What started out as a simple tweet between Melissa from Truly Chic Inspirations and myself several months ago just blossomed and took on a life of its own. Before we knew it, 18 amazing women had joined the Sunshine State Dreamers group on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers and planned to meet in front of Planet Hollywood this past Saturday. After a simple “meet & greet” and an exchange of business cards and other goodies (see below), it’s almost as if we had known each other for years. A true sense of camaraderie took over and we all connected due to our passion for creativity and an inner drive to make our dreams come true. We also had another common thread . . . this group of ladies knows what its like to JUGGLE . . . everything from toddlers to teenagers to husbands to businesses to full-time jobs. Thanks to Melissa Chambers and Jessica Kirkland for making the day so special!
You know the saying . . . a picture is worth 1000 words, so I wanted to share the photographs below. I think you can actually see the creative energy we all felt on that beautiful sunny day in the middle of Downtown Disney . . .
Top photo: Melissa Chambers and I became “Tweet” friends and decided to have lunch together…what started out as social media became a wonderful social event!
- Can you believe we even received a swag bag from members of Martha Stewart Doers into Dreamers? Not only did we receive the latest issues of Martha Stewart “Living” and “Everyday Food,” but fellow Dreamers from around the country created sweet gifts for us(special thanks to Jessica for gathering and explaining all the goodies ~ she even carted a huge tray of cupcakes all the way through Downtown Disney!
Cupcake Cookies - Sandy’s Baking Memories
DIY Favor Box Kit - Party Starters
Cake Pops - Dreamin N Details
Candy Hugs & Kisses - The Sweet Spot Candy Bar
Flip Flop Gift Tag - The Purple Pug
Cupcakes – Cupcake Delights
Origami Stars & Goodies - Origami Delights
Chocolate - Schakalod
Kandy Kones- Celebrate Today the Superchick Way
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Here’s the group of fantastic Sunshine State Dreamers! top row-from left: Carmen (Pom Flair), Nikki (Great Gatherings), Lisa (The SweetTalkShop), Ashley (Truly Chic Inspirations), Michele (Intrigue Designs), Jennifer (Party Dreamz), Jessica (pen n’ paperflowers), “ME” Melinda (Persona Gift Pail)
bottom row-from left: Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Debra (Titi’s Tutu’s), Staci (Lizard & Ladybug), Renee (Bee’s Knees Creative), Melissa (Truly Chic Inspirations), LaVonne (LF Events), Theresa (Lauren McKinsey), Amy (True Love Found/Buggie and Jellybean), Andrea (Pocket Full of Parties). Not pictured: Paula (Frog Prince Paperie)
Photos from top left: With 18 names to remember, I decided to create colorful nametags at the last-minute . . . cardstock, 1″ bar pins and K & C Company’s Layered Accents Flower Designs from Target did the trick!
- One of the many beautiful gifts exchanged at the event from Cupcake Delights.
- Dreamers enjoying lunch and each other’s company at Rainforest Cafe.
- Phenomenal personalized notebooks created by Intrigue Designs for all 18 of us!
- More Dreaming!
One of the day’s highlights for me was a “gift swap” with Bees Knees Creative. I created a Persona Pail for Renee and the group named her Glamorous Gloria. I was just floored when Renee then gave me these custom “Persona” cookies. They are so special; I just can’t bare to eat them!
I am just so honored to be a part of this fabulous group of women. Can’t wait for our next gathering! —Melinda