I am back from a very busy 3 days at the brand new SNAP conference near Salt Lake City, Utah, where I spent time with some of my dearest blog friends. Those conferences are tiring, but they sure are fun. Connecting with my blog friends is such a huge part of blogging for me and I have some of the greatest group of women surrounding me in this blogging world we are in.
Tauni did a great job with this creative crafting/DIY conference and as Haven will be, this is the first year of the conference. Haven will be here in just 2 short months, so we have more to finalize and then we’ll be ready as well.
We started on Thursday with flying into Salt Lake City, Utah and driving out to an area called Thanksgiving Point, a beautiful part of the country with mountains in the background.
This is not something you see in Georgia! Beautiful majestic mountains covered with snow.
It’s spring in Utah, so the tulips were in fully spectacular blooms.
We were lucky and got some really nice spring weather. Crisp and cool, but sunny skies for the most part.
Thanksgiving Point was a really nice area with shops and restaurants, hotels and meeting rooms.
Take a look at this glorious view!
We had dinner in this pretty red barn every evening.
A gazebo outside the hotel was a pretty backdrop.
I met up with my pals, Traci and Beckie at the airport and after checking in the hotel, we quickly ran into many of our blog friends along the way, like Shelley from House of Smiths. Those Utah girls are very fun and welcomed us all with lots of hugs.
During dinner in the barn, it was decorated with lots of creative pretties.
Simple displays on the table were a nice touch.
Traci and Kate at dinner. We talked a lot, as you can imagine.
Mandi is one of the SNAP hostesses. (Mandi and Beth)
Mandi with Vintage Revivals, a very creative gal. And tall too, some of those Utah girls are really tall.
Dinner was delish!
All the classes were very interesting and we sat in on some good ones. My friends and I spoke on Saturday a.m. My panel was on sharing personal stories on our blogs (The Power of Personal in DIY) and my friends, Beckie and Traci were on that panel with me. We all spoke about how we have shared our personal lives on our blogs and how we do that.
Beth was on a style panel and shared vignettes and how to put them together. She did a fabulous job!
Here we are being silly in the Homes.com booth. (Beth, Beckie, me and Traci). I love these girls!
We met up with so many blog friends that we have known online for awhile and finally got to meet up in person. (Me, Wendy, with The Shabby Nest (loved getting to hang out with Wendy too), Ana White, and Beth). Ana White is a powerhouse blogger in Alaska and she will also be speaking for us at Haven. The girl has some major building and carpentry skills and has a huge site where she shares all sorts of plans for building furniture. She started her blog because she couldn’t afford to go and buy the furniture she wanted, so she built it! And shares the plans with everyone for free. We are SO excited to have her at Haven too!
Ana spoke on a panel along with Shelley, Emily (Decor Chick) and Centsational Girl Kate, and they all shared their ideas on style. It was a great session to be sitting in on.
Mandi introduced everyone and they each took a turn speaking.
All these girls are very talented and had plenty to share.
On Friday evening, a handmade marketplace, The Queen Bee Market, was set up in the barn and shopping commenced! I didn’t buy anything, but it was fun to look.
SNAP had some great sponsors and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Tauni, the founder of SNAP, did a wonderful job putting it together. I know firsthand that it takes a LOT of work putting a blog conference together, so my hat is off to her for pulling it off so smoothly.
Blog conferences are so much fun. Exhausting, but fun. We don’t get enough sleep, we stay up too late talking, but the connections and friendships formed are priceless. I roomed with Beckie, Beth, and Traci and we had the best time. Hanging out with all my girlfriends is energizing and so enjoyable. I love all these girls so much and am so happy to have them in my life. We only wish we didn’t live so far from each other.
Haven will be here in 2 short months and boy, have we got a lot to finish up! Between renovating a house and finalizing this conference, I’m going to be one busy girl!