Time with old friends

Alt Summit 2015 re-cap

It’s been a few weeks since I returned from the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, digesting all that I’ve learned, and eager to get to work when I stepped back onto Seattle soil. My head was full of new knowledge, inspiration, and action items and I was ready to get down to business. Then I got home.

Internet was out. Had to call a guy. Then wait for the guy. Then Super Bowl chaos ensued. Cue sadness. Attempted storage unit break-in caused even more distress. Now I’m living in half condo, half storage unit while it’s getting repaired. I took to organizing and purging and I’m feeling like I’m getting my groove back. Whew.

I anticipate lots of changes to come for Krafty Kath this year, but here is just a few things from the conference that I’d like to share with you now. :)

Sponsor dinner

Each Alt attendee gets to have dinner with a sponsor the Wednesday evening before the start of the conference. I was super lucky to get my first pick of Joann’s Fabric & Crafts. It seemed to be a match made in heaven, and it was. Dinner with a bunch of crafters? Count me in!! Dinner was only a few miles from the hotel at Sea Salt Restaurant. The reps from Joann decorated our tables absolutely beautifully with succulents, DIY herb gardens, and inspirational quotes. I was lucky to have met some of most amazing and talented women that night. :)

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PNW breakfast

Last year Sparrow Soirees hosted a Pacific Northwest Breakfast to help all of us meet each other from the area, and have a chance to mingle away from the crowds. This year she was again the hostess with the mostess, and as a little thank you I gave her this Downton Abbey Mug from TooLegitTooKnit on Etsy. I saw this mug and knew I needed to have it (since our Thursday night party is Downton Abbey themed) and Jayden was so accommodating and sent it to me lickety split! She has some really cute mugs on her Etsy page. Thanks Jayden for being so awesome! :)

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Learning from the best

Alt was two whirlwind days of speakers and sessions (with a little crafting in between.) Some of my highlights were hearing from experienced bloggers and brands like Indiana Adams (Texas Style Council), and Mugs Buckley (Chairish). We did some photo styling with Candice Stringham (Handmade Mood) and mingled with expert crafters like Kersey Campbell (And We Play). We even took in more serious legal topics with lawyer Amanda Schreyer (Prince Lobel).

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Party…and then party some more

Put a bunch of creative types together (away from the kids) and you get some amazing parties. Alt takes their parties seriously. :)

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Connections

Not only did I take in a lot of information from Alt this year, I re-connected with bloggers I met last year, some I have created online friendships with, and met some new ones in the process. I am excited to continue these relationships this year. :)

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 (Photos courtsey of Alt Summit photographers Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis.)

 

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