After four and half years of blogging, countless comments and emails, and a few hundred memories shared, it was time to finally meet a bevy of my blogging friends. There was no better place to do that than in St. Paul Minnesota during the Blogher Handmade and The Creative Connection conference.
700 of us shared our passion for creating beauty in all of it's genres, our love of business, and our willingness to share. Each morning they had several breakout sessions covering different aspects of blogging, business, and crafting. Our afternoons were filled with crafts, knitting and cooking classes and then night came. Every evening was spent eating dinner, listening and sharing stories, and of course entertaining ourselves to no end.
What became apparent very quickly is that though we are all in different places in our creative blogging and business lives, what unites us in our willingness to learn, share, and create. As the days and weeks roll on I will share some of the kindred spirited women I met and the moments we created together. For now though, I'll just give you a glimpse of our weekend. Here are some of my dear friends both old and new.
Birdsaving author Olivia Bouler
The Toymaker Marilyn Scott Waters
Holly Becker from Decor8
Mary Jane Butters from Mary Jane Farms