I arrived home from Los Angeles on Tuesday,
last week, after several whirlwind days at the
Craft and Hobby Association Convention (CHA).
This particular trip was peppered with some
real lows and incredible highs.
Experiencing the crazy California weather and
LA traffic were definitely low points. My days
there were fraught with deluges of rain, scattered
hail, and even one tornado during the visit. This
was enough to have me thinking, more than once,
that I could have stayed in Kansas for all this weather
But aside from inclement weather and driving the
infamous freeways, everything was wonderful!
Teaching at the enchanting French General was
I felt completely spoiled by owner, Kaari Meng.
She was the perfect hostess in every way.
Not only did I have the opportunity to teach,
I also attended a beautiful soiree there on a
different night, hosted by both Kaari and Jo
Packham, the Where Women Create
creator extraordinaire. This gathering was
ABSOLUTE BLISS, and l did not want the
evening to end.
CHA was FANTASTIC! I was able to participate
in the making of a video that will appear soon
on my publisher's blog, Craftside, as well as host
a Make & Take in the Quarry Books Booth.
I was also asked to do a book-signing for Nature
Inspired at the Barnes and Noble Booth.
And the cherry on top was making several new
friends and reconnected with some old ones.
With all this goodness happen around me,
I literally forgot to snap one picture with
my camera. Even when everyone else was
taking photos, it honestly did not cross my
mind to pull out my camera... SIGH
This is what happens when you are sometimes...
busy living life.
Alas, the only picture I have to share from
my entire experience is this photo of the
treasure trove of real butterflies that
I purchased from the French General.
This little box was stuffed to the brim with
over 40 perfectly preserved specimens that
were brought all the way from France.
A true find!