10 May 2012

Sydney abcd Saturday Soiree photos

I can't tell you how much fun it was for Lisa and I to put together the theme and decor for our latest Sydney abcd meetup for art, craft and design bloggers a few weeks ago. We tracked down a great venue (thanks Jessica!), met with the function manager, dreamed up a concept, decided on colour palette, shared ideas, scoured stores for streamers and sequins, crafted up a storm, roped in some earlybirds (thanks Amy, Nicola, Alison, Kamilla and Kareena!), and styled up the Ruby L'otel in Rozelle for our Saturday Soiree.

We were lucky enough to have the talented Anni from Milk and Honey Photography capture our afternoon. Here are some of Anni's beautiful photos:

How lucky were we to have the most amazing ombre peach cake (with lemon-layered sponge interior), made by Alison from Alison Lawson Cakes, to match our theme. Read more about Alison's cake here. It wasn't long before we all got chatting, sipping, and consuming the delicious Pat & Stick's Homemade Ice Cream Co. sandwiches (read more here):

Pat & Stick's Homemade Ice Cream Co. sandwiches and Bec (Lorenzo's Playground)
Tessa (Down That Little Lane) and Svenja (Identitaet)
Amanda (Amanda Fuller Designs), Nicola (Concrete & Honey) and Steph (Bondville - that's me!)
Nicola (Concrete & Honey) and Tara (Dudley Redhead) chatting.
Amanda (Amanda Fuller Designs) and Saffron (Saffron Craig)
Alison (Alison Lawson Cakes)
Leanne (Sweet Style and Mrs A In The Cove) and Anni (Milk & Honey Photography)
Anika (Identitaet) and Nicola (Concrete & Honey)
Steph (OverIt!, Moobear Designs, The Treehouse)
The abcd goodie bag was as popular as ever, with lots of handmade goodies, fabric samples, sweet things, and more. See all the goodies here. Anni took some shots of us with our goodies in front of our streamer curtain:
Lisa (the red thread) and Steph (Bondville - that's me!)
Deni (Free Range Living), Denise (Grrl + Dog) and Leanne (Sweet Style)

Tara (Dudley Redhead) and Andrea (Andrea Smith)
Jenn (The Blissfull Brush) and Robyn (Posh Nosh)
Kate (Another Donkey Design) and T (Designed To A T)
The conversations continued as the sun set lower, and the candles were lit and we finished off that amazing cake...
Amy (Badskirt)
Kristen (Kristen Doran Design), Amy (Badskirt) and Sasha (Faint Impressions)
... and finally we packed up and squirreled away our goodie bags chock-full of handmade goodness.

It was truly a fabulous afternoon. Thank you so much to all the Sydney art, craft and design bloggers who made the afternoon so special (and even frocked up!). A huge thank-you goes to my friend Lisa who patiently waded through my Pinterest boards, sourced, crafted and organised our Saturday Soiree with me. I can't wait until our next event.

Images: Milk & Honey Photography | Styling: Steph Bond-Hutkin and Lisa Tilse | Cake: Alison Lawson Cakes | Venue: Ruby L'otel | Graphic Design: Lisa Tilse


  1. Didn't we have a great afternoon? The styling is just gorgeous (you girls are amazing), and Anni's photos are fantastic (I think that may be one of the best photos ever taken of me!). Thanks for the ice cream too Steph. Jenn x

  2. Thanks Steph and Lisa, it was a lovely afternoon and so pretty! Jenn I am so glad you like your portrait...x Anni

  3. It was a fab afternoon, loved it. Thanks so much for organising xx

  4. Such a fabulous afternoon! Thank you Steph and Lisa - superb!

  5. Each meet-up gets better, but this time Steph & Lisa you excelled yourself!

    Sally (Jambo Chameleon).

  6. oh mi goodness..

    the photographs are gorgeous. Is that a 1.4 lens?

    Just beautiful!

  7. Just super, Steph! What a blissful time you all had. I'm looking forward to getting the ball rolling down here some time soon! J x

  8. How fabulous it all looks! I sure wish I lived in Sydney! I wonder if any Melbournians are planning a similar meetup in Melbourne?

  9. Wow, this looks amazing and fun! You guys did a great job with styling the event. I'd love to hear how this all came together in a bit more detail, as I'd love to see a meet up in my area. Did you ask each person to contribute to the goody bags and to donate items that pertain to their particular biz? Did you have to rent the space?

    Thanks for sharing! Desha

  10. What a beautiful event full of lovely crafty designer folk. Wish I could be there. Lots of love to you Steph. xxx



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