Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sewing Summit Recap -- WINNER ANNOUNCED


I've mentioned several times (especially if you follow me on Twitter . . . uh.  . . sorry about that) that I attended and taught at the first annual Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City.   I lugged my big ole camera around with me everywhere I went and barely managed to take any photos.  This was due largely in part to terrible indoor lighting and I was just too busy flapping my lips to stop and take a photograph.

Apparently I spent the entire weekend making goofy faces.

Nice.


Here's a normal-ish one with Amy and I. 

Never mind the preceding one.


Wow.  That is a scary one I'm sporting with Summer.  Luckily she's just as wacky and joins along.


I've spent more than a week trying to summarize in my head just what Sewing Summit was like.  To say it was a giant meet up of folks I've "known" online is too simplistic because it was much more than that. 

To be surrounded by women that have the same passion that I do for quilting and/or sewing was like wearing thick cushy socks on a cold winter morning.  Stick with me here on this one.  The socks are so soft and cozy and warm and truly make your winter day a better one.  Right?  That is exactly what getting to meet and spend time with women that exist beyond the computer screen was like for me.  It sort of legitimized the whole blogging thing for me in a way.  I've made real friendships with so many amazingly talented women over the years and to know that that friendship transcends the Internet affirms in my mind those bonds.  Makes them more real.  More legitimate.  And even more amazing.

And, the new friends too.  Oh.  The new friends.

Wish I had some photos of all of the women to which I refer.

Anyway.

I put together a dinner for 40 attendees on Friday night during Sewing Summit.  I gave them each a necklace and I've got one to give away here as well.

photo totally hijacked from Erica at Sew Much to Do!
Leave a comment here before Friday at 6:00pm EST for your chance to win.  One comment per person.  International entries welcome.  Winner will be chosen by random draw and notified by me. . . so make sure I am able to contact you.

-dana

ETA:  I bought these specially designed necklaces from Cinnamon Sticks Designs.  I love all of Canela's designs and was especially pleased with what she came up with for this special necklace.  I do believe she is planning to offer them for sale in her shop . . . you'll have to drop her a line letting her know I sent ya!

ETA #2:  You can read lots of Sewing Summit recaps by following the links here.  Also, this one was nice!

ETA #3:  Contest is now closed.  Random Number Generator Dude selected number 16 Kendascrafts as the winner.  I'll be contacting her directly.  Thanks for stopping by and entering.  Hoping to resume regular blogging next week!

72 comments:

Em said...

Next year, I hope I can be there, too.

~Michelle~ said...

My goal next year is to not plan a vacation 3 weeks before Sewing Summit (and divert the fun money away)... that being said, I'm very much looking forward to my vacation.

Lee D said...

sounds like a wonderful event. I wish one day I can go on a sewing/quilting retreat too...one day. The necklace is adorable.

Jane said...

What an incredible face-maker you are!

Anonymous said...

The necklace is adorable, who wouldn't want one? I have been reading about the sewing summit on many blogs and it sounds like it was wonderful. Nice that you were able to go.

valekort at yahoo dot com

Jennifer said...

Such a cute idea - next year.. i MUST go!

Jill said...

Lovely necklace! I so want to attend next year-I am already in Utah!

CJ said...

Nothing wrong with making silly faces, that's what makes it fun for everyone!

I've been reading all kinds of posts about the sewing summit. Very cool! Glad you and many others had a good time.

Necklace looks very cool! That would definitely look nice around my neck. ;) Ha! :)

EG said...

Because I haven't won a blog giveaway, well, basically since blog giveaways became popular, you'll have to let us know where we can obtain one of those after the contest is over!

tracy_a said...

What a cute necklace! Sewing Summit sounds like such an enriching experience - so wonderful that you got to hang out with your peeps!

Kristen said...

I found out about the sewing summit a few days before it happened and have enjoyed reading what attendees have said about how much fun it was.
Next year.....hopefully.

What a gorgeous necklace.

Thanks for a chance.

sew happy Stacy said...

I am so jealous you got to go. Hopefully, I will get to go next year. I am glad it was such a success.

Mrs. Merriman said...

I was there (Delish Mag!) but I don't think I got to meet you!! Love the necklace, oh so darling. I saw Amy wearing hers and meant to comment on it :)

Maybe we'll meet next year! xx

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

You've got some great faces:) I've enjoyed reading bits and pieces of what a fun experience the Summit was. Maybe next year...
Cute necklace! Thanks for the chance to win it!

PegS said...

Great to know you enjoyed yourself!! Love the necklace!

kendascrafts said...

thanks for the awesome giveaway....I love the necklace!

tara said...

So glad we got to meet. I need to look into thrse necklaces for my Guild peeps. I am entering so i can give one away to one of them.

Valerie said...

Dana! I'm stunned that we never had a chance to chat at Summit! I LOVED the dinner you cordinated - and the necklace??? I've barely taken it off! What a special momento from a great weekend. I actually had a little something for you as a thank you for the dinner, but never had a chance to give it to you. I'd love to send it to you if you can share your address! Looking forward to staying connected online! (Oh, and it goes without saying but just in case, I'm not entering for the giveaway of course!)

Sara said...

you are stunning even with the funny faces hon!!

Love the necklace:)

Kari said...

Love the faces! It shows you had fun. I really want to go next time, especially after seeing all the posts from those who went. Fun and inspiring!

Carol said...

I love all the pictures I have seen of the sewing summit. I wish I had asked my boss for the weekend off so I could have gone the summit. I want to move to utah after seeing all the pretty mountain pictures. The necklace you got for your dinner is really pretty.

beth said...

Great necklace. Glad you had FUN!

Elissa said...

trying not to be too sniffery, but must admit those pics of you and S are making me a little sad. that said, i KNOW it wouldn't have worked this year and really believe things will come together for another time.. next year, i hope. so, so, so glad it was good, cuz that just means it will be even better when they do it again!!! :-)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

the funny faces are so cute! Love to see all that fun and could only dream of being able to do such an event one day!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Love the pics! I'm so glad you had a great time and I'm sure your class was awesome. I'd love to win this necklace.... then I could pretend I was there with all of you.

Trudi said...

wouldn't be you without the funny 'miori hacka' faces! thrilled you had such a fab time! And yes, I too would love to win one, just to make belive! :) Welcome Home!

Alisa said...

Cute necklace. Looks like you had a blast. Next year for me maybe....fingers crossed.

Jessica said...

Love the necklace! What a fun time!

DeeRoo said...

Rock on little buddy....Rock ON!:)
xo

Amanda said...

Looks like fun! Very cute necklace!

Erin Erickson said...

That necklace is awesome. It sounds like everyone had fun at sewing summit! I think there are a lot of us are hoping we can attend next year!

susan said...

too cute! but where is the fabric, scissors, rotary cutter, board, iron, pencils, pens, needles, pins,...ha ha ha
sounds like you had a great time, a sewing summit huh. would have loved to teach a dyeing class at a sewing summit...sounds like you should have solved world piece

Patty D from NC said...

Great photos. I've read many good things about the summit on blogs. Thanks for chance to win.

Angela D. said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful necklace! Wish I could have gone to Sewing Summit, but I will have to live vicariously through the blog recaps:)

Kimberly said...

Dana, i love to see you in front of the camera once in a while! It gives me a face to put all the great posts/projects with! This is one awesome necklace! Feel free to draw my name from the old hat!

Nicole G said...

I love your silly pictures. It gives us more of a taste of your personality. The necklace is super cute and I would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway!

sewfrench.com said...

Sewing Summit sounds like a dream come true, with a lot of hard work, no doubt.
Jealous!

Jules said...

all of you that went this year, have totally sold me on going next year for sure.I am new to this community, so only knew about it a couple of months out.

ashley said...

I just love reading your blog!
~ashley
cward17@triad.rr.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wish I could have been there and met you Dana! Next year?

CitricSugar said...

It looks like so much fun! If there's any way at ALL, I will try my best to be there next year.

It would be awesome to actually meet some of the people I "talk" to all the time. Like you! :-)

Stephanie D. said...

Such a cute necklace! How nice of you to give one away! Thanks!

Mary said...

Looking forward to next year's meetup. Hopefully I won't have a little one nursing!

Dena said...

I so want to go next year and be with all you crazy ladies. The pictures are great. The faces- even better.

AnnieO said...

I heard tell about that Sewing Summit and thought it would be a really momentous event--I think that I was right on! Glad you had such a wonderful experience and felt that connection we all want to make with people who care about the same things we do! Brava to all the creative minds who were able to get together. Thanks for the chance to win a lovely prize, it looks terrific.

Shannon said...

I was lucky enough to attend The Sewing Summit (and to meet you!) but I was kicking myself that I didn't get my act together and get signed up for your dinner before it filled up so if I was the lucky winner, it would be the next best thing to being there! ;)

Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Jill said...

So glad I got to meet you and take your class at SS! Those necklaces are adorable, I want one! Thanks for the chance!

VeeV said...

Ooh La La....
that necklace......is mine!!!
xoxo
eva

Nichol said...

Oh Dana! And to think I would've had one of these for myself! Ugh. Pick me oh random generator! Have mercy.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

I am so glad you had such a great time!!

I want the necklace too!

NorahS said...

What a cute necklace! I am hoping to attend next year.

oh, jenny mae said...

i saw tara's necklace & thought it was so cute! how fun!

Kelly said...

Great necklace!!
oshnpashn at gmail dot com

Alexis said...

What a sweet necklace. Sounds like sewing summit was a memory maker for sure.

frogsarecool at gmail dot com

Carla G said...

What a cute necklace!! I would love to win one! Glad you had a wonderful time at the Sewing Summit! :)

Julie in WA said...

I'd sure love to be able to attend a sewing summit. There really is nothing quite like spending time with others who share your passion.

Katie B. said...

I'll be there next year for sure!

Abbybeth said...

maybe next year I can join in.... will being a failed blogger be held against me?!

Kim said...

Thanks for making me laugh!
I really needed that :0)

Oh I'd like the chance to win that adorable necklace......ya know just send it to me cause you know how cute I'd looking sporting it!

Happy Sewing

Kristen said...

Seriously cute necklace! I think I would be obligated to thank you in person next year! You are just too cute and funny. I am glad you had such a wonderful time!

webmailaddress2 said...

That is a cute necklace! Sewing Summit looks like fun.

Jennyroo said...

Ooooooh! I love this sweet charm! Hope I am the lucky winner! Thanks for sharing --

jlwhite (at) sasktel.net

Colleen said...

I love the necklace! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

LISA said...

That is such a cute necklace. sounds like you had a great time.

Marianne said...

I couldn't make it but winning that necklace would almost make up for that!

Mag said...

What a gorgeous necklace.

Karen P. said...

I am still loving hearing about the sewing summit!

**nicke... said...

i can't wait to go next year! your pictures cracked me up!

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

I've been enjoying reading peoples' posts about the Summit. One day I'll go. One day... :) So glad you had fun!!

gill said...

I'm so envious of all you guys who got to go to the SS! but I'm enjoying reading about it!
Great necklace - I'd love to win one!

j4erry@aol.com said...

retreats are fun and you learn and meet people wht better way..RLH

Kell said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. I'll add it to the list of shows I want to attend someday.

Thanks for the chance to win the necklace!