Yesterday I had the opportunity to drive to Layton with my daughter Gentry to teach at the Memory Works event. It was really nice to be able to teach 100 women and get to see many familiar faces. My head sales director Nick went to met the woman and give out prizes as well. I was amazed at how many women had come from all over the USA. I taught a mini book with the NOTATIONS collection:
It was a very quick 1 hour 15 minute workshop. Here is the kit. THANKFUL that cell phones can take photos! I forgot to put my camera card in my camera. Ha!
The women and event organizers were beyond fabulous! Thanks Amber for inviting me. It is always so nice to met the people who read my blog and support my product lines. I am always touched and thankful for these moments.
I was overwhelmed when I met Kim.
She came up to me right before I started my second class. She was so sweet and was so excited to met me. Kim told me that she has been waiting for FIVE years to get to met me. We talked and she expressed some very kind things that embarrassed me. I don't see myself any other than just "simply me..." However, I felt strongly that SHE was the one that HELPED me. It's hard to articulate in words, but it's just deeply humbling and amazing for ME to get to met and learn from Kim and the others at the events that I attend. Often, I get many emails from girls that I do not personally know. It is a connection of the heart. It is the things that I feel that I should share.
It was one of those days yesterday. I met so many women in a short amount of time. We shared together. I found as I share my journey...my story...often the women feel safe to share with me the feelings of their journey. It is what I MOST love about teaching. It is those connections that empower me to keep doing WHAT and HOW I do. I hope this makes sense. THANK YOU KIM!!!!
I saw Martha from Scrapbook Daisy's again. LOVED going to her store this year to teach!!!!! I just LOVE being able to do this.
Last night, I took a crafting break. I have been doing projects for Scrapfest (teaching at Mall of America in Minnesota in September), CKU Reunion Event, and for my class on Thursday night during CHA. I did SEVEN big projects in the past two days and taught at Memory Works.
So I thought TONIGHT I will show a little - MY FIRST SNEAK PEEK of one of my collections and workshop that I will be teaching during CHA.
This is a collection called "CHRISTMAS HOME." I made this 6" w x 10" h mini album for the workshop. Yes, I have added beautiful stickers to this collection. The papers are heavyweight and textured.
*information: Teresa Collin's Workshop
Thursday July 21st 2011- 6:30 pm
Creative Cuts and Crafts
486 S. Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
The class has only TWO spots open so call if your interested. Thank you for all of you that signed up without even seeing the project- wow!!!!
Today something VERY special happened. If you are in a stepfamily situation or second marriage, I think you will understand. Today in church my daughter McKay was giving a talk to the congregation. They let the youth give 5 minute talks to help them share their testimonies. McKay got up and talked about FAITH. She then specifically talked about what FAITH meant to her and how she knew that God was always with her. For a young girl at age 17, she spoke from the heart and talked about her relationship with God and how she knew Heavenly Father loves her and all of us. I started to get tears in my eyes. It was so sincere and sweet. McKay sat down and I looked over to my right at my husband. I noticed that he had tears in his eyes. You have to understand, he is not one to cry. In fact, I have never seen him cry in church. I knew that he was doing this because of his love of McKay. Yes, she is his stepdaughter. However, I know that he does not look at her as anything but his daughter too. When Tyler and I got married, she was only 2 years old. I was so moved to see the tender reactions of my husband and it made me love him even more. I can't say it's always been easy with our brady bunch mixed family... in fact, it was sooo hard at first! However, it worked...we did not and will not ever give up on our "new" family. It has taken us years to blend as we have and it's really a beautiful work in progress.
Tonight, the kids came up to our house. We love having them up! Kayla is now pregnant with baby #2. Maxson will be 14 months old in a few days. Our Collin's family is expanding. Kayla is going to have a little GIRL! Just more and more blessings. Taylor and Spencer came straight from camping. It's always my happiest moments to have the house filled with the kids and now Maxson. I live each day with overwhelming gratitude for these simple moments that I cherish!
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend too!