Anyone who knows me knows I have a lot of feelings. I said that from the Midwest Craft Con stage, and I stand by that statement as I slowly come down from the high of euphoria brought on by being surrounded by so many lovely, hustling, resourceful, creative sisters (and five brothers!) for one of the best weekends of my life.
You might have caught me openly weeping during our inspiring keynote speakers. Gemma Correll helped me stop stressing about how my son would rather draw and make up stories than interact with actual people. Creativity creates confidence! Vickie Howell reminded me that I can and totally am DIYing my dreams. Finally, I couldn’t agree more with Kathy Cano-Murillo’s advice to feed off the energy of up-and-comers instead of being intimated. And the timely reminder to have more glitter in my life is always welcome.
In addition to all the great business classes, the DIY craft workshops were so much fun! I learned to macrame, shibori dye, bind a book and draw a pug! It was also a great way to “network” with other attendees without the awkwardness of forced social interaction with strangers.
The Craft Crawl was a huge success, despite the googly eye explosion left in my hotel room post-Galentine’s Day party. 🤣 The roving party from hotel room to hotel room had super fun activities along the way combined with great company.
I was also lucky enough to hit up one of the bus tours to visit Wholly Craft (which is one of my favorite places in the world), Surprise Modern Party, Blockfort (where I saw a spoiler-free Black Panther exhibit and screened a cozy [koozie]) and ended with dinner at the Grass Skirt Tiki Room.
Somehow I was also able to squeeze in some quality time in the hot tub with some BFFs that I don’t see often enough. (See, Megan? At least someone benefits from your insomnia!)
And, oh yes, karaoke.
If we had a band this would be our album cover!!! 3 craft show organizers from various parts of Ohio got together in 2015 with the goal of helping the exhibitors who sold at our shows build their handmade business. Our third event occurs in 16 days and we are so excited to not only see each other but to get all the attendees we've meet from all over the country back together. Midwest Craft Con has become a wonderful family for us! It's a little bitter sweet to change our format into a biennial conference (save the date for 2020) but all businesses should change and adapt. For now we are packing our bags full of googly eyes and prepping for our third event. We can't wait to see you all and add some new members to the Craft Con family. 2018 keynotes from @vickiehowell @gemmacorrell and @craftychica Grab your 3 day ticket which gives you access to over 30 classes to choose from or pick up a 1 day pass. It all happens February 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio. . . . . #midwestcraftcon #craftshows #craftshoworganizers #girlband #creativeconference #diy #craft #nevercraftalone #businesswoman #businesscasual #womanownedbusiness #nonprofit #craftyourfandom #craftyourparty
I agree with Grace that this has been our best Con yet. Can’t wait to see y’all in 2020!