I’m going to the Creative Connection Event!

Yup, I’m going to Minnesota for the Creative Connection event! I’ve never seen any event like this and I’m very excited to attend.


They describe it as:
“a 3-day conference, crafting extravaganza and shopping emporium for creative women, women entrepreneurs…THE CREATIVE CONNECTION will bring together women who are passionate about being creative in their everyday lives as artists, mothers, bloggers, cooks, business owners and crafters. Come learn, create, market, shop and connect with like-minded women from all across the United States!”

Etsy is a major sponsor.

I’m attending a panel on how to get a craft book published, and all kinds of great stuff like that! It’s going to be networking central with craft book editors there, an Etsy executive, Amy Butler, and all kinds of folks. There’s a Handmade Market, a Junk Bonanza nearby, a luncheon on Women Entrepreneurs, growing your business, etc.

I’ll be there Friday and Saturday.

Here are some of the things I’ll be attending:

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Is your business ready to go to the next level? Do you know what that next level is … or how to begin to get there? Should you pursue TV, books, brand extensions, or Web licensing? How do you make the right connections to allow it all to happen, not to mention assess the costs and acquire financing? Hear from women who have expanded their businesses through multiple platforms and also from marketing and licensing professionals who will draw on personal experiences and share their professional advice to guide you through the process.

Margo Tantau
Leigh Standley
Candi Jensen
Heather Bailey
Tiffany Windsor

11:30AM – 2:00 PM

Pick up your boxed lunch, take a seat, and hear from extraordinary women who started their businesses based on what they love. Jill Braff, CEO of Scrapblog, will begin by speaking about her own personal journey of creativity and business. You will then hear from five women in creative businesses who, for each of them, what started as an idea, a necessity, or a creative moment has turned into a business and in some cases a national brand. How do they manage it all, or do they? How did they get to where they are today? What are their words of wisdom, best practices, biggest mistakes, and proudest moments. Join us for open and candid conversations with:

*Jill Braff, CEO of Scrapblog

* Cathie Filian
* Christine Plantan of russell+hazel
* Heather Bailey
* Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica
* Vickie Howell


8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Start the day hearing from the top magazine and book editors in both print and online editorial. What is the future of print? Who is the e-reader? Will print survive the digital age? How do you get a book published? How do you become featured in a magazine? What should you know before publishing or launching a magazine in print or online? Our editorial panel will address these issues (and more) over breakfast with time for questions from you! We will first hear from Executive Editor, Jennifer Keltner, of Better Homes and Gardens Creative Collection who will speak about “Sharpening your creative spirit, re-ignight your passion for crafting”, a brief exploration in creativity. We will then hear from a panel of industry experts on the state of publishing today (and thereafter). Moderated by Nancy Soriano.

Jennifer Keltner, Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection group

Christen Olivarez of Stampington & Company
Deb Gore Ohrn of Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection Group
MaryJane Butters of MaryJanesFarm
Nicole McConville of Lark Crafts
Tonia Davenport of North Light Craft Books

Teacher: Kaari Meng, (designed for Anthropologie and owner of French General, her book just came out, too)
Registration Code: 3FAM, 2SPM

The focus of this workshop is a small mourning heart, like those the French gypsies made using collected amulets found inside old pockets and church pews. Your hand-stitched heart, stuffed with sheep’s wool and embellished with vintage charms, will become a small good luck token to hang in your creative space — or use it as a pincushion for your small jewels. I’ll be teaching this class using a kit made especially for The Creative Connection!

Students should bring to class:
• Small bits and bobs for embellishments (optional)
• Scissors

Materials kit will be provided at class.

Materials kit fee: $25.00

SPIN – A New Twist on Vintage Board Games


  • sounds wonderful! have fun :) xx

    by jill
    September 8, 2010
  • Thanks! I hope to see some of my artists and some friend and art directors. Let me know if any of you plan to go, ok?

    September 8, 2010
  • I want to go!!!!!! Have a great time.

    September 9, 2010

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