Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Busy, Busy!

Hi everyone,
Oops I forgot to blog again, sorry I know a number of you have been patiently waiting (haven't had too many nagging emails yet though!).

I must say the past month has been one for the history books hasn't it?  I don't know about you, but when there are major world events going on like the Christchurch earthquake and the earthquake & tsunami in Japan, whatever I'm doing tends to get thrown out the window while I check up on friends & family.  When I heard about the Japan earthquake I stayed up half the night, glued to the TV because once I knew about the tsunami heading for Hawaii I needed to know my Stampin' Up! demo friend Gari, who lives there, was going to be OK!  Luckily, she lives on a hilltop (it took a tsunami for me to find that out!) and was fine.  We managed to get in contact with friends in Japan too and they are also OK, thank goodness.

On top of that, I lost one of my beloved cats this month, as he was hit by a car right outside our house.  My lovely furry baby died shortly after we rushed him to the vet, and I miss him dreadfully.  Rusty was 8 years old and we'd gotten him as a kitten.  I miss having him yell for me from outside our bathroom to hurry up and feed him in the morning, harrass me as I work on the computer (also wanting food!) and fight me for his favourite spot on the couch whenever I'm watching TV.  He would squeeze himself in behind me and either wait until I got hot with him squished in there and give in, or try and push me off the couch with his feet.  Too funny!  We still have our other cat, but it's not the same here without him around.  She doesn't seem to miss him in the slightest so I've done the grieving for both of us!

Now let me fill you in on what I've been up to.  March has been busy with Stampin' Up! training and my own little crafting sessions with some lovely ladies (waving - you know who you are!), but I thought I'd fill you in on some bigger events I've been involved with.

Earlier this month, I taught this card at our team event, the Creative Inkers Auckland Extravaganza:

For this card (among other things) I used the Lattice Embossing folder, Scallop Square die, Tropical Party and Well Scripted stamp sets which are in the Summer mini so only available to order until Thursday next week!  If you came to Extravaganza, I hope you enjoyed making this card & matching envelope with me, it was a quick and easy project but hopefully still packs in a little "wow" for whoever you give it to!

This is the little gift box of chocolates I made for each of my guests at that event.  I finally got around to using the Punch Bunch Sale-A-Bration set!  Yes those are Hershey nuggets inside which you can't buy here in NZ in the supermarket, I was very lucky to have been given a nice big bag of them from Tracee when she came home for a short visit!

Here's a really special photo.  At the Extravaganza I organised a fundraising raffle to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.  I lived there for a couple of years and still know a few people down there, and I just wanted to do more than the donation we made as a family.  So between myself and the other Demonstrators working the event, we gathered together a few supplies each from our craft rooms and made up three big prizes which were raffled off to attendees at the event.  I'm proud to say that we raised $345 and that went straight into the Red Cross account, this is the receipt to prove it!

This past weekend, I headed to Hamilton to work on a stand at the Hamilton Women's Lifestyle Expo.  It was a fantastic show, and so much fun to work with Patrice and Dallas on the stand, we made an awesome team!  Trade show stands take a lot of organising and working the shows can be pretty tiring, but I'm so glad I did it.  I had fun at the show too - got my hair straightened at one stand, my eyebrows waxed at another, my rings professionally cleaned, scoffed a cupcake (ooh yum) and tasted all sorts of other goodies.  I did bring some fudge home for my family so it wasn't all just for me.  I think I had as much fun, maybe more, than all the people who were just visitors at the show!

Here I am at the stand, you can see Patrice to the far right and Dallas is hiding behind the lady standing near me as they chatted about stamping.

And here I am with Patrice and Dallas, don't we look happy?

Here's one of the projects I demonstrated on the stand, a card using the Bliss Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  The layout is super simple, so this can be changed to suit whatever colours and stamps you'd like to use.  Can you guess how I did that Early Espresso border on the Top Note die cut shape?

This week, I get to breathe a little more as I'm not doing any major events, so it's time to play a little catchup - on sleep and everything else!  If you came to the Hamilton Women's Lifestyle Expo and visited our stand, thanks so much for your support.  If you want to know how we made any of the projects you saw, just click here to send me an email and ask!

Thanks for visiting!