Monday, April 11, 2011

Creative Estates Rocked. .Or. I laughed so hard this weekend, my face nearly fell off.

I am still trying to process what an unbelievably rewarding experience I had this weekend at Creative Estates. I had NO IDEA what to expect and so, expectations were completely non-existent. {I really prefer new experiences to start this way. Totally fresh and exciting!} It took about 5 hours of non-stop talking last night to get everything out that was filling my head and heart. My sweet husband made dinner and fed the kiddos, cleaned up the kitchen and did the other mom duties for me while I sat on the couch and blabbered on and on {and ON} to him about all that I had learned and felt and experience this weekend. 

And then I took a nap. Isn't my husband AWESOME!!!!??????

I won't blabber on and on here. I will just say that I had a lovely time and learned a lot and met some unbelievably wonderful, strong and successful women that love to do what I do. It was really, really great.


{left to right: Wendy, Me, Heather, Erin}

I was excited to finally meet my long time friend, Erin, from The Vintage Pearl, in person. We have known each other for so many years but when I dropped off the face of the planet, I really lost touch with her (as well as all of my other online friends). It was so nice to meet her in REAL LIFE! She is such a strong, supportive woman, I am in awe and so proud of all of her accomplishments :) Ya'll should probably recognize my in town besties, Wendy and Heather. They rock, too!


{Shey and Tauni did an AWESOME JOB with everything. For real. Purple hearts, all around.}


{thumbs up. I laughed pretty much the whole time. Except for the times I was learning. Then I was all serious and stuff - this blur is what happens when I venture off of auto, by the way. Itsscary}


Here are the reps from Silhouette. They were really cute, but the dude in the glasses? I just really wanted to stick him in my pocket and take him home with me. In a TOTALLY platonic way :)


{and Wendy just really wanted a free silhouette!}


{lunchtime was lovely. Who knew framed grass could be so pretty?!}


{there was a LOT of this- This is not the most flattering picture I have ever posted of myself online, but it is so real and full of joy I couldn't resist!}


{and because of this group of ladies, I TOOK MY CAMERA OFF AUTO for the first time in about 6 years of owning it. So exciting! left to right: Kami Bigler, Laura Winslow, Alison Waken}


{And I didn't get a pic with my girl, but I did get a pic of her fabulous nametag! Hi Becca!}

All in all, a completely rewarding experience. And I am already planning for next year in Salt Lake City. Anyone else?


  1. Glad you had a good time and glad to see you back!

    Not sure if this is the right post to comment on, but I'm a newsletter subscriber and I'm adding your button to my blog!


  2. Hiya Jen!
    So happy to see you back in blogland and lovely to hear about your first outing sans family. Looks like you had a brilliant time.
    Just became a follower and I am on your mailing list.

  3. Jen,
    So glad to hear you are doing well. I am one of your newsletter subscribers. I am going right now to add your button to my blog.

  4. So happy to see you again! I sent an email to you to note that not only am i commenting here, but i follow you on twitter -- put me in for four! Happy to read you again! :)

  5. Ahh my blissful buddy, so glad to hear from you again! I'm been on your mailing list (stalking) you for years! Alas, I have no blog of my own, but I'll be following yours!!

    Loyally in fabric,
    Karen G. in Texas

  6. Oh, Jen!
    I was excited to get your email!
    I've totally missed your tomfoolery!! ;)

    Glad you're back & I'm so jealous...I've been trying to meet Heather in real life for years day, one day!!

  7. I've got you bookmarked and am a newsletter subscriber! I'm going to follow you on twitter and ad your button to my blog.


  8. Great to hear from you again, from a newsletter subscriber.


  9. Hi Jen!! it's looks like you had a great time, and it was awesome to get your email today! I've missed your emails that always put a big smile on my face!!!

    I am a subscriber to your newsletter :)


  10. Jennifer HernandezApril 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I am glad you had so much fun! I am also very glad to hear that Kennedy is on the road to mend. Praise God :)
    I am a mailing list subscriber and missed receiving your e-mails...they are so positive and upbeat.
    Wishing you all the best for you and your family


  11. It's like finding a long-lost friend! Welcome to the blog world - so glad to see you!

    Mailing List

  12. I am glad to hear that you and your family are all ok. i always loved your fabric and look forward to reading more of your blog. I also added you on Twitter and of course, have been on your milling list which is how I ended up here. Thnks for hanging in there and for giving some of your stash away!

  13. I am so glad to read your email update, I am on your mailing list

  14. I just about bought tickets at one point when I could have gotten them for like 87 bucks and I'm still kicking myself that I didn't! I'll def go next year!

    I'm on your mailing list!


  15. I'm hoping this is the spot to enter for the fabric. I'm on your email list.

    Can't wait for more of your posts!


  16. Jen, I didn't even know how much I missed you until you stepped back into my web world! Thanks for alerting me to your blog. I've thought about you and Kennedy often.

    Keep up the bliss!

    Umm... I'm on the mailing list. Was I supposed to say that?

  17. So happy to see you back! You were missed.

  18. Welcome back! I'm on your mailing list and look forward to seeing what you have to share with us. I haven't figure out yet how to add buttons to my blog. I'll have to see what I can do.

  19. Jen! Glad to see you're back! (Hate that we never made it to the Amazing Race! lol) Anyway, I follow your blog and missed your emails! Hugs, jenn (mybabybutterfly)

  20. I am SO blissed out to hear your voice in my inbox -- just like one can't give up crafting, it's also hard to give up such a fun newsletter, and I'm so glad that you're back! I look forward to following your blog & newsletter & have you brighten my day!

  21. You guys are so awesome. Thank you for all the sweet comments and feedback :-)


  22. I am happy to see you back to blogging as I always thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humor and writing style!

    I look forward to enjoying more tips, observations etc. in my email inbox from being on your mailing list!