I had the best time last Friday hosting my first workshop at the Philly Home Show. You may recall my previous post where I provided some information about my appearance at one of the Make and Take workshops taking place that day. On the blog today, I’m recapping all the details of my experience.

The paper fortune cookie craft was the perfect project leading into Valentine’s Day weekend. Special thanks to A.C. Moore for sponsoring my presentation! You can find the tutorial here in case you wish to try it yourself.

Make and Take Paper Fortune Cookie

Presentation is everything to me so adding that “With Love” tag was the perfect way to seal this project. It truly was the “icing” on the cake. 🙂

Full Paper Fortune Cookie Kit

Although my hour-long workshop was set up for 15 people, I made enough paper fortune cookie kits for 60 people. Good thing I brought extras because between attendees, bloggers, and vendors at the Philly Home Show, all 60 of my kits were distributed by the end of the evening! I’m so glad this craft was well received.

Each of my paper fortune cookie kits contained the following:

  • 3 pre-cut paper rounds
  • 3 sheets of note paper
  • 3 glue dots (permanent)
  • “With Love” tag
  • 1 red gift pouch

Paper Fortune Cookie Kits

Even though my workshop was at the 5 p.m. time-slot, I arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center by 1 p.m. I wanted to check out other “Make and Take” workshops, visit some of the booths, and also participate in the “White Sofa Challenge.”

Philly Home Show Entrance

Displaying my fortune cookie craft at the Make and Take station!

Fortune Cookie Craft sponsored by AC Moore

Doesn’t the Make and Take booth look amazing? Here’s a photo of me before my segment.

Make and Take Workshop at Philly Home Show

Here I am explaining to attendees what they will be making at this workshop.

Tee at Make It Take It Demo

Attendees were asked to first write sweet notes to their loved ones.

I recommended writing creative phrases like “I love you more than coffee…You give me the biggest giggles…Candy is not sweeter than you.”

Writing notes for fortune cookie

Showing the trick to forming a fortune cookie.

Paper Fortune Cookie Folding technique

Paper Fortune Cookie Demo

Another group of “crafters” participating in the workshop.

More attendees

My craft wasn’t only done by adults. Kids were also participants!

These girls did a great job with this craft. Look at the cutie on the right with the pretty flower headband. She was my youngest attendee! I’m sure she was doodling writing something sweet for her mommy! 🙂

Kids at Make and Take Craft

More sweet crafters getting into the project.

Kids at craft demo1

These 2 gentlemen (vendors at one of the booths) were so enthusiastic about making paper fortune cookies for their sweethearts. They had heard about my craft from the loud speaker and asked if they could participate. But, of course!

Happy attendees with craft

Some of my non-camera-shy “crafters” posing for a group shot.

Some attendees of paper fortune demo

I had to take a photo with this gentleman below because he was such a great supporter of my workshop. He loved the craft and made the sweetest comment about how he can tell how passionate I am with what I do.

I was so flattered because I can be pretty animated when I speak. Sometimes I wonder if people think I drank one too many cups of coffee.

It’s always wonderful when people respect the work that you do. I hope his significant other loved the craft he made with her in mind.

Attendee at Paper Fortune Cookie Demo

In addition to taking photos of my attendees, I also took a couple of photos with other bloggers.

Here I am with my blogger friend, Tara from Lehman Lane. Tara was a wonderful help! Not only did she help take photos of me doing my demo, she also assisted some of my workshop attendees. Thanks so much, Tara!

Tee and Tara at Make and Take Demo

Here’s a group shot of me along with 3 other DIY-loving bloggers. These ladies were all so sweet and fun!

Left to Right: Me, Erin (HandleDE), Sarah (Nestrs), and Evey (Evey’s Creations)

Bloggers at Make It Take It Booth

Of course, I couldn’t leave the Philly Home Show without doing the White Sofa Challenge!

Here’s the blank, white sofa provided.

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Two minutes later (timed contest), here’s how the sofa ended up looking.

You can probably tell I love patterns and color in my decor. 🙂

Ikea White Sofa Challenge1

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recap of my visit to the Philly Home Show. The show is still running until this Sunday! I highly encourage you to pay a visit if you’re nearby. You can learn more by visiting their website here.

In closing, I’d like to thank Denise from The Painted Home for inviting me to present at the Make and Take station this year! Also, big thanks to the lovely folks at A.C. Moore for sponsoring all the materials used at my demo. It was so heartwarming to not only see women participating in my workshop but also men and kids being among them too!

I’m curious…if you were to host a workshop, what type of workshop would it be?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Have a lovely weekend ahead! XO, Tee.

 

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