Home from The Creative Connection!

I’ve  not even been home 2 days yet but I still wanted to share some thoughts & photos from my weekend in Minneapolis at The Creative Connection!  I was asked to come along and help out with the event so I did just that since I’d been very intrigued by the whole idea of integrating crafting & business into one every since I’d first heard about the event.  I loved the thought of being able to take a fun class in the morning taught by Jenni Bowlin, Kaari Meng or Wendy Addison and then also attend an afternoon panel discussion about “taking your business to the next level” or “how to use social media as a marketing tool”. What a brilliant concept because so many crafty women also sell their wares either online or in a brick & mortar store!  It was also amazing to hear speeches by Amy Butler and Mary Jane Butters and listen to Heather Bailey, Leigh Standley and Tiffany Windsor discuss their businesses intimately within a small panel discussion. As you can tell, I am a fan of the event and really enjoyed being there!  It’s always great seeing friends I’ve made over the years through scrapbooking & other crafting events.  I always love seeing Rebecca Sower and buying one of her lovely heartfelt pieces of jewelry to add to my ever-expanding collection and I discovered so many new wonderful talented crafters at the Handmade Market. My pocketbook took quite a hit at the market but I found some wonderful treasures to bring home with me and along with Jessi I discovered the world of punch needle embroidery that I can’t wait to begin!  (as if I need yet ANOTHER hobby!!)  Here are some of my favorite images from my 5 days in Minnesota……..enjoy.

the view from my hotel room, I loved the colors reflecting off the building windows

some pretty images from various booths at the Handmade Market……I LOVED these adorable cupcakes

A view of some of the attendees listening to Amy Buter speak during dinner (note her fabric on the tables!).  LOVED hearing her speak.

the decor at the event was beautiful, no detail left unturned…..

I loved these huge wreaths made out of pages of an old book, SO clever…..

I was SO excited to finally meet Jo Packham & hear Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, speak at lunch the first day…….she’s SO funny, inspiration AND a fellow Okie!

You just have to love an event where they serve iced tea & lemoade out of huge mason jars!

These are my peeps……long-time crafty & down-to-earth friends and I loved spending time with them again…..Melene, Heather and Danielle

I love the new fall purse I bought from Cheryl of Tru-Leigh Yours Designs. 

and of course a trip isn’t complete without my mandatory Southwest wing shot and with MOUNTAINS too!

Hopefully you enjoyed this little glimpse into my weekend in Minneapolis.  Thanks to all of you I worked with at the registration desk and at the event, you all were great and we sure made a good team!

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