Hello! I made it back in one piece from CHA with a head full of ideas, and much excitement about what’s brewing for the near future. My husband and Wally met me at the airport and I rode home with a 100 lb Golden Retriever on my lap in the front seat. He couldn’t get close enough and, of course, he has no idea how big he is. It was okay with me. I was missing those fuzzy Wally hugs something fierce!
I was bubbling with energy during the entire trip, but the minute I hit the couch it just drained right out of me. Rich tried unsuccessfully to wake me up at midnight, and I finally became somewhat conscious around 3:30 am and stumbled like a drunken sailor to the bedroom. Apparently, during my absence, Wally had taken up residence on my side of the bed but I slipped into the approximately 18” of space he’d allowed me, gave him a few smooches, and fell into a state of catatonia for a few more hours. I’m not yet in full control of my faculties, but I wanted to share a bit of the trip with you today.
First of all, I’d like to say how much I enjoyed the time I spent with my Flourishes teammates. We fit together like peaches and cream. A nicer bunch I couldn’t imagine. Here’s a photo of the gang:
Front row, left to right: Dee (from the blog team which does the Timeless Tuesday challenges), Jan Marie (owner), Julie, Stacy Back row, left to right: Me, Cindy, Dawn
Christine, Laura, and Danielle could not be with us, however, I did get to spend some time later with Barbara Anders (blog team) – another awesome lady who I felt like I’d known forever.
I can’t possibly name or picture everyone I renewed acquaintances with or met for the first time. I will say that after all these years on SCS I was thrilled to spend some time with Sherry Cheever (I was SO hoping she’d be there!), Cindy Lyles, and Val Stangle. It was like Old Home Week! Funny how familiar and comfortable you can be with folks you’ve only known through the internet.
I fell in love with the DoodleBug display. I wish I could remake my stamp room to look just like this:
Here’s just a tiny preview of what’s coming to Flourishes:
There’s much, much more, but I don’t want to overdo it. Suffice to say that we were very busy scouting for three days, and Jan Marie and Julie had their hands full placing orders.
The Flourishes team knows full well what the show stopper was for me, and I haven’t even pictured it here. I believe I was simply too overcome by the beauty of it. It was designer paper by Prima. Oh, glory! I don’t even need to say “be still my heart” because my heart simply stopped upon first sight. I think I dragged everyone I met over to see it! It will be in the Flourishes store soon, bless Jan Marie’s little pea-pickin’ heart!
Okay. . . is that enough for today? I think so. Stamping will happen when I’ve recovered my senses. What a fabulous trip it was! Thank you to everyone who made it happen, and thank you all for putting up with my excitement. Have a great day!