Most of you know how Sewing Summit came to be. Maybe you don't. It truly is an event that was born out of a genuine love for this online sewing community. A lot of us have known each other "through blogs" for years. Years and years. We've swapped home made items, we've commented on each others pictures, we've welcomed each other into our lives through Skypes and texts and even in-person visits. We've cheered each other on through book deals & fabric lines & online campaigns. We're friends of the most genuine kind.
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And we wanted to meet in person. So Sewing Summit was created as that place to bridge the gap between online friendship & in person friendship. I've said it before, but one of my favorite things about Sewing Summit last year was hearing people exclaim "Oh! You're so much taller than I imagined!" or "I never knew what your voice sounded like!" as they give hugs & laughs as they meet their friends in person for the first time.
That's the payoff for me. Helping people build lasting friendships. Helping brands build meaningful connections to influential bloggers that can help them engage their community with their products. Providing a place for people to not only learn how to sew better, but to get inspired & refreshed so they can go home & be a better parent, blogger, sewist, worker, whatever it may be for them.
my UPS guy & I are BFFs
Not to say that it's not a lot (A LOT) of work. It is. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen pictures recently of pallets of boxes arriving at my house, my living room full of supplies & notions, me saying how I'm staying up late to cut fabric, write blog posts, plan printing, etc. I am so grateful to have an incredible husband that supports me 110%, nearby friends that will bring me cupcakes & diet Coke & make me laugh when I need it, an amazing mom & dad that watch my kids multiple times a week, a staff that puts up with my indecisions & last minute changes to make every detail just so, not to mention my online cheering squad that sends me texts all day long with their support. I could NOT be doing this alone, and I'm not.
I love my boys
But don't think FOR A MINUTE that this is not worth it to me. I can't express in words how much Sewing Summit means to me, and I hope that those of you coming next week will feel that in the details & atmosphere. I hope that those of you that aren't coming next week will feel it in the pictures, Instagrams & Tweets that you'll be following. Sewing Summit is the hardest & scariest thing I've done in my life, but also one of the most rewarding.
I'm a quiet person, but I'm not a weak person. I'm detail oriented & organized & sometimes borderline OCD about my methods & systems & plans, but I'm not stupid or oblivious. Sure, the complaining & negativity gets me down momentarily, but I am SO DANG EXCITED to meet all of you next week that I try to ignore the negativity. I will not allow it into my event that I've worked so hard to make a positive & uplifting place. If you are going to backstab & be negative & whisper behind peoples back, please let me know now, and I'll buy back your ticket & give it to one of the 300+ people on the waiting list.
SS 4 Life
I also want to let you know that even though I'm just a blogger, just a mom, not a professional event planner with formal training, I take Sewing Summit very seriously & am not just throwing together a haphazard event. I have my name on the line of a very large venue & catering contract, I have relationships with brands, I have 250+ people coming in from all over the United States & world to something that is a reflection of ME. Sure, I'm not perfect, I had a really rough summer (my dad just finished 6 weeks of radiation treatment this week, yay!), but I'm also not one to make excuses. If there's anything you have a problem with, or want to discuss, please email me. I will do anything I can to make it better for you.
The bottom line is I just wanted to let you all know how much I love you, how much I am excited for next week, how much I wish that I could make Sewing Summit a 5000+ person event so that everyone that wanted to could attend, and THANK YOU. Thanks for all your concerns, texts, emails, offers to help, everything. I will gladly accept any donations of Starbucks cards or diet Coke (kidding) (sort of).
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See you in a week!
(If you want to read my recap from Sewing Summit last year, it's here)