SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD…………………………
so she did.
Recently I have had the pleasure of being part of something BIG……
BIG in a way that is life changing……
How can a simple convention be life changing you may ask?
Well, it is about being something bigger than yourself. About bringing the most creative and influential women together in one concentrated spot.
To Create, To Inspire, To Connect.
This is exactly what happened this past week in Minneapolis at The Creative Connection.
The Event was the Brain Child of these two fabulous ladies above, Jo Packham of Where Women Create/Cook and Nancy Soriano, former editor of Country Living Magazine. When Jo brought me on board to help and photograph the event, I knew I would have fun. But taking away the inspiration and new friendships was a bonus I wasn’t anticipating…….
(Shawn Street opening her swap necklace from Heather Ales)
Connecting again with friends from other events was amazing, and getting to meet so many new friends, wonderful!
What could make a girl more happy then being surrounded by creative people?
These vendors were some of the best out there, and there was such variety of goods offered, I didn’t know where to spend my money first!
Many fabulous artists were brought on board to create especialy for this event.
I met Cori Dantini for the first time earlier this year at the Farm Chicks show, and I was so happy to find her again here, her creations are so whimsical and one of a kind. I love these dolls she made for The Creative Connection.
I bought three of these bracelets, and a headband from Allora …… so cute!!
One of the best parts of The Creative Connection was the positivity that flowed through the whole event. Everywhere you turned, you were struck with wonderful messages of hope, creativity, happiness and inspiration, something I have tried to keep in my life for awhile now, but seeing it in print everywhere was really special.
And speaking of being happy……..I cannot help but smile looking at these!!
Or this beautiful booth……..eye candy!
For me though, the best part of the WHOLE connection was meeting some of the most influential women, and hearing them speak.
Mary Jane Butters of Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine is one of my long time top influential women in my life. I have read her magazine and taken advice from her columns for years. It was such a pleasure to get to meet her and her daughter Meagan…..
And of course this Fancy Farmgirl loves a woman who wears her boots!! I even asked Mary Jane if she would sign mine…….
Look at her fancy boots!
Mary Jane has been one of the largest influences in my lifestyle, but creatively speaking, there has been no one who has influenced me more than this amazing woman. This is Wendy Addison. If you don’t know who she is, then you NEED to know who she is. This woman has “Glittered the World”, a notion that I subscribe to quite heavily. I don’t think I would ever have found German glass glitter and it’s amazing life changing properties if it weren’t for her. She is the reason my entire house has a faint glitter to it, after years of trying to glitter anything that wasn’t moving…(and even a few times things that were, like the donkey’s hooves!)
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman (seen here with my awesome friend Shelley Overholt) is another fabulous woman that has managed to positively influence millions of women. Her sweet, down to earth nature is mesmerizing, and she has made it oh so cool to be a real woman. One who isn’t afraid to say she loves her husband, home schools her children, lives on a ranch and cooks everything with real butter.
How can you deny the fabulousness of that????
Sense of humour to boot!
This is Amy Butler. The most colorful and bright woman. During one of our many keynote luncheons at the event, Amy spoke to us and the whole room hung on every word she said. She was funny, inspirational, REAL.
I loved everything she had to say, and was excited when she was finished speaking, because my creativity had been ignited again and I couldn’t wait to go and make something!
These two girls are quite possibly my favorite two people I meet this past weekend…..
Cari and Christen are both Stampington gals, Cari in marketing, and Christen the Editor of several of Stampington’s best publications. I have had the pleasure of emailing with Christen before, but we had never meet in person prior to this event. She is sweet, gentle and kind, and when she, cari and I got together it was a continual laugh fest!! Thank you girls for all the memories you helped me make…
The women at this connection event were not afraid to show their individuality and creativity, even when it came to fashion. Everywhere you looked people were dressed to the nines. I love any excuse to get out of the ordinary ripped sweats and dirty t shirts that we all know we usually wear, and take the opportunity to embrace our femininity……
( Jen O’Conner )
( Rolane and Me )
If it weren’t enough to dress pretty, meet and listen to amazing women, or shop the beautiful handmade market, on top of all that, there were both crafting and business classes from some of the best instructors out there!!
(the darling Betz White)
(the amazingly talented Deb Dusenberry of Curious Sofa)
I love that Loralee Choate ( of Loralee’s Luney Tunes) who says she is not crafter, was at this event, embracing her glittery side. I think she should be the new Creative Connection mascot!!
(oh and fyi, that’s Jenn Hayslip’s gorgeous booth she is standing in!)
And thank you mostly to these two one of a kind women, who without you, many of us would be left sitting in our pajamas on our couches, feeling uninspired and in creative slumps. Thank you for rejuvenating the creative spirit inside us all!
(Jo and Nancy)
See you next year in Minneapolis!