Monday, February 20, 2012

Whatever Craft Weekend

 I went to my very first blogging event this weekend.  I packed my bags and drove north on 35, wondering what in the world I was doing.  Would these women like me?  Would it be worth my time?  As all you moms out there know, getting away is hard.  We are hard people to replace.
I had a wonderful drive.  I could stop whenever I wanted to, wherever I wanted to.  I listened to MY music.  It was a peaceful seven hours.

I arrived and got to hug Meg and Kimberlee.
My first impression was that Meg's house was every bit as amazing as you think it might be. It's a perfect space for Craft Weekend.  

This was the room we crafted in.  Gorgeous.

Notice the banner says YOU ARE CREATIVE.  This was a good reminder throughout the weekend.  In a room full of creative women, I felt a little un-creative at times.  Isn't this a lovely mantle?

Even the ceiling in this room is inspiring.

Of course, our take home goodies were a favorite.  We got an amazing stash of handmade stuff.  Thanks to all the sponsors.

Our lovely hostesses.  Kimberlee, on the right, is the one responsible for the extra body fat I brought home.  Her food, especially her peanut butter chocolate cake, is wow!

Ashley, me, and Cindy in our aprons.
Ashley was sweet to talk camera with me for awhile.  Her blog is amazing with lots of great photography tips and creative ideas.  I think she has as much creativity in her pinky as I have in my whole body.  Ashley was a wonderful resource to have throughout the weekend, and I feel as though I made new friends with her and her friend from home, Cindy.  It doesn't look like it, but they are both "pregnant" with little ones soon to be brought home from China.  I'm so excited for both of them.  

Meg and me (I'm not quite sure why I'm tilting my head to the side like that).
So fun to meet Meg after reading about her life for over a year now.

This is one of the things I made.  I'm thinking that I'll put it in my new kitchen.

We made pendants.  I've wanted to make a "happy birthday" banner to pull out on the kids' birthdays.  I'm glad I can check that off the list because I'm not sure that I would have accomplished it anytime soon.  And Meg had such fun fabrics to choose from.  When I pull it out seven times a year, it will be a fun Craft Weekend memory.

As I was recapping the weekend for Chris last night, I told him how pleasantly surprised I was with the other women who showed up.  I thought that surely out of the 12 of us, there had to be some crazy internet stalker person  :)  Maybe everyone else thought I was that person.  Please don't tell me if you did!  But I could honestly describe every woman in the room as caring, sweet, friendly, fun, and warm.    So the moral of the story is that bloggers aren't such crazy people after all.

Thanks for hosting us all, Meg!

{insert group photo here when I can steal one off Meg's blog}


Sally said...

That sounds awesome! What a fun weekend. And yes, so hard to get away, but also so so important. ;)

Angel said...

So glad you got a chance to get away and have some fun crafting. Love the birthday banner!

Krista Sanders said...

Oh.So.Fun. That looks awesome!! So glad you got to do that. Everything looks beautiful. Can’t wait to hear more-- you won’t have to be so nice as you are on your blog. BIG ; ) Sweet, sweet ladies, I know!

Ashley said...

It was so fun to meet you this weekend. I came home and told Chris all about you!! So excited to start following your blog and keeping up with you...

Beth said...

This sounds like it was absolutely amazing! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to go to it. Can't wait to hear more about it, Sarah!

Beth said...

This sounds like it was absolutely amazing! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to go to it. Can't wait to hear more about it, Sarah!

meg duerksen said...

sarah i was so happy you came!!!
i missed your birthday banner?!! that is so cute! i love it.
i loved having you. i hope your family made it ok with out you for a couple days. :)
it was so good to meet you in real life!

Rebecca said...

I love that canvas you made!! It looks like you had a lot of fun! Love it!

Lindsey said...

Sarah, I loved meeting you! I will have to spend some time today checking out your blog!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Sarah,
I just found your blog via the craft weekend, glad I did, loved reading your posts (read back till christmas) and have to say, you and your lovely family are a delight, thanks for sharing! All the best,

Kimberlee said...

I'm so glad you were able to get away to Kansas for the weekend. Please come back soon---I'll be happy to feed you anytime!


Annie Lanka said...

Sarah, It was so great to hang out with you for the weekend!!! Can't wait to read the rest of your blog!
Annie Lanka

Daydream Living said...

Good morning Sarah,

I've never heard of the Austria tour....what is that?
Austria is not so far from us, about 1,5-2 hours drive.

Yes, we are now living in Switzerland, me and my girls almost 5 years and my husband nearly 6,5 years (I didn't want to come in the beginning, he was travelling so much, so he came home every weekend for the first 1,5).

We are Dutch, from Amsterdam, and have lived also 2 years in Houston, Texas, so when I saw that you are from Texas I smiled! We really enjoyed living there, funny, the 2 years in the US made much more impact on us than the 5 years here....

Hope you have a good day, enjoy those lovely boys of yours,
(I have two girls, 14 and 4 so a lot of pink in the rooms)

Maureen x

(I had sent this comment via my email first to your email, which is no-reply@blogger, so I guess it is floating in cyberspace or did you receive it anyway?)

nikko said...

I know this sounds stalker-ish, but I found your blog via a post about craft weekend. I also have five boys and live in Texas! I am also thinking about homeschooling, so I'll bookmark your blog for another moment when I have some time to look through it. Glad you had a great weekend!

Cindy said...

It was fun to spend the weekend with you... Your pictures are great!! And you ARE so creative... your canvas turned out awesome!!!
Totally agree that a get a way is a must for every Mommy! I bet your boys are excited to have you back :)