...is the best way to describe my Creative Escape experience!
From the surprise custom CE room card key I received at check in to the moving and inspirational wrap up by Stacy Julian, the entire event was just amazing.
Doug Jones of Bazzill, and Heidi Swapp of Heidi Swapp/Advantus, as well as their entire Executive Committee (Carol Niemyski, Emily waters, Lisa Brennan, Frani Garcia and Marti Jones), did an amazing job of planning the event...brilliantly creative ideas and activities...great facilities...tons of inspiration! The volunteers were so great...helpful and cheerful...looking like they were happy to be there.
And then there were the amazing women who attended the event. Thank you to all of you just seems so inadequate when I think about how you blessed and enriched my life this weekend. Your outpouring of generosity and kindness just overwhelmed me...from the kind words and hugs to your expressed appreciation and all of the wonderfully creative gifts and notes, I was just amazed. Yesterday, when I was unpacking all of the fabulous goodies you gave me, I got so emotional...I just sat down and cried! So thank you...from the bottom of my heart.
We had quite a busy schedule and it was hard to find time to take pictures...I was able to capture a few that I wanted to share.
And here is the delightful and always smiling Heidi Swapp with Capri...simply adorable and one of the most contented babies I have ever seen. I don't know how Heidi was able to accomplish all she did, especially with a brand new baby, but every time I saw her, she was smiling...greeting people...autographing books...posing for a picture. I appreciate you Heidi for your amazing ideas...like eat dessert first!
Here's the group of CE instructors...the only time we were together...at the very end of the event...a bit bleary eyed. We were missing Heidi...she was having a "Capri moment", so I snapped her picture with Capri (above). What a great group of instructors-Amy Totty, Pam Black, Eva Flake, Kelli Collins, Tena Sprenger, Allison Tyler Jones and moi...you can tell we all had a fabulous time...smiles all around!
Here's Kelli and Amy, two of my wild and wacky instructor buddies...yes they are holding chickens...noise making, squawking chickens (which they generously shared with us) in anticipation of their new blog which they will be calling the Polka Dot Chicks. Thanks for the laughs, chicks!
Here's my roomie, Tena, hobnobbing with the fabulous girls who attended our Thursday night trunk show. What a great way to get to know the people who attended and to give them glimpses of our styles. Thanks, Tena, for being such a great roomie...as always!
Here are a couple of my happy scrappin' buddies-Liz and Margie, just having a great time at the Friday night event. Liz was a volunteer at the event...amazingly hard working, helpful, cheerful...with a delightful baby Capri in her arms whenever she could hold her. And Margie...well those of you who know Margie...how can you not love a girl like her...happy, enthusiastic, funny as all get out...thanks girls, for posing!
I wanted to commend my friend Mary Laney...she was the winner of the flowers...a silent auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Here she is on the right with friends Gina and Rachel. If any of you know Mary, she is one of the kindest, most generous people out there. Thanks, Mary, for your generosity! Hope you enjoy those amazing flowers!
Here's the pile of goodies that made me cry...if you could see them up close, read the notes, imagine the amount of time and creativity that went into those gifts, I'm thinking they would get you pretty emotional as well. Thanks again, girls! I appreciate you!
These pictures represent just the tip of the iceberg...just a fraction of an amazing event.
Hope they inspire you to sign up for next year's event!