Fun in Frankenmuth

It’s official! Sara and I have now shopped at the largest Christmas store in the world—Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan! Of course, I hasten to add that our visit there paled in comparison to Jodi’s workshop—but I had to mention it!

Frankenmuth is a charming little tourist town, thanks in large part, I’m sure, to Bronner’s. Jodi accompanied us there yesterday afternoon between her workshop and her demonstrator event, along with a brief stop at a salon where she has her hair done. We stopped there to view the darling Décor Elements that decorate the salon wall; it was beautiful! I felt very proud—of both Jodi and our products!

The day started out a little gray; it was raining and I thought, “Great! We don’t have an umbrella, so we’re going to show up to the workshop looking lovely—NOT.” Turned out that the rain stopped just as we left, and the day just got better. Frankenmuth is decorated for Easter like nothing I’ve ever seen, and they tell me that Christmas is over the top. (Note to self: Come visit again during Christmas sometime!)

As we drove to Jodi’s house (a few miles out of town), both Sara and I commented on how wonderful it was to see the farmland spread out as far as the eyes could see. Although it was certainly much flatter than my beloved southern Utah, it had the same feeling of lots of space and freedom; it reminded me of growing up on the ranch!

And the charm of Frankenmuth continued in the Reinart home. Jodi and her husband bought the old farmhouse that Jodi grew up in, and it’s wonderful. (I threatened to steal the antique doorknobs!) Her entire family was waiting to greet us, and her three children presented us with hand-stamped cards. Jodi tells me that Allison, her five-year-old daughter, has been waiting for Shelli to visit since the day Jodi told the family she’d won. Yesterday morning she woke Jodi up, announcing that today was the day! I felt incredibly honored that she would be that excited to meet me, and I was equally honored to meet her!

Jodi’s workshop was in her stamp studio, a bright, clean, and well-organized addition to the family farmhouse; I could have stayed there all day!

And what an amazing group of customers! Several were new to the art of stamping and were excited to discover this fun new hobby. (None of us can relate, can we?) Several had been invited to previous workshops but hadn’t been able to attend, so it was great to see them realize what Stampin’ Up! was all about. There were also a few former demonstrators, and one commented she’s planning on coming back, and we’d welcome the others back too!

I’m not sure how many bookings Jodi got, but I know there were a few. The project we demonstrated featured the poppin’ pastels technique, so I’m hoping a customer or two purchased the Stampin’ Pastels. I never know how high sales went, so I just cross my fingers and hope it was at least above average! And the fun and laughter we all shared was, of course, a highlight for me!

Jodi’s demonstrator event was also great fun, with more than 75 demonstrators and guests. We shared Stampin’ Stories, answered some questions, did a Make & Take, and enjoyed a fabulous dessert bar. (I think I will have gained 10 pounds by the time these workshops are over!) Sara and I are leaving Frankenmuth with some wonderful memories!