I’m so excited to share the news that I’ll be a keynote speaker alongside Oprah’s own Cristina Ferrare at The Creative Connection in St. Paul, MN on Thursday, September 15th — I’ll be speaking during the welcome dinner to share my story, talk about blogging (the ups and the downs), business, tips on blogging & networking, living a more creative life, taking risks… and of course lots of inspirational ideas for you and your business too. I can’t wait!
When I taught blogging and decorating in Morocco last year, Jo Packham, who is the founder of both Where Woman Create and Where Woman Cook magazines, attended my workshop/retreat there and we became good friends. I really bonded with all of my students, I loved teaching an ACE Camp and can’t believe how many others are doing camps now with ACE, it’s awesome. But yes, Ms. Packham has been such an inspiration to me over the past 10 months since we met in person in Morocco. She even came to London to be there during my big book launch party at Liberty. When you connect with someone who has years of experience on you, it’s a great feeling because there is so much for her to learn from me and vice versa. As I get older I’ve come to value connecting with people who are successful in other fields outside of my own as I think there is so much to learn and one can really limit themselves if only socializing with those who do the same things that they do.
I am happy to know Ms. Packham and so when she told me she was planning the second Creative Connection event and that she wanted me to be a keynote speaker (eep!), I accepted immediately – no questions asked! That means that very soon on Thursday, September 15th you can come hear me speak and meet and hang out afterwards with me and all of the other wonderful, creative people at this event because I’m staying at TCC all week. I’ll even be at the book signing cocktail party on Friday night. It promises to be a wonderful, creative journey and week for me in St. Paul and to be speaking alongside Oprah’s friend, well hey — that is quite an honor. The ladies from Blogher are sponsors so they will also be there speaking during another time slot along with tons of teachers and panelists who will be joining TCC to share tips and advice and to motivate YOU!
If you are creative and looking to network, learn, and most of all — to be in an environment where everyone is special and made to feel included and welcomed this THIS IS THE event for you. If you are not creative (well, everyone is but perhaps you’ve not tapped in yet) then this is also the event for you because the more you hang around with those who are it’s a bit like fairy dust — the magic sprinkles around and you can’t help but catch the energy of it all. TCC will be inspiring yet professional and great for all levels of business owners from newbies to pros — and for those who are still experimenting with the “what if” of pursuing your own path. It will also be very diverse and meant for all ages and types of women (and men).
Here are a few of the successful folks out there making it happen who will be there with me to share their knowledge, teach classes and/or speak on panels (click on links below to sign up for their classes/panels):
Heather Bailey, Leslie Shewring, Janine Vangool from UPPERCASE magazine, Leigh Standley from Curly Girl Design, Lilla Rogers, Kelly Rae Roberts, Matthew Mead, Ashley English from Design Sponge, Diane Cu and Todd Porter, Publisher Melanie Falick, Kim Stoegbauer, Julie Cove, Betz White, The ladies behind French General, Tara Gentile, Crafty Chica, Lizzy House… And many more amazing people and topics. What a diverse audience, I love it.
Then there are the Pitch Slam experts, I mean how cool to have a chance to sit with publishers and industry experts with a chance to PITCH YOUR BIG IDEA. Very cool…
Oh and I almost forgot, there is going to be a Marketplace event where you can shop handmade and meet the makers. Weeee!
SO! If you want to join me and all of these wonderful friends at The Creative Connection in St Paul in September then sign up and come out. I can’t wait to meet you!
I’m leaving in the morning to catch a train to Amsterdam and so I just want to wish you all a lovely week… I’ll be checking in from time to time when I can… I can’t wait for my book signing at the American Book Center on Saturday, June 25 from 5-7 pm and I’m very happy that co-author Joanna Copestick will also be present to sign and to hang out with me and meet everyone. :) And don’t miss the big Meet The Blogger party on Saturday afternoon (details here). It’s going to great to meet all of the wonderful bloggers (over 120 have RSVP’d!) and members of the press who will attend, including VTWonen magazine who will come to shoot the event – yeah!
I have to go get packed… but if you’re coming to join me then I’ll see you in Amsterdam! And for those who cannot make it, I’ll share photos of the event with you next week along with the shop window for Decorate that I made for the American Book Center. I hope that you will like it, it was a lot of fun to create my first window display for a shop so I’m looking forward to see what they think and also to get the reaction of their customers and passerbys but also to see what my co-author Joanna thinks as she has no clue what I’ve been up to in my crafty chemistry lab – ha! Exciting, a first for me and I love firsts.
Can’t wait to see you in one of my favorite cities. It’s been a few years since I’ve had a meet up in Amsterdam so I’m really looking forward to this. A big thank you to Rick, Lise and Janneke for effortlessly pulling everything together – it’s going to be fun to see how all of this remote planning works out – I love the internet!
I’m so happy to hear about the Selvedge Spring Fair in London on April 2nd but also quite sad as I’ll miss it by only a week since I won’t arrive in London until the 10th for my book launch party on the 13th. This news breaks my heart, especially since I love Selvedge magazine and because their official sponsor is Amy Butler (who is a contributor to my upcoming book). May I just add that I love London. I mean, hello! There always seems to be something super creative and interesting going on there especially when it comes to the arts and craft scene. I feel SO tempted to just fly over for the day to check out this fair and return home but I don’t know… it does look lovely though, doesn’t it? Oh my. Temptation calls.
Those who will exhibit at the fair are listed below, so even if you cannot make this event please visit their lovely links and shops below.
Les Soeurs Anglaises, Milla and Arti, Papa Stour, Parna, Noolibird, Grace Ink Design, Charlotte Macey, Bojo Childrenswear, Holy Smoke, Naomi Avsec, Claire Fletcher, Cath Ball, Catherine Hammerton, Becky Adams, Jam Tart, Rosie’s Armoire, Emma Lamb, Emily Maude, Folk at Home, Ray Stitch, Emily’s Ark, Biba’s Tea Party, Makers Market, The Laundry, Jennifer Collier, The Natural Store, Blodwen, Charlotte Farmer, Beyond France and Cornelia O’Donovan.
The Selvedge Spring Fair will take place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Langdon Park Road, London N6 5QG from 10am – 5pm. Entrance fee £2.50 and the cute little map above shows you where to go to find them. Enjoy!
(images: selvedge and their exhibitors)
I’ve known about this for awhile now but wasn’t able to reveal it until today… but my source at Anthropologie has confirmed that I can announce this lovely news today… But this month they will launch a new decorator concept which will help customers carefully select products to fit their needs along with expert advice and assistance. These workshop-style decorator shops will roll out in twelve existing Anthropologie locations in the U.S. and U.K. (listed at the end of this post) and their website will mirror their offerings.
The decorator concept will share Anthropologie’s aesthetic but it will be completely dedicated to, “delivering a unique experience that helps generate design ideas and support decision making,” and the decorator shops in stores will have wallpaper swatches, rugs, curtains, printed information about products, and it will host regular workshops with design experts. Main categories such as curtains, furniture, hardware, lighting, rugs and wallpaper, will be helpful to decorators and the in-store shop will look a little different in each location and will serve as both reference and to spark creativity.
They will also have design books and magazines (a first for Anthro to stock magazines!) that will also be presented and I’m happy to say that my upcoming book, Decorate, will be part of the line-up of inspirational books so I’m very excited. I have to fly over to the states just to see it with my own eyes. :)
Online customers will benefit from the new “For the Decorator” section listed under Features, which will debut on March 17th. The section will be home to tips and tool, such as a wallpaper calculator, upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatch requests, and glossary.
The Anthropologie store locations that will launch the decorator concept on March 24th are: London, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Corte Madera, CA, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, NYC, Wayne, PA and Westport, CT.
NOTE: In London, at their King’s Rd location, two workshops are slated for March 27th: Meet Emily Chalmers, author of Modern Vintage Style and owner of hip Shoreditch boutique Caravan who will be offering one-on-one personal design consultations with customers. You can also meet Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, founders of Custhom, will be screen printing individual postcards demonstrating their techniques which customers will be able to take home.