Alt Summit Recap + Swag Giveaway

My head is still whirling a bit from the huge blogger conference I went to last week that is Alt Summit. It was 4 days jammed packed with smiling new faces, interesting lectures, meeting sponsors, lots of parties, and tons of swag. It was so fun, but also exhausting – I slept for like 15 hours straight when I got home.

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Travel buddy, Annabelle, and I arriving at Alt. Image by Brooke Dennis

The conference kicked off on Wednesday with some early bird sessions and followed up with sponsor dinners.

I picked to have dinner with Kollabora at Naked Fish and it was so much fun! The food was amazing (the chef made an entire menu of vegetarian options just for me!) and the conversation was fantastic. I loved getting to network with other attendees and chat with Lindsey and Tara from Kollabora.

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iPhone Pic of the Kollabora sponsor dinner

Thursday started off with an inspirational speech from the keynote, Garance Dore. To be honestly, I hadn’t heard of Garance before, but I left the session completely enamored with her. She was so real and so down to earth.

The rest of Thursday was spent in an interesting and hilarious session on Emotional Analytics by Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This and learning about Blog Revenue with Kelly Beall of Design Crush, Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken, Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook and Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks. I’ll have to admit though, when the Blog Revenue crew threw out numbers like 100,000 unique visitors per month, I immediately started snort-laughing to myself and wondering if I should just get up and leave the room.

Thursday night had quite possibly the coolest party ever! Cricut hosted a fabulous green party to celebrate the launch of their newest, innovative machine- the Cricut Explore. I’ve never owned an electronic cutting machine before; I was always a bit put off by having to buy cartridges for images. However, it looks like Cricut is completely revolutionizing the industry! You can cut LEATHER with the machines now and design your own images in Illustrator! This is seriously something that gets me excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on one when they are released next month.

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Roomie iPhone pic! Annabelle, Jen, me.

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Photobooth fun with Fallon, Delia, Jessica, Dana, Mandy, Erin, and me.

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iPhone pic of my sweet tat

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iPhone pic of a pic of me, Jessica, and Alissa

Friday morning I learned about food photography from Joy Uyeno of Frock Files and Lindsey Johnson of Café Johnsonia. Those ladies seriously know their stuff. I’m so blown away by the beauty of their work.

I also stopped by a round table discussion about Efficiency Tips & Tricks for Bloggers hosted by Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper. I’m a big fan of Nole’s and it was such a pleasure getting to meet her in person.

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Cute table décor from Furbish. Image by Brooke Dennis

I hung out in the lounge with Cricut for a bit and met the CEO, Ashish Arora (seriously, he was such a nice guy! His business card says ‘CEO & Blogger BFF’) and then went to a session on Growing Your Community with Jen Hansard of Simple Green Smoothies, Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked, Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper, and Salem Stanley of  Vacation Races.

I learned so much about using Facebook, Instagram, and Newsletters to grow my blog. In fact, setting up a newsletter was one of the first things I did when I got home from Alt. Sign up HERE to receive a monthly-ish newsletter on all the crafty happenings at Sewbon! ;)

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Crazy cool Cricut lounge. Image by Brooke Dennis

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Crazy cool Cricut lounge. Image by Justin Hackworth

After lunch, I went to the most packed session ever on Pinterest Strategies hosted by Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit, Mari Richards of Small For Big, Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte, and Eva Jorgenson of Sycamore Street Press. This session was so insightful and my friend, Celina, knocked it out of the park! The girl’s got 3 MILLION Pinterest followers and is a gold mine of information on how to be a successful blogger on Pinterest with monetizing and driving blog traffic.

The closing keynote on Friday was an interview with Ben Silbermann, the guy who created Pinterest! Hearing Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom & Alt Summit interview Ben was such an amazing experience. I mean, Ben has completely changed the way people find inspiration on the internet! I think my favorite quotes from Ben are “A good sign that you’re pushing boundaries is that a healthy percentage of the things you try are a total failure” and “There will always be a gap between where you are and where you want to be. That’s ok. Good things take time.”

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Ben Silbermann closing keynote. Image by Justin Hackworth

After the closing keynote, we got all dressed up for a night of 11 parties. Seriously. There were ELEVEN parties to go to and I proudly made it to all.

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More photobooth fun with Jen. Image by Justin Hackworth

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iPhone Pic from the I Wish I May, I Wish I Might Party

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iPhone pic of the Winter Olympics party

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Photobooth pic of Delia, Kate, and me

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And another photobooth pic for good measure. Back row: Dana, Kate, me. Front Row: Andrea, Jessica, Delia

After partying my face off, Saturday morning came way too soon. We headed out to breakfast and then toured the city a bit before catching a flight back to Denver. I fell asleep during takeoff and didn’t wake back up until touchdown.

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Travel day iPhone pic with Annabelle

In keeping with my goal to seek minimalism, I’m giving away some of my Alt Summit Swag to a U.S. reader (I’m so sorry but international shipping is pricy)! This pic is just a portion of what the winner will get – I couldn’t get it all in a shot and still make it “pretty”. :)

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  • Jess Abbott

    The giveaway is such a fun idea!!! I gave most of it to my kids, and they loved it. It was such a treat meeting you, definitely one of my highlights!!!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Oh man! Meeting you and Celina was so much fun! #blogfriendsarerealfriends!

  • Amy Ehmann

    Great recap Erin. I agree Garance Dore was adorable. Loved her keynote. Kollabora dinner looked like so much fun too. It was great meeting you at Alt. Hope to see you again for a CO blogger meetup?!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks for organizing the Colorado Blogger Breakfast – it was so much fun to meet other folks from our state! And yes, a blogger meetup would be amazing! :)

  • Bethany Martini

    This looked like such a fabulous experience. My favorite food would have to be cupcakes, but they would have to be gluten free (or else my belly would not be very happy.)

  • Adriene Riordan

    Thanks for the recap. This inspires me to work even harder on my own blog so one day I can attend these!

    *Favorite food= PIZZA!

  • Jennifer Heels

    Great stuff! Sounds like it was fun and informative!

  • lindseykelly

    my mothers beef stew! nothing tastes like home quite like it.

  • Niki Evans Stringer

    CHOCOLATE!!!! Or is that just a little too vague? Looks like a fabulous time at the conference!!!

  • KatePandolfo

    Looks like so much fun. Will have to add this to my to do list.

  • Melissa

    Perhaps a swag bag can help me live vicariously through you! :) This looked like lots of fun and information all at the same time :) Mussels, in case you want to bring me some

  • http://hayleeatkinson.blogspot.com/ Haylee

    Peanut butter! haha I eat way too much of it.

  • Tabitha Steiner

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Ellen M.

    Sounds like an amazing experience! My favorite food is anything with shrimp in it! Thanks for sharing the goodies with us!

  • Jill @ Made with Moxie

    Pizza is my favorite food. Looks like ALT was a blast. So sorry I missed it.

  • Mie @ Sewing Like Mad

    I love reading all these recaps. Sounds like a blast! Garance Dore is one of my heroes and I almost fainted when I realized that she was there….soooooo cool!!!

  • Elizabeth P.

    Sounds like such a great time and an amazing experience!! Thanks for sharing! My favorite food is anything chocolate. It’s even better if it’s chocolate and peanut butter…yum!

  • Catherine

    My favorite food is pho!

  • http://www.madalynne.com/ Maddie Flanigan

    I am so jealous of your trip. I’m also really inspired by the quote, “There will always be a gap between where you are and where you want to be. That’s ok. Good things take time.” I have a couple of big project that I’m working on now, and it’s refreshing to know that I’m not working at a snail’s pace.

  • Britney Lynn

    mmmmmm burritos are my fav!

  • McKenzie Guymon

    It was fun to meet you while we were making our silly video the next day! Your blog is darling!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thanks so much for the kind words McKenzie! It was so nice to meet you guys too! :)

      PS – I’m still having Alt withdrawals! ;)

  • Whitney

    Love your giveaway – thank you for the opportunity! My favorite food is cinnamon toast right now. Being pregnant, this changes daily. ;)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Ha! I love this!

  • Audrey

    Looks like a great experience!

  • http://www.CharmingDoodle.com/ Elisa Clark

    Awesome recap. Fingers crossed I can go next year!! Oh, and my favorite food is chocolate. Wish it weren’t, but it is. :)

  • maeve

    Thats easy! I loveeee stuffed shells. I love lots a ricotta, so the shells are almost over stuffed :)

  • Kari

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite food is pizza.

  • http://www.missourimel.com/ melissa

    Oh, I don’t think I have one favorite food over all others. Just about anything as long as it’s vegetarian. Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve added it to the link up on my blog.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      I’m a vegetarian too! Got any good recipes I should try?

  • Kathy Davis

    Lobster is my favorite food. I don’t get it very often.

  • Amy Cav

    I love chocolate roulade or tiramisu – yummmmmmm!! And hello from over at seekatesew!

  • PK Solberg

    Pizza! It looks like you had great fun. I’m happy for you!

  • Carol F.

    Chocolate is food right? :) I love chocolate! :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Chocolate is my favorite too! :)

  • alana

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • barbara woods

    pecan pie, i am from the south

  • rainadelrio

    My favorite food is macaroni and cheese

  • http://muchoxoxo.com/ amanda m

    my favorite food? my dad’s amazing paella… and pizza! great recap, love all the pics!

  • Allison Deuel Roberts

    Okay, just read on seekkatesew that you just started back in 2010, which is super encouraging! I just started not too long ago and very recently opened an etsy shop, that I’m super excited about!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Congrats on opening your ETSY shop! Sewing is so much fun! :)

  • wildbluestarz

    That looked like SO much fun! I wanna go next year!!!

  • wildbluestarz

    Ha! My favorite food is Veggie Quesadillas!

  • Pramudita Andaristi

    I love spaghetti pesto with sausage!

  • Emily

    Wow! It looks like you all had a ton of fun! And thank you very much for offering this giveaway! It is very generous of you.

  • Emily

    Oh! And my favorite food… Hard question. Probably vanilla ice cream as a dessert and homemade pizza or lasagna for regular food.

  • Nesta

    A Sacher cake! What else?

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      I need to Google Sacher cake ASAP!

  • SewMes

    Chocolate. Chocolate… and… chocolate :) What a fun event! Looks really exciting -

  • kimberlee

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway and hi! I read your little interview over on seekatesew.com blog. My favorite food is Mexican.

  • Amanda

    that room is awesome!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Oh man, the décor was so amazing! I’m still dreaming about it!

  • umyesh

    My favorite food is sweettart hearts right now. They have replaced most meals haha found you through see Kate sew. Thanks for the fun giveaways!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks for visiting from SKS! :)

  • Barbara P.

    my favorite food is chocolate and mexican.

  • OhioLori

    What a fun time you had! thanks for sharing the cool pics!! :)

    My favorite food..in Winter is…..my Husband cooks the BEST “Fire Steaks” in our Woodburner! YUM!!!!

  • Debbie

    I love looking at all of the at pictures, it looks like it was a blast. My current favorite food is maple cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, they are delicious.

  • Margaret Schindler

    I have to say my favorite food is apple pie. Thanks for sharing

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for the chance! ALT looks fun!

    • Stephanie

      My fave food is chocolate.

  • jleekamitchell

    Pecans are my favorite – thanks.

  • peepsie

    cheesecake? LOL couldn’t help myself! found my way over from SKS’s interview@ So glad to have found your blog! I love that tassle key chain! I’ll be making a few for some family members, I’m sure!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m glad you like the tassel key chain too! :)

  • Angela

    Anything with cream cheese! Yummmmm.

  • Mara

    Roasted Lamb

  • shirley tener

    shrimp……..

  • Emily C.

    Found you through seekatesew!! Love your blog and giveaway! My favorite food is broccoli!

  • Mary W

    Found you through Seekatesew. I love your blog and am following!

  • Mary W

    My fave food would have to be chocolate…Swiss brand Frey Giandor to be exact. Too bad I just started on a Paleo diet though. :-(

  • melissa

    Sounds like it was so fun!

  • Debra Kay Neiman

    Looks like you guys had so much fun. What a nice giveaway. I just love mexican food, especially cheese enchiladas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • Peggy Gibbs

    I love fried shrimp. Thanks.

  • Debra Kay Neiman

    I looks like you has so much fun…New follower. I love shrimp, or steak and eggs. I hope they fed you well. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • RivkaBelle

    Favorite food? Oh man … All things “cookie”! :o)
    Your recap sounds like the conference was a ton of fun! And such cute swag — I’m in love with the polar bear :oD

  • Karrie Smith

    my fave food is lasagna! Thanks for the chance to win. It looked like you had so much fun!!

  • jo

    my favorite food is Coconut Prawns

  • Steph Anie

    Humm pecan pie is my favorite!

  • txdakini

    Wow, it sure looks like you had fun! Would love to win. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Nikki Estelle

    Anything with chocolate!

  • Monica

    GREAT giveaway, good luck for everywant, I like your work

  • Manette Mattingly Gutterman

    I cave to cinnamon rolls! I can’t say no to them! And they know it!

  • Michele T

    Love the photos you shared!!! What an amazing experience!! My favorite food is anything Thai!!!

  • erikamaymendez

    My favorite food is a bag of M & M’s- yum. Thanks for this exciting contest! Hope to see you at an Alt summit in the future!

  • http://www.creatricemondial.com/ Amy Lynne Hayes

    We were in some of the same classes!! Well, you and I and about 100 or so other attendees lol. Love your recap, and the giveaway was a great idea! Thanks for linking up! :)