Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shiny Happy

Shiny happy people laughing
Meet me in the crowd
People people
Throw your love around
Love me love me
Take it into town
Happy happy
Put it in the ground
Where the flowers grow
Gold and silver shine

~ R.E.M.

Last Thursday,
Friday and Saturday
I found myself
by shiny

Once strangers
who I might
never have met
or shared a
a laugh

And it
all happened
last winter
I discovered

Between attending
day one of an
inspiring conference
called the Creative Connection
in Minneapolis, Minnesota

and exploring
the ginormous
Midwest flea market
called Junk Bonanza....

I had the pleasure
of getting to know
a wonderful variety
of creative women,
such as....

My favorite painting
farm girl/blogger mama

Beth {Beth Quinn Designs} and Becky {Farmgirl Paints}

A Canadian school teacher/
Koralee {Bluebird Notes} and Me

A talented jewelry-maker/
Junk Bonanza vendor/blogger
Gretchen {Mimi-Torias Designs}
flanked by two Junk Bonanza princesses!

A full-time nurse/part-time
Etsy artist and shopkeeper
who hails from Japan

A crafty occasional sale mama

A talented farmer's wife
with a successful photography biz/blogger
My girl with Traci {Traci Thorson Photography}
and Jen {Sanctuary Arts}
And a former paramedic/mother of
three wee girls and artist extrodinare/blogger

A cop's wife/treasure seeker and

Jen and Mary {Urban Farmgirl}

A cottage stylist/Junk Bonanza guru/
local celebrity/blogger mom

Becky, Jill {Forever Cottage, Junk Bonanza}, Me

A French-loving/shopkeeper/
photo-styling blogger

Tracey {French Larkspur}

The most enthusiastic Aussie
bringing junk love back to Oz,
Tracie {Tracie Van Wechel} JB official photog and
Tamarah {Shabby Vintage Junk} all the way from Australia!

....and so many
many more, all equally
in my book.

Shiny, happy bloggers

But wait ~
there's more!!

On Thursday
while attending
the Creative Connection,
I sat in on a panel
discussion that included
Serena Thompson of
the Farm Chicks blog....

And had meals with
keynote speeches
from Ree Drummond... 
{The Pioneer Woman}

Ree signing my cookbook!

And Mary Jane Butters
And Amy Butler.
It was a
wild and crazy
and one I would
never have
dreamed of,
six short
months ago.

A whole new





Thank you for 
being part
of this
new world!

{Don't forget
to enter
my giveaway,
which ends
Thursday night.}

[images: 1 flickr {click 
for attribution};
 rest P&H
except Serena, Ree,
Mary Jane and Amy,
which were taken from
their own blogs.]


paige said...

so glad you had such a fantastic perfectly inspired weekend!!!
you met some amazing talented women!!!!
& you are a shiny happy person to all of us!!

Miss Sew & So said...

oh my gosh that sounds like heaven!!!!!

all those amazing creative women and your gorgeous self together...did anyone pause to draw a breath???

i am super envious of the gathering your americans manage to pull off....

soo inspirational & exciting i'm sure!

huge hugs after such a lovely week for you...

melissa xxxx

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Isn't it amazing how full the world is of wonderful people and sometimes the unexpected path we take to meet them! It was great to see pictures of all your smiling faces!

Alisa said...

I bet it was all just amazing!
(really kicking myself now!)

Grammy said...

Such fun to see all the shiny happy faces of people whose blogs I enjoy so much. Hope you learned a lot as well. Can't wait to hear more.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, what a beautiful time you must have had! I'm just loving all the stories I'm hearing about that wonderful weekend! Would have so loved to have been there with so many of my favorite bloggers...

I hope today is just as shiny and happy for you!


Lisa said...

How wonderful, how exciting, how interesting for you! Love to read about different bloggers, thank you for introducing them. And...loving the title of this post. :)

cityfarmer said...

okay, I'm feeling left out now ...
hoping I'm still somewhere on your "first love" list ...

wink wink
seriously it's another whole world (subculture) isn't it? Blogging has changed me forever!

I'll never forget the day you told me you were coming from Minn to the Nada Farm Sale
....AND then you pulling in first in line!!

you're an amazing woman ... and I'm proud to be your "old painting woman blogger" friend

Jill said...


You are one of those people that I am so grateful to have met! Your post so perfectly summed up the weekend. See ya around....you won't be able to get rid of me!

Gracie's Cottage said...

"shiny happy people"...a PERFECT description of JB!


Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

What fun Suzanne... I loved putting a face to the name with all these fantastic bloggers!

traci said...

good morning sweetie!! great photos. wasn't it just an amazing weekend. didn't want it to end. can't wait for next year.

Tracey said...

Hello sweet Suzanne! It was so wonderful to get to see you again and spend some time chatting!! This is a great post as you did such a good job of getting pictures of everyone! Hope to see you again soon :)))

Big hugs ~

:) T

p.s. I added your giveaway to my sidebar, sorry I didn't get it up sooner, I'm still playing catch up...

Farmgirl Paints said...

Those are some very shiny happy people indeed! Especially me:) Seriously the tan in those pics:0 I had soooo much fun. Wasn't that just a ball. Can't wait for next year.

Linda said...

Great photos! It WAS such a great time...except for missing meeting you! Next year? XO

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a wonsderful time! Love seeing photos of everyone, and connecting to their blogs. Thanks for sharing all the fun!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooo, lucky, LUCKY YOU!!! :)
I am so glad you had a wonderful time and had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, talented ladies!!! Yay!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect description....shiny happy people! I absolutely loved being in the company of new friends with the same interests. We soooo have to keep in touch...and have our own blog party to stay connected face to face.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh my darling, this is WONDERFUL!
How many lovely,radiant ladies I see there.
It is so beautiful to find people who share love for life.

Gretchen said...

What an incredible blog post you've put together here... So much fun, so many great people we met, and so much great junk at two destinations. Can't wait for next year. Thanks for including me in your post!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

OH! I hate to admit it... I am so jealous! Wish I would have been there But... I am happy for you that you had such a wonderful time!
Have a pretty day!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Suzanne,

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! So many fun and interesting people! Great pictures. How cool that you were able to get your books signed by Ree. I was going to go to her book signing when she was here but it was too close to my grandson's due date so I had to miss out.

~ Tracy

pollydove said...

That first photo made me grin from ear to ear! Too cute!!! Thanks for all of those introductions! Looks like you had a fabulous time - what fun to be surrounded by so many creative, talented women - YOU included! Glad you had a good trip ... welcome home! :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh, how I wish I had been there!
I love so many of the gals you featured so much, how much FUN you must have had.

I share your thoughts about blogging, it certainly has been an unexpected, blessed life-changer for this gal!


Jenny Schouten Short said...

How fun to be able to meet all the people you follow on blogs. Yes, blogging changed my life, also, since I live in a far away place where people speak a strange language and I have a hard time connecting with them. I have found great bloggers in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and France.
xo Jenny

Brenda Kula said...

Oh what fun! Everyone looks to be fully enjoying themselves.

Laura said...

I was only saying to a friend today, what a fantastic community 'Blogland' is. Through it, I feel I have met some amazing people already, and, I am new to this, so I imagine it will only get better. Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I see your comments dotted around on blogs that I follow and your style always catches my eye! Lx

Jeanie said...

Sounds like just the kind of thing I would have loved to attend! It sounds absolutely wonderful and I'm so delighted you had such a good time. AND that you decided to have your own blog, too!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love that song :)
Looks like you had so much fun! All you ladies are so far, I can't wait to someday meet you in person (fingers crossed)

Olive Cooper said...

What a happy corner you turned. If I never leave the house I feel the same. hugs♥O

Fearless Nester said...

What fun this had to be for everyone, to get to know each other from this wonderful blogging world right into real life meeting in person! This blogging world is truly amazing. Enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful shining faces! ~Lili

Teresa said...

Sweet~Girl you are SHINING so BRIGHT!
I almost KISSED the computer screen when I saw YOU and KORALEE in the SAME picture!
Happy Happy TIMES!
You are a doll~baby Suzanne!
Isn't it amazing the opportunities that BLOGGING offers!

Jemsmom said...

Wow!!! That is awesome and what an experience! Between that and Nate Berkus, I am feeling so alone!!! Just kidding. What a wonderful opportunity for you!

LuLu & Co. said...

WoW, wOw, WoW that is pure bliss meeting all those incredibly talented women!!! oh my goodness how wonderful!!!!! Shiny happy people indeed!!!

Amy Arnaz said...

You met The Pioneer Woman! Lucky duck. I can't wait
to tell my girlfriend, Sally, who reads her blog faithfully everyday. Love how you brought all of these women to life. Very friendly & girlie post. A fun read. xoxo Amy

Urban Farmgirl said...

Suzanne, it was so great to meet you in person! Wasn't that just so much fun?? I can't wait until next year...if Ki does indeed do a spring show, I am there!

Now I am scrolling down to find that giveaway, and of course I will be adding it to my sidebar!

Goodnight, my new Minnesota friend.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Isn't it wonderful the doors that blogging opens? Looks like you had a great time meeting all these talented ladies.
xo, Sherry

koralee said...

You my friend are a sweetheart...it was so nice to meet you and feel right at home. You are sooooo good at snapping images...I only took a few people ones. Silly me.

What a fun time was had...I am totally exshausted! I am having a hard time getting into my teaching world this week.

Everything was amazing...and yes I did make it to the JB on Friday for a wee bit...so so fun.

Just wish we could of visited more....

Hugs xoxox

Mara said...

Wow Suzanne!!!! you really had the chance to meet some wonderful women!!!! it must have been a fantastic week end, full of incredibly emotions! thank you for this post: now I know the faces of some of my fave blogger!!

hometown girl said...

gosh i'm seeing all these wonderful pictures and stories, i wish i was there!! so glad you had such a fun time, some of these women are among my favorite :) have a super day!! hugs, susan

lisaroyhandbags said...

sounds like an incredible weekend surrounded by incredible people! wish I could have been there! Blogging has really changed my life as well and I can just feel the love ooze through my screen when I read lovely comments and emails. shiny happy people for sure and you are definitely one of them! xo
ps: I would have loved to hear Amy Butler! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Wow, did I blow it. I just couldn't go and now I'm sick with laryngitis and I am home today! This looks like it was fabulous and YOU GOT TO SEE KORALEE!!! I wonder why she never returned my call....I hope I can meet bloggers on another event!!! GREAT POST, SUZANNE! Anita

dovecote Decor said...

I long to meet my new bloggy friends, and know it will happen. Who said the internet was impersonal. It has brought together so many wonderful people who have so much in common, and, at least our little group has an ethic of sweetness and mutual support. I love it.

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing time you must have had! So many talented, creative, and inspiring women in one place... I may have to put this on my list of "must do's" next year!

Kat :)

Splendid Willow said...

Suzanne, what a fun, creative & busy girl you are! And I can see that all your friends LOVE YOU!

How fun to see you and Koralee together! I would have loved to listen in to some of those conversations - between the 2 most upbeat and friendly bloggers in blog land!

Love to you,


Indie.Tea said...

Looks like such a fun event. Its lovely to make friends, isn't it?

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

It looks like you had an amazing time...okay...I'm so going next year.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like an amazing time! And to spend a weekend with all those incredible ladies! Wow!

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh what fun...and what amazing people/bloggers you've met along your journey. But, YOU are a shiny, happy person and that is why everyone is drawn to you.

Love that song and all you do!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Chieko said...

Oh my!!
When did you take my photo?

Yes! I enjoyed the events last week, too.
To tell the truth, I was excited but also very nervous going to the event by myself.
It reminds me of the day I came to the U.S.A by myself from Japan.

But! I had a great time meeting shiny happy people at the event!
Thank you, Suzanne!
Thank you, everyone!

Tamarah said...

Hey GORGEOUS Girl....!!!

It was FABBO meeting you as well & I AGREE....I WISH we'd hooked up EARLIER at the Blogger Party on the Friday evening....NEXT TIME OK....!!

I LOVE this post....It made me smile from start to....Well....HEY....I'm STILL SMILIN'....hahahahaha....All the pics bought back memories of an AWESOME time for me so I've bookmarked the post as a FAVE so I can refer to it when I'm back at 'the pesky day job'....!!

I'm in Texas at the mo & it is HOT HOT HOT & I MISS that LOVELY Minnesota weather so bad I can't tell ya....!!

Well Lovey I must away....Here's to our cups RUNNING over with Shing Happy People from the blogging, creative & junk world....!!

Cheers for now from Brenham Texas,
Tamarah :o)

Amanda said...

This sounds like such an amazing weekend, and a brilliant way to stay connected and inspired. If only only only I was closer. Maybe next year...

Flaviana said...

Hi Suzanne!!
you've been so incredibly lucky to meet such wonderful,inspiring, brilliant women! The blogworld is truly special and it's so good to be part of it isn't it?
Thanks for your comment of today, it meant a LOT to me
a big hug to you xxxx

La Dolfina said...

I can't even imagine what an unbelievable experience you must have had! You were a great addition to all that loveliness as I sincerely believe you were born to blog! Thanks for sharing the memories in your special way.
I've missed you... thank you for your comment today.
Much love,

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Wow! My head is spinning...must have been a blast! Bet, they all loved meeting you...one day I am going to get that chance!

Jeanie said...

Quick comment to let you know you've received the "Cherry on Top" award at The Marmelade Gypsy.

Indie.Tea said...

Re: your comment about rosewater...Whole Foods sells it (its a bit weak, so a lot), and almost any Middle Eastern store would; I got mine at Sur la Table, and you can find it online at Kalustyans {http://www.kalustyans.com/}

Kathysue said...

Hey Kiddo, it looks like you had an amazing time and how fun to meet all of these wonderfully blogging ladies and they do have happy shiney faces!!! I think woman that stay creative are just happy ladies. So fun to see the picts of your beautiful face!!!! You are gorgeous inside and out!,Kathysue

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a small world! I know Beth Quinn. She lives here in Phoenix and we often run into each other at events. :)

Thank you for the kind mention on your sidebar.

Teresa said...

How fun! What a great group you met up with. Blogging opens up such a wonderful now world, doesn't it? Glad you had fun.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good reading here, thanks! I had been browsing on yahoo when I found your post, I’m going to add your feed to Google Reader, I look forward to much more from you.