Thursday, October 4, 2012

A word about Sewing Summit 2012

With just a week left until Sewing Summit 2012 happens, I wanted to share some thoughts that have been in my mind recently. I've written before about why Sewing Summit is important, but I have some other thoughts I want to get out.

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.


follow #sewingsummit on instagram!

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).


Guess where I am?!

See you in a week!

(If you want to read my recap from Sewing Summit last year, it's here)

33 comments:

  1. Hope everything is as good and amazing as you planned! So much work and planning!!!! If I lived in USA I would save every penny and try to attend. Have fun!!! And best of all, so happy that your father is better. Take care. Love from Barcelona!

    ReplyDelete
  2. So perfect. Can't wait to see that smiling face.

    ReplyDelete
  3. well said! Events like this are a BIG deal to pull off, as someone who used to travel the nation putting on events for very large parties - I know just what goes into them. It is a big job, a tall order, and is tough tough tough. Only someone with a passion for it could truly pull it off. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I can't believe that a week from now I'll be there. Only 4 more working days... (not that I'm counting or anything ;o) )

    ReplyDelete
  5. Erin, I am so, so SO excited to come this year! I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't make it last year, especially after seeing all the photos of everyone getting to know one another and having a great time. I can only imagine how much work this must be to put together, and while I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll be saying this all weekend and for months afterwards, I'm going to say it again now: THANK YOU SO MUCH. You rock. I don't think I can bring diet coke across the border, but I'll try to fit some other Canadian goodies into my bag. Any favourites?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love you lots. So sad I can't be there. Next year, for sure.
    xoxo
    April

    ReplyDelete
  7. You amaze me. You have taken te leap of faith I only dream of and you've done it with poise an grace and determination. And you've managed to stay positive overall. If there were a keynote speaker I'd be honored to hear from, honey, it's you. I have found myself wishing, often, this year, that I was closer to you sonI could be a work horse helping hand when you needed it. I don't know how else to express to you how grateful I, one of the folks whose only sewing community was online for a while due to circumstances, am you took such a leap last year. I only hope that the interest shown can clearl convey to you what a wonderful thing it is you have put together.

    Well done, Erin. (& family & SS team & friends)!!!

    Sincerely,
    Beck

    ReplyDelete
  8. You amaze me. You have taken te leap of faith I only dream of and you've done it with poise an grace and determination. And you've managed to stay positive overall. If there were a keynote speaker I'd be honored to hear from, honey, it's you. I have found myself wishing, often, this year, that I was closer to you sonI could be a work horse helping hand when you needed it. I don't know how else to express to you how grateful I, one of the folks whose only sewing community was online for a while due to circumstances, am you took such a leap last year. I only hope that the interest shown can clearl convey to you what a wonderful thing it is you have put together.

    Well done, Erin. (& family & SS team & friends)!!!

    Sincerely,
    Beck

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow, great post Erin and THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this possible for all of us. Truely a dream come true.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great post Erin! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Erin, you inspire me!!! I'm a stay at home mom with a tight budget but I'm saving up to come to Sewing Summit next year! What a great thing it is that you're doing. You are amazing and I know that sewists all over the world are looking forward to it--even those of us that couldn't make it this year. :) Keep up the great work and thank you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Erin, I have been dreaming of Sewing Summit since I read about it last year and can't believe I'm lucky enough to be coming this year! THANK YOU for everything.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Can't wait!!I know it's going to be an amazing experience that I won't soon forget :) Thank so much for putting all this together!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think it's such an amazing thing, opportunity, and such a brilliant idea! I am one of the ones that followed along from home, stalking flickr and facebook. And, this year sadly, I will do the same. I wish you all a wonderful time!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I know it will be a big success as it was last year Erin and I wish I was going to be there this year to enjoy all of your hard work. I'll be hinking of y'all and can't wait to read all of the posts! Best wishes!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I know it will be a big success as it was last year Erin and I wish I was going to be there this year to enjoy all of your hard work. I'll be hinking of y'all and can't wait to read all of the posts! Best wishes!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I wish I could join the fun, Erin! I am sure everyone appreciates all that you do, and SS will be a wonderful event... Hope to come next year!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I respect you for your honesty and appreciate all the hard work you have put into this event. Since I am a repeater I know I am going to an event that will stay in my memory for years to come. For those who have given you a hard time I hope they can eat their words after seeing what you have in store for everyone. Big hugs! I can't wait to see everyone again and to meet new people too!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am so excited to meet you and all of the wonderful people. I am amazed at all your hard work and dedication to make this such a positive experience for all of us. I can not tell you how sad I was not to make it last year and told myself I would not hesitate to buy a ticket this year. So glad I didn't. Thanks for being there for us when technology was not in our favor and like you said.. It all works out. We are so lucky to be apart of this positive energy you are spreading! Thanks for all your hard work. We love you!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well said Erin! I am so excited for next week! Holler if you change your mind and need some extra hands. I have mad grunt labor skills.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thank you thank you! I am thrilled to be among those attending this year, and can't wait! You are a superstar.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Duuuuuuude! We are cell phone twins!

    I'm excited for Sewing Summit! So glad you put this together.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Erin, This will be my first time at Sewing Summit and I'm so excited to meet a lot of the bloggers that I follow. I don't blog myself, but I do read (a LOT) blogs. I saw what last years looked like and it looked like a lot of fun. I attended and vended and taught at huge stitching shows for several years so I do know a little bit of what goes into producing something like this and I think you are doing a wonderful job (usually a fairly thankless process, I might add). Please know that most all of us attending are very grateful for all you are doing to make this a great event. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I wish I was one of the lucky people that was going. I will enjoy - as I have done previously - reading all the blog posts and seeing all the pics on flickr of this amazing event. I was surprised to hear that some people have been negative about it. I've only ever heard positive things and love living vicariously through the online coverage!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Literally can.not.wait. So excited!! Arrrrrgggghhhhh!

    ReplyDelete
  26. working in special events, i can say what you are doing is no small feat! i hope to attend someday, and am looking forward to when that happens!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Like everyone, I'm so thankful for your hard work and commitment to SS! I am so excited to meet everyone and have a blast. I realized that you and I have been blogging together for more than five years (I think) -- it's going to be SO GREAT to finally meet you in person! Kudos to you and your team :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Whoaaaaa! Totally need to put Sewing Summit on a future calendar. I'll tell you what got me to read further about SS, the photo of you in the Little America bathroom, which I recognized instantly as all three of them apparently share the same stylized decor. You see I'm very familiar with the Original Little America, at mile marker 68 in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, and made sure to stop there with my motorcycling gals group this summer on our way to a rally in Carson City, NV this summer. I also used to stop there when I was trucking, yes as in semi truck. I was a long haul over the road trucker (drove a big bird yellow 379 Peterbilt pulling a flatbed trailer). I've just recently started a blog that doesn't have much on it, I have to get to work on that, but I love all the great bloggers out here that I follow too regularly :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. I shall pretend I didn't read that there are 300 people on the waiting list for a ticket to Sewing Summit. I tried so hard to sell mine! But I figure that the reason I could never manage to find anyone to buy it is that I'm meant to be there. So I'm juggling as fast as I can and I probably won't be too social except in class, but it is what it is!

    That said, I'm excited to have every class I wanted and I should have all my prep work done before next Thursday. Hah!

    I can't wait to hug your neck, Erin!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I am so incredibly honored to know and love you Erin - you make the impossible look amazing - you bring lives together - you create beauty and you love unconditionally - This Summit will be AMAZING - and I can't wait to blogstalk you every moment of it! xoxoxox (and your mom is INCREDIBLE in every way)

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am so jealous! My health does not allow me to travel (much), so I will have to find a way to convince my body to give me a break and go -- someday.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sewing Summit was perfect and positive and inspiring. I am so grateful for the experience. I am inspired to try so many new things that I didn't even know I would be interested in. Thanks for your tireless work.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thanks you for creating sewing summit! I have not gone but I have followed the posts for the last two years. This year I also instagramed/tweeted/fb with the #notgoingtosewingsummit group and actually made some new contacts! I would not have ever done it with out THE event leading the way. Im really enjoying reading the recaps. Thats why I like sewing bloggy quilty people. There positive helpful friendly people. So thanks! Ignore the haters, they dont know how to really enjoy themselves.

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails