The Blogher conference was great. I learned so much. I wish there was more of a craft/art contingent there. We were pretty outnumbered by the mommy bloggers. I had no idea there was such a huge community. I kept thinking where are all those knitters, quilters and crafters that fill the blogosphere that I know? If there were more of that community this conference would rock big time. After all, I know there are a lot of bloggers in this community that are making their living as a result of their blog following. We need to hear those voices at the next Blogher conference.
This was the highlight of the weekend for me. The Art of Craft panel with Amy Sedaris, Natalie Zee Drieu from one of my favorite blogs Craftzine, Kristin from Craft Leftovers can you believe she is only 24! and then the incredible Kathy Cano-Murillo aka The Crafty Chica.Amy kept us laughing with stories about her side business of baking cup cakes for her local coffee shop. She brought several crafts to sell like styrofoam cakes covered with painted grout and bean bags to rest on your eyes made from pantyhose filled with pinto beans and glued on felt eyes. She let us know HBO is making a show with her based on her book I Like You, Hospitality Under the Influence.
Now you can also listen to "The Art of Crafts" panel discussion on a podcast that Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood of CraftSanity made. Thanks Jennifer!
The keynote speaker at the closing ceremony was Elizabeth Edwards. What an amazing woman.
After the conference there was a cocktail party at The Chicago Children's Museum. There were tables set up with t-shirts for people to cut up and decorate with ribbons and appliques hosted by Project Runways Chloe Dao.