This photo about tells it all. Fun was had at Blissdom. If you are not a blogger and don’t know what Blissdom is, it is an annual conference for women bloggers held in Nashville, TN. I decided to go last month so I could personally meet some of the bloggers I have built online friendships with.
This is a group of DIY bloggers at the Girls Night Out Party – Erin –Two Story Cottage, Sandra-Sawdust & Paper Scraps, Brittany-Pretty Handy Girl, Me, Kristi – Creative Kristi, Cindy – My Cottage Love, and Tracy-Beneath My Heart
At registration we got a welcome bag filled with lots of goodies. This was only the start. Swag- a.k.a. free stuff from the sponsors piles up bag after bag. One sponsor – Extra Space Storage sent 10lbs of stuff home for free for us via Fed Ex. Too much to take on a plane. I think hotel housekeeping had a banner day on Sunday when they made up the rooms as many of us left items we couldn’t take home for them to enjoy.
Thursday night kick off party.
Waiting to eat breakfast. Becky, Cindy, Allison, Me
The conference was held at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel. It was one amazing place – like going to Disney. This is just one section. There are 3 like this – all inside Bio-dome atriums with shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. Acres and acres with plenty of opportunity to get lost. At check in they give you the front desk phone number in case you get lost – very easy to do and I did numerous times – almost to panic mode as the hallways are endless and set up in a spoke-like fashion.
The Grand Ole Opry is on the property – I think across the street, but I never left the hotel the 3 days that I was there.
You can even take a boat ride.
This is the entrance to the convention center where the actual conference sessions, meals, and parties were held.
Conference Center entrance.
There was a wedding going on at this restaurant on Saturday. Waterfalls and nature all around. It felt tropical.
One of the many restaurants.
The keynote speaker was Jon Acuff. Hearing him was worth the price of admission and I wanted more like that –Funny, inspirational and a blogger just like everyone in the room. He got a standing ovation and everyone got a copy of his book – Quitter. He was a cross between Steve Jobs and Billy Crystal.
On Friday night after the first day of sessions there were 2 parties. The pre-party was hosted by the new movie that comes out this week – The Lorax. It was very festive. The DIY group I was with had a discussion on how we could make our own Dr Seuss looking pom pom trees.
We were served festive drinks.
That we all enjoyed.
We even got to get our photo taken with the Lorax himself. Allison, Brittany, Cindy, Me, Erin, and Sandra.
Everyone got a pair of shoes from Famous Footwear. Dr. Scholls – Jennie. They were quite comfy – I wore them home to make navigating the airport a little easier.
Centrum vitamins provided lunch on Saturday and we got lots of vitamins to take home. Chris Mann from The Voice was the entertainment. Erin, Angie – The Country Chic Cottage, Cindy, and the back of Kristie- The Decorologist.
One of the atriums during the day-
and at night.
Friday night after the Lorax Party there was a concert by Joe Jonas and Rascal Flatts. Cindy, Becky, Brittany, Erin, Sandra.
On Saturday night – Girls night out we wore our comfy clothes and danced to a DJ.
Got sauced, literally – apple sauce, apple sauce martinis and showed off our hoola-hooping skills at the Go Go Squeez party.
Cindy knows her way around a hoola-hoop.
and so does Sandra.
The conference was fun and I even learned a bit at the sessions, but the best part was just meeting and hanging out with the bloggers that I have been making friendships with on line.
I met many other bloggers but didn’t get photos of them. Gail of My Re-purposed Life, Amy- All In A Day, Stephanie- All Artful, Amanda- Kevin and Amanda, plus many more. It was so nice to meet all of them.
As we all said our goodbyes we ended with – see you at Haven in June – an all DIY conference in Atlanta.
It was a whirlwind of activity and I had so much to do when I got home. I am finally feeling caught up and am going to work on finishing up painting my desk now. I will have it done soon and will show you next week.
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