Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Conference Recap

Wow, what a weekend I have had. Getting to know some bloggers, my city and my own sense of self even more was so exciting.

The weekend started off on Friday night where we had a supper at Miriam's house and I was amazed to be in the same room as Stella, Simoney and Deb, to name a few of the bloggers. I was a bit star struck! In fact, I was a bit too shy to take to Simoney the whole conference, I hope she doesn't think I was avoiding her! I discovered some amazing chocolate chip biscuits too, if anyone knows who made them I would love the recipe. It was awesome to see so many women come together and chat, and I had fun getting to know people.

Saturday morning I arrived at the seminar part of the conference. We were greeted by the effervescent Miriam, and met up with our swap partners. My swap partner was the lovely Katie and we swapped name badges and presents. I got some awesome clear stamps, cards and envelopes, which I can never have too many of!

The Question and Answer panel gave me some great ideas, a lot of laughs and I also won a prize- a beautiful necklace made out of liquefaction suit by Gillian of Mudbird. I then did a workshop on making my blog more visually appealing (I'm still working on it!) and learnt a few great tricks and tips from Meghan and Talia.

Saturday afternoon saw me teaching a Quilted Card Tutorial, which I will be posting on my blog later this week for those of you who want to make your own card at home.

Saturday night was a yummy dinner at Winnie Bagoes in Ferrymead. The Photobooth was a hit for us extroverts! I had far too much pizza and discovered that mocktails can be delicious.

Sunday had me up at the crack of dawn to do some scrapbooking, and then I arrived at C1Espresso for breakfast. The omelette I had was amazing! We had a great opportunity to go up to the rooftop to see the city from a high vantage point, but first I had to climb up these stairs:

Photo thanks to Roz!

We then walked around Christchurch. Even though I live here, I haven't been in the city since the earthquakes. I was shocked with how different everything looked, and completely blanked a few times as to where I was. I relied so heavily upon landmarks to get around Christchurch, and it was very sad to see some of them demolished or only half standing.

The finale was an epic Dance Mat Blogger boogie!

So what did I learn this weekend?
  • I am part of a great Kiwi Blogging community.
  • I can make this blog beautiful.
  • I am able to put myself out there and make new friends.
  • I love mocktails :)
  • I can be a better blogger if I am willing to put in some time and effort.
  • I am in awe of all the women who came together to make this weekend possible.
I am looking forward to the next Bloggers Connecting event!


  1. was lovely to meet you and hopefully again at some Christchurch catch up. So glad you had such a good time

  2. Really enjoyed chatting to you-and i LOVE the badge you made for katie x

  3. Love your account of the weekend and it was so nice to meet you!

  4. What a great recap of the weekend
    It was heart breaking for me to see Christchurch City ;'( but even sadder was seeing my fellow friends and bloggers seeing their city often for the first time.
    We love you Christchurch xxx Thank you for opening your hearts homes and City to us xxx

  5. Lovely to meet you Lauren - what a great recap of the weekend x

  6. Oooo...we even had a picture together! Haha sorry I didn't actually get to meet you. Next time!

  7. So nice to meet you - I thought of you as I drove through Hampden on the way home!

  8. How awesome are you, Lauren! Really awesome! It was so nice to meet you over the weekend and our lovely chit chat on the roof top, romantic!

    Also, the photo you uploaded of us makes me question my tan, perhaps it's a little too dark hahaha! And there's no such thing as "too much" pizza :P! So good to read that you enjoyed the weekend :) I hope you kept warm this weekend though! :) Hope to see you again soon :)


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