Goodbye Chicago

Jul 31, 2010

I sure will miss this city. I do believe it is my favorite. Their downtown is awesome. I love everything about it and the flower gardens they have throughout the city are just gorgeous. So I thought I would share a few photos I took while we were walking downtown yesterday. While you are looking at the photos I will be trying to figure out how to pack all this great stuff into my suitcase. It is basically goign to be like trying to stuff an elephant into a teacup. Wish me luck. Cool piece of art. Chicago Stock Exchange Their dresses and hair are all made of paper… so cool. The fountain. Kids were running all over this place having a blast. The Bean, the artists on the right was creating a gorgeous painting...

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Show Day 3

Jul 30, 2010

This one is a day late but by the time we finished breaking down the booth and eating dinner it was late and I was pooped. As you can see my day started out as usual at the make-n-take booth. People loved learning how to make medallion flowers. They loved it so much so that I taught 100 people how to make them. That is a lot of making and taking in 5  hours. Right before the show started I went to another one of my favorite manufacturers… Crafty Secrets.  They have some adorable items coming out. You will notice several projects using my friend Vicki Chrisman’s 3D shadow box frame dies and they are super cute. Their booth is filled with loads of vintage goodness. Notice the 3D Shadow Box Frame above… I...

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Show day 2

Jul 28, 2010

Today we created flower pins using Petaloo flowers that were misted with several different colors of Maya Mist. Then we accented the center of the flower with one of the new Bingo Markers. It was a fun day and once again I had a blast meeting everyone that came by to say hi. Now how about a little Studio 490. I LOVE all the new items Wendy Vecchi is releasing. So I will just post all the eye candy and save all the WOW’s and OH MY GOODNESS, and I have to HAVE THIS for you… because honestly this is all I can think to say about her release. So enjoy. And if I don’t get this stamp set I think I might just die….is this incredible or what? So there you have it… loads...

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Show Day 1

Jul 27, 2010

What a whirlwind of a day… One minute into the show I had a line waiting to create my make-n-take and 5 hours later all 78 were done. Then did some demos on how to make a really cute flower using our satin pleat trim. Tomorrow’s make-n-take will be creating a flower that has been misted with several different colors of Maya Mist… then the center will be one of the new bingo pieces. AND the giveaway is awesome… just saying. So stop by in the morning so you don’t miss out. From 11:00 to 11:30 I will have a book signing at the R & M booth #2025. So if you would like one of my books make sure you get there first thing at 11:00 as I will need to leave right...

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Pre CHA day 2

Jul 26, 2010

First let me say… yes, dreams do come true… check out what Maya Road now has…. GLITTER!!!! I have begged and begged and begged for Caroline to PLEASE make GLITTER well not only she and Deb make GLITTER I actuallly got to help pick the colors. All I am going to say is it is super awesome GLITTER and if you are a glitter lover like me you will LOVE this fine glitter. So after I finished doing the happy dance we started adding all the design teams projects. Our team ROCKS… those of you attending will be so inspired aftering seeing what everyone has created. And about 5 hours later we were done…. Love that I have a larger and taller Make-n-Take table (thanks Carolyn)… tomorrow’s project is going to be fun and the give away...

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Pre CHA day 1

Jul 25, 2010

Started my day playing with this little cutie Miss Olivia. After breakfast we headed to the convention center to start putting the booth together. The blank area you see will soon be filled with lots of Maya Road goodness.  This is Laura and Aubrey working on the walls. Once it gets past the second row I am vertically challenged. Here is Laura and David with a little organized chaos going on. It is always such an accomplished feeling once we get the walls all set up. Here is some serious organized chaos.  The ribbon wall is plain torture for me… thankfully, Caroline knows this and gives this task to someone else… Laura. I have no idea how she manages to complete this task. If it were up to me to get it done CHA would be over and you...

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CHA Projects and Local Classes

Jul 23, 2010

So tomorrow I head for CHA in Chicago. It is a lot of work yet so fun as I get to work with some super fun people and see friends from all over the country. Maya Road has a wonderful release. Each release I think there is no way they can top this one yet they do and they did not disappoint with this one either. So many wonderful new products. To see their new items check out their catalog online here. This release I got to play with some of the new Maya Road Jeans Pocket Binder Canvas Binder. I will be teaching this album project at The Crafty Scrapper Saturday, August 14th at 10:30 a.m. They also created this wonderful Pennant Canvas Album. I used lots of Maya Road Maya Mists on...

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Two weeks and 13 states later…

Jul 23, 2010

I am home and just in time to turn around and head to CHA tomorrow morning. I had a wonderful time with my mom and dad driving up to see my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and my Grandfather. It was a lot of driving but so worth seeing everyone. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks… Visited my mom’s (Childers) side of the family in Buckhannon, WV. Had so much fun seeing everyone. Downtown Buckhannon has some adorable and super wonderful antique stores. They even have a scrapping/stamping store that I was so happy to be able to visit. I found lots of items to incorporate into projects for classes. This is what you see as you look down the hill from my aunt and uncle’s house. This is the old homestead...

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“Home Sweet Home”

Jul 1, 2010

Since I am about to head out on a two week road trip with my Mom and Dad to visit family I thought I would discount my “Home Sweet Home” online workshop to $9.95. If you are registered in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop you will be given free access to this online workshop. The project created is a wonderful way to document what makes your home a  “Home Sweet Home”. The technique taught is fun to do and can be added to lots of different projects. Enjoy!...

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