On the way into the show on the first day I ran into a friend from England, Jennie, who owns a stamp store there - The Artistic Stamper. We talked about the possibility of classes there this spring - we'll see! Wouldn't that be fun!
As a huge Survivor fan (I've never missed a season!) I was thrilled to meet Rupert of tie-dye shirt fame. What a nice guy! He was at the Tulip booth demostrating how to make tie-dye shirts. A perfect gig for him!
I loved seeing my good friend Glenda who so beautifully organizes the SA Scrapbook Convention in South Africa. It was so nice to catch up!
It won't be long before I'll be in Paris to teach at Version Scrap with Sharon from Prima and Celine and Karin from France. It's fun to see the French girls on my "turf"!
It's always great to see Jodi from Fancy Pants - we have so many happy memories from being in South Africa together a couple years ago.
I got to catch up with Carolyn who owns The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. We're cooking up plans for a weekend of classes soon!
On Monday I ran into Lyn and Glenda from South Africa - we all got the "wear black and white" memo!
I loved seeing one of my favorite people - Erin from San Jose who works for Ruby Rock-It.
I also got to catch up with Jill who owns Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg, Florida - I'm so excited to be returning there the weekend of March 21st and 22nd with three brand new classes!
My friend Anita had a beautiful display in the Designer Showcase - I'm so happy for her and for the opportunities that are coming her way!
Outside the convention hall was the best place to catch up with friends - with these gals... don't we look great in the purple light - NOT!
How about this one... even though it's blurry, it's better than zombie-ish!
Michelle, Valerie, Angie, me, and Lori... It was so nice to see Lori again (my fall retreat was at her property in Texas.)
We got a little silly with the selfies at Downtown Disney one night!
I don't know how I missed the information about the amazing project they have going on Facebook (I usually pride myself about knowing what's going on!) A group of five friends (Art to the 5th) who share of love of art got together to share a year long special project with anyone who would like to join in called The Documented Life Project. If you want more information about it, you can check out Lorraine's blog and join the Facebook group. When they put the idea out there, they were thinking that maybe fifty or, at a stretch, one hundred people might join in, but so far 3,869 people have signed up! Wow! It has really struck a chord with people! I've joined the group myself and am hoping that maybe in February I'll be able to actually join in and make the journal.
There were lots more people that I saw and hugged and caught up with - Paula and Tim and Mario and Heidi and Teresa and Maggie and Elizabeth and Amy and lots more - it all kind of blurs together - and I didn't take the usual pictures with them, but these friendships all add to the fun and are one of the biggest rewards of being part of an industry like this for so long! I cherish these friendships and the support within the industry!
I'll be back tomorrow with my afternoon and evening at French General. Thanks for reading and stay warm - it's back to just around zero degrees again today. Brrrr!
If you're dreaming of someplace warm, how about joining me for a weekend of thrift shopping in Florida at the end of January. You can read about it and sign up HERE. I bought my plane ticket yesterday (only $215 round trip from Buffalo to Sarasota on US Airways!)
If you're dreaming of someplace dreamy, how about joining me in Paris for a week at the end of April. You can read about that trip and the openings that I have HERE. April in Paris? Oui, s’il vous plaît!