|The delicious menu from the opening celebration dinner.|
First, I've been an artist my entire life. That alone set me apart--how many other 17 year olds do you know who are obsessed with a Mexican artist named Frida who rocked flowers in her hair, a mustache and a unibrow? I've always felt I was "the weird girl" or the "the crazy artist" or--I really hate this one--"the flaky artist".
Girl, the only thing flaky I like is a pie crust so don't go there.
When you get to meet artistic people who are much like yourself, but have managed to harness their creative power in ways that make them financially sustainable, I pay attention. These creative, incredibly business-savvy women were anything but flaky artists.
They were inspirational.
It almost made me break down into tears. On several occasions, actually. I kept telling myself, keep it together, woman. But to see other people doing what they love, doing what they were created to do, flourishing, shining...it just made my heart well up.
I've been to conferences, webinars, blogging events. We've all seen the infographics on how to get more followers, how to engage readers on your Facebook page, when is the best time to tweet, how to gain more page views with social media, how to have the best photography, how we should have a gazillion Pinterest followers, how we should be monetizing...the list goes on and on. And I've exhausted myself in the pursuit of it all. Still, this conference was different.
Craftcation was about doing what you love.
Making what you love.
Sharing what you love and connecting with an audience that wants to buy what you make.
Putting 100% of yourself in what you do.
And finally, in order to shine, I've got to be me--infographics be damned.
|Ventura is lovely, so is one of my road trip partners and keynote speaker for Craftcation, Kathy Cano-Murillo.|
What I loved most about Craftcation was all of the handmade touches. From the embroidery hoops that doubled as signs, the delicious handmade food, the chalkboard signs, the amazing stuff for sale in the Pop Up Shop, the sponsors, the speakers (that Steph Cortes from nerd JERK--no relation--was hilarious, by the way), the inspirational quotes that dotted the walls of the Crowne Plaza hotel to the smiles from the volunteers who were making it all happen...Craftcation had heart.
It was a lovely event and I really hope I get to return next year. Thank you, Nicole and Delilah, for putting together such an awesome conference!