Decoing The Hive

Thursday, July 4, 2013

#decoingthehive photos from Instagram, via Tagboard
Around this time last year I came across reports of the inaugural The Hive conference on two of my all-time favourite blogs, Pret-a-Voyager and The House that Lars Built. At this stage I didn't have a blog, I was just a 'lurker' - you know, one of those people that are obsessed with reading blogs, will start one "one day", never comments but always wants to (are YOU a lurker?! Don't be shy, come say hi!!). I then went on a Googling-spree to absorb as much information as I could about this wonderful weekend in Berlin and thought maybe, one day, I'd perhaps attend something like that, that maybe it could be fun. 
Fast-track to January, my baby of a blog still finding its footing, and the news of a second The Hive conference is announced. After weeks of "Oh, I really want to goooo!" Mr M flung his bank card at my forehead and told me that if I didn't buy the ticket then and there and shut up about it he'd just do it for me and I'd have no choice. So I did.

Two weeks later I was emailing Yvonne to ask if I could supply The Hive with decorations.

Yvonne and Peggy were not only so enthusiastic about what I had proposed they also asked me to create for them and The Hive a map of Europe for everyone to place their business card on, after seeing something similar at Mecca-of-all-blog-conferences Alt Summit.
Crafting the deco I had in mind for the conference, while extremely time consuming, was a no-brainer as I had proposed something that was within my realm of capabilities (read: comfort-zone!) The hundreds and hundreds - for fear of loosing my mind I never counted how many - little squares I had cut at the copy shop at the end of my street (angels on Earth, those Office Depot girls... The things I ask of them!) which I then hand-cut into hexagons using a template were sewed together to bring The Hive's 2013 motif to life and took over the Betahaus as the 200 odd bloggers did that weekend. Being the 'Hive' a few honeycomb balls had to be put into use also.

Image: The Hive Flickr
Image: The Hive Flickr

"The Map" on the other hand, went through several reincarnations in my head, all the while keeping to the brief that it had to be plain, so as to be able to be reused for future conferences, and be able to fit in my suitcase to be able to take it from Paris to Berlin. I wanted to make it really beautiful and give it a traditional European crafted feel, so, in the end, I went with what I know best - sewing - and bought some rustic French linen and created the borders with a cross-stitched effect in paint.

Because I have some geniuses for friends, one suggested that I film the process - so I did (the other is in the footage helping me).

(I wasn't quick enough to capture the map without any cards on it, so the lonely two at the end of the montage are my own and Elisa's! Thanks for being the first card on the map, lovely!!)


Thank you to Peggy and Yvonne for having me decorate The Hive. It was a blast. And thank you to everyone that said nice things about the map and the deco, you made me and my little hexagons blush bright magenta!

xx

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  1. Unfortunately I never got there but admired your map and decorations from afar!

    Very well done:-)

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    1. Thank you very much, Tina! Perhaps we will get the chance to meet at next year's Hive? xx

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  2. I'm amazed how much effort went into the decorations. It was gorgeous and it seems one of the most photographed items during the weekend.

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    1. Thanks Tobia! It did take a while! They were a bit paparazzi-ed, weren't they?! xx

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  3. You sure did an amazing job - love love looooove the map!

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  4. The utter brilliance of your decorations cannot be overstated. The kilometers of garland in the Hive colors were just so incredible and gave the whole place such a festive feel! Everyone fell in love instantly.

    And the map! The map is pure genius. The video of how you made it is so cool! You are just incredible, I am in awe!

    (Thanks for the shout-out! I would have removed the card if you had asked, you know - so you could capture the empty map ;-)) xoxoxox

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    1. Wow! Elisa, thank you so very much! You're too kind! No, I like that they were there, our business cards! xx

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  5. What a great talent you have! Are you planning to go to the October conference in Copenhagen?

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    1. Thank you Lady Mary. Yes! I do plan to go, I just need to sort out flights/ accom. Will you be going, also? It would be so fun to see you there!

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  6. So proud! Looks like a lot of work and you nailed it perfectly... oh I wish I had that gift you have :)

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    1. Thank you darling Yle! You're so sweet! But, there's no way I could wear what you wear as well as you do!! That's your amazing!!

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  7. That video is the best! Like I've said before, the decorations at The Hive this year made all the difference in the world. I'm surprised you don't have carpal tunnel syndrome or something similar from all that cutting though! Greetings from Italy, Jillx

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    1. Thank you Jill! I'm really glad my friend suggested I do the video! It's nice to remember how it came together. I'm really glad that the deco had the effect it did! And that everyone enjoyed it! Thanks for coming by! xx

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  8. How cool! I love he combination of hot pink and orange for the hexagons! :)

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    1. Right?! The colours were one of the reasons I wanted to work on it so bad - I love orange and fuchsia together! So perfect! xx

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