Tuesday, April 12, 2011

so where did the jet plane take me?! Creative Estates, baby!!!!!

have you ever freaked out over something major? maybe not to anyone else around you - but to you, it was major?! well, i think you picked up the vibe (especially from the past few weeks and past tweets) that i was freaking out over my kind of major. some might understand, some might not have. either way, i freaked out - and now i'm laughing at myself. 

i'm laughing because an experience that made nights longer, fingers tired, eyes cry, and my tummy full of too many peanut butter oreos is definitely being filed under one of the most creative, challenging, and refreshing weekends ever! i cannot get over the amazing people that i met, the speakers that encouraged me, and the creativity that exploded all over that neighborhood!


 the journey kicked off from Atlanta, Georgia. i traveled with Lori and we both could hardly contain our excitement - especially once we spotted the desserts (so much dirt!!) of Phoenix. i was probably dying to get off of that plane once we hit the one hour mark. even Angry Birds and Adele was not doing it for me. i inhaled those sweettarts, mind you. and yes, the kool-aid man kept me and Lori company all the way to AZ.


one of my favorite moments of the trip that was not captured by camera was the first time i met my long-time blog friends. there is something about meeting people you've been in touch with by email, commenting on blogs or tweeting with for however long, you have a special bond with them.


so i certainly have my disorganized, absent moments often, and one of those moments includes forgetting a notebook to write down notes from the sessions. thank the Lord for loose graph-paper from my booth display and for Lindsay's generous contribution. i was about to jot down tons of mad-creative goodness. i'm honestly still processing but in a good way.


and oh my goodness, i think we all fell over and died over Becky of Whippy Cakes' incredible shoes. talk about adorbs! 


and what about that booth i have freaking out over for the past few months? i am so thankful for the awesome experience that it turned out to be. i felt stretched in ways that i haven't before but bringing me to a place that this is where i want to be - and i love every second of it! i loved meeting new people and even those that were past Much Love, illy customers totally made my day! i also got to hang out with my dear (ahem, crazy) friend, Kim - love her! (and oh my goodness isn't her shop uh-mazing?!)


this is probably one of my favorite pictures from the conference. first off, i'm a fan of GOOFY, SILLY, CRAZY face-pictures. i just think they are more fun that way. this also includes some of my long-time blog friends (who are now REAL-life friends) as well as some new friends that i made while i was there! 

so that's it...for now. 
warning: i got LOTS MORE to come!
hope that's okay. 
*wink*

i think just about anyone there with a camera took a ton of pictures. and yes, me being one of them. so be on the look-out. got lots more to share. can't wait. 

oh and pssssst! Creative Estates is in Salt Lake City, UT next year. for those of you that wished you went this year, totally think about planning for next year. you won't wanna miss it! like my friends and i agreed (especially as we all swapped business cards), it's like camp! time goes by way too fast, and you're not yet ready to leave.


much love.
[happy tuesday, friend.]

p.s. don't forget to enter the Whimsical Popysmic giveaway on the bloggity-blog!

50 comments:

  1. LOVE your booth miss! Looks great! I hope the trip was amazing. Fantastic photos and of course, lovin' the candy! xoxo

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  2. What a fun recap. Such an awesome weekend!!!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  3. Love your pictures! I didn't take a single picture! I'm so bummed :(

    So happy I got to meet you and spend time with you! Thanks for asking me (and letting me go on and on) about my life! You're such a sweetheart!

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  4. Oh Ilene, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your post! You are just too adorable! :)

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  5. Sounds like so much fun!! Im not real crafty yet but you made it sound AH-mazing! so I just might have to plan to go next year just cause :)

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  6. Yay SLC!!! :D Your booth looks absolutely lovely!

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  7. Aww looks like SO SO SO much fun!!! :D I wish I could have gone! I am definitely going to the one next year! It's so close to my city! :D

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  8. You guys look like you had so much fun! I would of loved to have been there!! I am a brand new blogger; therefore, I have so much to learn!!
    I am now following your blog and following you on twitter (Twittle__Dee)
    Hoping you will drop by my blog sometime!
    Looking forward to getting to know you!

    ~~~rhonda~~~

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  9. Oh my. Just love your recap. So fun! I am glad you had a good time at the conference.

    There is such inspiration found in events like these and one of my favorite memories is watching all you girls meet and enjoy your time with one another :)

    xoxo

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  10. Thanks for the recap!:D

    Looks like you all had an awesome time. Thanks for all the pictures.:D

    Happy Tuesday!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  11. your booth is so cute! wish i could have been there. ps your comments always make me so happy!

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  12. Oh goodness, all these recap posts are making me miss you girls even MOOORE! Wish I could hug you again!

    Love love love you!

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  13. How exciting! I am so happy for you and all your new friends. What a great event!

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  14. Eeee! I love photo and memory captured. Your booth looks beautiful! I simply adore Kim's too. And I'm a huge fan of crazy, silly face photos.

    Can't wait to hear more about it. x

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  15. aahhh i've been waiting for this post! so so cool to meet so many stores and bloggers in real life! your booth looked awesome!

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  16. Great job on your booth! Glad you had a good time, and can't wait to get my Much love illy product. :)


    www.amandalynnedesigns.com

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  17. Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm hungry for glimpses inside the event that I couldn't go to!! Looks like y'all had a BLAST! I really want to go next year ;)

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  18. Your booth turned out wonderfully! It all looks like SO much fun. :)

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  19. I love all these photos!!! Yours and Kim's booths turned out fabulous!! I love your outfits and the funny face photos!!! Love you girl!! xoxo

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  20. Sounds like you had so much fun. Love the booth, came out great.

    shellseaoberski.blogspot.com

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  21. looked like soo much fun. Maybe next year, my business will hopefully be growing by then.

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  22. thanks for sharing what you learned :) love your booth display!

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  23. Wish I could have been there so I could have bought all the pretty thing from your booth!

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  24. Thanks for the heads up on where CE will be next year. Love seeing all of the pictures and reading all the tweets from everyone. I do hope to make it next year!

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  25. LOOOVED this recap! your booth was da bomb diggity foreals. :) thanks for the sweettarts! ;)

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  26. AWEsome!!!

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Your booth looks great...so, so colorful!

    Can't wait to see more pictures! Keep 'em comin!!

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  27. great photos and recap of creative estates! so glad you all had such a great time! can't wait to see what you bring to your shop now. following you all and seeing you grow just in this short time has been such an inspiration.

    have a fab day girl!

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  28. OMG!!! I love these!!!! :) So glad you had a wonderful time!!! Jealous...as most of the ladies you met there are my faves!! And what on earth are you doing to Moriah in that picture?!?! lol! You crack me up! Love ya bunches!

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  29. looks like so much fun!! love the photos!! thanks for the recap!!


    ps: today's the last day to enter the giveaway on my blog! hope you'll join in!! :-)

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  30. This looks like so much fun, and I'm glad it was such a success!! How great girl!

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  31. im still SO jealous I couldnt go!!!! the venue is literally 7 minutes away from my house...my sister's reception was there! haha...looks like you babes had a blast!

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  32. Your booth looked fabulous!!! Looks like such a fun time. I saw some more pix on Sandy's too :)

    Glad it was such a success! xoxo

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  33. aaahhhh loved your booth! ! ! ! !

    girl, mega jelly. I'm glad I got to live vicariously through you ladies <3

    utah? Uhh heck yes! <3

    xoxo

    ps-my word verification is "intan" i think they're mocking the fact that I am pale as heck. Hmmm...don't taunt me blogger

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  34. Sounds like you had fun! Your booth was cute!! Holler if you want to work on a booth sign.

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  35. that looks like so much fun!!! it's my dream to meet all of you one day... love the booth, specially the banner! xoxo

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  36. I'm so glad you had sooo much fun! It looks like you had a blast!!

    Your booth and the displays looked amazing!!!

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  37. Your booth looks lovely! And such a beautiful blog you have here :)

    Hugs from your fan in Paris xx

    Camille @ Paris in Pink

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  38. You're adorable! Loooove your table banner! Looks like it was a blast... enjoyed following your tweets while you were there too. :)

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  39. I'm so glad you had a good time, sweetie! It is awesome sharing this experience with you vicariously.

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  40. looks like a great time & experience!! so can i have some of those sweet tarts please? k thanks!

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  41. So fun!!! So Creative Estates is in a different town each year?? I may have to look into it! I love your photos! Makes me want to go!!

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  42. What a great trip...yea for "creative" groupings of gals!

    Epps...your booth turned out so great! I wish I could virtually go shopping right through my computer screen :) xx Cat

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  43. creative estates posts are popping up all over my inbox, so you'd better believe i wanna see more!!

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  44. I'm so glad you had a blast!! It looks like it was so much funnnnnnnnn! :) Maybe next year I can go... hehe. :)

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  45. ilene i miss you so much! i miss those nights where we would sit and you would make tons and tons of poppies while we watched a bazillion episodes of the office! i am sooooo happy you are doing so well! come visit josh and i in chicago! we miss you and want you to come up this summer!
    love you rooms! tell ryan josh and i said hi! xo

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  46. LOOOOVEEE this, and all you creative gals!!!

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  47. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Your booth looked amazing, I love it! :) And sweettarts... yummy!! :)

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  48. I'm actually jealous! I wish i could have been apart of it. maybe next year?? I can't wait to hear more about it! xo

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