CCE 2011

I realize that I haven’t posted much lately, nor will I get through the mountain of no-longer-relevant items that I meant to post until mid-August at the earliest.  Why?  Because I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Not to toot my own horn, but our schedule and speaker line-up has tuned out pretty kick-ass, don’t you think?  I’m especially excited to hear Jeff Rudell’s keynote address.  He is one of my personal heroes and it felt like a real coup to get him on board.  I’ll be posting an interview and sneak peek with him in the next week or two.  Other amazing speakers include:

  • Meg Mateo Ilasco, author of Creative, Inc. and Craft, Inc. and creator of Anthology magazine
  • Diane Gilleland, Editor-in-Chief of
  • Erin Loechner of and Uppercase magazine
  • Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop
  • Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith of The Curiosity Shoppe, authors of two Show Me How books, and creative directors of the Pop Up Magazine events
  • Artist and Illustrator Lisa Congdon
  • Cathe Holden of
  • and more than 40 other generous and helpful experts

But seriously, check out the schedule and then register for all three days because it’s going to rock the free world and I want you all there with me.  You can RSVP for the CCE 2011 event on Facebook (and invite friends as well) or “like” the conference page.

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!

Last Chance for a Free CCE Ticket!

The free ticket giveaway on design*sponge ends tomorrow at 8AM for the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs, so if you want a chance to win, act quickly!  The rules are at the bottom of my latest “biz ladies” article, titled “Maintain Confidence in a Competitive Market,” which is all about keeping it together as a creative professional when everyone else in the world seems younger, skinnier and more talented than you.

If you’d like to remove the element of chance altogether, you can get your ticket at the CCE site, which has day passes and full weekend passes available for extremely reasonable prices.