Monday, November 28, 2011

the third date

blogger brunch at lauren's
In between stuffing my face, visiting family, and trying to be productive this weekend, I had the chance to get together with my favorite group of local bloggers to chat, sip mimosas, swap cookies, and attempt to make Christmas ornaments. I suppose this was our third date, but these girls already feel like old friends - I guess that's a benefit of blogging about your life - we all know so much about each other through our blogs!
ashley, sarah, rachel, tessica, lauren
Ashley, Sarah, me, Tessica, and newly-engaged Lauren (see her beautiful smile and beautiful ring?!)
Lauren hosted a delicious and impressive brunch at her gorgeous and cozy apartment and Tessica taught us how to make beautiful 3-D paper snowflakes. Well, some of them were beautiful - my attempt went straight in the recycling bin. I did not take photos of my "masterpiece", but I think Ashley may have documented my failure! (I later realized that I had pinned this exact project a long time ago - it's a good thing I didn't try to make it on my own!)

We also got to meet Lauren's fiance - who was such a good sport about having a group of chatty women take over the apartment to do craft projects! What a great guy! (And he kindly took the above group photo of us, too - and didn't even cut off our heads the way Larry usually does!)
blogger brunch at lauren's
Seriously, check out this impressive spread! Mmm!
I've been so busy lately, that I was stressing out about not having the time to bake cookies beforehand and not having the time to take a break from my work to socialize, but I'm so glad I did. I find whenever my schedule gets overbooked, the best thing I can do is take a break to chat with friends. I always leave feeling happier, energized, and inspired.
ashley, tessica, sarah
cookie swap
Thanks ladies, for a lovely afternoon! (And for all the delicious cookies we've been snacking on - Larry and the dogs ambushed me as soon as I walked in the door carrying a big bag of treats!)


Sarah said...

Aww, I'm so sad that I missed this! Everything looks so delicious, and you gals look great. :) I hope to catch up with all of you soon.

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Oh, Sarah, we missed you, too! It's so hard to get a big group together during the holidays. Hope you had a lovely weekend and we'll see you soon! :)

Sarah Rosemary said...

Belle stuck her nose in my treat bag the minute I walked in the door! :)

So good to see you! After your busy season, we need to get together and talk shop! Oh, and dogs, too :)

ashleyTIA said...

Jer, as he eats another one of your cookies last night, "I freaking love the blog girls!" lol!

Great pictures, Rachel. It was so nice spending more time with you. :)

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Sarah - yes, can't wait to get together with you soon - we can discuss cameras and dogs dogs dogs! (I was telling Larry what we talked about during brunch and said that you and I were telling the others about life with a coonhound and he was like "Oh no, you didn't bore everyone talking about the dogs did you?" Um, maybe! But Banjo and Belle seem to be cut from the same cloth - we could probably compare their antics for hours!)

Ashley - Ha! Maybe sometime we'll have to invite the boys to one of our get-togethers. It sounds like they'd really get along with each other!

Karin said...

Great photos! And the yummy! Sad that I missed hanging with you ladies. Thank you all for brightening my day at work on Saturday with yummy goodies! :)

Becky said...

So sad I had to miss it - but so glad you all had a great time!

Lisa (hello, suburbia) said...

Great photos! I'm so glad you all had a wonderful time! So bummed I missed this! I hope to see you all soon :)

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Karin, Becky, and Lisa - we missed you, too! Hope to see you soon!

Lauren Margaret said...

For the first time in my life I cursed not having a cell phone signal on vacation because I somehow got a notification that you'd posted this, but I couldn't load the page! Aaah! I'm happy to be home and able to read it now. Thank you for your kind words, thank you for your friendship, thank you for coming over, and thank you for the delicious cookies! Good luck with the upcoming craft fairs:) Let's get together for a celebratory brew soon! xoxo.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

I need to take a lesson from you ladies and make more time for socializing. It's been too easy to put my life on the back burner while I try to juggle my job, my blog, my Etsy shop, and wedding planning.

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Jane - you should come to our next blogger meet-up! I was the same way - blogging and my etsy shop were really solitary activities, but meeting and socializing with these girls has been so much fun. It's so easy to get busy and make excuses for not socializing, but I've been so much more inspired lately after taking the time to get out of the house and talk to other people!