This week I tackled a big item off my crafty bucket list. I got my ticket for Craftcation, a big craft business and makers conference! Next April, I’ll be meeting other crafters, getting some good inspiration for my business and enjoying the beach in Ventura, California as I embark on a personal crafty adventure!
This was a big check mark on my bucket list. I had been looking for a conference or retreat where I could craft and meet others for a long time and this event was at the top of my list. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve gone to a conference of any kind. For 5 years I was a stay-at-home mom and then when I did return back to work, the nonprofit I worked for had no training budget. I am overdue for an experience like this!
When I got my reminder email about conference registration opening, I was still on the fence. I wasn’t sure I could commit to the cost and travel expenses. But the more I thought about it, commitment was what I needed most. Sometimes you have to make the decision and just make things happen. Once I made the decision, things started to open up in my favor. It turns out the conference is at a hotel where I can use rewards to cover 4 out of the 5 nights I’ll stay there. Also, there was a payment plan for registration that made things easier. With these two big logistics covered, the rest should fall into place.
I’m super excited and now motivated to tackle more things on my crafty bucket list! I’m also really motivated to work harder on my creative business to support an experience like this.
Do you have a crafty bucket list? Is there something you’d like to learn or try? If you don’t have one, I encourage you to make one. The list can be as simple or complex as you’d like. The goal is to think about fun things you’d like to learn and try. There’s no right or wrong either. It’s your list!
Here’s what else I have on my crafty bucket list:
Learn how to paint cute wooden signs. If fabric or yarn is not involved, I’m a novice crafter. I have a lot to learn about painting signs!
More string art signs. This one will surprise my niece who took me to Upstairs Circus (a craft bar in our city) where I spent 3 ½ hours making my first string art piece. The challenge is on! I will master this skill!
Try jewelry stamping. Again, there’s no fabric or yarn involved, so I’m a newbie here.
Learn more about my Cricut. I have an ancient Cricut, but I’d like to learn more about it before investing in a newer one.
Go to a Pinners Conference. These DIY conferences look amazing and I hope to make one next year.
Attend a retreat in the south of France and go to the flea markets. I traveled to Toulouse years ago with my family and would love to spend more time at the flea markets exploring!
Host a quilt or knitting/crochet retreat in the mountains. A friend has a lovely cabin close to Rocky Mountain Park and Grand Lake, Colorado, a perfect setting for mountain adventures and stitching fun!
What’s on your list? I’d love to know!