Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"The Creative Connection Event"

As I look back now, I could not be happier that I made the decision to attend the amazing Creative Connection Event. It was a unique conference that provided a community of like-minded women entrepreneurs sharing and having a harmonious connection in the creative industry. The meeting of all of these creative souls in one venue is energizing for the creative spirit and opens the door to so many new possibilities.

It took place in St. Paul, Minnesota at Crowne Plaza Hotel and the weather was fantastic. I had a refreshing view of the Wabasha Bridge over the Mississippi River. It was so cool to see the riverboats and vivid landscapes in the surrounding areas.

The Creative Connection Event included a variety of workshops, networking opportunites, business panels, book signings and a wonderful hand-made marketplace. It was a unique experience to connect with so many women passionate about their creative lives and businesses. I opted for the “Weekender Badge” which gave me complete access to the programs and events for the entire three days of the conference. Day passes were also available for those that wanted to only attend on specific days or just visit the marketplace.

The first day of the conference was an inspiring day filled with invaluable information on how social media can help women entrepreneurs and was sponsored by the women of BlogHer. BlogHer is a community and media company created in partnership with women in social media. Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins founded BlogHer in 2005 in response to the question, “Where are all
the women bloggers?”

The co-founders of this CREATIVE CONNECTION EVENT conference,  established in 2010, are Jo Packham and Nancy Soriano. I had the opportunity to meet Jo at this year's event. Jo is an accomplished and remarkable woman.  She is a successful entrepreneur with her own publishing company, Chapelle, Ltd. and she currently partners with Stampington & Company to produce two magazines:
 WHERE WOMEN CREATE — Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women

WHERE WOMEN COOK — The Heart and Soul of Cooking.

Jo has authored more than 40 arts and crafts titles, including her newest books:  “The book of inspiration – IN THE STUDIO AND BEHIND THE SCENES” and  "Where Women Cook: CELEBRATE!"


One of the most delightful aspects of the WWC Event was the author’s book signing and cocktail party. There was a treasure trove of celebrated authors all in one venue!  


I first walked into the reception area and this where I met Christina Ferrare. She is the author of numerous books that include the New York Times bestsellers: “Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache”, “Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment”, “Cristina Ferrare Style” and "Realistically Ever After”. Cristina's fifth book, a cookbook entitled “Christina Ferarre’s BIG BOWL OF LOVE” was available at the book signing as well as the most current recent issue of “Where Women Cook” Magazine.

Christina also has her own entertaining new cooking show featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network:
Christina has a marvelous sense of humor, is truly genuine and sincere. She was a guest speaker at the welcome dinner and shared her captivating life story and steps to success.
                             More artists at the signing....

There were a wide variety of interesting classes and panels offered. I took a couple of Traci Bautista's classes and enjoyed her use of color and expression. It's always fun learning new techniques and have an excuse to create, just for the sake of creating. 


                 Expressions of Collage, Paint & Paper....

 I must admit that I believe my favorite class was a project taught by Shea Fragoso. I stepped out of the box working on this project, as it was the first time I had used a soldering iron. I LOVE the finished product!


Of course the conference wouldn't have been the same without having my good friends Brenda and Phyllis there to make things so much more fun and interesting!

I could go on and on about every detail of this creative trip, but truly the icing on the cake at the end of the Creative Connection was the "Cupcake Farewell". Oodles of cupcakes and plenty of tables covered with beautifully decorated cakes!

What a SWEET way to finish the festivities...


eileen hull said...

What a great post Karen. You captured that well. So good seeing you- glad we could see you for drinks!

Karen Embry said...

Thank you Eileen - it was fun and it was great seeing you too!

Ann Butler said...

Loved reading the post, it brought me right back there and I could not agree more that it was a wonderful place to be...good spending time with you! Looking forward to next year!

Karen Embry said...

Ann, I had a great time also - next year should be awesome!