Friday, February 15, 2008

Wow!!

We did it! I kind of feel like I gave birth to another baby (except this was much more exhausting)!! Here is a photo of my "cluttered" booth - just the way I like it I suppose. I really had alot of self doubt the night before the show opened but Jared kept reassuring me that all I could do was be "me" - and boy is this me! I try to keep things simple in my home (and my life for that matter) but something else always finds its way on that shelf, or in that cabinet with every flea market trip. I tell myself "no more" but it doesn't seem to work.

I had high hopes this time of taking lots of photos. I have so many friends in this industry (and made a lot of new ones!) that I really would like to have proof of that someday. Alas, all I came home with were 4 photos. So. . . if you have a photo you took or know of a blog where one is posted please post here with the link as I would love to hop around and see them all.

There are so many amazing people in this industry. I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet and spend time with everyone. From the designers to the magazine editors and other company owners, it really feels like a family renuion a bit with each show. The icing on the cake is getting to meet many of you - blog readers, kit club members and store owners. I can't imagine a better way to connect with people all around the world - isn't that amazing? How else in my lifetime would I be able to make new friends from the Netherlands to Puerto Rico? It is all such a blessing and I found myself really reflecting on it flying home. This industry is really full of "nice" people - and I say "nice" is good. At the end of the day we are all trying to make a living and support our families but I truly belive you can do this by being decent, fair and considerate. Nice is good.

And just to give you a few quick highlights, I did get out of the booth a tad bit and found some great things on the show floor! My hands down favorite thing that I can't go on living without were a new set of felt flowers from Maya Road. I'm not sure if they meant to do this, but they are a dead ringer for the old "button" style millinery flowers that I love so much. They were almost like tiny ruffles and had pearl centers and the most DIVINE colors. I was really smitten in case you couldn't tell. Sassafrass Lass had the best paper I had seen from them yet - colors and patterns. It was a happy booth (and they are nice people over there). Nunn Design had fabulous new jewelry pieces that I feel in love so I pulled together some pieces for an April mini kit. I'm so excited about this one! I also had the privilege to meet and chat with Pam Garrison and Charlotte Lyons. I really wanted to leave and walk around with them and Rebecca Sower all day but Jared wouldn't let me (something about responsibilities and a crowded booth). The next day I came back to the booth to a wonderful surprise from Pam - so very sweet and thoughtful (I loved it Pam- thank you so very much)!

More rambling later, but here is another quick photo from the booth. I made the flowers by tracing around a 5" dish in my studio. Do this twice. Cut a slit to the center of each circle and punch a hole there with a regular sized hole punch. Fold accordion style all the way around each circle and then join both pieces with glue or a tape runner. I used old floral drapery nails used for tie-backs as my centers.
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41 comments:

Jo said...

Hi dennis told me how great it was to meet you!......cant wait to start on my adventure......and the new stuff is actually o die for, yes Jared I am still enthusiastic!!!! x

Laurel said...

There's a good picture of you and some of your new stuff on Ali's blog!

May said...

Hi Jenni! It was great meeting you, and the pkg. I promised did get sent and should be to you by now. I hope you enjoy the craft knife! :)

Your booth was so lovely and full of fun treasure.

Anonymous said...

I loved your booth! So cute and unique! I have photos on my blog of your booth but a few of them are blurry for some reason but the rest are good..go here: http://www.KITcardshop.com/blog
Thanks and looking forward to my order arriving! Great job!
Kelly from Keep In Touch

Amanda Ann said...

So awesome!!

Kathy said...

There's a lovely photo of you wil Ali Edwards on her blog
http://www.aliedwards.typepad.com/

Love all the new stuff Jenni, and happy you enjoyed your 1st CHA.

lori said...

ali edwards has a wonderful photo of the two of you on her blog.

your booth looks amazing. i would love to have seen it first hand. thanks for sharing your faves from cha, it will give us something to keep our eyes on the look out for!!

kristina said...

Your booth looked beautiful Jenni and your products looked even more beautiful! So happy that you were just yourself because THAT is beautiful and I know it shined through! So happy for you all! I know I'm going to be ordering some of your gorgeous products for my pages! Hugs!

Michelle*G said...

The booth...and your new releases are beautiful! I can't wait to get my Scarlet Lime kit next month...it's got some of your new goodies for me to play with!

escapadestravel said...

Your booth was perfect Jenni, so very you........charming! I so enjoyed meeting you after having your kits for so long. Everything looked beautiful and I look forward to seeing what you do next!

Donna

Candice Carpenter said...

OH my gosh Jenni...i don't think i could have imagined a nicer more imaginative person before i met you. It was so great meeting you and Jared. Such wonderful people with wonderful ideas and amazing customer service. I'm always asking for rush shipment on this and that and its always done with a smile (and a conf email w/ tracking info) which is truely unheard of these days with most companies)...and not to mention the hand written "Thank You" from Jared on every order. So nice. Well...enough rambling about how Fab you are. It was great meeting you and i sure hope we get to meet in person again soon. :-) I'll be ordering lots of your goods for my future project kits on my new site!

Thanks again and congrats on a FAB show!

Candice Carpenter
www.peacoatsandpartyhats.com

jenniferpebbles said...

YAY!!! I am so glad it went so great!! I was stalking every video update and picture post looking to see how it was going, and your booth just blew me away!!! No doubt you were a smashing success (and I hear you all about the trying to keep it simple, until you find that onnneee more thing:)

Congratulations!!!

Glee-scrap said...

Your booth looked GREAT! I saw a darling picture of you and Becks Fagg on her blog at www.scrapgenie.blogspot.com/...that was on Feb 13, Day Three (2), and anther one of your booth on Day One (2)...she had nothing but good things to say about you(must be because you are nice, and "nice is good"!)
Erin : )

paige said...

congrats jenni...from all the blog chatter out there, you are definately one of everyone's favorites!
i am so excited about your new products & really love the orange /blue of the current kit.
wish i could've been there--what fun was had by all ( & do tell your pam g story too!)
xo

Bobbi in KY said...

you go girl-it was beautiful-every blog seems to have loved your line!!!

Bobbi in KY said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=worKoBakQD8

link to a video of your booth

Sonja said...

Your stuff is so cool!!!!!

Rachel Tops AKA "Doodlebug4444" said...

Jenni you are one of my faves girl.. never doubt your amazing talent and your awesome projects/products line. I look foward to my kits every month!

Rachel XOOX

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

Jenny, you are amazing and your products keep me inspired all the time! Your booth looked awesome! I saw a couple of pics on Ali's blog :-)

Anonymous said...

I came by your booth but you were out and about...sorry I missed you but the booth looked wonderful.

Loved all the new products...hope it will be in future kits.
peace
Kim Bolyard

Becky said...

Your style is so inspiring to me, you had such a gorgeous booth and it is so exciting that the show went so well! Of course it was a total treat for me to meet you!
I just love it when nice people have nice things happen for them!
B-

Annalisa said...

Jenni,

I am so glad to hear that the show went well! I had no doubt you were going to have success; I always loved your creativity!

Rachel Saunders said...

Jenni, Jered has it right you just be yourself bc that is the charm about you and your products. They are you all over, never apologise for that. People like things that are genuine and that is the lovliest part of who you are and what you do. I have never met you but every time I have ordered anything you have been so helpful and gracious. I wish you all the best. I wish I could have been to CHA it lools so much fun!!

Paper Boutique said...

Hi Jenni
This is a link from my blog, where you can get the photo of the Puerto Rico gals.
Loved meeting youm Jared and Ruth and your booth, well it felt like home!!
http://paperboutiquescrapbookingstudio.blogspot.com/

azarrella said...

congratulations Jenni! your stuff just gets better and better. I can't wait to get my hands on it all!

Linda Barber said...

I so enjoyed meeting you at CHA! Your stuff was lovely as usual. Loved all of it!

PLO said...

Thanks for sharing how to do this, they caught my eye on Elsie's blog and I wondered how you made them. I would have loved to see your booth in person. At least you don't have to nurse now. Ha ha.

Ady said...

Jenni, I am loving your kit this month. I made a beautiful acrylic album with the mini papers from the Tangerine line. When is it going to be in the products section. I want more and more and more of this fabulous paper. I'll post a link to the gallery soon. Your booth looks so inviting...

Anonymous said...

Love your Guest Designer's samples this month! I would love to know who she is. I do not see her name listed anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Another link to your display at CHA

http://knitandpurlgrrl.blogs.com/
scraphappy

Paper Relics said...

It was really nice meeting you - and what a small world you know Patti and I was there with her!

inara said...

wow, how gorgeous!!!

Boriquaz said...

Congrats on a successful booth, I heard/saw so many great things about it. Love your product as always.

melissa deakin said...

i have loved seeing photos of your booth and gorgeous products on various blogs and sites.
your work is so lovely!
thank you!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ack...I am so sorry I missed it this year! And it was right in my backyard, too.

Your booth looks wonderful! I bet you had a wonderful time, and sold a ton of product! Yay!
xo Lidy

Rita Weiss said...

Oh, how I knew you'd make a bang at the show! I only wish I saw it myself. Way to go Jenni. You are soooo talented and clever. Can't wait to see #2 this summer. In person! Love it. xo

TracieClaiborne said...

Is that Charlotte Lyons as in "co-authored books with Mary Englebreit?" I would flip! Wow.

See...you just need to take me with you to follow you around, taking pictures. That's one of my actual jobs at my church. ha-ha! I'd hook you up girl! LOL

PS - Your booth rocked.

alyssa said...

Congrats! Your booth looks fabulous. This month's kit was such a treat - love all your new products!

deb said...

Just gorgeous Jenni! I've seen so many wonderful posts about your products! I couldn't find an e-mail address for you. I'd love to have you as a guest designer for my products. If you're interested, please e-mail me. deb@sayitwithletters.com I'm a longtime admirer of your work. :)
Come visit!

Jane said...

I would love to have seen your booth your stuff rocks! I think it's beautiful!

christie said...

Hey Jenni!

I totally loved your booth at CHA! So darling - you should've been upstairs with the big dogs, you belong there. I LOVE your designs and used them all the time. I even used some of your stuff on the design of my banner for my own blog. Check it out if you want:
http://prettypaperbook.com/blog/