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Michael’s Creative Crew Blogger Event!

29 Jun
A few weeks ago I was in Texas, as part of the Michaels Creative Crew. It was a whirwind two day trip filled  amazing information, fun, new friends and crafts galore!!  
It was such an honor to be one of the bloggers at this fun event. And I think the thing I loved the most about this trip was getting to know the people behind the Michaels brand.
First of all, I have to say how impressed I am with the people behind Michaels. They are so genuine and they really care about their customers.
The first night we met and learned how to needle felt. I had never tried that before — I love it! Then we had a fabulous dinner at Gaylord Texan’s restaurant Zeppole — it was so delicious! 
The design team is led by Jo Pearson, who has been with Michaels for 20 years. The next day we toured their work space. I LOVED seeing their design studio. What a dream job it would be to work there – I can only imagine!!! 
One of the big things I learned is that Michaels has developed their own lines of products that are high quality but more affordable than other designer lines.

Michaels had tables set up with the different lines and crafts made by their design team at each table.
It was so inspiring seeing all of that creativity!!
Then we were treated to lunch at Jo’s house – it is incredible and deserves a blog post all of it’s own! 
She has the most amazing studio!!
This is her yard! How cute is that turquoise trailer? I wanted to take it home with me!
Isn’t her home incredible?
Then we headed over to the Southlake Michaels store for my favorite part of the trip — crafting with the amazing Michaels Team and the other creative bloggers! We decorated cakes, made necklaces, cards, and these beautiful art journals with Kathy Kromer.
And made our own stamps with foam — I loved this so much!! 
Every single thing about this event was so fun!!
Thank you Michaels for such a wonderful experience.
 I loved learning more about you and the people behind the scenes!!

I had such a fun time getting to know these ladies. They are all so creative and friendly. 

The “Creative Crew”: 

Amy from Amy Atlas Events, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Amy from Living Locurto, Kari from UCreate, Alison from HowDoesShe, Cindy from Skip to My Lou, Kami from No Biggie, Kelly from Make Grow Gather, and Ashley from Make It and Love It.

Get to know Michaels: 

  • Michaels on Facebook & Twitter

  • Michael’s YouTube Channel – great ideas and inspiration!

  • Find a Michaels Store near you.



  • Disclosure —  Michaels Craft Stores paid for my travel and accommodations. They did not require that I blog about this event — I am blogging about it because I was so impressed. All opinions are 100% mine.
    And a BIG thank you to Empower Media Marketing who did an awesome job making this event happen. 

    Have a Fantastic Day!!! 
    xoxoxo

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    Michael’s Creative Crew Blogger Event!

    29 Jun
    A few weeks ago I was in Texas, as part of the Michaels Creative Crew. It was a whirwind two day trip filled  amazing information, fun, new friends and crafts galore!!  
    It was such an honor to be one of the bloggers at this fun event. And I think the thing I loved the most about this trip was getting to know the people behind the Michaels brand.
    First of all, I have to say how impressed I am with the people behind Michaels. They are so genuine and they really care about their customers.
    The first night we met and learned how to needle felt. I had never tried that before — I love it! Then we had a fabulous dinner at Gaylord Texan’s restaurant Zeppole — it was so delicious! 
    The design team is led by Jo Pearson, who has been with Michaels for 20 years. The next day we toured their work space. I LOVED seeing their design studio. What a dream job it would be to work there – I can only imagine!!! 
    One of the big things I learned is that Michaels has developed their own lines of products that are high quality but more affordable than other designer lines.

    Michaels had tables set up with the different lines and crafts made by their design team at each table.
    It was so inspiring seeing all of that creativity!!
    Then we were treated to lunch at Jo’s house – it is incredible and deserves a blog post all of it’s own! 
    She has the most amazing studio!!
    This is her yard! How cute is that turquoise trailer? I wanted to take it home with me!
    Isn’t her home incredible?
    Then we headed over to the Southlake Michaels store for my favorite part of the trip — crafting with the amazing Michaels Team and the other creative bloggers! We decorated cakes, made necklaces, cards, and these beautiful art journals with Kathy Kromer.
    And made our own stamps with foam — I loved this so much!! 
    Every single thing about this event was so fun!!
    Thank you Michaels for such a wonderful experience.
     I loved learning more about you and the people behind the scenes!!

    I had such a fun time getting to know these ladies. They are all so creative and friendly. 

    The “Creative Crew”: 

    Amy from Amy Atlas Events, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Amy from Living Locurto, Kari from UCreate, Alison from HowDoesShe, Cindy from Skip to My Lou, Kami from No Biggie, Kelly from Make Grow Gather, and Ashley from Make It and Love It.

    Get to know Michaels: 

  • Michaels on Facebook & Twitter

  • Michael’s YouTube Channel – great ideas and inspiration!

  • Find a Michaels Store near you.



  • Disclosure —  Michaels Craft Stores paid for my travel and accommodations. They did not require that I blog about this event — I am blogging about it because I was so impressed. All opinions are 100% mine.
    And a BIG thank you to Empower Media Marketing who did an awesome job making this event happen. 

    Have a Fantastic Day!!! 
    xoxoxo

    Sun, Sand, New Friends and Crafts — what could be better?

    25 May

    Have you heard about the Craftermind’s Cruise?? It is going to be so fun. Amy of Mod Podge Rocks!, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, Heather from Dollar Store Crafts and I
    will be setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on October 21, 2011
    for three days of sun, sand, conferencing, networking, and crafting. 
    Learn how to grow your blog, meet some incredible new people, exchange
    crafty ideas, and enjoy some fabulous weather with us!

    Registration is limited to 75


    Register early – After June 4th, ticket prices go up $50.


    FOUR conference sessions topics
    include a strategy workshop, relationships/networking/promoting, nuts
    & bolts (5 things I wish I knew before I started blogging) and
    monetization. 

    FOUR craft classes – These are still in the works, but we promise you will leave with four awesome crafts that you can use.

    And –The first 10 people to book this week get $100 OFF! $100 off Code: CMINDS100 — ends this Sat 11:59pm  EST 5/28

    So fun!!! 
    I hope you can come. 

    xoxo


    PSI love featuring people and ideas on the TT&J Facebook page. I’m putting together a giveaway celebrating 10,000 members. If you have a business or shop and would like to donate something for the giveaway and have your business spotlighted, send me an email — jennifer@tatertotsandjello.

    Sun, Sand, New Friends and Crafts — what could be better?

    25 May

    Have you heard about the Craftermind’s Cruise?? It is going to be so fun. Amy of Mod Podge Rocks!, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, Heather from Dollar Store Crafts and I
    will be setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on October 21, 2011
    for three days of sun, sand, conferencing, networking, and crafting. 
    Learn how to grow your blog, meet some incredible new people, exchange
    crafty ideas, and enjoy some fabulous weather with us!

    Registration is limited to 75


    Register early – After June 4th, ticket prices go up $50.


    FOUR conference sessions topics
    include a strategy workshop, relationships/networking/promoting, nuts
    & bolts (5 things I wish I knew before I started blogging) and
    monetization. 

    FOUR craft classes – These are still in the works, but we promise you will leave with four awesome crafts that you can use.

    And –The first 10 people to book this week get $100 OFF! $100 off Code: CMINDS100 — ends this Sat 11:59pm  EST 5/28

    So fun!!! 
    I hope you can come. 

    xoxo


    PSI love featuring people and ideas on the TT&J Facebook page. I’m putting together a giveaway celebrating 10,000 members. If you have a business or shop and would like to donate something for the giveaway and have your business spotlighted, send me an email — jennifer@tatertotsandjello.

    Bonus Weekend Giveaway — $25 to Tom & Lucy’s Art Shoppe {Lehi, UT}

    1 May
    UPDATE –The winner is #13 TJ & Amy

     Tom and Lucy is a beautiful shop located in the Ivory Ridge Swim and Tennis Club in Lehi, UT. They feature amazing vendors with products like: Carmel Apples, Jewelry,
    Sock Monkey Hats, Pillowcase Dresses, Vintage Designs, Bibs, Oil Cloth
    Bags, Scripture Totes, Baby Blankets, Vinyl, Boots and much much more.

     And —- Tom and Lucy are part of the SassyScoops  Girls Night Out Thursday, May 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Mark your calendars, tell your girlfriends, read your horoscope and most importantly get ready to have a some major GIRL time!!


    You don’t want to miss out on this Girls Night Out! 
    Free Giveaways from all the Art Shoppe Vendors, delicious food, 80’s
    music and amazing ladies to chat the night away! You know you deserve a Girls Night Out so why not spend it with Tom, Lucy and the Sassy Scoops?!?

    Tom and Lucy’s Art Shoppe
    is so thrilled to be offering a 

    $25 gift card to their Spring Handmade
    Boutique

    The Art Shoppe is hosting its fifth shoppe and with over 30
    unique and local vendors selling their products and designs, you’re sure
    to find something you’ll love.
     

    {May: 19th, 20th, 21st}

    Local Vendors all across the beehive
    state will be selling jewelry, candy and sweets, home decor, toys and
    games, soaps and lotions, clothing, pillows, vintage, chic
    accessories and anything else to tickle your fancy! Tom and Lucy can’t
    wait for you to come a pick out something wonderful for spring.

    Tom and Lucys Art Shoppe

    Enter to Win:

    • Visit Tom and Lucy’s and let us know which vendor’s products (left side-bar) you would love to see in person. one entry.

     

    Additional Entries:
    • Follow Tom and Lucy’s Blog. one entry.
     {this giveaway ends on Friday, May 6th}

    5 Total Chances to Win!!
    The $25.00 Gift Card will need to be picked
    up the weekend of the Art Shoppe and used on any of the 3 days open:
    Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  {May: 19th, 20th, 21st}

     


     So fun!!! 




    xoxoxo




    PSAnother Great Ideas feature post is coming up later today!! 




    xoxo





     

    Getting Creative at Creative Estates — Spring Bunting Canvas!!

    19 Apr

    There were a few reasons that Creative Estates was so awesome. One was meeting so many fabulous ladies. Another was the weather. And the third reason I loved it was that it totally recharged my creativity. Being in a room with so many other, creative women was amazing!! 

    {Ashley, Bev and Becca sporting their beautiful necklaces} 
    In addition to breakout sessions and speakers, there were some fun creative classes!! The Lifestyle Letterpress class was fun with demonstrations on what their letterpress system could do. Bev from Flamingo Toes taught a class on how to make a beautiful Anthro-inspired necklace that was just stunning. 
    And I helped Kami from No Biggie with a fun creative project using products from DecoArt and The Canvas Corp. I made up a sample canvas — a little Spring Bunting Sign to help get people’s creative juices flowing.
    But what I LOVED was seeing people take the same materials and create such different and FUN creations!!! 

    {she made a canvas of her logo}
     

    A big thank you to DecoArt and The Canvas Corp for sparking our creativity!!!
    Do you ever get in a creative rut? 
    What do YOU do to spark YOUR creativity?? 
    PS if you want to make a canvas like my inspiration one, it’s SO easy!! 
    All you need to do is paint your canvas. Then cut out a bunting stencil {I have a few extra, so if you want one, leave me a comment and I will send them out to the first commenters}. Then stencil a little word at the bottom. and finish it off by hot gluing a little bit of Baker’s Twine to the top. A cute Spring addition to an entry table 🙂
    xoxo

    Getting Creative at Creative Estates — Spring Bunting Canvas!!

    19 Apr

    There were a few reasons that Creative Estates was so awesome. One was meeting so many fabulous ladies. Another was the weather. And the third reason I loved it was that it totally recharged my creativity. Being in a room with so many other, creative women was amazing!! 

    {Ashley, Bev and Becca sporting their beautiful necklaces} 
    In addition to breakout sessions and speakers, there were some fun creative classes!! The Lifestyle Letterpress class was fun with demonstrations on what their letterpress system could do. Bev from Flamingo Toes taught a class on how to make a beautiful Anthro-inspired necklace that was just stunning. 
    And I helped Kami from No Biggie with a fun creative project using products from DecoArt and The Canvas Corp. I made up a sample canvas — a little Spring Bunting Sign to help get people’s creative juices flowing.
    But what I LOVED was seeing people take the same materials and create such different and FUN creations!!! 

    {she made a canvas of her logo}
     

    A big thank you to DecoArt and The Canvas Corp for sparking our creativity!!!
    Do you ever get in a creative rut? 
    What do YOU do to spark YOUR creativity?? 
    PS if you want to make a canvas like my inspiration one, it’s SO easy!! 
    All you need to do is paint your canvas. Then cut out a bunting stencil {I have a few extra, so if you want one, leave me a comment and I will send them out to the first commenters}. Then stencil a little word at the bottom. and finish it off by hot gluing a little bit of Baker’s Twine to the top. A cute Spring addition to an entry table 🙂
    xoxo