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Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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This is a long post. And I’m gonna gush about the past several days I spent in Orlando.  If you don’t want to see pictures or read a whoooole lotta blahblah, you might want to leave now. 🙂

I started writing this post three hours before my flight was to leave Orlando on Sunday. We’d dropped Beate off at the airport, and then Lori, Daven, and I headed out to Epcot for some theme park fun.  They dropped me off at the airport later, and we had every intention of saying goodbye once we cleared security, but it just didn’t happen.  So there I was, hanging out at the Orlando airport, munching on Twizzlers, drinking bottled water, leaning on a column in terminal A, gate 4 (and let me tell you. . . the column was the only thing holding me up at that point), looking at pictures . . . and I got a little teary-eyed. Then, full on ugly crying. We’re talking going through a travel pack of Kleenex in a few minutes tears. I missed my friends, wished that I’d had a chance to say a real goodbye and get hugs, and in general (though I’d felt ready to come home just that morning) didn’t want to leave anymore.  My flight ended up getting delayed which would have made me miss my connection in Houston and the lovely people of Continental offered to put me up in a hotel in Orlando and on a flight out on Monday morning. I got to have another evening in Orlando after all! Anyway, that’s the ending. I guess I should rewind a little, huh?

As I’ve mentioned before, I traveled to Orlando for the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA)’s tradeshow and the SuperShow afterwards.  Check this amazing action!  Notice who’s at top center? Pretty cool! This trip to Orlando was phenomenal, and we just could not have asked for a better first time at the show.

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Thursday was booth setup day, and while Lori & Daven walked the floor, I went to the grocery store, picked up last minute stuff, got Beate from the airport, and then headed back to get our very first booth set up.  Here’s Daven hanging the cute polkadotted topper Lori’s mom whipped up for us.

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Ready to hang the Splitcoast banner up

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Make & take tables all skirted and ready to go.

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just a quick team picture before the show started on Friday morning – Our Creative Director Beate, Advertising Manager Lori, Daven, and me.

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and breakfast for 150

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You can see many more pics from the first day here on Facebook. There were so many opportunities to take pictures, hugs, and catch up with friends from the site.  And, from the little I *heart* Splitcoast paper pin we blinged up at the main table to the company make & takes happening in the booth, there was a lot of crafting going on!

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Introducing people to Splitcoast was so much fun!

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After the show, we piled into the car (literally)

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and headed out for food and fellowship with friends. Say that five times fast!  Because we do all of our work together over the internet and phone and videochat, we make every minute together count. That pretty much means we go to bed at 2 am or later and wake up at 6:30 or so to start it all over again the next day.  Good times!

The next day was Green Day at the booth – here’s another team shot

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and some favorites of us

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and a great shot that shows just how busy we were most all day long

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If you’d like, you can find some more pics in a Facebook album here.

I could post pictures and tell little stories about every person I had the pleasure of talking to this week, but I’d be here all year and would end up all weepy again (like I did when I finally got on the plane to Houston and tried to write my blog post again). . .. so instead, I’ll just tell you that while I’m glad to be home and sleeping in my own bed, I still miss my friends.

Seeing all the facebook uploads, and getting little notes from people and videochatting with friends and talking on the phone and laughing about things that happened. . . well, it just makes me a mixed-up ball of emotions. My kids know that it takes a day or so for me to be back to “me” and I’m grateful for that. It gives me a little time to look at my pictures, think about all the things that I experienced while I was away, and to make me even more grateful for the people my little hobby has brought into my life. If I hadn’t gone to a stamping party, I wouldn’t have been a demo, wouldn’t have met Beate, wouldn’t have been introduced to this littlebitty website called Splitcoaststampers.com, wouldn’t have met Daven, wouldn’t have gone on a girls trip to Oklahoma and met Lisa, the Original Control Freak, wouldn’t have started swapping with (and later working with) Lori. . . and wouldn’t have the best job a girl could ever ask for, and the best friends I could ever dream of.  I am blessed.

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16 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    ahhhh, so wish I could have been there to experience it all! Someday….SOMEDAY….I’ll get to go back to CHA. In the meanwhile, I’ll live vicariously through you! Hugs! Hope you’re feeling better!

  2. Posted August 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    You are truely blessed!!!

  3. Posted August 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been going thru everyone’s blogs reading about CHA. My face is permanently green. WOW. What a thrill to meet so many “friends” face to face. (ok….now I’m going to go have myself a pity party)….

    Glad you had fun!!

  4. Posted August 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I just LOVED getting to hang out with all you wonderful peeps!! Thank you so much for all the fun SCS provided at SCS and for just being fabulous!! 🙂

  5. Posted August 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    You’re totally making me weepy. STOP IT!!! Love you, sister. 🙂

  6. Posted August 5, 2009 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Someday I want to go to an SCS get together and I really want a cupcake for breakfast 🙂

  7. Posted August 5, 2009 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Jenn – It was a delight to meet you and the entire SCS team in Orlando! Had a wonderful time visiting in your booth and at the MFT party! Thanks for sharing your photos!!

  8. Posted August 5, 2009 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    all I can say is:

    “there are people in the world who don’t know about Split Coast?!?!?!?!?” 😀

    glad you had such a wonderful time! from all of us little folks who couldn’t go, it’s a joy to hear about the fun the rest of you had. those memories will always be a treasure for you. hold them tight……

  9. Posted August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Great pictures, Jenn! TFS!!

  10. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    You are truely blessed. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Sure wish I could have gone and had to chance to meet you. Maybe next year.

  11. Posted August 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Love all of your pictures and the stories you’ve shared, Jenn!! Thank you!! I hope some day I will be able to be there and meet you all. What a group!! Hugs!!

  12. Mary Havlovic
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome and fun experience. Not to mention all the cool people you got a chance to meet and who have left an imprint on your life! I loved hearing about it. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Posted August 6, 2009 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Great photos, Jenn! I absolutely loved getting to meet you, Beate, Daven and Lori! One thing that we continued to discuss throughout CHA was the warmth and camaraderie that a shared passion brings to people. You just can’t beat it! TFS!

  14. Ali
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    It was such a pleasure meeting you, Lori, Beate, Daven & Becca, live and in person at the SCS booth at the CHA SuperShow in Orlando. My friends and I just go “gaa-gaa” over all of your talent displayed on your blog. And we’re just so thrilled that you got a picture of the three of us making the little I “heart” Splitcoast pin and actually posted it on your blog. I really do think that stamping and scrapping are the very best hobbies ever in the world and I thank you for sharing your awesome talent through your blog.

  15. Posted August 7, 2009 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Great pics of the booth, Jenn, and you crazies in the top photo! 😉 Sad I missed all the fun. Been meaning to ask where you got that darling purse! Thanks for sharing all the great photos.

  16. Wanda
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Great message Jenn – great to see pictures of all of you on SCS and blogs I’ve frequented. Thanks for telling your story – I know it must have been sad to depart from everyone on that last day.

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