Are you going to skip all the way down to the bottom of this post to see my big annoucement or are you going to read through all the creative drivel and personal anecdotes first - LOL! Leave me a message in the comments section and share your thoughts with me Ü
I can't remember the exact wording of this old saying, but I completely understand the gist of it - LOL! Can life get any busier? I arrived home from CHA so blessed to have had a group of talented women keeping the business running smoothly on this end. They are incredible and I am blessed to be surrounded by such a fabulous group. I don't think that I have mentioned this before, but I just have to share this little tidbit because I am such a proud Mom. Maddi, my 14-year old daughter is working part-time with me this summer! My girl is amazing - I love her so much and I am so proud of her (you can't tell, can you? Ü). She is right there chipping in, helping get things more organized - she is a whiz with the computer and is putting together all sorts of things to help us get even more on top of things. I share directions with her and off she goes to get it done. She even cleans - LOL! Love that girl!
One of the challenges of being a small business owner is the summer vacation schedule. As soon as I arrived back it was Beth's turn to head out for some leisure time. I hope that she is having a grand time back in Connecticut! She truly deserves this down time. With her down time though comes my up time -so that's why I'm in the fire - LOL! Beth takes wonderful care of our customers and the girl can chat! I know that our customers adore her - thank you Beth for all you do!! Doing everything I do and now adding the bookkeeping, customer service and ... well let's just say I haven't had a moment to post to my blog and for that I apologize. You are all so incredibly loyal and faithful and I keep trying to get myself back here to share some eye candy, and thoughts about creating and CHA...
CHA - what a fabulous experience and yes, EXPERIENCE is definitely a word of choice. May I just say that to be surrounded by the sheer volumes of talent and creativity fills ones creative soul to the depths, but moreso to be able to hug and hang out with like minds is truly an experience to be remembered always. It's all about the people! To hang with all of you who come here to visit with me on my blog, would be right there alongside the CHA experience - someday we have got to figure that out!
I don't even know where to begin. Foremost I would like to thank those who were so incredibly gracious, supportive and generous in there well wishes and compliments regarding our newest baby - the Pierceabilities. To once again see a dream brought to reality is truly a gift in the largest sense. The Spellbinders team is simply fabulous - the talent, loyalty and respect that runs deep amongst this team takes you right to the top - Mrs. Stacey Caron, you are da bomb baby! (Hey and Jeff, you're not so bad either - insert silly grin). Thank you again to all of you for sharing this experience with me!
- roommates - these gals are most definitely close to my heart! Mona Lisa, Miss Kim and the newest addition to friendship I will treasure is vibrant and lovable, Bekster Ü The hours of laughter (rather than sleep) that we shared on the nights that we could - well those memories are all held in a safe place in my mind. You three are genuine, kind, supportive, hilarious --- what else can I say? Love you girls!! Becky I will never look at my little sewing kit in the same way again - yes, Becky used a button and thread from my sewing kit to enhance a last minute project that had to be created and Fed Ex'ed out the next morning. I also had a "poeple" ink pad - let's just say it didn't get used - LOL! Doesn't she know that there are a lot of people who love purple (poeple)?
- Splitcoaststampers - yes, there was a huge group of incredibly talented women, and a couple of great guys (yes, they are incredibly talented too - LOL) that I had the good fortune to just hang out with and chit chat with. Oh what fun it is to see creative talent come into their own! Once again the laughter and energy was fabulous! It was with the greatest of laughter that I found out that Rainy lives no less than 5 miles from me!!! Am I living under a rock or what? We are going to create together sometime soon Miss Susan!
- more special friends - Debbie, Trudee, Sharon, Cindy, Nichole, Emabella, Nickibella, Marianne, shistahs, OMGoodness - there are just too many to list. Thank you for sharing your friendship and time with me - I am one very blessed girl to have you in my life! Gina and Jan Marie are fellow business owners that I had a chance to meet as well. THANK YOU to all for sharing your time, enthusiasm and love with me!
I am going to share a little known fact about myself. My reason for heading to CHA is so much different than many at this point in my life. For me it is all about the education I can receive and the ability to meet face-to-face with those I work with. I must admit that I did not have the opportunity to walk the entire floor. So I am right here alongside everyone else blog stalking today to see what it is that I may have missed when it comes to the beautiful new products. I go with a list and an agenda and I do feel that I was able to accomplish most of what was on that list, but I missed out on SO much eye candy!
There is a story behind the missing eye candy that I must share for its humor - because walking the floor was in my plans, but my body had other things in mind - LOL! I know that many of you can appreciate stories like this because I do believe they can happen to any one of us. I needed to head back to my room to get some data off of my computer. Unfortunately all attempts at connecting my internet failed and I ended up with a huge headache. So I decided to take some Advil and just lay down for 20 minutes. Yah right - I even thought to set the alarm, I'm not that blonde Ü Well guess what I am that blonde - I set my alarm for 20 minutes later only it was a.m. not p.m. I kid you not that I awoke with such a start when my phone rang and then realized that it was several hours later. I had a handprint impressed on my cheek! Oh vey - it has become most obvious that one should not burn the candle at both ends because it leads to missing out on some of the best opportunities in life!
OK - so back to why I attend CHA - education! I would like to share this with you because I do believe that there are many of you out in cyberworld reading my blog who are designers. You are seeking the how to's and what should I do's about becoming a part of this creative industry. CHA provides the best seminars to educate you as to how to do that. I can not recommend enough that if this is what you would like to do with your life then don't go to CHA and just walk the floor. Become your own member, yes - there is a designer category. Go to CHA and take classes! They are so very affordable and you will walk out those doors with a level of knowledge that will truly help you understand the importance of believing in yourself and turning this into a real "job".
My favorite seminar or business class that I attended this time round brought me right back to the days of my youth. Many of you may not realize that in my younger days I was a professional interior designer. My background is in education, design, color, trends... yada, yada, yada. The seminar that I found absolutely and totally over the top interesting was one that focused on fabric and color trends. This seminar was presented by a vibrant young lady who works for a company that is headed up in Paris. They have many employee's in 27 countries around the world. They compile their data and put together incredible, (over-the-top incredible) books that share upcoming color trends, pattern trends and overall models of where the future of this industry is headed. I tried to place my mind in the zone as I flipped through those books being I couldn't pull my camera out and start clicking pictures - LOL! I learned about where this industry is headed for the years 2009 and 2010. I think I can tell you what colors Stampin' Up! will be adding to their new In Color lines but I'd best not let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, just in case I'm wrong - LOL! Well that's not the only reason - more on that to come.
I will add that we have some very interesting dynamics on the horizon. It all begins with new discoveries - in this case it is a creature that is found in the deep dark depths of the ocean. I can't remember the name of "the creature" but I will tell you that the colors are strikingly beautiful in a very unusual manner. Stunning, stunning, stunning - I tell you.
You may wonder why it is that I am not bullet pointing all this trend information. It is out of respect - respect to those who have worked so hard to compile this information as a means to providing a livelihood to their families. Many companies are struggling and I want no part of making their jobs more difficult. It is also out of respect to those who have taken the time to educate themselves. It is through this education that we can then learn to share and teach others, but it must be done in a manner that does not overstep professional courtesies.
One thing I have learned over these last couple of years is that one must respect others. Respect, kindness and loyalty are words you don't hear often enough from what I can see. The privilege that comes with being a part of developing products and concepts in the crafting world can not be taken lightly. There are many families that have elected to make this their career - they have mouths to feed and bills to pay and it is so important to me that I not take advantage of my situation and make their task more difficult or impossible. Believe me when I tell you that I would like to shout all sorts of information from the rooftops, but at this time it is not my privilege to share that information.
I am blessed to be a part of the crafting industry, I am blessed to have each of you in my life - I will truly do my best to share and educate to the depths of my soul over this next six months as I await the arrival of the next industry show. So yes, the mad scramble continues as we develop new products that we hope will touch people's lives and allow them the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Products and tools that will provide an opportunity to bring more happiness into life and then share that happines with others.
Now for some eye candy and a big announcement! I think that many of you have figured out that I don't like to sit back and just wait for life to happen. Versatility and value are such an important factor to me when it comes to using my crafting tools. So once again I set out to find a product that would enhance the useability of the Nestabilities. I desire that their value goes even deeper.
It is hard to see from this simple photograph, but I have uncovered a solid product that is soft white in color and Nestabilities will cut through it like buttah! It is not chipboard, but it is close to chipboard in it's ability to hold it's own. You will now be able to create fabulous projects using your Nestabiltiies and this fab new product! It works fantastic with the Bind-It-All (soon to arrive in our store Ü), binding rings, hinge clips, and many other bookbinding methods. I can just envision the fabulous Mini Scrapbooks, home decor projects, etc., that you all will be making shortly using your Nestability dies!!!
Supplies used: Basic Grey paper, Cork, Rummage Bin, Scrapblock, New Nestabilities and Pierceabilities (available beginning of September - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be on our list of first dibs), Bind It All, New Board Material (name yet to be determined - hope to have available this coming week), Twill, Copics, Ink and blending tools - most products can already be found in our store Ellen Hutson LLC, some are still to come.
As you can see I stamped it, colored it (airbrushed and inked), layered it with patterned paper, pierced it, punched it, poked it - OK you get the gist of it - LOL!
Being it is a product that is not yet available to the mass markets we are private labelling it and hope to have it up on our store this coming week. We are also starting to work with others to figure out how to package it and make it available to all retailers. When we get it figured out we will most definitely share that information as well. So are you as excited as I am to have yet another way to use your Nestabilties??? I'm bouncing I tell you, bouncing!
Thank you for stopping by today and sharing in my life and excitement!!! I still have to upload and generate our Inchie contest winner from last month, share further posts on my Inchie blog that I have started and haven't yet completed, share how I use the soldering hinges for the Christmas Triptych in our newsletter, share more information regarding the Clear Album in my pierceability preview... Yes, the list is long, but I will check each item off the list as I arrive at it and fulfill it. Thank you for hanging in here with me through thick and thin - you are THE best!