made it home safe and sound. I’m not taking a shower until I feel like exercising and that might not happen for a couple of hours, so I’m sitting here in my sweats, blogging. LOTS of laundry to do today and really just so happy about that!
CHA was as always amazing — I don’t have the pressures of deciding what to buy for a store, nor do I have the responsibility of creating product and selling it, so aside from being prepared for meetings and taking it all in, it’s pretty darn fun. Addie did well — thanks primarily to Jenna, who was a real trooper.
here’s some highlights (emphasis on the some part, as I didn’t take near enough pictures)
Simple threw a little birthday a party in the CKMedia booth on Monday afternoon. There was a very impressive cake (looked like it had goldleafing on it) and we served that up along with prizes that included custom Jones Soda bottles, very large chocolate bars and some really cool Simple/Shutterfly calendars featuring photos from our recent Moments column. Naturally, I embarrassed myself (but, what the hey — at this point that is nothing new)
the whole thing made me cry (it was definitely a memorable moment.) If you have pictures, I’d love some — email me!
got to spend Sunday morning walking the show with Tote, who by the way grew more and more comfortable pulling my pink Target tote, so I could focus on Addie! Tote is the marketing/operations part of the Compendium dynamic duo. Kobi (author of the She book and many, many other inspirational titles) was treated to a "wendy tour" of floor highlights and industry history/trends. Heidi, btw has some very fun NEW items, including Writers Block – little pads of paper that invite snippets of handwritten journaling. I also loved her new clock transparencies and jumbo photo corners!!
got to see Robin Johnson in the We R Memory Keepers booth — always a true highlight! Got to see these too — beautiful leather 6×6 albums in so many wonderful colors. There are other sizes also, but I’m still a nut for small, colorful and well-made. Cannot wait to get my hands on these. Some very nice metal letters and embellishments along with gorgeous papers!!
speaking of new albums. Ann and her sister Karen are doing a bang up job as new owners of ScrapWorks. They have improved upon (hard to do) the BayBox line of photoalbums and renamed them Anthologie. For those of you that took our Random Me A to Z class, and struggled getting page protectors, etc. you’ll be glad to know that these issues have been taken care of. These women are savvy and the business side is better than ever!
just plain LOVED seeing and spending "not enough time" with the simple team — here’s beth proudfoot, glowing in her pregnant state (wendy and elizabeth dillow in the background getting lunch)
kim morgan and karen glenn (identical twins, btw) have been designing inspiring layouts for years (both early Hall of Famers) so fun to see them together walking the show, and so fun to hear their ideas!!
rebecca cooper (author of Real Life Scrapbooking, coming soon) couldn’t be one ounce cuter! I’m so proud of her and her approach and example!
ate lunch two days in a row with wendy — sat here against this cement wall which felt like a cozy sofa, after long hours on your feet! So love this girl — got to visit with so many great people as they walked by.
Addie is awake and calling — time for a bath and more laundry.
more highlights to come!