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Comment #10 – Lindsay

She said “I have procrastinated but now I want to attend!!! I hope I win!!! XOXO”

Congratulations Lindsay! I will be contacting you about your prize!

Have you heard? There is a fabulous conference called Creative Estates coming to Chandler, Arizona from April 7 to April 9. Kim will be speaking on a panel, “Turning Your Hobby into a Business” along with some of our other favorite ladies! Kim from Today’s Creative Blog, Laura from Laura Winslow Photography, Becki from Whippy Cake, Shelley from House of Smiths, Becky Higgins and many more fabulous women will be speaking! Hosted by Shealynn Benner and Tauni Everett, this event is sure to be fabulous! The TomKat Studio, along with Decadent Delights is sponsoring the Cupcake & Cocktails Welcome Reception! The event is being held at The Inspirador in Historic Downtown Chandler. Here are a few photos taken at the venue by my friend, Tina of Live Love Photography!

We have good news and bad news about the event….

Bad News: We just received word that the event is now SOLD OUT.
Good News: We have secured TWO TICKETS to the event and want YOU to join us!

To enter, just leave a comment on what you would hope to learn at the event. That’s it!
One winner will receive both tickets. Please enter by Sunday, 3/27/11 at 11pm MST time. We will announce the winner on Monday, March 28th. This prize is two tickets to the Creative Estates Conference. Winner is responsible for all travel expenses.

Click here to read more about Creative Estates!

March 23, 2011

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  1. Jamie says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I would LOVE to go to this! I am a photographer in Arizona and would love to meet all the amazing, talented ladies whose blogs I already follow! I would love to be inspired by women and mothers who seem to be able to do it all, so that I can take my photography to the next level. We just moved and I cannot justify the expense to pay for the tickets. PLEASE OH PLEASE pick me!!! 😉

  2. Heather { says:

    Oh My Goodness! What WOULDN’T I learn? I know that the whole event would be a blast with so much creative energy all in one place!!!

  3. Trish Taff says:

    I would love love love to go to this conference!! I love creating and planning and making cakes! This would be amazing to attend!!!

  4. Jill says:

    I would love to come out to this event! We will be moving to the Chandler area within the month, and will be new neighbors:) I operate a L’il Darling Sweet Shoppe out of my home with my 2 little ones, and so I would greatly appreciate any newfound knowledge from all of these inspiring women in their creative crafts!! Thanks

  5. Nicole Y. says:

    I would so enjoy to go to this event! It I love being creative, attempt DIYs and I’ve been so inspired by those who have been able to create a business from the activities they love. It would be wonderful to meet people who did just that, be inspired and walk away with the right tools to have my dreams come true as well. It would be sooo awesome!

  6. Kelly Robertson says:

    Oh my gosh, I would love to attend! I don’t think I could narrow it down to one thing I would want to learn!

  7. Nicole says:

    I would simple love to attend. I have been admiring the drive in these women for awhile..Kim included. My home has been under construction for 9 months and I have convinced myself over and over that it’s not the right time to follow my dreams. I keep putting off the time to start my dream business and allow my ideas to take fight. I think I need a little inspiration and an event like this sounds a little perfect. Basically….I’d love to win. In my eyes this event is what so many women (like myself) need…a little spark, and the knowledge that others who went before you paved the way for great success and happiness. Ok a little sappy. Thank you for the chance.

  8. Haley says:

    All those creative ladies in one room?! Awesome! I would love to learn from all of them.

  9. I have procrastinated but now I want to attend!!! I hope I win!!! 🙂 XOXO

  10. Rene' says:

    I can’t believe it’s sold out… I procrastinated while I worked on finding childcare, and now it’s sold out! I REALLY want to go! I would like to learn about making the most of a blog. AND just to meet the people whose work I have been following!

  11. tiffany says:

    I live in Chandler and am toying with the idea of launching my own blog – I’d LOVE to attend the seminars on starting and maintaining a succesful blog.

    Fingers crossed . . .

  12. Kim says:

    I am hoping to start my own business in the next year and to be able to have the chance to learn from the best of the best would be a dream come true! I would learn so many things it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one.

  13. Jen S says:

    I have admired these ladies from a far, but would love to get some personal inspiration and feedback from these talented creative souls! I am beginning in Photography as well as always creating headbands and other lovely things for my home. 🙂 I would more than love to win!!

  14. Courtney says:

    A friend and I are working on an Etsy store as we speak. I have ALWAYS loved everything crafty, baking, organizing and planning. This area of life is calling to me. These two tickets would be perfect at this point in the game for me! 🙂

  15. Mandi says:

    OK!! I have been going back and forth now for sooooo long as to whether or not I need to start a small business. I have a passion for putting together children’s parties. I love everything that goes into pulling a wonderful party off…I love the photography, the cake making, the coming up with the theme, the craft end of it, the invitations, YOU NAME IT AND I LOVE TO DO IT…I just don’t know how to pull it all together and have a successful business. I would love to hear how others have began the process and see all the things these people have to offer!!!!! I can’t image all of the wonderful knowledge that will be there, not to mention being around people who have the same passion as I have… I really hope I win!!!! No pressure…heehee!

  16. What I would like to learn is couldn’t be said better then the name of the event “Turning Your Hobby into a Business” That would be a dream career!

  17. I wanted to go to this event SO BAD! But just didn’t have the money for the ticket. I would love to go and win how to be more successful in my new business. How to balance time of work/family and how to promote/advertise. Most of all I really want to meet all these other great women I already read about every day!

  18. Lauren M Packer says:

    I would love to learn about the success all these women are having. I just started my own etsy shop and I am always looking for pointers. Thanks.

  19. Arlene says:

    Oh, just to learn a smidgen from each of these ladies would be such a treat!

  20. Brittany says:

    I would LOVE to attend this event and was actually waiting for pay day (today) to buy my tickets and then got the bad news. I am a follower of many of the blogs and would love to meet and learn from these amazing women who seem to be able to juggle it all from work to kids to crafting, creating and blogging. I draw so much inspiration from many of them and would be so bummed if I am not able to attend this event.

  21. This event sounds AMAZING! I would love to learn about anything and everything about blogging.

  22. Claudia Ragsdale says:

    All my friends keep telling me I should quit my day job and start a party planning/design business. I would love so much to attend t hear how others were able to get their dream jobs off the ground and running. I can only imagine how inspirational this event will be with all those creative minds in one place. I hope I get picked!!! Please pick me!

  23. to be able to glean from other creatives is a huge desire of my heart. it would be a gift. learning to be authentic with my art and the marketing of that art!


  24. Julie says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to just hear from all of these fabulous ladies and network with other creative women! Even if I could just take a tiny piece of inspiration and advice from each person I meet, I would be ever so grateful!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!! 🙂

  25. Shelly says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to attend this event and learn from all these inspiring women how to turn my passion into my dream career.

  26. Cassidy says:

    I absolutely love everything creative and am always making things! After practicing all these techniques I would love to be able to do something with it! When I heard about this event I knew it was for me to finally learn how to get my ideas out in the open!

  27. Laura says:

    I am so excited I want to learn EVERYTHING!!!hahahahahhaha!! I would love to get one tid bit of info from each attendee!!!

    Such a great event!

  28. I would LOVE to go. Especially since I live so Close! I would love to learn more about my favorite hobby {blogging} from ALL these wonderful ladies!

  29. Annette says:

    There are so many talented ladies lined up to speak that it would be hard not to come away with valuable advice and insight from each and every one of them.

  30. Natalie says:

    Attendance to this conference for me is like winning “The Golden Ticket” to the Chocolate factory. I am not looking for others to help build my drive and passion- that should already exist in a creative person and one who is looking to start or grow a business. I’m looking to obtain industry knowledge from creative savvy business minded women. A true story, words of empowerment is what I’d love to hear from the women at the conference. Although some of the creative business interest may be different, I adore the women on this panel and believe I could learn something different from every single one of them. After leaving behind a past life of creativity in the Fashion Industry {due to moving to suburbia and starting a family} I changed my career to something safe….corporate career in Property Management. Although benefits and pay is pretty good in my career, my inner creative alter ego is dying to be unleashed on a full-time basis. I’d love to hear how these fabulous women went from Corporate America or Suzie Homemaker to fulltime business owners. I’m tired of coming to work every day only to help make someone else’s dream come true. PICK ME PICK ME (in a 5yr old voice)!

  31. Amy Peterson says:

    are you kidding? I would be surrounded by crazy talented women… there is soooo much to learn from you all! Hope I win, I’m in gloomy MI and my sis lives in Tempe {I have a free flight begging to be used from a bump I took during a previous flight!}

  32. Kimberly A. says:

    I would love love love to attend this event!!! A friend of mine and I have decided to turn our dreams into a reality by starting an at home business…and are simply clueless how to jump in and start. We would both love to come out to this event and learn the stepping stones of turning our dream into a reality too!!! We would love to learn how to have the confidence to start a business…and how to be successful with it…and how to overcome our fears of it all:) This would be such a wonderful opportunity for us!!!

  33. Danielle Hoyt says:

    I’m an Interior Designer by profession, creativity is part of my day to day life. Last year was one of deep thought and soul searching of my passions and life goals. Due to the economy, I unfortuneatly lost my job, like many others, and at the same time found out we were going to start a family. I’ve always had a love for everything creative . . .baking, crafting, designing, scrapbooking, but the birth of my son enhanced my love for photography. I would be honored to meet this group of creative, self starting, grab the bull by the horns women. To hear of successful stories of women following their passions in life and still being able to be wives, mothers, friends, would be aw-inspiring. I believe each one of these women on this panel have something incredible to share, knowledge and a dream that I my self would love to grasp and make my own. It’s inspiring to see the list of women above me wanting to be apart of this conference, as I do, and whoever you pick as your “winner” will be one step closer to success, I just really hope its ME 🙂

  34. This would be an amazing event to attend. I have recently started a creative blog and would love to learn anything and everything from these veteran bloggers! I know they are so full of great information. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win!

  35. I am interior designer in Chandler & have my own studio for almost 10 years. I also have a party blog & would love to learn on how to take my love of parties to the next level!

  36. i live in az and would LOVE to attend and be a part of this creative estate and be surrounded by such amazing women! i would love to take my blog to the next level!!!!

    thank you so much for the chance to win!

  37. Ellen Balzer says:

    I have an etsy shop, facebook page, blog, a 3 and 5 year old, and am mostly a full time mom, but also working part time at my chuch. I want to go and see how these incredible women BALANCE their lives. Really. HOW? Besides giving up my sleep. and would like marketing ideas. Sewing and creating is who I am. Would love to go!!!! Could drive from CO with a girlfriend.

  38. Trisha Wright says:

    I am local so I would be sure to be there! Pick me…I need to be brave and jump into something which allows me to be home more with my little one.

  39. Jamila says:

    What would I hope the learn from Creative Estates? Oh so much! I have started my own children’s party service and I want to learn more about branding my business and how to plan and write an inspiring blog, one that readers will come back to over and over again. I have to say, I have truely been inspired by theses creative entreprepreneurs and I am so thankful that conferences such as this exsist. Not unlike many other creative women, I want to know how to take my blog to the next level and elevate my businesses.

  40. Cristen S says:

    I am so sad! I was just going to purchase my tickets to the event! 🙁

    It’s in fates hands now but I would LOVE, LOVE to attend!!!

    I live in Goodyear, AZ and it would be such dream to absorb from so many talents. 🙂

  41. Martina says:

    Oh my gosh, I would love to attend. My very good friend Angela and I have been kicking the idea around on how to start our own creative business and this would be perfect especially because we both love love love TomKat, and all the other super creative beautiful blogging ladies out there!!!! Please pick me:-)

  42. Jamie says:

    I sew, quilt, cook, bake, and create. Would love to learn more about developing some of these into a successful online business. And I must admit. . .I want to do a little in-person shopping!

  43. I would be thrilled to win! Shelley is a Utahn, like myself & well I have been trying very hard to balance my life & find ways to channel my creativity, ideas, etc. This would be a dream to attend!

  44. Hey there,

    I am a Gilbert Mom of 2 boys and I work full time out of the home. I have had my etsy shop for a year and a half and would love nothing more than to turn my hobby into my full time business. My boys are my life and I would love to learn from other women who had the vision and passion and made it all a reality. I believe in never giving up on your dream and would love to hear more about how to make my dream come true sooner!

  45. Jodie says:

    In my dreams I would love to go, but being in Sydney Australia it’s not going to happen but I did wonder if it was going to recorded (video) or if you know they would consider it? I love TomKat studio by the way! Thank you for the daily inspiration. 🙂

  46. My name is NataLee -interior designer- and I REALLY wanted to go to the Creative Estates, we just moved to Mesa, AZ a couple months ago and by so doing left my design clientele and income behind in Utah. I had to wait until yesterday (payday) to buy my tickets because money is tight, and was SO sad when I learned they were sold out. I need to go to this conference because although I have great projects and ideas to share with my current followers, I need to monetize my blog so I can afford to do more projects and help my family’s financial position… I know in order to do this I need to increase my followership so it’s worth it to advertisers… unfortunately, I have my follower numbers have gotten stagnant in my growth and really want to learn how to get a good followership. Nothing would make me happier than to be able to make an income doing what I LOVE to do while being able to stay home with my babies (including one on the way… I am 6 months pregnant). I know that I will learn everything I need to know at creative estates and know it will be invaluable information worth my undivided attention… soaking up every morsel of knowledge I can glean from this conference. I need to go, I want to go, and I would be so grateful if I won this great opportunity. Thank you, Thank you!!

  47. Carly Pederson says:

    i would love these tickets and i know that i would be so inspired by all of the creativeness!!!

  48. Cassie Pederson says:

    i think that would definitely learn a lot of creativeness from all of the wonderful speakers!!!

  49. Susie Pederson says:

    Would love the tickets! i think that i would learn a lot from the photographers and become inspired since i am starting out my own photography business!!!!!!

  50. Oh man…I would love to win these tickets! I’m local and I started a blog recently and feel like I have so much to learn! I do a lot of befores and afters and tutorials and link up to all these parties but I think I’m doing it the hard way! Miss Mustard Seed inspired me to start selling some of my stuff at a local antique store and I would love to learn how to connect my website traffic with my store traffic! I also love photography. I’ve wanted to but one of those fancy cameras but am so overwhelmed with which one is the best and not TOO technical. I also love the way you highlight local people (like sweet Kate) and I’ve followed their struggle since you introduced them to us through your blog. Please,please pick me so I can hear all of these talented people speak…including you(yes, I’m not below brown nosing:)

  51. Did I miss where you announced the winner? I would still very much love to win these (or just one) ticket! I want to go sooo bad! =)

    • Mandi says:

      Hey NataLee…I would love it if you won one ticket and I won one ticket…I am like you…I just need ONE!! HEEHEE!! Good luck! 🙂

  52. Amy Peterson says:

    been anxiously awaiting the drawing for the winner… will it be posted on this site? 🙂

  53. Dying to know the winner too!?! Did I miss this somewhere?! Still have everything crossed…maybe there is still a chance?!

  54. Brianna Kim says:

    If anyone still needs a ticket please contact me!
    I have one and I am unable to attend. I would hate for it to go to waste so I am hoping someone can pick it up! I am willing to part with it for 75.00 or best offer
    If you are interested please let me know
    Brianna Kim

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