The Creative Connection- Day 1

I have squeezed in a few minutes to make a blog post about this event. The day so far, classes, shopping the booths at THE HANDMADE MARKET and a nice intimate lunch with Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman fame and 500 other people.  Each meal is sponsored by a different company. This was the place setting for Ree’s luncheon. A wonderful notepad tied with ribbon and a silver fork from CAKE vintage table & home. We each had a mustache on a stick. If you are a follower of The Pioneer Woman you know she calls her husband the Marlboro Man, hence the mustache on a stick. Also we were allowed to east dessert first- (did I tempt you also with the snippet of the yummy red velvet cake sitting in the corner of this pic?)

 Here is a pic of Ree with her own Marlboro Man mustache drawn on the pic!
Jo Packman introduced Ree as the key note speaker for the luncheon. Ree spoke and entertained us with her light hearted humor.  The luncheon also served Ree’s own Asian Chicken Salad. Delicious! As if this was not enough, Jo and Ree set down on “cozy couch like chairs” on the stage and opened the floor for questions. People were tongue tied to stand up and talk. You have got to understand Jo said you could ask anything you want. I could think of a hundred questions but did not stand up either. One by one the questions started pouring out. We talked about everything from the difference between a hefer and a hereford. We talked about SPANX. We talked about Ethel Merman and Brittany Spears. We laughed and I was amazed at the “realness” of Ree.

The afternoon was full of more classes from jewelry making to wool ornaments and more shopping.
I caught up with Kaari Meng from French General doing a make it and take it project. (her class was sold out so I didn’t do that) My fav Connie and Mary from Country Threads are here with a booth full of pumpkins and all kinds of goodies.

I’ve got to run get ready for dinner with Amy Butler and Mary Jane Butters. I hope to share pictures soon. This is tough work!
Look for the premiere issue (December) of Where Women Cook with the Pioneer Woman on the cover.


  1. Belinda says:

    Ohhhhhh Country Threads – I still pull out their books for inspiration from time to time and a couple of their fat quarter bundles grace my shelves – someday I'll have to actually cut them.

  2. Kristi Pohl says:

    Thanks for all of your great pictures! I could only attend one day, and had no room for a camera, so now when I am wistful I will just come back here. Crafty Planet had some great fabric-did you get a chance to shop their booth? I scored some great vintage inspired Halloween and Christmas fabrics.

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