Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meeting craft heroines

Yes, Carol Duvall and Mary O'Neil. I am a big fan and I did get Carol's new book and had her sign it. She's so sweet and Mary is, of course, wearing one of those delightful stamped velvet scarves! Yes, we are having fun here. I'm a fan of so may of the talents I've seen here at the Supershow and CHA, women and men. It's a joyful and creative energy that I enjoy.

Craft Show and CHA

Here I am at the Craft Show in Anaheim. I'll be posting a lot of photos and a little journalling of the events in the next few days.
Having fun!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Craft Supershow

Here in Anaheim, started writing this just before midnight so the end of the day even though now already Friday. It is always noisy and chaotic around events like this. I have been taking care of myself and trying not to overdo though it's a late night. I don't feel compelled to do everything available and there is no way I could even finish the classes I signed up for. I got the class materials and will do them later. The SEI classes were excellent as usual - good written instructions so I can do them later. Took an easy class and did not finish that either but again should be easy to do later. Jessica from Scrappin-Escapes taught that and used some delightful Bo-Bunny papers.
The fun stuff is seeing the craft personalities in real life. They are all as fun and nice in person as on screen.
It's fun! It's educational. It's interesting.
If anyone is planning to attend something like this remember that it is impossible to do everything. Decide what will make you happy and focus on that. Do not carry anything if you can avoid it (fanny packs SMALL rolling carts, etc. are helpful).
Take time to sit down and rest, eat healthy and do not forget to eat.
Make friends and renew friendships.
I do recommend scrappers attend a big scrapbook event. It really adds to your enjoyment of your hobby.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Had to change my flight because of the weather. Wow! Yesterday was an awesome storm.

Had a glorious moment in the afternoon when it was rain but the sun was shining and a huge double rainbow appeared!

Hope I get to Anaheim relatively dry and intact. Looking forward to seeing friends.

Crossing fingers the back holds out.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Catching Up

OK, I missed blogging yesterday. Too much paperwork! It is ironic to have to do something that makes you so much worse to get help.
All the photocopying and typing and sorting through files yesterday to do more disability paperwork was too much for my poor left arm and neck. Had a rough night but now that I am up it seems better, though I am tired!
Packing today for CHA. The weather is dreadful with some awesome wind this morning and last night's downpour. I never mind some gentle steady rainfall unless it goes on for days but this stormy rain is just unpleasant. Maybe it is the 3 inch flood in parking lots i had to walk in yesterday that has me most annoyed. I hate cold wet feet!
Well, time for breakfast. Hope it's a better day today!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Love RAK! Winner picked!

Yes, I'm in the mood for Valentine's Day. Enter here for a chance to win. Fiskateers - you have double the chances if you enter on my post at the Fiskateer message board.
Still slowly doing paperwork and tidying up around here but found a moment to get this photo.

A Fiskateer did win - Angela 6298 is the winner.

Congrats! Thanks everyone for entering here and on the Fiskateer message board. Random number generator picked the winner.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Missing In Action

Yes, no posts in a month. Not that I have not visited my blog or the internet just did not post. I admit to feeling a bit down about not working. I hate having a neck problem and a limited left arm.
Still, did a little fun stuff like a Xmas rap for my Fiskateer friends - see photo.
Have been doing LOTS of insurance paperwork.
It's new Years and thinking about resolutions to lose weight and exercise like most folk. Paticularly needed in view of what's going on with me.
I do get to do a little crafting. Cal got me a F.R.E.D.craft tool for Xmas which is helpful with my neck. I think a lot of crafters could benefit from this. Might even help prevent problems and certainly makes scrapbook pages more fun.
I am determined to take a few photos today if I can even finish my most recent moutain of disability paperwork and I'll show how F.R.E.D. works for me. Still working on that page I began to repair noted in my last post) and will hope to get back to that soon, too.
I am planning to go to the Craft and Hobby Association event in Anaheim this next week. I'm planning to spend some time volunteering for Scrapbook Royalty when there. It should be fun and I'll try to limit my activities so I feel mentally better and not physically worse at the end of it all.
I did a bit of web surfing this am to look at all the sneak peaks for CHA. Look like great new craft products.
It's a bit overwhelming at an a trade show so it's nice to know before going so I can focus on relaxing and my volunteering while there.
It's nice to be back on my blog and I'm looking forward to posting in the future.
Need to focus on the positive as life is short and unpredictable and something to enjoy even when challenges present.
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Montreal - A Girdled Porcupine (reflections on a reunion in 2013)

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