As a continuation of yesterday’s post, while in Los Angeles this past week for Fabric Weekend 2013, I had the honor of hosting another Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out!
Girl’s Night Out is an event that allows women who share a passion for sewing and blogging, to be able to step away from their machines for a night and connect over dinner. We laugh over our fabric hoarding, tell war stories about bringing kids to the local fabric shop, and get to know each other in all of the ways that truly bring people together.
And what better way to end a once-in-a-lifetime shopping weekend than with this incredible dinner?!
A last hurrah.
We dined at an incredible restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Industriel Farm – it came highly recommended. The decor was exactly what you would imagine…farm chic.
Months of planning goes into creating a Girl’s Night Out Dinner, all in an effort to pull off an event that will honor both the attendees and the Sponsors.
I always arrive early to set up…
And as the girl’s slowly trickle in, I love seeing them mingle as they get to know one another better (or in the case of this particular dinner, hear how the rest of their fabric shopping went). All around you hear laughter, stories that make you do double takes, and you find yourself talking louder to be heard over the ruckus.
We have a tendency to take over the entire restaurant.
But my very favorite part has to be the gift bags…
The sponsors involved all go above and beyond to bless the ladies included in this incredible event, and it always touches my heart. Hearing the girl’s exclamations as they receive their new goody bags makes all of the work involved in putting one of these events together worthwhile.
It is one amazing tote.
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores were incredibly generous with boxes filled to the brim of fabric, Pellon offered yardage of their renowned interfacing for each girl to work with, Michael Miller Fabrics gave everyone fabric from their newly released Violet Craft line, thread spools lined on ribbon and samples of Phoomph were put in by Coats and Clark, an entire charm pack for the entire 2013 Spring Dear Stella Design Fabric line was included, and a pack of 5 Patterns were donated by McCalls.
Furthermore, every Girl’s Night Out I like to do something a little special personally for each of the girls. This time I made the Gift Bags themselves. If they seem familiar, its because you are thinking of my burlap and chalkboard teachers gift tutorial here. I came up with that tutorial as I was making these. The only difference I made was using Chalkboard Vinyl, instead of contact paper. Which needs to be cured, then glued on with E6000. And lastly, sewed around the edges with embroidery thread.
For the dinner, I placed chalk on the middle of the table so that the girl’s could really get in on the fun…
Once the dinner starts, the speed-dating comes to an end with everyone managing to find their seat. I have never met a dessert I didn’t like.
And hours later, when the plates are being cleared away and people are starting to look at their watches to see just how late it is, you realize that you are walking away from Girl’s Night Out with new friends. Friends that know and understand you. Friends that you can reach out to when you have a fabric question, or want to chat about your latest scissor obsession. Friends that will understand your need to photograph every step of the creation process, or will help you learn how to sew that difficult pattern you have been meaning to tackle.
That you have been at a dinner with your ‘peeps’.
I need to say a wholehearted THANK YOU to the incredible companies that help to make this dinner a reality.
- Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Stores
- Coats & Clark
- Dear Stella Design
- Michael Miller Fabrics
These companies enrich the sewing community in every way, including supporting us bloggers. Without them we couldn’t bring you the fresh content, ideas, and knowledge that we do on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the very bottom of my heart.