Lots of you have been asking what exactly was inside of the goody bags that we stuffed for our students at and so I thought to do a round-up showing all of the loot from our wonderful sponsors. Please click on the links below to see the websites behind each company as they are all such interesting and fantastic spots to find beautiful things for the holidays and any time of the year, really. Ready to see what our students received?
in San Francisco gave us journals to write in - so pretty, thank you Chronicle!
As mentioned previously in this post, gave us all amazing totes and pouches.
gave everyone handmade animal brooches that we used to decorate the bags from Alphabet Bags. The ribbon on the bags was from our other sponsor, via their German agent, .
Then, Charlotte from sent us a box filled with animal pencils, but that's not all...
also donated journals with glittery covers - bling bling
And gave our students handmade bracelets and necklaces (necklaces not shown).
I reached into my own pocket and ordered 17 copies of from Amazon and signed each copy for my students, placing it in their bags. It made me happy to see how much they loved it!
sponsored notepads because every blogger needs a to do list!
(I love this online shop!) donated packs of straws since so many bloggers love using them in food photography and blue with pink neon bags ().
gave everyone tins of Love tea... And we were definitely feeling the love this weekend!
These adorable German tickets (for fun!) came from our sponsor, . These are cute for laying on a table during a party or pinning to mood boards.
sponsored us too - they gave everyone .
also provided napkins so we used their Mr. and Mrs. napkins () when we ate. So cute!
gave everyone a porcelain star, "You Are My Star", which is exactly how we felt about each student in our class. They were all total ROCK STARS. xo
Publisher gave everyone a copy of Nine Stories About Love written by with illustrations by blogger . I wanted to have a book that had its roots in blogging and I've known Ana for many years as a fellow blogger. I think it's encouraging for bloggers to see what potential there is to extend beyond our blogs to take part in exciting projects.
gave everyone Christmas-themed masking tape. Who doesn't love decorative tape? My favorite was the white tape with the black and neon pink stars. I saved a roll for my ever-growing collection of tapes!
Lisa Nieschlag from gave us pretty postcards for the goody bags, thank you Lisa! You are the best!
To decorate the studio rooms and the student bags, was so generous in giving us paper snowflakes, napkins and ribbons. We loved them! It was so fun to use them to decorate the windows in the studio and the tables and bags. I think the paper snowflakes brought the real deal though because it snowed this weekend and so the windows looked particularly divine with paper snowflakes inside and icy snow falling outdoors. Magical, especially with the candles flickering in the windows. It was such a cozy blogger retreat!
I am so pleased that our sponsors came through for us to make this weekend memorable and gorgeous for both Steffi and I and most importantly, our students. We really wanted to make our goody bags special - mission accomplished! If you missed the video from our class, click here to view it, it's so sweet because you can see in the beginning how everyone is so thrilled opening their bags to see all of the things that I've shown you in this post. You can clearly feel the love and positivity - the magic just radiated from our studio in Hannover all weekend -- I think hearts and rainbows were above and all around my home! It was incredible.
I love teaching and want to keep hosting workshops and encouraging and connecting people for years to come, and I have to thank my sponsors for making it easier for me to be generous through their gorgeous donations in the form of pretty products that bloggers love to use. So thank you all, dear sponsors, for your BIG giving hearts.
(images: holly becker for cattledogs)