If you would have told me 6 months ago that I would be helping organize and put on an instagram meet up AND a craft workshop in the same day - I would have laughed out loud.
I'm not know for my craftiness. No. I'm not sure what I'm know for. People say they think of me when they see donuts. So maybe that.
But, when the idea started forming with Amanda and Allison, for some reason, I hopped right in. And I am SO, SO glad I did. Not only did I get to meet Amanda in real life, I got to watch her in action, eat with her, laugh with her and may even have rubbed a little Okie on her, I heard her say y'all! The weekend could have been complete with the new friendship with those girls, but alas, there were so many great things that happened. Hence this post.
Let me start by saying thank you to all the sponsors. Without you, this event would not have even been possible.
I was blown away by the support of the small business community here in Tulsa. Christine at Made: the indie emporium offered some space to host the event for FREE! Randy over at Mod's supplied our meet up with plenty of coffee and all the fixin's. Laken, cutie owner of Lick Your Lips Mini Donuts, filled our bellies with her amazing cinnamon sugar mini donuts! The Round House had scones for all the meet up friends as well as cupcakes and cookies for the workshop ladies.
On top of all the food - we even had some amazing decorations delivered to us by Studio Mucci, Inspire Lovely and Nourishing Notes. It is an incredible thing to see so much support and I still feel like pinching myself that I got to be a part of it.
Don't think the donut print didn't find its way home with me.
Several ladies showed up to meet, chat, snack and mingle. It was nice meeting people you've only seen through a square on your phone. During the initial plannin stages, my husband asked if it was going to be creepy to go to something like this - where you meet people in person you follow online. Now isn't the time to talk about the fact that he has no cell phone, no personal email or online identity at all. But let me tell you, it wasn't creepy at all. It was so much fun and so many talented women connected in real life for the first time. It was pretty awesome.
There were some fantastic giveaways donated for the meet up including a seat in Ashley's phone Snap Shop course, a photo pack from Origrami, the cutest peg people sets from Once Upon a Peg, Passive Juice Motel printed my "howdy y'all" design on a pillow, Jenna Lou Designs offered a cute handmade clutch, jenntage gave away some super cute hoops and coasters and House of M gave a special lady a hat and necklace.
It doesn't take a genius to realize these ladies got some sweet goods.
1. Once Upon a Peg // shop
2. jenntage // shop
That's my pillow. In case you were wondering what it looked like :)
Thank you instagram meet up sponsors:
- Under the Sycamore - Snap Shop Workshops // Phone Photography Course // DSLR Photography Course // blog // instagram
- Origrami // site // instagram, #origrami // twitter // fb
- Passive Juice Motel // shop // instagram
- Jenna Lou Designs // shop // blog // facebook // instagram
- Studio Mucci // shop
- House of M
After the meet up we all took a short break. Then Elote delivered their famous puffy tacos, chips/salsa and queso and churros. I was given a hard time about my fondness for the churro but I'm totally okay with it - they are so amazing.
After lunch the crafting began.
You'll have to forgive me for not having a lot of pictures and that all the ones I have were from my phone. If I ever do one of these things again I'll make note to bring my big girl camera, take tons of pictures and get some with the ladies. My head was not in the photo game that day and now I shall pay.
This is also a great time to introduce Jenna. She drove down with Amanda and was like the best helper of all time. She was a TROOPER. I can't imagine how the day would have gone without her and I'm so thankful for her. Anyway, she took tons of pictures for Amanda and I'm hoping she posts more from the day over on her blog or Amanda does on her blog or just someone somewhere posts some pictures on a blog out there.
Anyway, here's the few I did get.
Impressive. That's me being sarcastic at the amount of pictures I have. Massive fail. I even had to steal a couple pictures from some instapeeps for the finished craft project!
So cute, right! These ladies made the cutest chalkboard and serving spoons. I wanted to steal them all. Thanks for the photo, @cdbayer3!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my little chalk art segment. I did a quick little spiel (yes, I googled that to make sure I spelled it right, and good to know because I nearly typed schpeal). Anyway, I'll post more about the tips and chalk stuff sometime soon. But, there I am in all my awkward glory. Ha.
And then it was off to Vintage Market Days for some treasure hunting.
It was crazy just how much fun I had with this group of ladies. They were the perfect mix of quiet, loud, funny, serious, thoughtful and everything else. I cannot remember the last time I've laughed so hard for an entire day. I walked away from the event with a few new friends, a little more painting know-how and happy spot in my life that I didn't even know I had missed. So thank you to all the ladies that came to our event. It really wouldn't have been possible without you and I'm so thankful for the time you shared with us.
And I'll leave you with the little, read MAJOR, thank you we got to pass out to the ladies in the form of insanely awesome swag.
So many incredible men and women donated gifts for each of our ladies to take home. I wish each one could have been there in person to hear the squeals that came out of these ladies as they opened their goodie box. I can't tell you how many times I heard, "this is like Christmas!" or "this is better than Christmas." Ha. They were so thankful and so am I.
If you weren't there, take a look at this roundup of awesomeness. I mean, it should be in like the Hall of Fame for swag. Right?
And if sending the ladies all this swag wasn't enough, several sponsors are offering YOU a discount in their shops so look for a coupon code, if they have one - it will be bold.
- Inspire Lovely // shop
- rayna jaye // shop
- studio mela // shop // current promo: buy 2 prints get a 3rd free
- happy days by wifeysinger // blog // shop // twitter // instagram // code: BECRAFTY for 20% off
- gleeful peacock // shop
- weather & noise // shop
- katygirl designs // shop // blog // instagram // code: becrafty for 15% off
- art jaden // shop
- HOPEhandmade // shop // blog // instagram
- Jenna Lou Designs // shop // blog // facebook // instagram
- the Splendor Shop // shop
- Fancy That Design House & Co // shop // blog // instagram // fb // code: OKBeCrafty for 10% off through 9/21
- Benzie // garland shop // felt shop // blog // fb // code: BECRAFTY13 10% off both shops
- Oh hello friend // shop
- Ella Reu Designs // fb // instagram
- cmHandmade// shop
- give with JOY // shop // blog // fb // instagram, #givewithJOY // code: CRAFTY 15% off & if you like her on fb & make a purchase with the code, you'll get a special gift!!
- the mason bar co. // shop // fb // twitter // instagram // code: BECRAFTY for 25% off through the end of September
- Vintage Market Days // site
- Lori Danelle // shop // fb // instagram // code: BECRAFTY15
- Stephlovesben // shop // instagram // code: TENOFF for 10% off
- pen and paint // shop // blog // instagram // twitter // fb // code: CRAFTY20 good through 9/25
- larissa loden // shop
- raising up rubies // shop // blog // instagram // code: becrafty20 for 20% off
- Kelsey Davis Design // shop
- once upon a peg // shop
- Nourishing Notes // shop // instagram // twitter
- jenntage // shop
I tried to get a picture of all the swag but unfortunately there were a couple I missed, I apologize. Busted Trumpet provided thank you cards and 2Bcreative sent everyone home with a mini wood easel.
So much fun. So much paint. So much food. So much swag. So much laughter. So much awesome. Thanks for everything!