Designer/DIYer/writer/everything'r Kelly Malone has been so good to The Bold Italic. She upped the visual aesthetic of our two-story work space and has since gone on to some killer design projects for other folks, including recently redoing Speakeasy's taproom to look like a secret, romantically-lit bar. I love the look of the taproom, but more than that, I'm a big Kelly lover, so I was very sad when she told me she has to move back home for a bit to take care of some personal and family stuff. But if she has to leave for a while, at least she takes off in style. I mean, when does Kelly ever do something quiet and subtle? The woman is a constant explosion of ideas and collaborations ... as is her going away bash.

Speakeasy is hosting an awesome, "old-timey prohibition style carnival" on Saturday, Feb. 23 complete with kissing booth, carnival games, photo booth, food pop-ups, prizes, beer, more beer, bands, and so much more. Check out the Facebook page to stay updated. It's an excuse to hit a great local brewery, check out Kelly's outstanding design work (which she did with a talented crew of woodworkers and painters), and best of all, support the DIY queen herself. Funds from the party help pay for some of her medical bills while funding an excellent one-a-kind evening.

Photo of Kelly and her partner in woodworking crime, Nick Sass, by Myleen Hollero