i’m home from a few days away in utah at the SNAP conference – so glad to be home, but sad to leave good friends.
so how was the conference you ask? 2 words: uh mazing.
especially for a first year conference. i was so impressed before the conference at the list of the team members – almost all the top crafty bloggers!
do you see how full the car was? between the 3 of us, we had 9 suitcases!
the next morning we drove to thanksgiving point, the location for the conference. what an amazing venue! other than it being a little too far from the airport to make travel easy, it was the perfect location! everything was within walking distance and was clean and beautiful. and tulips were everywhere!
since a handful of us were there for the conference and the queen bee market, we all had a ton of products – we stayed up into the wee hours every night, sometimes pricing products, sometimes watching hilarious youtube videos, sometimes (ok always) eating too much candy.
and the early mornings made for an extra long weekend! staying up past 1 then getting up for an early breakfast is tough! i was honored to be invited with a group of other sew-ers (sewists?) to a breakfast with the simplicity creative group.
i also was honored to be on a panel to speak! our topic was “happy chaos: turning your passion into a business”. i was so glad to speak on a panel rather than all alone like at blog sugar – way more casual!
seeing the packed room gave me serious butterflies, but as soon as we got started they went away. the session was really fun for me, and i learned so much from my panel mates, too!
between sessions i ran down to the beautiful show barn to start setting up for the queen bee market later that evening. see my suitcases? all my product (and very little clothes) traveled in them. thankfully, i was able to fit just about everything on the table – a miracle!
i was pretty wiped out after setting up (and getting up too early) so i opted for a cozy floor seat during maggie’s session on a thriving creative business (along with becki of whippy cake, susan petersen of freshly picked, and gina luker of the shabby creek cottage).
one of my favorite parts about going to conferences is getting to connect with my crafty girlfriends, but we’re usually in the minority. but at snap, we were the conference! everyone there was a crafty girl in some way or another and it was so nice to be with a huge group of women who get you. so fun!
the first night of the queen bee market was insane! not only did the entire group of conference attendees shop that night, but the line of locals wrapped around the building outside! it was so packed in there!
on the last night i was pretty much running on fumes. after cleaning up my booth, packing it all away, i just had to sit and rest for a bit.
i learned so much in such a short amount of time!
the weekend and conference were so well put together and i will definitely want to go next year!
on my flights home i did a lot of processing about my business – its always good to get a little kick in the seat of your pants to get you back on track! i re-read craft, inc. and highlighted parts i need to focus on.
and since i was on a roll, i skimmed through the handmade marketplace again, too!
ah, home sweet home! i was so blessed not only to have a weekend away (technically for business but oh so fun) but to be greeted by my 3 littles at the airport. i call them little, but after not seeing them for a few days, they looked huge!
anyhow, so glad to be home with the family – and now its time to decompress and re-evaluate all i learned!