That’s a SNAP

I was able to attend one of our local blog conferences recently. It’s called SNAP, and creative people from all over gather to share ideas and skills. This wasn’t my first year attending, and although I had fun, it wasn’t my favorite year.

Last time I attended I took tons of hands on classes, and I was looking forward to doing that again. Sadly, there weren’t as many, and the classes offered were almost all ones I had taken before. I did take a few good classes related to blogging, but I will admit to being let down by the amount of classes offered. Of course, this was by design, as the conference on the whole was smaller.

Long before the news was announced at the conference, I had wondered if this one was the last one. Now, it’s not exactly the last, but it was the last one for the founding team. The torch has been passed to two new people, who will hopefully be able to revive the spark Snap used to have, but only time will tell. It’s a shame it couldn’t have gone out with a bang to set it up well for the new owners, but I am looking forward to seeing what they will make of it.

Of course, the best part of any blogging conference is being able to get some time away from daily life, see old and new friends, and talk with people who “get” what it is like to be a blogger. Luckily that part didn’t change, and I had tons of fun at the parties with my friends. There was a “sweets” themed party on the first night which was a lot of fun, with cute crafts and plenty of time to chat and get to know people. The other party was 80s themed, which was fun to dress up for, and I always love being able to get on the dance floor.

There were some great sponsors at the conference too, I was especially excited about Polaroid and Cannon. I’m hopeful that next year is going to be fun, it would be sad if we no longer had a great blog conference in Utah. What about you, do you enjoy going to blog conferences? If you were at SNAP this year did you feel the same way I did?

Kodama terrarium

Awhile back I found these cute little kodama figures on Amazon, and for such a cheap price too! I knew I wanted them for something, but hadn’t figured out just yet what it would be. Last month I noticed a perfect glass vase with a lid in our basement that wasn’t being used, and that’s when the idea for a terrarium came! This wasn’t going to be a living plant terrarium, but I did want to use natural elements to make it.

kodama terrarium

I found a perfect stick in our garden, trimmed it down to size, then used craft glue to stick the moss and the figures on it. I filled the bottom of the glass with a bit of aquarium gravel, and a few shiny marbles to catch the light. It was really easy and fun to put together, and I love the end result.

I didn’t end up using all of the kodama figures, so I might have to come up with something else for the other two in the future. Are you a Studio Ghibli fan?

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The Festival of Trees 2017

The Festival of Trees is coming soon, and I just wanted to help spread the word about this amazing event. For 47 years the Festival of Trees has given us a magical experience and helped kids at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Festival of Trees

Taking place November 29 through December 2 at South Towne Expo Center, the festival is the perfect way to kick of your holiday season. Enjoy Christmas trees, wreaths, and quilts. They have life sized playhouses, gingerbread creations, kid’s activities, goodies, entertainment, handmade gifts, centerpieces, Santa, and don’t forget about the scones and fudge.

This year they are breaking a record with 7 playhouses!! The popular local show Studio C is also making a tree and will be live streaming it as they do, which should be fun. And of course, the most important part of all, every penny helps the kids at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Get your tickets online at, be sure to buy before Thanksgiving and get a discount.

To learn about one of the special children that Primary Children’s helps, you can watch this sweet video about the Festival of Trees little poster girl Nyla Jane!

I hope to see you there for this wonderful event! Nothing will get you in the Christmas spirit faster than seeing all the trees, and knowing that you are helping an amazing cause at the same time.