What a week…

Feb 18, 2008

I can’t believe CHA has come and gone. It is amaz­ing how fast it goes by… just one big fab­u­lous blur. It was great get­ting to see old friends and make some new ones. The inter­net is a won­der­ful thing as I will be able to keep in touch with peo­ple I met peo­ple from all over the world. While doing make-n-takes in the Maya Road booth.… near­ly 500 in 3.5 days I met peo­ple from New Zealand, Paris, Ger­many, Aus­tralia, Japan and all over the USA.

I was so hap­py when Beth Williams Exec­u­tive Edi­tor of Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mag­a­zine and Gina­Marie Reda Assis­tant Edi­tor of Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mag­a­zine came by Maya Road to say hi. It was great get­ting to chat with them for a bit and actu­al­ly put a per­son with their emails. Staci Ethridge and Tra­cy Austin two MMM ’08 came by to say hi too. They are just as sweet as ever. I was so busy doing make-n-takes that I did­n’t get a chance to real­ly chat but just being able to say­ing hi in per­son was great. I got to chat with Tra­cie Radtke while she was doing her make-n-take at the F & W Pub­lish­ing booth. We even planned a fun post for the MMM blog so be on the look­out for that one. While talk­ing to Tra­cie I got to meet Kat­ri­na Simeck MMM ’07. Talk about super sweet and a plea­sure to meet. I ran into Chris­tine Doyle, Edi­to­r­i­al Direc­tor of Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Books and got to have a fun and excit­ing chat with her. As I was com­ing back from lunch I ran into Gre­ta Ham­mond MMM ’08, Vic­ki Boutin, the Queen of Foof her­self Tere­sa McFay­den and the super sweet Jen­ni Bowl­in as you can see at every turn there were peo­ple to meet, chat with and get to know bet­ter. It is so fun to be around all these peo­ple with the same hob­by.

I got to vis­it with Tri­cia and helped her pick out some fun things for future Cocoa Daisy Kits. I got to meet Ali Edwards rather quick­ly while she and Tri­cia were walk­ing the floors and I was doing make-n-takes. Some of my Scrap­Gal friends stopped by to say hi… it is always so fun see­ing Celeste Smith. She just qui­et­ly stands in line for make-n-takes and when I look up I am always so sur­prised to see her. I got to talk to Dina Wak­ley for awhile and meet Amie Farkas.

The one part of CHA that is not fun is all the steal­ing. It amazes me as to how much prod­uct and dis­plays peo­ple will steal right out from under your nose. I had 2.5 projects stolen. Thank­ful­ly, Car­o­line caught one per­son and was able to get back the cov­er to my bird coast­er album. I cre­at­ed it about my daugh­ter and her friend. Of all the items tak­en this would have been the hard­est one to recre­ate.

So if you hap­pen to see these two projects float­ing around they are mine and I would love to have them back. No ques­tions asked. Most like­ly I will nev­er see them again. But I do find it amus­ing that the owl card is in the Maya Road cat­a­log and would love to know how some­one will explain that one as being their own. Kin­da fun­ny I think. I don’t know how peo­ple live with them­selves know­ing they took some­thing that does not belong to them and will be missed by the design­er.

Be on the lookout… he is wanted!

Be on the lookout… she is wanted!

I will post all about some of the new prod­ucts that will be must haves for me tomor­row. Some real­ly nice prod­ucts will be hit­ting the stores soon.

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