Hello! I am back from the amazing Creative Connection Event! I am a bit travel-weary today, but I will try to give you a little glimpse into the adventure. I am not very quick with the camera at these sorts of events. I was a busy little workshop teacher most of the time, so I relied on all of the other people happily snapping away with their cameras. Please check out the Creative Connection Flickr Group photo pool for lots of eye candy!
Speaking of eye candy, this beautiful necklace was a gift from the talented (and generous!) Lisa Leonard to all attendees of the Opening Gala Dinner.
I flew into Minneapolis Wednesday night then hit the ground running Thursday morning with my Cup O’ Joe Pincushion workshop! My buddies Jana, Carrie and Shasta (of Izzy and Ivy) sat front and center being silly, supportive and made me feel like a supah-stah! The workshop went really well and I had such a great time. Afterward we attended a luncheon with Key Note speaker Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman! My afternoon workshop, Felt Holiday Ornaments sold out and had 33 attendees. Wow. I don’t think I sat down once. All the kit prep really paid off and the class flew by in a cloud of woolly linty goodness!
Next up on the day’s events: the Author Autograph Party! I’m guessing there were about 20 authors (myself included) ready with pen in hand to sign copies of their books. I slipped away from my table long enough to say hello to Vickie Howell (above, left) meet Kathy “Crafty Chica” Cano-Murillo, Kristin Nicholas, and Cathy Filian. I tried not to be star struck but it was such a trip to meet so many women I *see online* every day.
After the party we were treated to a lovely meal and more inspiring women. Key note speakers Amy Butler and Mary Jane Butters of Mary Jane’s Farm had similar messages to aspiring entrepreneurial women: keep your books, be authentic, do what you love, make it happen, take calculated risks, reinvent yourself, delegate, carve out creative time…
The next two days were as equally filled with inspiration, business advice, beautiful artwork, warm, genuine women and lots of laughter. I’m sure there will be much much more to be found about the event as it is recapped by the many bloggers that attended. You can visit the TCCE site for links to other blog posts about the event. Meanwhile, take a peek into a few of the workshops in this video put together by the TCCE correspondence team:
Woosh! No wonder I am exhausted! Now I’m off to collect on all of those hugs I missed out on while I was away. Oh, and laundry. *sigh*