love this upcycled bottle chandelier!

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Here’s who got to set up in the Hatchery in it’s opening week. ¬†(Hatchery photo courtesy of Whole Foods)

 

They also have their own artists making the fantastic signs that are displayed in all parts of the store. ¬†Creativity at it’s finest!

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A group of young steppers from Camden were there! So much fun energy at 8:30 in the morning!

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I’d love to figure out what & how to serve these with

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I love unique produce!!!

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Instead of a ribbon cutting, they have a break the bread ceremony. ¬†It was the warmest & freshest & Biggest chalah I’ve ever seen!! Soooo good.

 

 

 

Nice touch huh?

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So this is just the beginning of having a great new energetic business in the Ellisburg Shopping Center. ¬†I am looking forward to what I can learn through them & who I can meet as well from the neighborhood. ¬†I’ll let you know about my success of getting into the Hatcher. ¬†Meet me for a fresh cup of coffee there soon!