Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting Ready!

Good Morning Everybody!

Yes, it's midnight here, but Thursday nonetheless!  LOL!  Can't sleep!  This time it's not because of my caffeine intake, or mind whirling around in thought...I'm just downright excited.  Anyway, I hope this Thursday brings bright and wonderful things your way.

Tomorrow (Friday) I am on a plane to Anaheim, California!  That means packing to do today!  Yes, I have to wait until the last moment to pack!  I have no idea why, it's just easier that way!  LOL!  I like to be organized and ready to go, but packing always gets hitched to the back of a red pickup truck and delayed!

I was trying to think of all the things I needed to remember.  Camera, laptop, figure out what my Twitter account is listed under...Does anyone know? LOL!  When I find out I will let you all know.  I haven't Twittered in so long and need to get back into it.  Oh yeah, I need to make sure I pack the old top hat!  That ought to do it!  As always, when I go on a trip, you know I like to take you with me virtually.  So folks if you're new to following...Watch out!  I will do my best to blog, Twitter and Facebook whatever and whenever I can.

First off, when the plane lands, I get to meet up with one of my favorite people...Carol from Scrapadabadoo.com!  Carol worked her magic and hooked us up with a ride into Anaheim by the wonderful Leisa!  Thanks Tons Leisa!  It's going to be so cool to meet my online friends Carol, Barrie, Kathryn, Kathy, Shelly and to see Laura and my G45 friends again!  Of course I look forward to giving a great BIG hug to Dyan Reaveley, watch Tim in action and to see Mario in his famous shorts!  LOL!  It's so cool and I'm very excited!  If you are at CHA, please make sure you come up and say hello!  I don't bite, but I'm a big hugger! So Beware!

Onto the projects....I totally have butterflies in my stomach for others to see my samples!  Why is that!  But I am!  I guess it  it's my art and my craziness and I am proud of them....That's all that matters.   So, there.  LOL!  Right?  Hahahaha!

Something I didn't tell you all, but will spill now...I was honored to be invited to design a project for the Ranger Designer Challenge this CHA.  Yes, it's kind of a tease because I can't go into detail, but just wanted you all to know, should I be thrown out of CHA for the weirdest possibly ugliest piece on the board!  LOL! We will see!  Whenever I get a chance I will blog about it.  I haven't heard when it will be OK to show.  I do know...well, I think I know... that we can begin showing/blogging our projects on the Saturday the 12th.

Once again, I will do my best this year to try and snap as many pictures of new product and people as I can, so please stay tuned!

Thank you all so much for your support!  I know I say this again and again, but I really mean it.  Without you reading, following and commenting, I can honestly say I wouldn't be here doing what I'm doing!  So Thank You!  I honestly wish you all were on the plane with me...heading into adventure!

Have a an awesome day! Bis Bald meine Freunde!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


49 comments:

  1. Knock it outta the ball park my friend, like I know you can. Have fun and be safe. Happy CHA !!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Jim, enjoy CHA I too am not able to sleep tonight so been watching videos and catching up on some of my favorite bloggers. Can't wait to see your CHA projects have a lot of fun and take lots of pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Jim, enjoy CHA I too am not able to sleep tonight so been watching videos and catching up on some of my favorite bloggers. Can't wait to see your CHA projects have a lot of fun and take lots of pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Have a wonderful time...and don't forget your business cards to hand out.

    ~Linda

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so excited for you, Jim! CHA is lucky to have your enthusiastic, upbeat personage attending. On top of that, they get to see your wonderful creations. Silly man, you're as bad as the rest of us - butterflies until people are seeing your work. Awesome that you were asked to participate in the Ranger Designer Challenge. Thank you for taking us along with you. (Gosh, I'm not so sure you'd really want us all there in the flesh. Lol.)I bet your Mom is happy and excited for you too. Have a ball from start to finish!
    A BIG hug
    Mo(Mori49)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi,

    Have a brilliant time and take lots of pictures.
    Margaret x

    ReplyDelete
  7. Eeeek! So looking forward to seeing you! You will of course, knock it out of the park and into the stratosphere! I leave in the morning so that I can prep for my Friday morning class. Oh Lawdy! As you would say....100 people in class...real live people... instead of talking to computer screen! Aaauugghh! My butterflies are currently the size of Teradactiles! (hmmm...is that how it is spelled). See you soon!

    Laura

    ReplyDelete
  8. So excited for you, and jealous!!! Can't wait to see what you did for Ranger. Have a blast!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Jim enjoy.

    We cannot wait to see what you have been creating and I am sure we will all adore them little pieces of art. You are always thanking us but a huge thank you from me for the amazing inspiration that you bring to the table.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Jim, have we EVER not liked something you created? I don't think so! I'm looking forward to seeing everything you've created for CHA and stealing some ideas. Have a wonderful time and post post post!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Jim, just have fun and enjoy it to the fullest! Maybe one day when I win the lottery I can check it out as well! OR.. next year they should just get an european CHA!! Please show us as many picture's as possible and make us part of your adventure!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. OMG Jim!!! Getting asked to make something for Ranger is massive! I can see you with your own line of stamps and other goodies in no time as a Signature Designer!!!! Brilliant!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Have fun and enjoy your time. It might be open new doors for you in what you love to do.

    ReplyDelete
  14. So happy for you try and relax and enjoy the time. Can't wait to see your latest creations and see the photos from CHA.

    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  15. Have a wonderful time, Jim! And, no worries...your work totally belongs on the Ranger challenge board....you are one of the best!

    ReplyDelete
  16. So much fun! Wish I could go with you. You are such a worry wart. Everything will be fine and as spectacular as usual! I don't know why you doubt yourself! Have a blast meeting all your followers. Can't wait to see all the goodies from CHA!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm looking forward to seeing what treasures you have created! I'm always so inspired by each and every project you share. I hope you have a blast at CHA and I can't wait to hear/see all about it! Have a safe trip and a fabulous time!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Safe travels!! I look forward to seeing your creations! Also look forward to hearing of all your antics with Kathy O. Have fun rubbing elbows! :D

    ReplyDelete
  19. We will be by your side all the way!! Go Jim.

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a great time you will have! Everyone will love all your creations. Looking forward to finally being able to see them. Give big hugs to Laura, Barrie, Carol, and Joy for us. Safe travels.

    ReplyDelete
  21. oh silly jimmy, your samples can totally stand up to anyones and everyone will love them! have a blast, we expect lots of pics!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Do you get to go to Disneyland???? Oh how I love DL. Don't know why you are having anxiety about CHA, have we ever said a bad word about anything you do? I think most of us are so excited for you and jealous. You are well on your way of being the next Tim. I think I said that at the very beginning of your blogging days. As for the coffee, not sure why you are completely giving it up, but if it is because of the caffeine, you could always mix half decaf & half reg. That's what I do. Just read an article this morning saying you should drink 2 cups a day. That would be 8oz, not mega death 24oz! Can't wait for the showings!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your excitement is contagious! We are all so excited for and with you! We Love your Wonderful and Amazing Imagination and Creativity and we LOVE YOU!! You are a True Gentleman with a Heart that sees the Miracles that surround you every day, a Terrific sense of humor and a Beautiful Soul! I am sure your creations will be the talk of CHA--You will 'knock their socks off'! Stay Safe and Well and have a Wonderful time!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Sit back and enjoy all the Love you are about to receive..... Because I know you're going to knock everyone's socks off!
    I can't wait to see and read what you get into this weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Jimbo, Jimbo, Jimbo......do you still not realize how talented you are? Of course your projects will rock CHA! No doubt in my mind. I can't wait to see what out-of-this-universe projects you've created, especially what you've done for the Ranger Designer Challenge. Don't forget to pack tons of batteries/recharger because when you get to Disneyland you're going to need 'em with all the pics you're going to take (trust me)...lol. Promise me you'll get on the teacups! It's my favorite! Safe journey, my friend. Vaya con Dios.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm so excited for you!!! CHA is going to be GREAT for you!!! Give Tim, Mario and Dyan big hugs from me, too. Then...off to Jillibean to give my DD, Kimber, a hug for me. please. You are gonna ROCK the show in your top hat!

    Please remember to take the chargers for all your electronics!!!!!

    I can't wait for you to post all the projects you've created.

    Safe travels my friend!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Jim, I always enjoy reading your blog and I know that your creation will be the hit of the show. Now if we all were on that plane with you it would be so crazy we would have the pilots and co-pilots jamming with us. It would be so much fun. Enjoy CHA safe travels.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Have a blast Jim! Enjoy each moment. I know whatever you made for Ranger will be awesome as always. Safe travels!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Have fun, Jim!!! I can't wait to see your project!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi Jim
    Hope you have so much fun on yur trip. Sure wish I come and see you in action and of course see mr Tim in action also. Alas I'm stuck here in wintery cold Canada.
    Look forward to your pics and videos.
    Travel safe
    Hugz
    Tonniece

    ReplyDelete
  31. Have a ball while your there Jim, your samples will be the star of the show I`m sure, looking forward to seeing all your pics and hearing news from the show. Safe journey and have fun! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Looking forward to seeing all your creations. There is no doubt that they'll be amazing. Also looking forward to wonderful happy photos and stories you share. It's almost as good as being there!!! Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Jim this is so exciting! It's exciting for us too, to experience CHA thru your posts. Thanks so much for taking us along for the ride. I can't wait to see your creations, now a Sizzix project, you my man are going places (and I don't mean CHA) I hope today goes by fast so you can get on that plane and meet some of your web friends, I'll be there in spirit, one day we will meet.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I know what you mean about last minute packing, my philosophy was everything I touched to get ready the night before and the morning of my trip went into the suitcase. That way I knew I had all of the essentials at least hahaha. Have fun Jim.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh lucky you what a fab trip, I know you have nothing to fear, your work is incredibly beautiful and innovative, enjoy, hope you have the best time ever, whoopee.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I have never commented before, but I have to tell you that you have become one of my top two favorite bloggers. I enjoy your blog and your art so much. I love the video you did of just going in the studio and doing a project. Great fun, and it was fabulous (tags with a door). Thanks for being so real. BTW I subscribe to over 150 blogs, so you are beating out a lot of people, LOL. Oh, the other one is Suze Weinberg.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I'm excited for you! I wish I was going to be there. I'd hug you back! I dream of going to CHA some day! I'm looking forward to seeing all your pics you'll post.... be sure to FB them and not just twitter them for those of us not on twitter. I know your projects will be awesome... they always are... and you have no need to worry... you're up there with the big dogs... and no, I don't mean 'just' Tim and Mario...hehehe... it's a saying you know. But of course you do... being from the south and all. :) Have a great time!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm excited for you....what wonderful opportunities have come your way! Have a safe trip and loads of fun. I know you will....(you can't help yourself..you are such a hoot)!

    ReplyDelete
  39. What booth will you be in? I am in Anaheim now and would love to meet you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No booth..I will be shopping and participating! Yahoooo! But I will have a top hat either on my head or in my hand...Would love to meet you too!

      Thanks!

      J.

      Delete
  40. Don't blame you for being excited.And I know for a fact-you are the one person at CHA who never has to worry about if people will like his creations.Everything you do is mind-blowing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Thanks Beth! So kind of you! I appreciate the words of encouragement! Thanks! J.

      Delete
  41. I am so excited for you!! And jealous too!! Also, you made my heart skip a beat when you signed off in German. Makes me miss my family. :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. I can't imagine any of your project not getting a grand reception. I hope you have a wonderful time and send lots of good pics back. thanks as always for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I am so excited about your trip to CHA. I know you wont forget us common folk. lolol.
    I am thinking you are taking something purple in your bag. What is it ..hmmmmm
    Saturday will soon tell. God Bless you in your travels.

    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  44. I live in California and am so happy you are visiting my state. It might be cold so I apologize for not have our usual sunny weather, like I can contol that. But anyway, I soo wish I could go to the show and meet you. Is it open to the general public, and what are the dates? If not oh well, I'm not a trades person. Enjoy your stay in our beautiful state. Be sure and go to Newport or Huntington Beach they're not like back East beaches but we love them:)

    ReplyDelete
  45. I am a bit late commenting, but ya know... LIFE! I hope your trip is awesome and be sure to stay safe! I can't wait to see what you have created and all the people that you will see!!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. The excitement is building!! Been up since 5:45 waiting for things to start showing up. I even signed up for Twitter........not sure what to do with it, but I'm there. You will need to add the twitter bird to your blog so we can follow you around. :)

    ReplyDelete