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Family Shelter Update

Crafting Party For The Shelter

Emily Henderson gold lamp

Well folks we only have a week to go until we do our install at the shelter and since we were there last there has been a ton of deliveries from the companies and artists that have so generously donated. The past two Saturday’s there have been volunteers on site unpacking and putting furniture together and doing other hardy jobs that we would normally end up doing, so when we got there on Tuesday it was like Christmas morning seeing all the pieces assembled and put together. So naturally I had to put on a muu muu and force some totally silly shots with lamps in just WACKY places.

Homeless shelter

All the art had arrived that Danielle from The Jealous Curator had organized which you can read more about the artists here.  We also received a ton of art from Minted which we’re excited to get framed. We are looking for local framers who would be interested in collaborating and framing some of the art, so if you know of anyone please pop a note in the comments.

Kelly Ventura Homeless shelter artwork

Thank you again to Kelly Ventura | Jessica Brilli | Kiana Mosley | Leah Giberson | Lisa Congdon | Lola Donoghue | Lisa Golightly | Marta Spendowska | Trey Speegle | Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen and of course Danielle for coordinating this.  And Minted for sending us some of your amazing artists works.

Emily Henderson Ginny Macdonald

Sometimes the baby gets tired which means I get tired so naturally I had to test out one of the sectionals… you know, for the baby. I’m not sure what Ginny’s excuse was…

Serena & Lily

We are super excited about the kid’s areas and the nursery especially these Serena & Lily animal heads. Lauren from Walnut Animal Society also sent us a super cute HANDMADE BY HER raccoon for the kid’s area.

We are installing at the end of this week and then on Saturday we are hosting a fun family community art project with the wonderful ladies from Crafting Community and we want you to be there. We are crafting a quilt which will be a main feature in the shelter living room and made by us and our families, the shelter families, donors and volunteers. We don’t have room/budget to make this a huge event, but as a mom with kids I know that I am always looking for ways to have fun, spend time with my kids on a Saturday and if there is a way to bring some awareness of some social issues into their little brains then its a win for all. So if you are LA based and your family is interested in coming please RSVP here. It will be super casual and fun – just crafting, some pizza, a playground, some balloon animals, and yes, you can tour the (hopefully) finished space.

Thank you again to Lamps Plus | Target | Serena & Lily | Lulu & Georgia | Minted | DENYIndustry West | World Market | Strand Books | Walnut Animal Society | Wintergreen and the Bee AND ALL OF YOU for your awesome and generous donations.

See the beginning post here, the first update post here,  a last little nudge to our indiegogo campaign here, an art roundup of our favorite work from the artists that have donated here, and a big thank you to those who donated here.

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  1. Where did you get your caftan? So pretty.

    1. Yes, dress details please! 🙂

  2. Are you still doing a separate event for people who donated? I remember that from a few months back, but this sounds different.

  3. Oh how I wish I lived in LA!

    On a side note – love your outfit in these photos. You look super cute in that hat.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

    1. Josh! I didn’t know you were an Emily Henderson blog reader too! lol not to sound like a comment stalker, but I’m a daily reader of her’s too, and saw you commented!

      -lauren

      1. OMG – she’s one of my favorites haha.

        1. Next time you are in town, you need to stop by and visit the office. I think a coffee may be in order soon as we seem to have quite a few mutual friends 🙂

  4. This is such an amazing thing that you’re doing! I wish I was in LA so I could see the final result and all the hard work you ladies did!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  5. Ah, man–my first thought when I saw your dress was, “I pinned that dress a couple weeks ago! I liked it so much that I pinned 4 different views of it!”
    I can tell that the art’s going to make a huge difference in the space. Looking forward to it.

  6. I love reading these Shelter updates so much! It’s such a great project and I love seeing how it’s all coming together. Wish I lived closer so I could take part firsthand!

  7. Your work is more important than you realize. Keep up helping in such a meaningful and important area. I want to see it SOOO badly.

  8. oh.. interesting image..