I’ve been meaning to post pictures from our family trip to China and am just now getting around to organizing my photos. It was one of the best family trips we have ever been on. It was affordable, there was so much to see, and it was so easy to do with kids. Before I went I was a little nervous about getting around but I don’t think it was that much harder than navigating a European country with a foreign language. We felt safe and everyone was very helpful when we asked. We had been wanting to visit Paul’s brother and family who are living in China and when I was hunting for airfare for a Spring Break trip I happened upon some really cheap direct flights to Shanghai. They were less than $600. We jumped on them and are really happy we did.
The Flight/ I read the flight information wrong at first and had thought the flight was going to be 15 hours long. Luckily it only ended up to be about 12 hours. It really wasn’t bad. We came prepared with ipads and headphones and snacks and the kids did great. When we arrived we were tired but went directly to the train station and took a train to Nanjing, just a few hours out of Shanghai. We stayed with Paul’s brother and family. It was a great transition to stay with family for the first few days because there was no pressure to sight-see and we could get over jet lag. They took us to markets that aren’t in any guide books. They also taught us a few tricks to get around. Honestly, the most helpful thing was watching my sister-in-law bargain with the vendors in limited Chinese. It came in handy later on in the trip when I had to do it on my own.
Nanjing/ We probably wouldn’t have stopped in Nanjing on our short trip if we didn’t have family there. It is a great city but not as famous as some of the others in China. Besides the markets and seeing family we also went to Confuscious’ Temple and Yellow Mountain which we really liked. After a few days we jumped on a train and began our trip to Beijing.
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1. A new party magazine from Australia, I’m intrigued!
2. How perfect is this balloon wall?
3. A DIY watercolor garland (painted with Q-tips!)
4. A genius way to give gift cards.
5. I’m in love with these funny balloon invitations.
We’re so excited to announce another round of Oh Happy Day Craft Nights at our San Francisco studio! All the details (and links to sign up!) are below. We can’t wait to see you there.
1. Calligraphy 101 with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls | $135 SOLD OUT!
Students will learn the basics of calligraphy using a pointed pen & ink. The fee covers the cost of supplies, including a special beginner kit to continue your work at home. Goodie Bag and Treat to Eat included. Click here to sign up.
2. Back to School Screenprinting Class with Andy Kane | $90
Students will receive a screenprinting demo and then have time to print on their own items. There will be 6 screenprinters featuring work from various artists. The fee covers the cost of supplies (including a t-shirt and tote to screenprint.) Students are encouraged to bring their own clothing items to screenprint as well. Goodie Bag and Treat to Eat included. Click here to sign up.
3. Woodworking 101 with Jared Rusten | $175
Students will learn about different kinds of wood, the purpose and safe use of various woodworking tools and machines, wood finishing and care, and then put those skills to use creating a beautiful cutting board to take home. Goodie Bag and Treat to Eat included. Click here to sign up.
Gorman is an Australian brand that makes colorful and fun clothing. (If you follow my instagram then you know I’m a huge Gorman fan, they make all of my favorite dresses.) I was introduced to them last year and my husband jokes I should have a direct deposit to them because that’s where I spend all my money anyway. I love that their stuff is so different and they have great prints and cuts. They recently launched a line of homegoods and it’s so good I can’t believe it. How amazing is that eye plate? The shipping from Australia is totally fast and not too expensive. If you are shopping for clothes make sure you get the right size in Australian sizing (this sizing chart was accurate for me.) They also have amazing sales. I follow them on Facebook and Instagram and get great deals on their dresses.) Have you ever heard of Gorman?
This post is sponsored by Gorman. One of my favorite companies in the world.
Sometimes store bought confetti doesn’t come in the right colors for the party we are having, in that case we make our own handmade confetti. It is really easy to make, I just throw on a movie while I cut. For this project I used a trick I learned in Paris where you just fill a plastic tube with confetti and hand them out to all your guests. With just a flick of the wrist the confetti propels out of the tube and goes everywhere. Perfect for surprise parties or weddings! The tissue paper at Paper Mart has always been my favorite. It comes in the best colors and is so affordable.
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