Hello Again Everybody!
Like I said in my last post, it's so nice to have the opportunity to sit down and go over my INCREDIBLE week in Chicago. I've pulled out my camera and have had a blast reliving that amazing week in heaven!
This post will be full of pictures and very LONGGGGGG so grab a cuppa joe and sit back and join me on my adventure....
Did you get a cup of something yet? Go get it! Ready? Oh wait, I don't have a cuppa joe! Be right back.....There I'm ready....
I'm not the best flyer in the world (long long scary story) but a little Zanex and a good pilot and I'm good to go! I'm the goofy guy that actually plasters his face against the glass in the lobby trying to inspect the airplane that I'm about to board! I have no idea what I'm looking for but rest assure I visually go over the plane in detail. Two wings...Check! Jets look good...Check! Landing gear in place, tires inflated...Check Check! The flight couldn't have been smoother! Hallelu-Yer!
Got on a tram to the hotel and even checked in and received my hotel room keys on the tram via some high-tech ipad application they were using! Too Cool!
The hotel was right across the street from the convention center....
I went over to the convention center to find Graphic 45's booth and to meet the amazing Graphic 45 Family! Oh my gosh they are such incredible people! WOW!
Me walking into CHA for the first time! Extra projects in hand... they came with me on the plane!
Here's some pictures of the booth as they were running around putting everything in place the day before the floor opens.
I had the opportunity to walk by and meet one of my favorite artists Dyan Reaveley! Y'all she's heaven on earth! I've got a crush on Dyan but don't tell her!
First Day of CHA - Day Two!
Me taking a breather before I hit CHA for my first day!....Don't tell anyone, but I was actually waiting for the girls to come down so we could go over...and waiting! LOL! Just kidding!!
My New Life Long Pal...Kristin Wilson of Kristin Wilson Handmade!
I met up with my amazing Graphic 45 Teamies, Kristin Wilson and Laura Denison....What fun they are! Too cool to be around so much talent! WoW!
First up was a visit to the beautiful Heidi Swapp's booth! She has the coolest papers!
The picture above shows my totally amazement as I ponder Kristin's talent with Heidi's goodies in a make and take!
Over to see the Ladies of Graphic 45....
Charee Filimoehala and Aimee Filimoehala! Aren't they beautiful! The day's theme was Bird Song!
The most ELEGANT lady behind all the G45 goodness, Diane Shultz helping a customer.
Talking with the sweetest person, Sarah Hemphill of Vintage Figments Blog in front of the G45 booth.
Next, it was picture time in the Graphic 45 Photo booth...
Over to Want2Scraps Booth to see all their incredible offerings.
Obviously we were all doing our thing! Obviously I'm looking at the corset mini! LOL! Got to love their albums and blingage!
Visiting with The Amazing Joe Rotella in Want2Scraps Booth!
Had to go visit one of my favorite paper crafting friends here in Georgetown, Barbara Albrecht's daughter, Kimber in the Jillibean's booth!
I had the opportunity to meet one of my very very favorite people and Inspiration Emporium Teammate. The incredibly talented and totally lovable Linda Cain! You can't resist wanting to hug her! (OH by the way, you gotta go see what she did with the Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection!...AMAZING!)
Can you tell I'm squeezing the crud out of her! LOL! Then to my total amazement and honor, I had the opportunity to meet another Inspiration Emporium Teamie...The fabulously talented and very pretty Shelly Hickox! Y'all this lady ROCKED each and every amazing project she did for CHA! As a man, all you can do is act like your not swooning! LOL!
Next it was over to Sizzix to meet yet another amazing person, the uber- talented Tammy Tutterow....
See what I mean, it's a little overwhelming! LOL!
The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo working her magic! OMG!!!!!
Now this was shopping day! I wanted to take part and watch demos and really get into it. But First, I had to go see Mr. Tim! LOL! My hero! I cannot begin to tell you how this man alone has so changed my life. I will be ever grateful to him!
I wish I had his teeth! They're perfect! Why I'm at it, I wish I had an ounce of his talent! Wow!
The DCWV Booth! Cool pumpkins!
I so enjoyed my day! The last trip was over to see Dyan doing the MOST AMAZING THINGS! It was like, people, move out of my way I gotta watch too! LOL!
Linda Cain, Dyan Reaveley and I looking at some art!
The amazingly talented..No, totally amazingly crazy talented Anna Dabrowska taking a picture of Linda, Dyan and I! Where the heck was my camera to take a picture of Anna? Hell's Bells!
Dyan Reaveley in action! This woman has my kind of sense of humor! I could have laughed all night!
What an amazing trip! I am so fortunate to have been able to go and meet all of these wonderful people! All under one roof even!!! You would think the building's roof would blow off with this much talent and art in a single place!
I had so much fun! Hope you enjoyed walking through those magically days with me!
Thanks for coming to visit!
The Gentleman Crafter