That's how i always feel on the last day. It goes by way too fast!
Yesterday morning, I went down to breakfast at Wendy and Ron's ward/neighborhood. They have this breakfast every year on the day of the Pioneer Day parade. Then it was on to the convention center.
It was not easy getting near the convention center because they were staging the Pioneer Day parade. We had to walk a few blocks, but even so, we finally managed to make it down before the General Session started. It's always fun to watch everyone dancing and partying down!
The morning session was fairly short. Shelli (may she live forever) and Sara (honored daughter of our illustrious leader) presented during this session, with the focus being on the new fabric that is coming in the Holiday mini. They were wearing skirts made out of it. It's PURTY!!!
After that, it was time for more classes. I waited for a bit before I headed to Paper, Pad, and Marker, the session where we get to make sample sheets of all the color families. There is always a big line to start and I wanted it to go down before I went to stand in it. My toe is still bothering me and the more I am off my feet the better it is for it...unfortunately, it's almost impossible to stay off your feet at convention!
They had these cool banners hanging over the tables. Everyone took pics, including me!
I again skipped out on the other classes. I hasten to add that there is usually good info in those classes, but I've been to many conventions and there isn't usually much that is earth-shattering in them. I would rather hang out with my friends or look at the display boards!
Lunch was the inevitable turkey sandwich. It never fails, LOL!
After lunch, we headed back to the last general session. They had one more presentation, which was Carrie Cudney showing us some scrapbooking ideas. Then the game show, which is usually a hoot and a half. More prize patrol. But again I was skunked. The whole convention with nothing free? Wah!
Finally, it was time for Shelli (may she live forever) to close convention. The earth-shattering news is usually shared at this point. Not to mention that if we get something free, it often appears at this point. So when Shelli (may she live forever!) came out for the final speech, tension was high.
Basically, she shared that there are many sweeping changes that are coming our way. Exciting changes, changes to surprise and delight. My take on what she said is that they are working on making being a demo better than ever! They are going to make it easier for us to earn income from our businesses, as well as rewarding hostesses, etc. I can't wait to hear what these changes might be.
But then the best part came...FREE STUFF!!!
If you have never been to a convention like this, let me tell you, those women (and some men!) get awfully excited when they get something free! We were dancing in the aisles and waving our packets! And it wasn't just a free set of stamps, like usual!
We got a free ink pad, container of glass glitter, and a package of DSP as well! It totally made up for not getting prize patrol! SO awesome!
Yes, it seems a bit crazy to get so excited to get something free! But when you pay $280 plus airfare, some return on your investment besides the stuff you get in your convention bag is very welcome! Not to mention all the discounted product bundles that convention goers are getting this year!
I'm sure that other direct sales companies' conventions probably get pretty zany at times, but I think that the Stampin' Up! convention probably outzanies quite a few of them! And it definitely helps that those in the home office have a wicked sense of humor. The "commercials" for the next convention, regional seminars, and Leadership are usually howlingly funny!
So convention ended on a high note, which is really the only way to end it. Because otherwise, there is only the pain of realizing that it's over and the pain of parting from dear friends that you may only see once a year when you go to convention. I had so much fun...I didn't want it to end!
Wendy, Cheryl (Wendy's sideline) and I left the convention center, footsore, happy with free stuff, but sad it was over for another year. Then after a delicious hamburger feast, Wendy, Amelia (Wendy's daughter), Emma (one of Amelia's friends), and I all headed down to a local park to watch fireworks.
It was the perfect end to a day that was both happy and sad.
Here is today's card...my other swap from the Controlfreaks convention swap. Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps- Punch Potpourri, Woodgrain, Broadsheet Alphabet; Paper - Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Newspring DSP, Early Espresso; Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride; Other - Dotted Scallop ribbon punch, Wide Heart punch, Ticket Corner punch, gold brads, 1/2" Blushing Bride poly ribbon, sponge wedges, dimensionals, Smooch Gold Lame Pearlized Accent Ink
OMGOJUS!!! (YILM!) I loved that I could put all the letters on the block together. I had to trim them down to get them to fit nicely next to each other, but it wasn't hard and I could simply stamp "LOVE" once for each card. I love that alphabet too...nicely formal looking, but both vintage and shabby chic!
Again, thanks to those who came up and introduced themselves, gave me gifts, and just generally treated me like a queen! I am always so humbled and gratified to know that I touch your lives with laughter and inspiration.