Best. Conference. Ever.

Wow, what a summer!  I took a bunch of trips, made a ton of artwork, and worked on growing my business.  It didn’t leave much time for posting (or resting), but after a whole spring of feeling like I was just spinning my wheels, I finally feel like I accomplished something. Luckily for me, summer is just starting here in San Francisco, so I can still enjoy some warmer weather now that I have a little free time.

The highlight of August was of course the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs in Seattle.  Our inaugural year was  more successful that I ever anticipated and it makes me feel both extremely lucky and extremely proud.  I could not have been more thrilled with the skill of our speakers, or the enthusiasm of our attendees.  I met more wonderful new friends than I can even count.  We also had exceedingly delicious food every day, both at the conference and at our meals and happy hours around Seattle.  It makes me really excited to start working on CCE 2011 in San Francisco.  Here are a few highlights:

Cathie Filian, Emmy-nominated host of Creative Juice on HGTV, gave one of the best talks I’ve ever heard about how to create your own business opportunities rather than sitting around and waiting for them.

Craftsanity Live!Podcasting Session with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood and Becky Stern

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood interviewed Megan Reardon of Not Martha during a live CraftSanity podcast.  Then Jennifer and Becky Stern from Craftzine/Make magazine showed attendees how to make podcasts of their own!
Taking It To The Next Level: Lauren Venell, Jenny Hart and Andrea Porter

I got to be part of two amazing panels, “Taking it to the Next Level” with Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching (center) and Andrea Porter of Matthew Porter Art (and fellow organizer!, right), and “Valuing Your Work and Getting Paid for it,” with Lisa Congdon, Becky Stern, and Leanne Winslow of Cake Central.  Every single one of these ladies is so. friggin. smart.

Trophy Cupcakes

Speaking of cake, we had (among other amazing goodies) these ridiculous cupcakes from Trophy cupcakes.  Those flavors are Nutella and Salted Caramel, my friends.  WHAT???!!  Yeah, I had, like, eight.  I also had my first poutine in Seattle (I ate it too quickly to take a photo), which is french fries drenched in gravy and cheese.  Oh my stars.  Yum.  All that weekend was yum.

Attendees At CCE

Isn’t the Hugo House gorgeous?  This is in the “cabaret room”.  I love it when creative events are held in inspiring, colorful spaces, rather than in sterile hotel conference rooms.  I also love it when we have three days without major A/V or tech issues.  What a treat!

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