Altitude Summit Adventures, Part I

Hello! Amanda and I have just returned from our adventures at Altitude Summit, the most killer blog conference, period. Our week was full of non-stop sessions learning all kinds of things from Photoshop, to how to monetize your blog, to creating great work-life balance. Not only was the content amazing, but it was seriously one of the most well-produced events I have ever been to. The sponsored breakrooms were magical in their decorations and constant flow of yummy treats (like lavender hot chocolate!). After each day of filling our noodles with invaluable knowledge, we got to party with everyone! Whether it was an intimate dinner of 10 people or a blowout Clue party, it was decked to the nines and full of great people and food. Here are a few goodies from our five days in Salt Lake City.

spruce lampshadeLampshade prep!

spruce lampshade classWE HEART SPRUCE. 🙂
Storey books webSelling the heck out of Amanda’s new book coming out!
hp eventHanging out with new friends at the HP event.
altitude summit speakerAmazing speakers, like Stephan Sagmeister!
spruce business cardShout out to Spruce on the “Card of the Moment” board.
clue partyFiguring out if it was Mrs. Peacock, with the gun, in the billiard room.
spruce girlsParty outfits!
cowboyEnded the trip with our favorite, vintage shopping.

In the middle of filling our brains with all the genius knowledge everyone was dishing out, we were able to impart a little wisdom, too! On Saturday morning, Amanda and I were so excited to teach a class on how to make a lampshade. Robert Allen and Master Fabrics jumped at the chance to help us make some fabulous shades by donating amazing fabrics! We were drooling over these beauties when they arrived at the shop, and everyone really loved them in class. Take a look at the fabrics we used.

hot wave in opium
Master Fabrics “Hot Wave” in Color 108
psychedelic in noir
Master Fabrics “Psychedelic” in Color 140

robert aller las olasRobert Allen “Las Olas” in Cerulean
ondine in pink

Master Fabrics “Ondine” in Color 108
malakos in malachite
Robert Allen “Malakos” in Malachite
ondine in blue

Master Fabrics “Ondine” in Color 107

We couldn’t have asked for a better group of gals. Everyone was so eager to learn and was gabbing about their next shade project and when to come to Austin for their next upholstery class. You were all master makers, which made our jobs seriously easy. Way to go ladies!

lampshade class

lampshade class

lampshadeOur new friends Sarah from Ringo’s Girl,

lampshade classAnnie from Hairy Shoe Fairy,

lampshade classand Miranda from One Little Minute.

All in all, it was a great week. Just meeting like-minded makers who love to build community online made Altitude Summit worth it. I think it will take a week or two to unload my brain, but I can’t wait to get started on some of the genius tips we learned. If blogging is something you are passionate about, visit the Altitude Summit website. Registration opens March 1 for ALT NYC!

P.S. We couldn’t possibly pack three days worth of fun into one blog post, so stay tuned for Amanda’s recap and our favorite new blogs from Alt.