Next week... CHA Summer is in Las Vegas Nevada. It is time to debut new collections. I am going to start showing the lines and projects THIS COMING MONDAY. I will reveal my MAKE N TAKE that you can come and do at the Craftwell TC booth (they are right across from me at the trade show). Guess what? I have a new machine to debut with Craftwell and 8.5 x 11 embossing folders. I will debut TWO NEW fabulous TC/Xyron products. Oh my... I have been busy. I have designed new stamps with Fiskars, but I am not sure if they will debut at CHA S. Did I mention that I have been busy????
I am just so thankful for friends and family in my life who support me. I went to lunch yesterday with a dear friend. I love her and I love that she gets me. I often run on very little sleep so that I can be with my kids during the day and attend their events. Often I work late into the night. I try to plan my time and be organized so I am "really there" for my kids. I will never truly be happy or successful if my family fails. So my first love and priority is always my family. With the success of my company I have had to spend much time in prayer and asking for HELP daily to balance it all.
I had a really special experience yesterday. After lunch I came home to be with my son Ty. I knew I needed to film segments this morning for My Craft Channel but I wanted to spend time with him. I had a few ideas and projects that I had worked on with my new products debuting, but wasn't sure what projects to feature. I honestly just prayed that I would KNOW and be able to get at least SIX show contents ready to film. Well, I made dinner for Ty and he had BMX practice tonight. Ty took him and I was alone for 2.5 hours. I started to go show by show for each of my tapings. I felt the strongest impressions and knew exactly what shows and samples would work. In total I had 14 shows to tape... fourteen. I literally got done with packing the boxes and supplies to take to the studio and five minutes later the boys got home. I was astonished that I had it done so quickly. It is moments like this that I realize that God is always mindful of our righteous needs and desires.
I am been so busy that I have not been able to edit my Italy photos. It was so wonderful and magical and I loved EVERY moment of the trip. It was special to have Ty go with me. I did edit a couple of photos and I thought I would share a few at a time.
We did so much walking. I loved it!!!! The streets are just my favorite. I love ITALY!!!! PS Ty hates his photo taken. I take them anyway. It's important that our kids have photos and the grandbabies...
The buildings, the architecture... just stunning.
Did I mention that I loved all the shops there? I also loved the gelato. Oh it was a treat!!!!
Here we are in Como. I loved every town. I loved the church here. I got the cutest ITALY zip up jacket here and visited the scrapbook store here. I love these two NC sisters. Lynne and Carol are from my home state and area. I just connected with them. I am going to go have dinner with them next time I'm back visiting my sister and family in NC. I loved this trip and for the memories.
I have many more photos to share... thankful for Laura and her efforts to do such a great event.
I'm headed to Searcy Arkansas in TWO days. I know it will be fun!!!! I do have a fun announcement for my international friends. I am headed to Madrid Spain to teach 4 workshops the weekend of Oct. 4-6th. All the details will be announced next week. My flight has been purchased and I will see my friends in Spain soon. I know some girls are flying in from surrounding countries. I know it will be a wonderful weekend if you would like to join us.
Okay, thankfully I am up super early... now I need to leave to head to the My Craft Channel studio.