Take two people who have never met in real life and put them in a car together for 10 hours and then make them share a hotel room and three days together. How do you think that will turn out?
Well some of my co-workers were worried but fortunately for me…..fabulous.
Kim at NewlyWoodwards emailed me last spring after she had won tickets to the Creative Connection in Minneapolis and wondered if I wanted join in the fun. Sure, we had not met in real life but had emailed and commented frequently on each other’s blogs and thought we would get along great. Right? So after phone conversations to make sure each other were not 50 –year-old men we signed up for classes.
We took fun classes like quilting with Camille Roskelley….
And felting with Betz White……
And met of tons of fun creative people…..
Did I mention that the Pioneer Woman was there?
Everyone was a little excited. And in our excitement, Kim and I were one of the first in line for the luncheon (insert joke here). So we got really great seats to hear her speak.
In our beeline to the front, we somehow found ourselves at the famous person table. So while the Pioneer Woman was speaking, this was our view.
Don’t worry we
tried to played it cool.
And then Ree and I enjoyed wine together. Note to self: slip off the nametag next time.
All the meals at the event were so well decorated and creative. Amy Butler and Mary Jane Butters spoke at dinner and I would share those pics but the lighting was really tough and they are blurry. AKA I have a lot to learn about photography.
At dinner this giant burlap bag of amazing goodies was at our chairs. Paint, fabric, glue, modpodge, jewelry etc. provided Kim and I an hour of ohhing and ahhing at the hotel.
But our fun did not end at the event itself. We also enjoyed a little shopping of course.
Kim scored some great finds for her new old house at an salvage/antique shop.
And then we went to a place that I had been dreaming about since I knew I was going to be in Minneapolis. A place that most of you will not understand my excitement about because you do not live 8 hours away from one with their very limited online shopping.
We met up with some other fun bloggers (Cindy, Allison, Suzanne and Allison) and had a great time together on my maiden IKEA trip. I think my text messages to my husband were anxiety provoking to him in terms of the bank account that night.
“this just might be the promised land”
“i am thinking about a road trip to denver/austin/chicago/minneapolis with a large car could be fun”
“now we are off to the mall of america”
I will save my purchases for another post, but let’s just say Kim’s car looked like this on our way back to Des Moines.
I am happy to report that Kim and I were still chatting away when we pulled up at my car 5 hours later. We had an amazing time together and I can’t wait to meet up again.
Maybe denver/austin/chicago/minneapolis ?