Back in July, one of my bloggy heros Loralee posted a link to a contest for an all-expenses paid trip to The Creative Connection Conference in Minneapolis.

All you had to do to enter was write a 250-word essay about your creativity and how attending would help you develop as a person and an entrepreneur.

So, hey, nothing to lose. I wrote an essay, frantically using up more than my fair share of contractions trying to keep it under 250 words. Because, HELLO, creating stuff is awesome. I do it a lot. It’s not always pretty or perfect or brilliant, but I love my blog, my photographs, my knitting, my baking and the chance to meet and network with other (way WAY more amazingly creative) women sounded like a dream come true.

I sent my crazy rambling words off into the ether and forgot all about it.

OK, I didn’t really forget. I thought about it. A lot. I thought about how amazing it would be to attend a conference like this (HELLO, THE PIONEER WOMAN IS GOING TO BE THERE). I thought about how much of myself I put into my little essay. I thought about it right up until the day they were supposed to contact the winners. Then I thought bitter, angry thoughts about the jerks who got picked instead of me.

And then yesterday I got an email.

Hi Suzanne,

Congratulations! We have selected you as one of our three winners in the Create.Craft.Connect contest sponsored by Lark Crafts and The Creative Connection!

We were so inspired by your incredibly unique entry (love your belief that creativity isn’t about talent but the love of making things!)  that we’d like to send you to the conference in September.

WHAT THE WHAT? My best guess is I was runner up #17 or something and the other winners had to turn it down for some reason, which would explain why I was contacted so late. But who the heck cares, I’M A WINNER!

I passed out for a minute. Then I sobbed a little. Then I tweeted like fourty bazillionty times. Then I sobbed a little more. Then I jumped up and down. Then I peed my pants because I couldn’t bring myself to step away from the computer in case the email message somehow disappeared.

Can you tell I’m excited? SUPER excited. I’m also terrified I’ll spend the whole time standing in a corner because I don’t know ANYONE. I also feel like a terrible mother because I’ll be leaving Baby Evan AGAIN for three more days, not to mention dumping him with my parents for most of Labor Day weekend while E and I attending wedding festivities. And then I feel ever worse because I don’t actually feel THAT BAD about getting some more baby free time before Baby Squared becomes a reality. Mama likes sleeping in.

I don’t have any actual plans yet, no plane ticket or confirmations or instructions on how to sign up for the workshops or whatever. Which means maybe this is just some sort of extra-specific spam and tomorrow I’ll get an email saying the best way to contact them is this Nigerian phone number and while they’ve got my attention could I help their great uncle transfer $23,000,000 out of the country? All they need is my bank info. I don’t think I’d be the least bit surprised.

BUT. If it is real, I will soon be accosting Ree Drummond with my giant pregnant belly and tracking down Allison from O My Family to prove she really is as cute in person.

I need to go change my pants again.

p.s. Who can suggest somewhere to get awesome, fast, cute, cheap business cards? Because if I’m going to pretend to be all like “Oh hai, Am legitimate bizness woman!” I think I need cards.

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22 Responses to “Amazingness”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    Congratulations Suzanne! I am so proud! And BTW you crack me up!

  2. Amanda says:

    I am so excited for you! You are going to have such a great time and I can’t wait to see lots o’ pictures and posts all about it!

  3. Other Erin says:

    I think FedEx/Kinkos does business cards on the fly and it’s cheap (I think it’s $40 for 250 or something like that).

    So excited for you…that looks like a LOT of fun.

  4. Congratulations!!! that’s awesome!! I’m sure you are going to wow them all with your creativeness. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    FYI: we tried those print-them-yourself pre-perforated business cards from office max (or any other office supply store). We got the nicest DIY ones they had and they came out really good! (actually you couldn’t really tell the difference between those and the ones we later order). Also vista print’s online store is cheap and easy. Good luck!

  5. MKP says:

    Congrats!!! That’s awesome – and I bet you are going to have an amazing time.

    Also, pointed me to some supercheap but classy business cards at VistaPrint – I ordered them last week, maybe Wednesday? And they arrived on Monday. SUPER SPEEDY, and for around $7.

  6. Stephanie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Would you be willing to post the essay that made you a winner?!

    • bebehblog says:

      I totally would, if I could find it. I’m not sure I even kept a copy. But Lark Craft is going to post them all on their blog in September and I will be sure to link it then!

  7. TMae says:

    WoooT. You crack me up, and it’s so awesome that you’re gonna go. After your tweet yesterday I checked the conference out and got super jealous, because it looks amazing. All those ideas IN ONE PLACE. *Swoon*

    I second and third the recommendations above – vista print. Speedy, inexpensive, and reasonable quality.

  8. Suz B says:

    Congratulations Suzanne! That’s an awesome win that I’m sure you really did deserve! Have a great time. Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back.
    Have you looked at VistaPrint for cheap business cards?

  9. Suz B says:

    I just realized I was the 4th (or maybe 5th) to say VistaPrint. Guess I should have read the other comments. :-P

  10. ditto on the vistaprint. i got 500 in 4 days for $40 (and about $30 of that was just 3 day rush shipping)

  11. becca says:

    again, i’m SO excited for you. & just a tad jealous. but that’s ok… i get my cards from

    i order the mini cards and love them. they cost a little more than vistaprint, but the quality is fabulous!

  12. brigidkeely says:

    Hey, congratulations!

  13. bebehblog says:

    Thanks for the suggestions on the business cards everyone. I get like a zillion emails from Vistaprint a day, because I ordered something for my boss once, so I went with them. I can’t believe I’m going to have BUSINESS CARDS for my blog. Although they totally say “Oh crap, I’m going to have TWO babies!” right on them. Super professional, that’s me.

  14. lalaland13 says:

    Ohh, Minnesota. A lovely state, that. I was in St. Paul last summer for a wedding. Congrats, and yay for winning free stuff! Oh, the Twin Cities area has a Sonic or two now, just FYI. Can’t wait to see all the pictures and hear about how much fun you had!

  15. Good for you! So proud. The cards I got from vistaprint turned out great.

  16. jill says:

    there you go jumping again! haha congrats on winning the trip! and i was going to suggest vista print too. i made my mom some for her little shop and they turned out great!

  17. CONGRATS!!! I’ll be there too, just at the shops part, though, not the actual conference part. I’m a MN gal too, so if you want to, gimmie a ring and we can meet up!!!

  18. Cole says:

    Congratulations! and Allison totally *is* as cute in person!

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