April 25, 2012

WIWW - to SNAP (and a quick run-down)

I think you know I recently attended a craft blogger's conference (yep, there are such a thing) called SNAP. I will tell you a little about it, but first, the ultimate dilemma was What to Wear!

I grabbed this new shirt the day before I left when I ran into JCPenney to get my son some new shoes.  It was on display and I couldn't decide if it was cute or if I was delusional, but I posted it on FB and most people liked it, so I kept it.  I wore it like many of you suggested - no belt, dark pants.  I had some big giant yellow earrings on to pull in some color, but you can't see them in the picture:
 The next day I wore the same thing I wore to my segment on TV.  Every day I wore those flat sandals with the poofy flower things - they are cute in person.  Blame Kate for the blurry picture:
 Mustard was the color those first two days - it seemed like everyone was wearing it.  Day 2 it even came down to it being Mustard and Gray stripes - seriously, this is a picture of 4 of the 6 people sitting at a table in one of my classes - we all had that theme (Kelli is wearing a yellow cardigan, but you can't see it too well in the picture)

Day 3 I thought a ton of people were wearing Tangerine - maybe it's because that's what I was wearing so I noticed it more...I went with curly-ish hair that day:
 The final day was when we flew out, so I wore a maxi dress because it's so comfy so I thought it'd be a good way to look nice for a plane ride but still be cozy.  I forgot to take a WIWW picture, but on our way to the airport we did some sight-seeing, so here's this:
So I thought I'd write up some posts about SNAP - because I feel like I went for YOU, so I want to share what I learned in each class, etc, in case it is something you wanted to learn about too.  So maybe next week I'll dedicated my afternoon posts to the classes I went to - I took notes knowing I'd share it all with you.

But a brief overview if you can't wait til then:

--wowza, crafters are TALL!!  I am not kidding - I felt so short!!  I went with my cousin Kate, who is almost 6' 1"  - - there were probably 10 gals her height or so, and they were all wearing big giant wedge shoes.  Crazy!

--You should pack light - I thought I did good to pack in just a carry-on.  Then I signed in to the conference and got a giant grocery bag full of swag and realized I'd have to fit in all in my carry-on for the plane ride back.  I rolled clothes into super-tight balls and somehow made it work for the ride home.

--I'm not outgoing.  I knew that going there, but it's been confirmed.  I thought I did great talking to people and meeting people, etc, which was super fun.  But lots of bloggers seem to know each other and have groups of people they know, where I thought I just kind of floated around - which was fine.  I was glad I took Kate along with me.  But maybe she was my crutch and I would have found some sort of "group" if I was alone -- who knows. 

--I like blogging.  I like crafting.  It's super fun to be surrounded by tons of people with the same interests.  Being the in midwest, not many craft bloggers are close, so I'd never had the fun of being around others before.

--Social Media is a big deal.  Everyone tweets and updates statuses and such during classes.  I guess it was my welcome-to-the-real-world.  I think I need to get a smart phone just so I can be a part of Instagram....

--I didn't take too many pictures - weird, I know.  I would chat with bloggers, big and small blogs, and I just didn't want to be all "now since we talked, can I get my picture with you??" and like I said earlier, I didn't really hang out in groups of people too much, so no big group pictures of fun....  But I've already spotted myself in a few crowd pictures from other bloggers, so I'll have to grab those and post them.... 

--Bloggers are awesome in real life.  Super nice and easy going.  Fun to be a part of it all.

--Business cards were a BIG deal - - good thing mine came in time!  I'll probably do a whole post about them, because they're awesome...

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

23 Fabulous Comments:

Love the outfit choices. I am a big fan of the gray/yellow combo that you wore on tv.
Thanks for the thoughts on SNAP! I have loved reading all the different perspectives from people who attended.

Your outfit choices were SO CUTE!! And one thing that worries me with meeting new bloggers is that on the computer I am very social, but IRL, not so much. lol Can't wait to hear more about SNAP!

Blogging is a whole new world! I am so I excited to have ventured out and get started. Wish it would've been 5 years ago when there werent so many AMAZING blogs! Nevertheless, now there's more to love and more friends to make!

Mandy, I had fun eating with you and getting to know you and your cousin. I'm not very outgoing either and was just thinking today that if I'd gone alone maybe I would have branched out more. Oh well. I had a ton of fun and was really happy to meet you. Please stay in touch and hopefully our paths will cross again!

Sounds like you had a great time and looked good doing it

I saw you at the QBM and I didn't dare say hi. I really wish I would have tho. I can't wait to read all your posts about snap!

I'm not super outgoing either, and I wonder if many people were in the same boat - floating, and wondering how to get into one of those big groups. Gosh, sounds a bit like high school! But fun! It looks like you had a blast, and looked great doing it :-)

I loved all your outfits - nice job. And don't you just love JCPenneys prices. I was just there last night.

Love all the outfits this week! Sounds like you had fun!

It was so fun to meet you in real life!

Mandy it was so fun to meet you in person. You are one of the people I told my husband about being as nice and cute in person as you are on your blog.

If we ever are at a conference together again you are welcome to hang out with Elizabeth and I in our giant group of 2. (And this time we will be able to recognize each other!)

if i went to snap we would have started our own awesome group and we would have had a secret handshake and a theme song....

still fuming i didn't go.

and your adorable.

You looked super cute all 3 days! I loved being able to get to know you better when we were making our Poppyseed projects! And thanks for the suggestions for my Owl-it looks so much better!

Newlyweds on a Budget

Your outfits are so cute. I love that we were rocking the same color palette too. I loved reading your write up as well. There was a lot to learn from SNAP. So glad I went. XO, jen

Love, love, love your curly-ish hair. Super cute! Glad you had fun.

Mandy, you are adorable. I would have never guessed you were in introvert. I am too, but my goal is to make it to Snap next year, and possibly Blissdom!

I would LOVE to meet you, and form a "group" of the introverts!!

:) Hugs

It was so nice to meet you! You are just adorable, I felt like I could put you in my pocket and take you home. :) Hopefully we'll get to chat more next time, and hopefully I won't have a baby next time. :)

All of your outfits were super cute! Wait to rock the Snap WIW! ;) Excited to hear more about what you learned and all that! My question though, will/would you go again next year? I'm really thinking I want to go!

love those flare jeans, they're so fabulous!

I'm glad you'll be writing about what you learned. As someone who couldn't go, I'm much more interested in that than all the "here's who I met" and "you missed out" posts I've been reading. Yes, I'm jealous :)

Love the mustard and gray outfit- my fave of the bunch.

So glad we finally got to meet! You are super cute (and short:)) I didn't have a "group" either and many people didn't. It's just fun to walk and talk and eat with so many different people. Your outfits are so fun! Yeah for SNAP!

I love the second outfit. Coupled with the warm tones of the picture it looks almost retro. But modern retro I love it xxx

I'm glad we got to meet at SNAP, Mandy! I'm not very extroverted either so its a wonder we ever even exchanged business cards. ;) You are too cute! I love your outfits!

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