Monday, February 19, 2007

Big Sigh!

Well The Cat's Pajamas very first convention has come and gone. It was a lot of work, but so much fun!

Here I am on Friday, setting up. Looking around, confused, wondering what I should do next. Looking down the way a bit at all the other vendors. We were given tables at the very end, across from Polly's Pals, (Polly rocks!) and on the other side of Hanko Designs. (Hi Norman!)

Still fiddling around. Setting up the small accesories side of things.

After a couple of hours here is the booth in all its glory.

Here is a full booth shot on Saturday morning before we opened. Where am I? Having a last sit down before the doors open.

The fabulous Tracy worked the demo table like no one's business. Together with her oh-so-talented mother, Bin, they made a formidable team. Shoppers prepare to be awed. These ladies are demo goddesses.

See the red arrow? These stamper's pre-bought their tickets and were allowed in a half hour before the doors officially opened.

Soon they were at The Cat's Pajamas booth. Shopping. And shopping. And shopping.

I'm not ringing up yet, but I will be shortly, and non-stop for the rest of the day, I'll have you know.

Thank you all who came by and said "hi". Thank you to my great design team, Jessica, Toni, Janis and Tracy for all the great samples that people o0000-ed and ahhhhh-ed over and took photos of.

Thank you, Karrie, for sending in your inspiration cards which I had to plunk on the sample board, too. Thank you, Tracy, Bin and Anthony for all your help in making The Cat's Pajamas first convention a success.

Going to lie down now.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

To do list

After working feverishly to get ready for my first convention ever, my "To Do" list looks like this. Just 3 things left and it's not even the middle of the week yet. I need to get a 10 or 12 gauge extension cord. Does anyone know what that looks like?

Friday, February 09, 2007

I'm woikin' ovah hea!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Bad blogger. STILL getting ready for the San Mateo Convention! So little to do, so much time to do it. Wait. Stop. Reverse that.

I spent all day traveling yesterday after I dropped Mocha off at the vet for her teeth cleaning at 9:30. I was hoping to make a quick trip to Sacramento to pick up some store fixtures and finally meet Stephanie and Kelly at The Paper Garden Boutique.

And, of course, I got lost. And it was raining. So an hour and a half jaunt took 3 hours! But let me tell you, meeting Stephanie and Kelly at The Paper Garden Boutique was worth it. What a cuuuute shop. So fresh and fun. And they are soooo nice. I really must learn to bring my camera with me because if anything was worth taking a picture of it was this shop.

I couldn't stay long, but it was a good thing I left when I did because with all the rain and the accidents on the road. I finally got back into the city at 6:00! That's just crazy, I think. Oh well, now I'm just hunkered in , ready to make more stamps.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

We're Backkkkk!

We're back from the wild craziness that can only be called CHA. What a BLAST. I got to meet up with old friends and finally meet some new ones. Just part of the CPJ design team got together at Alcatraz Brewing Company (Missing you, Jessica) to chat and chat. And when we were done, we chatted some more. That's Toni, me, our friend Shauna, Traci and Janis.

I got to see many crafty celebs while I worked the American Art Stamp booth. Way too many to mention, though I finally got to meet up with Julie Ebersole and her gang. I've been a reader of her blog for many a month. I also got to meet many of my new clients. It's such a treat to finally put name to face.

The best part of CHA, besides the MITs, samples, meeting up with friends, doing the classes, is walking the show and seeing what is new in the world. Wow. So many great things.

The worst part of CHA is that after it is all over, I sleep. A lot. I nodded in and out during the 7 hour drive back. (When I wasn't driving) I got home and slept. Woke up and slept. Slept and slept. Still haven't recovered yet.

Whew! Even this is tiring......lids dropping.......zzzzzzzzzzzz.


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