Monday, April 23, 2012

amazing weekend

  I might over use the word amazing, but sometimes it is the only word I can think to describe certain events or projects in my life. I guess that's why my blog and business have the title "amazing mae" which is named after my daughter who I think is amazing. This past weekend I was able to attend the Snap Blog Conference with my dear friend Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair.

 (notes from SEO class - I need a do over because I didn't understand everything, so I drew.  Reminded me of how I felt in college!)
I didn't know what to expect and in my mind, I was really going as a support to a friend. I did not realize the impact it would have on me and what an eye opening experience it would be to attend. Not to mention, it was so much fun. The classes were helpful and entertaining. They ranged from Photoshop basics to how to succeed in a blog business.
(a project from the new Make and Takes)
I was able to hear Marie LaBaron from Make and Takes and Courtney Dial from Pizzazzerie talk about their new books that had just recently come out and we were given copies of their book as well. My daughter has already gone through the Make and Takes book and planned out two crafts she wanted to make right that minute. I was able to meet bloggers and make some amazing friends that are the women behind these creative blogs. All the ladies that I met were anxious to find out what I was up to and quickly become great people to share ideas with. 
 One of the highlights of the weekend was shopping at The Queen Bee Market that Mique of 30 Handmade Days and her sister Jessica of Allora Handmade put on. They have been doing this in Southern Cali for the past few years and since my family is in San Diego, I have always wanted to visit family and the Queen Bee at the same time. It was awesome. I came home with a few charms from the r house couture and a yellow vinyl case for my camera from Camera Coats. I could have spent way more money if a.) I had it and b.) I had a way to get it all home in one suitcase! 
(my cute nephews swimming in the hotel pool and of course, my yummy meal from In-N-Out Burger)

It didn't hurt that it was at Thanksgiving Point, which is beautiful and close to my extended family and some dear friends. I got to go and visit two sweet friends that used to live here in Louisville. My sister and brother in law and two of their boys came to swim at the hotel pool with me one night. It also didn't hurt that I was able to eat at The Blue Lemon, Kneaders and In-N-Out. Seriously good food. I would go anywhere for good food, but when it's right in front of you (or a 10 min drive), it is so awesome. I was introduced to Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery which I am so glad is not near me or I would gain weight like wild fire. So sweetly divine. Have you tried? I am honestly still on a high and looking forward to attending Snap again next year!  I was able to be with my best friend and meet new friends.  It doesn't get much better than that.

Now I am back to soldering charms for the Kentucky Derby and filling orders that came in while I was away.  Yay!


Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

I loved going with you and your recap...
next year.. for sure--- will travel for food :)

chris said...

I'm so glad you got to go to SNAP with Melissa. What fun. Maybe next year I can swing it. :)

Simple Simon and Company said...

It was so nice to meet you at SNAP!!!!

the queen bee said...

YAY!!! For finally meeting. You are just as sweet in person- if not more Traci. I'm SO glad that I got to talk to you and Melissa. How I wish I had more time to hang out and chat. Thanks for mentioning QBM here too. ;)
Hope we get another chance to spend time together in the future.
xoxoxo- Mique

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

oops! that was from me. (too many email accounts)