Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Creative Estates (part one)

I remember when everyone was writing posts about their amazing experience at Blissdom Blogging Conference and I was so jealous. The green eyed monster was raging! I actually had to stop reading the posts cause I was so sad I couldn’t be there and I felt like I was missing out on such a neat experience. So I almost didn’t want to post about my time at Creative Estates. BUT, the one good thing that came from me reading all the Blissdom posts was that it made me determined to go to a blog conference. I decided to start a savings account for it and research which one would benefit me the most (cause there are like a million!).

Even though my blog is more DIY/Decor I absolutely loved going to this “craft” conference. It was so amazing to be in the same room with so many creative women!!! I was surrounded by women that all “got” me. We all had the same questions and concerns. I loved every minute of it.

I will admit that I was intimidated that first night. I stuck to my little group and was not very brave. But I knew I had to get over it. I wanted to make the most of my time there. I am I am so glad that I did!

Here are some of the pictures from my trip:

I sat on the airplane with Michelle and Amanda. I loved hearing their life stories! It is amazing how much you can learn about someone in one and a half hours :) Our cab driver was nice and kept giving us compliments….and then he got border line creepy. But what is a trip without a weird cab driver right?

I don’t have a lot of pictures from the first night. We ate at a Mexican restaurant and then had cupcakes and mingled. I was just trying to get out of my shell so I wasn’t focused on taking pictures.

Friday was the first actual day of the conference. Here are some of my blogging buddies :)

Me, Jamielyn, Becca, Amy, Michelle, Stephanie, Amy

There were 170+ people in attendance. Here is the AWESOME Tauni speaking. I could have listened to her all day. I was just soaking up her knowledge on social media and traditional media and how that helps our blogs grow. She is a PR genius.

I looked around and realized there were quite a few of us in white cardigans. Five us us were at one table! So we just had to get a picture :)

Leanne, Jen, Amy, Amanda, Kim, Kendra, Me, Stephanie

Here are some more buddies. Stephanie (who you will hear more about I PROMISE), me, Heidi, Amy, Ashlee.

We were honored to be graced with Becky Higgins presence. She spoke to us and MAN she is organized!!! There is a lot to learn from her.

Me, Amanda, Becky Higgins, Amy.

I realized I had a lot of pictures of me with only one or 2 people so instead of making you scroll through a ton  photos I made a handy dandy collage.

1. Me and Becca from Blue Cricket Design
2. Me and Amy from The Idea Room
3.Me, Beverly from Flamingo Toes, and Holly from 504 Main & The DIY Club
4. Me and Amy from Positively Splendid
5. Me and Emily & Heather from Whipperberry
6. Me and Char from Crap I’ve Made

There is more to come. I learned so much and I will try to post about the things that I got out of it. I stink at taking notes but I will do my best. Stay tuned. . . .

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  1. Amy {The Idea Room} says

    Loved hanging out with you and getting to know you a lot better! Love ya Liza!! I love that pic of us in the collage! Would you mind sending me one?? Pretty please?? xoxo

  2. Jen-CraftOManiac says

    Ok- Your beginning comments about the green monster coming out reading about blissdom .. is exactly how I feel about blissdom and Creative Estates… BOOO HOOO! it's hard to be the one not a part of it all. ONE DAY!!!

    Anyhoo, so glad you had a blast and I can see it in all the pics. to fun. I love that you were all in white cardi's whats even more funny… is as I am typing this I am wearing one. HA! love it. Have a super day. winks- jen

  3. Holly says

    You got around lady.Meeting you was a highlight of my trip! I am however regretting my outfit selection for that day – next time a white cardigan and more ruffles for sure.

  4. Amy at Ameroonie Designs says

    I'm glad to find one of the white cardigan pictures :) hilarious! It was so nice to meet you in person- funny we had to go to a different state to do it!

  5. Michell @Girl in Air says

    Yep that's me this year….GREEN with envy:( I can't wait to attend next year and met my favorite bloggers

  6. Leanne says

    I love all your pictures. I'm going to have to borrow the white cardigan one. For some reason I didn't have one taken with my camera.

  7. james says

    I am so glad you got to go. I know about that "green monster", it's an almost daily thing with me wishing I could get some crafts and a blog going.

  8. Emily {WhipperBerry} says

    Oh, my dear! I loved getting to know you! You are a blast, and you totally could have fooled me about being nervous the first night. I'm glad to have been part of your "little group" that you felt comfortable with. Now I wish I had worn a white cardigan that day! I think Heather did, though.


  9. I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes says

    Ah I love you! You are so amazing! And guess where you're being featured today…. TODAYS CREATIVE BLOG!! "Best day of your life!" wahoo!

  10. Tracy Rogers says

    FABULOUS site!! We sat at a table together briefly, but did not really have a chance to chat (bummer). You girlfriend, have serious skills!! I am excited to keep up with your endeavors on your blog, congratulations!
    Tracy {creme de la gems}

  11. Michelle says

    This was so very fun. I am so glad I got to spend some quality time with you and can't wait to spend more. You are my type of gal and thanks for being a total sweetheart!

  12. Tauni says

    S – What can I say??? Once you've been to New Mexico there's no going back. Seriously girl, love, love, loved getting to know you. I think we will be besties from now on.

    So glad destiny intervened and brought you to us!

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