Oh SNAP! Queen Bee Market

the Queen Bee Market

You’ve probably heard of the Queen Bee Market, but just in case, it’s a little handmade market created by two sisters, Jess and Mique.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I believe the two are from California. The QBM is a collection of vendors selling some pretty amazing handmade items. We were lucky enough to have the QBM and all it’s vendors at SNAP for some seriously fun shopping! Ok, let me stop talking and let you start looking.

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This is really just a peek at the market. Let me give a closer look inside the isles.

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queen market snap pleated poppy

I’m in love with the Pleated Poppy’s stuff. Fun, bright and just stinkin’ A-DOR-A-BLE!
Love these ties for the little guys!

queen market snap pleated poppy

cut it out frames

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This shop was new to me. Cut It Out sells hand-cut wooden frames in all different sizes and shapes. The wood is left unfinished so you can paint it any color you want! And their prices are GREAT!

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This is what I came home with. I really want one of those biggins but, again, space in the suitcase was slim!

cut it out wood frames

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This was another new name to me. Their stuff was UBER cute!

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Their signs were my favorite. So adorable! Too bad they wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.

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THis was my favorite.

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There were so many other fabulous vendors. It’s a good thing I had a limit since what I bought had to fit into my suitcase. I could have done WAY more damage! Check it out.

Allora Handmade.

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I feel horrible for this, but I can’t remember the name of this vendor. If you know, please whisper in my ear so I can give her credit! I loved these embroidery hoops!

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Vintage Soul Designs

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Vintage Rose Wraps

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Chocolate Kate
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I was truly in shopping Heaven!

Here are just a couple pieces of jewelry that I bought. Hoop La earrings and this fantastic watch (that can be swapped out for a broche) by M.Bellish’d. Loving it!

I did much more damage than this. But you get the idea. Queen Bee Market rocks! I don’t suppose they’ll be headed to SC anytime soon?

Oh SNAP! A Sneak Peek of SNAP Conference

I don’t even know where to start to share with you my experience last week in Salt Lake City, UT. It was such a fantastic trip and I met so many amazing new people and also got to reconnect with many friends that I met last year in AZ.

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SNAP: Creativity at your fingertips, was a “spin off” of the creative blogger conference I attended last year, Creative Estates. If you are wondering what a creative blogger conference is, it’s a social as well as learning event that brings creative beings (both bloggers and handmade shop owners) together to learn new techniques, trends and opportunities for success. Want to see what a blogging conference table looks like? It’s full of laptops, IPads and cameras!

Calling SNAP a spin off of last year really isn’t fair because it was SO much better! Tauni and the “Snapettes,” y’all did an amazing job making dreams (yours and ours) come true!

snap conference team

If I share everything in this one post, you might stop to take a nap halfway through because it would be so long and cumbersome! So that it doesn’t take you forever and a day (with a nap in between) to hear about my fantastic experience, I’m going to break it up into parts. I really do have so much to share!
I think I’ll start with friends. I made new friends. I officially met friends that I had been following online. And I got to see old friends that I had the privilege of meeting last year, like Jen from Tatertots and Jello (far left) and Becca from Blue Cricket Design (center right).

First let me introduce to you my travelling buddy, Natalie from Johnny in a Dress. I’m sure most of you are familiar with her. I officially met Natalie last summer when we were attempting to plan our Southern blogger get together. We instantly connected and remained bloggy buddies since. It was so fun to have someone to travel with this year for that long flight from SC to UT!

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And meet my other roommates, Tara from Tara Made It and Allison from A Glimpse Inside. I met both of them last year. In fact, Tara and I roomed together!

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And yes, we had two pregnant gals in our room! Aren’t they cute?!

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Ok, so ready to see something really exciting? Look who I met this year. . .
Centsational Girl, Kate! Eeeeeek! I love her and her blog!!! And she was so sweet! One of the highlights for me, for sure!

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I also got to meet Mandi from Vintage Revivals and instantly fell in love! So sweet and so stinkin’ cute! What I didn’t know about Mandy was that up until a couple of years ago, she didn’t decorate her house. Her mother-in-law did! So glad she discovered her hidden talent because her rooms are fabulous!

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Oh my gosh, and what a pleasure to meet Desiree, The 36th Avenue (far right in both pics). She has to be the cutest, funniest little thing ever! I also met Jen from Craftomaniac, Kristy of The Diary of Dave’s  Wife (darling) and Michelle, from A Little Tipsy.

I finally got to meet my online buddy Vivienne from The V-Spot! Viv and I both have a passion for red wine and have been looking forward to sharing a glass in person for some time! If only we lived closer!

And look at the book I got signed by Courtney, aka Pizzazzerie! It’s filled with darling and delish push-up pop cake recipes! Thank you Courtney! Get your own copy here.

Pizzazzerie scissors spatulas

It was so wonderful to catch up with friends from last year. (L to R) I had forgotten how fun Heather of Whipperberry is! I loved seeing super sweet Alison from Oopsey Daisy. And I was so excited to catch up with Rebecca of Freckles Crafts. And, of course, Shelly from House of Smiths. You know I just love her!

 As you can see, I caught up with and met some pretty fantastic friends at SNAP! And not just those shown in the photos. See all this. . . 

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Yep, each one of those business cards equals a new friend! How lucky I feel to have had the opportunity to fly across the country to attend SNAP! More to come. Promise!

I’m off to SLC! See What’s in my Suitcase!

I can’t believe that the time is here. Today I’m leaving for SNAP, a conference for creators, shop owners and bloggers. I remember purchasing my ticket shortly after returning from Creative Estates and thinking that it seemed like forever and a day away! But here I am, on a plane, headed to Salt Lake City, UT! Eeeeeek! I couldn’t be more excited!

 Last year before I left, I shared with you what was in my suitcase.  I don’t usually post about fashion. In fact, I think it was the only time I ever have, but I got such a big response to it, that I thought I’do it again! Ready to see? Of course, I totally overpacked!

Outfit #1: conference day or evening attire

Multi-colored tank dress, black leggings, black ankle-strap sandals and black and silver floral accessories.

Outfit #2: conference day

White jeans, navy and white polkadot rayon tank, brown sandals and silver and pearl accessories.

Outfit #3: conference day

Turquoise & tan striped shirt, khaki linen pants, turquoise wedge sandals, turquoise and gold jewelry.

Outfit #4: an extra just in case

Coral and ivory striped shirt, denim capris, coral canvas shoes and gold jewelry.

Outfit # 5: for the plane

Red and white striped tank, navy blue cardigan, skinny denim capris, tan belt, red shoes and gold jewelry.

Outfit #6: conference day or evening attire

Coral red and blue  maxi dress, brown leather belt and sandals and gold & coral jewelry.

Outfit #7: evening attire

Tan and cream floral dress, black belt, black cowboy boots, gold and rhinestone jewelry.

 Close up of the jewelry. Isn’t the owl cute?

Most importantly. . .

SNACK! Hey, two of my roomies are pregnant!

I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and soaking up lots of valuable information and inspiration for fun, creatie ideas!