Monday, February 7, 2011

CHA recap

**Fair warning, this is a long post with a ton of pics**

Ok....first of all, I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to update after getting back from CHA. I have a perfectly good excuse....

I crashed.

Ok, there is more to it then that. The night I flew home, my husband also came home early with the flu. Took care of him and the kids all weekend. And I was already exhausted from the trip, and not really feeling that well myself. Then it seemed like one thing after another just went wrong (like having no internet). But hopefully that is all over with. Internet is working again. I am sharing my photos. And I am dying to hit the craft room tonight. :)

But first...

I didn't post the sketch I created for LAST Monday, since I was gone. So I'm going to share that with you first:

And a two pager for those who prefer those....

Since this is already going to be a very LONG post, I am not posting samples, but you can click here to view a bunch of samples for this sketch.

And then the girls at SC are so awesome! They are covering me for the month of February and coming up with new sketches for the group. This one is sketch 240, created by Natalie:

And again, I am not posting the samples. To see samples for this sketch click here.

Now on to CHA!!!

This CHA was such a different experience for me then the Summer show. While I enjoyed being there, there was some drama. Basically I just butted heads with another individual. I do not need to share the details or the name of the person, because I don't need to put that out there. But I came home feeling discouraged and emotionally exhausted. I questioned whether I would ever even attend again.

But I am glad that I am sharing photos with you, because while I was going through them all I realized that I really did have a lot of fun. And I got to hang out with some great people, and meet a lot of people I know from online.

So here is the booth where I spent most of my time. If you look closely you can see projects I did that have not been shared yet, as well as from others on the DT. And you will also spot a new line that we haven't even shared with you all yet. ;)

There are two more walls that were full of samples, but I didn't get pictures of them.

And here is the My Little Shoebox crew:

(L to R: Erin P, Me, Shelly, Helen, Erin Y, Linda, Nicole, Patti, Debbie)

And what does a scrapbooker do at a trade show....well take lots of pictures of course! :) I was so excited to see some people again and to meet people that I've talked to online!

(L to R: Debbie, Liz, Me)

(Julie and Me)

(Patti and Erin)

(Me and Patti)

(Me and Patricia)

(Carmen and Me)

(Tracey and Me...can't believe I FINALLY got to meet this girl!)

(Ashley and Me)

(Lucy and Me)

(Noel, Me, Liz)

(Me and of those Colorado gals that I had to meet in California)

(Liz and Me...aww Liz, sorry I never made it back to talk more!)

(Me and Noeleen)

(Anabelle and Me...Nicole snagged this pic with my camera while we were posing for Anabelle's camera...I love it because we are not looking directly at the camera and that is different then all the rest of my photos!)

(The Helmar Girls: Me, Tracy, Becky, and Shelly)

(It's the CK gals!)

(Me and Michelle)

(Linda, Erin and Rocio)

(Erin and Me)

(Patti and Shelly)

(Oh I LOVE this girl...Me and Nat)

(And I had to snag this one from Angela because I didn't get one with her with my camera!)

Other people I hung out with a lot but somehow didn't get any pictures of (so sad): Shemaine and Nicole (although she is in one group photo).

Several of the girls from MLS got sick during CHA. :( It seemed none of us were really feeling that well. Plus we had issues with samples falling off our new booth. But I think the whole thing, despite a few minor glitches, went rather well.

Ok, well I think that is enough for today. :)

Have a wonderful day!!!!


Chris said...

FYI - the link for the second sketch LOs takes you to the SC DT ning, so we can't see them! :(

Sorry to hear that there was drama this CHA. Always unhappy when something that should be so much fun has downers like that. I trust your LOs made it back better from Winter CHA than they did this past Summer one, though? And it looks like DID have a wonderful time no matter the downs!

Tracey Taylor said...

The best part of CHA is meeting all the designers. Looks like you had a blast. So glad we finally met!! Hope to do it again. :)

TanishaRenee said...

Looks like you had a blast!!! You are just too darn cute! Love all of the pics!

nancy said...

It was so fun to see you! Glad you got a photo of us... I will be swiping it! :)

Marcie said...

I can relate with having drama at CHA. I had a bad experience a couple years back and thought the weekend would never end, but am looking forward to hopefully going again this summer in Chicago and hoping for a better experience.

salme said...

Hope you're feeling better... :D The photos are great!

Lisa Dorsey said...

What great pictures. I am so jealous, wish I could have gone this year. This darn move is messing everything up. LOL Love your sketches. Definitely itching to give that first one a try.

Sabrina said...

Wow great photos of your precious moments!! I am so green with envy!! :D

Becky Andersen said...

Looks like you had alot of fun! So sorry to hear that your household has been sick! No fun to come home to! Loved some of the little projects I saw in the photos!

June Goh said...

Great pictures from CHA ! Totally jealous.

hilde janbroers said...

love all the photos!!!

Nathalie Kalbach said...

It was so wonderful to see you girl- love ya tooo!!!! so sad about the drama- I guess we all had our share- puhhh - :(
Hope to see you next winter CHA again. Loves!!!

Susan Dupre said...

He,hee I see you totally avoided getting your photo with me - you'll pay! We had such a good time. I will remember the moisturizer story, lol. Oh, and you can stay in my room anytime. I wont complain - maybe throw a pillow or two... ;P Love those sketches btw!

Jolanda said...

That really looks like fun!!!and i LOVE your ring...(with the flower)
Have a nice day...

Melissa Elsner said...

Wonderful photos Pamela! Thank you for sharing them. Sorry your transition home was crummy with being sick and such. I LOVE seeing a photo of Michelle!!

Sarah Mullanix said...

I love seeing all of these photos!! There are so many ladies that I've been designing with and would just LOVE to meet in YOU!!! Maybe I'll get the chance to run into a few of you at summer CHA! :) TFS

Carmen said...

Hope everything it´s ok now!!! I had a very fun time at the CHA and was a really pleasure to met you!!!! Love the photo!!I had some family health problems when I was out of the country and now I'm trying to get everything setted here before sunday. I'm going to NH to visit my son...
Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences!!!

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Pamela and you are looking really well.