I went to my first Blogger Conference, Creative Estates, this last weekend. It was um…AMAZING!! I got to meet SO many fabulous bloggers and handmade business women who I admire so much. Let me share with you…
|First off…Let me introduce you to the creator of the whole Creative Estates Conference…Shey Benner from SheyB Camera Straps! She’s on the right, standing here with Carlee from Oh Snap! Photography who photographed the conference and is an amazing photographer! I have to give a huge shoutout to Tauni @ Its a Tradition for all her work as well (and thanks for all the PR tips!!!)|
|The first night was dinner/drinks and cupcakes at El Zocalo in Chandler, AZ. I ate with my friends Katie @ Sweet Rose Studio, Sara @ Mom Endeavors, and a new friend Laura @ Pink Cake Plate. (This is Katie and me.)|
|The second day was awesome. We started off by hearing a panel of four successful handmade business owners who are so inspiring to me! Right to left: Kim @ TomKat Studio, Erin @ The Vintage Pearl, and Ashley @ Lil Blue Boo. Shey was also on the panel (not shown.)|
|Kim (TomKat Studio) was so super nice to take a few minutes to chat with Katie and I about her business and gave us some really great advice. Really got me thinking!|
|Ashley (Lil Blue Boo) totally spent like 15 minutes helping me understand the logistics of hiring employees and gave me more great ideas.|
|Left to Right: Stephanie @ The Daily Blarg, Stacey @ Not Just a Housewife, Me, Amy @ The Idea Room, and Ashlee @ I’m Topsy Turvey: I love all these ladies! Stephanie is hilarious, you have to read her blog. Stacey is so down to earth and sweet, Amy–she’s my star! Seriously though, she was my star from Crafting with the Stars so she just kind of feels like my big sister. And Ashlee is the positive happy person ever!|
|Me and Kim @ Today’s Creative Blog! Pretty much all of us were obsessed with Kim by the time the conference was over. She was so sweet and genuine. She won a Silhouette and traded someone else for their prize, how awesome is that? But the best thing ever? I had a horrible migraine on Friday afternoon and she spent like ten minutes massaging my head and shoulders to help me feel better. I told you she’s a sweetheart.|
|Amy @ Positively Splendid, Jen @ Tatertots and Jello, me, Becca @ Blue Cricket Design|
It was SO fun to meet all the bloggers that I’ve been friends with via the internet for months in real life! Some people just felt like old friends already. I’m super excited to get together with them in a few months when I visit Utah.
I’m super sad that I didnt get pictures with a couple friends I made, like Leanne @ Organize and Decorate Everything and NataLee @ Designed to the Nines. And of course there were tons and tons of other people I met and didn’t get pictures of!
I was so inspired by Saturday morning’s panel as well, although I didn’t take many pics on Sat. The panel: Becky Higgins (Becky Higgins LLC) Becki @ Whippy Cake, Megan @ Brassy Apple, and Melanie @ Above All Fabrics. They spoke on Balancing Motherhood and Business. I really related to Becki (Whippy Cake) because she’s less organized and more spontaneous…I am VERY unorganized and constantly jump from project to project. But she has been very successful with Whippy Cake and I jotted down tons of notes!
It’s really hard to recap the conference here because it’s just one of those things you have to BE at to really GET, sorry! But if any of you were on the fence and decided not to go, definitely go next year! I totally was able to resolve my business direction for the next year or two because I was able to see so many other women who had made that leap forward!