1.10.14

{AH Inspired}- A Inspiring Conference for Creatives

It's been a whirlwind the last few weeks. I can reassure you that life has been good, real good. A few weeks ago I attended a amazing retreat in Nashville, and I am here to dish all about it on why you should be next to attend. Stay here because this post is full of lovely details, fun and just pure goodness!
Where do I even begin? Welcomed by the sweetest staff, Amber's smiling face and the most sincere southern drawls and y'all's. I first meet Amber a few years ago at the Dreamers into Doers conference, you can read all about that here.Typically, when I am selecting conferences to attend I am very very particular. I base it on the speakers being experts or creatives that I look up to, what's being taught, location, price and what information that is crucial to my investment, When I got word about AH Inspired and the speakers I knew I just had to be there.


We kicked the first night off with a lovely and colorful cocktail welcome party! Kim from The Tomkat Studio knocked it out of the park. We had such a great first night! Also, look at all the lovely speakers and staff in a pre-party photo op below!
 Below is Kim from The Tomkat Studio speaking to us about the business of blogging. She's was just as sweet and lovely as I imagined. So glad to have connected with her at Inspired. And yes amazing things will happen. Lovely canvas designed by Design Roots for Tomkat Studio and printed through Shutterfly!

Inspired was a collection of some of my favorite creatives. Some I have followed for years, others I have met in person and a lot I wanted to meet. It just all made perfect sense, oh and the occasional pj parties and surprises were just a added bonus. This conference has been one of the best in my opinion and worth the investment! So many fun memories!


One of the main reason I felt Inspired was worth the investment is because some of the headline speakers who I consider experts in their field and are continuously making a way for other creatives.  Pictured below (L to R): Samantha from Studio Calico, Nancy from Nancy Ray Photography, and Nicolle from Libby Lane Press.




Speaking on topics like collaborations, SEO, blogging, client experience, branding, balancing life and work, floral design, watercolor, chalk lettering and so much more. One on one and more intimate time with the speakers was such amazing part of this journey. That alone is worth the investment I would say.
With every conference comes amazing swag of course. The sponsors from this event really knocked it out of the park when it came to spoiling us. I felt like a kid again on Christmas morning.


Sponsors: Just a few to mention Cricut, Emily Ley, May Designs, American Crafts, The Tomkat Studio, Lara Casey, Southern Weddings, Nauge Designs, Smitten on Paper, Shutterfly, Tieks, Mail Chimp and more!

     

        

              
Oh and let's not forget about the crafting challenge with Kim from Tomkat that was sponsored by Cricut. We were given 1 hour to create a tablescapes out of adorable scrapbook supplies from American Crafts, Crucit and more! It was such a fun and exciting challenge, The winning table won a brand new Cricut Machine and lots of gooodies from Provo Craft. All of the tables had such fun and unique designs.
Everyday was filled with amazing food, meeting new friends, strengthening bonds with old friends and so much more. No detail let untouched for sure. The nights were filled with cocktail parties, reception style dinners and fun pj parties and craft sessions. It was like a giant slumber party every night, so many memories to cherish.

Above: Lovely gifts from Amber at the farewell dinner, Colorful Tieks from one of our generous sponsors, and the beautiful watercolor suite Jessica created for the conference. 
Above: Lovely dinner party presented by Hey Gorgeous Events, Sweet swag and goodies, and some beautiful ladies in their cocktail attire. 

Each speaker bought so much to each session and information that was obtainable, informative and applicable. I couldn't have asked for better content honestly! I felt refreshed, content and at peace returning home. So greatful for this intimate experience.

So thankful for the few days with other creative women, forming new relationships and soaking every beautiful moment up! Looking back at this group photo is such a beautiful thing, something that can not be measured, but only remembered I believe.
If you have any hesitation about Amber Housley Inspired don't wait! She my friends is Making Things Happen, good things indeed. What are you waiting for? We all have a inevitable story to tell that is ingrained deep in ours veins. Something that fuels our soul and ignites our passion. The struggle it took to obtain your story isn't all that matters, it's the story you choose to leave behind. What story are you writing, waiting for others to read? What are you waiting for?


Inspired 2014 (www.ahinspired2014.com) hosted by Amber Housley (www.amberhousley.com)
Photography by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography (www.nancyrayphotography.com)
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9.6.14

{Wedding Series 101} :: Heat Proof Florals

Happy Monday! I am back today with another Wedding Series 101 Post. This is perfect timing for all the brides planning a summer wedding and need some heat proof flowers for their big day. Many florists know about these selections but as a blushing bride, this will help you out too! 

These blooms are sure to be wilt proof for your big day, and outlast your last dance! Check out the selections below and some of my favorite flowers to work with!

 1. Protea    2. Garden Rose     3. Millet     4. Cymbidium Orchid 
 5. Dahlia    6. Mini Calla Lilly     7. Peony      8. Celosia 
 9. Scabiosa Pods     10. Sunflower      11. Sedum     12. Thistle 
13. Garden Spray Rose     14. Kale     15. Silver Brunia     16. Viburnum Berries 



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12.5.14

{Wedding Series::101} Seasonal Flower Guide

Today, we are continuing our wedding series 101 with flowers. It's not uncommon for brides to plan their weddings around their favorite flowers. Actually, I think it is quite brilliant if you are a lover of flowers just like me :) Some favorite seasonal flowers are: peonies, anemones, dahlias, poppies and sunflowers are just a few. Today, I am sharing some great and beautiful seasonal flowers for weddings that are sure to make you blush.

So let's talk seasons for a bit and flower varieties that are a favorite for each. With the growing technology and advancements every year in the flower industry varieties are becoming more available year round. There are always exceptions to the seasonal varieties because of the varied climates and the growers availability that may limit certain blooms. The good news is that flowers that were lim
ited a few years ago and only available during certain months are becoming available year round like: tulips, hydrangeas, orchids and more.

SPRING
Here are some favorite spring flowers that are sure to make your big day beautiful: 
Daffodil, Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley, Ranunculus, Anemone and Cherry Blossoms. 


SUMMER
Summer weddings have some of my favorite flowers to play with and include: 
Peony, Poppy, Allium, Clematis and Sweet Pea. 


AUTUMN 
During the Fall months some beautiful blooms are available in deeper and rich colors:
Dahlia, Sunflower, Celosia, Scabious, Sedum and Kale


WINTER
Don't think cause you have a winter wedding it can't be bold and beautiful. 
Some of my favorite flowers: Amaryllis, Hellebore, Leucadendron, Hollyberry and Narcissus


YEAR ROUND
Alstormeria, Anthurium, Aster, Calla Lilly, Carnations, Chrysanthemumum, Daisy, Delphinium, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Glads, Hydrangea, Iris, Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies, Lisianthus, Orchids, Queen Ann's Lace, Rose, Spray Rose, Snapdragon, Spider Mum, Statice, Stephanotis, Stock, Tulip and Veronica


See you next week for more wedding floral 101 talk!




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