Sunday, June 3, 2012

Spots, Stripes and Leopard Print - Etsy Success


Saturday morning saw me flapping about in an attempt to gather my things for a last minute journey to Etsy Success. I managed to remember everything, except the camera. 

(so here is a picture of my kids, doing what they do. They are awesome with their crazy antics)


The conference was held at The Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay. It was lovely to be there amongst so many spots, stripes and leopard prints worn by totally fruity artists and crafters. A far cry from the crowd I'm used to mingling with at the art gallery - I didn't once have to ask 'Have you got your Visual Arts Diary, Did you bring you pencil, Can I have your permission slip, where are your school shoes, you know you can't attend in those'. 
So very civilised. We were even offered harbour side drinks at the end of the day- very different from my past life as a high school Visual Arts teacher.
Many of the sessions were informative and interesting but the highlight for me was being taught by the dynamic Valerie Khoo of the Sydney Writers Centre. Her brain is a goldmine and she shared her tips on how to engage your audience both in person and online.


My notebook is filled with scribbles from each of the sessions and over the next couple of days i'll share them with you. We learnt about photography, PR and Media, Building a creative community  and Styling for product shoots.

What did you do this weekend?


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    1. ahahah i know Kat, they are SO funny at this age! I love it!

      xo em

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  2. I too worked over the weekend. And I took a page from your book and posted a picture of my work outfit on my blog.
    http://motherdownunder.blogspot.com.au/
    My work clothes aren't nearly as flash as yours though! No animal print in the operating room!

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful day !
    Awhh these two are so cute! Is she ever without that pink poodle? Xx

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    1. Nope Nat, never. She's kinda a nasty shade of grey at the moment. Time for a wash me thinks.

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  4. Dude, I didn't even get to chat to you, beyond a 'hi' on the move. Hope you had a super day.

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    1. You looked smokin' in your jeans lady! I was sitting pretty much right next to you whilst you were sharing your wisdom!

      xo em

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    2. I saw you lady - you had a good spot in the chair!! x

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  5. This conference sounds like it was completely amazing! x

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  6. oh goody. do share, I want to know EVERYTHING!!! XX

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  7. Our Angus and Pete did the same thing not too long ago. Except that Pete tried to get up just as Angus was pushing it forward and Pete ended up face planting on the floor with a bloody mouth. Woops...
    Ronnie xo

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  8. Wow that baby takes her ride ons seriously- those goggles! The conference sounds very cool- lucky you. I was at the beach for a girls weekend - so so good for the soul. melx

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  9. Ooo that all sounds very exciting Em. Hope you were in the city long enough to see the lights come on for Vivid... we did that on Friday evening and it was spectacular!
    Love the pics of your dynamic duo in action xo

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  10. Hi Emily! It was so great to meet you yesterday and your blog is lovely! You're so right about the scribbled notes, I now need to digest them once I've interpreted my handwriting :)

    Shell @ Kitty & Buck.

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  11. Safety first ;) sounds like an interesting time, nice one! sarah.

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  12. Gorgeous shot, made me giggle..I can't wait to read all the tips you've picked up, I'm on the edge, getting ready to dive in and put my own wares out there soon, so any tips would help!

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  13. hey em i did a writing course with sydney writers centre a couple of years ago. It is a great place and they are so good at what they do! x

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  14. Love the safety goggles. I could use some of them for my own evil kenevil Conference sounds like awesome stuff...its always good to leave the Mumma role at home for a while and mix with like minded creative types. I was off teaching at a Handmade symposium in Wellington. Good times!!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em