Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dawn Strain, founder of DJS Events, to be interviewed on 88.7 FM WRHU today!

The Believe Symposium - Long Island

Today, tune in Wednesday September 29th at 6:00 PM E.S.T. Dawn Strain, Founder of DJS Events and The Long Island Elite will join a LIVE interview with Tim Kealy on “The Profit Express” on 88.7 FM WRHU and streaming live on the web at www.wrhu.org.

Along with Lisa Strahs-Lorenc from LI works, Dawn Strain will be speaking about The Believe Symposium- an event created for Long Island youth, professionals and community members. Listen to Dawn and Lisa as they share their passion to inspire young adults and business professionals to believe in the promise of making Long Island a better place to live, work and thrive!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fire it Up! Five Ways to Spark Your Event.

Fire it Up! Ways to Use FIRE at Events

Lighting is an enormously important part of each event; not to mention any space in general. Lighting sets a mood, creates ambience and can alter the way an event is perceived. The aspect of lighting we want to talk about today is FIRE. Here are a few ideas we like at DJS for creative usage of fire.

1.) Flameless Flames.
Flameless flames have been on the rage now for a while, and it’s for good reason. They come in all sorts of different shapes, and sizes. At an Arabian Nights themed event, our belly dancers mesmerized us by the light of flameless flames that were actually made of a beautiful silk material.

2.) Tea Light Candles.
Dripping from tree branches or placed in beautiful containers on a table, tea lights are a delicate way to make a big impact in a room. To make it super safe, use battery operated ones, just make sure their plastic “flame” isn’t too obvious.

3.) Sparklers
Sparklers are an awesome, adult-friendly way to ring in the New Year or celebrate a birthday/ anniversary. At this party, there were multiple birthdays at so everyone got a sparkler and lit it up before singing and cake cutting.

4.) Entertainment
Add a little mystique! Nothing lights up a room more than a fire eater or a magician’s fire tricks.

5.) Fireworks
These can be used for large scale events-festivals, concerts, rooftop parties and other outdoor affairs…but even indoor occasions can have a small pocket of outdoor patio time in which guests are mesmerized.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DJS owner Dawn Strain is chosen as Bloomingdale's Local Fashion Influencer!

DJS Events owner, Dawn Strain, is participating in Bloomingdale’s Fall kick-off HOT campaign as local fashion influencer.

She’s super excited to go visit Prime, Four, and Westbury Gardens promoting Bloomingdale's and Sam Edelman shoes. If you want to meet Dawn and hear about some of her upcoming events, as well as receive some bonus gifts with a Sam Edelman purchase, go see her host “On the Go with Sam Edelman” this Thursday 6-8pm at Bloomingdale’s Bridgewater Commons.

Flower How To

A lady asked for help with the Kai-Lan flower.

I drew this little diagram:

First petal: With red, ch 3, dc in first chain, ch 2, sl st in first ch (see diagram).

Make 4 more petals: ch 2, dc in first ch, ch 2, sl st in first ch. 4 times.
Only the first of those four is in the diagram: they are all the same.

Leave long end for sewing, fasten off.

I hope this makes the flower easier to make. Below is Kai-Lan:

Who won a Halloween embroidery patch?

Today we selected the winners of a Jazzy the Good Witch embroidery patch. One patch goes to Leonarda  from Italy and the 2nd to Lily and Lizzie from the U.S.A.   Congratulations!

Monday, September 13, 2010

In The Meantime...

Sorry about the lack of posts recently. I am hanging out over HERE until my online store is up and running.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What I do at home

Nothing relaxes me more than sewing my little akward creatures and at the same time catching up on Criminal Minds episodes online. 
Currently I'm working on little dog badges for the shop and just finished a bunch of custom horses and one for the shop. Life's good.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fun at home

I'm spending a lot of time at home while Yasu goes to school, but I'm really enjoying it.
I've been experimenting in the kitchen and I actually cooked Dutch 'friet speciaal' last night. But I brought the special sauce from the Netherlands, so it wasn't that hard, but it was delicious though! I've also started the eleventh monkey production line again, but it's going slowly because it's all done by hand and I need to make a lot of new friends before I can open up shop again.

Sammy the Dog - New Amigurumi pattern

This is Sammy the Dog. It's a new pattern available on Etsy and Dawanda.

Cheshire Cat by Monosko

This beautiful Cheshire Cat was made by Monosko (Monosko's profile on Ravelry). The pattern is available in my shop kandjdolls.etsy.com

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kimono Kitty by Theresa

This beautiful Kimono Kitty is made by Theresa. She is very well done and so beautiful. My compliments! Theresa has a blog about Knit and Crochet: http://therese-guzman.blogspot.com/. She also shows her dolls on Ravelry: "tguzman".  The Kimono Kitty pattern is unfortunately no longer available after a complaint by Sanrio.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Simple or Spectacular? Tips for your Save the Date!

While Save the Dates gained popularity years ago as a practical way to remind guests to clear their schedules, Save the Dates have now become a stylish and unique way to show the bride and groom’s personalities and tastes. Save the dates don’t have to be as formal or pristine as the invitations; this is why they often take on a more humorous or artistic tone. Here’s a great example of a Save the Date that DJS Events has done and an example of the art from the formal invitation that followed:

A sweet little detail worth noting is the pair of wings in the background of the Save the Date. That same sketch was used to create a gobo for the ceiling of the wedding. We love threading themed details all throughout our events!

Interested in something a little less traditional? Magnets are also a great way to go, they stare your guests in the face every day when they reach for the fridge! We also found these awesome Save the Date videos that are truly a great way to express a couple’s joy and creativity. Enjoy and be inspired!
We like this one because it's concise, artful and fun, yet also manages to stay classy:

Allison & Jared are Getting Married!! Save the Date!! Engagement Photo-Shoot. from Thomas Marlow on Vimeo.

Here's one that is a little more story driven. Incorporating your story as a couple is powerful way to create a theme or capture your guests attention:

Save the date from Justin Lewis on Vimeo.

And this one is great because it's brief and sweet, without much fuss for the type of guests that don't have much time!

save the date from Brooks Tuckett on Vimeo.