Sunday, 12 June 2011

Curry & Conversation: Our Summer Meet-up!!

Let me tell you… we have some fantastic member bloggers!

How terrific would it be if we could get everyone together; each and every writer from all 76 member blogs (about 80 people!) representing design and lifestyle interests, activities and just plain fun stuff spanning BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba? Out of this world fantabulous, that’s how terrific THAT would be!!

The next best thing? Getting 15 BC based Lower Mainland bloggers gathered together around a table filled to overflowing with scrumptious Malaysian food!

DSCF1756 Where’s all the yummy food you ask? Well… we ate it of course! :-)

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So let me introduce everyone at the table… starting front and centre with Barbara from hodge:podge and moving to the left ~ Nancy: Marcus Design ~ Andrea: From My Living Room ~ Tracey: My House of Giggles ~ Karla: Kerrisdale Design ~ Tracey: Keeping House & Everything Else ~ Rosa: flutterflutter ~ Lily & Rachel: Birch & Bird ~ Jodi: Simply Inspired Home ~ Darryl: darryl bueckert ~ Carol: The Design Pages ~ Victoria: Edin’s House ~ Sherri: So Much to Love ~ Meesh: I Dream of Chairs

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We have such a great time at our gatherings (we’ve met 4 times now)! Several of us have attended past meet-ups so conversations just pick up where they left off. Love that!

Even more to love… today 7 new cdn.d&lbWEST network members joined the group and more conversations were started that will continue at our next gathering!!

One discussion we all jumped into ~ the event Barbara & network organizers are working on for late September; an event planned to take place in tandem with IDSwest (Interior Design Show West). Barbara has done a lot of work connecting with potential sponsors, but she’ll share more of that in an upcoming post. Yes, I’m a tease!! What I will tell you is that we’re thinking guest speakers, food & drinks, activities, and lots of fun! Ha!! More teasing, hey?!

Watch this blog for planning updates!!

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Now really quickly, let me tell you about Banana Leaf. FAB! Each of us sooo enjoyed the wonderful variety of dishes the servers placed on our table: roti, curries, shell fish, chicken, beef, noodles, rice. Everything was terrific! If you’re in Vancouver we encourage you to plan a meal at one of the 3 Banana Leaf locations in the city.

Our new network is a large and growing group of outta-this-world bloggers, but we don’t all live in Vancouver/Lower Mainland BC. In fact, we’re spread out across the western provinces of this fantastic country of ours! That means that a whole lot of our members are sitting back thinking: “But I can’t attend these gatherings. I don’t live near Vancouver.” Well… we encourage you to reach out to cdn.d&lbWEST members (and other design/lifestyle bloggers who haven’t found our great network yet!) in communities near you and plan meet-ups of your own. Get together for coffee, lunch, a trip to the local vintage shop ~ anything! Let us help you by providing space on this blog for you to connect with your blogger-neighbours… send us your post and we’ll upload right away!

Oh… don’t forget to take lots of photos of your gathering so that you can write another post for the Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers WEST blog because your member-bloggers want to hear all about it!!

Talk around the table today suggested that locally we get together before our September event. Perhaps in August! So where should we meet? Coffee and a browse at Granville Island? Ice cream and a walk in White Rock? Nibblies and antique exploring in the valley?

Share some ideas!!!

Victoria
& Nancy, Karla and Barbara
cdn.d&lbWEST Organizers

15 comments:

amy walters said...

Love the new logo!

The meet-up looks like it was soooo much fun! And that food...yumm-y!

amy*

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

I'm looking forward to getting together again soon! Great event, and a great write up!

jodi said...

Great Post Victoria! The restaurant was amazing because of you!

Looking forward to anther meet up! End of July?

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I had fun meeting more amazing bloggers. Looking forward to the next one!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Wow, looks like an awesome turnout! It's so great to connect with fellow bloggers. Here in Ottawa, we have our own little "Group of 7" bloggers/decorators - we always have a blast when we get together :-) Love my TBBs!

Vintage Home said...

So awesome you where all together! You can not believe how much I appreciate all the time & effort you are all putting into this.
So sorry I couldn't make it.
If you decide to have a get together in the valley I would like to invite you to end up here in Abbotsford, lots to see. And I would love to have all of you here, in our home, for a casual meet and greet!
Again, deepest thanks!..Colleen

Sherri said...

Thanks again, Victoria for organizing such a wonderful meet-up. It was inspiring to meet so many amazingly talented bloggers and the food was divine! I'm looking forward to the next get-together.
Sherri @ so much to love.

Sarah MacMillan said...

Looks like fun! I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to hearing more about the September event. I'm so glad to be part of this group!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Another great afternoon with some awesome Vancouver peeps. I'm so glad to be part of this amazing group!

Marcus Design said...

Thank you so much for creating this fabulous post Victoria! You are awesome!! I had such a great time and am so thankful to everyone that came out :) Can't wait for the next one!
Nancy xo

Rambling Renovators said...

Looks likes you guys had a fabulous time! How awesome that your group keeps growing. Best of luck with your September shindig.

Elasticpantcity said...

I'd love to join the network! Unfortunately when I try to send a message it says I have the wrong code. I've tried a dozen times yesterday and today. Just wanted to let you know in case the site is having a technical problem!

http://www.elasticpantcity.com

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Great post! Always a fun time when getting together with other bloggers - so much in common! I think I have eaten at Banana Leaf when I lived in Vancouver - it looks familiar but it would have been about 8 years ago.

Pinecone Camp said...

Looks like you lovely bloggers had a great time. Banana Leaf is near my home, and we go there quite often. Hope to see you soon.
janis

Love Design Company said...

Darn, I wish Cristina and I had been able to make it. Next time for sure! Looks like you had a great time...
Lindsay