k, this by far, is the BEST event that I have been able to attend.
Over a year ago, an online pal mentioned she was thinking about putting together a crop to benefit the Local Children's Hospital in London where she lived.
Little did Sarah know that her little idea would grow so fast and touch so many people.
There ended up being multiple locations across Canada that participated in the event. Each location had a wonderful woman VOLUNTEER to head up the event in their hometown and to benefit their local hospital. With the help, support and love of other friends, coordinators were pulled in, teachers were added, donations were gathered, the space was secured, local media was notified and here we are... Hundreds of women attended and HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS were raised.
Sarah I am so proud of you! Congrats on a fantastic event and being to caring and wonderful. You don't even have a clue to how many people you touched and helped this weekend!
I had the honour (that was for my new Canadian Friends) to have been asked to coordinate the teachers to work on an album for the Champion Child at our location. We all fell in love immediately. We read her story and watched her recovery through the photos and articles we were given to work with. Unfortunately, we were rushing out to catch our flights back to the States and had just a moment to visit with her before we left. I wish I could have been there when she received her album. I am SURE tears were flowing among everyone there.
Here are a few of the layouts that were done for her family by the teachers at the event.
Once other's got wind of what Sarah was doing, the event grew and grew.
Of COURSE there was fun to be had too!
As soon as Vivian, Paula, Marci and Anja arrived at the airport, cameras started flying.
We packed into a van to drive us from Detroit to London, Ontario. A short 3 hour drive. LOL. I think we were only quiet a few minutes that whole trip. It was wonderful to actually get and talk to them. Funny Funny Girls!
My roomies were Skermit (Steph), Kim Musgrove and Mel Faber. I barely got to see them but, we did make a trip over to Walmart so I could buy $18 worth of Canadian Chocolate.
I was so confused about Smarties being chocolate and Rockets being like our Smarties. I also bought Coffee Crisps, Aeros and Crunchies. It's all about the chocolate!
I also got a Tim Horton's Coffee at the Mall. Yum!
I got to meet Nic Howard and her hubby Paul who flew in from New Zeland and were working Canada like no one's business. She is so cute and funny! Paul was a trooper putting up with all the scrapping babble.
Spent some time hanging out with Vicki Boutin and Jen Backler. That Vicki girl... TOOO DANG fun! And I thought I could talk alot! ;) Jen, if you read this... I saw that you changed your avatar. I recognize you now!
Let's see, I also got to meet Sarah Hough and Scrappin Jeanette that I knew from 2peas. Sweet sweet girls!
My students were HILARIOUS and put up with my antics. (I greatly appreaciate that!)
The girls in the crop room were so fun too. Many shared Chocolate (Wendy and Wendy) and some lent me their tools and were even nice when I broke their cutting mat (sorry Jenn!)
Saturday night was a hoot! Lots of funny stories and fun photos but, I promised I wouldn't post them.
Gosh... I am sure I am forgetting things .. forgive me!
It was great to meet everyone and kudos to all where involved (Kim, Maureen, Mel) and those that were there to let us shop (Char and Terri) and the guys that kept us entertained (Craig, Dave and Sarah's Dad!)
We did get a group shot of the American Chicks! (Anja Wade, Marci Lambert, Me, Vivan Masket, Paula Gilarde, Sarah Hough)