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

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 as check in.  Yes, 175 yellow, black and white card holders have consumed a great portion of my studio time in the last few months … but, let me tell you, it was well worth it.  It was so heart warming to have the attendees come up to me and say, ‘Thank you, I love my card holder’.  Some of them mentioned that they have been wanting one for their business cards and, now, they have one.  It was REALLY REALLY cool.

Here’s another shot, just in case you didn’t get enough of the first one…

This box had 175 card holders crammed in it to send off to Shey B for Creative Estates …. let me tell you, it was so nice to take it to the Post Office and SEND it away!!

Project = DONE!

It was nice to see some familiar faces from The Creative Connection event that I attended last September.  Well, last September was the birth of my blog and the emergence of my twitter account {@taradaramadeit}.  That conference was a kind of introduction to the who’s who of the craft blogisphere, so I really didn’t know the gals behind the blogs that I had recently started to follow.  I saw Kim from Today’s Creative Blog for the first time at TCC and thought I’d really like to talk to her, but was a bit intimidated at the time.  I didn’t have a whole lot to say as far as asking questions, etc.  So, I’m sure our conversation would’ve been a bit awkward back in September.

But now …..

I knew she was coming to Creative Estates and was so thrilled!!!  I was able to talk with her and establish ‘meaningful’ dialogue {I tend to blab when nervous}.  Being prepared to talk and ask questions makes the face time with these ladies so valuable!  You only have one weekend to talk with them, so make it worth it and cut to the point when it’s appropriate and ‘comfortable’.  There are so many others after the same face time with these established bloggers/crafters that I really wanted to maximize my interaction with them {I had written questions, comments down so I wouldn’t forget … just like going to the doctor … hehe}.

In saying this, the GREAT thing about internet and social media is that you can contact them if you have other burning questions or looking for some advice.  However, the biggest thing is that now, they KNOW who you are and might be more willing to converse and interact {or not … LOL …}.

Kim was just one of the many bloggers that I was able to talk with there … I will share more of the other bloggers I was fortunate to meet as the week goes on.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now …

Hope you come back soon and see what else went on over the weekend!

xo Tara


  1. Loved meeting you and love(d) my new card holder right up until my youngest stole it for HER craft store business cards (she has sales in her room) 🙂


    • taradara says:

      Jen, it was so nice to meet you, too! I’m glad we had at least a little bit of time to visit on Sat. night.
      I love that your daughter has a ‘craft store’!!!! Totally totally AWESOME!

  2. Lovely Tara. It was so wonderful to meet you! Seriously, you were one of my conference highlights. No lie.

    I am glad you had a good time at the conference and it’s so fun to see your comments about Kim – she is one of my all time favorites!

    I really hope you’ll stay in touch. I would love to sit down and have a more in depth conversation with you at some point.


    • taradara says:

      Tauni! That you so much! It was great to meet you, too! I learned a lot and tried my hardest to retain as much of your advice and words as I could!
      We’ll definitely have some conversations … got more questions for ya!

  3. thanks for the business card holder, love! it was soo great meeting you~~ now can i have you kindle please? 😉

  4. Borrowing one of your busi card holder photos. All credit to you of course!

  5. aimee @ paging supermom says:

    I’m so excited to have met you at the conference. Your work is amazing. And I’m using the business card holder from my swag–I love it!!

    • taradara says:

      Aimee … I can’t type your name without saying it’s pronunciation in my mind … It was so nice to meet you and talk with you on the weekend! I’m glad you’re using and liking your card holder {my hope was that people would like them even after the conference to use them}.
      We’ll keep in touch!

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