August 18, 2012

Michael's - I love them!

This past weekend I was invited to attend a Michael's Blogger Event - it was a amazing.  I came away with an even bigger love for Michael's Stores (was that possible?!).  I was just very impressed with the passion and creativity that their team has - they really do LOVE creating and crafting.  As they quoted "ART: You can find yourself in it, and also get lost in it".

I felt like a celebrity - I was met at the airport by an official driver holding a sign with my name and whisked away in a fancy car with blacked-out windows - check that off the bucket list.  I was greeted at the hotel, given a goodie welcome bag that included the most delicious chocolate chip cookies ever, and headed to my room.  It was amazing - I called home to tell them "my hotel room has it's own hallway!" - very impressive:


We started the event with a warm-up craft of making felt flower wristlet tie-ons - I loved that we had several opportunities to craft and create during the conference.

We got to hear from Jo Pearson, probably most know as a judge on Craft Wars.  Not only did we get to  hear her speak, but we got to hang out with her for a couple of days.  She loves crafting and creating just as much as any of us - it was so fun to get to know her on a more personal level.
I will blog about some things she said coming soon - right now I just wanted to give you an overview of my trip.  So stay tuned for that next week.

More crafting sessions the next day - it was fun to try some projects that I don't normally do - like jewelry making and mixed media.  I will do a brief tutorial on the charm necklace sometime soon as well.

After that we were given an exclusive peek into the Michael's trade show - to see the new things coming to stores, etc.  It was huge and overwhelming and amazing all at once - wow!  So many vendors and amazing products are sold through Michael's stores, including many of their own store brands.

I didn't realize that you could do custom cards through Michael's, but you can and they have some super cute options.  You can find it at MiDesign@Michaels - really, check it out. They offer photo books, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, custom invites, personalized favors, napkins and more.  
And there is an exclusive offer for you readers – 30% off. The code is BLOGGER30 and it is valid through Aug. 29.

We had a look at some of the things offered through the classes you can take at Michael's - these will be the card making classes this year and I can't get over the cuteness of the "Whimsy" collection - the four on the right - they're calling to me:
And I really want to take a cake decorating class.  Doesn't everyone?!

There were some creative celebrities:

Tons of amazing booths and display ideas - this one is dripping real paint:
And Sharpie gave out plain sunglasses and had you decorate them with Sharpie marker - I thought that would be a fun activity for a birthday party:
And then there was the swing-the-mallet-to-ring-the-bell booth - I only got up to a 5 out of 10, then the guy in the carnival vest swung the hammer one-handed and hit the 10 and the bell.  It just confirmed that I'm a weakling.

That evening we were able to eat dinner off-site at a local Dallas restaurant and hear from Amy Labbe from Art-i-cake.   So inspiring to hear her thoughts - I'll also do a post recapping her thoughts later next week.

Michael's went all out and sent us home with some amazing samples from Mod Podge, Martha Stewart line, and all of their amazing store brands.  

Overall the trip was amazing and very inspiring.  Part of the fun was getting to know Michael's staff and other bloggers and pick up on their passion of blogging and creating.

Heading home I ran into a slight snag - I blame American Airlines and their inability to work around a maintenance issue.  They canceled my flight instead of cueing up another plane - as a result I missed the kids' first day of school, including my Kindergartner's. Bummer.  But I did get an extra night in a hotel to watch Shark Week (we don't have cable so I have to soak in it when I can):


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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 +

11 Fabulous Comments:

My Michaels always has the best clearance! What a great opportunity for you! What a bummer to miss those precious first day moments though :(

Did you get to eat the cake that Duff was decorating? Or was it a dummy cake?

This looks like so much fun :-] I would love to attend something like this. And it looks like you had a fabulous time.
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Looks like you had a great time. Sounds like a ton of fun :)

What an incredible opportunity! Looks like fun!!!
Rhiannon

So awesome! Glad you got to go! Sorry you had to miss the 1st day of school.

omg! must know the location and name of that fab hotel in case I am ever in that area!! so glad u had a blast but I understand the sadness in missing 1st school days- it hurts :(
as far as ur hubby's blog drama- I love u both and find him very funny. I don't have a blog so I don't know the "rules" but I am sorry there was so much fallout!

oh and my email is sway976@msn.com

the nikki one is an extra :)

How fun is that!! That paint booth looks really cool! And you ARE a celebrity... just sayin... ;)

Looking from the pics it shows that you had so much of fun.Michaels craft supplies has always help me in creating the home decor things

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