or at least it was this morning. i think we've warmed up to a balmy 6 right now.
so, yeah. i'm back. from los angeles. from cha. it was so fun. so, so, so fun. really. i haven't laughed so hard or so much in a really long time. and my fellow masters? can i just say i'm in love with each and every single one?? oh my. (click here for photographic evidence of time well-spent.)
catherine, who was my roommate, (have you met catherine? wait ... sorry ... maybe that's only funny to us.) made the whole weekend so much more fun than it would have been had i stayed by myself. we laughed ourselves to sleep every night, and walking with her every day was eye-opening. the girl knows everyone. on day 1 i met her at the bar, sitting with donna. downey. seriously. then we'd go to the show and everyone would stop her and say hi - heidi swapp, emily falconbridge, various industry types and all levels of scrappers. i was totally impressed.
crystal and ronee, who arrived a little later, added a whole new level of hilarity. ronee is a total darryl hannah lookalike and is as honest as they come. crystal is the most comfortable person in her own skin that i've ever met. by the end of day two the four of us were having dinner, drinking several drinks, and laughing uncontrollably ... and somehow ended up in donna's bathtub. along with donna and ikuko, from ck japan, who was donna's roommate and as funny as hell.
and katrina - ahh!! a kindred spirit if ever i met one! adore this girl! i'm so going to vermont to hang out with her as soon as possible.
we really didn't get to spend too much time with hillary, who arrived late and left early and was sooo busy in between times, but the times we did talk i had so much fun. she has such an interesting life and family ... next time, hillary!! we'll talk more!
cha itself ... wow. exhausting and yet so energizing and inspiring. i didn't get to see every booth in the scrap area, but i spent a lot of time checking out the crafting section and getting so inspired by products not even marketed to scrappers. the ideas for crossover are endless!!
from what i did see, i can say right now that i adore fancy pants, cosmo cricket, crate paper, piggy tales, heidi grace, autumn leaves, maya road ... um, what else. pretty much everything, actually. based on the friendliness and awesomeness of reps in the booth, i have to say that you need to buy everything you can from american crafts. they are simply perfection in the customer service department. not to mention their product is gorgeous.
felt is the new hot. and chipboard is going amazing places.
i got to finally meet cathy zielske face to face and it was such a joy to talk to her. cathy - yak! really! and tara whitney was once again one of the sweetest people. and meeting amy butler was amazing ... she is so talented and TALL!! and stacy julian was so sweet when i approached her to thank her for her support of designerzine. she actually asked me how i was holding up now that the 'zine has folded. what a class act. saw my girls nisa and kirsten at the f+w cocktail party, and they arrived with kristi (contes) and genevieve ... SO cool to actually finally meet those girls! though i think i was several sheets to the wind and don't remember a whole lot about it ... regardless, good times.
missed martha's keynote, but from what i hear i really didn't miss much. so sad.
and getting to know the editorial/publishing staff from f+w (effin' w ... my new favorite swear word ... ha ha) was amazing. they are all so nice and so excited about the direction the magazine is going. i'm in love with them all.
i know i'm missing so much, but as i think of it i'll write more. i think i got about 16 hours of sleep in total for four nights, and my blood-alcohol level is finally back to 0, and my abs still hurt from laughing. and i'm so ready to sit down and CREATE!!