I'm in Moncton, New Brunswick. My bags are packed. I'm reflecting on the amazing weekend I just experienced teaching at the Scrap Gala event.
I know that after a weekend packed with scrapping women and classes, I often say that it was incredible, that the people were so nice and that it was the best time. It's all true...each time really is the best time. In this case, how could it not be?
First, there are the masterminds behind the event: Debbie, in the middle, is the owner of The Scrap Shack, and the "heart" behind the gathering. On her left is her sister, Shirley, whom I call the "muscle"...she keeps things moving and totally organized. On Debbie's right is her daughter, Amy, who is very much a behind the scenes contributor, unless the you count the number of times the camera flashed in our faces! They were an awesome team.
Then there are the Get Er Duns, a hard working, uncomplaining group of women who tirelessly helped us keep classes clean and organized. They are amazing! Thank you Rachel, Nicole, Noella, Tina, Valeria and Tasha as well as Debbie, Shirley and Amy! You are totally the best!
Working together with this group of teachers was a blast. We bonded so quickly, it felt like we had known each other for years. Although I had known Tena (of course) and Kah-Mei (of FontWerks) prior to the event, I didn't know Christy Tomlinson or Debbie Hill. What a crazy bunch...from Christy's first meal of french fries, cake and tomatoes (only so that she could say that she had her veggies), to the pic in the tub where the girls left me 2 inches and told me to "get in" with my response being "get real", to Kah-Mei's screaming contest to win prizes...all so fun! Yesterday, we went shopping and took "Flat Christy" with us (will post pics later)...it was so sad that she had to leave the day before us. There was a lot of laughter...and lots of tears.
The students were really, really special! I enjoyed every one of the 7 classes I taught and each one was memorable for different reasons. One in particular will be especially memorable because of The Healer, Angie (on the left). About half way through the class, Warenne (on the right), lost a screw on her glasses which caused her lens to fall out. Without it, she couldn't see...at all. Angie got down on hands and knees, found the screw (which was beyond tiny) and figured out how to fix the glasses without a screwdriver. Go Angie! Warenne was so thrilled, she called her an Angel and the rest of us took it from there. She was The Healer, Miracle Worker, Queen...it kept escalating until finally, she became the Maritimer of the Week! She's going to dine off that story for weeks!
But you know what was really cool? That night, during the crop, there was a drawing for a large HP printer. Guess who won the printer? Yep, you got it. It was Angie! How about that for an immediate reward and blessing!
What a special time...lots of great stories and memories...and lots of new friends. I'm heading out in just a little bit...will post more...next post from Arizona!