Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show 2014

by Dinah Wulf

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This sign says it all! I had so much fun this past weekend at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show 2014 at the Anaheim convention center this past weekend.  I must warn you, that I look like a complete Geek in these photos (most of them I posted on Instagram).  At the same time, being goofy and meeting these lovely ladies were the highlight of my weekend. Being a Blogger you “e-meet” so many fellow Bloggers.  If you’re lucky, you get to meet some in person. I did just that and had a fantastic time.

On Saturday, I spent most of my time with (left to right) Barbara from Chase the Star, Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box, {Me}, and Monika from Life With Lovebugs. We were at the Duck Brand booth posing in front of the Duck Bus they had.  Inside was an amazing display of creative Duck tape creations.

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Monika, Loren, and I also stopped to pose at the Camelot Fabric chalkboard photo booth.  They have amazing patterns of fabric including adhesive felt and adhesive fabric! Did you know that the chalkboard behind us in this photo is fabric???  What??? Amazing! Do you like my felt glasses?

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This is me being extremely excited to meet Jaderbomb! Oh my! She was the sweetest gal ever and has the most charismatic and genuine personality.

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The next morning on Sunday I was invited to the Duck Brand breakfast which was so much fun. I made this pretty Duck tape bracelet. I love it so much, I think I may post a tutorial on it soon.

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I also met up with Barbara again as well as my friend Jill from Popsicle Blog. This is us posing at the Elmer’s booth.

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Here’s another one of Jill, Barbara, and I at the Camelot Fabric Booth.

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Jill had a fun idea and had me pose to look like I was modeling with these extremely gorgeous ladies from the Lion booth.

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Throughout the day (besides posing for pictures), I also did some fun make and takes.  Here are some of the things I made.

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I would definitely go back next year.  I was also invited to an exclusive FaveCrafts Networking event that was fantastic! I met several more Bloggers and was able to have one on one time with many brands that I would love to work with. I connected with some amazing Bloggers and brands and can’t wait until next year already!

Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas 2013

by Dinah Wulf

I mentioned earlier this month that I was so excited about attending Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas this year. My friend Tara from A Spectacled Owl and I made flight and hotel arrangements to attend months ago. It seemed like it couldn’t come fast enough and now I can’t believe it’s already over.

Here is a selfie Tara and I took while waiting to board our plane at LAX.

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I must say, this conference exceeded my expectations. Tiffany Romero and Fancesca Banducci from the SITS Girls are the two amazing women responsible for putting the conference together. The sponsors, food, accommodations at the Double Tree Hilton, and the speakers were fantastic.  Some of the sponsors we got to meet were Mirassou Winery, Invisalign, and LG. There was also a fantastic line up of speakers. Two speakers who really resonated with me were Danielle Smith from Extraordinary Mom and Lisa Leonard from Lisa Leonard Designs.

I took good notes!

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And thank goodness for Sugar Wish… I may have possibly OD’d on Red Hots. By the way, you HAVE to check them out.  It’s an adorable way to send an e-card and candy to a loved one.  So cute!

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This is one of my friends Jamie from Hands On As We Grow. We had met a year ago and BBC brought us together!

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This is a photo of some bloggers that I have been dying to meet in person from a group I am proud to be a part of.  From top to bottom, left to right we are: Megan Sheakoski, Amy Locurto, Randi Dukes, Holly Homer, Carolyn Elbert, Kelly Dixon, Me, and Jamie Reimer.  Finally meeting this group of talented bloggers in person and REALLY getting to know Tara were probably the highlights of my trip.

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Learned and talking about blogging, SEO, social media, photography, and “juggling” it all among like-minded and well-respected women in the industry at a conference like Bloggy Bootcamp, I must say, is definitely one of the many rewards  and highlights of blogging.  

Looking Forward to Bloggy Bootcamp 2013

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to attend another blog conference this weekend, hence this post!  This time in Dallas, Texas!  It’s called the Bloggy Boot Camp and I am traveling with one of my fellow Bloggy friends Tara, from A Spectacled Owl. I’m looking forward to this conference in particular because a) I heard it was one of the best, and b) I finally get to meet some “e-friends” in person!

I haven’t packed yet! Ugh!

I have gone to my share of conferences.  Most recently (and when I say “most recently” I mean over five months ago!) I went to a small creative conference called Elevate. I had so much fun there.  We played games, did crafts, shared stories.  It was intimate, full of colorful creativity, and amazing Bloggers. I mean look at these photos…

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Did I mention I haven’t packed yet?

Last May I had the honor of being sponsored by Clever Girls Collective to attend Mom Summit 2.0. Holy moly…very different from Elevate, however, it was also full of inspiration and talent.  There were several celebrity speakers including Journalist Lisa Ling and Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Here are a few pictures of the view from the amazing and luxurious Ritz Carlton.

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The first blog conference I ever attended was the Socal Social.  I will never forget it.  I was really sad that I missed it this year, BUT I was bust sun bathing in warm Riviera Maya, Mexico. J  The Socal Social was great because I went in only knowing one person.  It was an intimate experience as well, like Elevate.  It was full of treasure hunting, good food, and swag like you wouldn’t believe.

Anyway, I’m REALLY looking forward to Bloggy Bootcamp 2013.  I can’t wait to share it all with you next week! Gah!!! I REALLY need to pack!

 

Elevate Blog Conference 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently I the honor of attending the Elevate Blog Conference 2013 hosted by Summer from Made by Munchies Mama, Jen from Delightful Deets, and Nichole from Yeung Mother Hubbard

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It was held at the beautiful Newport Dunes in sunny Newport Beach California.  The cool yet sunny weather was perfect that day.  The girls were so detailed in their planning for this fabulous event.  As we checked in and got our name tags, whimsical pinwheels lined the walkway.

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Around the corner there were refreshments and a snack bar that was filled all day.  The tables were graced with creative centerpieces and place settings, personalized for every attendee.

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The hosts took advantage of the gorgeous scenery and created a photo area filled with fun props and a lovely homemade Elevate banner.

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Inside, there was a table filled with swag from all the amazing sponsors.

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There was also dessert table decorated with colorful paper medallions and filled with yummy goodness. See that “EAT” sign in the back??  I won it!! Woo hoo!

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The speakers were so inspiring.  It was great personally meeting all these fabulous women!

Ashley from Little Miss Momma

Kimmie from Sugar and Dots

Sarah from Little Penelope Lane

Erin from Living In Yellow

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We also had Nat and her husband from Take the Cannoli representing a great cause, Soul Hope.  Sole Hope is a group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time.  We even got to help make shoes and got together for a shoe cutting event.

We also had time to craft, of course!  This is a photo of me, Tara from A Spectacled Owl, and Joni from Pop Art Minis.

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This video made by Lora from Lora Knight Photography says it all!

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I had a great time and can’t wait for next year!

Mom 2.0 Summit 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes as a Mom Blogger, you feel alone.  Friends and family who are not Bloggers really have no idea how much work is entailed with running a business like this from home, while running your household as well.  This is why, when you ask another Mommy Blogger, rather Influencer or Publisher, they’ll admit that a blog conference is equivalent to a “weekend vacation getaway”.  I was given the honor of being sponsored by Clever Girls Collective to attend Mom 2.0 Summit 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. “Holy crap” was the first thing that came to mind.  I couldn’t believe that I was chosen.  This was a HUGE honor for me, one that was worthy of going on my resume. So, I wanted to share my experience.

I have attended many trade shows and conferences across the nation in my last career however this would be my first large blog conference. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but in my gut it would be greatness…and it was.

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The opening guest and key note speaker was Lisa Ling.  This was exciting for me because I have followed her career since she was on The View because she is a smart, young, beautiful, and successful Asian-American woman on TV.  There weren’t a ton of Asian-American women role models at the time when I was a vulnerable high school and college student so this was a real treat.

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Surrounded by blue skies, crashing waves, and local surfers, the atmosphere was exhilarating.  This “conference” was more than just that… it was an experience.  I was able to speak with large brands like Honda, Whirlpool, Lowes, Treetop, and many others.   Did I mention you could get your hair and nails done by stylists from Dove and get your makeup done by Starbucks ReFreshers.  The food provided by the Ritz Carlton was fabulous as well.

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Even though I was there alone, everyone was so nice an open to talking to me.  I met so many interesting and talented women.  I ran into a blogger friend, Kara Noel from Elies Lids, whom I had met one time before and we spent a lot of the time together.  It was fantastic getting to know her better and I look forward to our new found bloggy friendship. Here are the two of us messing around and in action.

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There were so many amazing and inspiring speakers. Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding spoke about her preparation or lack there-of for becoming a mom through adoption.  Her personal story was both heartwarming and hilarious! Others that stood out for me were Katherine Wintsch on her presentation and poem about why moms refuse to be honest with marketers and Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte where she turned 10 pounds of beeswax into her own crafty empire.  The panels were great as well.  I was able to hear some producers of the Today’s show give tips and tricks for video strategies.

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I will never forget this Mom 2.0 Summit 2013.  My only regret? I should have taken more pictures! Gah! A huge THANK YOU to Clever Girls Collective for making this happen for me!

Repurposed Inspiration from Antique Shopping

by Dinah Wulf

I can’t believe this is my 400th post!  Thought I’d celebrate by sharing a lovely event I went to.  Recently, I attended the Socal Social here in Orange County, a local get together for Bloggers.  I didn’t know what to expect, as this was the first blog conference I had ever attended.  All I have to say is, WOW! Well, OK that’s not exactly ALL I have to say.  It was fantastic and far exceeded my expectations.  From meeting the most inspiring women to finding repurposed inspiration from antique shopping all day, I had a blast.  There were lots of swag, giveaways, and even celebrity writer and television personality, Mark Montano. By the way, you have to check out his new book, The Big Ass Book of Bling!  Some of my favorite projects are jewelry made from bobby pins or safety pins.  It’s fabulous!

I spent most of the day with Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box and Jen from Something Turquois.  I was also able to chat with Barbara from Chase the Star, Tara from A Spectacled Owl, Erica from Gee Whiz Designs, among so many other amazing fellow bloggers.  Of course, our hosts were Vivienne from The V Spot and Bev from Flamingo Toes.

The event was held in the historic Orange circle if Orange, California also known as the Orange Circle Antique Mall.  Needless to say, I found some fabulous repurposed and upcycled antique finds that I wanted to share with you.

Baskets turned Wall Storage

Utensil Chandelier (Check out the spooky picture at the bottom…ew!)

Umbrella Pendant Lamp

Vintage Suitcase Vanity

Chair Swing Flower Pot

Mason Jar Glasses (love these!!)

OK, these bottles aren’t necessarily repurposed, but I thought they were pretty!

Last but definitely not least… MY FAVORITE… Bird Cage Chandelier

I can tell you how great it was to meet like-minded ambitious women that knew EXACTLY what I do day in and day out.  Thank you ladies!  I had the time of my life… until next year!

 

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