Southern Women’s Show


CHA and WHERE WOMEN CREATE are going to be a big part of the Southern Women’s Show this Thursday, October 13th-Sunday the 16th in Orlando.

The WWCreate team of demonstrators includes: Kathy Cano-Murillo – The Crafty Chica – and ILovetoCreate; Cathie Filian and Plaid; Cindy Cloward and Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs; Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design; and Shea Fragoso and Debbie Murray and A Gilded Life.

This is the first time that I have participated in a consumer show and I am so pleased that we have been invited to be part of an event that is as successful as this one.

I flew to Charlotte to meet the team at the Southern Women’s Show and was more than impressed. They are not only very good at their jobs but they are the essence of Southern hospitality and charm. It was such an honor for them to ask WHERE WOMEN CREATE to host the stage on which all of the CHA and handmade demonstrations will take place.

If you are close to Orlando, you must come to the event! If you are not, then we will update you daily as to all that is happening!

Visit their website: and see EVERYTHING that will be part of these 4 days. Hope to see you there!

Much love always, Jo



In celebration of The Southern Women’s Show, we are having a fabulous giveaway …
And just look at these prizes!
  • A year subscription to Where Women Create AND Where Women Cook magazines (ERV $160)
  • A $100 Visa gift card
  • A TCC Swag bag filled with $200 worth of FABULOUS crafty goodness, including the brand new, HOT OFF THE PRESS, Where Women Cook Celebrate! book, a Where Women Create paper weight (created just for us by the amazing Jill Schwartz), a TCC necklace custom made by The Vintage Pearl and an exclusive TCC/WWC T-shirt! 
  • An assortment of fabric from Riley Blake
  • A complete set of Hot Glue Gun Helpers from Cathie Filian

This package is worth over $550!  

Simply Visit to find out how to enter! 

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Big Picture Class Kits

I think one of the most wonderful things about attending TCC, is that you get to meet the people who you’ve admired in books, magazines, or online.  I love to scrapbook.  People like Stacy Julian and Wendy Smedley have been creative “celebrities” to me for a long time.  Having the chance to have met them was great!  I could enjoy their personalities in “real life” while I had fun with my friends at their booth in the Handmade Market. 

I would have really enjoyed taking their classes and truth be told, I was a little bummed I didn’t. 

Button-Tufted Family Tree

When I See You – Frame

You can imagine my excitement when I found out they have class kits left over and will be offering them on their site.  I don’t see them listed yet, but keep checking back……..or better yet, just drop them an email.  (

If you were unable to attend, this is one way you can enjoy TCC at home.

Written by Kim Demmon ~ Today’s Creative Blog

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Your Art is a gift.

After throwing such a huge event, it’s always a pleasure to hear from people who attended.  This is our reward.  This note made Jo’s day.   This note is also a great reminder that hand written notes on self generated art is always a gift.

Another wonderful item we want to share is Jo’s new book. 

Where Women Cook! 

It’s being released this week!  Jo writes fabulous books!  I was just thumbing through my own copy of Where Women Create yesterday.  She has an eye for delight, that’s for sure.  Lark Crafts did a wonderful write up we think you’ll enjoy.

What are you cooking or creating today?


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The people you meet!

We’re still receiving emails and notes about the wonderful experience that was had by attending TCC.  The affects, the afterglow of being around people who “get” you, people who inspire you…….it’s lasting.

I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Becky Higgins.  I rode the bus with her and her husband on the way to the Crocus Hill Cooking school.  What a delight.  She is so passionate about documenting your life and has many great products to make it simple for all kinds of people.  It’s not secret I’ve been a big fan of Becky’s for many years.  I still carry around her sketch books for my scrapbook weekends.  It’s attending TCC that makes it possible to meet your “creative crushes”. 

Becky did a wonderful video of the event.  She really captured the energy and feel. 


(if you attended and you’ve blogged a re-cap of your experience, we’d love for you to link it up)


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Thank you!

THE CREATIVE CONNECTION was as magical as expected.  How can you have that many creative souls under one roof and have it not be?  Events like TCC don’t just happen.  There are months and months of planning and preparation not to mention the behind the scenes that make The Amazing Race look simple.  But we did it!  Another year of magic!  Without our sponsors, we couldn’t create the sparkle we did.  We want to thank each one, because without them………there would be no TCC event.

Where Women Cook
Where Women Create
Stampington & Co.
Vintage Pearl
Home Made Simple
MaryJanes’s Farm

This year we also had a team of bloggers who attended to cover the social media.  They tweeted their little hearts out. Once home, many of their re-cap posts are trickling in. I’ll be sharing their posts with you in the upcoming weeks.

It’s so fun to see the event through their eyes.


Char from Crap I’ve Made

Shelley, Char, Becky Higgins, Kari, Kim (TomKat) Molly, Toni, Becky (whippycake)


Shelley with House of Smiths

Written my Kim – Today’s Creative Blog

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Lasting Friendships, Creative Connections …

 THE CREATIVE CONNECTION … it was an event that was created for women to share their knowledge, their skills, their perceptions and sensibilities, their accomplishments, and yes, even some of their secrets. What actually  happened was an “experience” where women gave to each other “everything” they had to give. 

At the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul, September 15-17, 2011,  the women who came created a “shelter in the storm” where dreams were confessed, hopes were repeated out loud, problems and setbacks were worn as a badge of courage, knowledge and experience were given freely, and confidence was entrusted to all of us, by each of us, without hesitation and with elegance, polish, and sincerity. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an important part of my dream and proving that anything is possible … we simply need to believe in ourselves, in each other, and quiet those on the outside who profess their skepticism, hesitation, and distrust. 

If I had but one wish for each of you (besides a Marcus Leaver in your life), it would be that you receive what you so freely give.

Much love always

Did you make THE CREATIVE CONNECTION? If so, we want to hear from you! Please share the link to your TCC blog post below by clicking on “Mr. Linky”. We can’t wait read all about your experiences! If you didn’t make it to the event, don’t fret! We’ve got a TCC swag bag (worth $200!) for TWO lucky commenters!

Simply leave your comment below and you’re entered!  We’ll leave the comments open until Tuesday, September 29th at Midnight (MST), so get your comments in by then. GOOD LUCK! 


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Team Effort

McDonald’s® to Engage with Crafting Bloggers and Entrepreneurs as Lead Sponsor of BlogHer Handmade and The Creative Connection


BlogHer Handmade launches as part of second annual The Creative Connection, a conference for women turning their passions into full-fledged entrepreneurial ventures


Belmont, CA, September 13, 2011BlogHer, Inc., the premium cross-platform media network and publisher for women, today announced that  McDonald’s is the lead, Platinum-level sponsor of BlogHer Handmade and The Creative Connection, a national conference and marketplace celebrating creative women and entrepreneurs, September 15-17 in St. Paul, MN.

 “BlogHer has joined forces with The Creative Connection to empower the women in our community to realize the entrepreneurial opportunity presented by their own work and substantial social media profiles,” said Elisa Camahort Page, Co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. “Kudos to McDonald’s for leading the way, and engaging in authentic dialog with one of the fastest growing segments of our community.”

 Platinum Sponsor McDonald’s will sponsor Saturday’s Women Entrepreneurs VIP Breakfast , featuring McDonald’s wholesome Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Fruit & Walnut Salad.  The company will also participate in a workshop for attendees titled “Working with a Sponsor: What Does It Mean and How Do You Find One”. As the country’s leading foodservice provider  with more than 14,000 U.S. locations, more than 90% of McDonald’s restaurants nationwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.

 “McDonald’s is committed to engaging in real two-way dialogue with the communities we serve,  including the growing blogger community,  and BlogHer Handmade and The Creative Connection provide the perfect opportunity to do just that,” said Jessica Rau, Manager of External Communications, McDonald’s USA.  “We are proud to be a part of this wonderful event, and I am honored to speak on behalf of McDonald’s to such an inspiring group of creative and savvy women.”


Jessica Rau, Manager of External Communications at McDonald’s USA, will participate in the “Working with a Sponsor” panel taking place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16th. On the panel she will speak to the benefits of working with a sponsor, and offer tips on how to find the right one.   In Rau’s current role at McDonald’s, she is responsible for developing innovative public relations programs and strategies that support McDonald’s marketing campaigns and new product launches. Rau began her career at American Marketing and Publishing before joining McDonald’s in 2004. She has since assumed various positions throughout the company including Corporate Media Relations, U.S. Communications, and Public Relations. She is a founding member and co-chair of McDonald’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) which provides professional development and networking skills to McDonald’s future leaders. She is also a member of McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network, and actively participates in Junior Achievement which is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. 


The Creative Connection, now in its second year, celebrates entrepreneurial artisans. The conference features both inspirational role models, such as Cristina Ferrare and Holly Becker, and practical hands-on workshops, to help attendees hone their craft and bolster how they market their craft.


“The Creative Connection 2011 will welcome over 600 women from every state in America, plus seven foreign countries including Australia, Taiwan, and Slovenia,” says Jo Packham, President of The Creative Connection. “We’re experiencing a resurgence in every age range and every income bracket. It’s going viral and being noticed!”


For more information, please visit



About BlogHer

Reaching more than 26 million women each month (Nielsen Site Census, August 2011), BlogHer is the leading cross-platform media network created by, for and with women social media leaders. BlogHer created and leads the marketplace with the most robust economic and networking opportunities for women in social media and brands seeking to engage in authentic and persuasive dialog with them. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer publishes and syndicates news, information, advice and recommendations to and from 2,500 premium blogs, delivers uniquely insightful research on women in social media across interest areas, hosts the world’s largest conferences for women in social media and curates a daily news service, BlogHer’s investors are Venrock, GE/NBC Universal’s Peacock Equity Fund, and Azure Capital Partners.


About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome food made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook ( for updates on our business, promotions and products.


About The Creative Connection

In 2010, The Creative Connection brought together industry leaders and passionate creative women and women entrepreneurs to learn, create and connect at their three-day conference in Minneapolis, MN. Co-founded by Nancy Soriano, former editor in chief of Country Living Magazine and Jo Packham, creator and editor in chief of Where Women Create and Where Women Cook, Nancy and Jo recognized the need and desire in the marketplace to bring together creative women and women entrepreneurs at various stages to learn, connect, share, and engage in an inspirational yet attainable format and environment.



BlogHer Inc.

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Join us!

We cannot express how excited we are for THE CREATIVE CONNECTION next week!  We are busy wrapping up all the details to make this event the most inspiring event for all of you!  Even if you can’t go, well be tweeting, blogging and posting on Facebook.  If you’re thinking of a last minute getaway, come on!  We have a few tickets still available!

Join our Twitter party Wednesday evening.  We’ll post the time soon.  Using hashtag #TCCE11, you’ll be able to find us quickly.

You can also check out our social media team and what they may be posting on their blogs during the conference. 

Shelly ~ House Of Smiths

Cindy ~ Skip To My Lou

Jen- Tatortots & Jello

Char ~ Crap I’ve made

Kari ~ UCreate

and ME!  ~ Today’s Creative Blog

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Ignite your Path!

Attending THE CREATIVE CONNECTION is more than just an artistic getaway.  We have heard countless ways TCC has been the catalyst in igniting the inner creative force for many past attendee’s.  Whether you’re trying to launch a new business or just unleash a new creative path, attending TCC can be that vehicle sending you in new direction. 

We recently heard from Lilla who attended TCC last year. She used the creative motivation to start her own business, RUBY VIOLET.

“I got the inspiration, information and motivation to find a partner to launch this line thanks in large part to my experience at TCC 2010″

Lilla will have 90 products launching in September. 

“Product line includes Cuffs, rubberstamps, embellishments, papers, necklace kits with the wonderful Prima Manufacturing, Inc.”

We caught up with Lilla and asked her a few questions.

TCC:  Even though you have a very established art agency, did going to TCC last year help you in your career?
Lilla: Absolutely! I got the inspiration, information and motivation to find a partner to launch my craft line, Ruby Violet;  thanks in large part to my experience at TCC 2010.  I learned a ton, networked, got guidance.  
 TCC:  In addition to learning lots of things, did you have fun?
Lilla:  That’s the great part of the conference.  It was enormously fun and I made new friends and contacts.  
TCC:  Are you attending this year!
Lilla:  Yes.  I can’t wait!  I’m excited about the courses I signed up for, the Marketplace, and all the surprises and fun that will happen.
TCC:  Aren’t you on a panel and a Pitch Slam?
Lilla:  Yes, I’m so excited to be a part of helping others.  I’m on a panel on Licensing and will be reviewing live pitches for artists wanting to pursue textile design.  Can’t wait.
TCC:  Who do you recommend attends TCC?
Lilla:  I am constantly encouraging every creative person to attend for inspiration and hard, practical help on growing your career in this exciting time. I believe the future economy belongs to creative women.
Maybe attending TCC is the kind of push you need?
We still have a few spots available!  Register here.
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Pitch Slam

This could be your lucky break! 

Besides all the fabulous class we are offering at THE CREATIVE CONNECTION, we are giving you the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of experts who can really get you moving!  This could change your life.

We still have room in the following Pitch Slams. 

  • Children’s Book – 2 available spots
  • Cook Book – 3 available spots
  • Gift Co. – 2 available spots
  • TV – 3 available spots
  • Knit – 7 available spots
  • Magazine – 5 available spots


Are you registered? 

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