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Thursday, February 24

As many of you know...
I attended a "Sunshine State" Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers event over the weekend.

Top left: LaVonne Fernandini - LF Events, Staci Golden - Lizard and Ladybug, Melissa Chambers - Truly Chic Inspirations 
(bottom) Nikki Glynn - Great Gatherings, Carmen Taylor - Pom Flair and Ashley Henderson - Truly Chic Inspirations
Top right: Jennifer Staples - Party Dreamz, Melissa Chambers - Truly Chic Inspirations, 
Melinda Tomasello - Persona Gift Pail and Renee Arwood - Bee's Knees Creative
Middle: Melissa Chambers -Truly Chic Inspirations, Ashley Henderson - Truly Chic Inspirations, 
Amy Holgersen - Buggie and Jellybean, Debra Walters - TiTi’s TuTu’s and Kori Clark - Paper and Pigtails
 Bottom left: Debra Walters - TiTi’s TuTu’s, Michele Pentecost - Intrigue Designs
 and Melissa Chambers - Truly Chic Inspirations
 Bottom right: Andrea Ofira - Pocket Full of Parties, Michele Pentecost - Intrigue Designs, 
Nikki Glynn - Great Gatherings, Carmen Taylor - Pom Flair and Staci Golden - Lizard and Ladybug

I can't tell you how much fun it was to meet up with so many women who are
passionate about making their dreams happen.
Top photo: Jessica • Pen N' Paperflowers, Theresa Edwards-Capen • Lauren McKinsey
and Lisa • the Sweet Talk Shop
Bottom Photo: Amy • Buggie & Jellybean, Jessica • Pen N' Paperflowers and Kori • Paper & Pigtails

A few of the girls I have been chatting and creating online friendships with for some time.
Some of the women I'd never even talked to before - not even online.
Others were names I'd heard of through the "party grapevine"...
Staci from Lizard & Ladybug is actually someone I went to school with - we even cheered together!
And then there was Theresa from Lauren McKinsey who I had met last October when we met up at the Mt. Dora Craft Festival.
Bottom line is... we are all members of Martha Stewart D.i.Ds and that's what brought us together.

Besides the fabulousness of actually meeting, greeting & sharing for the day...
there was some magic being performed behind the scenes prior to ever even arriving at downtown Disney that day.

I was inspired to gather some things to bring with me...
things I felt the girls I'd be meeting with would benefit from seeing, tasting, sampling, etc...
I ultimately wanted to provide new resources they could call on to incorporate into their upcoming events/parties.
I contacted a couple of local businesses and then reached out to a couple of online shoppes.

I showed up with some fun surprises for everyone - thanks to the women/businesses who willingly & graciously obliged...

And now...I can share the inspiration with you as well...

Party Cones from
I have to say I hadn't had the opportunity to see in-person the cute party cones 
Genevieve has been creating. I was SO excited she was willing to send some samples for us.
These are meant to be used on your dessert tables and as party favors and can be filled with
anything from popcorn, candy, mini cookies and even bath salts. Get creative!!

She sent samples of her regular party cones in various styles for us to "ooo & ahhh" over...

"shabby chic"


"bold animal print"


and because we were meeting at downtown Disney...*wink*

My favorites however are these MINIS!!!

I'm in LOVE...
After suggesting she send some minis for everyone to take home,
Genevieve was SO in love with the results, she's going to be offering these in her shoppe too!
These SCREAM cute!! I'm smitten by them!!

Customizable Origami party items
 from Nedra Apple at Origami Delights
I've worked with Nedra on a couple of different things now and she's just the sweetest.
What I love about her products is that they are completely customizable and
are a simple way to personalize your party/event using something unique.

She sent all of us "Dreamers" samples  of all sorts of things from her shoppe...

 an array of cute little origami fortune cookies

an assortment of beautiful origami flowers

LOVE this one made with a page from a book and the one in the background made from a map...

And the colors in this one are so pretty...

hand-dipped wax ornaments

and cute paper hearts...

And then she sent some of these "DREAM" stars to fill our bags with...

They couldn't have been more appropriate for our "Dreamers" group.

Delicious cupcakes from 
I am so lucky to live so close to a cupcakery that has such DELICIOUS cupcakes.
Judy sent me with a whole assortment of cupcake flavors for everyone to sample...YUM!!
And even if you don't live reason to be jealous.
Cupcake Delights NOW SHIPS!!!

Here are just a few of the flavors I brought for everyone...




Chocolates samples from
Betsey at Schakolad
I just so happened upon Schakolad one Saturday morning while I was out having breakfast with Clara and Ema.
I was so excited because I have been searching high and low for chocolates that are locally made.
Chocolates I can have customized for any event...and chocolate that really tastes good.
If you've never stepped foot in a Schakolad - you are missing out.

Betsey sent samples of bite-sized chocolates, molded chocolate lollipops and a few party favor ideas.
Since I picked up the samples on my way to the event, these bite-sized chocolates were all I had left to photograph. *wink*

Goodies sent directly from
Caitlin from MS headquarters contacted me and sent boxes of publications for us all and even a D.i.D. shirt.

The publications included the latest issues of MS Living, MS Weddings and Everyday Food.

The D.i.D. t-shirt she sent is SO adorable...
I really wanted to keep it for myself. Like. REALLY.

But I decided to surprise Melissa of Truly Chic Inspirations with it.
She's the one who got the ball rolling for everyone to meet up.

I think this is my "Omgoodness...I really gave it to her...and I REALLY wanted to keep it" look! *wink*

I am SO grateful for the relationships I've been able to establish with these brilliant vendors/businesses.
Thank you SO much to

The girls and I were excited to make your products part of our day and are looking forward to incorporating your 
wonderful goodies into upcoming events/parties.

We were also spoiled by some other gals I didn't work with directly but
who sent some sweet surprises as well. (Thank you so much)
Cupcake Cookie • Sandy's Baking Memories - soon to be known as Firefly Confections
D.I.Y. party box • Party Starters
Cake Pop • Dreamin N Details
Bag of candy Hugs & Kisses • the Sweet Spot Candy Bar
Flip Flop Gift Tag • The Purple Pug

Hugs to everyone involved...
Those that attended, those that sent gifts and those that are happily following along on my blog...

Enjoy your Thursday.

Do you see why I don't post many photos of myself?
I usually end up making weird/goofy faces...
I'm much more comfortable BEHiND the camera...not so much in front of it! *wink*


Melissa C said...

Great Post! Love the photos of us with the shirt, makes me laugh every time I see them. Thank you for giving it to me, totally wouldn't blame you if you kept it. hehe. Hugs!

~ LaVonne said...

Fun post!! Glad to have met you!! :D

Michele @ crazyfordesign said...

Great post and awesome pis as usual! Thanks so much!

Bird said...

You ladies look fab too! LOVE all the goodies, especially those FAN party cones from Superchick!! :D


Amy @ Amy Miller Designs said...

Love those mini kandy cones! So cute!

Great Gatherings said...

LOVE the pictures! Great post, thank you again for your hard work!

Lisa Fliehman said...

Love this post and the pics of you and Melissa are awesome. Next time you get the "T"!!!!

Half Baked said...

Great post!! Wishing I lived in the Sunshine State!! For more than one reason - I could use more sunshine and less snow. :o) The goodies look wonderful!

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Looks like that was one fabulous get-together! Love the kandy kones from Genevieve, and those origami goodies are adorable! Kudos to all you creative ladies.

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