Sewing Summit 2013

Sewing Summit 2013

I decided last night to buy a ticket for the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City.  The conference was sold out in April when I came back from Cape Town and I was really bummed.  I got an email yesterday saying that they decided to release some more tickets and I jumped on the opportunity.  I quickly bought a ticket, planned out the classes that I wanted to take (it was really difficult to choose) , and booked a hotel room where the conference will be held.  It all happened so quickly last night that it took me a while to realize that I had really done it.  It finally hit me when I was trying to fall asleep last night.  Trying being the key word; Falling never really happened. .  I tried everything: tossing, turning, trying to silence the annoying rattle of our air conditioner, bathroom break, warm milk, waking my husband up to try to sympathize with my struggle, headphones, pillow and blanket over my ear.  It was no use.  I finally put some headphones on and surrendered to a night of restlessness.

I know why I couldn’t sleep.  It was a mix of the feeling you get the night before Christmas and the sheer panic you feel the night before a big speech, exam, interview, etc.  I’m super excited for this conference but I’m venturing there alone and I’m a little (ok, a LOT) nervous.  For those of you who’ve read Scaredy Squirrel, I feel like Scaredy when he didn’t want to leave his nut tree.  I know I won’t encounter tarantulas, Green Martians, or killer bees in Salt Lake but leaping into the unknown is quite terrifying.  Questions were running through my mind last night as I was lying in bed, some practical and other’s ridiculous: What fabric should I bring? Am I good enough to take the classes they offer?  Will I meet friends or be standing awkwardly in the corner by myself?  What should I wear?  Is it dorky to wear my handmade stuff or is it something that’s expected and cool?  What will the other girls think of my business idea?  Am I going to be stuck in the hotel room eating room service by myself?

I know in the end I will be glad that I took the leap out into the unknown after the conference.  Until then, I will just pack an emergency kit like Scaredy and hope for the best.

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  • Kate G
    Posted at 21:28h, 11 September Reply

    We can stand awkwardly in a corner together! I am going by myself (as a first timer) this year and for several reasons am staying with my sister in law. I’m an introvert, but have heard wonderful things about everyone being very friendly. Are you going on the shop hop bus? I’ll be there too. 🙂

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 23:38h, 11 September Reply

      Kate,
      I would love to! I am going to the shop hop as well so I will look out for you. Looking forward to meeting you.

  • SeamstressErin
    Posted at 03:28h, 12 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing your fears. Really looking forward to meeting you, and I’m sure we’ll both have a great time!

  • Kim Kruse
    Posted at 03:35h, 12 September Reply

    I’ll be there as a solo first timer too, and I’m also going on the shop hop. I’ll look for you gals in SLC!

  • Shannon Orr
    Posted at 22:58h, 12 September Reply

    Hooray another newbie! I’ll be there solo and I’m so looking forward to meeting you. Please seek me out. I’ll brine of the dozens wearing their homemade duds and looking around ’cause I don’t know a soul.

  • Erin
    Posted at 22:59h, 13 September Reply

    I am so glad you decided to come! It really is a fun & welcoming group of people – I hope you have a great time! 🙂

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