Have you tried a surprise ball yet? They're so fun -- stickers, miniature animals and other little treasures wrapped in crepe paper to resemble a ball. They're made in the form of everything from fruit to flowers. We fell in love with Robert Mahar's bright beauties at Crafting Community in Palm Springs. They're perfect for holidays, keep the kids entertained at a party and can even be DIY'ed, if you're so inclined. Here are some of our favorites.


Pomegranate by Anandamayi Arnold exclusively at Tail of the Yak in Berkeley.

Garden Vegetables from TOPS Malibu.

Christmas DIY from HonestlyWTF.

You may remember these Meri Meri Easter bunnies from our party.

This guy would have been a perfect addition to our Swan Guide.


Crafting Community calls their annual event at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs "an unforgettable weekend retreat designed to inspire," and it really is. Karen Kimmel and Stacy Bernstein have created a truly incredible experience. Here are some of our highlights from their May 2015 retreat.

Mila couldn't get enough of zipping in and out of these tents.

Nellystella shorts are from Poppy's Closet.

So much eye candy with these Sunnylife flamingos, swans, ducks and beach balls.

Reunited with her favorite giraffe.

Don't forget your hashtag.

Meals were served poolside. Can't tell you how much we appreciated the shade.

How genius is this Crafting Community sign?

Back to the pool.

Spending the time with friends made it an amazing experience.