not monetarily, but in friends and experiences. i put more faces with familiar names and i actually feel refreshed, and ready to go this morning. seeing all the new products and samples, and spending time with creative people had that effect. i can't wait to spend time in my studio...i was afraid before i left, that it would be a while before i felt like working on projects again, but it's not that way at all. so thank you, inspiring friends. i also feel super blessed about the time i spent with awesome friends. my only complaint is that i didn't have enough time with you all. i want to shout out to all of you, but i'm too afraid of missing someone! after a time of wondering about this industry, i feel totally encouraged and hopeful. i really recognized how many really fun, geniune, good-hearted people there are. i think some of us questioned that for a time. this show, i came home with a totally different vibe. that feels so good. of course it's always good to spend time with the girls i work with. they are the best. i love, love, love how much we laugh. my ab muscles hurt at least once a day during showtime. thanks tracy, jen and leslie! we had a smaller group this show, as creativity is planning a huge new release for the upcoming winter show...this show featured a new line of wall vinyl called "hip in a hurry". we did have a new rhonna line called "urban junque" that is a limited edition collection. and as always, we had beautiful new stamps. i really like the new packaging with page ideas and instructions right in the package. also, i really like the new stamp pads. i had a chance to try them briefly before leaving and i really liked the way they worked with the acrylic stamps.
other CHA talk:
i did some freelance samples for chatterbox and i have to say, i was really inspired by their new *artilicious* line. very me. flocked papers, cool accents, a little glitz, and rich, beautiful colors...
the last two photos are horrible quality, due to finishing them late at night and the fact that the glitter was still wet. i also made for paper cupcakes, but after seeing the other designer's cakes, i'm feeling like maybe paper cupcakes are not my forte!
one more image i want to share. i have the new baby on my mind a lot these days, so when lori was so kind to take jen, kim and i along with her sister and friend to ikea, i was thrilled to find this yummy rug for newborn shots! and then, i had asked amy if she could make a little custom onesie for baby... and she finished it and brought it by the booth-i was ecstatic! i love it so much!
can't wait for him to get here!
so much more i want to say about CHA, but i need to get on with my day, so i'll continue tomorrow. today is our daughter in law jennifer's birthday-happy birthday jennifer! and a belated happy birthday to ryan (his birthday was last friday). this was really bizarre-i was standing in our booth the first day of the show and i could have sworn that jennifer walked by. later in the day, she walked by again....and it was just uncanny how much she looked like her. i saw her a few more times throughout the show, and at one point, i ran into her and told her she has a twin in nebraska. it was weird talking to her, because even up close, she looked like jennifer....but her voice didn't match. very weird. i wish i had taken her picture. but i think it was probably strange enough for me to approach her. if i has asked her if i could take her picture, she probably would have thought i had lost it.
i hope you have a great day and God bless!