Sunday, May 3, 2015

CRAFTCATION 2015

Yeah, yeah ~ I can't believe it has taken me this long to post about Craftcation! 

Craftcation took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA from Thursday, 26 March, through Sunday, the 29th.
It is a mix of both business classes for handcrafters, and of learning classes for all kinds of different crafts.
I was originally supposed to attend with the lovely Carol of the blog "Art & Sand"... however, she had just had hand surgery, and so was not able to attend.
Bless her heart ~ she was able to pick me up at the airport and deliver me to the hotel...

We had never met in person before, but when we did meet, it was like we had known each other for years! Blog friends are awesome!!  More about Carol later...

This was one of the welcome signs waiting for us at check-in...
{as always, click to biggify pix}


One of the first classes I took was one by Amy Tan, of Amy Tangerine. This is a pic of some of the swag we got with the class. A paper pad, words, stickers and embellies, a couple of 12 x 12 papers; all from her newest line...

An unfinished paper done with stencils, watercolor paints & Washi tape ~ I plan on adding to this, and then cutting it into sections for use on cards...


Me & Amy ~ she was SO friendly!


On Friday night, there was a 'Tiki" party of welcome for all. Part of the decorations was this 10-12 ft. high 'volcano'. This was held at the Ventura fairgrounds; just a bit north of the hotel.

There was a live Hawaiian band, and 2 sets of hula dancers. These were the older girls (high school age), and then there was a group of much younger girls.  Both were awesome!

I managed to finagle my way into one class that I hadn't actually signed up for ~ one sponsored by Scotch 3M.  Below is some of the swag that came with the class! I now have more Washi tape than I will ever be able to use in my lifetime!

Hands down, THE best class I took was one by Kim Werker called Mighty Ugly! It was all about dealing with the perfectionist that rides us all. How to deal with it, and how to overcome it...

Gratuitous shot of Amy Tan with her delightful son ~ posted with her kind permission.

More to come...

6 comments:

Art and Sand said...

The swag, the people, the classes - it makes me sad I didn't get to attend this year.

Laurel Stephens said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!!

mollie said...

Such a pleasure to see a photo of you, lovely ((bbbbb)) I'm so glad your adventure was wonderful xox

Suzan Sweatman said...

Looks AND sounds like fun Bobbie !
Is that Amy Tan of " The Bone Setter's Daughter??????
If so, I LOVE her books - she's an amazing author!
XOX

bobbie said...

Suzan ~ Different Amy Tan. My gal is all about scrapbooking, paper arts, etc.

Vicky Hunt said...

Hi Bobbie! Just visiting from Life On Willie Mae Lane! I was just reading through a few of your recent posts and saw that you are a friend of Carol's from Art & Sand. She is one of my favorite bloggers! How lucky for you to meet her! And, I an so envious you got to attend a class with Amy Tan...I love her style! I watch her youtube viseos and get ideas from her for my planner! She is amazing! The puppies are so stinkin' adorable! Have a lovely week and I will visit again! Hugs!


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