Well, we will finally be able to get into the convention hall and set things up today. We will also be able to meet everyone who is involved in the show.
Yesterday was an odd day. I am really really glad that we got here when we did but I felt like it was one of those “wait to hurry up” types of days. Jeannie and her husband Bill were busy with the final preparations, as you can imagine. Keith and I spent most of the morning looking around and shopping.
Our hotel is right on the edge of a huge shopping strip, where there are numerous stores and restaurants on both sides of the streets. It so much reminds me of Chicago when everything was right at my fingertips. There is a huge Lowe’s and a Super Wal-Mart right next to the hotel, and we went in there for a bit for some snacks to keep in the room and just to look around. It certainly brought back memories of the big city life.
So does the traffic. :) There are no stop lights from where I live in Meteghan until you reach Yarmouth which is 40 minutes away and I think Keith was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of traffic. It is the first time that I am driving since we left home (I think it is a “man thing” – sorry guys!) But I grew up with driving in the city and besides my ditch incident which was totally different circumstances, I haven’t had an accident. In any case it works for now.
Last night we had dinner with my editor from Creative Woodworks Magazine, Robert Becker. We were also lucky enough to have Wes Demerest and his wife Alice join us. Wes (who we all call “uncle Wes”) is one of the main photographers for the magazine and also works in several other capacities for them. I have come to know him and his wife very well throughout the years and it was wonderful to see them after almost seven years since my last major show with them. They honestly looked exactly the same and were warm and friendly as usual.
We had a beautiful Italian dinner and some great conversation about the industry in general as well as catching up personally with each other and I felt as if I hadn’t missed a beat. These shows are great for strengthening relationships with colleagues, I believe. I feel like they not only sustain friendships, but create new ones. It was a wonderful and relaxing evening.
We got to visit with Jeannie and Bill, too for a bit in the afternoon. Even though they were doing last minute details, they invited us to come for a visit. While we were chatting, I went through my deliveries of paint and brushes and stuff for the classes and discovered that DecoArt didn’t sent the Antiquing and Staining Gel for me to demo and pass out. It was an honest mistake, but it was to be part of my presentation and I need to see if I can find some today, at least enough to demonstrate. Just one of those things.
I was also sent some wrong brushes. One of them is quite a bit larger than what I ordered, but the class is still over a week away and either I will find some in Chicago or make due with what I have. I think I can make it work for them. Being flexible is what it is all about anyway.
I will get some pictures today, I promise. So far I have been settling here and sorting and have not really focused on getting pictures. The right time will come and there will be lots.
So that is the plan. All in all, things are going well and on schedule. I received my prints too and they look outstanding. I hope I sell at least one! :)
Jeannie and Bill had to go pick up some pieces for a display last night. The value of the pieces were at $250,000. She was nervous about even having them in her possession. It just goes to show the caliber of the pieces that will be here. I can’t wait to see them AND meet the talented people who made them.
So that is it for now. I need to get to it, but wanted to update everyone while I could. I will post as often as I can. After the weeks and months of anticipation, the show is finally here! YAY!!!
Have and incredible day! I know I will!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"