Where to start…in recapping a conference like The Creative Connection?
It was a whirlwind of a weekend, that’s for sure! Probably the biggest highlight for me was the time spent with the gals who I worked with as part of the conference’s Social Media Team (Kim – Jen – Shelley – Amy – Char – Kari – Cindy). We all tweeted our heads off, sharing all the highlights of the classes, the market and the conference.
Here’s the view from my window in St. Paul, Minnesota of the Mississippi River. It’s already a bit chilly, ‘Fall Like’ weather in Minnesota, and I loved it! I’m ready for Fall.
Another view from our hotel room window of this Minnesota Building, or should I say THE Minnesota Building?! 😉
Wednesday night, our first night there, Cindy and I invited a group of our friends who we knew were in town for the conference for a little party. The party is called Social Artworking, and it’s a new painting party program with DecoArt. The idea is that you gather up your friends for a fun night of socializing – eating and painting, right in the comfort of your own home. You all paint the same design with very detailed – easy to follow instructions. At the end of the fun night with your friends, you leave with a professional looking canvas painted by you! You can see all their fun designs to paint here.
We all painted the cupcake design, and it was fun to see everyone add their own personality to it. Like my cute friend Jen (Tatertots Jen) adding chevron stripes to her cupcake wrapper – so very Jen, I love it! 🙂 Everyone loved the party. It was a relaxing night with girlfriends. If you’d like to host your own Social Artworking party, you’ll have to check it out! It would also be so fun for a birthday party too!
While in Minnesota, you have to hit the Mall of America aka the big mall with a bunch of SpongeBob rides in the middle. 😉 We took a bus to the Mall of America, and it was Shelley’s very first ‘city bus ride’ – Yippee! 🙂
The classes at the Creative Connection are the big draw for most of the attendees. I was able to attend three awesome food classes, a party class by Kim of the TomKat Studio and her team, a personal styling class by Becki of Whippycake and a fun felt award ribbon class by Princess Lasertron.
All the food classes were taught in a very hip part of town at a cool cooking store with a classroom upstairs called COOKS @Crocus Hill. Cristina Ferrare taught a class called “Big Bowl of Tomatoes”, which was so great! Her passion for food was so fun to see. She made us three things with tomatoes: bruschetta, tomatoe soup, and caprese salad. They were all so good! I have been on a tomato kick ever since. We also took a class about clean eating from Terry Walters and a Food Photography class with The White On Rice Couple – love them!
The Handmade Market was loaded with so many fun things to see. Here are a few of the many neat items I saw at the market. I wish I could link you to all the shops pictured here, but I didn’t get cards for all of them.
– a vintage sheet garland or banner (she is a serious thrifter, and I think I might have spotted some of the sheets I slept on as a kid.) 🙂
– handmade dolls with such charm
– tiny clay monsters in a rainbow of colors – I loved these! So creative!
– a tiny coin holder with a cute girl silhouette on it.
– funky Halloween frame loaded with cool Halloween buttons and such
My new favorite ‘made-up’ game at dinner with way too many amazing women (to link to in one post). The game – I call it ‘Pass and Smile’. Take a pic with my iPhone, and pass it on. I love seeing everyone pose with their best ‘mirror face’. 😉 Really it’s just a fun way to pass the time when the service is slow….like really sloooow.
Thanks to Paige & Kim of Today’s Creative Blog for including me in the conference’s Social Media Team, and to DecoArt who has been so great to work with, and to all these great gals who make conferences like this such a blast.
*Here’s a fun look back at my recap of The Creative Connection last year.