I felt like a celebrity - I was met at the airport by an official driver holding a sign with my name and whisked away in a fancy car with blacked-out windows - check that off the bucket list. I was greeted at the hotel, given a goodie welcome bag that included the most delicious chocolate chip cookies ever, and headed to my room. It was amazing - I called home to tell them "my hotel room has it's own hallway!" - very impressive:
We got to hear from Jo Pearson, probably most know as a judge on Craft Wars. Not only did we get to hear her speak, but we got to hang out with her for a couple of days. She loves crafting and creating just as much as any of us - it was so fun to get to know her on a more personal level.
More crafting sessions the next day - it was fun to try some projects that I don't normally do - like jewelry making and mixed media. I will do a brief tutorial on the charm necklace sometime soon as well.
After that we were given an exclusive peek into the Michael's trade show - to see the new things coming to stores, etc. It was huge and overwhelming and amazing all at once - wow! So many vendors and amazing products are sold through Michael's stores, including many of their own store brands.
I didn't realize that you could do custom cards through Michael's, but you can and they have some super cute options. You can find it at MiDesign@Michaels - really, check it out. They offer photo books, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, custom invites, personalized favors, napkins and more.
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We had a look at some of the things offered through the classes you can take at Michael's - these will be the card making classes this year and I can't get over the cuteness of the "Whimsy" collection - the four on the right - they're calling to me:
There were some creative celebrities:
Heading home I ran into a slight snag - I blame American Airlines and their inability to work around a maintenance issue. They canceled my flight instead of cueing up another plane - as a result I missed the kids' first day of school, including my Kindergartner's. Bummer. But I did get an extra night in a hotel to watch Shark Week (we don't have cable so I have to soak in it when I can):