I spent the last weekend at Craftcation in Ventura CA–it was amazing!
I have been to a few events. Quite a few. Alot of which cost several hundred bucks to attend. And I even planned one, once upon a time (remember Art-Full Horizons last year?). They are difficult to plan, difficult to put on, difficult to please everyone, and a ton of work. And at the end of the day, it seems people walk away with alot of negatives to say and not alot of positives. It is just the reality.
Craftcation was different.
If they opened registration for Craftcation 2013 I would not eat the rest of the month so I could sign up. Okay, maybe not to that extreme but you get the picture.
|Nicole and Delilah – photo by TheCocoGallery.com|
|Our hotel, the Crowne Plaza, right on the beach!|
So I digress.
The point is this event impressed me. And I am the world's biggest skeptic so that is saying ALOT.
|Se Reed's Awesome WordPress 1.0 Class|
|This is City Hall where we had seminars, classes, and all of our meals.Perry Mason was filmed in one of the very rooms we assembled in…|
I did get to cook lunch with 7 other ladies and Aida Mollenkamp which was pretty cool. And super yummy! I can't wait to make these recipes for my family!!!
For my class I shared some techniques I use to try to balance (ha, balance!) social marketing with business. I have taken the road to become more of an expert in social marketing each day and with that, my focus shifted from crafting to SM. I enjoy it. But we all don't need to be spending 16, okay 18, okay, really 20 hours a day on Facebook like me in order to market our businesses. I shared some strategies I have shared with other etsy and small biz owners for working social marketing into your week/day until it becomes routine and second nature. Want some help with this? Hit me up through hippo media :) Yeah, I am coming full circle with this dream and hope to help others make their businesses successful without having to become a slave to the computer.
I was a bad photographer and most of my pics are with my phone. I find that sometimes I am always behind the camera and not experiencing things so I wanted to try to be able to fully focus my attention on the event and the people there. I had a great time but I have little to show you. Just know that the event is awesome.
|We toured galleries and local businesses in Ventura with a representative from the city on the last day to get a feel for what it was like to do business in Ventura.|
|This art gallery and studio space is in an old mattress factory–they have photos from the factory in the great room in the center of the studio spaces.|
If you have a small or indie business…
If you want to turn your craft into a business…
If you want to grow creatively and get out of your comfort-zone….
If you want to take your business from success to THRIVING….
…sign up on the Craftcation Facebook Page now. Sign up for their newsletter. And then sign up for Craftcation 2013. I will see you there!
For more amazing photos of the event, please check out photographers Coco Gallery.