Tired and energized. Is it possible?

July 22, 2008 at 10:57 am 1 comment

Tired and energized all at the same time.  I just returned from the CHA summer show in Chicago, and it was exhausting.   I worked in Prima’s booth on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, had designer meetings and the showcase on Saturday and Sunday, helped Prima tear down on Sunday after the show, and left Monday for home.   After a 6 hour drive home, I was beat!    Though I love the excitement of the show, I’m glad to be home again with my family.   I’m pretty sure I drank gallons of diet soda in Chicago (why, WHY must they serve Pepsi?  Ugh.)  and my body relied on the caffeine and adrenaline to function.  I crashed on the couch in sheer exhaustion last night as soon as all the kiddos were tucked safely in their beds.

Unfortunately, a huge storm came through around 2:30am, which resulted in all the children needing to be re-tucked, and my sleep remained less-than-stellar for the rest of the night.    But even in the exhausted state that always comes after CHA, I am once again energized by the colors and patterns, the new products and ideas, and the promise of opportunity the show brings.    I can’t wait to create new projects from the ideas in my head.

Also, if anyone has picked up any wayward projects from the Kids Crafting display, please let me know!  In my rush to get back to help in the booth, I forgot to pick up my projects after the show was over.  By the time I could get back in the building on Monday morning they were gone.  I’m still holding out a little hope that some kind designer rescued them on Sunday afternoon, and they didn’t end up in the garbage.   My business card was attached on the back, so if you happened to pick them up, please let me know.  I don’t have photos of the projects, since I finished them right before I left, but here is a quick description:

1.  Brown 5×7 painted frame with a band of turquoise and green buttons, chipboard swirl, and felt heart.  The photo was of 3 cute kids.

2.  Texture-painted beach-themed shadow box in sand, white, and blue.  Same 3 adorable kids, with seashell and starfish accents.  Approximately 12 x 7 inches.

At least there are only 2 (3 including my press kit box) missing projects this time, instead of the entire suitcase full that was stolen last year at the summer show.    Chicago seems to be a vast black hole for projects of mine.

Loved meeting new people, and seeing all of my old friends again.  I had a blast!

I’ll post the few photos I took as soon as I unearth my camera!
Until next time…


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. nikimeiners  |  July 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Must be a Chicago thing!


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