oh happy day events
We have made a lot of progress on our new offices. We had all the walls painted white so we would have a blank canvas to work with. I’m still not sure what to do with the flooring but I think that will be one of the things we take care of a few months from now once we are settled. The utilities are all set up and the wifi will be installed on Friday! I felt like such an adult setting up my own garbage account. I’ve been thinking about the design of the whole thing and I’ve been inspired by bright happy colors and big graphic text. Here are some of the inspiration boards I’m using. The new space has an upstairs and a downstairs. Our offices and crafting space will be on the bottom floor and the event space and photo studio will be on the top.
-I love this brassy Sputink light fixture. I’ll probably try to find a vintage (cheaper) version.
-I’m so excited we’ll have a place for all of our fun office supplies I’ve been collecting. Love these pencils.
-We just picked up these mint green file cabinets from CB2. Maybe it will make the paperwork more fun?
-We use a lot of really fun materials (our crepe paper collection is really impressive) so I’ve been thinking about ways to display that kind of thing out in the open instead of tucking it in a cupboard.
-I’m on the hunt for the perfect coral pink velvet. It is so hard to find! I found one source that was the right color but it was $50/ yard and I need something more affordable. Do you guys have any ideas?
-I want to work on some custom signage around the space with a sign painter. I love Caitlyn Galloway’s work.
-I’ve been crushing hard on a quirky custom neon sign like this one from Kelly Mark. I’m so excited!
Since the upstairs will be dual purpose we need to be able to go from photoshoot to event space quickly I knew we would have some limitations. After thinking about it I thought we needed folding tables and stacking chairs that we could tuck away when we were done with events.
-I keep coming back to this graphic wall from this Australian wedding. So brilliant!
-I need simple stools that stack, love these from Artek.
-There is a major hole in the market for attractive folding tables. These are the only ones I could find that didn’t look like they would be at a yard sale.
Remember back here where we were looking for a new studio? We found one that I think will work! It is a really cool building in the Mission not far from where we are now. I started calling every listing on Craigslist and then spent two afternoons just walking around looking for real estate signs and asking people if they knew of anything. Everything was either really expensive or the space was awkward. Then luckily Paul happened to be walking by our new building and noticed people were moving out. We were able to get in and call the landlord before it was on the market! YEA!! What I like about the building is we have the whole space. It isn’t huge but it is divided up really nicely so we can use the upstairs for shooting and continue doing our craft nights and classes and then downstairs we’ll use for offices. (It is hard to hold events in the same place you work because you are always having to clean up projects and move things out of the way.) It is amazing to have them be two separate spaces. Another aspect I liked is the space is zoned for retail. I don’t know if I want to open up a full fledged shop anytime soon but I like that it is an option.
It’s a pretty decent blank canvas but these are definitely the before pictures. I really love the staircase and the bathrooms all have really cool tile. Right now we are working out the painting and furniture details. My goal is to get the space up and running and functional and then come through and design it later. It is really scary to sign a lease and make big decisions, but it is a huge relief to have a space we can shoot in and I’m excited to be able to hold more Craft Nights and classes on a regular basis!
Last week we had our letterpress craft night! It was a really great night. We were able to donate all the money from the tickets to our local community preschool. A huge thanks to my friend Rebecca Wright who planned the event. Over 50 people attended and we had a great time eating and learning about letterpress. Also a big thanks to all the brands who donated items for the gift bags! They were really good (see below.)
Andrea Pimental was our caterer. She impressed everyone with homemade oreos and Mexican-inspired salads. Our new Craft Night logos (designed by the amazing Clayton Thompson) were printed on canvas tote bags which held all the sponsored swag.
Coatt sent over a few delicate necklaces with gold dots and dashes that spelled out words and phrases in morse code. Ours came with words like “yeehaw” and “lucky.” And Hello Merch supplied every excited attendee with their own Champ Sweatshirt.
The Succulence, an adorable local succulent supplier that also offers classes and landscaping services, sent over 50+ mini plants for us hand out. We planted them in magnetic pods from Urbio, an awesome Bay Area startup that specializes in modular organization.
Photojojo, who also happens to be our neighbor, made sure everyone received a Tokyo Dreamer camera strap. Made of durable vegan leather, these are strong enough to hold SLRs, DSLR’s and their big ‘ol lenses. Ps: check out their awesome Phoneography 101 class.
Finally, Paper Source donated all the paper and envelopes we used for the letterpress demonstration. Their Luxe paper line notecards are my favorite for letterpressing. And their envelopes are the best (and come in amazing colors.)
We’d like to say a huge thank you for everyone who attended – and to all of our wonderful sponsors! We’re in the process of coordinating more Craft Nights this month. So stay tuned for the announcements!
Photos by Paul Ferney
We are starting up Oh Happy Day Craft Nights again at our studio in San Francisco and the first one is going to take place Friday, December 28, 2012. We are changing up the format a little bit. Instead of having everyone bring a craft to work on we are going to have someone come and teach a class and all the the materials will be provided. It will still be free, but like last time, attendees will still need to pay $20 and register to hold their spot. The $20 will be completely refunded when you sign in the night of the event.
Registration will go up tomorrow at 9 am PST. Check www.ohhappyday.com tomorrow to find out all the details!