{Blissdom 2011 recap}

Yeow! ~ I’m back from Blissdom and it was a blast! I also went last year, and before Blissdom ’10 was over I was excited for Blissdom ’11 {it’s just that great of a blogging conference.} A lot of bloggers I follow/am friends with attend, so it was a great mix of hanging out + learning, all rolled into one.

Wednesday morning, Anna and I skipped *wink* throughout the airport and onto the plane. We flew Southwest and were able to sit next to each other on both connecting flights. Before we boarded we each bought a few magazines. For someone that gets sweaty hands when she fly’s, and ummm, feels a little whoo-hooooo, I say it was a necessary expense {ahem, sorry about the $13 Zack}.

I met Angie Smith at Relevant {October ’10}, which was a real treat because I’ve been reading her blog for 3 years now. She invited me to stay at her house Wednesday night, so she picked me up from the airport and we had ice-cream, dinner with Jess & Emily, and then talked & laughed in front of a fire. It was, like, the best date ever. Angie is a true blessing :]

Thursday morning, Angie and I headed to Opryland and the whirling of happiness began its flight around me. Thursday & Friday were both AMAZING ~ lots of welcomed hugs, laughs, dessert {thanks Ruthanne!}, brainstorming and giving thanks. So much has happened in the past 2 years, and even more has happened in the last year.

Doesn’t the Opryland have great carpet? I need this in fabric.
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I {heart} my Ruthanne of Eclectic Whatnot. And her snorts.
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Bloggy friends ~ new & old: April, Jess, Ruthanne.
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You know I love a good chat — and don’t you love our [unintentional] color-coordinated outfits?!
L to R, top to bottom: Melissa, Allison, me, Nester, Lorie, Miss Mustard Seed, Lindsey + Laurie
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You have to watch Ruthanne in these photos — she’s the one holding a coffee cup.
Look at my face, I’m all, “Nooooo… No!! Really?!”
This is 79% why I come to blog conferences… for the late-night laughs. I love my girl time!

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So much Gussy love ♥
Angie — me & Lindsay {thank you Linds for being my *friend*} — Nester & Jess

Know what else I love? Meeting new friends: Neely and me | Lisa Leonard, Marcy and me

The Opryland hotel — Guess how many square feet it is? 27,000. Mmmm hmm.

Look at how fun lunch was // do you SEE that whip cream in my coffee? Yum!

The (in)courage team always puts on a fun party with YUMMMY snacks.
And I just love Stephanie. We met at Blissdom ’10 after she asked me to sew bags for all the (in)courage writers.

Two great women that mentor me — Jess and Nester

There you have it — Blissdom ’11 is over and I was {too} soon on a plane back to Minneapolis. My heart is just so full of love & friendship; my brain is full of ideas & affirmation.
This is a fabulous way to start out the year.

Saturday night snuggles — Sunday morning coffee ~

See you next year, at Blissdom!


PS. I have some tips to share from the different sessions/tracks, but I’ll save those for another post!
PPS. Remember to scroll down for the Allora Handmade feature + giveaway.

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    what a lovely trip! I must say you are quite adorable…I have loved your items for a VERY long time but I do not comment much. but I just won Kasey Buick’s giveaway so I thought I should shape up a bit and show my face around here! So the Nester just confirmed by her photo that I most definitely need to splurge on the BIG yellow market tote! So much more WOW in a big bag! You are a very talented chica and I am a big fan! So excited for you and the businees you have made for yourself!


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    Jennifer Bradshaw says

    I ordered a couple of Gussy items today – can’t wait to get them in and start busting them out!!! Southeast Missouri has no idea what’s coming!


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    Ya know what’s *really* funny about that 4 photo collage?

    Photo 1: You’re like “Hmm. Whatchya’ll lookin’ at?”

    Photo 2: You’re like “Hmm. I need a closer look at that!”

    Photo 3: You’re like “Duuuude. Nu-uh!!!”

    Photo 4: You’re like “I’m backin’ away. Too much. That’s just too much y’all!”

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    i decided if i ever win the lottery, i will own one piece of everything in your shop:) so happy you had a great time there. i’m sure all you lovely ladies had such a blast.

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    Ummm…did you say whipped cream in your post?! I love whipped cream. Sometimes just have a bowl of whipped cream. Striaght from the can too. On ice-cream, fruit and in hot chocolate. Actually I have hot chocolate with my whipped cream. We buy two large cans a week!

    It was so fun meeting you. I was in awe of your gorgeousness. And, your eyelashes!!

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    Yay Gus!!! Thanks for slipping in the house photos for me. I don’t really care about your pictures with the girls, I just want to see the house. :-) It looks lovely, cozy and inviting. Just what I’d expect. Great seeing you again!!!! Um, where is the picture of ME with my Gus??

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    Angela says

    Soooo need to go next year! Especially since it is in my own town, actually I’m in the burbs…but what a great event! And isn’t the Opryland Hotel fantastic??
    Love your blog, pics, biz tips, love it all! Thanks for sharing!

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    Gussy you are so pretty. I am jealous of your hair:] and Gosh that looks like so much fun.. maybe one day I’ll feel important enough and have enough efriends to do something like a blogger conference.

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    It was so great to meet you at lunch that last day- I only wish I could’ve stayed to chat longer. You seem so sweet & put up with me being all “can I please get a picture?!” geek on ya ;) I would love to do what you do & be able to supplement my family’s income- you are an inspiration! :)
    Hope to see you next year!

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    Virginia says

    Next year I’m going! (hopefully) I went to college down there a decade ago and have some friends to bunk with. I should’ve just hopped in the car and went this year =) Hope you’re staying warm with all of the weather! I’m across the lake getting pounded with snow!

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    wish i’d had the opportunity to meet you at blissdom… i stayed w the writing track folks, but so fell in love with your work and the work of some of your colleagues! love what you do. i think next year i will hang with the craft & home bloggers… plus i love ruthanne, too.

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    It was SO nice to finally meet you in person! You are an inspiration to me (and I know to many others too!) Maybe one day our paths will cross again and we can spend a little more time chatting. :)

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    So cool you got to meet Amber Mac! Your Blissdom Canada hangover is sothmeing I’m feeling too. Next year, I’m going to approach the conference differently and really seek out people I want to connect with. Like you! We only chatted briefly and that’s just not enough.

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