And I don’t mean excercise! I’m leaving Saturday morning for sunny CA. So many good things on my agenda–first, I get to see one of my best girlfriends–Tammy. Tammy & Linda opened the first lss in my area about 6 1/2 years ago (they sold out when Tammy had to move to CA)…part of what got me so involved in the industry–it was at that store that I memorized brand names and worked a day here and there and got to play with all that lovely sb product!! I taught classes and made samples for the store. I designed and hand made titles with individual hand cut letters for sale in the store. That was back in the days of the dawning of Doodlebug and Chatterbox and eyelets GALORE!! When Becky’s purple book changed my life and I piled glass beads, glitter and meandmyBIGidea’s kids on my pages! And I held a position on my first design team and dabbled in product design for Gracefulbee.com (Hi Cathy!!) Things have come quite a ways even in six short years, haven’t they? And some things never change (I’m back on that glitter kick :). I still get just as excited about the whole thing as I ever did. I made friends for a lifetime, which has always been one of my favorite parts of this whole thing.
A lot of people have played a part in the little successes I have enjoyed in this hobby/obsession/job. From my first break teaching at a lss 2001 (thanks Darla!!) to the opportunity to work with BHG Scrapbooks etc. magazine–something I’d always dreamed of…I’m so very thankful for all the opportunities along the way in which I have been given. I really and truly count every experience as a blessing, a learning experience and I’m so grateful. I’m still "ridin’ the wave" and lovin’ every minute of it. I take it for what it is…paper and glue and a dream come true!
So, you see, I’m thrilled to get to take this trip to California– to see many of the people that have helped me along the way, inspired me to do what I love, encouraged and supported me in my journey. Its really something special. I’m also excited to meet new friends for the first time in person and experience the awe of seeing the tradeshow at my leisure, sort of 😉 I say sort of because I have a little job that I was invited to help out with–and absolutely thrilled to do so!!! Keep an eye on Leah’s blog this weekend (Sun-Tues, actually)—I’ll be reporting/filming mini interviews from the show floor with Donna all of the coolio stuff we find!! If you wanna win a prize go visit Donna’s blog and read her post from today!
Well, I hope I haven’t bored you to tears with my rambling—how bout a picture?
This heart hanging–features STAMPS from a brand new designer/brand with Fiskars: KIMBERLY POLOSON. She’s got a really cool look, different, fresh, very chic/vintage. You’ll LOVE it.
Another new name with Fiskars: TRICIA SANTRY So far, I’ve only seen the stamps that I used on this layout–but her style is so cute and whimsical!
If you’re wondering about all the black, white and red…well—I had several assignments that required the use of that color scheme…which of course, is one of my own personal faves!! Fiskars has a display at the show that will feature all of the black/white/red projects.
Okay– I’ll quit blabbing now! See you soon! jw