I’m hoping this post isn’t going to be all over the place – but I had so much fun and I have so much to tell you!!
Just a quick summary in case you haven’t heard of it – Creative Estates was a conference held in Chandler, Arizona last weekend targeted specifically to creative blogs and handmade businesses.
It was so amazing to be in a room of 170(ish) fabulous, successful women who are passionate about blogging and creating.
Seems like when I try and explain my blog to people they look puzzled and say, “Why?” or “How do you make money doing that???” or “What’s a blog?” haha.
But these ladies get it – Because it’s their thing too – it was great!!
I was so nervous before the conference – just looking at the guest list gave me jitters – these gals are my celebrities. Who cares about Jennifer Aniston – I want to meet Jen from Tatertots and Jello!!
And I just have to say – Every. Single. Person. I met was sweet and welcoming and it didn’t matter whether they had a HUGE blog (hi Jen.) or a brand new blog!
So are you ready for some pictures?????
The first night was the Cupcakes mixer at El Zocolo in Chandler. A few of us met up and went to dinner before it.
None of us knew each other before that night – and we all hit it off so well!! These ladies are the best.
We had cupcakes and yummy Mexican food and had a great time getting to know each other!
Jen from Tatertots and Jello is just as sweet as she seems online. She said the nicest things about my blog and it was definately one of my weekend highlights to meet her.
Which is obvious by the fact that this picture is blurry and I don’t care because it’s me and Jen and I’m posting it anyway cause I love it. Ha.
Me and Becca from Blue Cricket Design. This girl is hilarious, talented, and so nice.
She joined our table at Girl’s Night Out even though she could have eaten with the “big” bloggers. Love that.
April from Funky Vintage Lovely and Holly from 504 Main (best Roomie EVERRRRRRR!) :)
April, Holly and I had quite the adventure at the airport trying to find each other. Picture 3 people who have never seen each other before and are trying to locate each other through twitter. Crazy.
Take a look!! Amy from the Pink Bow Bath Boutique decorated her booth at the Handmade Market with my Peeps Printable!!
How cool is that?? She was so nice and her products are just yummy. I love the Jelly Bean Body Butter. ;)
Sorry for the bad flash here – this was our Girl’s Night Out table. Girl’s Night Out was sooooo fun – a great dinner, amazing swag bags, and fun just talking to other gals.
If you live in Arizona I HIGHLY recommend going to their next event!
Steph from Somewhat Simple, Kendra from My Insanity and Kristyn from Lil’ Luna did an amazing job!!
(This is: Back Row: Me, Becca from Blue Cricket, Ashlee from Topsy Turvy, Jen from Scissors & Spatulas, Rebecca from Freckles Crafts
Front Row: Holly from Camp Tried and True, Tara from Tara Dara Made It, and Holly from 504 Main. We were missing Joon from The Adventures of Ordy & Joon)
Thank you all so much for your support with my class!! Your little notes of encouragement on Facebook really made me feel confident. ;)
I think everyone liked it and I have some great pictures of gals and their necklaces!!
Adorable Alison. :)
Oh my goodness that’s a lot of pictures. And there were so many people I met that I loved and don’t have a picture of!!
Tauni and Shey – the masterminds behind the conference who did an AMAZING job putting it all together,
Kim from Today’s Creative Blog – our airport buddy and all around Blog Inspiration :),
Shelly from House of Smiths (best singer of the weekend),
har from Crap I’ve Made (best quote of the weekend, “There is no competition to be Me. And that is what I’m doing.”,
Meg from Brassy Apple (gorgeous and soooo talented)
Jamielyn from I heart Naptime (cute as a button – I didn’t get to talk to her enough!!)
Heidi from Honeybear Lane (I am seriously in awe of her sewing skills. Have you seen her quilts??)
Heather from Me Making Do – such a sweetheart.
I’m sure I’m forgetting people but my brain is still fried. I’ll add more in as I remember!! :)
And it wasn’t all talking and posing – though I will tell you if you dislike having your picture taken and you are a blogger – get over that. Quick.
Here’s a quick summary of what I learned:
- There is enough internet out there for everyone. Craft bloggers are accepting and no matter the size of their blog or the type of blog they have, they are friendly and welcoming.
- To find the balance in blogging and family life I need to schedule my time better and be more effecient with the time I have. ;)
- Be authentic and remain true to why I started my blog in the first place.
- Enjoy the ride!!
There was so much more than that – I will tell you as I think of it.
But my favorite part was the new friendships I made with these amazing, talented women!!
Thanks for letting me share it all with you!!