Sunday, February 08, 2009

BlissDom '09 - My Take

I was really, really nervous when we first arrived at BlissDom '09. I don't really do crowds all that well, and the only other people I *knew* that were going to be there--besides the Nester and her sister, who I don't technically really know--were at the mall looking for Mac lip gloss. That meant that I had to make small talk or be friendly or not look so stupid with just my daughter, Kelly, alone. But right off the bat I said two stupid things. One was in the elevator to two of the guest speakers--no, I didn't know they were guest speakers at the time because I didn't do my homework. They tried to be friendly and asked who we were, to which I answered, "Oh, nobody, we're just the invisible bloggers." To which, now I know, White Trash Mom said, "Don't worry, everyone will relax a bit after a few drinks." Yeah, that made me feel better right off the bat seeing I don't drink anything stronger than sweet tea--which the hotel did not serve.

Then, lucky me found an earring on the floor. I thought it would be a great idea if I made a game out of finding its owner. I would just mingle around and inconspicuously glance at everyone's ears. That ice breaker went over real big. Do you know how much hair bloggers have? Well, let's just say, lots. I approached one friendly-looking lady and asked her if she was missing an earring. She looked at me with a puzzled look and grabbed both br**sts. One of her companions asked her why she did that. She didn't know. I didn't know either, but it was not the response I was hoping for. I turned the earring in at the registration table.

There is something very uncomfortable about people making eye contact with you only to swiftly look away because yours is not a face they recognize from blog world. It makes you wish you were invisible or did drink. Eventually, Edie and Leigh Ann did arrive with shiny lips and powdered noses. Kelly and I felt like the paparazzi or something. We happily carried their bags, thankful for something to do and secretly hoping that the Edie lovers would embrace us as well.

Possibly the third dumb thing I said, I had actually rehearsed. I knew exactly what I was going to say when I saw the Nester. Yessiree, baby, I was not going to blow this opportunity. Honestly, the first glance I got of her made me go weak in the knees. I didn't say anything. I think I went back to my room to use the potty. Then, as providence would have it, when I got off the elevator after pottying, there she was again. So, I mustered up my courage and put out my hand and said, "Hi, I'm one of your birds. You know the one with the black and white stairs." Instant connection. Yep, that's what it was. It was then and there that I knew I had to give her the present I brought her. Only first, I had to finish it.

Unfortunately, the crafting session in the car had not really gone as expected either. I forgot the old folk glasses and the batting and the proper needle and the pliers. And then there was the small issue of carsickness. But it was for the Nester whose motto is "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." So I took an I-can-do-it attitude and finished that
stinking birdpresent because she deserved it.

The Nester actually read the little card first that reminded her of her famous motto about not having to be perfect.

Then, check out that face. That was not even the staged one that came later because someone's flash did not go off. I think she liked it. Giddy here. There is another really, really great shot of emotion on the Vintage Squirrel's camera, but she hasn't sent it to me yet. Just you wait!

This is when she realized that it was really personalized--meaning I chopped up the map of North Carolina just for her.

We're connected. The ice was broken.
I loved BlissDom '09.
Now I was no longer invisible.
I was the bird person.
I had requests.

I'm opening up shop.


edie said...

Oh I'm so excited for you Denise. You are a wonderful IRL friend and I am truly so thankful to have met you. You challenge and inspire and make beautiful birds! Love to you and thank you for a great weekend!

Kelly said...

Great post! Still can't believe you were featured on A Soft Place To Land.

Kimberlee said...

She seriously looks giddy! They ARE great birds, y'know. :D

martha said...

I've been reading online reports about Blissdom this morning. I liked yours the best. By far.

I'm new to your blog, LOVE it, and want to read more. However, each time I click on anything on the sidebar, I get a strange page. Am I doing something wrong?

martha said...

P.S. Any chance of your sharing your bird pattern? It really IS darling!

Denise said...

My blog is in transition from to just .com. It will take a few days to work correctly. In the meantime, just plug in blogspot before the .com in the address. It's a pain, sorry. I hope it will be up and running properly very soon. Thanks for reading and posting. It is so nice to finally receive comments.

Vintagesquirrel said...

Hey Denise,
I am sending those pics to you RIGHT now. Sorry for the delay; I didn't get home until after 11pm last night. And my domain name is alive and well Hooray!. (I had done something wrong, so someone fixed it for me.) So don't fear it, it's so much easier without the ".blogspot" ...Okay...back to sending the pics....

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

OH, I love that you made that bird. It is adorable. We looked at it a lot, it is just precious!!!

Glad you had a good time! It was an amazing experience seeing so many bloggers in one place!


Susie from Bienvenue said...

You are just too cute! You know we all want our hands on that cute little bird. Im so sorry I didnt get to meet with each and every person. jitters got in my wasy of sticking my neck out. Next year Im going agagin and leaving the nerves at home. Its so awesome that we can all just be us.. jitters and all. Look forward to getting to know you better!

Sandy Toes said...

What fun pictures and I love how you recapped your whole weekend..sounds funny and full of friendship!
-sandy toe

Michele said...

I just wanted to pop in and say it was lovely meeting you!

P.S. The very first conference is always THE hardest. This was my second - it was still hard.

Miss G said...

I saw that bird on Nester's site and wow, I just loved that little thing! Way to go! How did you get the idea for that? Kelly

Amber said...

I'm coming over from Nesters site. I saw your bird on her post, and immediately fell in love!!! I think you've just sprung a REALLY successful business there miss! It is seriously so cute.

And I will be following you. :) I understand where you're coming from, feeling small. I would've felt the same way being there. Next year I really hope to go! So maybe I'll get to meet you, the person I buy my really cute paper birdie from! :)


Tiffy Wiffy said...

I'm glad I found your blog through, yes you guessed it, nester's blog! I like you, you described exactly the way I feel when I meet a group of new people. I do better in small groups. I look forward to following your blog.

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I don't think I met you, either. My introvert self was totally overwhelmed by the noise and number of faces and taking care of my little one amidst it all.

I'm glad to find your blog via Vintage Squirrel and look forward to reading more!

Musings of a Housewife said...

Hilarious post! Loved this recap. Regret we didn't get to meet. I'm also a huge fan/friend of Nester's. Those photos are adorable. Thanks for linking in! :-)

The Peterson family said...

Denise- look at you!!!! I am so glad you had fun last weekend. You were really past due for some time away. Love the re-cap on Blissdom.

myheart4him said...

I went to BlissDom09 alone - all by myself. The first day was so hard and so awkward. But, it turned out good, didn't it.

It was nice meeting you.