We had a blast today. I took many photos but have not had a chance to post them. Thanks Barb Stewart for your comment about my girls. They are highly requested babysitters. How did she know???
I had many girls ask about the large hanging beads that I used on my book at Windy City Scrapbooking. It took me a while to find my source- but here it is-
http://www.craftsetc.com/store/search.aspx?searchTerm=acrylic+bead. I used the clear ones that are two to a package for $1.10. They are large and I hang them from Tim Holtz Metal Jumprings. i hope this helps!!!!
My family is all in bed and I'm not sleepy at all. Zach has his friend over to spend the night. They both fell asleep at the same time watching a funny hunting show. Tomorrow we are headed to the Salt Lake Hogle Zoo with my boys and my friend Marilyn's family. It has been quite some time since we have visited the Zoo. I'm really looking forward to this time with my boys and friends.
I wanted to rewind. The night before I went to CHA S, I went to the American Idol Live concert. It lasted a long time- over 3 hours. David Archuleta has really improved in his stage appearance. I always thought he was wonderful, but he was "in his element." It was so loud (fan's cheering) when he was on stage. David A. and David C. were both amazing. You could tell they are GREAT friends. I really enjoyed Kristy Cook- which I really hadn't during the show. She looked like a super star. I loved Michael Johns. Wow- he is entertaining and his Australian accent was adorable. He was quite funny and knew how to get the audience excited. It was a great night- I don't know if I mentioned that after I purchased the tickets, Daniel (david's little brother) texted McKay to tell her that she should have told him we were going- he had front row/back stage passes that he would have given us. Anyway, McKay never mentioned it to Daniel because she wants him to KNOW she likes HIM for HIM and not because his brother happens to be FAMOUS now. So the concert was wonderful, and my girls kept laughing at all the girls who had David's face on their shirts and pants. They said it was "just weird" to them. David is just David to them. It looks like they are NOT moving for the time being.
CHA- I am waiting for my disc of images from the show to be mailed to me. My trip was FANTASTIC. Taylor and I arrived and met up with Jamie. We then went to the show and worked on last minute product samples. I LOVE working with Product Performers who distributes my lines. I was able to go to the companies headquarters and SEE all my TC products filling lots of space at their warehouse for the first time. I felt right at home. Later that day, we had the wonderful Susan Dallas pick us up from CHA and take us to Windy City Scrapbooking. Okay, this store is AMAZING. I have not shopped for a LONG time- and I found so many great goodies to purchase. Taylor was throwing items into my basket too- she didn't realize she had "caught" the scrapbooking "bug." I taught the class and LOVED everyone in the class. It was if I was surrounded by my old friends. I gave out "fresh off the press" papers as prizes and met my friend Lynda V. for the first time. So thankful to met, people who I've emailed with for a long time. I can't thank Windy City enough for having me. They went ABOVE and BEYOND to make my visit so spectacular. Thanks SUSAN and girls for the yummy dinner, for being so organized and for your hospitality. I was so impressed!!!!
On Thursday- we set up the booth design all day. Wow, I've been a busy girl and we had to try to get ALL my TC products displayed. It is like Christmas for me at the shows...I finally get to reveal my designs and then decorate the booth. My two favorite hobbys-design and decorate- wow, do I feel extremely lucky to do this. When I count my blessing- well, there are so many...I'm full of gratitude.
Well, after a LONG day of set up, it was time to head to WICKED. What can I say???? I LOVED WICKED. LOVE, LOVE , LOVE....need I say more. I cried at the end- and felt so touched by the "overall" message. I had NO IDEA what the musical was about. I will not spoil it but just know, I highly recommend WICKED. Taylor, Jamie and I were so lucky to see it. Thanks to Ken- he picked us up after the show and returned us safely to their beautiful home. So go see WICKED- I knew so many of the songs because my girls have the CD.
Oh, much more to share, but I know this is enough for tonight. Oh, I will be headed to NORTHERN CALIFORNIA in ONE WEEK- I'll be at Scrapbook Island and Scrapbook Territory. I am super excited. I LOVE Diane and Laurie so much...I have lots and lots of fun things planned- so I hope to see a lot of you N. Cal girls there. (I have no idea if there is space available in my classes- I have gotten several emails- so please contact the stores directly)...
Tomorrow...I have some "personal" news to share. I've been dreading this post, but you know me- I feel it's important to be honest and real- so stay tuned...time for bed tonight.