I just got back from my very first blog conference. To be honest, when I told non-blogger friends and family (I call them “civilians”) where I was going, they looked at me as if I said I was going to a Star Trek Convention or something. Um, no.
The SNAP! Conference was specifically geared towards craft and DIY bloggers. There were panels and speakers on how to take better pictures, how to better define out individual styles, about new products on the market, etc. but for me it was mostly about connecting with other bloggers. Especially the ones I have been interacting with online for a few years now.
I tell you, the brilliant team behind SNAP! really did an amazing job In order to keep this from turning into a slide show of vacation photos, I have popped them all into collages.
It was held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah… A beautiful complex of restaurants, shopping and stunning gardens.
As I mentioned, I had really been looking forward to connecting with other bloggers. If you have never had the experience of meeting an Old Friend for the first time, it is a difficult concept to explain. Yet that’s what happened. I met the people I have “known” for years for the first time at this conference. You know what’s even more strange? There’s no weirdness. That’s right. Normal.
L-R Me with Jen from Tatertots & Jello (whom I have “known” since 2008); Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, Alexa from The Swell Life, Heidi from Honeybear Lane, Jennifer from Always In Wonder, Kristina From Pearl Gateway (All of them kept me cracking up the whole time! Jennifer and Kristina were my roomies); Shelley from House Of Smith’s (Can I just tell you that I have always enjoyed her blog, but now that I have heard her speak I have a huge crush on her? She’s hilarious! Not in a “Hey! Ho! I’m here till Tuesday, Tip your waitress, Try the veal!” sort of way, but just naturally funny, self-deprecating and is a great story teller. I would pay to listen to her talk about what is on her grocery list.); Jen from Scissors & Spatulas (Loved her! She is so cute and tiny, I considered putting her in my pocket and taking her home to decorate my house for me.)
L-R Stacy from Not Just A Housewife, Amanda from Every Creative Endeavor and Michelle from A Little Tipsy; Me with Kate from Centsational Girl (such great style!); Alexa and Jennifer by the SNAP! sign; Talented, adorable, glowing, pregnant Emily from Decor Chick
There were amazing classes and speakers too. I learned some tips on using the Canon DSLR that Santa brought me. I had refused to read the manual because I knew I could come to SNAP! and get some hands on training. (By the way, the shots of the grounds and flowers were with the “good” camera. If it’s blurry it’s because I used my phone.) I learned so much! I am still going through my notes and planning to implement some of the great tips and tricks I learned.
Top Left: That is Beth from Home Stories A 2 Z demonstrating how to stage a mantel using members of the audience. Desiree from The 36th Avenue (who is a 5’ dynamo), Traci from Beneath My Heart (who is taller than I thought… maybe because she was next to Desiree?) and Mandi from Vintage Revivals. Bottom Right: Yep, that is Ana White. Stacy from Not Just a Housewife played a hilarious video at the start of the panel about power tools. She is dressed a la Steven Tyler and is singing about tools to the tune of Dude Looks Like a Lady. You can see her video here.
There were also great hands on projects to learn about. Making our own eyeglass case with buttons and little flowers and burlap rosettes…? M,kay that was a suckfest for me. I could NOT do anything that was even remotely cute. I kind of gave up. However, the painted signs from Poppyseed Projects were definitely in my wheelhouse. See what I made here.
See? Michele from The Scrap Shoppe makes it look all easy, but trust me… it’s really hard. (Your opposable thumbs stop working.)
The SNAP! organizers also made sure we had a great shopping opportunity. The Queen Bee Market. Handmade goodness everywhere you looked.
Oh… and amazing swag and sponsors.
The team behind the SNAP! Conference was phenomenal. Each one of these women went above and beyond to make this a great experience. As a first time conference attendee, I have to say that the bar is set very high for future conferences.
If you’d like to see other people’s SNAP! experiences you can check them out here.