Any new and exciting products?
New creative directions?
Did you get totally inspired to try something new?
Did you order cool stuff for your store or score learning new techniques?
I was there but I missed most of it. Nope, I wasn't sick. Didn't spend the time at Disneyland instead. And, as tempting as it was, no, I didn't leave the convention center to wander around in the sunshine or go to the beach.
Instead, I spent almost the entire show in meetings. LOTS of meeting. Taught a sold out workshop with some the most awesome workshop assistants anyone could dream of having! Exhibited in the Designers-in-Action Section. Demoed. Attended several events and discussion groups, although I had to miss others because of conflicts with MORE meetings.
Did I forget to mention I spent a lot of the show in meetings?
Granted, I DID spend almost my entire day on Saturday networking, socializing and basically just enjoying the company of my creative peeps. Somehow I was lulled into a false sense that I actually had DAYS open to just wander the aisles. Apparently I totally under-estimated reality. Over the following three days of the show, my meetings all seemed to mysteriously spontaneously schedule or reschedule in a way that made it impossible to ever stop for more than a moment on the way to the next meeting ...and weirdly I always seemed to walk down the same dozen aisles. Which meant I totally missed most of the show. Bummer.
Fortunately I did meet some new vendors and have even just joined a Design Team! (More on that as soon as I can announce it...). I soaked in all the creative energy and radiated it back. Ran into old friends...and made several new ones. And I networked until the very, very end...and beyond. .
Note to self: In 2016, make sure to set aside one full day to walk the aisles. EVERY aisle. Watch more demos. Play with more products. Do every Make 'n Take. Celebrate CRAFTING!