Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Inspirational Printables: {Be You & Apple/Seed}

It’s been almost two weeks since I attended SNAP! the conference. It was a blast!! I got to meet so many amazing people and had so much fun. It was definitely the perfect girls’ weekend. I’m sure you’ve all seen lots of posts about it, in fact, there’s an awesome linky party over on the SNAP! blog where you can read over 130 recaps.
My post is going to be a little different. I wanted to share with you two things that I felt were the most important things I learned at the conference.
1. Be You
The theme of the conference was “Be You”.  Amy of The Idea Room was the kick-off keynote speaker and was the perfect way to start the conference off. I was so moved by her words and related so much with what she said. One quote she gave is one of my very favorite quotes, so I wanted to share that with you.
Maryanne Williamson Quote

Amy Cornwell designed
a beautiful necklace for everyone as a keepsake of this wonderful sentiment.
I was so nervous since this was my first blogging conference. The very first person I met when walking in was Bridget of Bridgey Widgey. She is such a gem and was so sweet and she immediately set my nerves at ease.
In her recap post, she made this lovely printable (to download click over to her blog HERE).
I love the colors and the message is perfect. It captures what I feel is one of the most important things in blogging, and in life in general.
2. You Have Unlimited Potential
The closing speaker was Matt Townsend. He was incredible! He had us laughing so hard that most of us were crying, but then just like that he wrapped everything up and inspired us all. In fact if you want to see the speech for yourself, you can see it HERE.
One thing he said that really stayed with me was in regards to potential.
In fact, I made a printable so I could put it up in my home.
I love that quote! If you would like the printable as well, you can download it HERE or click on the image below.
(Note: I created the original printable in PhotoShop based on a Silhouette image I had purchased. To avoid any legal risk, I've removed the original printable and created a new one for you. Sorry about the mix-up). 
Apple and seeds quote 2 copy

I seriously had such an amazing time! I wish I could have spent more time with everyone there. Everyone I met was so nice and it was so great to connect with and meet so many fabulous women!
Like I said, this was my first conference. Having read about others’ conference experiences, I did get business cards.
It was fun to swap cards with everyone. I thought it was pure genius that they gave us this ring to keep all the business cards on, and I’ve had so much fun going through all of them.
I have to give a special thanks to Raspberry Creek Fabrics for sponsoring me.

I wish I could adequately thank everyone who came for making this such a wonderful experience for me. Seriously, there were just so many women that I love and admire. 
So my two inspirational lessons:
Probably the biggest thing I will take away from the conference is the relationships I made or built upon.
I’m bummed that I didn’t get pictures of everyone that I got to interact with, but I’ll leave you with the ones I did.
(WARNING…lots of pictures)
Opening day right at registration I ran into a couple of The Crafting Chicks. We just clicked and they sort of adopted me for the rest of the conference. I love every single one of them!!!
Nikkala, Becky, Jamie, Kirsten, Me, and Brooke
My cute roommates Kristyn – Lil’ Luna and Nikki – Chef in Training. Andrea of Queen B and Me was our other roomie, but I never seemed to be in the same place as her during the day, and we didn’t get a group picture of us at night in our pj’s. Sad smile
These girls were so much fun to stay up with and chat the night away. Kristyn has to be without a doubt one of the nicest, most sincere people I have ever met. When she found out I was coming to SNAP, she juggled rooms around just so I could have roommates. Nikki was a blast getting to know. We found out that both of our baby boys were born on the exact same day last July! We shared some personal stories and I am in awe of her strength and humility. Andrea is another one that I just met and was immediately amazed by. She has such a fun personality that you can’t help but love her right away.
Cheri – I am Momma Hear Me Roar has been a long-time favorite of mine. I mean, is there anything she can’t do? She is consistently cranking out incredible projects, but is one of the most down-to-earth and genuine people you will ever meet.
Plus, I really love that headband braid she did in her hair!!!
Rachel – Family Ever After and Ashley – Mommy by Day Crafter by Night are simply darling! We’ve emailed, but being able to meet face-to-face is always so fun for me. They are just as cute in person as they are on their blogs!!!
Kami – No Biggie. What can I say about Kami? Everytime I see her my heart just swells with love for this girl. She is such a beautiful person and so gracious and kind. I am so honored to call her my friend.
Kari – Ucreate and me sporting our coral pants and bare feet. Kari had stepped on a nail the week before, and by the end of the night, my feet were killing me from the heels I’d been wearing all day. Kari and her sister Becky are two of my very favorite people. They are so incredibly nice and I always have so much fun talking and laughing with them.
I’ve been an admirer of these ladies ever since they were on Season 1 of “Crafting with the Stars”. Not only are they extremely talented, but they are an absolute blast to talk with!!! Ashleigh made these fantastic cookies as their business cards. Crazy skills, right?
Kirsten and I went a little star-struck when we got to meet Ana White. Wow! The woman needs no introduction. I loved how humble and gracious she was. I got to visit with her several times during the three days and she is such a kind-hearted person!
Emily – D├ęcor Chick. Another star of mine! I thoroughly enjoyed her panel and she gave me some great inspiration for my own home and discovering my style. Plus, she’s an absolute sweetheart!
Steph – Crafting in the Rain. This girl has me wanting to live closer to Seattle just so we can hang out more. I was so excited to meet Steph IRL. She is so incredibly nice and I am now so happy to call her my friend!
I love Kristy just for her taste in shoes (she brought 14 pair). Kelli is another one that I finally got to meet IRL. We got to chat late into the night one night, and it still wasn’t enough. I was sad I didn’t get to meet Kristi (the other half of Lolly Jane), but she was at home doing more important things like giving birth to a precious baby boy! Kristy, Kristyn, and Kelli are all some of the AZ group of gals and I’m feeling like I need to take a road trip there soon so we can hang out more! Such a fun group! Cindy is fabulous! She is another celebrity in my eyes, yet she totally took the time to talk with me and make me feel like we were friends. Loved that about her!
Amanda – Every Creative Endeavor. Obviously I love this girl!!! Besides being married to my brother (making her my SIL), she is one of my dearest friends. There have been many times when we have talked and talked and talked. We share so many similar interests and I’m so glad to have her in my life!
Brooke is one of the funnest people ever! She had me laughing constantly. I won’t even bring up the rapping videos or SNL impersonations. Just trust me….she’s so much fun to be around. Plus, she was WAY fun at the dance party. Love her moves!!!
Alison is one of those people that you can’t help but love! She is such a kind person and definitely one of the sweetest people in the world. I absolutely adore her! My only regret is we didn’t get to hang out more.
This crazy lady is Kirsten of The Crafting Chicks, and whether she likes it or not, we are now BFF’s. It’s crazy how similar we are and how we have so much in common. Yep, we’re friends for life now!
Linda – Craftaholics Anonymous and Amy – Positively Splendid. I didn’t get to visit much with Linda, but we’ve emailed quite a bit and I was ecstatic to finally put a face with a name. Amy was on the top of my list of people to meet IRL. We have been in much of the same boat this past year (with both of us having 4 kids within 5 years and all). She has been there for me with words of encouragement and support at times when I really needed it. When I first saw her I couldn’t help but jump up and hug her so tightly. I almost started crying. She is a dear friend of mine and I’m so grateful for her.
Kristen – Kristen Duke Photography. I was excited to see Kristen again. We first virtually met through “Crafting with the Stars” when she was a contestant in Season 1, then we got to meet in person last year when I attended one of her photography workshops. I wish I could have a tenth of her talent! I tried to pick her brain for a bit, but one thing I truly enjoyed was just visiting and getting to know her better. Isn’t it crazy when you read someone’s blog and you think they are so untouchable because they are so remarkable, yet when you meet them you realize they are people just like you? I’m so excited that I get to see more of her this summer, because I absolutely love her!!!
Kirsten of KoJo Designs. Umm….can I just say I big puffy {heart} this girl? She was everything in real life that I thought she would be – fun, outgoing, sweet, pretty much just a blast to be around! I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with her and chatting until wee hours in the morning!!!
Wendy – The Shabby Nest. I’ve been able to see Wendy several times over the last year and I absolutely love her! She is so incredibly kind and has such a positive attitude.
Heather – WhipperBerry. I think I probably scared Heather with how excited I was to see her again. To describe Heather in a word would be AWESOME! Yes we all know her talent is awesome (and her photography), but she is also an awesome wife, mother, and friend. I loved getting to know her better!
Kirsten, Jamie, me, Becky, Stacy – Not JUST a Housewife
Stacy is a woman who has mad skillz! She taught a DIY class on power tools and man does she know her stuff. Plus her music video is a riot!!! Her blog is one that I love reading all the time because I feel like she is so real. She connects with everyone so well, besides blowing us all away with her fantastic projects.
It’s so funny what a small world it is. My husband works with Jamie and Becky’s husbands. We’ve seen each other over the last 8 years at summer, Halloween, and Christmas work parties, but we’ve never talked craft blogs. This past year we finally made the connection, but this was the first time we’ve actually hung out. I don’t think it will be the last (at least I hope it won’t). Those “chicks” took me right under their wing and made me feel part of their group, and I will love them forever for that!
Well if you made it through that, that’s my recap of SNAP! I am so sorry, because I know I missed many of you. However, it’s really late so I better sign off now. I love you all!!! Good night!


  1. Looks like you had a blast at snap! Someday I'll get there!

    Anyway, I loved your recap as your message has real value to me. I have a child with multiple special medical needs who is struggling with her identity as she closes in on sweet sixteen. OUR motto and that of my blog is to Be U... Beautiful. While she struggles with her physical differences she amazes me everyday with her determination. Hardly a day goes by where someone isn't staring pointing our laughing and that hurts her deeply, BUT, she doesn't let it hold her back. She just attended her first high school dance and had a blast! What courage!

    So thank you for sharing this message today, Be You. Love the quote and may need to borrow that as well as the printables. Now off to see if I can get my hands on one of those gorgeous necklaces... How perfect as a sweet 16 gift!

  2. You're not the last one getting your SNAP recap done! Mine goes up tomorrow :)
    I had so much fun meeting you. I really wish we lived closer so we could hang out!

    ps- All your outfits were darling!

  3. Oh, and I love your apple printable. That is really cute :)

  4. I was so bad at taking pictures with people at SNAP! I swear I will do better next year. I am SO glad we got to finally meet, Tam!! You're such a sweetheart, and will always hold a special place in my heart as my first blog swap. ;)

  5. Thanks for sharing those two very important and very meaningful points! And all of your fun photos! Looks like you go to meet a bunch of awesome bloggers! :) Anyone who got to meet you was lucky too! SO hoping I can go next year!

  6. It was so fun to hang with you for a bit. What a great recap Tam! I just love all the wonderful ladies we are surrounded by in our blogging community.

  7. Like your apple printable. I've also heard a slightly different version:
    "You can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the apples in a seed."
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Fun to read your re-cap! You are SO sweet, and I didn't realize it was the first season of Crafting with the Stars that I was on...I hold that in a special place in my heart;)

  9. So funny how many people were wearing corral pants that day!
    Love your recap and love our awesome friendship!

  10. I love all your pics! I stole a pic ;) LOVED meeting you. You're amazing, Tam XO


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