Blogging Tips – Alison from Oopsey Daisy

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Hello friends! My name is Alison, and I blog at Oopsey Daisy. I am thrilled to be here at Tara's place today. I know Tara in real life because we are some of the very few craft bloggers from Colorado. Isn't her entire series genius?! I love reading other bloggers' advice! No doubt about it, I am completely BLESSED to do what I love. I actually get to wake up each morning and make stuff... and then share it! I have the opportunity to connect with other creative minds. I am so blessed, and I tell myself this every day. But I am still no expert. I am learning new things each day. Today, I am sharing what has worked for me. So this is me on my soapbox with some of my best blogging … [Read more...]

Colorado Blogger Get Together at IKEA

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The other night, I had the pleasure of meeting 4 lovely ladies and a little lad!  We met at the new IKEA and walked around the store, Ooohed and Aahhed at random pieces.  Talked blog stuff, kid stuff, creative stuff ... and we decided on a little fun challenge that I'll tell you more about in a sec. Would you like to meet them too?  Sure you would.... Here's Alison from Oopsey Daisy.  She had her little guy with us ... he was so well behaved {I'm kind of glad I left mine at home cause he would have made mine look like little devils}.  We actually we at Creative Estates together in Phoenix earlier this year, but never connected there!  Crazy, hey! Kirstin from Kojo Designs.  A sister … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Holly from 504 Main

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Here we are again! I hope you're loving this series as much as I am! If you have any questions or suggestions you'd like a guest to touch on, please comment below and I will do my best to find a fit!  I'm sure if you're thinking of questions, there are at least 50 others thinking the same thing!  So, please, do not hesitate!!!  This is for ALL of us to learn and gain insight!  I'd love to have feedback from you, too! ************ This week, Holly from 504 Main is here! We met at Creative Estates in Phoenix and sat together at the Girls Night Out Arizona and had a GREAT time! She's fun, exciting, and tells it like it is! {I like that!} Here is her blogging insight for you in an … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging ~ Steph from Somewhat Simple

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One thing that I'm constantly surprised with bloggers is 'how do they do it?' I'm learning so much from each blogger that has been here to share {and of those who I've followed for a while} But, they have multiple talents, jobs, children, pregnant, delivering babies, and blogging! How do they do it all? They are SUPER WOMEN! Steph from Somewhat Simple is here today to share her blogging tips She JUST had a baby boy and you'd never know it {other than her telling you ... and she has 3 other cuties at home!!!} Her blog never stopped.  The content kept flowing!!! Kudos to you, Steph, you are a SUPER WOMAN! Okay, let's hear what she says....   I first started a family … [Read more...]

Creative Estates … What I learned

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Okay, so this IS the last post regarding Creative Estates ... I promise. I wanted to go through my notes and share a few things that I learned. Some of the pointers were things I already knew, but it was great to hear it as it gave solidity and reinforcement to my thoughts and ideas. Turning your hobby in to a business ... *  The Martha Rules  {a book I think I might just have to buy} *  Promoting giveaways on your blog and/or on twitter *  Reach out to other bloggers {you'd be surprised how they are so willing to help!  I have to find it in myself to do this more} *  Join local clubs such as a Wordpress meet up group or Social Media Club.  {I'm going to the next one in our … [Read more...]

Creative Estates ~ Wrapping it up

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So, I feel I have probably worn out the Creative Estates, but there was so much to share!  This is the last post, I promise  {well, my fingers might be crossed}.... I wanted to share some more pictures from the conference. Here are the two 'craft' projects that I did while I was CE.  Very simple and easy ... and cute! I'm not a scrapbooker and haven't worked with paper very much so it was sure nice to have someone show me what to do and how to do it ... and provide the paper and instructions.   It's a little accordion house for your pictures. And how about the little canvas square we made with Jen from Tatertots and Jello.... On the friday night we went to a Girl's Night Out event at … [Read more...]

Creative Estates ~ Bloggy Stars I met

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The name is so fitting for these gals that I met at Creative Estates.... Everybody at the conference knew who these gals were {and if they didn't, they certainly do now} and have been following them for some time {well, I have been anyway} There were a few gals that I wish I could've chatted with more ... next conference.  And there were gals that I wished I would've gotten a picture with ... next conference! Let's start with .... hmmm.... no particular order, girls..... Becca from Blue Cricket Designs... She sent me this picture, isn't she CUTE!!!!!!!! What can I say about her?  I think we are kindred spirits.  She likes thrifting as much as I do.  WOOT!  I almost feel as if I've … [Read more...]

Creative Estates ~ Handmade Market and Cupcakes!!!

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As promised yesterday, I thought I'd share a bit on the handmade market and my table! Don't know if you know this or not, but this was my very first handmade market with my products!!!  Very exciting!! I have to give credit to my mom for 'dragging' me to craft fairs over the years when she was very involved in the crafty world.  So, she prepared me for this whether she knew it or not and I thank her so much for that!!! I also took Gussy's advice ... she told me to lay everything out at home as if I were at the market.  I was a bit apprehensive about how I was going to organize everything, etc.  So, she offered that little tidbit {totally obvious, I know, but I just didn't think to do it … [Read more...]

Creative Estates ~ Brassy Apple, Silhouette, and Groopdealz

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So, yesterday, I talked about meeting Kim from Today's Creative Blog and how great it was. Well, I finally got to meet Megan from Brassy Apple!!  I have been following Megan's blog for some time now.  Then I got on to twitter and we started to follow eachother {flattering}.  Then, we get to Creative Estates and we get to meet face to face!  What a thrill that was for me! It's kind of funny really... It's like meeting 'movie stars' of the blogging world.  I'm naming them "bloggy stars" {you can use this term if you want, just remember where you got it, LOL}.  Most of my friends and family don't have an idea of who these gals are that I'm so excited to meet, but I AM! Here's a pic of … [Read more...]

What we did this weekend … I went to Creative Estates!!!

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And, boy was it GREAT! I made so many connections and met a LOT of my twitter friends.  It's so nice to put personalities to faces and tweets and blogs.  I can now hear their actual voice while I read their tweets or their blog posts.  It's so wonderful to have that!  Now the square screen that sits on my cherry wood desk is not just a screen with virtual friends gracing it, it's a screen that now holds tangible friendships I've established this past weekend. There are so many things I want to tell you about my experience at Creative Estates.... so I will .... As some of you may know, I made 175 card holders for this conference to be put in the swag bags that was given to every attendee … [Read more...]