Last weekend I was invited by the very talented Karen from Love Your Camera to her first Creative Skill Share Day.
Karen brought together a group of local creatives and artists to spend the morning learning about each other’s skills and sharing our own. My own being beginners blogging tips.
It was a wonderful morning.
Olive and Blossom started the day by kindly teaching us how to make Flower Crowns, she, of course, made it look easy and I loved seeing everyone’s individuality shine, I did not take mine off the whole day if you follow my stories you would have seen me cook dinner in it.
Olive and Blossom by day run Florsisty themed team building days, Rachel shared all about how it works and I think it is brilliant, she has some amazing future ideas for her business that excited me as we chatted.
Karen is an amazing photographer who is hoping one day to get me to turn my Olympus Pen off of Auto, she set up some great backdrops for photos and we chatted about how I could take some pictures for the blog in the future.
I can’t wait to learn at Karen’s Festive Photography Workshop in a few months.
For me just sitting and getting to chat with everyone in the room made it such a great success. Kate from Kate Clarke London was one I was looking forward to. Karen had shared her Instagram with me before the day as she knew I would love it and she wasn’t wrong. Not only does she have a beautiful home (that I really want to visit) but her screen printed designs are amazing. A retro feel in her designs with bright colours on white backgrounds are so crisp and modern but something different and unique. I can’t wait to feature Kate a little more on the blog at a later date.
White One Sugar create contemporary posters that you have probably seen all over the UK, I knew I had and was so excited to hear from Nigel a local Kentish Artist. We chatted about all the places he has visited to create his beautiful pieces and I really want one for my home, he shared how he uses Photoshop and said anyone can (not sure about that).
It was really nice to chat with Lou and Lucy two fellow bloggers who I have met before. We all blog on different subjects and in different ways and although I have been blogging over 10 years I believe I am always a newbie with space to learn.
Lucy, Tired From Whitstable is also a local columnist for a paper and shared a wealth of info around how that all became and exciting plans for the future. I am hoping next time Lucy will talk a little more about Instagram as she creates lovely pictures and hosts the hashtag #MyHappyViews take a look.
Lou of Arrow and Pen really inspired me a great deal, she is an amazing lady who I could listen to for ages, in all areas of her life Lou uses Vision/Mood Boards and we discussed how they help her in many transitions in life or when she is planning new exciting ideas for her blog.
Pinterest did take over my love of creating traditional mood boards for my Interiors projects many years ago, but I will be honest I have never enjoyed creating online mood boards as much and I feel I may have to use some vision boards in my Interiors posts in the future.
Karen had asked me to put together some Beginners Blogging Tips to share as my Creative Skill. As I said above I never believe I am anything but a Newbie 10 years into blogging, it is so ever-changing and there is always something new you can learn but I was pleased how helpful the tips were found by a few of the Creatives who realise the importance in starting a blog for their businesses.
I have put the tips together in a google doc for anyone to download who would like some basic starting tips, they are things I wish I had known all those years ago.
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Karen and all the Creatives I had the pleasure of meeting, there is nothing better than coming together, being inspired and sharing skills in my opinion and I can not wait for the next one.