I didn't want to post this earlier, because it just didn't feel right writing about something happy and fun, but I'm dying to share so here goes.
Amber has a fabulous play by play of our weekend on her blog. I don't think that she left any thing out! So if you're interested head on over there.
Amber and Sven arrived Thurs night and it was fun to just hang out and chat and show someone my scraproom!! I hadn't even shown Helen at that point because I was waiting for it to be finished. Heaven knows when that will be, so I showed H last week. Ok, anyway... we left Friday after lunch and a trip to Carrefour (so Sven could get some French goodies). We both had forgetten to take pix of the kids together, what kind of scrappers are we? Seriously! We arrived with lots of time for registering and snooping around and supper before our first class, but G had a stinky and guess what! No diapers. So while Sven headed to a Dutch store to get some Amber and I had a yummy supper and then headed to our class, it was with Mellie and I was sooo excited to meet her. We met Suzanne, a hilarious, fun gal outside the door... we were the only 3 waiting outside the wrong door!
The album class was great, a lot of 'homework' and a lot more work to do on it still, but I am so in love with my album and it truly is a treasure and I can't wait until it's finished. Mellie was absolutely fabulous, exactly how I pictured her, exactly as I've known her for 4 years, sweet, generous, kind and lovely! Meeting her in person was such a treat. The internet is an amazing thing, but it doesn't allow for hugs and laughing together and just being together. I also got to meet teacher Melodee, heehee. She's serious and professional in the classroom, but still lots of fun. The classes (4 in all) were fab and flew by. She made us laugh and cry and I was in awe of her talent. So glad to have her friendship.
There was a crop that night with lots of work on the album and then the next morning after breakfast at 8:22 ;) We had a class with Lida DeWitt. This lady is incredibly talented and I will not go to SAG again without taking ALL the classes she's teaching. Amber and I took both. The first one was a double and we made a fab little album inside a decorated cigar box! Of course it's not done, but I want to use it as a Christmas album, so maybe January? sure.
I had forgotten my lunch ticket and was literally running back to my room to get it when I ran into (not literally) Nicola. She was there with her Essex gang, who are a lot of fun! It was so good to see her, a quick hug, though, because I still had to get that lunch ticket. After lunch was Melodee's second and third class so Nicola came with me to meet her. She had only arrived that morning so hadn't seen her yet. Nic is so fun. Spunky and funny and just great to be around. I was so glad that we got to meet up again!!
After supper Melodee, Nicola and I hung out and looked at each other's pages. Wow, I love looking at their stuff online, but it is just not the same as looking at and touching the pages. Amber had brought some stuff to show me, too. WOW!! These gals are all so talented!! I've been so inspired, and I've been scrapping/crafting up a storm since, but nothing I can share, sorry!!
Amber and I did some make and takes and then Amber decided last minute to take the HS class with me, sorry Amber! We got some fun goodies... and the album looks cool, but seriously have no idea what the class was about...
That night there was a second crop, well sort of. There was also games and such, but we ended up in the corner behind the stage and had our album to work on. We could only use the stamps that weekend. There were 6 sets at 20€ each so we really wanted to get as many stamps in there as possible. So they turn out the lights for the games and we keep on scrappin... sleep deprived me has two sips of wine, starts seeing double and I kept on scrappin... :) We stayed until midnight and I seriously got some stuff done!! I also had a laugh at Nicola and her friends playing the games, what a hoot!
I also had another class without Amber, it was a bunch of things, a gift basket with soaps and stuff and a clipboard. I'm going to give the basket with candy and cookies instead of soap to the housekeeper for Christmas, I'm keeping the clipboard!!
See, now Amber and I are smart, we saw a project from a class we weren't signed up for. Two Irish gals were working on theirs and it was really cool!! It was a calendar and after the year is over you cut out the pages and it's a little 6x6 album... So even though the next class for it was scheduled for after we were leaving on Sunday, we signed up and then went and snagged the kits and did them ourselves. It was a super easy project because all the pieces were already cut out. I did mine on the train on one of those itsy bitsy tables and Amber did hers in front of the TV.
Sven was great the whole weekend. He left to get G's diapers in a strange foreign grocery store on Friday night so that we could stay and look around and register and such. Any time we were together and Georgia started to fuss or get bored, up he'd get and take her for a walk or to play somewhere. He kept her all weekend so Amber could play and when they were leaving to go home it was pouring down rain, so he went and got the car, brought it around front and came it to get them with an umbrella! Isn't he sweet?
Amber took some photos of Melodee, Nicola and me together. I nicked the bench photo from Nic's blog. It's of Nic and me from 2 years ago, where Mellie PS herself in!! I laugh everytime I look at it ... I snagged the other one from Mellies blog. Nic and Mellie, you have some great shots on your blogs so I'll have to get those from you guys!!!!! Thanks so much Amber for capturing these for us.