Here I am, talking to you from the studio where I have finally surfaced after a a marathon sleep. I needed to sleep to catch up on the 16 HOURS of sleep I got over 4 nights while we were up in Brisvegas., LOL.
I flew up to Brissy last Friday, in time to pick up the eCraft and head straight over to the Expo site and set up the Addicted To Craft stand plus help on some others. I also set up my Tutors wall as well as had a peek at the Master’s Gallery where my other work was hanging.
WELL. I have to tell you, I was impressed. Actually that sounds like I am impressed with myself, der. No, I was impressed with the Brissy show being so well run, well organised and well set out. I was impressed with the calibre of scrappers they had for teaching and showing things, as well as impressed with the range of product as well as the prices on things. Woot! I didn’t spend a fortune but I was really happy with what I did get in the few minutes I had to dash around the stands and look at things. High on my shopping list (as always) were the Pink Paislee Artisan albums, some new stamps and some new inks…and yay! I got them all.
It was soon time to start teaching classes and I have to tell you, I wasn’t nervous before I started but I was sure nervous by the second day! Gosh, I am a clutz. It’s a good thing I can laugh at myself, let me tell you. I entertained my first class by tripping over a cord, tearing my shirt right up the centre and sitting down in a cloud of talcum powder because I had been too generous in applying it in my jeans that morning. And yes, I did ask everyone to guess what colour my undies were and yes, I WAS wearing some thankyou Angella! 😉
That first night was a great chance to catch up with my girls Deb and Sherie who were also up there to have fun and attend classes. We all fell into a restuarant called “Ahmet’s” (Turkish Bellydancing a standard part of the evening) where we were joined by another 18 or so scrappin industry buddies and some AWESOME cocktails. I had this drink made with passionfruit and vanilla and drank three of them before I realised they were getting me tipsy from the ground up – my god! I tried to stand at the end of the night and my knees wouldn’t work. I laughed so hard and so long that night, it was great. And the food! I could have moved in to that place permanently.
Sorry about the shocking photos – I only had my phone on me and it’s not exactly known for it’s brilliant capabilities. Or maybe it was the cocktails. Either way, I can’t be blamed for the one of me and my girls, coz I’m in it!
So, back to the Show. I have to say, I was thrilled with the response from people doing my classes and the general “vibe” of the public. Everyone was very calm, no “shovey shovey my turn” at the stands, everyone was pleasant, happy and polite and BEST OF ALL they liked my jokes and tolerated by poor attempts at humour, the poor suffering mites!
Another bonus of this show was the chance to catch up with quite a few of the members of the Addicted To Craft Design Team. We all worked on the stand together, all had great laughs together, all worked as a team well together for classes and we all had a great time letting down our proverbial hairs at dinner on the Sunday night.
I have to thank Kelly Lusted, my fellow Master, for helping me out in my classes each morning, as well as Sonia Thomason, Tatum Woodroffe, Angela Peardon, Renee Dowling and Susan Longman for also being fantastic company. It was a delight to finally meet you girls!
Luisa Gibson (aka “Big Cheese”), Mark Butler, Susan Longman, Kellie Lusted.
Sonia Thomason, Angela Peardon.
Tatum Woodroffe and Renee Dowling.
So, as I get to the end of this post and start feeling guilty about not tackling the “Mount Washmore” pile in the laundry, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Brisbane experience and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I am exhausted and hallucinating about sleeping for a whole 24 hours but man! it was worth it, lol.
Here’s a couple more piccies – me with the lovely Scrapapple girls Louise and Stacey is the one on the left. The one on the right is me with Deb Godley who was in my class along with her lovely sister, mum and girlfriend.
Thanks to everyone for reading this epic – I’m to try and assemble something to eat for dinner. I promise, when I am feeling a bit more “with it” I will attempt to link all those names up there to their blogs or sites. But it’s beyond my fuzzy brain at the moment, lol. Till next time, peeps!
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