I’m a member of the Portland Blogger’s Brunch group: a meetup of about 50+ local bloggers who meet once every two months to network, talk about all things blogging, and make some local blogger friends.  I went to my first meetup in December, and it was so much fun!

Yesterday we had our February meetup, hosted by Nicole of  Nicole-Marie Who? (above) at her lovely apartment meeting room setting.  We enjoyed a delicious brunch of mini croissants, quiche, chocolate truffles, ambrosia fruit salad, coconut macaroons, and champagne and orange juice. 


Sam from Samantha Rosen helped with the beautiful decorations, and Jenni from A Well-Crafted Party (and her new venture, LeavetheLaundryforLater.com [love it!!]) coordinated the meetup and provided the crafts for all of us.

Samantha Rosen

First we went around the room and introduced ourselves.  We were all floored by the blogger behind @PreschoolGems (pictured above, in the orange), who has 111,000 followers on Twitter!!  (That’s one-hundred-eleven thousand!)

I think leopard ballet flats are a trend this year!!

I then had the privilege of giving a 20-minute talk about how to increase your following and gain readers, which is a topic I was asked a lot about at the last meeting.  All of us are at so many different stages in our blogging journeys, but it’s a topic that I think is relevant no matter how big your blog is.

Blab, blab, blab.

(Thanks to Olga from Vintage Pretty for the photo of me!!)

Hopefully I shared some useful tips and ideas with everyone!

We then had a craft where we made rolled fabric roses for leather bracelets and hairpins.  I made two in my favorite color for a sweet little bobby pin (just roll and hot glue!!)  Imagine making some of these for a little girl in your life, in satin, tulle, and chiffon – or addings rhinestones and pearls!  What a pretty Valentine’s Day present would that be?!

Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking

Pretty bloggers in their red and pink!

I had a great time and can’t wait to see everyone again at the next meeting in April!

Thanks to Jenni and Nicole for having me!!:-D


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