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we’ve got some serious altitude

posted January 31, 2012 by rachel |

not many soap makers get to hang out with stylish design bloggers. unless you make stylish soap, like us. so when the organizers of Altitude Design Summit approached method about sponsoring this year’s event, first we panicked about all the new adorable outfits we would have to buy, and then said “yes, please.”

katie + I hosted an intimate dinner for 12 bloggers to kick off the week. it was fun to meet some of the ladies (and one gent) behind the blogs we regularly visit for fashion, décor and crafting inspiration. I especially loved connecting with other San Francisco folks, like UberCraft’s kelli, formerly the Craft + Holiday editor at Martha Stewart Living, and kasey from Turntable Kitchen. I have a long list of people who will be receiving her awesome food + music pairings box this year. caitlin from Sacramento Street dined with us as well. then we caught a glimpse of her featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Stylemaker Spotlight that very weekend.

I attended panel sessions led by some talented folks who have turned their everyday passions into beautifully curated blogs chock full of design ideas, cupcake recipes + crafting projects that would make even Martha’s head spin. and in some cases, they’ve parlayed web fame into HGTV careers. heather armstrong of Dooce shared tips for growing strong online communities, and we heard erin loechner from Design for Mankind recap her year blog-umenting her Midwest home renovation.

we also heard ben, the founder of Pinterest, tell his tale of turning a humble vision into THE online venue for organizing + sharing. in fact, it inspired me to establish method’s own Pinterest presence, which our in-house design team will soon start populating with web links of both the products we make + those that inspire us. be sure to follow us on Pinterest.

the highlight of the week was undoubtedly the “sparkly clean” themed party we hosted on Friday night, along with the planning expertise from three lovely bloggers: melanie from You Are My Fave, danyelle from Dandee Designs and susan from Freshly Picked. Those ladies could hustle, blowing up hundreds of white balloons, ensuring sparkly beverages were on hand for all the guests, and most importantly, providing props, confetti and good tunes for hours of fun in the Smilebooth.

our party rocked way past the end time, which is pretty standard procedure for us. it was an awesome way to tie a bow on a week of blogger goodness. plus, it was a heck of a lot of fun catching up with long-time method friends like gabby from Design Mom and liz from Say Yes to Hoboken. we’re already looking forward to Alt 2013.

as method continues growing our community of people against dirty, we always want to hear from you about what we types of content you’d like to see on our blog, twitter feed or facebook page. so tell us!

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