We’re so excited to share our thoughts and the photographs from our Craftcation Conference 2015 with all of you.
A note from Delilah about Craftcation 2015:
It may be hard to believe, but Nicole and I start working on the next year’s Craftcation right after the conference ends. We are so filled with energy and excitement that the attendees, speakers and staff bring that it’s not until the end that we are finally able to savor it. It was on the Monday evening after Craftcation 2014 that we sat in the patio of the Crowne Plaza having a cocktail as the sun was setting and despite being tired, we couldn’t wait to talk about Craftcation 2015. Hey, at least we had some snacks and cocktails!
So many ideas came up during that evening. We talked workshops, decor, craft projects and more. Nicole came up with the rad idea of the podcast lounge, which turned out to be an incredible addition this year! Laughing, sharing and creating together has always been something that has come naturally when Nicole and I are together and it’s incredible that we can see how those ideas that we discussed a year ago came to life at Craftcation 2015. We also have the privilege to see old friends and new and to hear about everyone’s growth and changes. It’s truly an honor! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year as well to hear about everyone’s growth since Craftcation 2015.
A note from Nicole about Craftcation 2015:
If I said that I’m filled with emotion right now as I look at the photos from Craftcation 2015 it would be a gross understatement. I’m completely overwhelmed with gratitude and pride that something that started as Delilah and my daydream not only became a reality but just celebrated its’ fourth anniversary.
When I started my first handmade business over a decade ago the support systems that creative entrepreneurs have now (like our online communities, craft shows and conferences) didn’t exist. It was just me alone in a one-bedroom apartment making stuff and seeking out places to sell it. Without even intending to create a mantra I started repeating a phrase to myself daily. “I want to make a living off of my art,” I told myself. I wasn’t specific. I didn’t tell myself that health insurance or a living wage were must-haves. I didn’t set financial goals. I just repeated the phrase to myself and worked my butt off. All I knew is that I didn’t want to work for anyone else, I wanted to live an artful life and I was willing to do whatever it took to get there.
I see that same spirit of making and dedication that I had back then (and still have now) in our Craftcation attendees. Only they have a leg on me when I first started out. They’re taking the time to learn, grow their creative community and build their skills so they can work smarter not harder.
At Craftcation I get to spend four days meeting and getting to know 400 creative, smart, down-to-earth people and it not only fills me with joy but also reminds me of why I do what I do. Craftcation 2015 was no exception. As exhausted as we all were on Sunday I know I’m not the only one who was sad it was over. The only solace was knowing that in a year I’d get to experience it all again. Thank you to everyone… our staff, volunteers, sponsors, presenters and especially my business partner/aunt Delilah. Can’t wait to hang out with you all next year at #craftcation16.