So I've just gotten back from SewPro in Chicago this past weekend and I have got to say that I am SO GLAD that I went! What is SewPro, you ask? This first meeting was a gathering of designers, quilters, bag makers, bloggers, and sewists of all kinds! There were classes run by the likes of Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Allison Glass, Mimi G, Sara Lawson, and so many others. There were panels on surface design and pattern publishing. It was a forum for all of us to connect with each other and stew and pick at each other's brains for creative and business ideas!
I'm not going to lie. I was nervous to go. I have a small Etsy shop and I take orders from Instagram, sure, but I don't consider myself a "serious business" lady. But like Alexander says in "Hamilton" there's a million things I haven't done. I spend a lot of my days making things while living all inside my head. But being thrown into a convention of like minded individuals sounded like an appealing change so I stuffed all of my social anxiety into a sack and forged ahead!
And it was wonderful! I've made some fast friends, and handed out loads of business cards. I've learned some valuable lessons about my roadmap ahead. I very much want to continue in my bagmaking adventures but I'd also like to get more involved with surface design. I got to meet one of my idols, Tula Pink (and she's funny and accessible and so so smart! AND she liked my shoes!)! I'm still typing up all of my notes but I have to say that I'm so glad I jumped off of the edge of comfort and forged ahead! S'more House has a new arsenal of knowledge and a new cast of friends too and I'm excited to see what the future holds with my newly gained focus and motivation!