Friday night I attended an info session about Etsy’s Made in Canada event. The Calgary Made in Canada will be held along with others in cities across Canada on September 26. I wasn’t able to attend the last one, but I’m really looking forward to this year. Last year they had an amazing turn out with 40 vendors and over 4000 people. They’re moving to a bigger venue in September so they’ll be able to host 100 vendors.
After a brief presentation about Etsy Made in Canada we enjoyed some food and then got to work making some greeting cards. The cards were being given to a charity that provides seniors with birthday gifts. Apparently for some of them this is the only acknowledgement of their birthday. We ended up making close to 150 cards.
They’re still taking applications for vendors until June 21, so if you’re on Etsy and in the Calgary area make sure you fill out an application. At the info session they had a table set up with some of the pieces that vendors will be selling this year. If that’s any indication, there’s going to be a talented and diverse group of sellers in September. The organizers and some of the vendors were nice enough to give us swag bags on our way out.
I was pretty excited for Saturday because it was Wordcamp YYC! Last year was my first time attending and I learned so much and met some great people, so I knew that I wanted to come back again this year. It’s grown this year – there were more attendees as well as more speakers.
They had three tracks (bloggers, designers, and creatives), so there was something for everyone, no matter what you do with WordPress. The speakers were awesome. They all clearly put a lot of time and effort into their presentations. They were also very open to questions and gave out some great advice.
There were a lot of great sponsors who helped to make Wordcamp possible. Because of them it was only $25 to attend – which is an amazing price. They also came through with some pretty awesome swag. WordPress is an amazing community that’s more than willing to help others. I know I’ve gotten a lot of help from people over the years, and my blog is better for it.
After taking my first unit test for my anatomy class (which I rocked by the way, I scored 92%!) on Sunday afternoon, it was time for date night. It was pretty low key, which was actually kind of nice. My boyfriend made some pretty tasty pork chops in the crock pot for dinner. We split this raspberry wheat beer from Phillips. It’s definitely more my kind of thing, but he said it that he liked it better than most of the fruity beers I like. Afterwards we headed over to Village Ice Cream for dessert. They have the best ice cream in Calgary, so I was expecting a long line on a warm Sunday night. Luckily we only had to wait about 10 minutes before we got our ice cream. I went with the maple pecan flavor and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It was my first time ordering it, and I’m sure I’ll be getting it again.
Leave me a comment with the highlight of your weekend.