Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Creative Connection Event

My best friend and Mom, Yvonne

Dontcha just loooove this business card holder......a great find on our annual Ohio antiquing trip this past August

Jennifer, Me and Pat

Wednesday night we attended a book signing and dinner gala. Many ladies that were featured in the Autumn issue of Where Women Create magazine were available to sign copies as well as many other accomplished authors were available to sign their books. I was especially excited to meet Pat Murphy of Murphy Bears and her daughter Jennifer Murphy of Jennifer Murphy Bears. I have a nice collection of Pat's amazing mohair bears and hope to add Jennifer's adorable treasures to my collection.

Irene is a fun, whimsical creative artist just down the aisle from our booth. I frequently visited her and her husband, Dan. Love, love, love her work and she is just the sweetest friend.

Directly cross the aisle was Olive and Ollie. Heather pictured here with her sister offered colorful and creative clothing for children. Heather designs and sews the clothes using mostly Amy Butler fabrics. If only I had a lil' girl......the dresses and skirts were incredible. Check out the adorable Halloween dress on the table.....how cute!!!

Our sweet neighbor across the way had the best smelling booth at the event! Mom bought us each hand lotion that smelled of a luscious dessert, I also bought a orange spice reed diffuser and to top it off, Mom ordered a personalized hand crafted charm bracelet!

Kecia Deveney of Lemoncholys

Another creative soul across the aisle had one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using vintage or found objects. Extremely creative thinking went into each piece she made. Oh and she celebrated her birthday at the show too!

Mom and the Fiber Goddess, Connie

Connie was our talented and charming next door neighbor at the event. She offered the most beautiful hand-dyed ribbon and satin cording for making everything from jewelry to purse handles.. Connie also invented the Diva Cord Maker......an amazing tool that is simple to use but the finish cording looks very complex and gorgeous.

Mary, Mom (Yvonne), Bert, Me and Dana

The friends we made at the Creative Connection was the true joy of this event. Bert and Dana are a Mother/Daughter team of expert jewelry designers. They travel all over the country teaching their techniques.....from basic stringing to bead crochet. Their jewelry is not only beautiful but durable. You know those bead bracelets that are strung on what seems like a rubber band and one day while pushing on over your hand the band snaps and the beads roll everywhere.....well that will not happen with Chicken and the Egg / The Well Done Experience's beaded bracelets. They are crocheted with cording...very strong and durable. Looking forward to keeping in touch with these beautiful ladies.

Last.....but certainly not least.....

Stacy from Buttermilk Basin and Me :)

As we were hauling our booth into the hall, we passed by Stacy's booth and it immediately caught my eye. She designs the most wonderful quilts, wool applique, punchneedle, pillows, and embroidery! Being that Halloween is just around the corner, most of her booth was decked out in celebration of the whimsical holiday. Little did I know that we would become fast friends over the next few days. Stacy is not only very talented but she is a kind, vibrant, generous and funny person. I am glad to have connected with her and look forward to seeing her again at future shows.

Thank you to my Mother, first of all, for coming with me to this event. We had the most incredible time together....many great memories were made! Thank you to all the amazing women that put this event together, mostly Jo Packman and Nancy Sarino. Thank you to all the wonderful friends I made......and helped make the "slow" times pass with much laughter.

I hope you can take time to click on each link I've made on this post and check out the beautiful work these talented ladies create. The idea for the Creative Connection event was to bring together women from all over the world and from every level of creativity to inspire us all to live a create life.........in my opinion the event did just that.......here's to living a creative life!!


  1. Teresa, this is so inspiring. I am sorry I missed attending this incredible event. Maybe next year:) Your booth looked wonderful - and so do all of those interesting and talented friends you made. Hugs to your mom. Having that time together is worth the trip! My daughter and I occasionally take off for "parts unknown", and we always have a blast. I know you're back home now full of great ideas - can't wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Teresa, I wish I could have been there. Your booth looks so "YOU"! What fun it must have been. A question for you, girlfriend: do you do ALL of the punch needle and rug hooking yourself????!!!! I know how time-consuming it is! And you are one busy lady to begin with! Amazing!

    We just spent several days with our younger daughter - she lives too far away! At least Holly and I get to see each other more regularly, as she's only 3 hours away.

    Hugs! Loved my visit.

  3. Your booth looks AMAZING!
    So do you and your mom ;)
    Thank you for sharing so many wonderful links... glad you're out and about meeting such wonderful, creative folks! I KNOW they loved you, too :)
    Love, love, love your new prints!
    Wishing you all the best~