Saturday, February 24, 2018

midwest craft con!

the weekend of february 15-17 i attended my first midwest craft con and i was completely blown away! set in columbus ohio again, this was the third year for the con, and i've debated each year whether to go or not. this year i was invited to go and  help my friends at craft-a-way camp with their hands-on learning sessions and help promote camp and i immediately said YES! it was a seriously magical weekend. over 200 crafters were there, and the word is that it was the best con yet! here is there sweet little wrap-up.

amy, katie and i set up the camp tent with all the pom poms and camp relics we could, and it really did look and feel just like camp. with camp vibes pouring through the yarn, fellow campers who were present that weekend would pop in to check-in and recharge in our little camp away from home. it was really nice to share camp with others who knew nothing of it - perhaps we'll see some new faces or inspire others to create their own craft oasis with friends.
before the con started i hopped on a crafty caravan and toured local spots, including wholly craft, modern surprise party, blockfort gallery and studios, and a sweet tiki bar. blockfort is such a nice space! we popped into allison's rose's awesome studio and screen printed koozies with gemma correll's design for con. her space was so organized and visually appealing i was practically drooling. i mean, look at those VHS tapes?!
we spent three solid days attending learning sessions of our choice. a plethora of inspirational crafty business ladies shared insight on social media, PR, alternate revenue streams, copyright, quitting your day job, kickstarter, retail, taxes, craftivism (with betsy greer!), and more. on top of all that were three major keynotes! gemma correll, vickie howell, and the crafty chica herself kathy cano-murillo gave amazing talks that were funny, inspirational, heartfelt, on-point, and all unique to their own vibrant personalities and individual business and career paths.

throughout the con we were also able to attend DIY sessions and work on embroidery, shibori, macrame, journal making, dog drawing, and painted bangle bracelets, so it was a healthy blend of learning and playing. when we weren't doing that we were on an evening craft crawl, watching wild karaoke, messing with google eyes, hanging in the camp tent, and other such shenanigans.
it being a conference in ohio in the midwest, there were plenty of folks from ohio, as well as folks coming from california, iowa, pennsylvania, alaska, new york, tennessee, and berlin! there was a nice crew of crafters front the detroit area as well, and it was great to connect with them all weekend! here's a pic of us right after crafty chica's keynote and before we left the con. we all left slap-happy with ideas, inspiration and love for this craft community!
this year the organizers made the decision to make the conference biannual, so if you were thinking about going, put february 2020 on your calendar! it really is something crafters should experience at some point. i want to thank grace, megan and brit for putting on such a great con. i haven't participated in any shows in ohio, so it was my first time meeting these kick-ass ladies, and it was an absolute pleasure. 

fist pumps for pom poms! 

xo

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