By the time I made it back to my room last night, all I had energy for was sleeping. And even that was exhausting. Not that I'm complaining - it was so much fun to get a little sneak peek of all my favorite lines pre-show messiness. Sort of like seeing someone's studio when it's a trashy dirty disaster - candy bar wrappers and nasal spray and deeply disorganized stacks all strewn about... I might have a few little voyeuristic tendencies....
I'm just gonna post a few pics of my favorite booths so far. It's so pathetic - we spent all day in one of the four rooms. ONE. As in it took us eight hours to look at maybe 20 booths. It was intense... I can't tell you the look on the newbie's faces when they realized how big the actual show floor was. "You mean this isn't it?" "There's more?" "And we only have two and a half more days?!?"
One of my favorite booths today was, of course, American Crafts. And no, your screen is not distorted - it's like a 40 mile long booth. And it was filled with new, gorgeous, gotta-have-it product! Like the stitched albums, and everyone's new fave, Dear Lizzy.
Now seriously, I have to be honest. I'm a pretty down to earth girl. I like heels, cute flouncy blouses, pencil skirts, bangle earrings and frills just as much as the next girl, but honey, I am not wearing no stinkin' 3" heels at CHA. I mean come on! Hi, my name is Lizzy and I am gorgeous and crafty and fully endorsed. And oh yeah, I can wear these shoes for hours on end and not fall over. I mean, what is that!?!?! It almost makes me sick (not jealous, no never). I didn't take a picture with her because, well, I think that's a little tacky to take a picture with someone you have no shared memories with. And it must be so awkward to be that person with your arm around some creeper you've never met carting around 25 free Making Memories bags filled with every possible make 'n' take on the planet. Okay, that's just a whole other rant. Notice I said "whole other" because that's how you say it. "Nother" is not a word, people. But that's just yet another rant. I'm feeling ranty tonight. Oh crap, it's officially tomorrow morning now. Maybe that explains it...
Here's the Bella Booth. I got almost nothing but crappy pics today, and the booth was constantly filled with people, so I got a pretty darned crappy pic of Bella Blvd. I'll go back tomorrow night after the retailers leave and snap some better photos of my favorite booths. Like G45 - oh baby oh baby - that is a sexy beast of a booth. It's like being in a French boutique - I gushed.
Here are a couple of the projects that I have in the Bella Booth. I couldn't get photos of them all because there were just to many crazy chicks in there, and apparently my "get the fu&K out of my way" vibes were neither strong nor intimidating enough to get them to skedaddle. Is that spelled right?
That's my DF up there. I texted him a photo and I think he's now officially mortified. It'll be the first scrapbooking event he's attended... And PS - buy this line! It's called Man of the House and it is amazing! Such an awesome line for the guys and still so versatile, I dare say even pretty.
This is a layout I did using the Estate Sale Line - so vintage, so pretty!
This is how packed full the entire booth was - so many amazing projects to see! Be sure to check out the blog and take a look at the new display frames they've got, too.
And now for my very favorite booth in the world. Not much to it, but that's what was so cool. You saw everything you needed to, including Julie, Eric, Lindsay and Natasha, and every single project on display was the very best quality you could ever expect. Simple and straightforward.
Material Girl was the only good shot out of the bunch - my camera is seriously acting up.
Here's a fun (well maybe not for the little cherub) layout displayed in the booth using Material Girl. Love it!
And seriously, check out these flowers on this little box of heaven... Are those the cutest things you've ever seen!?
And now for the one you've been waiting for...
Trouble is, you'll be waiting for a little while longer. The lighting over the October Afternoon was not exactly conducive for fantastic photo-taking, and combined with my crappy cam, you get some not so amazing photos. I'll do my best to get some more!
How cute is this display? Seriously, though, that kid is like the Mona Lisa - I couldn't escape it's little gaze.
See?! He's totally give us the "eye" and quite frankly, he's a little creeper...Play with your dog, kid, jeez!
Oh, by the way you Nook peeps, that's Charity. What a sweetie! And we made the cutest little make 'n' take pin! I just look weird...
Here's some of the paper from the Fly A Kite line. I am in looove!
Here's a few cute little projects at the booth.
Here are some of the papers from the new Thrift Shop line. Again, I have the crappiest pics ever of the whole display, so this is whatcha get! Hard to see all the detail, but let me just say, YUM!
Okay, that's all for now. Tomorrow is more of a work day for me, so I'll do my best to get as many new photos up as I can. Let me know if there's anything specific you want to see and I'll try to deliver!
Oh, I put in an order at Maya Road... MR + Cosmo + Ranger = A YUMMY NEW MINI BOOK KIT FOR SALE SOON! Can't wait to show you!!