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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Minneapolis Memories & Creative Connections

How do you sum up one of the most amazing trips you've ever had the chance to take? I'm not sure how. Which is why it's been a month since I've even attempted to condense my Creative Connection Event into a simple blog. When you get back from a trip one of the best things is reliving the adventure; through pictures and souveniers and story telling. I've been doing that for a month now and still the event sticks with me.
So, what was so cool and unforgettable about this event? The gathering, the staggering amount of creative presenters, the city, the classes, traveling with my mom and my friend, the friends from home who were there, the new friends made?....yes. I'd go back in a second, and need to start saving for next year so that I can feel the love all over again. I'll leave you with some of my favorite memories:

~My scrapbook journal class with Jenni Bowlin-I'm going to copy my mom and use my old book journal for my trip pictures. Love, love Jenni Bowlin-vintage and scrapbooking, and a she's a really nice person, what's not to love!!
~Junk Bonanza. Two days in a row. I think I've made it clear that it was love at first sight. I love my t-shirts and wear them constantly. And I got to meet Heather Bullard and Ki Nassauer in real life-love Flea Market Style!
~Getting to know some people from our little corner of the world Eastern Washington/North Idaho better: Rolane, Holly, Becky, Lisa, Virginia, Elaine, Kelly(the Western Wash. crew too - Timi, Amber, Tippy, Tiffany!!) All really super talented, fun and nice girls!
~Shopping in the Handmade Market and meeting the artists in person-some very cute and unique items in my life came from that room.
~The handmade/creative world celeb sightings-daily!! So much fun to see so many talented, self made, successful and creative women in one place at one time! I admit to being quite star struck most of the weekend. (This includes our very own Celeste and Serena!)
~Sewing my own potholder project; I didn't think I could do it. I had the best tablemates who shared everything with unprepared me and talked and walked me through the whole thing! Now to finish them...
~My glittery crown I made. I learned I have a lot to learn about real glass glitter application, but it still turned out super cool and reminds me of my sparkly trip every day.
~Finding Diet Coke. Apparently Minneapolis is a Pepsi city, or so it appeared to me and those other Coke product devotees.
~The two story Target. Love my Target. We were in the land of Target and it did not disappoint. I mean come on, a cart-escalator. I think I don't need to say anymore. Well, I did also buy a super cute black dress there too.
~Taking care of myself. As a stay at home mom, a job that I love and have always wanted, pretty much can suck the life out of me some days. So to be in a place, on a trip, for 5 days straight and only have to make big decisions like "what do I want to wear?" and "I could actually wear some makeup today" was so refreshing. I came home rested and renewed.

I can tell I had a great time, there must be twenty exlamation points in this blog. Eating, laughing, playing, creating...ahhhh. Thank you Creative Connection Event for putting a spring back in this girl's steps and reintroducing me to me.


  1. Hello Hollie Love....!

    While I didn't get to the Creative Connections Show I was ALL OVER Junk Bonanza like a RASH....I can SO RELATE....It was a WONDERFUL experience & I like you, can't wait to repeat it....Doesn't Ki rock....JB 2011 here we come....!!

    Take care & have a WONDERFUL weekend....!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Tamarah :o)

  2. I'm drooling at all the pictures! It sure looks like an amazing time. I use to live in Minnesota, great junk there. And I too believe that Diet Coke deserves a crown, lol.

    Thanks for the comments. I can't wait to tell my hubby you like my purple wall. Ha, he still isn't a fan!


  3. Glad you had such a good time at the event. The pictures are great; you all look like your having a ball. Did you know that they have a 2 story Target in north Seattle? A little closer to home, but maybe not a reason to drive to the other side of the mountains! We look forward to seeing you at Country Christmas soon.

    Take care,
    Two Women

  4. Thanks all!!! I love reading your comments=)...It was such an amazing time the whole thing through! Glad I could support you Megan;)....Fielding I may have to find that Target=) and Tamarah, we must meet next year!!!

  5. Sounds like the perfect time . . . EVER!!! So glad you decided to take some time out for yourself . . . as sometimes we all just need to do that!!

    Happy Halloween . . . :) liz

  6. Thanks Liz...hope you had a fun halloween=)...lots of candy around here!!

  7. Looks like such a GREAT time...I wonder if you were in our booth at Junk Bonanza?

  8. HI Hollie! I had no idea that mpls was a pepsi town!! and I'm from MN. Ha ha! Well I may just go relive my trip too, it sure was fun!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet encouraging comment to me!

  9. Linda, I'm SURE I was in your booth, I loved, loved every booth at Junk Bonanza!!! Cannot wait to get back!=)
    Prudence, I sure miss MN=)...that was an amazing trip! Great to read your blog!


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