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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Back from TCC

Well I think I've finally recovered from my long weekend in Minnesota at The Creative Connection Event and Junk Bonanza. It was exhausting but wonderful! I am just not used to be "on" for so many hours a day!!!! The thing that was infectious was the wonderful positive energy that was being generated everywhere I went!!  What I love about TCC is that it has a very heavy focus on helping  women who are already in a creative business or those who want to start one. There were so many successful women that were there to offer advise and ideas to help all of us.

One of the coolest things was that I was given the opportunity to have a booth for Where Bloggers Create right there in the Marketplace. The very talented Christine Hoffman (who did all the beautiful table settings for all the event meals) and the lovely Holly Bohn from See Jane Work, did an amazing job decorating my booth and making it cute as could be! In fact all the booths there in the Marketplace where really great and there was a wonderful diversity of styles. Unfortunately, I was too busy in my own booth to remember to take any pictures for you of the rest of the market!

I showed a movie slideshow of some of my favorite studios from this years Where Bloggers Create event, and was also able to chat with women about starting a new blog, Valentine Design, and my e-book, Building Beautiful Blogs.  I sold many books on cd and it was just a great opportunity to meet so many creative women, but I was really surprised at how many did not have a blog yet!!! I mean... doesn't EVERYONE have a blog?? LOL!!!

On Friday morning I was able to run out to the Junk Bonaza for a morning of shopping with my gal pals Cindy from Lilly's Lace and Jan from Lucy's Baby. I had not met Jan in person until this weekend and she was just as warm and wonderful as I knew she would be!!!
The creativity from the vendors was amazing as always.

I can't help but be attracted to those green hydrangeas. They are my absolute favorite!! Someday I'll find a resource on line where I can buy them preserved and ship them home to me!!

Is this not an awesome light fixture????

I loved this framed paper flower! The cool ideas are just overflowing now!!!


Super cute crown!!

This is Ann's booth from A Vintage Mood. She makes the coolest hat bands and tiaras ever!!

 This booth was just dripping with feminine vintage goodness!

Be still my heart!
It was sooo hard knowing that none of this great old "junk" would fit in my suitcase!!!

It's okay though. I found some wonderful little treasures that fit nicely in my suitcase. Baby shoes for altering, doodads for making jewelry and altered bottles. I also found a great pair of Victorian shoes that I forgot to include in the photograph, so you'll just have to wait until I do something with them to see them. (sorry)

I had a fabulous time, but I am so happy to be home and back to my old routine once again.


Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Karen, how fun to see my space and jewelry in your first photo!! TCC sounds wonderful, what a dream to meet with so many talented women. And great shots of the yumminess at Junk Bonanza! Thanks for including me in your slide show, xoxo

Sheila Rumney said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Just love Ann from A Vintage Mood! She is just a sweetie!

Wish I could have been there!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Loved seeing your take on TCC; welcome home!

helen tilston said...

How wonderful to get away and be with so many like minded fun loving people.
The items at the market are most tempting
Have a good week

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing! How was it to do your presentation? It must have a bit scary but fun - I would love to attend, maybe next year.

Monica said...

Woo hoo! Glad you had fun!!!
I'm sooo envious of your treasures... must browse the internet and find some, too!:)
Hugs from here,
Monica xo

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Karen,
wow ~ looks like a totally amazing time! would love to go to that someday!

I'll be emailing you later today with links & such! ;)


bright star said...

Wow! Looks fantastic.You must have been in your element!

bobbie said...

Looks YUMMY!! And I think you did OK with your haul!!

Unknown said...

We had fun didn't we!
It was so fun seeing Junk Bonanza through your eyes. The Queens of Posh are two of my friends. I will have to shoot them an email to see the lovely photo you've taken.
I am still tired.

Anonymous said...

Jealous girl here:) I'm glad you had a wonderful time! I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get to go next year!



Unknown said...

oh my..sounds and looks wonderful! so many lovely things to look at! your pictures are gorgeous! welcome home!

Denise said...

Oh I want to go...... I really want to go....... Me and my sweet go to Arkansas every October and visit the craft fairs....... I CANNOT WAIT ! It is October 17th

Lily's Lace said...

Hey girly your photos look a whole lot better than mine! I just slapped them up there and said wa-la! I'm still waiting on mu UPS box! It has to get her soon so I can hide it before I go to Round Top..for more junk!!! I loved our time together, I miss you already!xoxo-cindy

Ellen said...

Wowwwwww, this is soooooo amazing. It's a pity that is is sooooo far away.


Jenelle-Van de Mortel Designs said...

Sounds like an incredible time!! Thanks so much for sharing the pics :)

Van de Mortel Designs
Fa La Fecia

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
Looks like you had a good time, and your booth is really nice.
It's fun to connect with other bloggers and put a face to the personality that comes across from their posts.
Thanks for sharing your exciting weekend.

Unknown said...

Hi Sweetie, I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! Everything looks just yummy! I love the crown too. I think I'll try and create one for myself! Hugs Marilou

Sandy said...


It looks like you had a beyond fabulous time! What an amazing event. I hope you have a restful weekend.

Jen said...

What a great time Karen!!The booths look awesome.It is very motivating to come away from a weekend filled with so much positive energy happening.There is always 1 great idea that can be emplemented straight away.I have to admit I didn't have a blog till a couple of months ago. haha

Katherines Corner said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Thank you for sharing with us, big hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen- sounds like you had a great time! I am wondering if you have the video you showed on your blog somewhere of the craft rooms.

bee blessed

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Wow, everything looks over the top adorable. I bet you had a fabulous time.

Unknown said...

Wow Karen! It must have been hard for you to breathe!!!!! My gosh....every one of those photos had everything you love!!!!! I am so glad you had a good time and your booth was really cute! Glad to hear you are back and getting in the swing of things again! :) Sandy

Debra said...

Wow! What a neat time that must have been. I would have probably gone and and gotten a new suitcase for some of that stuff!! It would be worthe extra charge for sure! :)

Unknown said...

What an exciting time for you!! Love the booth you had. SOME day I would love to see Junk Bonanza, and I'm just now realizing what The Creative Connection is about, so I'll have to go for a double header!

Charlene said...

I KNOW you were wonderful at CC!!! They were lucky to have you there & I'm sure everyone loved your Where Blogger Create slide show. And Cindy told me about Junk Bonnanza... I think I was jealous. HUGS!

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