Sunday, October 31, 2010

Down To The Wire

Creative Estates early bird registration ends at 6pm PST.  That's in 9 hours.  If you haven't registered yet, please do so by clicking HERE.  We can't wait to meet you all in April!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Not that we’re name dropping, but…

With the agenda finalized, we are ready to start sharing a few more details about the conference…Up first? Details and speakers for each of the breakout sessions.

Really excited today to provide you with some of the details for our first breakout session:
Inside the Creative Business: How four women turned a hobby into a thriving business

Shealynn Benner (SheyB), Erin Edwards (The Vintage Pearl), Ashley Hackshaw (Lil Blue Boo) and Kim Stoegbauer  (TomKat Studio) operate four of the most well-known brands in the blogosphere. Though they come from varied backgrounds, each has channeled their creative talent to develop a thriving business on the web.

Shey, Erin, Ashley and Kim will share their story, along with providing valuable insight into the ins and outs of operating a successful creative business.

Read more about them here:

Shey-1 Shealynn Benner – SheyB
Shealynn, Shey or The Camera Strap Girl lives in Arizona and is married to her dream of a husband, Mike. They have 2 beautiful girls, Angelina (8 years) and Zoe Rae (4 years). 

In 2008, Shealynn started *Shey*[B] on a whim after struggling with her uncomfortable camera strap during long photo shoots. She needed a solution - and, that solution would lead to what *Shey*[B] is today. Her business has grown leaps and bounds since then - and she's excited to continue to add fresh, new designs and products to her ever growing line.

She's Shey. The camera-strap-girl...transforming DSLR camera straps from blah to beautiful. 

Shealynn's business has been featured in InStyle Magazine (Germany), and Australia's hottest fashion magazine, Frankie. She has also been featured on many of the web's hottest blogs.

Camera Strap Shop:
Twitter: sheyb

erinb&w272-2 Erin Edwards – The Vintage Pearl
Erin Edwards started her business, The Vintage Pearl, in 2007 as a creative outlet while staying at home with her kids. Over the course of the three years since she began her business, demand has increased to the point that she recently opened a store front in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Erin has used The Vintage Pearl as a way to give back to the community and bless others. She works closely with several non profits, including international ministries and orphanages.

Erin lives in Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart Ryan, and their children Caleb, Jonah, Tess and Eden.

The Vintage Pearl has been feautred all over the web on blogs like The Pioneer Woman and Nie Nie Dialogues. Erin’s work has also been featured in Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living and Rachel Ray.




Ashley Hackshaw – Lil Blue Boo
Ashley Hackshaw's Lil Blue Boo blog is where her love of designing, sewing, painting, power tools and motherhood all intersect.....patterns, tutorials, photos,
T-shirts, tantrums, beads, rocks, buttons, fabric, leaves, thread, ribbon, paint, dye, paper, tape, wood.........if only there were more hours in the day! Lil Blue Boo is all about encouraging others to find their creative streak.

After a former career in investment banking, Ashley threw herself full time into motherhood and following her passion for anything and everything creative.

Ashley's Lil Blue Boo clothing line and sewing patterns grew out of Ashley's love of new and reclaimed knits and embellishing them with silk screens, dye and transfers. Her passion is coming up with unique one-of-a-kind and limited edition knit clothing for adults and children.

Blog: or
Clothing & pattern shop:
Twitter: lilblueboo


kim stoegbauer - the tomkat studio-2 Kim Stoegbauer – TomKat Studio
Kim is a mom of two little ones, Tommy & Kate who left her real estate career to be home with her children. She decided to start a blog to showcase her creative projects including incredible parties and home decorating.

The blog quickly gained a loyal following and soon her fans were asking her to create party designs for them. She opened up shop in March 2009, and her business has grown at a record pace. Her website receives over 150,000 visits a month and she connects everyday with her over 11,000 fans on Facebook! She loves inspiring other women moms to start their own businesses and believes that you can indeed "have it all!"

Kim has been featured on Martha Stewart's website, In Style Magazine & The Arizona Republic, and the web's most popular party blogs!

Etsy Shop:
Twitter: tomkatstudio


Thursday, October 21, 2010

2011 Creative Estates Conference Agenda

We are so excited to announce the 2011 Creative Estates conference agenda!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Handmade Market Link

Just a notice that the link in the below post has been fixed.  Thanks to everyone who let us know so we could fix it.  :)

Handmade Market

OK everyone!  Registration is now open for Creative Estates Handmade Market vendors!!  We have opened it to everyone (conference attendees and non conference attendees), but the spaces are very limited!  Sign up today by clicking HERE!  Can't wait to see you and your beautiful creations in April!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010


We've been asked a lot lately about where to book a hotel while attending Creative Estates.  Since this conference is different and not being held in a hotel, we have found a hotel about 2 blocks from Gangplank (where Creative Estates is being held).  It's a very quick walk.  The hotel to call and book a room is the beautiful Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort.  The rooms are extremely affordable at only $109 a night!  You're allowed 1 roommate to share those costs as well!  Sharing a room is always the way to go... so much fun!

We do encourage staying at the Crowne Plaza while attending the Creative Estates Conference.  Staying at the hotel surrounded by fellow attendees is so much fun and helps in getting to know others you may not have been able to get to know at the conference.  Having a roommate is like a sleepover!  Who doesn't love a sleepover?  :)

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Early Bird Ticket Change

Hey everyone!  Hope this Wednesday finds you all well.

We wanted to let you all know that things have been changed in regards to the Creative Estates Conference early bird pricing.  There is now a deadline to purchase early bird tickets, which are available for the awesome price of $149!

To get your early bird ticket, you'll need to purchase your ticket no later than October 31st, 2010.  After that, ticket prices will go to the regular price, which is $189.

We can not wait to see you all there!!  Thank you for all of your kind words about this conference and all of your support with getting the word out.

To purchase your ticket(s) click HERE!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Things You Should Know

We have been very busy behind the scenes over here!

- We now have a Facebook Fan Page!  Please friend us.  Our page is here.
- We also have a Twitter account.  Please follow us here.

We are having a Handmade Market at the Creative Estates Conference as well!  We will have specific times the market will be open so that everyone at the conference will have time to browse and shop without having to miss sessions.  If you are interested in having a booth for your business to sell your items at the Handmade Market, please contact us:

Tickets for the Handmade Market will go on sale soon.  As of right now, only conference attendees are permitted to take part.  We will reevaluate opening the market to non-conference attendees as the conference dates get closer.  There is a limited amount of spots available.  There will be NO entrance fee to get into the Handmade Market!

Remember.  Registration is now open!  We currently have an Early Bird special ticket price available, which are VERY limited, so be sure and get your tickets soon!  Click here to register.

So far we have some amazing speakers lined up.  We still have more in the works and look forward to sharing them with you soon!!  If you're a handmade business owner or a handmade blogger and you're interested in speaking, please email us.

And, lastly, we are working on designing a blog button, so you all can announce that you're attending the Creative Estates Conference!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


We have decided to make this event even better for everyone!  We have lowered the price of the conference and even offered at Early Bird Special Price!!  Our goal has always been to make this conference affordable to everyone.  

Check out the updated pricing here.

Thanks everyone!

Be Our Neighbor!

Registration is officially OPEN!!  

Of course there is more information to come... 

Click here for the details and to register.  Limit spaces available!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Conference Is Official!

It's official!  We are hosting a conference and we now have a blog.  Website is soon to be under way so you all can purchase your tickets!  Be sure and leave us a comment!!  :)

So!  Are you excited or what?  We sure are!
I will be announcing who the official gals are behind the conference sometime this week!  And I will have them tell you a little bit about themselves!

Tickets will go on sale soon, but we will only have a limited number available.
We will also announce speakers as the time goes on as well!  We have some really really great people to speak in the works!!

Also... make sure and follow us!  You can over on the right side bar ------>

Friday, August 13, 2010


Thank you so much to all of our sponsors!  We are so grateful!  If you'd like information on being a sponsor, please email us: - we have spots available for all budgets!

The Mansion

The Home

The Townhouse

The Apartment




Coming Soon!



Creative Estates came to be, because Shealynn Benner, owner of *Shey*[B], always had dreams of living in a neighborhood filled entirely of creative people.  So all of her neighbors would be creative.  It didn't matter what creative mind they had, whether they sewed, knitted, crocheted, computer programmed, designed blogs, wrote books, painted, etc.  She dreamt about having them all right there.  In her neighborhood, which would of course have to be called Creative Estates!

Shealynn then decided to start a handmade conference.  To which naming it Creative Estates seemed total perfection.  If she couldn't have all the creative minds in a neighborhood forever, why not temporarily once year, right?  Thus, Creative Estates Conference was born.

One weekend.  150+ of the most amazing creative minds out there.  Amazing!

Shealynn Benner

Can't wait to be your neighbor in April 2012!!!